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Tech & Science Spotify. Thousands of K-pop songs have disappeared from the

18:53  02 march  2021
18:53  02 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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In conflict with the South Korean distributor Kakao M, who owns many rights, Spotify has removed several thousand K-pop songs from its catalog. The two companies have become competitors in South Korea, where Spotify has been offering its services for a month.

Thousands of K-pop songs disappeared from Spotify . The music streaming platform recently removed the tracks from its catalog due to a trade dispute with Kakao M, the South Korean distributor owning the rights to many artists, reports the BBC relayed by Le Point .

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Two hundred artists of K-pop , including very big names of this musical current , are concerned. Spotify revealed that the "existing license agreement" with the Korean distributor has come to an end.

However, the Swedish giant, which says it has negotiated “for a year and a half” with its partner, hoped that the situation would change quickly.

Competitors for a month

Kakao M's speech is very different. According to the distributor, Spotify refused to extend the license in question.

"We asked to renew the existing contract, but we were notified of the expiration of our contract abroad" , said a statement from the South Korean firm.

Kakao M is also the head of MelOn, a music platform with 2.3 million subscribers in South Korea, where Spotify arrived a month ago. Both platforms have assured that this competition has no connection with this dispute.

Meanwhile, many K-pop fans have expressed their displeasure on social media. The songs are, fortunately, still present on other platforms like Deezer, Apple Music and YouTube.

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