Spotify Move Stirs Debate

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MUSIC & INDUSTRY


Yesterday, Spotify released its new policy on "hate content and hateful conduct," announcing that it would stop promoting R. Kelly and XXXTentacion. Both artists remain on the platform, but their work will no longer appear on Spotify's influential public playlists and recommendation algorithms. In doing so, Spotify waded from one controversy into another, much more existential, debate - what, exactly, constitutes "hate content?" Why, for example, does Chris Brown, convicted of assaulting Rihanna, still appear on Today's Top Hits? Some in the industry went so far as to call this censorship. To Spotify's credit, they're being very transparent about the process, partnering with groups like SPLC, GLAAD, and ADL to make sure they get this right. Also to their credit, Spotify is one of just a few outlets that are actively grappling with the content (and the conduct of its creators) on their platform.

BRANDS & BANDS


A few digital sleuths pouring through Instagram's code found evidence that the company will soon let users add music to posts. The feature, called "music stickers," will give users the option to search for and add songs to their Instagram Stories. This, apparently, is why Facebook struck recent deals with major record labels. Based on the success of Musical.ly, "music stickers" should give the already insanely popular Stories feature a major boost. It also gives users a much bigger incentive to turn the sound on when they're scrolling through their feed, which is great for...(wait for it)… advertisers! Because it's always about the advertisers. Always.

RESEARCH & INSIGHTS


Billboard debuted their first "Music Popularity Chart" in 1940, and ever since, they've been a definitive source for what's hot in the industry. This week, they announced new tweaks to their Hot 100 formula, adding weight to paid streams over plays supported by ads. This apparently irked YouTube (aka the world’s largest ad-supported free music streaming platform), causing them to ask, "streams count less? eff it, we'll just make our own charts." So yesterday, they launched YouTube Charts. It's a valuable tool too, especially given YouTube's 1.8 billion users and access to real-time data.

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