Prog-rockers King Crimson are one of the last bands unavailable on music streaming platforms. That's set to change soon, with the band announcing plans to release their entire discography on Spotify in the coming months.
The announcement coincides with King Crimson's upcoming 50th anniversary tour, and is part of an "outreach year" for the band.
King Crimson manager David Singleton explained, “The reason we’ve been slow on Spotify is that, unlike apparently the whole of the rest of the industry that’s been telling us that physical is dead, we’ve had rising physical sales for probably the last 10 years. But that argument was valid for a while, and it isn’t anymore.”
“In the end, our prime function is to serve the music and make the music available, and Spotify has now definitely become one of the places that people, particularly younger people, find music.”
From 1969's In The Court of the Crimson King through to 2003's The Power to Believe, King Crimson's 13 albums will be made available on Spotify from June 10th. Other streaming platforms will also eventually have access to King Crimson's music, but details are yet to be released.
The band are planning to commemorate their 50th anniversary with a massive tour of North America, South America and Europe, along with reissues of their back catalog, merchandise, and a new edition of Sid Smith's out-of-print biography on the band.
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