Seventeen, MonstaX and More K-Pop Recordings Pulled From Spotify In Licensing Flap

Some of K-Pop’s biggest stars have disappeared from Spotify’s library after licensing negotiations between the streaming giant and a powerhouse South Korean distributor reached an impasse.

3/1/2021 7:19:00 PM

Some of K-Pop’s biggest stars have disappeared from Spotify’s library after licensing negotiations between the streaming giant and a powerhouse South Korean distributor reached an impasse.

Some of K-Pop’s biggest stars have disappeared from Spotify’s library after licensing negotiations between the streaming giant and a powerhouse South Korean distributor reached an impasse.

The latest Spotify statement continues,"It is our hope that this disruption will be temporary and we can resolve the situation soon. We remain committed to working with local rights holders including KakaoM, to help grow the Korean music market and overall streaming ecosystem together."

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Epik High's Tablo is among those artists frustrated by the situation."Why is it always the artists and the fans that suffer when businesses place greed over art?," the artist tweeted.Separately, EN Management chief, who manages Epik High and others, appealed to both sides to find a solution.

The absence of Epik High’sEpik High Is HereandSleepless in __________Soompiquotes a statement from Kakao M that reads,"Unrelated to our preexisting global licensing agreement with Spotify, Kakao M has been separately negotiating with Spotify regarding a domestic contract for the supply of music." headtopics.com

The message continues,"Unrelated to the domestic contract, which we are still negotiating, we separately received notice of the expiration of our license on Feb. 28, and we requested a renewal of our existing global contract."Kakao M's statement, however, points the finger at Spotify for the licensing standstill."Due to Spotify's policy that they must proceed with the domestic and global contracts at the same time, our global contract has currently expired," it reads."We are currently continuing our negotiations about the supply of music."

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KakaoMRespectTheArtists KAKAOGIVEOURSONGSBACK KakaoMLetTheKArtistStayOnSpotify Monsta X and more :*(( Their loss I guess 🤷‍♀️ literally seventeen lost about 1billion streams... And most of my comfort songs like hug, pinwheel, still lonely, campfire, don't wanna cry etc got robbed. And what is kpop without queen Aju nice!!!!?!

half my playlist has gone now and i was literally listening to it like 10 hours ago and now i feel like crying just took DPR off my playlist like that :( if Melon isn’t gonna go global then stop holding our Spotify hostage y’all petty Sad Yess....like give seventeen back😭😭 pledis_17 You didn’t have to remind me:(

This is a great example of why I still buy a physical copy of everything I listen to. Spotify is a convenience not a necessity for me. oldschool You didn't have to remind me of my losses Billboard U didn't have to remind me billboard 😭 We know that you don't even care..You only care about your covers..😒😒

BoTS next They better come back😩 We don’t care