| 06 Jun 2023
Country singer Jason Aldean follows Taylor Swift, removes album from Spotify

MUMBAI: Following in Taylor Swift’s footsteps, another country singer- Jason Aldean has pulled down his latest album ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ from music streaming site Spotify. However, his previous albums are still available for streaming.

Aldean, who is a leader in top digital sales, initially made the album available on Spotify when it was first released on 7 October 2014. During the first week on the streaming service, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ reportedly had more than three million streams, making it the biggest first week any country album has had on Spotify. The album also topped Billboard’s Top 200 chart and has sold over 467,000 copies since being released.

While a spokesperson from the streaming site confirmed the album was removed, no comment was made by Broken Bow Records, which is Aldean’s label on the decision to take down the album.

Post removing her music from Spotify, Grammy winner Swift explained the reason behind it. The 24 year old said, “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. 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.”

For its part, Spotify stated that revenue is generated each time a user listens to a song through the service. However, the streaming service does not estimate the royalty payments according to a fixed “play per” rate.