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Published: 2013/07/15

Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich Forsake Spotify

Thom Yorke has removed Atoms For Peace’s debut album Amok and his only solo album The Eraser from Spotify in protest of the streaming service’s business model.

Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich shared a series of tweets about their feelings towards Spotify’s business model over the weekend, which they believe represents an unfair relationship between artists and shareholders.  

Yorke, who is also the frontman for Radiohead, tweeted: “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”

Godrich, who also removed his album Ultraista from the service, tweeted on the subject as well, saying, “The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model.. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”

Spotify responded to Yorke and Godrich’s attacks with an official statement that reads:

Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music. We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love.

Right now we’re still in the early stages of a long-term project that’s already having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music. We’ve already paid US$500m to rightsholders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach US$1bn. Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music.

We’re 100 per cent committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers.

Radiohead’s albums are still available on Spotify.

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