Spotify CEO Condemns Kanye West’s ‘Awful’ Rants, But Won’t Remove His Music

Kanye West’s music can keep on streaming large Spotify regardless of the rap star’s “just awful” antisemitic statements, CEO Daniel Ek stated.

West, ditched by Adidas and different company companions after current hate-filled rants on social media and in interviews, didn’t violate Spotify insurance policies towards hate speech as a result of his vitriol doesn’t contain music or podcasts on the platform, Ek, who began the streaming service in 2006, instructed Reuters.

“It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,” stated Ek, who condemned West’s antisemitic remarks as “just awful comments.”

“It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not,” Ek added. He stated he would “obviously respect” the label’s needs, however gained’t take away West’s music with out a request.

Def Jam, a Common Music label that owns the copyright to West’s songs from 2002 to 2016, hasn’t requested for streaming companies to take away his work. The rapper’s Grammy-winning recordings additionally stay obtainable on different companies, together with Apple Music and YouTube.

Endeavor expertise company CEO Ari Emmanuel and different leisure business figures have urged Spotify to finish its relationship with West. The expertise company large CAA dropped West, and so many company companions have dumped him that he’s fallen from the Forbes billionaires checklist.

Spotify did take away music by R. Kelly and XXXTentacion in 2018 after scandals involving sexual assault and violence, in accordance with Pitchfork. The streamer later reversed itself on XXXTentacion’s recordings, concluding he didn’t violate Spotify insurance policies.

“We rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job,” Ek instructed Selection on the time of his firm’s pointers. “The whole goal with this was to make sure that we didn’t have hate speech. It was never about punishing one individual artist or even naming one individual artist.”

Ek decried West’s antisemitic statements as “awful” however does not plan to take away his music.

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West brought about an uproar with a tweet earlier this month that he was going “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.” He later claimed in a number of interviews {that a} cabal of Jewish businessmen was focusing on him.

Def Jam joined the condemnation of West’s antisemitism, however didn’t deal with whether or not it might ask streaming companies to drop his music.

“Def Jam’s relationship with Ye as a recording artist, its partnership with the GOOD Music label venture and Ye’s merchandise agreement with Bravado all ended in 2021,” the label instructed The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “There is no place for antisemitism in our society.”