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  • 8 May 2014, 20:58

Spotify Pulls Silent Album Which Made $20,000

Music streaming website Spotify has removed a completely silent album which has netted its creators $20,000 (11,800) in royalties.

Michigan-based band Vulfpeck's Sleepify album was described as a "clever stunt" by Spotify, which pays out cash based on the number of plays each track gets.

The band encouraged followers to play the silent album at night, to help them raise enough money to go on tour.

But now Spotify has asked the band to remove the album, claiming it violates the company's terms of content.

Keyboardist Jack Stratton said he received a letter from Spotify, adding: "The gist of it was while they enjoyed Sleepify and thought it was funny and clever, it violated their terms of content."

The company pays out $0.007 each time an artist's song is streamed for at least 30 seconds by its millions of listeners.

To take advantage of Spotify's payment policy, the band's album included several 30-second long tracks.

The money made so far will be used to fund a tour mapped around the areas that streamed Sleepify the most.

The gigs will be free to attend, the band has said.

The band has since added a three-track spoken word album in which they explained the situation and why their silent album had been removed.

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