Just when we thought Radiohead had reconciled with Spotify by releasing their new single, ‘Burn The Witch,’ on the streaming platform…
Just this morning, Radiohead confirmed their general hatred of platform by place their latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, on pretty much every other streaming platform except for Spotify. It’s widely known that Radiohead lead Thom Yorke is against Spotify (and free streaming in gemeral), and a big advocate for artists getting fair pay. He’s also famously pulled his music from Spotify back in 2013, dubbing the service ”the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”
The enmity here runs deep. When explaining to Business Insider about his feelings towards Spotify, Yorke has previously said…
”I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what’s happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen.”
Though, many believed that Yorke had changed his mind after releasing the band’s single on the platform last week. But, it seems as though the hatred for Spotify still holds for Yorke and the rest of the Radiohead band members. Instead of opting for free ad-supported streaming, Radiohead are sending their fans to iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Tidal, as well as selling the album on their own website.
That’s just one of several high-profile artists yanking their content from Spotify, though Spotify isn’t budging one bit. When asked about windowing content from streaming services, Spotify’s Ken Parks has previously said,
”The notion that you would want to withhold records from people who are paying 120 pounds or euros or dollars a year is just really mind-boggling. It’s pretty hostile to punish your best customers and fans. We think it’s a wrongheaded approach.”
Perhaps Spotify has accepted the fact that certain artist refuse to play ball. Maybe they’ll come around, eventually. “We look forward to making the rest of ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ available on Spotify as soon as we can,” the app currently states.
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