Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” Lands On Spotify’s Top 50 Global Chart After Being Featured In “Stranger Things”

Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” has hit No. 26 on Spotify’s Top 50 Global chart after being featured on the season four finale of “Stranger Things.” The track was used for a scene in which Eddie Munson was performing inside the “Upside Down.” You can see footage of that below. As previously reported, the version of the song used in the show actually included “additional guitar tracks” from Robert Trujillo’s 17-year-old son Tye Trujillo (OTTTO).

Bring Me The Horizon’s “Sempiternal” Surpasses One Billion Streams On Spotify

Bring Me The Horizon’s 2013 album “Sempiternal” has officially surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. The band briefly commented on Twitter:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & X Ambassadors Release Cover Of Tom Waits’ “Come On Up To The House” As Part Of Spotify Singles Series

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has teamed up with X Ambassadors for a cover of Tom Waits’ “Come On Up To The House.” The track is currently available on Spotify as part of their Spotify Singles series. Notably, the single also includes an alternate version of Morello and Ben Harper’s “Raising Hell.”

Failure Remove Their Music From Spotify In Protest Of COVID-19 Misinformation & Unfair Compensation For Artists

Failure have decided to remove their music from Spotify due to the spread of COVID-19 misinformation and the company’s unfair compensation for artists. This news comes after Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and more pulled their music from the service after taking issue with Joe Rogan’s controversial views on the pandemic, which he has widely shared on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

Failure said the following:

“Failure have wrestled with the question of Spotify and whether to have our newest music, which we control, on the platform. Until now, our ambivalence about Spotify has been based on their draconian royalty calculation which essentially gives artists a microscopic fraction of the money being generated by their music on the platform.

We’ve all seen the stories of just how little Spotify pays artists whose product powers their entire business model. It’s been a scam for artists since the beginning, following in the tradition of the major label model which preceded it.

But artists who want to have their music heard by the most ears possible have had an tough decision to make. Do we give our music to a company that devalues our product to the point where royalty checks from Spotify have become the butt of humorous memes, or do we withhold our music from the platform and supposedly miss out on an “entire generation of music listeners?”

That is exactly where Failure have been since 2015 when we released our first album since reuniting. Acquiescing to the desire for more ear holes. But now, with Spotify’s recent policy shift that allows COVID vaccine misinformation to thrive on their platform, Failure have decided that enough is enough.

Beyond the moral issues raised by Spotify’s COVID decision, the issue of vaccine misinformation and how it directly affects the current situation in the live music space is simply untenable. Right now, Failure have a 31-date US tour booked for June. The last tour we had booked in 2019 was canceled because of COVID, which was a massive financial blow to the band.

The vast majority of venues on our upcoming tour are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to see our show. We simply cannot square Spotify’s insistence on spreading misinformation about something that directly endangers our band’s supply chain, namely, human beings in a room with big speakers. There are multiple layers, and reasons for our decision, but looking at the capitalistic, free market angle, this band, like any other small business, is cutting ties with a partner that continues to cut into our bottom line. On that level, this problem is really that simple.

Of course, no system or business is perfect, but we have alternatives to Spotify that allow the band to be compensated in a more sustainable way, and without the need to associate ourselves with dangerous lies about public health policy.

If you want to buy lossless digital versions of our entire catalogue, we encourage you to purchase our music on Bandcamp: failureband.bandcamp.com

If you want to stream our music, we continue to offer our music through Apple and other streaming services.

We encourage other artists who want to be paid better for their music, and who don’t want to be in business with a company who is comfortable jeopardizing the industry to which they owe their entire business model, to join us.

Sincerely,
Failure“

Brian Cook On SUMAC Refusing To Release Their New Album On Spotify: “Spotify Is Great For The Consumer, But Their Pay Rate To Artists Is Dismal”

As previously reported, SUMAC have decided to keep their new album “May You Be Held” off of Spotify to protest the company. Now, while responding to a fan on Tumblr, bassist Brian Cook further discussed their decision, saying they took issue with CEO Daniel Ek treating “music as a commodity” and the service’s low payouts for artists.

Cook said the following:

“…It was a bit of a last minute decision.

I’m not anti-streaming. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a much bigger fan of streaming services than the old P2P platforms like Napster and Pirate’s Bay because there’s at least some accountability to artists and some artistic control that can be exercised on our end.

There was nothing more frustrating back in the ‘00s than finding out some shitty low grade rip of your unreleased album was up on some dude’s blog and having that dude talk about how you should be grateful for his help in spreading the word on your band. Ugh.

But it’s also pretty annoying to have a CEO of one of the largest streaming services talk about your music as a commodity and how you should be thankful for his streaming platform because it’s the only future for music.

Spotify is great for the consumer, but their pay rate to artists is dismal. And while I see Spotify as a great tool for investigating potential vinyl purchases and/or accessing my library when I’m away from home, I’m also aware that it’s become an easy way for folks to circumvent supporting the fragile economy of artists, labels, and record stores. Is Spotify convenient? Absolutely! Is it imperative that our music exists on their site? Absolutely not.

There’s also the factor of knowing May You Be Held is a difficult record to absorb as a cursory listen. I don’t want this record to be something you play on your phone’s speaker while you’re doing dishes. I want folks to actually sit down and listen to it on a quality set of speakers.

So by taking it off of Spotify, we’re reminding the CEOs of tech companies that we don’t need them and reminding listeners that our music isn’t meant to be some ephemera that you listen to once or twice and move on from… it’s something that you should take some time to ponder and develop an appreciation for.

And while I realize that’s a big ask in a time where there’s so much music vying for your attention, I also think it’s valid to try and shape the listener’s experience. Art isn’t always meant to be easy.

And if you’re a streaming-only kind of person, there’s always the lovely artist-friendly Bandcamp option here.”

[via The PRP]

SUMAC Keep “May You Be Held” Off Spotify To Protest The Service

SUMAC have decided to keep their new album “May You Be Held” off of Spotify in an effort to protest the service. Mike Boyd, director of publicity at Thrill Jockey Records, said the following about that:

“Apologies for the confusion y’all. The iron chair was up as a single before the decision was made to not have the album on Spotify. The album BEING on Spotify was a glitch, which I had to fix. After the pretty repugnant statements Spotify‘s CEO made earlier this year, the band asked that the album not be available on that platform.”

[via The PRP]

Metallica Had One Billion Spotify Streams In 2019

Metallica have taken to social media to share their Spotify statistics for 2019. Impressively, the band hit 1 billion streams on the service this year.

Rapper Denzel Curry Teams Up With Members Of Bad Brains & Fucked Up For New Spotify Singles Release

Rapper Denzel Curry has released two tracks as part of Spotify’s singles series. The first one is a new version of his song “CLOUT COBAIN | CLOUT CO13A1N”, which features Fucked Up, and the second one is a cover of Bad Brains‘ “I Against I”, which features members of the band themselves. You can stream those below: