Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Pulls Music from Spotify in Protest

British artist yanks solo album and Atoms for Peace project citing music service's payment terms

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.

http://twitter.com/thomyorke/status/356473323489722370

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.

More Music

  • ABBA performing as an unknown band

    The Secret Majesty of ABBA: They Were the Feminine Pop Opera of Their Time

    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 […]

  • Offset of MigosWireless Festival, Day 2,

    Migos’ Offset ‘Home’ With Cardi B and Baby After Arrest on Gun, Weed Charges

    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 […]

  • Chester BenningtonWarner Music Group Grammy After

    Linkin Park Pays Tribute to Chester Bennington on Anniversary of His Death

    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 […]

  • Willie Nelson

    Willie Nelson to Release Frank Sinatra Tribute Album ‘My Way’

    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 […]

  • Watch Pusha T Perform ‘Santeria’ With

    Watch Pusha T Perform ‘Santeria’ With 070 Shake and The Roots

    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 […]

  • Radiohead Coachella

    Radiohead Demands Answers in Drum Technician's Death

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content