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Country star Jason Aldean's music back on Spotify a year after removal


NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Country music's top digital male artist has returned to Spotify a year after pulling out of the streaming service over concerns about fair compensation.

On Wednesday night, Aldean's six albums were available for streaming, including his platinum-selling 2014 release, "Old Boots, New Dirt."

Last November, Aldean removed his music from Spotify, saying he wanted everyone involved in making his music to be paid fairly. He has been named the top male country artist for digital single certifications, counting song downloads and on-demand streams.

Earlier this year, he joined artists such as Jay Z, and Madonna to promote Tidal, an artist-owned music and video platform.

Aldean said in a statement on Thursday that he wants to continue to be a part of the discussion inside the music business to figure out how to make streaming music work financially for the creative community.

"Ultimately, I've heard from my fans all summer on the road and online that they really miss being able to stream my music," Aldean said. "I definitely want them to be able to find it easily, so we've decided to make it available again."

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