This from our friends at Victory Records. Granted, Victory has a history of disputing with some artists that blew up via the label and then argued over contract issues, but whatever side you take on those instances this Spotify situation is unrelated and seems pretty fucked up. People say things like “no one has to agree to sign up for Spotify” but that’s minimizing the point that it has become an expected outlet for public consumption and that they clearly don’t really care about paying artists well. I’ll side with Intronaut over Metalsucks Sergeant D (a tech dude) on this one any-fuckin-day. Sorry. Spotify blows goats for artists.
You might notice that we try and generally focus on pushing bands and helping careers over here (not dissing other blogs by saying that) rather than ripping bands down (unless they truly suck or have done some really questionable shit like…let fans bully my sister Cambria through continued lies or post transphobic tweets or beat women, etc.). It’s a hard fucking time for bands these days and true believers should be supported in a gross millennial world of Youtube counts determining the value of art. Shut the fuck up and try and be in a real band these days.
“Chicago, October 20, 2015 - Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.
Late yesterday, Spotify sent over a document giving them mechanical clearance to use our music. We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons, most importantly, that it would put us in direct violation of our agreement with Audiam (www.audiam.com). Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement. The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists. We understand your frustration with not being able to listen to the music you enjoy (and most pay for via subscription).
The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.
Thank you for your support and we remain hopeful that Spotify will do the right thing.”