Brit alt-rock artist Thom Yorke of Radiohead has pulled his solo album and side-project Atoms for Peace from Spotify, and took to Twitter to blast the streaming music service’s terms as exploiting musicians.
“Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will (not) get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it,” Yorke tweeted.
Yorke’s “The Eraser” and the Atoms for Peace album with producer Nigel Godrich have been removed from Spotify, as well as rival streaming service Rdio.
Radiohead albums released by EMI remain available on Spotify, although the band’s self-released “In Rainbows” is not.
Godrich, also on Twitter, was even more forceful in lambasting Spotify, explaining that he and Yorke pullback from Spotify was because “new artists get paid fuck all with this model.. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”
Asked for comment, Spotify rep said in an email, “We’re 100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers.”
U.K.-based Spotify claims that since launching in Sweden in 2008, it has paid more than $500 million U.S. dollars to rights holders — and that it expects to pay another half billion during 2013 only. The service has 24 million active users worldwide; Spotify launched in the States in 2011.