The fast-growing music steaming service, Spotify, has recently been disputing with Thom Yorke over royalties. Thom Yorke, of Radiohead and Atoms For Peace has chosen to pull his music off of Spotify. Yorke has taken his solo work and Atoms For Peace off of Spotify. Yorke used Twitter to voice his disgruntlement.
Yorke accused Spotify of acting in the interest of its shareholders and not the musicians. Yorke commented on the issue, "Make no mistake, new artists you discover on Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples.” The singer said he was “standing up for our fellow musicians.” Yorke has also been backed by his long-time producer Nigel Godrich on the matter. In a series of tweets, Godrich states “We’re off of Spotify…Can’t do that no more man…Someone gotta say something. It’s bad for new music…The reason is that new artists get paid f*** all with this model…It’s just an equation that doesn’t work."
Yorke has received a lot of flack publicly, most notably from Stephen Street, award-winning producer of Blur and The Smiths. Radiohead famously put their album, In Rainbows
on the internet for free, allowing fans to pay whatever they felt necessary. Also going to Twitter, Street commented on the matter, “Bit rich coming from Thom Yorke that Spotify doesn't work for new artists. It’s exactly what I said when Radiohead made their album available for free/ pay what you want a few years back." For the time being, Radiohead's albums will remain on Spotify, but the ongoing legal disputes continue and that could change.