Fairness Rocks News The 50 Dollar Handshake Goes to Washington: Payola, Spotify and Steering Agreements


Fairness Rocks News The 50 Dollar Handshake Goes to Washington: Payola, Spotify and Steering Agreements

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Author: Chris Castle

Date: June 5, 2021

Original Source: Music Technology Policy

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The 50 Dollar Handshake Goes to Washington: Payola, Spotify and Steering Agreements

It will be old news to MTP readers, but Spotify has yet another feature that smacks of pay to play, or what is sometimes called “payola.” We’ve seen all of this before in a few different manifestations over the years, but this time a couple of Congressmen sent a letter about it to billionaire Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO. (See the Artist Rights Alliance op ed and Ashley Cullins reporting in The Hollywood Reporter.) This time it’s about Spotify’s “Discovery Mode” but it could just as easily have been about Spotify’s direct artist deals from a few years ago or the Pandora and iHeart “steering agreements” from a few years before that.

Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2021/06/05/the-50-dollar-handshake-goes-to-washington-payola-spotify-and-steering-agreements/