Has the 37 year-old country music singer joined Swift in the fight against digital streaming services?
On Monday (Nov 10th), country music singer Jason Aldean followed in the footsteps of Taylor Swift as he removed his latest album, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt,’ from the streaming music service Spotify just over a month after its initial release.
Aldean pulled his new album from the streaming service
Even though ‘Old, Boots, New Dirt’ became the best-ever debut for a country album after being streamed more than 3 million times in its first week of release, a spokesperson for Spotify confirmed to the Associated Press that the album has been pulled, but no further details were available.
On the streaming site, a note under Aldean’s name reads, “The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album from Spotify. We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon."
The 37 year-old singer’s surprise decision comes only days after Swift offered an explanation as to why she also pulled all her back catalogue from Spotify.
“Music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment," she told Yahoo! "And I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."
Swift pulled all her back catalogue from Spotify just last week
Spotify have since claimed nearly 70% of their revenue is paid directly back to rightsholders in the form of royalty payments, but it only pays artists an average of "between $0.006 and $0.0084" per stream, according to the service's website.
Aldean has yet to comment on why he pulled his music from the streaming service, but it is worth noting his five other albums are still available on the site. Fans can still buy ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ on iTunes for $9.99.