Musicians all around the world are shocked after Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has suggested that artists need to churn out new music at a faster pace.
In an interview with Music Ally, Ek insinuates that the traditional model of releasing music where artists take years between albums (and go on tours) was not sustainable in the streaming era.
"Some artists that used to do well in the past may not do well in this future landscape," the tech billionaire claimed. "You can't record music once every three to four years and think that's going to be enough."
Ironically, the same man who is apparently a music fan says that he's hopeful and keeping his fingers crossed that the world can go back to live shows again. "That will be super meaningful," he says. It is as good as him asking musicians to: Create an album > Release the album > Go on tour to support that album > Create new material for new album WHILE on tour > Repeat
Dee Snider wrote on Twitter, "While you (the listener) benefit & enjoy Spotify, it's part of what's killing a major income stream for artist/creators. The amount of artists "rich enough" to withstand this loss are about .0001%. Daniel Ek's solution is for us to write & record more on our dime?! F--- him!"
You are an obnoxious greedy little shit Daniel Ek - David Crosby
Mike Portnoy also went on the same rant, "What a greedy little b----... it's bad enough that he's worth BILLIONS based on stealing and giving away other musician's music...but now he's suggesting we need to make MORE music for HIM to make more money!!!"
Founding member of R.E.M., Mike Mills, tweeted, "Music=product, and must be churned out regularly, says billionaire Daniel Ek," before saying "Go f--- yourself."
Another musician, Joan Osborne chimed in saying that the CEO has no idea what he's talking about, saying that he has never created any music in his life and has "zero rights to tell any working musicians what they can and can't do."
Spotify had reigned the music streaming world for several years now, and as of 2020, Ek is reportedly worth $4 billion USD.
Though the streaming service has provided a new space for artists to grow their fanbase, the company had often come under fire for their way of compensating artists. It is estimated that an artist earns roughly $0.00437 per song play.
But Ek insisted that his company's payment practices are fair. "Unequivocally, from the data, there are more and more artists that are able to live off streaming income in itself," the CEO declared, describing suggestions otherwise as a "narrative fallacy." "I feel, really, that the ones that aren't doing well in streaming are predominantly people who want to release music the way it used to be released."
Read the reactions from Twitter below: