Written by Tom Williams on January 19,
2018

Spotify hasn’t removed Senator
Cory Bernardi‘s controversial
Hottest 100-style Australia Day playlist from
its streaming service, contrary to reports.

Taking to Facebook overnight, Bernardi’s Australian
Conservatives party published an email it allegedly received
from Spotify, notifying them that their ‘Australian
Conservatives 100’ playlist was reported by users as having
violated user guidelines.

“We’ve received notice that your uploaded content has been
reported as including inappropriate or offensive content and
violates our profile and playlist image guidelines,” the email
reads.

“We’ve removed it from Spotify. If you believe you received
this notice in error, please respond back to this email with an
appeal with five business days and we will look into the case.”

Sharing a screenshot of the email, Australian Conservatives
wrote in response, “Spotify has deemed our festive Australia
Day playlist of 100 Aussie classics ‘too offensive’.

“Music for everyone – unless you’re a conservative.”



Image: Australian Conservatives

However, despite reports that the playlist has been removed or
banned by Spotify, it is still available online at the time of
writing. The playlist is now without a title, however — it was
previously called ‘Australia Day’ on Spotify.

In a statement to Music Feeds, Spotify says, “We are
looking into this particular matter further but it’s our
understanding the playlist is available to listeners.”

UPDATE: In a second statement to Music
Feeds
, Spotify says:

“We have investigated reports of a playlist being removed
from our service and have concluded that these reports are
incorrect.”

“The playlist in question has always been available for
listening; however, what was in fact removed was the title
and/or image for the playlist created by the user.

“This action was an automated response addressing user
complaints about the playlist.”

Spotify’s terms and conditions for “brand playlists and
sharing” include the lines:

“The Brand may not create or share any Spotify playlists,
whether within the Spotify Service or elsewhere, that imply an
endorsement or relationship between the Brand and any artist or
any other party, unless the Brand has independently obtained
the rights to imply such an endorsement. Brands may wish to
consult Spotify’s Brand Playlist Guidelines.”

Bernardi told Sky News yesterday that he had “a backup
[of the playlist] on another account” ready to go in case
Spotify deleted the original one. He also said Darren Hayes and
Hilltop Hoods — who have both criticised his
playlist
— have received “zero votes” in the ‘Australian
Conservatives 100’, which we’re sure they’d be pretty happy
about.

A number of other acts featured on the ‘Australian
Conservatives 100’ have publicly criticised Bernardi for
aligning their music with his political party, including
Powderfinger and Jimmy Barnes.

You can scroll through or stream the Australian Conservatives
100, below.

UPDATE: More Aussie Artists Tell Cory
Bernardi Where To Stick His Conservative Hottest 100

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