Jason Aldean’s Music Is Available on Spotify Again
A year after pulling his music from Spotify, Jason Aldean appears to have changed his mind.
Aldean broke the news in a post to his social media accounts on Thursday (Nov. 5):
Everyone in the music business is trying to figure out how to make streaming work financially, so that the creative community gets paid fairly. I'm happy to have been part of that dialog and will continue to be as it all unfolds.
I've heard from you, the fans, all summer on the road and online that you really miss being able to stream my music. I definitely want you to be able to find it easily, so we've decided to make it available again. - JA.
The country star's latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt, was removed from Spotify in November of 2014, after it set a new record for best-ever debut week for a country album with more than 3.04 million streams. The album also sold well, opening at No. 1 despite being available for streaming, but Aldean and his label made the decision to pull the album just one week after Taylor Swift pulled her entire recorded catalog from the streaming service.
Spotify offers consumers the choice to stream free music with commercials, or pay five or ten dollars per month to avoid commercials and access special features. The service pays out between 0.006 cents and 0.0084 cents in royalties for each stream, which critics have criticized as far too low.
“The debate the whole music industry is having on streaming is complicated,” Aldean explained in November of 2014. “And while I’m definitely paying attention to the business side of things, I am first and foremost an artist. I’m an artist whose career has been built by the songwriters, publishers, producers and engineers that line Music Row in Nashville. What they do has value, and I want everyone who is involved in making my music to be paid fairly. This is about trying to do what is right for the people who have given me a great life.”
The RIAA ranks Aldean as the most-downloaded male country artist of all time. In March of 2015 Aldean joined Jay Z and others in the re-launch of Tidal, a competitor streaming service to Spotify that was believed to have offered artists far better compensation. However, Tidal has largely failed to live up to its initial hype; in May Bloomberg Business ran an in-depth look at the problems the company has experienced, saying of Jay Z, "He wants to save the music industry from the brutal economics of streaming — and make himself a fortune in the process. So far he’s doing neither."
According to Billboard, as of Wednesday night (Nov. 4), all of Aldean's six albums were once again available for streaming via Spotify. It is unclear how — or if — this news will impact Aldean's relationship with Tidal.
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