Which artists have pulled their music from spotify1 min readReading Time: < 1 minutes
Spotify is a music streaming service that allows users to listen to their favourite music for free with adverts, or for a monthly subscription without adverts. However, some artists have pulled their music from the platform, claiming that Spotify does not pay them enough royalties.
In March 2018, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke pulled his solo music from Spotify, as well as his work with Radiohead, in protest of the streaming service’s royalty payments. Yorke said that Spotify "is making a lot of money out of stuff people are not paying for. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work."
In May 2018, Taylor Swift pulled her entire music catalogue from Spotify, with the exception of her album "1989", which was released in 2014. Swift said that Spotify was "not fair to the music industry" because it does not pay artists enough royalties.
In July 2018, Jay-Z pulled his music from Spotify and other streaming services, except for his album "4:44", in protest of the high royalty rates that Spotify pays to labels and publishers. Jay-Z said that the "equilibrium has to change" and that streaming services need to pay artists more.
These artists are not the only ones to have pulled their music from Spotify. In November 2017, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters pulled his solo music from the platform, and in January 2018, Garth Brooks pulled all his music from Spotify and other streaming services.
So far, none of these artists have announced plans to put their music back on Spotify.