Another day, another band adding its voice to the debate around payouts from streaming music. This time it’s Grizzly Bear, who made waves with a series of tweets. “Mog and Spotify do not help bands or labels or indie stores. Not shaming you, just stating the facts since someone asked,” was one tweet. “Not saying spotify doesn’t spread the word, but at least radio and venues look at YouTube counts. With spotify, it’s nothing,” was another. It’s an interesting point: Spotify would argue that its word-spreading abilities – especially since the rollout of Facebook’s open graph – are increasingly significant to bands. Yet perhaps there is scope for more publicly-available stats to make services like Spotify a popularity-barometer to rival YouTube in the awareness of venues and radio playlisters.

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