Spotify has become one of the most ubiquitous and successful online music streaming services by providing access to a huge collection of music by almost every artist you can think of for free (with ads) or for just $10 a month (for the ad-free service). Music streaming has changed the landscape of the music industry in the last few years, giving consumers even further reason to not purchase the music they listen to (and pushing album sales to plummet to all-time lows).
Spotify, in particular, has been called out for paying artists very little, even though the company claims to give back much of its revenue to musicians. Obviously, this doesn’t sit will with certain famous artists who, in return for what they believe are Spotify’s manipulative practices, refuse to give the service access to their music. Case in point? Taylor Swift famously pulled her entire back catalog off the streaming service in protest of its business model back in 2014, although she recently added it back (reportedly in celebration of her fifth studio album, 1989, selling 10 million copies worldwide).
While Swift may have returned to the service, several big names still remain off Spotify until this day. Here are 10 high-profile artists whose music is not currently available on Spotify.
Prince made a ludicrous amount of music during his impressive career, dropping nearly one studio album per year between his 1978 debut and his untimely death in 2016. And that’s to say nothing of the EPs, demos, and internet-only releases he put out alongside them. It’s a stunning body of work that you can’t find on Spotify, because Prince didn’t play that game. He was always an artist who wanted as much control over his music as possible, even scrawling the word “slave” on his cheek during a dispute with Warner Bros. over the rights to his music. You can find Prince’s tunes on Tidal, but Spotify subscribers shouldn’t hold their breath.