Spotify yanks some, but not most, of Alex Jones' shows off its platform

Spotify has just become the latest online media hosting service forced to reckon with its responsibilities re: the propagation of hate speech, with the platform announcing today that it’s pulled some—but not all—of its episodes of Alex Jones’ Infowars off of its servers. (At present, there are still 613 episodes of…

Here’s genius Ben Affleck predicting the rise of Netflix and Spotify back in 2003

In 2003 the wheels had already begun to rattle off of Ben Affleck’s career (for the first time, anyway). By mid-summer, thanks to a series of bombs and bad performances, his transition from lovable Hollywood underdog to matinee idol had ground to a near complete halt. But if Affleck couldn’t foresee his own career…

People are demanding refunds from Spotify because they're sick of Drake

Over the weekend, we reported that Spotify users had already streamed 882 years worth of Drake’s new album Scorpion, with some of the tracks’ play counts getting well into the 9-digit area. But that’s not to say that everyone on the streaming platform is loving this new all-Drake-all-the-time lifestyle. Some users on…

People have already streamed 882 years' worth of Drake's new album on Spotify

Heck, maybe honesty really is the best policy: Drake’s new album Scorpion—in which he openly acknowledges the son former beefmate Pusha T accused him of hiding on a recent diss track, among other topics—has just smashed Spotify’s record for most streams in a single day. Per Variety, the album’s songs were streamed…

Spotify partially walks back its "hateful conduct" policy after pushback from Kendrick Lamar

Two weeks ago, Spotify made headlines by announcing that it was extending its “hateful speech” and “hateful conduct” policies out into the real world, removing from its playlists music by artists whose off-stage actions are “so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something…

Spotify removes R. Kelly, XXXTentacion from playlists under new hateful conduct policy

The campaign to #MuteRKelly has gained another powerful ally: This morning, Spotify quietly removed Kelly’s music, as well as that of accused domestic abuser XXXTentacion, from its editorial and algorithmic playlists, according to Billboard and Pitchfork. Both men’s music still comes up when you search their names,…

We run this: Celebrate women in rap with The A.V. Club’s playlist

When A.V. Club Executive Editor Laura M. Browning recently polled one of our company Slack channels looking for heavy workout music by women, I sent her Princess Nokia’s “Kitana,” a song that makes me feel invincible enough to walk down the street overturning cars and knocking down lampposts despite my 5’ 2” frame.…

Cool and slightly judgy Uber driver profiles passengers with perfect Spotify playlists 

Getting picked up in an Uber or a Lyft always involves a low-stakes gamble for whether or not there will be any good music to listen to during your ride, but a driver who goes by @TEEJUS___ on Twitter recently revealed his secret trick to making riders happy. Apparently, he has compiled 11 masterful Spotify playlists…

It sure looks like Bulgarian scammers used fake Spotify playlists to make a shitload of money

One of the major complaints about Spotify is that their payout system makes it incredibly difficult for musicians to actually earn any profit. But a growing mountain of evidence points to the fact that one or more scam artists in Bulgaria have figured out how to use Spotify’s system against them to make, what can…

Mariah Carey is still making a shit-ton of money off “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

There’s one of them at every winter holiday gathering. “Happy capitalist exploitation day!” they’ll sarcastically intone, or maybe just cheerfully snark, “Happy buy people stuff month.” Yes, there is always someone ready to ruin your holiday cheer with their bold, no-holds-barred ability to point out that these yearly…

Larry David put together a Curb Your Enthusiasm playlist for Spotify

If one were trying to pinpoint the musical preferences of Larry David, one might assume it would be nothing more than a deafening chorus of groans. But fans of the show knows he has a soft spot for Wagner—one that got him into quite a bit of trouble in one memorable season-two episode—as well as numerous other…

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