Drake dominated music news late last week after dropping his new album Scorpion on the world. It skyrocketed to the top of both the Spotify and Apple Music streaming music charts in a matter of hours.
But did Drizzy get a little help from his friends over at Spotify? Paying customers griped about the 31-year-old’s mug being plastered all over the streaming service in the form of ads for free subscribers and all over playlists for paying customers.
Redditor Schwagschwag complained to the music streaming service about the Canadian-born rapper infiltrating all top playlists, even those where his music isn’t featured. The redditor explained in the r/Music subreddit, and says he got his money back for the trouble:
GET THIS MONTH REFUNDED. I just messaged spotify customer service on their website and told them I wanted a refund since this is advertising and I pay for premium with no ads, and they have now refunded my last payment. Complain, take your money back, and let them know you will cancel if they pull this shit again. Money talks. Money walking away talks.
Spotify users bombarded the SpotifyCares Twitter account to complain and get their money back. The official customer service account answered tweets as quickly as possible with the same statement basically telling users to suck it up for a little while.
Hey there! We were celebrating Drake's new album and his spot as most streamed artist in the world right now. The Browse section and Playlists should be back to normal now. Hope this helps /PM
— SpotifyCares (@SpotifyCares) July 2, 2018
Another redditor wasn’t so lucky in getting his $10 refunded by the music streaming service. After requesting a refund, Spotify replied.
We’re sorry to hear you’re unhappy with Drake showing all over Spotify. We’ll be sure to let the right folks know.
We appreciate your feedback as it helps inform our decisions going forward. Rest assured that the Browse section will be back to normal soon.
The Drakeover (we’ll take full credit for that gem) seems to be short-lived for some Spotify users taking to Reddit to say Aubrey’s mug is already gone in most spots on the app. The 25-song Scorpion is getting mixed reviews from critics. The Daily Dot’s Onaje McDowelle gave the album praise while the Los Angeles Times criticized Drizzy for being “tired and tiring” but enjoyed the album none-the-less.
This Drake takeover schemed up by the Spotify marketing department isn’t Songs of Innocence-level intrusive, but it could be slightly annoying to customers who pay specifically not to get bombarded with ads and for users who don’t love Drake.
They only love their bed and their mama, they ain’t sorry.