Band Scored $20K Off Silent Spotify Album

But Spotify, alas, has taken it down

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 8, 2014 9:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Spotify has put an end to a small band's ingenious plan to milk it for money with a silent album—but not before that album racked up a five-figure royalty check. In case you missed it, last month a band called Vulfpeck created a silent album called "Sleepify," and urged fans to play it on repeat all night while they slept. The band only has about a thousand fans, but they were able to not-listen hard enough to earn the band $20,000 in royalties, Gawker reports.

Spotify ended the party a few weeks ago—which Vulfpeck revealed in a gimmick three-track EP. Spotify told him that "while they enjoy Sleepify and thought it was funny and clever, it violated their terms of content," frontman Jack Stratton said in a spoken track called "#Hurt." The next track is 30 seconds of silence. Stratton tells Vice that Spotify hasn't paid up yet, but he assumes it will, and he's not worried about any repercussions from the stunt. "You have to be practicing yoga and eating grass-fed butter to face the coldness of the free market," he says.

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