Placebo frontman Brian Molko has come out in support of Radiohead duo Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke’s criticisms of Spotify’s business model.
Backed by Yorke, Godrich has repeatedly lambasted the service this week, suggesting that certain streaming platforms “cannot work as a way of supporting new artists”.
On Sunday (July 14), the producer announced the removal from Spotify of his latest album with Yorke, Atoms For Peace’s AMOK - along with Yorke's solo effort The Eraser and Godrich's own Ultraísta.
Other classic Radiohead albums such as The Bends, OK Computer and Kid A - all released on EMI and all worked on by Godrich - remain on Spotify.
In an official response from Spotify, the company said it was: “100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible.”
Its long-term potential has since been publicly supported by artist management trade body the MMF and Radiohead’s co-manager, Brian Message.
None of Placebo’s six studio albums have ever been available on Spotify, making the band one of the most high-profile modern hold-outs from the service.
Speaking to Music Week, Molko broadly agreed with Godrich’s points.
“The jury’s still out on Spotify,” he said. “I don’t see any problem with putting your singles up there because they are on the radio and people can 'audio hijack' them - but I don’t see the point in negotiating really good digital rights for your record company for them to just put [all your music on streaming services].”
“The amount you might get seems kind of negligible to me at the moment,” he said. “It’s the same thing with Facebook – it’s presented as something that is meant to be good for society, but I don’t think the motivation behind the people that run Facebook is to bring people together – it’s to create wealth for themselves.
“Similarly with Spotify - I don’t think it’s got anything to do with fighting piracy or providing a service that’s good for the music industry and for new bands. They are just interested in making money at the expense of others. It comes from a place of just pure profit-making on their part.”
Placebo are due to release their seventh studio album Loud Like Love on September 16.
See tomorrow’s Music Week magazine for reaction to the Spotify debate from across the industry - including indie labels, artist managers and artists themselves.