A single album with 1,000 songs? Yep.

One of the quirkiest bands on the planet is The Pocket Gods, an English indie outfit that’s been around for years. For the last while, they’ve dedicated their existence to protesting the paltry payouts artists get from Spotify streams. To prove their point, all Pocket Gods songs are a little more than 30 seconds long. The thinking is that since Spotify pays out a royalty in full once 30 seconds of a song goes by, why bother anything longer.

The latest Pocket Gods release is called Nobody Makes Any Money Anymore. While previous releases have featured 300 and 500 songs, this album has 1,000 songs(!!!), each about 30 seconds long.

The first single is called “0.002” (pronounced “Nought Nought Two”) because that’s how much in British currency each stream pays out (£0.002). It runs for about 35 seconds. And yes, there’s a video.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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