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:

Bring Me The Horizon Release Cover Of Anohni’s “Drone Bomb Me” & An Acoustic Version Of “Mother Tongue” As Part Of The Spotify Singles Series

Bring Me The Horizon have released a cover of Anohni’s “Drone Bomb Me” and an acoustic version of their track “Mother Tongue” as part of the Spotify Singles series. You can stream those below:

Tool Profiles Appear On Streaming Services

Back in 2017, Tool were reportedly in talks to make their music available on streaming services and now they have officially launched new profiles on Spotify and Apple Music. There is no songs available yet, but the move is significant considering the band have been a major holdout in the digital world. Physical sales are continuing to decline, so it would make sense for the group to start going digital before their new album arrives later this year. Notably, this news comes on the 13th anniversary of their latest album “10,000 Days.”

Blood On The Dance Floor’s Music Removed From Spotify Following Rape & Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Dahvie Vanity

According to HuffPost, Blood On The Dance Floor’s music has been removed from Spotify following the rape and sexual misconduct allegations against Dahvie Vanity (aka Jesus David Torres). As previously reported, 21 women have come forward with accusations of rape and misconduct, including 16 that were underage when the frontman allegedly committed the horrible acts. For their part, Spotify said the band’s music was pulled for violating their guidelines on prohibited content.

Architects Cover Deftones’ “Change (In The House Of Flies)”

Architects recorded a cover of Deftones‘ “Change (In The House Of Flies)” at Abbey Road‘s Studio 2 as part of the “Spotify Singles” series. You can stream that and a new studio performance of “Death Is Not Defeat” from the session below:

Metallica Reportedly Shape Their Setlists Around What Fans Are Listening To On Spotify

According to Quartz, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek claims Metallica actually looks at analytical data from the app to see the most popular songs in each city so they can adjust their setlists depending on where they’re playing. Ek said the following during a company earnings call:

“You have an artist like Metallica, who changes their setlist on a city-by-city basis just by looking at Spotify data to see, which the most popular songs happened to be in that city. We’ve never before been at a place in time where you could make as many informed decisions and understand your audience as well as we can do now as an artist.”