Brantley Gilbert Declines to Comment on Spotify After Pulling New Album
Brantley Gilbert just pulled his latest album from Spotify, but he doesn’t want to talk about it.
That was the ‘One Hell of an Amen’ singer’s message to reporters at the American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 23), just weeks after he and Justin Moore became the two latest country stars to pull music from the streaming service over concerns about its revenue model.
Gilbert’s latest album, ‘Just as I Am,’ is no longer available for streaming, but the rest of his catalog remains for now. The singer-songwriter was evasive with reporters when asked directly about the decision.
“I try my best to stay out of all that,” Gilbert told Billboard on the red carpet before the show.
He didn’t want to share any opinion on the entire topic of streaming. “To be honest with you, I write songs, I perform songs,” he added. “When it comes to that kind of thing, I don’t know if it will benefit me one way or another to tell you what my opinion is.”
Backstage after winning Favorite Country Album for ‘Just as I Am,’ Gilbert indicated once again that he wasn’t interested in pursuing the topic.
“I don’t think answering that question is going to benefit me or you at all,” he told media. “Tonight for me was about the songs and the fans, and I had a blast accepting the award, and I’m not so sure I want to chase that question.”
So far, Taylor Swift has removed her entire catalog from Spotify, while Jason Aldean, Gilbert and Moore have pulled only their most recent releases. Some labels have argued that the revenue from streaming is far too small to replace the revenue consequently lost from physical sales or downloads in the critical time immediately following the release of a new project.
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