Spotify has removed its album protesting its low royalties

Rock band The Pocket Gods released their latest album on the 19the June 2022, removed from Spotify, the music streaming platform, due to its lyrics exposing the meager royalties Spotify gives its artists.

The Scrapbook Daniel Ek is not the antichrist, he is just a very naughty boy! named after Monty Python Brian’s life, “He’s not the Messiah, he’s just a naughty boy” was banned. The album contains 100 songs, each barely 30 seconds long, as Spotify only pays £0.002 per stream after a track exceeds 30 seconds.

Other artists who have protested Spotify‘s low royalties include Taylor Swift, who boycotted the music platform for three years for the paltry fee per song.

Having campaigned for fairer royalties since 2015, this isn’t the first protest album from The Pocket Gods, whose previous releases include 1000×30 Nobody makes money anymorewhich contained 1,000 songs, each 30 seconds long.

The members of the group denounced on Twitter the injustice of having their album banned just for having criticized the “shitty royalties” artists are entitled on Spotify.

Likewise, Mark Lee of Nub Music expressed his displeasure at Spotify’s removal of the album. “The album itself is a person and a guitar critiquing the music industry as a whole and is meant to be funny and was recorded in one take.”

Lee is particularly perplexed because the album contains “nothing hateful”, no offensive or discriminatory lyrics, which a lot of music on Spotify contains from artists like Skepta or Kendrick Lamar.

The album can still be listened to on sites like Deezer and SoundCloud. Listen now.


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Victor L. Jones