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Spotify removes all Victory Records releases following revenue dispute
Victory Records: ‘Where are my paychecks for the last six months?’
Spotify: ‘You’re fired.’
On Monday night music-streaming giant Spotify decided to drop all music released by Victory Records from its service. Spotify’s own records showed that about 53 million plays from Victory’s releases had gone unpaid for, and Spotify wanted the Chicago label to sign a new contract to resolve the issue.
The problem: The new contract would have conflicted with an existing contract. Victory said the contract wouldn’t work, and Spotify responded—after the label allegedly pleaded to work out an agreement—by removing all of its music.
Yup: In 2015 punk rockers are still being put down by the Man. Some bands signed under Victory include:
- Bad Brains
- Reverend Horton Heat
- River City Rebels
- Straylight Run
- Taking Back Sunday
- Voodoo Glow Skulls
- Hawthorne Heights
(Some have had albums previously released under different labels, and those can largely still be streamed on Spotify.)
Data: Actual Spotify numbers for premium subscribers in December 2014, per Section 115 disclosures. Source: Audiam
This might not last—it’s certainly not good PR for Spotify to admit it didn’t pay a punk label for streaming plays, and then ask representatives to fix the situation by signing a contract that would breach a contract with another service—but for now, you’ll just have to head to YouTube for all of Victory’s releases (or to Amazon Prime, which offers a great deal of the music Victory Records has released).
You can find Victory’s official statement here.
H/T Rolling Stone | Illustration by Max Fleishman
Joey Keeton is an entertainment writer who reviewed streaming movies, comedies, and TV series for the Daily Dot. He's also written about podcasts, bizarre web culture, and politics.