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Previously unavailable on the music streaming service, the solo discography of former Beatle John Lennon can now be heard on Spotify. Eight albums that were released between 1970 and 1984 can be heard in their entirety, as well as many non record song compilations. Spotify acquired Lennon's solo discography as part of a series of exclusive deals the streaming service has been working on in order to compete with rise in the number of similar services being made available online. Lennon joins fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in having his discography available on Spotify as well as several songs by George Harrison. however the Beatles music is still unable to be streamed on the service.

Read more on the Spotify release of John Lennon's music at Consequence of Sound.

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Vanguard and Sugar Hill have come together to comprise a Halloween themed Spotify playlist.  The two labels pulled from their respective catalogues and has music dating back over sixty years.  If you want to hear some fun and spooky tunes this is the playlist for you!  Happy Halloween from WYEP!

Check out the playlist on here.

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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.

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