A troop of musicians are following pop-icon Taylor Swift’s lead in rallying against Spotify’s “paltry” royalty offerings. When an artist signs up with the music-sharing platform, they are given precisely £0.007 for every time their track is played, provided it lasts longer than 30 seconds.
In a move that can only be described as “cutting off nose to spite face”, 90s rockers and lesser-known musicians are collaborating on an album with a staggering 100 songs, where each track is 30 seconds long.
The Pocket Gods, the late 90s rock band spearheading the initiative, sent a declaration of their intent to The Capitalist yesterday, saying it is “a statement against Spotify who pay out a paltry 0.007p per stream for any track over 30 seconds. Why waste time and money writing longer songs?” You can’t fault that logic.
The album, 100X30, is due for release on 4 December, featuring half-minute protest songs from all your faves including David Mindel, the Eurovision songwriter who’s 2015 entry was said to have “all the charisma of a soggy lettuce” by one Independent critic.
Spotify declined to comment. Presumably distracted by all the money it’s making.