Metallica has made all nine of its studio albums, as well as various live material, singles, remixes and collaborations, available on the streaming service Spotify, according to Loudwire. The move is significant because Sean Parker, who co-founded Napster, now sits on the board of Spotify. Metallica waged a battle with Napster more than a decade ago over the illegal sharing of the band's music, which resulted in both legal action and a battered public image for the band.
At the press conference in New York announcing the Spotify deal on Thursday (December 6th), Parker and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich appeared together and seemingly buried the hatchet. Ulrich said, "When [Parker} and I saw each other a few months ago. We could see that we had been put down as adversaries. We realize we had much more in common and sitting down was long overdue . . . We were younger, maybe somewhat more ignorant. We sat down and had a heart to heart."
- In a statement at its website, Metallica said, "We are extremely proud to be a part of Spotify, who not only has a proven track record, but is by far the best streaming service."
- Metallica is now able to make these deals directly since, as of last week, the band has complete control over the master tapes of all its audio and video recordings. The band has also launched its own label, Blackened Recordings.
- The first release for the new label will be the Quebec Magnetic DVD next Tuesday (December 10th), which showcases footage from two Quebec City live performances recorded in 2009.
CHECK IT OUT: See a picture of Ulrich and Parker together at http://tinyurl.com/bnx6eof
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you remember the Metallica-Napster battle? Whose side were you on?
- Did you feel that Metallica was going after Napster for valid reasons (people downloading their music for free without their permission)?
- Do you think the Napster battle damaged Metallica's credibility?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
syko kyd wrote: "This is the first thing I thought when the news was posted that they finally had the rights to their masters."
BradyBastard wrote: "Great that they are on there now. As soon as i read this i went on there and made my own playlist of my favorite tracks from them (nice deep cuts from their albums)."
Analyzer wrote: "That is great! I'm glad they got around to adding themselves to Spotify!"
SammyHain wrote: "it's hysterical how they act like they are being 'pioneers' by being on Spotify. Dude, everyone and their brother has been there for years now and is a great service."
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