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El-P Calls Out Spotify for Not Protecting Artists Against Fraud

Run the Jewels rapper and producer El-P is calling out Spotify for what he alleges to be a lack of protection against fraud on the…
Rob Arcand / October 20, 2018

Please Don’t Give Your Genetic Data to AncestryDNA as Part of Their Spotify Playlist Partnership

Ancestry, the world's largest for-profit genealogy company, has announced a new partnership with Spotify to create playlists based on your DNA. Using test results from…
Rob Arcand / September 23, 2018

Independent Artists Can Now Upload Their Music Directly to Spotify

If you're a musician who's not signed to a record label, and you want your music on Spotify, you've historically had to pay for the…
Andy Cush / September 20, 2018

Spotify Is Reportedly Negotiating Direct Deals with Independent Artists

Earlier this year, Spotify said that it would be working on new licensing deals with independent musicians and their managers. According to a new report…
Rob Arcand / September 8, 2018

Spotify Announces Studio Residency Program for Female Producers and Engineers

Spotify is teaming up with Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios to host a new residency for emerging female producers and engineers called the…
Rob Arcand / August 16, 2018

Spotify Testing Unlimited Ad Skipping in Free Tier as Part of New “Active Media” Option

Spotify is testing a new feature that would allow its free tier users to skip audio and video ads. Called "Active Media," the option allows…
Rob Arcand / August 11, 2018

Spotify Removes Episodes of Alex Jones’s Radio Show After Backlash

Infowars host Alex Jones announced Monday that fans of his far-right-wing conspiracy broadcast The Alex Jones Show should head over to Spotify if they want to…
Maggie Serota / August 1, 2018

Alex Jones Is on Spotify

Spotify is facing controversy for hosting the podcast of conspiracy-minded right-wing radio personality Alex Jones. Several hours ago Jones posted on Twitter with a request that his fans listen…
Ezra Marcus / July 30, 2018

Apple Music Passes Spotify in Total U.S. Subscriber Numbers: Report

Apple Music has surpassed Spotify in total number of paid U.S. subscribers, according to a report from Digital Music News. The new report is based on…
Israel Daramola / July 6, 2018

Spotify Has No Idea What It’s Doing With XXXTentacion

Just over one month ago, Spotify implicitly declared itself an arbiter of good and evil in the music industry. According to the terms of a short-lived…
Andy Cush / June 19, 2018

Spotify Officially Cancels Hateful Conduct Policy

After a month-long rollout plagued by backlash from musicians and industry insiders, Spotify has announced the cancellation of its controversial "hateful conduct" policy via a post on its…
Joshua Copperman / June 1, 2018

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Admits Flaws in “Vague” Conduct Policy Rollout

Spotify announced a new policy about hateful content earlier this month, removing artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from Spotify-curated playlists, but withdrew the policy shortly…
Joshua Copperman / May 31, 2018

Did Kendrick Lamar Threaten to Pull His Music From Spotify Over XXXTentacion Ban?

Last night, Bloomberg reported that Spotify is preparing to soften its recent "hateful conduct" policy that resulted in artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion being removed…
Jordan Sargent / May 25, 2018

Spotify to Move Back on XXXTentacion Policy After Outcry

Spotify might be moving back on its decision to remove artists from its playlists. After instituting a new policy for handling "hate content" and "hateful conduct" earlier…
Rob Arcand / May 24, 2018

YouTube Announces Expanded Music Credits on Videos

YouTube announced a new feature, rolling out today, that displays music credits in more detail than before. According to Pitchfork, the platform's "music in this video" feature…
Joshua Copperman / May 16, 2018
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