How do I watch K-pop songs

Spotify is your daily companion through everyday life and K-Pop fans in particular were happy when the database was filled in 2015 and 2016 at the latest. Due to a failed deal with Kakao M, the music of many popular KPop artists is missing on the streaming platform.

Update from March 01, 2021: Spotify reacted to the situation and clarified the reasons. We were and are in discussion for the distribution of the catalog of Kakao M. The license agreement expired on February 28, 2021, so that the music is no longer available as a stream on the following day. According to Spotify, the whole thing has nothing to do with the start of the service in South Korea from February 2021 - fans assumed this, as Spotify is a direct competitor of Melon, a streaming platform of Kakao M. It is assumed that a solution will soon be found in the interests of the artists, fans, the distributor and yourself.

Artists in particular are dependent on the source of income from the global streaming service Spotify, some of which have expressed their displeasure. Spotify itself should expect a slump in the number of subscribers.

For many years, South Koreans waited for Spotify to enter the market there and offer its service there as well. The streaming platform was officially launched in South Korea on February 1st, 2021. Global fans shouldn't like that, because since March 1st, 2021 from 00:00 a.m. KST, in our time since 4:00 p.m. today, a lot of music by K-Pop artists has been missing.

Some artists are affected, such as EPIK HIGH, IU, MAMAMOO, MONSTA X, N.Flying or Zico, whose music is distributed by the distributor Kakao M. This also means that, for example, the mid-March comeback of PENTAGON with the mini-album "Love or Take" will not be available on Spotify. Kim Woo-seok from UP10TION, who was able to make a profit with "Sugar" in the South Korean chart shows (we reported on the publication), can no longer be heard on Spotify either. It should relate to parts of the discography or the entire discography of over 250 South Korean artists.

Although Alex Norström, Spotify's Chief Freemium Business Officer, was delighted to be able to work even more closely with the South Korean music industry before the launch in South Korea. This situation is also an unpleasant situation for the company for the launch in the home of Korean pop music, as South Koreans also cannot access it.

An employee of Kakao M confirmed to The Korea Herald: "We are currently still in discussion with Spotify to offer our music on their platform". So when the music will be available again is uncertain.

Incidentally, artists apparently were not informed about this step, so EPIK HIGH informed their fans in a tweet that the artist's music unfortunately cannot be heard on Spotify. The dissatisfaction is expressed that the situation is at the expense of artists and fans. Eddie Nam, managing director of EN Management, also calls for an immediate solution.

Sources: | Cocoa M | Spotify | The Korea Herald

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