Victory Records’ music removed from Spotify amid claims they received no money for 53m streams

Label is the former home of US bands Taking Back Sunday and Thursday

Spotify has reportedly pulled the entire back-catalogue of emo/pop-punk label Victory Records from its US service amid a dispute over publishing royalties.

Victory was formerly home to Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, Thursday and more, with Streetlight Manifesto and A Day To Remember currently signed to the label.

Representatives of Victory Records claim they have not been paid by Spotify for 53 million streams generated by songs by their artists, with Spotify removing its music until the claims have been investigated.


A statement from Victory Records accuses Spotify of “not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws”.

“Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.”

The statement continues: “The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music. Thank you for your support and we remain hopeful that Spotify will do the right thing.”

Spotify’s global head of communications and public policy, Jonathan Prince, told the Wall Street Journal the label hasn’t provided enough data to prove their claims: “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”.

Victory has experienced legal trouble in the past, been sued by several of its own artists, including Hawthorne Heights, A Day To Remember and Streetlight Manifesto. The latter band previously described the label in a blog post as “artist-hostile, morally corrupt and generally dishonest company.”

Victory Records’ back-catalogue remains available on Spotify in several other countries, including the UK.