“We Won’t Remove Kanye West’s Music Despite ‘Awful’ Anti-Semitic Comments” – Spotify CEO

Spotify has said it will not remove Kanye West’s music from its platform.

According to the streaming giant, unless his record label makes the request, that’s when it will be removed.

Since making comments regarded as anti-semitic on a recent podcast, Ye has seen a series of companies cut ties with him, including his touring talent agency CAA , fashion house Balenciaga, as well as clothing company Gap.

Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO, condemned the rapper’s recent alleged anti-Semitic remarks as ‘awful’ but revealed his music would still remain on the platform.

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He said the comments made by West were ‘just awful’ but his music itself doesn’t violate their policies.

Ek told Reuters: ‘It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy. It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.’

Had the rapper’s comments been made in a recording, it would have then violated the platform’s hate speech policy and would be removed.

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Adidas also ended their 10-year partnership with the Yeezy founder after facing mounting calls from fans to drop the rapper.

It said in a statement: ‘Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other sort of hate speech.

‘Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.

‘After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. Adidas will stop the Adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect.’

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It added that there would likely be a ‘short-term negative impact of up to €250 million (£217m) on the company’s net income in 2022’ as a result.

The end of their partnership came after a petition calling for company to part ways with West reached more than 160,000 signatures.

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