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Kanye West’s music won’t be removed from Spotify

Kanye West’s music won’t be removed from Spotify

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has addressed West's recent comments.

Kanye West's music will not be removed from Spotify, it has been confirmed.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has explained that West's music does not 'violate our policy' and will therefore not be removed from the streaming platform.

“It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,” Ek said. “It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.”

The CEO - who criticised West's comments - added that if he had been making anti-semitic statements on a podcast or recording on Spotify, then they would have been pulled.

It comes as West has faced criticism over the last few weeks for posting anti-semitic statements on social media, which include a tweet sent on 8 October, where Ye said he would soon go 'death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE'.

On Tuesday, Adidas cut ties with the rapper, saying that it 'does not tolerate' anti-semitism.

"Adidas does not tolerate anti-semitism and any other sort of hate speech," the brand said in a statement.

Kanye West's music will not be removed from Spotify.
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"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."

Meanwhile, the rapper has also been dropped by his agency, CAA. Furthermore, a completed documentary made about West will also be scrapped because of the comments, as revealed in an internal memo.

West has since been dropped by Adidas.
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The documentary's producers MRC Entertainment wrote: "This morning, after discussion with our filmmakers and distribution partners, we made the decision not to proceed with any distribution for our recently completed documentary about Kanye West. We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform.

"Kanye is a producer and sampler of music. Last week he sampled and remixed a classic tune that has charted for over 3,000 years - the lie that Jews are evil and conspire to control the world for their own gain."

West was quizzed about his comments on Piers Morgan Uncensored, where he was asked if he regretted saying what he did.

West replied: "No, absolutely not. Absolutely not. Absolutely not."

When Morgan said that Kanye's anti-semitic comments were 'as racist as anything you say you've been through', he added: "Yeah obviously, that's why I said it.

"Yes, I fought fire with fire, I'm not here to get hosed down, it's a different type of freedom fighter."

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Topics: News, Kanye West