Nine months ago, country star Jason Aldean pulled his music from Spotify. This morning, he issued the following statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Honestly, there’s been so much stuff about that, and I’ve been misquoted. The ultimate goal is I want fans to have the best experience they possibly can. I want fans to hear my music whenever they want. But there’s also a right and wrong way to do it.
It’s easy for everybody to stand back and not take a stand. They think there will be a backlash or don’t understand how it works. It’s easier to go along with what everybody else is doing.
For me, I got a lot of friends who make a living writing songs, and those guys are getting cheated.
Taylor Swift, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and myself, a lot of guys are starting to see that as well. That’s all it was about. You want it to be fair.
As artists, we don’t make crap off of streaming.
Lots of major record companies are part owners in Spotify, so they’re gonna get their money regardless. I’m more about the small guy. I’m on a smaller label. I’m an indie guy. I’m not the big commercial grocery store. I’m the mom-and-pop store.
I don’t want to see this affect the music biz for the long term, but I was always taught to stand up for what I believe in. Spotify has changed their stance a little bit, and that’s cool. I’m starting to see that. But my stance hasn’t changed at all.