Over a year ago India Arie removed her music from Spotify in protest of Joe Rogan’s multi-million dollar deal with the streamer, as artists such as herself were paid pennies. Fortunately for fans, the neo-soul songbird has revealed that her music is back on the streaming platform.
“After a successful protest! My music is back up on Spotify,” she revealed on social media. Also I must say All the media outlets and even ‘friends’ who talked sh*t about me, let’s see if you care NOW that my stance impacted change. Arie, 47, later mentioned that Spotify pledged to invest $100 million into podcasters of color. “Not ONE podcast. Over MANY podcasters of color. I don’t know who is monitoring that. But Spotify SAID they would. FOR CLARITY. anywhere you stream an artist music pays very low. Spotify pays the LOWEST. So, if you were on Apple Music or what ever! that works a LITTLE better for us.” Her overall goals with the protest was for Rogan and Spotify to both take accountability and to “see systemic change in the music industry.” Arie confirmed that the streamer did change their terms and conditions, took down upwards of 70 episodes of Rogan’s podcast, and will increase artists’ payouts by 15% each year for the next five years resulting in an overall 75% increase.