The label started pulling music from streaming service over revenue dispute
Sony artist Madeon has spoken out against the label for removing his songs from SoundCloud.
Madeon Tweeted: “Thank you SoundCloud for being such a great discovery platform over the past five years. Well done Sony for holding your own artists hostage.”
He added: “(Lots of love for my label Columbia of course, they’re great. Less love for Sony Corporate’s disconnected-from-reality strategy.)”
Earlier this month, Sony started removing its catalogue – which includes Adele, Hozier, Kelly Clarkson and Miguel – from the streaming platform due to what sources have described as “a lack of monetisation opportunities”.
Sony Music and Columbia Records are yet to release a statement regarding the removal.
SoundCloud announced in March that they had paid out $1 million (£650,000) to musicians, artists and labels since August 2014.
Posting on their official website, the Berlin-based company wrote of the news: “It’s been six months since we launched the On SoundCloud partner programme, and it feels like a good time to look back at how far we’ve come.
“Since the launch last August, things have been growing fast. We’ve signed up over 100 Premier Partners and paid over $1 million in advertising revenue to partners including labels, audio partners and emerging artists.”