Fans will no longer be able to listen to Atoms For Peace’s album, Amok, on Spotify. Thom Yorke and his Atoms for Peace collaborator, producer Nigel Godrich, decided to pull their music from the streaming music service as a way to bring light to what they feel is Spotify’s flawed business model.
The two took to Twitter yesterday (July 12) to discuss what they called a “small meaningless rebellion,” writing that they removed their catalogues, which also will include Yorke’s 2006 solo album, The Eraser and Godrich’s own band, Ultraísta (though Radiohead albums are still currently available to stream), as a way to support new artists.
Godrich let his followers know that Spotify is not good for new artists, sharing his opinion in multiple tweets through the night.
“New artists get paid f*** all with this model.. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work,” he wrote.
Meanwhile small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on. It’s just not right — nigel godrich (@nigelgod) July 14, 2013
Later adding, “The music industry is being taken over by the back door.. and if we don’t try and make it fair for new music producers and artists… then the art will suffer. Make no mistake. These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system.” Yorke later joined in, letting fans know that when they listen to new music, those artists are seeing very little revenue in comparison to those who have business connections to the site.