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Spotify Staffers Walk Into Bad News on Monday

Company announces it's laying off 17% of its workers, the 3rd round of layoffs this year

(Newser) - Spotify is about to get smaller—17% smaller. The streaming music service announced its third round of layoffs this year in a Monday blog post from CEO Daniel Ek, who called the downsizing a "strategic reorientation," the AP reports. Ek noted that the new "leaner structure" would...

Taylor Swift Kicks a Male Off of Spotify's Throne

She was the most-streamed artist of 2023, ending Bad Bunny's run

(Newser) - It's her, hi—Taylor Swift is Spotify's 2023 most-played artist. According to Spotify Wrapped, Swift was 2023's most-streamed artist globally, raking in more than 26.1 billion streams since January 1. That means that the pop powerhouse has dethroned Puerto Rican reggaetón star Bad Bunny, who...

Music Is Made Differently Now That We're All Streaming It

The way streamers track success and pay artists has shaped songwriting

(Newser) - Streaming has revolutionized the music industry in countless ways, including how songs are penned, the Wall Street Journal says. Hit songs are being written to keep pace with how sites like Spotify track success and pay artists, resulting in shorter tracks. The Journal cites analysis from blogger Michael Tauberg, who...

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Leave Spotify
Spotify Exec Slams Harry
and Meghan: 'F--- Them'
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Spotify Exec Slams Harry and Meghan: 'F--- Them'

Bill Simmons calls royal couple 'grifters' after Spotify deal falls through

(Newser) - The joint statement that announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's $20 million deal with Spotify is kaput noted the entities were "proud of the series we made together." Now, new comments from a top Spotify exec suggest things may have been a little more ... tense. "The ...

Spotify Ditches a Wordle Cousin
Spotify Ditches
a Wordle Cousin

Spotify Ditches a Wordle Cousin

Platform drops Heardle, a song-guessing contest that uses a similar format

(Newser) - Heardle, the name-that-tune game inspired by the Wordle craze, is being dropped by Spotify less than a year after the music-streaming giant acquired it. “After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to say goodbye to Heardle," Spotify said Saturday in a statement, per the AP . First...

Spotify Plans Layoffs, After Boss Concedes Miscalculation

Streaming platform will cut about 600 employees

(Newser) - Chief executive Daniel Ek told employees Monday that Spotify has been cutting costs for months. "It simply hasn't been enough," the staff memo said. So about 600 employees, 6% of the workforce, will lose their jobs, the New York Times reports. Government filings show the audio streaming...

Meghan Markle Dethrones Joe Rogan Atop Spotify

Her new podcast is No. 1 on the platform's charts

(Newser) - Joe Rogan has been king of the Spotify podcast charts for most of three years, but those charts now have a ruling queen instead. Meghan Markle was No. 1 on the platform's rankings Thursday, two days after the debut of her Archetypes podcast, reports The List . The Joe Rogan ...

Meghan Markle Tries to Trademark 500-Year-Old Word

'Archetypes' is the title of her new Spotify podcast, examining female stereotypes

(Newser) - Meghan Markle is seeking to trademark "archetypes," which in addition to being a 500-year-old word is also the title of her upcoming Spotify-exclusive podcast. The Duchess of Sussex, acting through her Archewell Audio company, filed the application with the US Patent and Trademark Office in March, the same...

Report: Spotify's Rogan Deal Worth Far More Than $100M

Sources say it was worth at least $200M

(Newser) - When Joe Rogan signed a multiyear deal with Spotify in 2020, industry insiders estimated it was worth around $100 million—a record for the podcasting industry and a pay rise for a man who was already the world's highest-earning podcaster. Sources tell the New York Times and Pitchfork that...

Joe Rogan Addresses Spotify Drama on Podcast

Calls the controversy a 'political hit job'

(Newser) - Joe Rogan addressed the Spotify controversy he remains embroiled in ... on his Spotify podcast Tuesday. "This is a political hit job," he said while discussing the video of him using the n-word multiple times in the past with his guest, comic Akaash Singh. "They’re taking all...

Neil Young Has a Word of Advice for Spotify Workers

Singer-songwriter is now urging workers at the streaming platform to quit

(Newser) - Neil Young's beef with Spotify isn't over. After requesting all of his songs be taken off the streaming platform two weeks ago in protest of the misinformation put out by Joe Rogan's podcast—and after some other big names, including Joni Mitchell and his former CSNY bandmates...

Joe Rogan Offered $100M to Quit Spotify

'We are ready to fight alongside you,' Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski tells podcaster

(Newser) - If Joe Rogan is getting tired of apologizing for the contents of his podcasts, he might be tempted by an offer from video-sharing platform Rumble. The right-wing Canadian site is trying to lure Rogan away from Spotify with a $100 million deal, per the Hollywood Reporter . The Joe Rogan Experience...

After N-Word Controversy, Spotify Still Backing Joe Rogan

Podcaster had already apologized

(Newser) - Update: Following the latest Joe Rogan controversy, Spotify is still standing by the podcaster. The streaming company's CEO said in a letter to employees released Sunday that he "strongly condemn[s]" Rogan's use of the n-word, but that "silencing Joe is not the answer." He said...

Crosby, Stills, Nash Also Want Their Music Off Spotify

They're following Neil Young's lead

(Newser) - It's not exactly the reunion fans had hoped for, but Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young are now back together—in opposition to COVID misinformation on Spotify. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, who split up acrimoniously in 2015, are following Neil Young's lead and asking their labels...

Amid Joe Rogan Drama, 'Delete Spotify' Shows Up on Spotify

The band Belly puts image on its homepage

(Newser) - Listen to Belly on Spotify, and you'll be met with an interesting message (at least, if you're listening via the desktop app): "Delete Spotify." That's what the image associated with the '90s alt-rock band's Spotify page reads, and the band's members confirm...

Joe Rogan, Spotify Respond to Misinfo Protests

Podcaster says he doesn't think he's spreading bad info but agrees on new Spotify COVID advisories

(Newser) - Scientists , doctors , and famous performers have come out in full force to slam the Spotify podcast of Joe Rogan, accusing him of spreading misinformation on COVID and climate change. Finally, Rogan is now publicly responding, as is the streaming platform. In a lengthy video posted to Instagram late Sunday,...

Spotify Loses Another Big Name Over 'Irresponsible People'

Singer Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in pushing back against Joe Rogan podcast, COVID misinfo

(Newser) - Spotify has agreed to remove Neil Young's songs from its music-streaming platform—at Young's request, in protest of Joe Rogan's podcast and other COVID misinformation—and now it's got another famous name following suit. On Friday, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell announced she, too, would be yanking her...

Scientists Take Issue With Joe Rogan Podcast Discussion

Experts label climate comments by guest Jordan Peterson as dangerous nonsense

(Newser) - More critics are accusing the Spotify-exclusive Joe Rogan Experience podcast of sharing dangerous misinformation after Tuesday's episode in which a guest spouted what one scientist calls a "word salad of nonsense" about climate science. Just days after 270 members of the US scientific and medical communities demanded Spotify...

Spotify Says It's Taking Down All Neil Young's Music

Rocker wanted it pulled to protest Joe Rogan's COVID misinformation

(Newser) - Update: Spotify says it is removing Neil Young's music from its platform as per his request. The rocker said Monday that he wanted his music pulled to protest Joe Rogan's podcast and other COVID misinformation on Spotify. "We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from...

Doctors Want Spotify to Do Something About Joe Rogan
Doctors Want Spotify to Do
Something About Joe Rogan
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Doctors Want Spotify to Do Something About Joe Rogan

Open letter urges platform to bring in policy on medical misinformation

(Newser) - Hundreds of medical professionals are asking Spotify to deal with medical misinformation on its platform—including problematic content on the show of its most popular podcaster. An open letter from 270 doctors, scientists, and other professionals says that throughout the pandemic, "Joe Rogan has repeatedly spread misleading and false...

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