What We’re Watching: May 2019

Most people think of watching television as a way to relax, but in the streaming era—with multiple distinct services filled with dozens or hundreds of…
SPIN Staff / May 8, 2019

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

Kanye West & Tidal Must Face Fraud Suit Over The Life of Pablo Exclusivity Claims

A fraud lawsuit against Kanye West and Tidal is being trimmed but will continue on, following a judge's ruling last week. On Friday,…
Colin Stutz, Billboard / June 26, 2018

Kanye West to Face Lawsuit Over The Life of Pablo’s Alleged Tidal Exclusivity

Kanye West and Tidal won't be able to dodge a lawsuit alleging that they tricked fans into subscribing to the streaming service under false claims.
Rob Arcand / June 23, 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

Tidal Announces Investigation Into “Potential Data Breach” Following Reports of Fake Streaming Numbers

Tidal has announced an internal investigation into the security of their customer data, following the publication of a report earlier this month in the Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv which…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 18, 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

Now Tidal Is Reportedly Late on Payments to Labels

Tidal is struggling to make on-time payments to record labels and music distributors, multiple sources have reportedly told Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. The Jay-Z-owned music streaming service is "behind with…
Anna Gaca / May 16, 2018

Apple Music and Pandora Are No Longer Promoting R. Kelly

On Thursday, Spotify said that it would be removing R. Kelly's music from its official playlists. Due to a new "hate content and hateful conduct"
Rob Arcand / May 12, 2018

Jay-Z Compiling Album of Unreleased Prince Music for TIDAL

According to a new press release from TIDAL, Jay-Z is compiling a new album of unreleased Prince music in collaboration with the late musician's estate,…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 11, 2018

What Does Spotify’s R. Kelly Policy Say About Policing a Streaming Platform?

Yesterday, Spotify announced that it was pulling R. Kelly's music from its numerous editorial and algorithmic playlists. Due to…
Rob Arcand / May 11, 2018
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