What goes on behind closed doors is now starting to be taken into consideration by certain music platforms. Spotify, the leading music streaming service, has no tolerance for hate content and hateful conduct. According to The New York Times, Spotify revealed that they will cease to promote or recommend the music of artists, “whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive,” in their recent policy.
Two artists are being targeted by the new policy, R. Kelly, the multiplatinum R&B singer, and XXXTentacion, a new and upcoming young rapper. The consequences, though not directly affecting their music and fans, include being taken down from all official playlists and any recommendation features on the streaming platform.
Their music will still be available on Spotify for streaming by choice, but neither R. Kelly or XXXTentacion will be featured on the front page again. The streaming service decided to remove R. Kelly’s music from the spotlight for sexual misconduct that has been reported for decades now. The R&B musician has denied the accusations every time, stating that Spotify made an “unfortunate and shortsighted” decision. XXXTentacion, recently featured in the Rap Caviar playlist, is facing charges with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and witness tampering.
Debates on the topic of artist misconduct in the music industry have risen. Most of them bring up the question on where we really draw the line. Should other music streaming follow in the footsteps of Spotify? 62% of us say yes, we must filter them out, while 38% believe they should make money regardless. Read the story more in depth on The New York Times here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
R. Kelly and XXXTentacion’s music have been removed from playlists on Spotify. They say they won’t promote artists out of line with their values. Should other music streaming do the same?
Zip users in 65 cities and 28 states weighed in on this question.