Spotify Allegedly Removed Brand New from Its "Wrapped" Lists

BY Josiah HughesPublished Dec 8, 2019

If you've logged into social media at all in the last week or so, you've likely been made aware of the Spotify Wrapped lists. The streaming service has made shareable graphics in order for listeners to post about who they listened to most in 2019. But missing from those lists this year was disgraced rock group Brand New, who were allegedly scrubbed from the data in the wake of a number of sexual misconduct allegations lodged against frontman Jesse Lacey.

As Alternative Press reports, a number of past and present Brand New fans have taken to social media to complain about Spotify fudging the numbers regarding their listening habits.

Spotify has not yet responded to the claims, though it did make a similar move in 2018 regarding R. Kelly. In a statement issued at the time, Spotify explained that it was "removing R Kelly's music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations."

"We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behaviour, but we want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values," the statement read.

See some posts from angry Brand New listeners below. 







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