Sorry to break it to all of you freeloaders, but you can no longer stream Björk’s latest album Vulnicura from Spotify.
Like many other artists, she has decided that offering her new music on a free streaming service just “doesn’t feel right.” She did leave her back catalogue though.
Spotify compensates artists by paying them $0.006 to $0.0084 per stream. Over recent years, a number of artists have pulled their music from the service in protest of the streaming service.
But it’s not the money Björk is concerned about. She explained her hesitation in an interview with Fast Company:
“We’re all making it up as it goes, to be honest. I would like to say there’s some master plan going on [with the album release], but there isn’t. But a few months ago I emailed my manager and said, ‘Guess what? This streaming thing just does not feel right. I don’t know why, but it just seems insane,'” Björk said. “To work on something for two or three years and then just, ‘Oh, here it is for free.’ It’s not about the money; it’s about respect, you know? Respect for the craft and the amount of work you put into it.”
That’s understandable. You can hear the amount of work she has put into her album; it’s actually incredible. You can read our review here.
As it is with everything else in this world; if want it, you have to be willing to pay for it.
Then again, you can always just listen to it on YouTube.