India.Arie has come out to clarify her reasons for leaving Spotify, after becoming one of many artists to boycott the streaming service in recent times.
She first pulled her music from the streaming service earlier this month, citing their exclusive hosting of Joe Rogan’s podcast and his “language around race” as her reasons for bouncing off Spotify. But in a new interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, Arie discussed how Spotify’s royalties scheme and business practices also played a huge role in influencing her decision.
When Noah enquired if Rogan was her enemy, Arie said: “My conversation has been about Spotify and its treatment of artists.
“I have to say that asking for my music to be pulled from Spotify in protest doesn’t actually serve me,” she added, “but I did it in protest just because I felt like my dignity was being … I felt like I was being disrespected.”
Discussing royalty payments given to artists by Spotify, Arie explained: “What happens is, they say, ‘Well, this is just how it is; this is just what you get paid. But the labels and streaming platforms are making those decisions. And so they’re telling you, ‘This is what we’ve decided, this is what you get’.
Watch the interview below to further get in on the gist: