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Priest's Halford calls fairness in streaming deals

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has called for fairness to prevail in the battle over music streaming services in the music industry.

He believes firms like Spotify should rethink their relationship with artists – and hopes that common sense will prevail in the long term.

His comments come after figures showed that, for every €10 spent on streaming subscriptions, just 68c are paid directly to musicians.

Halford tells 3News: “The big ones like Spotify appreciate the position they’re in. They’ve got buckets of money. I think you’ve just got to be ‘fair’s fair’ here.

“Without us, you don’t have a streaming company – that’s it, plain and simple.”

He says the argument will play out the way the one over iTunes did in the last decade, adding: “It’s a struggle. It’s a battle. But I think the artists will prevail. I’m hoping we’ll see some common sense from Spotify and the others to make it all work for everybody.”

Meanwhile, Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner has predicted the band will record a follow-up to last year’s Redeemer Of Souls. He tells Metal Hammer: “We’ve talked about doing another record – we think we’ve got another record in us. I know we’ve got loads of ideas kicking around. We’ve got the energy to do it, so watch this space.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.