Victory Records’ Catalog Dropped by Spotify

If you’re currently looking to stream some music on Spotify from one of Victory Records’ slew of artists, you may not find them on the site. Songs by artists such as Hawthorne Heights, Thursday, and A Day to Remember were taken down on Monday (Oct. 19) after the record label and the streaming site was not able to work out an agreement about unpaid royalties.

The dispute revolves around publishing royalties that Victory’s sister company, Another Victory Music Publishing, says Spotify owes them. In a statement released by the label on Tuesday (Oct. 20), Spotify reportedly owes them compensation for 53 million streams. The statistic of unpaid royalties came directly from Spotify’s own records. According to Billboard, these unpaid royalties can equal about $23,000.

“Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night [Monday] as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws,” a press release from the record label states.

Joining in on the accusation of unpaid royalties is Audiam, a free service that help artists get paid for the digital use of their music from YouTube and other digital services. Victory and Audiam currently have an agreement and victory is accusing Spotify of trying to have them breach their contract with the service site.

“Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement,” said Victory. “The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists … The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.”

“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 Chief Executive Jeff Price responded on Monday evening.

The take down of Victory artists, as well as those not even part of the group, comes hot on the heels of other artists taking stands against the music streaming giant. Thom Yorke, Prince, and of course Taylor Swift, are just some who have had their music taken down from Spotify because of a lack of compensation for the writers, producers, and artists a like.

At the time of this being written, only the Wall Street Journal had gotten a respond from Spotify. Since WSJ forces people to either “sign in” or “subscribe” to read full articles,  we decided to wait until an official rebuff by Spotify is made. For now, Victory founder Tony Brummel has responded by saying that, “we are not looking to go to war with anyone. We want to be fairly; not like indentured servants.”

A Day to Remember Set Release Date for New Album

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Even though A Day to Remember are still knee-deep in the never-ending legal battle with their record label, Victory Records, it looks like the legal dispute will no longer be getting in the way of their new album.

The band announced earlier today, the official release date for their new, self-released album, Common Courtesy. Due to the legal issues between them and Victory, the band have had to keep pushing back the released date, but it looks like that would no longer be playing a factor.

On October 4, the band came out on top, when the judge preceding over the case ruled in the band’s favor.

As for the legal battle between the two entities, it doesn’t look like things are getting better. When Alternative Press released their newest edition of the music magazine, there was a Q&A with Victory Records about the who fiasco. Originally, A Day to Remember were contractually obligated to give the record label a total of five albums, but when they claimed that they had already done so,  the record label decided to go after them for breach of contract. Ever since then, the future of music for them had been shaky.

Instead of taking a full law course in what is currently going on between both sides, fans could just rest assure that their beloved, new album will be coming out on October 8 with no Victory Record strings attached.

Watch below the statement straight from the band on the matter.

Don’t forget to check out A Day to Remember on The House Party Tour with All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, and The Wonder Years.