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Spotify Removes Indian Label Zee Music Company’s Catalog In Licensing Dispute

The Indian record label Zee Music Company’s catalog has been removed from Spotify following a failure to renew its licensing agreement. Subsequently, the No.1 track on Spotify in India throughout recent weeks, “Apna Bana Le,” from 2022 released Hindi film Bhediya, is not accessible on the platform. 

In a statement sent to Billboard, Spotify states, “Spotify and Zee Music have been unable to reach a licensing agreement. Spotify has attempted to negotiate with Zee Music in novel ways throughout these negotiations.” While adding, “We will continue our good faith negotiations to reach a mutually agreeable solution soon.”

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Similarly, Zee Music stopped working with Gaana in 2022, as the audio streaming platform became a subscription-only service, just like it did with Spotify. 

Zee Music had over two dozen songs on Spotify’s Daily Top 200 Songs chart. These included the long-running Bollywood hits “Maiyya Mainu” from Jersey (2022), “Namo Namo” from “Kedarnath” (2018), “Makhna” from “Drive” (2019), and “Zaalima” from “Raees.” Also included were the title tracks from “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” (2019) and “Kalank” (2019).

The 2018 romantic comedy Veere Di Wedding and the 2019 hip-hop-focused Gully Boy were also the Zee Studios, featured soundtracks in the label’s catalog.

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One of India’s most significant domestic record labels is Zee Music, a division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises. With 93.6 million YouTube subscribers, it is the second most popular Indian music channel after T-Series and the global leader with 239 million subscribers.

This makes it evident why this news has caused an uproar on social media platforms, where fans are disappointed with the decision; following tweets have flooded the internet, as the label has some of the most iconic hits, which users won’t be able to access now on Spotify.