PETALING JAYA, Mar 2 — Hundreds of K-pop songs abolished on Spotify bygone afterward a altercation amidst the all-around alive belvedere and Korean music benefactor Kakao M.
Some Korean artistes had their absolute discographies wiped off the app afterwards admonishing while others alone had a few advance remaining, abundant to the agitation of all-embracing admirers who abundantly await on Spotify to get their K-pop fix.
Epik High rapper Tablo said the altercation amidst Spotify and Kakao M acquired their latest anthology Epik High Is Here (Part 1) to be removed on Spotify.
“Regardless of who is at fault, why is it consistently the artistes and the admirers that ache back businesses abode acquisitiveness over art?” Tablo wrote on Twitter.
K-pop admirers anon realised the massive ambit of groups and singers who were at atomic partially afflicted by the disagreement.
The account included Seventeen, IU, The Boyz, (G)I-DLE, Vixx, Infinite, Hyuna, 4 Minute, Monsta X, CN Blue, Gfriend, Mamamoo, AOA, Hyolyn, Sunmi, and abounding more.
Spotify afresh appear a account answer that they had bootless to renew their licensing acceding with Kakao M which had asleep on March 1.
“Due to the cessation of our aboriginal licensing acceding with Kakao M on March 1, 2021, we are no best able to accommodate its archive to admirers and admirers all over the world.
“We accept been authoritative efforts in all admonition over the accomplished year and a bisected to renew the all-around licensing acceding so that we could abide to accomplish Kakao M artists’ music accessible to admirers all over the world, as able-bodied as our 345 actor users in 170 altered regions.
“However, in animosity of this, we were clumsy to ability an acceding about renewing our all-around license,” said a Spotify spokesperson.
Spotify additionally denied that the bearings was affiliated to their contempo barrage of its app in South Korea, which would accept placed them as a absolute adversary to Kakao M’s alive account Melon.
Spotify added that they are alive to boldness the affair but fabricated no audible promises about abating the immense archive of K-pop songs that had been wiped off the platform.
Not continued afterwards Spotify batten up, Kakao M responded with a account claiming that Spotify had advisedly banned to renew the licensing acceding admitting requests to do so by Kakao M.
Kakao M added that they are currently in added negotiations with Spotify over calm and all-around affairs for the administration of their artistes’ music.
Tablo, who was one of the aboriginal musicians to cheep about the dispute, afterwards adapted admirers that Epik High had managed to restore two of their albums on Spotify.
However, the albums’ alive numbers were displace to aught and could not be recovered to users’ playlists.
“Did all we can to restore our music. Lost the alive numbers and playlisting.
“Heartbroken but what affairs is that you can apprehend the music again. Throw us a alive party,” Tablo wrote.
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