Daniel Ek

Reasons to cancel your Spotify subscription? This blog can cite just a few – and a stupid controversy over $100million shock jock Joe Rogan is not one of them…

This blog makes no pretence of objectivity. I have opinions and I use this blog to express them. I don’t run a news wire service - anyone who comes onto the blog and encounters a story they weren’t aware of will know my opinion will be inside it somewhere. And one company I absolutely do not claim to be objective on is Spotify. Quite simply, I loathe the company. I…

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Not the start Daniel Ek wanted to his week! Fresh from major labels probe, indy label body Impala now wants UK’s anti-competition body to take a closer look at Spotify’s much maligned Discovery Mode…

This blog welcomes the prospect of Daniel Ek not having a particularly good start to the week. And it looks like he's about to get that. A few months ago, a parliamentary committee in the UK was looking at the way the major labels operated - and it didn't go very well for them. They're now facing a probe from the Competition and Markets Authority to see whether they're playing…

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Yet another reason (as if any were needed at this point!) that streaming doesn’t work – the price of a streaming subscription has only gone up 4 cents since Rhapsody came along in 2001…

More than once in the past on this blog, I've expressed the view that major record labels made a monumental mistake when the internet came along, and it's one that everyone - except themselves - continue to live with the consequences of to this day. And that mistake was not to embrace Napster with open arms back in 1999. The result of this was a series of blunders which decimated…

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As Spotify Wrapped makes its annual appearance to get music makers feeling warm and fuzzy inside, a reminder the only person winning in this system is Daniel Ek…

Earlier this week, this blog published all about Traxsource’s 2021 In Review. I offered up a defence of the platform for carrying out this annual tradition. And one thing I forgot to include in that write-up was the fact Traxsource do at least contribute to the culture which they make their profits from. So as Spotify releases its annual Spotify Wrapped for the year - which basically tell you how…

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Why ARE the dance music press so slow at reporting the news? Resident Advisor finally tell readers about Spotify’s Daniel Ek investing €100million in defence company – two weeks after a one-man blog did!

Traditionally, new editors are appointed to publications when the old one decides they're leaving or the management think new energy or a different direction is needed. And having studied some sociology a very long time ago, I quickly learnt that great editors put their mark on their magazines or newspapers. I would like to think my mark has been firmly stamped here on Amateur’s House, but that's for my readers…

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Whilst you’re at it, could you tell Spotify to pay more to artists? Adele requests Spotify remove shuffle as default button on albums – and Daniel Ek is too starstruck to ignore her!

Is there a way to get Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify, to take any notice of you? Well, unless you're Sofia Levander - she's his wife and most men can verify you ignore the missus at your peril - the answer appears to be no. From calls to pay more to artists to uproar after he told them to release more music, he's a man whose ears are impervious…

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No cash to pay artists properly, but lots of money for new defence tech companies – Daniel Ek’s investment of €100million into AI business raises all manner of ethical questions…

This blog firmly believes that Spotify hates the artists and labels signed up to its platform. Their incessant attempts to reduce the amount of royalties they pay out, plus ongoing legal battles to stop themselves from having to pay more tell me all I need to know about this heartless company. Last year, Spotify's boss Daniel Ek announced he was going to invest €1billion of his own money. As he's…

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Spotify wants to reduce its royalty payouts to songwriters – so just WHY does Daniel Ek’s website hate the people who made him a multi-billionaire?

I've come to the conclusion that Daniel Ek hates musicians. And by that, I include artists, singers, songwriters, that bloke you got in to play the guitar solo bit, publishers and the rest. I simply cannot come to any other remotely sensible conclusion when I look at the evidence. His website pays out utterly appallingly streaming rates. They always have done. And in 2018, when they were told by the…

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R Kelly’s streams went up by 22% in the week after his conviction for sex trafficking, and his album sales rocketed by 517% – so it’s no wonder Daniel “Mr Burns” Ek refuses to take his songs off Spotify!

Money means everything to the people at the top of the music world - and quite a lot of those below the top. This is one thing that you must remember about the music industry above all others. And the other thing to know is they absolutely love algorithms, because it means they get to spend more time scratching their arses. In the olden days, they had to make calculated…

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