Spotify CEO to musicians: “you can’t record every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough”

Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, speaks to reporters at a news conference on May 20, 2015 in New York
(Image credit: DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

Many artists have long had a love/hate relationship with Spotify, welcoming the streaming service’s ability to bring their music to new ears while also decrying the fact that the low per-stream payout has put the nail in the coffin of a major source of revenue – earnings from recorded music (which, admittedly, had been in free fall for years).

Now, recent statements by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek have only served to further ignite tensions, as Ek seems to have put the onus on the musicians themselves for their dwindling earnings.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.