A few weeks ago, we did a TLDR episode about the band Vulfpeck, which had come up with a novel way to fund their tour. They uploaded an album of silence to Spotify called "Sleepify," and asked their fans to stream it while they slept. The royalties from the plays of those songs would allow the band to tour for free.
An hour ago, the band announced on its Facebook page that Spotify has requested that they remove "Sleepify" from Spotify.
In a typically Vulfpeckian fashion, the band posted an album called "Official Statement," on Spotify, which includes a statement (modified with a bunch of reverb and delay), 30 seconds of silence, and a short musical piece.
As of this writing, "Sleepify" remains on Spotify. Vulfpeck has removed the album from Spotify.
I asked the band's leader Jack Stratton via email if he could send me a copy of the email he got from Spotify, and in response, he said "the email was not aggressive, but did include some #hurtful language. My gut is telling me not to post it."
Contacted by email, Spotify's public relations rep Graham James declined to comment.
You can listen to the "Official Statement" album below.
(H/T Jon Stone)