This Coldplay article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor. Header image by Ben Etridge.
Coldplay have agreed to stream their latest album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ on Spotify.
The band’s seventh album was initially only available on rival streaming services which require paid subscription: Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play Music. It is thought that the band were concerned about Spotify’s free listening tier. However, it appears that the two parties have come to an agreement following negotiations, meaning that the album will be available to both free and premium users on Friday 11th December.
In a statement to The Verge, Spotify said, “We are 100 percent committed to our model because we believe that a free, ad-supported tier combined with a more robust premium tier is the best way to deliver music to fans, create value for artists and songwriters, and grow the industry. In that context, we explored a wide range of promotional options for the new Coldplay album and ultimately decided, together with management, that Coldplay and its fans would best be served with the full album on both free and premium this Friday.”
Coldplay are not the first major artist to have concerns about Spotify’s streaming model. Taylor Swift removed all of her music from the service, while Adele chose to reject all streaming services when releasing her latest album 25.