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Thom Yorke criticised over Spotify snub

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Jul 16, 2013 | 8:58am EDT

Celebrated British music producer Stephen Street has accused Radiohead rocker Thom Yorke of hypocrisy after the rocker pulled his Atoms For Peace music from web streaming service Spotify. Yorke hit headlines when he decided to remove his side project's work from the website, claiming the band is "standing up for our fellow musicians" amid fears the service could lead to a drop in revenue for upcoming artists. However, the move has attracted criticism from The Smiths' longtime studio engineer Street, who claims Yorke sealed the fate of new artists years ago when he released Radiohead's 2007 album In Rainbows online and asked fans to pay what they could for the record. In a series of posts on Twitter.com, Street writes, "Atoms for Peace quit Spotify... bit rich coming from Thom Yorke that Spotify doesn't work for new artists. It's exactly what I said when Radiohead made their album available for free/pay what you want a few years back. Suits superstars with 10 years of EMI investment behind them... It didn't help new upcoming artists at all. Gave the wrong message that music had no value. It's bitten you on the a**e Thom!"

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