The Pocket Gods’ latest album campaigning for fairer royalties from music streaming has been banned by Spotify for being offensive to the platform!
The album is called Daniel Ek is not the anti-Christ, he’s just a very naughty boy! the title being a reference to Monty Python’s Life Of Brian – “He’s not the messiah, he’s just a naughty boy.”
The album contains 100 songs, each one 30 seconds long – Spotify pays out just £.002 per stream after a track reaches 30 seconds, so why write longer songs?
Since 2015, the band has campaigned for fairer royalties with their series of 30-second song albums, including their previous album 1000×30 Nobody Makes Money Anymore, which had 1,000 songs, each lasting 30 seconds.
Recently, Guinness World Records officially recognised them as the world’s most prolific band of the digital age, with a record for the most studio albums (75) released digitally.
Mark Lee of Nub Music said: “To be honest, I am quite upset about it all – the album itself is one person and a guitar critiquing the music industry as a whole and is meant to be funny and was all recorded in one take.
“There is nothing hateful on the album. The likes of Joe Rogan and other podcasters can say what they want pretty much, but when we start singing a crap 30-second song moaning about Spotify, it is a different story.
“The album can be streamed on a few sites like Deezer (there are a few songs slagging them off on the album) and Youtube (same again) – and also Soundcloud, which is quite nice compared to the rest!
Lee said, “I have emailed Daniel Ek, with whom I have a cordial relationship, for comment, but he has not replied.”
You can listen to the album on Soundcloud.
Lee and The Pocket Gods aren’t alone in their criticism of Spotify. Back in March YouTube channel, Some More News released a video commenting on how Spotify screws over artists.