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The Kakao M and Spotify beef is squashed, my playlists are whole again

All is well in the K-Pop realm once again.

words by: Alee Kwong
Mar 28, 2021

I know that not everyone is up-to-date on the happenings of the K-Pop and K-RnB world, but in case you missed it, Kakao M and Spotify had a petty slap fight over licensing. The Thanos snap took out popular artists such as Giriboy, Code Kunst, IU, Bibi, Epik High, DPR Live, Monsta X, and Seventeen (and y’all, that’s the Spark Notes version of the full list) and fans worldwide, and even some artists, were livid. The sad part was that same morning I had made a K-RnB and K-HipHop playlist with a majority of the artists that were on the Thanos list, and I would have listened to the songs a lot differently had I known that they were going to get ripped away hours later.


It was two long weeks without those artists, but Kakao M and Spotify have finally come to an agreement. According to Variety, a Kakao M statement reads, “Kakao Entertainment Corp.(previously Kakao M) has entered into an agreement with Spotify and will sequentially provide its music content to Spotify for service in and beyond Korea. Through its diverse partnerships around the world including Spotify, Kakao Entertainment hopes that music lovers around the world can easily access its artists’ and music content to enjoy K-pop. Kakao Entertainment remains committed to the Korean music ecosystem and its growth and will continue protecting the rights of artists, labels and local rights holders going forward.”


Now that everything on Spotify is back to its natural order, I can go back to making playlists that soothe the stress I feel with every minor inconvenience in my life.


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