Kanye West’s music will not be removed from Spotify unless his record label requests it, according to the CEO of the streaming service, glamsquad reports.
Since making anti-Semitic comments on a recent podcast, Ye has had a number of companies cut ties with him, including his touring talent agency CAA, fashion house Balenciaga, and clothing company Gap.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek called the rapper’s recent alleged anti-Semitic remarks “awful,” but said his music would still be available on the platform.
He stated that West’s comments were “just awful,” but that his music does not violate their policies.
‘It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,’ Ek told Reuters. It is up to his label whether or not to take action.’
If the rapper’s comments had been made on tape, they would have violated the platform’s hate speech policy and been removed.
Adidas also called time on their 10-year partnership with the Yeezy founder after mounting pressure from fans to drop the rapper.
‘Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech,’ it said in a statement.
‘Ye’s recent remarks and actions are unacceptable, hateful, and dangerous, and they go against the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect, and fairness.
‘Following a thorough review, the company has decided to immediately terminate the partnership with Ye, cease production of Yeezy branded products, and cease all payments to Ye and his companies.’ Adidas will discontinue the Adidas Yeezy business immediately.’
As a result, it expects a’short-term negative impact of up to €250 million (£217m) on the company’s net income in 2022.’
Their collaboration ended after a petition calling for the company to end its relationship with West received more than 160,000 signatures.