Many Bollywood songs go missing from Spotify. Here’s why

Several media reports suggest that music app Spotify has not renewed the licensing agreement with Zee Music. Photos: YouTube

Are you someone who enjoyed listening to ‘Kala Chashma’ from Baar Baar Dekho or Armaan Malik’s ‘Theher Ja’ or 'Maiyya Mainu' from the Shahid Kapoor-starrer ‘Jersey’ on Spotify? Well, you may be disappointed that some of your favourite Bollywood numbers are not playing on the popular audio streaming platform anymore.

The reason? Several media reports suggest that Spotify has not renewed the licencing agreement with Zee Music for these songs. So, the next time you try to listen to some of these famous Bollywood songs owned by Zee Music, it is highly likely that you will be navigated to another song. There are also reports that the Swedish media giant tried to ‘negotiate through creative ways to strike a deal with Zee Music’, but was forced to remove the songs after it failed to reach a deal with the Indian media company.

Frustrated fans took to Twitter to share their disappointment over the move. “Spotify, why do you keep deleting Bollywood songs? Zaalima?? Hate crime,” one person asked.

Another person almost threatened to ‘blow up Spotify and Zee Music’. "I am going to blow up Spotify and Zee Music. Give me my bollywood music back!! that was my coping music!! give it BACK!!,” (sic) she wrote. “I need Spotify to say yes to whatever deal bollywood is giving them because i can’t keep living like this half my playlist is grayed out,” wrote another frustrated user.

Another netizen wrote, “Finally Spotify realising that some Bollywood songs had to go, but alas they choose the wrong ones.”

Even playback singer Armaan Malik expressed his sadness about the move. “I know you’re sad my songs 'Theher Ja', 'Sau Aasmaan' & a few more aren’t on Spotify anymore. Im sad too. Unfortunately, we ain’t the rights owners of our Bollywood songs, so no matter what we can only hope that the issue is resolved at the earliest btwn the label & the platform,” (sic) he wrote.

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