Sony artist Madeon says label is ‘holding artists hostage’ over SoundCloud dispute

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, who has produced Two Door Cinema Club and remixed Muse, took to Twitter to protest the label’s removal earlier this month of artists’ music from the ad-supported streaming platform.


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.”