Earlier this month, Spotify unveiled a controversial new hate content and hateful conduct policy that included removing music from the platform’s curated playlists by artists who didn’t reflect “[Spotify’s] values” like R. Kelly, XXXTentacion and Tay-K. The move had immediate negative monetary implications for the artists involved. Today, the platform announced it will roll back part of the new policy, citing how vague and difficult to implement the policy would be.
Of course, at least part of the reason for today’s announcement has to be chalked up to mounting pressure from the music industry to drop the policy. 50 Cent was an early critic, but soon reports stated that other artists, including Kendrick Lamar, were ready to pull their music from the platform if Spotify didn’t do something to change their policy. It turns out Lamar himself may not have pulled the strings, though Top Dawg Entertainment boss Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith certianly did.
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