It’s been a while since the last hoo-ha around Spotify and artist payouts, but metal label Century Media is reigniting the row, announcing that it is pulling its catalogue from the streaming music service. “Spotify in its present shape and form isn’t the way forward,” claims the company in a statement. “The income streams to the artists are affected massively and therefore that accelerates the downward spiral, which eventually will lead to artists not being able to record music the way it should be recorded. Ultimately, in some cases, it will completely kill a lot of smaller bands that are already struggling to make ends meet.” The claim that “Physical sales are dropping drastically in all countries where Spotify is active” is slightly puzzling, given that physical sales are dropping drastically in the majority of countries where it isn’t too. But it turns out that Century Media isn’t completely ditching the service. “Century Media also believes that Spotify is a great tool to discover new music and is in the process of reintroducing their bands to Spotify by way of putting up samplers of the artists.” Source: Digital Music News

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