Daniel Ek (left) revealed that Spotify won’t remove Kanye West’s (right) music (Picture: Getty)
Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO, condemned the rapper’s recent alleged anti-Semitic remarks as ‘awful’ but revealed his music would remain on the platform.
He told Reuters that the comments made by West were ‘just awful’ but his music itself doesn’t violate their policies.
Ek added: ‘It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy. It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.’
Had the rapper’s comments been made in a recording, it would have then violated the platform’s hate speech policy and would be removed.
Since making the comments on a recent podcast, West has seen a series of companies cut ties with him, including his touring talent agency CAA and fashion house Balenciaga, as well as clothing company Gap.
Several companies have cut ties with Kanye West after his comments (Picture: Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)
Adidas also ended their 10-year partnership with the Yeezy founder after facing mounting calls from fans to drop the rapper.
It said in a statement: ‘Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other sort of hate speech.
‘Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.
‘After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. Adidas will stop the Adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect.’
It added that there would likely be a ‘short-term negative impact of up to €250 million (£217m) on the company’s net income in 2022’ as a result.
The end of their partnership came after a petition calling for company to part ways with West reached more than 160,000 signatures.
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It will remain unless his record label requests it.