Jason Aldean Removes New Album From Spotify
Jason Aldean has pulled his new record, 'Old Boots, New Dirt,' from Spotify.
According to his label, Aldean is removing the new record only; the rest of his catalog will stay intact on the music streaming service. 'Old Boots, New Dirt' had more than 3.04 million streams on Spotify in its debut week, making it the best-ever debut for a country album on the service.
“Music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment,” Swift says. “And I’m not wiling to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
She also made sure to reference the Wall Street Journal op-ed that she penned last summer, in which she boldly wrote, “In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.”
It's safe to say that Swift's new record '1989' has done extremely well; it sold over a million copies in its first week -- a record-breaking debut. And Aldean's album, despite the fact that he originally released it to Spotify, dominated Billboard chartsacross all genres, the second time in a row he has achieved that success.
Spotify, which has a user base of 40 million, has many proponents and detractors within the music industry. Some view the streaming service as a way to garner revenue as record sales decline. Others believe the payment per stream, between 0.006 cents and 0.0084 cents, is far too low.
"There is a premium for 'brand new' -- movies, cars, clothes, everything else," says Jon Loba, executive vice president of BBR Music Group, Aldean's label home. "Why we devalue music, I don't know. I understand five years down the road -- potentially -- there will be enough streaming revenue to balance it out. In the meantime, how much revenue are we giving away?"
Spotify appealed to Swift after her decision, asking her to come back. They haven't yet done the same for Aldean, but the company states strongly, "We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That's why we pay nearly 70 percent of our revenue back to the music community."