Some of your idols favorite songs will return to Spotify soon!
On March 11, Kakao M released an official statement to confirm that songs distributed by them will return to Spotify soon, they have decided to continue supplying Korean music to Spotify after negotiating an agreement for music distribution and have renewed their global licensing agreement, Kakao M artists music will also be available on Spotify Korea, a new major change, this wasn’t present in the previous agreement.
In their statement, they said,
“Kakao M will continue to do its best to protect the rights of creators and create a stable creative ecosystem.”
Spotify also said,
“Spotify will be able to provide the music of Kakao M artists back to fans around the world to more than 345 million Spotify listeners in 170 countries.”
This comes after Kakao M’s deal with Spotify came to an end on March 1st causing an outrage among various fandoms that suddenly couldn’t listen to their kpop idols and groups songs.
Some of the artists affected by this included IU, Cherry Bullet, Cravity, GFriend, Mamamoo, CL, Nu’est, MONSTA X, SEVENTEEN and many many more.
The issue caused a lot of damage to the artists, as it appears many of them were finding out about this through their fan accounts. Some of the biggest kpop acts have lost hundreds of millions of streams as a result of this.
Kakao M owns Melon and Melon is South Korea’s largest music subscription service. As many fans are already aware, Spotify has launched its platform in South Korea recently and has become a direct competitor of the music market that Melon and Genie have dominated for years. Fans have noticed that since day one, no one in South Korea could listen to Kpop music on Spotify Korea.
It has not been specified when the music will be available again but it should return in the coming days.