Spotify is being urged to remove Chris Brown and Eminem from official playlists

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Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Taking a stand.

A women’s rights group has asked Spotify to remove a number of artists from its official playlists.

This follows the announcement that Spotify will no longer promote the music of R. Kelly and XXXTenacion due to allegations of abuse levelled against both performers. The artists’ songs will still be available on the platform, but will be scrubbed from both editorial and algorithmic playlists like Discover Weekly.

While this is a big step, US women’s group UltraViolet has written an open letter to Spotify, requesting that it takes this policy further.

Chris Brown, Nelly, Eminem and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the musicians UltraViolet would like to see removed. Each has previously been accused of some form of abuse.

The group’s goal is to have high profile abusers held responsible for their actions in order to create a cultural shift within the music industry.

In the letter, UltraViolet’s executive director Shaunna Thomas implored other music services to also take action. “We hope other platforms like iTunes, Google Play Music, and Pandora will continue to follow your lead,” she wrote.

Check out the entire letter here.


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