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Band make $21k from album of silence

US band Vulfpeck managed to squeeze $21,000 out of Spotify streaming royalties – from an album of complete silence.

They uploaded the ten-track release Sleepify and asked fans to keep it on repeat while they slept, in order to fund their upcoming tour. In return, tickets to every show would be free.

Describing it as “the most silent album ever recorded,” they managed to raise $19,655.56 from over 5.5million playbacks, with each track generating around three-tenths of a cent per play. They also became entitled to a copyright payment of around $1100.

Spotify, who admitted the release was a “clever stunt,” asked the band to remove the album in April after it had been available for seven weeks, then took it down itself.

And while the band at first doubted their payments would be made, keyboardist Jack Stratton has now confirmed the money came through.

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.