According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, Spotify removed all songs by artists signed to Victory Records from its US platform, last night.
The pull follows the news that the streaming site was disputing over royalties with Victory’s sister company, Another Victory Music Publishing.
Following an audit conduced by Audiam Inc., Another Victory states that Spotify hasn’t paid royalties for the thousands of streams in the label’s catalogue. “Spotify has pulled down the Victory Records sound recordings in response to us asking for them to pay for the 53 million streams that have not yet been paid on,” Audiam CEO Jeff Price said.
Jonathan Prince, Spotify’s global head of communications and public policy, told The WSJ: “Given that we don’t have that information, we felt we had no choice but to temporarily take down their content until we can come to a resolution.”
Price continued and said: “Five months ago Audiam provided Spotify all the detailed songwriter information for the over 3000 sound recordings they had not paid on.”
Victory Records have previously found themselves in disputes over royalties. Hawthorne Heights left the label in 2006, before accusing the company of fraudulent accounting practices.
This continued in 2011 when A Day To Remember sued Victory and claimed the label owed them $75,000 in unpaid royalties.