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Spotify hits 130 million subscribers amid Covid-19

The music-streaming platform says it gained six million subscribers in the first quarter of 2020.

It said the figures fell into the higher end of what had been predicted before the coronavirus outbreak.

But analysts have warned Spotify's quarterly results may not be as positive as the company suggests.

Spotify said a double-digit rise in quarterly revenue had helped offset a decline in ad sales, which contributed less than 10% of its overall revenue.

Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children

The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song.

In its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the setting and events were "particularly likely" to scare younger viewers.

Spotify has been told to make sure its future adverts are fit for children to watch and are targeted appropriately.

In a statement, Spotify said: "We acknowledge the ruling from the ASA and regret any distress the ad may have caused the complainant."

Taylor Swiftly breaks four YouTube and Spotify records

In just four days, the star has broken four major streaming records, beating the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran.

Look What You Made Me Do was played a total of 10,129,087 times on Spotify last Friday, the day of its release, more than any other song has achieved in a single day.

The video also broke YouTube's one-day streaming record.

Jay Z pulls most of his music off Spotify

Spotify told Newsbeat: "We can confirm that some of Jay Z's catalogue has been removed at the request of the artist."

Jay Z bought his own streaming service, Tidal, in 2015 for £45m.

But it only has around three million subscribers.

That compares to Spotify's 50 million paying subscribers and Apple Music's 20 million while Deezer, Google Play Music and Amazon Music still lag behind.

Spotify ads 'launched virus pop-ups'

The so-called malvertising affected Spotify's subscription-free service on Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

People reported that virus-infected pop-up websites were appearing while they listened to music.

Spotify said in a statement: "We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down."

It said "questionable website pop-ups" had affected a "small number of users".

Adele's 25 to be available on streaming sites

When it was released in November, it could only be bought physically or downloaded.

The album, which will be available to members on Friday, includes the songs Hello and When We Were Young.

In June, Apple reached an agreement with two leading indie music groups, paving the way for thousands of labels to join its new streaming service.

Spotify is giving away a free Chromecast to first-time subscribers

The music streaming service is giving away a free Chromecast to first-time subscribers who take out a three-month subscription.

The deal is valid in the UK and US until February 28, but anyone who has held a premium account in the past does not qualify for the freebie.

Spotify has launched the promotion at a time when TIDAL is shooting up the App Store charts thanks to its exclusivity deal on Kanye West's Life of Pablo.

Meanwhile, Apple Music has emerged as a credible threat to Spotify's dominance, having reached 11 million paying customers in its first year.

The Beatles's most-streamed songs on Spotify revealed

Of course, other streaming services may vary, but on Spotify the most streamed track in both the US and the UK was 'Come Together', taken from 1969's Abbey Road, Billboard reports.

The top 10 Beatles tracks in the US are as follows:

1. 'Come Together'

2. 'Hey Jude'

3. 'Here Comes The Sun'

4. 'Let It Be'

5. 'Twist And Shout'

6. 'Blackbird'

7. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'

8. 'In My Life'

9. 'She Loves You'

10. 'Help!'

Ed Sullivan with The Beatles

Bieber bests One Direction's Spotify record with new single

Spotify said Thursday that Bieber's "What Do You Mean" was streamed more than 21 million streams in just five days.

The song sets a new record in the U.S. and globally, and surpassed the 20 million streams that One Direction's "Drag Me Down" launched in its debut week.

Bieber performed the song at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards and cried after the performance.

Napster:Spotify's free streaming model isn't sustainable

A spokesperson for the firm told TechRadar that there is no future in freemium streaming because the business model is not sustainable.

"In terms of Spotify, there is no evidence that their 'freemium' business model is sustainable, as their numbers for the last two years show," said Napster in a statement.

Napster, which has around three million premium customers, also took a thinly-veiled pop at Apple Music and its Zane Lowe-curated Beats 1 Radio service.