Within about one month of Spotify launching in the U.S. last year, metal label Century Media, which has its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, pulled its catalog from the service. In a critical post on its site, Century Media Records' North American president, Don Robertson, said the streaming-music service offered by Spotify simply didn't provide a sustainable model for the music industry.
Today, Century Media annouced it has reversed this stance.
“We respect that music fans wanted to have instant access to our catalog via Spotify,” Robertson stated in a press release issued jointly by Century Media and Spotify. “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 acts include Lacuna Coil, Spineshank and Grave, among others. In addition to Century Media, brands affected include InsideOut Music, Superball Music and People Like You Records. All current and catalog music under label control is available for streaming.
Record labels have questioned whether or not ad-supported streaming services are a good model for their business, as, generally speaking, streaming services generate more incremental revenue than album sales. Any financial details that may have influenced Century's decision were not revealed, as Robertson simply stated in the release that "continued discussions" with Spotify and "fan sentiment" led to the change of heart.