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Nigel Godrich on Spotify: ‘Catalogue and new music cannot be lumped in together’


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atoms_amok_packshot_4Last night, Atoms for Peace pulled their albums from Spotify with founder members Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich explaining why on Twitter.

Today, Spotify responded to the criticism. And now both musicians have returned to Twitter to respond to the response.

We’ve embedded their tweets in full in a Storify below, partly so you can read the chronological thread, and also because we don’t want to pull out individual quotes and use them out of context.

Suffice to say, Godrich isn’t impressed by Spotify’s standard line on how much ($500m) it’s paid to music rightsholders.

His determination to focus the debate on what streaming means for new artists and new music is clear – and valuable – but we’re less sure about his “not for us to think up how it could work” conclusion.

One of the problems with streaming services as things stand, arguably, is that artists weren’t involved enough at the ‘think up how it could work’ stages. We hope Godrich and Yorke at least consider Spotify’s offer to sit down for a chat about how things should develop from here.

Oh, and remember, here’s our Writing or Speaking about Streaming Music Screwing Artists? post, which rounds up some of the other opinions and data from this debate – both pro and not-so-pro streaming.

Anyway, here goes:

 

 

Stuart Dredge

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One response
  • Steven Finch says:

    It seems like they feel that because of their names they simply expect their new music to be worth as much as their back catalogue. For the first time in many years music industry revenues are on the rise and this is basically due to streaming. Time for the “old crowd” to wake up and leave the industry.. if they cant adapt!

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