The Guardian was the first to report on Spotify’s new Spotify Artists page, a project designed to green-wash a lot of the bad press around the streaming service and the artists that have spoken out against offering up their music on the service.
The position we take is look, we know Spotify is not perfect for all artists yet, but this is the theory behind it, this is where we are, and this is where we’re going
Today we're excited to be announcing a series of new artist initiatives at Spotify. Check them out here http://t.co/emvfPTGLRB
— Spotify Artists (@SpotifyArtists) December 3, 2013
Here’s more from the source:
As with digital downloading or the CD before it, the emergence of streaming services like Spotify has elicited a range of responses from fans, artists, and the wider music industry: excitement, curiosity, and, in some cases, skepticism. We understand all of these reactions. We are helping fans access and enjoy the world’s music in a new way, and with it, we are asking them to pay for their music in an entirely new manner too. As a result, the way that we compensate the people who actually own the music on Spotify is somewhat new and can be unfamiliar to many artists and managers.
Not only is this an attempt to come clean about how the payouts work, but it was also an attempt to remind artists that this can be a platform to sell merchandise and concert tickets thanks to a new partnership with Songkick. Read the full post here at The Guardian.