When Drake released his latest album Scorpion last Friday (June 29), Spotify featured images of Drizzy on every cover of their editorial playlists, even on those that did not feature his music. For example, the first-of-its-kind promotional takeover found Drake’s face on the cover of playlists such as “Best of British,” “Massive Dance Hits” “Ambient Chill,” “Fresh Gospel” and “Happy Pop Hits,” among others.
What seemed like a harmless fun takeover made a few users mad, as some subscribers have been voicing their displeasures online, stating Spotify forced this advertisement on what was supposed to be ad-free accounts. A select number of subscribers even took their complaints directly to the company with requests for refunds. Users on Reddit have claimed that they have in fact received refunds for this month’s payment after contacting customer service.
This incident is reminiscent of Apple’s U2 debacle in 2014 when the band’s Songs of Innocence album was uploaded to all iTunes users’ libraries without consent.
Spotify has yet to release a statement on the matter and sources told Billboard the complaints have been relatively minimal and no refund policy has been put in place.
For Drake, its business as usual as he continues to break streaming records.
— Spotify (@Spotify) June 29, 2018
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