Led Zeppelin tie up with Spotify
Led Zeppelin have made an agreement with streaming service Spotify to make their entire catalogue available to listeners.
The band’s first two albums are available now, with their third and fourth due shortly. By Sunday all their material will be online.
In a brief statement the band said via their official Facebook page: “Led Zeppelin is now on Spotify. Starting today, the catalogue is being released in chronological order over the course of the week.”
The full release schedule is:
Dec 11: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
Dec 12: Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV
Dec 13: Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti
Dec 14: Presence, In Through The Out Door
Dec 15: The Song Remains The Same, Coda, BBC Sessions, How The West Was Won, Mothership, Celebration Day
Jimmy Page last month reported that his long-running Led Zep remaster project is nearing completion. Each of the band’s albums are expected to be released with a “companion disc” next year.
Controversy continues over the Spotify service, with recent reports suggesting that artists receive less than a hundredth of a penny per play. Responding to the figure of $0.0084 for each stream, the firm pointed out that it had handed over more than $1bn in royalties, with $500m during 2013 alone.
Peter Gabriel recently told Rolling Stone: “I have a problem with Spotify. It’s a great service and I love being able to get anything anytime. But they made a deliberate decision to get in bed with the record companies. They gave them equity positions, which means they can make payments to them without paying the artists. I have a fundamental ethical problem with that.”
But Billy Bragg suggested the problem was with deals between labels and artists, and not with Spotify itself. He told the Telegraph: “If the rates were really so bad, the rights holders – the major record companies – would be complaining. The fact that they’re continuing to sign up means they must be making good money.”
Meanwhile, Spotify have announced their free service will be extended to mobile devices with the costs covered by advertising.