Century Media Label Pulls Music from Spotify, but Will It Help Artists?
Century Media Label Pulls Music from Spotify, but Will It Help Artists?

Fans of diverse metallic flavors such as Napalm Death, Divine Heresy, Lacuna Coil, Andrew WK, Winds of Plague, Sick Of it All, and other headbanging-oriented bands from Century Media Records might be pleased to know that all of them are now back on Spotify, after being summarily pulled from the service last summer.

Century Media Label Pulls Music from Spotify, but Will It Help Artists?

Last August, Century Media said it removed its music from Spotify "protect the interests of their artists."

Today, the label says it's putting the music back because after hearing from "thousands" of protesting fans and looking into the numbers -- possibly including these -- it has concluded that Spotify's freemium music service is good for both artists and fans.

"We respect that music fans wanted to have instant access to our catalog via Spotify," said Century Media's North American chief Don Robertson in a statement. "But we also have to consider the rights of our artists. After practicing some due diligence, we're moving ahead confident that both the artist and the fan are being fairly served by this developing platform."

Spotify weighed in favorably on the label's decision, as one might expect.

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"Spotify's global growth provides a powerful platform for artists to connect directly with our hugely passionate audience," added Spotify content head Steve Savoca. "The return of Century Media's fantastic catalog is cranking metal music to our ears."

Heavy metal music from Century Media Records' subsidiaries, including InsideOut Music, Superball Music, and People Like You Records, are also back on the music service.

As of today, remaining Spotify holdouts include AC/DC, the Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, Led Zeppelin ( despite this), Metallica, Pink Floyd, Rush (to an extent), and other artists.

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