As Alternative Press reports, a number of past and present Brand New fans have taken to social media to complain about Spotify fudging the numbers regarding their listening habits.
Spotify has not yet responded to the claims, though it did make a similar move in 2018 regarding R. Kelly. In a statement issued at the time, Spotify explained that it was "removing R Kelly's music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations."
"We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behaviour, but we want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values," the statement read.
See some posts from angry Brand New listeners below.
Turns out Spotify lied about what my top song of 2016 was. They must've cancelled Brand New and decided to save me from the shame but in my defense I'm sure the shit about Jesse only came out in 2017 if it didn't I didn't know. but what they got against Neck Deep... pic.twitter.com/KgFpieEtgr— :| (@idkaybictdie) December 6, 2019
I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS SPOTIFY— jani ✨ (@volleybutt) December 5, 2019
1. WHERE IS BRAND NEW
2. WHERE THE FCK IS BRAND NEW
3. WHY DID YOU COMPLETELY IGNORE 1463 PLAYS THIS YEAR AND 3365 OVER ALL PLAYS OF BRAND NEW SONGS pic.twitter.com/NDE2c93k5y
I let it go last year when Brand New were my top artist but inexplicably not featured in any of my most listened to playlists. But this isn't cool, Spotify. #brandnew #spotifywrapped pic.twitter.com/gSBVTmjgqi— J⎊EL (@Joelasfuck) December 5, 2019
It's not seeming like it. Please let me know if they are/they're not showing up for you so I can contact Spotify again! pic.twitter.com/v4LO2Pg67r— ashley 😳 (@degvusser) December 5, 2019
Side by side comparison of my 2018 from 2018 and 2019, SZA was def my second most listened to album /artist last year but there no fucking way Ari/sweetener was in my top at all... pic.twitter.com/ekWOTNJCMy— TaraDaak (@taradaaktle) December 5, 2019