When artists criticise music-streaming services and/or complain about tiny royalty cheques, their concerns need to be taken seriously.
Sometimes that means challenging the streaming services with the points raised by those musicians, and sometimes it means questioning the basis for the criticism. In the case of Joanna Newsom, it’s both. She’s certainly not a fan of Spotify, comparing it to a rotting banana in a Los Angeles Times interview.
“Spotify is like a villainous cabal of major labels. The business is built from the ground up as a way to circumvent the idea of paying their artists,” she said.