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Spotify Responds to Thom Yorke Pulling Music Over Payment Structure

BY RELEVANT CULTURE July 15, 2013

Thom Yorke and collaborator Nigel Godrich tweeted this weekend (warning, some of the tweets use strong language) that they have decided to pull the recent Atoms for Peace album and Yorke’s solo record The Eraser from streaming service Spotify as a protest to what they are calling an unfair payment structure. Yorke told fans, “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it.” Today Spotify responded, saying that the streaming service is “still in the early stages of a long-term project that’s already having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music.” The spokesperson told Music Week that by the end of 2013, they’ll have paid song rights-holders more than a billion dollars …

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