Pink Floyd is pulling their music from digital music providers in Russia and Belarus as a show of solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine.
Today, the band’s social media posted a statement saying they “stand with the world in strongly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” As a gesture of support, Pink Floyd music from 1987 onwards and all of guitarist David Gilmour’s solo recordings are being removed from all DSPs in Russia and Belarus immediately.
To stand with the world in strongly condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the works of Pink Floyd, from 1987 onwards, and all of David Gilmour's solo recordings are being removed from all digital music providers in Russia and Belarus from today. pic.twitter.com/lTV7T3y29u
— Pink Floyd (@pinkfloyd) March 11, 2022
The works being pulled from streamers in Russia and Belarus — whose pro-Russian government has allowed the country to be used as a staging ground for the invasion of Ukraine — will include albums released after Roger Waters left the band in 1985 and Gilmour began leading the group. Under Gilmour’s leadership, Pink Floyd released 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason and 1994’s The Division Bell.
The pre-1987 albums — including 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon and 1979’s The Wall, along with another 10 studio albums — will remain on streaming services in Russia and Belarus.
DSPs strike varying deals with labels and distributors based on territories, which make some music available in certain countries or regions but not in others. The streamers’ ability to geofence content on copyright grounds allows them to support artists who choose to take down music in specific countries, as Pink Floyd has requested.
Just days after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Gilmour took to social media to voice his opposition to the violence and said that Russian president Vladimir Putin “must go.”
“Russian soldiers, stop killing your brothers. There will be no winners in this war,” Gilmour wrote. “My daughter-in-law is Ukrainian and my grand-daughters want to visit and know their beautiful country. Stop this before it is all destroyed.”
Gilmour’s former bandmate Roger Waters has also condemned Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. On Wednesday, Waters released an open letter calling the invasion “a criminal mistake” and “the act of a gangster.” He added that he wished Western countries assisting Ukraine would provide help in the form of diplomacy instead of weapons.
“Rest assured if all our leaders don’t turn down the rhetoric and engage in diplomatic negotiations there will be precious little of Ukraine left when the fighting is over,” Rogers wrote.