Spotify has made a lot adjustments to its platform to boost discoverability, however a brand new characteristic lets customers block artists.
In the most recent model the iOS Spotify app, a brand new characteristic lets customers choose “don’t play this artist.”
The characteristic blocks a complete artist from enjoying throughout the service. Songs from a blocked artist gained’t present up in your library, playlist, chart checklist, or radio stations.
The block characteristic doesn’t work on songs wherein the artist is featured. For instance, a Chris Brown block would cease “Look At Me Now” from enjoying, however not “Freaky,” which options Brown’s vocals.
The latest deal with R. Kelly’s quite a few sexual assault allegations is re-energizing the blocking debate.
A #MuteRKelly protest sprung up on Twitter and RCA Records lately dropped R. Kelly from its roster. Previously, Spotify eliminated R. Kelly’s songs from its curated playlists. Now listeners on iOS can block the rapper fully.
Spotify has severely been contemplating blocking artists since 2017 — no less than. The streaming big lately determined to not actively block artists platform-wide, however now seems to be handing the keys to its customers as an alternative.
Last yr, Spotify tried to police its choice music by adopting a controversial ‘Hateful Conduct Policy’. Under that coverage, music from rappers like XXXTentacion and Kelly had been briefly faraway from the service.
Spotify reversed that call after extreme backlash from the hip hop group over censorship and an absence transparency. With this new blocking characteristic, Spotify is leaving it as much as customers to take away fending artists from the service. That might show to be the proper compromise, whereas avoiding sensitive censorship and morality policing points.
Right now, the app is barely out there for iOS customers. There’s no phrase on when the characteristic will probably be rolled out for Android customers. It seems that Spotify customers have been asking for this fundamental characteristic for years.
Spotify additionally shares its end–the-year stats for hottest artists and albums. Will we see a stat for probably the most blocked artist on Spotify in 2019?