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Some small labels pull music from Spotify, citing declining CD sales

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 Aug 2011 2:03 User comments (10)

Some small labels pull music from Spotify, citing declining CD sales Small label Century Media, along with its associated labels "InsideOutMusic", “Superballmusic” and “People Like You" have pulled their music from Spotify, citing declining CD sales.
Says the label:

While everyone at the label group believes in the ever changing possibilities of new technology and new ways of bringing music to the fans, Century Media is also of the opinion that Spotify in its present shape and form isn’t the way forward. The income streams to the artists are affected massively and therefore that accelerates the downward spiral, which eventually will lead to artists not being able to record music the way it should be recorded. Ultimately, in some cases, it will completely kill a lot of smaller bands that are already struggling to make ends meet.

At the same time Century Media also believes that Spotify is a great tool to discover new music and is in the process of reintroducing their bands to Spotify by way of putting up samplers of the artists. This way, fans can still discover the great music released by the label.


The company says CD sales have all fallen "drastically" in every country where Spotify is available (it just came to the U.S.):

Physical sales are dropping drastically in all countries where Spotify is active. Artists are depending on their income from selling music and it is our job to support them to do so. Since the artists need to sell their music to continue their creativity, Spotify is a problem for them. This is about survival, nothing less and it is time that fans and consumers realize that for artists it is essential to sell music to keep their heads above water.

Obviously it is ultimately up to the music fan and consumer, how they access their music, whether it is buying, streaming or stealing. There needs to be awareness though, that how you will consume your music has direct consequences for the artists, who we are all trying to support.

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10 user comments

111.8.2011 2:13

Quote:
Obviously it is ultimately up to the music fan and consumer, how they access their music, whether it is buying, streaming or stealing
i will take the stealing option thanks



211.8.2011 2:16

What kind of moron is buying this story that Spotify is the reason for CD decline? CD sales are in decline everywhere, and they aren't coming back.

311.8.2011 2:56

Originally posted by statomike:
What kind of moron is buying this story that Spotify is the reason for CD decline? CD sales are in decline everywhere, and they aren't coming back.
The real question is who is buying the story that artists make money from CD sales or even need labels. They make nothing...Spotify gives them more exposure and will lead to more concert/merchandise sales..the labels are just scared of it/greedy.

411.8.2011 3:37

Most "unknown" artists only make money from concerts. Dropping CD sales, but with increased exposure because of Spotify, benefits them. It only hurts the labels.

511.8.2011 3:52

well at least they did put the artist first as the reason so i respect that and they gave a valid reason

611.8.2011 8:07

Originally posted by statomike:
What kind of moron is buying this story that Spotify is the reason for CD decline? CD sales are in decline everywhere, and they aren't coming back.
It's more a case of them levelling out and the music companies (share holders) are expecting them to keep going up as you expect all the kids will buy CDs and with the general population going up all over the world that should be true.

Though that doesn't seem to be happening and is just staying level with last years amounts, it's not really going down nor is it going up.

711.8.2011 18:26

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811.8.2011 18:30

While other internet radio services make a symbolic nod toward independent artists by including a few tracks, Radical Indie provides a free, worldwide, full-featured, internet radio service dedicated fully to unsigned musicians and bands to showcase their music, without limitations. Radical Indie is now open for musicians to upload their music in advance of a launch later this year.

Radical Indie is a sister service of Radical.FM. - Check us out

911.8.2011 18:42

Who still buys CD's???? This BS is so thick, I can taste it.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2011 @ 18:42

1012.8.2011 18:38

Bye-Bye Miss American Pie....


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

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