Electro band Blood on the Dance Floor’s music has been removed from Spotify, after the streaming service decided that it flouted the company’s policies on hate content. That’s an important point, as the news comes as the band’s frontman Dahvie Vanity (real name: Jesus David Torres) is facing accusations of sexual assault from at least 21 women.
However, having been stung by the backlash when it de-playlisted R. Kelly and XXXTentacion last year for hateful conduct (rather than content), Spotify hasn’t jumped the gun on any criminal charges for Dahvie Vanity. Instead, according to both Huffington Post and Billboard, the removal of the Blood on the Dance Floor back catalogue relates to the music itself: with what Billboard describes as “frequent references to the degradation, abuse and even murder of women”. For now, the band’s music remains available on Apple Music, Deezer and other streaming services, as well as on YouTube (albeit on a de-monetised channel in the latter case, according to HuffPo).