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 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.