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Kakao M’s K-pop songs are back on Spotify

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Mar 12, 2021 5:04 am

Almost two weeks after the disappearance of hundreds of K-pop songs from Spotify, negotiations between Korean entertainment company Kakao M and the streaming giant have now apparently cleared up.

“We are pleased that Kakao Entertainment’s content and artists are back on Spotify." shared a Spotify spokesperson. 

“Spotify’s mission has always been to connect artists to their fans all over the world and to give listeners access to all of the world’s music. We are delighted that our Korean listeners will now also be able to enjoy this local music alongside our 70 million+ songs and 4 billion+ playlists.” 

Meanwhile, Kakao issued a supporting statement after the agreement, “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.” 

We are delighted that our Korean listeners will now also be able to enjoy this local music alongside our 70 million+ songs and 4 billion+ playlists. –Spotify

The deal was initially called off on March 1, 2021, with Spotify failing to secure a licensing agreement with the label.

Korean artists that were affected by the issue include SEVENTEEN, IU, LOONA, Epik High, ASTRO, NU’EST MOMOLAND, The Boyz, and more.

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