Spotify, Distrokid and Fake Streams: Why Your Song Got Removed

Hey, ya'll! I figured it was time for a quick PSA about Distrokid and what's going on about Spotify and the takedown of 1,000's of songs...


It seems like everyone's been asking "what happened", "Who's in charge here"! Don't worry... this short and sweet post should clear any bit of confusion up real quick for ya... (no promises it'll make you feel good about it all though)! 

So over the last few days (starting at the beginning of the year (2021) Spotify removed about 750,000 songs from its platform. At first many began blaming Distrokid for the takedowns, but I believe this was only because Distrokid artists may have been hit by the takedowns first (remember Spotify has a small stake in Distrokid)! But over the course of a few days, other distributors also saw the sting of takedowns occurring with their artists as well... meaning it wasn't Distrokid that ordered the takedowns... it was Spotify themselves! 


 

So what happened?


If you're a modern-day musician or artist...

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Don't get ripped off by Playlist pluggers!

Do you want to see what your fans look like when your song is placed on a bogus playlist? 

 

Don't get ripped off by bogus Spotify Playlist pluggers. Here are some quick ways to spot a bogus playlist from a legit one:

  1. If they are claiming a certain amount of streams for X amount of $.
    • The truth is no one can promise anything with playlists. It could get added and no one listens to the playlist, or the listeners skip your song because they don't like it. If a plugger is promising "100k streams for $1000" it's probably a scam...
  2. If the amount of followers = the amount of plays a song is getting.
    • Human behavior is much more complex. Not every person will stream it that follows the playlist, and some may stream is multiple times. So if the numbers are close it might be questionable. EX) 10,531 followers on a playlist & you get 10,531 listens on your song.

Spotify is removing all fraudulent streams and could result in a ban on their platform. Strive...

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