Spotify Producer Comes Forward, Doesn’t Want to Be Called “Fake” for Creating Playlist Content

Spotify, the king of music streaming, has
recently come under fire for allegedly paying
producers to create songs under “fake” artist aliases, in order
to fill out playlists on the popular app.

Now, some severely conflicting accounts are coming to light…
After the story blew up in the press, a spokesperson for
Spotify quickly countered with an official statement:

“We do not and have never created ‘fake’ artists and put
them on Spotify playlists. Categorically untrue, full stop. We
pay royalties — sound and publishing – for all tracks on
Spotify, and for everything we playlist. We do not own rights,
we’re not a label, all our music is licensed from
rights-holders and we pay them – we don’t pay ourselves.”

In yet another spin, someone has come forward as one of these
undercover artists… Peter Sandberg, a 27-year-old composer
claims he creates tracks for Spotify under
various pseudonyms. However, as he told The New York Times, he
doesn’t want to be called “fake.”

“I’m a composer trying to find a way to grow and spread my
work. And to be called fake is not something I appreciate,”
Sandberg explained on why he’s
speaking out.

It should be noted that Sandberg does have a social media presence for the music
released under his own name, making him far less anonymous than
many of the other names on the list below (so far). These
tracks under suspicion have reportedly racked up over 50
million streams collectively — which should be worth $3 million
by Spotify’s standards!

Artists Found Only on Spotify

Amity Cadet (9.2m)
Gabriel Parker (24.9m)
Charlie Key (23.6m)
Ana Olgica (23.5m)
Lo Mimieux (22.3m)
Mbo Mentho (10.3m)
Benny Treskow (14.9m)
Greg Barley (21.4m)
Relajar (13.4m)
Jeff Bright Jr (15.8m)
Mayhem (10.2m)
Novo Talos (17.2m)
Advaitas (7.4m)
Clay Edwards (4.7m)
Benny Bernstein (9.6m)
Enno Aare (17.1m)
Amy Yeager (5.7m)
Otto Wahl (27m)
Piotr Miteska (26.7m)
Greg Bartley (21.4m)
Leon Noel (2.7m)
Giuseppe Galvetti (2.7m)
Caro Utobarto (1.2m)
Risto Carto (1.7m)
Enno Aare (17.1m)
Hultana (3.2m)
Hiroshi Yamazaki (8.6m)
Milos Stavos (7.1m)
Allysa Nelson (4.3m)
They Dream By Day (16.2m)
Evelyn Stein (14.3m)
Józef Gatysik (10.4m)
Jonathan Coffey (480k)
Pernilla Mayer (4.2m)
Hermann (11.8m)
Aaron Lansing (11.3m)
Dylan Francis (6.5m)
Christopher Colman (509k)
Sam Eber (1.6m)
Fellows (3.3m)
Martin Fox (2.5m)
Deep Watch (4.8m)
The 2 Inversions (10.3m)
Bon Vie (4.7m)
Wilma Harrods (5.3m)
Antologie (5.8m)
Enno Aare (17.1m)
Heinz Goldblatt (513k)
Charles Bolt (32.4m)
Samuel Lindon (11.8m)

Sources: The New York Times, Stereogum

Spotify Producer Comes Forward, Doesn’t Want to Be Called “Fake” for Creating Playlist Content