Spotify is getting a lot of flack from musicians who say the service is losing them.
In response, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been quick to say that Spotify is working hard to get back to the forefront of music, adding that the service has “been on a path to reinvent itself for years.”
In a recent blog post, Ek said that the company has “tremendous amounts of talent” and has made a commitment to making Spotify “a better place for artists to sell music and grow their careers.”
But the company’s music-streaming service has been accused of “abusing artists,” and of giving them “an unfair advantage” over other services.
The service has also been criticized for locking down Spotify’s content, and for “deploying a proprietary algorithm that favors the top-tier labels.”
The issue is the same one that Spotify faced during its initial rollout last year, when the company was criticized for its decision to not provide access to music from some of its top-rated artists, including Rihanna, Kanye West and Selena Gomez.
Spotify said the artists who were unable to sign on due to Spotify’s strict restrictions were not included in the app.
As Ek explained in the blog post:The service has since made some changes to its algorithm, and the top 100 songs now feature an “artist lock” feature that prevents artists from being able to create a song without the permission of Spotify.
Ek also noted that Spotify has made “significant improvements to its monetization strategy.”
He said the company is still making progress with the music industry and hopes to “reduce the barriers to entry” for artists.
He added that the new features will be rolled out over the next few weeks.
But in the meantime, Ek is promising that Spotify will be giving its top artists a “real voice” in the service, and that Spotify CEO Dick Costolo will be in charge of Spotify’s music licensing for the foreseeable future.
“I am going to be responsible for how Spotify manages its relationships with artists, and will be making sure Spotify is doing everything it can to ensure that artists have a real voice in the way Spotify operates,” Ek said.
“I think that’s the way to go.”