Century Media Caves, Puts Songs Back On Spotify


The sole heavy metal holdout has caved.

Century Media Records and its associated labels InsideOut Music, Superball Music and People Like You Records have announced that their entire repertoire is now available on Spotify.

This follows more than a year of resistance to the social network, and lots of blogosphere bullshit.

“Spotify offers great tools to discover new artists. We feel that this is essential for our promising newcomers. In that respect, Spotify gives those artists a very good forum,” states Antje Lange, the label’s general manager in Europe.

After the initial decision to pull the Century Media catalog from Spotify, label execs were impressed by the resulting debate, especially the messages and comments by the thousands of fans who weighed in on the issue.

Fan sentiment and continued discussions with Spotify have resulted in the label reversing its initial decision, a press release says.

How’s that crow taste?

“We respect that music fans wanted to have instant access to our catalog via Spotify,” states Century Media’s North American president Don Robertson. “But we also have to consider the rights of our artists. After practicing some due diligence, we’re moving ahead confident that both the artist and the fan are being fairly served by this developing platform.”

Century Media will continue to evaluate Spotify as a music discovery tool and welcome the fan’s opportunity to preview a release in its entirety before deciding to buy a copy.

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