The 50 Dollar Handshake Goes to Washington: Payola, Spotify and Steering Agreements
Music Technology Policy
JUNE 5, 2021
It will be old news to MTP readers, but Spotify has yet another feature that smacks of pay to play, or what is sometimes called “payola.” ” We’ve seen all of this before in a few different manifestations over the years, but this time a couple of Congressmen sent a letter about it to billionaire Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO. See the Artist Rights Alliance op ed and Ashley Cullins reporting in The Hollywood Reporter.