Are Fake Spotify Artists Fake News?

Have you been keeping up with this nifty little item?  A reporter talked to some folks who claimed they were paid a flat fee by Spotify to write New Age-style tunes.  These chirpy melodies would then end up on playlists, garner millions of aggregate streams, and save Spotify from having to pay any royalties to the labels.

Spotify has hotly and flat out denied this.  Now, in our current world, lots of famous politician-types are flat out denying lots of things, until the things are discovered as true.  Is Spotify giving us an old skool denial?  Or a current day denial?

For some good perspective of this drama, click on the link and then, in that article, click on the links there.  You’ll see where all the hubub is a-comin’ from.

Then, click on the Twitter feed of Glenn Peoples HERE.  He used to write for Billboard and now works for Pandora working on “music insights and analytics.”  He chimed in with a series of 12 tweets that gives some very good reasoning as to why all of this stuff might, in fact, be untrue.

What do you think?  We want to know.


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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & Morewhich airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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