Streaming services are uncomfortable with the idea of removing Kanye West’s catalogue due to his recent round of interviews expressing antisemitic views.
As Spotify CEO Daniel Ek made clear this week, they’d take down music that directly breaks their hate-speech policies, but will leave any other removal decisions to rightsholders.
However, DSPs don’t just host music: they curate and promote it too, and that’s where we suspect they will be making some quiet decisions over the next week or two.
Fitness service Peloton, for example, has announced that it has “indefinitely paused the use of Kanye West’s music on our platform… our instructors are no longer using his music in any newly produced classes and we are not suggesting any class that includes his music in our proactive recommendations to members”.
Apple Music has also reportedly removed its ‘Kanye West Essentials’ playlist, while leaving his music on the service.
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