⚠️ All songs distributed by Kakao M on Korea have reportedly been REMOVED from Spotify.
— Kpop Charts (@kchartsmaster) February 28, 2021
- Spotify finally launched in South Korea on the 1st of February, offering its users a 3-month trial. However, one of the biggest music distributors Kakao M have not signed onto a deal with Spotify as Spotify is direct competition to their own streaming platform Melon.
- A wide variety of Korean artists are unavailable in South Korea on Spotify but as of today, these artists have also been pulled from Spotify worldwide.
- More information has yet to come out but it seems likely that the songs won't return to the platform until a deal has been signed.
Apparently a disagreement between our distributor Kakao M & Spotify has made our new album Epik High Is Here unavailable globally against our will. Regardless of who is at fault, why is it always the artists and the fans that suffer when businesses place greed over art?— 에픽하이 타블로 | Tablo of Epik High (@blobyblo) February 28, 2021
Open thread for a complete list, cause it goes on and on:
artists that had their stuff on spotify deleted, a thread— ً (@lemonphobic) February 28, 2021
half my playlist just got culled.........