Spotify Is Barring Toxic Musicians From Curated Playlists

Spotify Is Barring Toxic Musicians From Curated Playlists

Last week, Spotify announced that toxic artists would not be featured on its curated playlists. These playlists often serve as a means of showcasing artists’ recent and classic work as soon as you open the Spotify site, app, or desktop client.

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The targets are music contented ad “hate content” or artists involved in “hateful conduct.” As expected, one of the first artists hit was R&B performer R. Kelly known for numerous instances of sexual misconduct.

The step was taken by other streaming music clients such as iTunes and Pandora. Rapper Xxxtentacion was also targeted by Spotify (but not by others) prompting a response about other artists involved in misconduct he feels should be removed as well.

For those wondering, R. Kelly’s albums are still available to everyone listened to on Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora, you’ll just have to make use of the search function to get to it. The coming weeks will reveal what other artists will get the treatment and what the backlash–if any–will be from fanbases and users. After all, the content hasn’t been pulled in its entirety.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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