Here's one band that isn't bailing on Spotify. In fact, they're moving in the opposite direction: as of Tuesday morning, the entire Arcade Fire catalog is now available for Spotify users.
Merge Records first tipped the development to Digital Music News. "Arcade Fire has never been available in Europe on Spotify (catalog or new releases)," a Merge representative emailed. "Arcade Fire has been absent in Spotify US since the launch in July. As of today [Tuesday], Arcade Fire's catalog is fully available on Spotify for all launched territories."
The development shortens a Spotify holdout list that includes the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Bob Seger, among others, as well as partial holdouts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Keys.
At this early stage, we're not sure why the sudden change-of-heart, though Arcade Fire has undoubtedly been a glaring gap. Merge has declined comment on the negotiations, though the label was holding a very valuable card at this table. Spotify has also confirmed the development.
And it looks like everything is now available: while writing this piece in the US, we were taking a listen to The Suburbs, and getting ready to jump over to Neon Bible and Funeral in due time. There's also a smattering of Arcade Fire singles, and even a Suburbs Deluxe version as well.
Stay tuned for more details from Merge, Spotify, or other involved parties.
ZZ Bottom Tuesday, December 13, 2011
First time I heard of that band. Just listened to some songs' previews on iTunes. Boy, they must have been really tired when mixing that album. Brick-limited to the point where it has no soul, no dimensions. Just a flat line.
Me Tuesday, December 13, 2011
First time hearing of them? Hmmm... I'm surprised you can get on the internet in that cave you've been living in. :p
And Wednesday, December 14, 2011
My god. As the previous reply, are you visiting a DIGITAL music site and you don't know Arcade Fire? Well hello world. You ever heard of that Gaga Lady or those other crazy youngsterzzz?
Me Tuesday, December 13, 2011
... and then nobody ever bought another Arcade Fire album for the rest of their lives.
Mr. Obvious Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I guess Q Prime isn't a fan of Spotify for their big clients, though Muse and Groban are on there.
CraigDiPaolo Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Let's see what happens when Arcade Fire delivers a *new* album.
taylor Tuesday, December 13, 2011
still no "cold wind" :(
Visitor Tuesday, December 13, 2011
lesson learned, don't bother buying peoples back catalogs because before long they'll be completely free
double a Wednesday, December 14, 2011
i wonder if they are going the netflix route and licensing content with big checks by the artist.
Danny Wednesday, December 14, 2011
200 plays = 1 full $1.29 Itunes download.
750,000 streams = $3,376 (source: STHoldings and its 234 labels from Digital Music News), equivalent of $0.0045 per play
Beggars Group Chairman said the same thing. "200 plays will earn you more than a sales"
Also, VEVO paid out more than $100 million in royalties......no article?
@Henri_de_Ruiter Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Henri de Ruiter
En dat is heel goed nieuws.
@decibelnet Wednesday, December 14, 2011
'Old up! What's going on 'ere?
@brendanquinn Wednesday, December 14, 2011
mansheetstoo Wednesday, December 14, 2011
strange they are so averse to spotify....didn't they sign a deal with Grooveshark several months ago?