Let's make music change
Did you know that one point, Wake Up Little Susie was banned on the radio?
Or that 20,000 copies of Tell Laura I Love Her were melted down because it was too close to recent events?
Or that there were 309 cases of musical censorship in 2015?
Music Freedom Day, a growing global movement to recognize the power of music and the importance of free artistic expression, is celebrated on March 3rd.
Spotify believes in the power of music, and the rights of everyone to be able to create and share music freely. We celebrated Music Freedom Day in our offices across the world with talks from organizations, film screenings, and shows by amazing artists.
From being falsely accused of ridiculing people with speech impediments (The Who's "My Generation") to the suggestion that people would be (eek!) nude in the bath ("Splish Splash"), many artists were banned from the radio for their #problematic tunes.
There are also more serious injustices against artists all over the world. Listen to Freemuse's playlist of artists that faced government censorship below.
Learn more about the artists facing threats abroad today at Freemuse.org
Listen to songs that were previously censored.
Freemuse is an independent international membership organisation advocating and defending artistic freedom. Freemuse runs freemuse.org and artsfreedom.org and has Special Consultative Status with United Nations since 2012. Established in 1998, Freemuse is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Everyday at Spotify, we work towards making the power of music accessible to everyone, and to make sure that everyone’s voice matters.
We celebrated Music Freedom Day in our offices across the world with talks, screenings, and performances.