Radiohead Singer Blasts Spotify For Barely Paying Artists

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Thom Yorke: Spotify May Lose Radiohead Singer's Music Due To Pay Scale

Thom Yorke is calling out Spotify for its unfair pay model and has already pulled some of his music in protest. 

Yorke says online streaming services, like Spotify or Pandora, pay musicians a fraction of a cent for each song -- sometimes as low as .004 cents a track. He argues that this model is most harmful to new artists who would have to sell 20 times more albums to make as much as they would on a paid model like iTunes or Amazon. Spotify says they'll be paying $1 billion to artists and labels in 2013, however, that amount gets distributed to many different parties.

The frontman joined with producer Nigel Godrich to protest the lack of musician compensation with both removing some of their music from the service.

Yorke tweeted:

"Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly [sic] being rolling it. Simples."

Yorke says online streaming services, like Spotify or Pandora, pay musicians a fraction of a cent for each song -- sometimes as low as .004 cents a track. He argues that this model is most harmful to new artists who would have to sell 250,000 albums to make as much as they would for 12,000 on a paid model like iTunes or Amazon.

Spotify responded to the criticism by saying that they are committed to making it, "the most artist-friendly music service possible," and that they work to build careers not destroy them. Ultimately, they hope to gain paid subscribers whose $10 a month would add to revenue. They now only make up a quarter of their 24 million active members. 

@nowthisnews: The average musician gets just .004 CENTS per play on #Spotify. Do you feel bad for using the service?