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Thom Yorke and Collaborator Nigel Godrich Row with Music Streaming Service

Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace collaborator Nigel Godrich have spoken out against music streaming service Spotify
The Atoms for Peace album Amok has been removed from the service
Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace collaborator Nigel Godrich have spoken out against music streaming service Spotify.

Earlier this week, the artists removed recent Atoms for Peace album Amok and Yorke's solo album The Eraser from Spotify after claiming on Twitter that emerging artists are treated unequally as part of their business model.

"Make no mistake new artists you discover on Spotify will not get paid," said Radiohead frontman Thom. Despite the protest, Radiohead's back-catalogue can still be streamed, with the exception of the 2007 album In Rainbows.

No stranger to controversy surrounding artist's rights, In Ranbows was part of a 'pay-what-you-want' scheme when it was released, a move recently described as 'hypocritical' as emerging bands dont' have to luxury of giving their music away virtually for free.

Godrich said "These are the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the deliver system. Art will suffer". It's thought that his band Ultraista would be taking down their recent album from the service, too, although this is yet to have happend.

Spotify have responded to the pair, saying, "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."

In the ongoing fued with the service, Nigel Godrich retorted by saying, "the smaller producers and labels get pittance for their comparatively few streams", highlighting the difference between 'new' music and the material owned and catalogued by major labels.

With many new bands signing up to streaming services to gain exposure, this will surely be an open topic between artists and the industry.

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By Alice Thomson

Posted on 16 Jul 2013 15:26 to category : Instruments News

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