Why You Can’t Stream Björk’s New Album on Spotify

Björk. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Last month Björk surprise-released her new album, Vulnicura, after it leaked online two months ahead of schedule. If you’ve gone to look for it on Spotify since then with no luck, Björk is now explaining why. In a new interview with Fast Company, she warns fans not to expect the album to turn up on the streaming service anytime soon. “A few months ago I emailed my manager and said, ‘Guess what? This streaming thing just does not feel right. I don’t know why, but it just seems insane,’” she says. “To work on something for two or three years and then just, Oh, here it is for free. It’s not about the money; it’s about respect, you know? Respect for the craft and the amount of work you put into it.”

Björk does, however, admit that her Taylor Swift–esque opinions about Spotify may not last forever. “But maybe Netflix is a good model. You go first to the cinema and after a while it will come on ­Netflix,” she says. “Maybe that’s the way to go with streaming. It’s first physical and then maybe you can stream it later.”

Björk Won’t Put Her New Album on Spotify