Troy Carter is said to be joining the exodus from Spotify.
Carter, who managed Lady Gaga, John Legend and Meghan Trainor, is global head of creator services at Spotify.
But sources say he will soon be moving to Epic Records. Spokesmen for both Spotify and Sony told me that this is not true.
Carter was said to have disagreed with Spotify’s move in May to ban artists with “hate content and hateful conduct” from its playlists.
The streaming service declared it would no longer promote artists such as R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, both of whom have been accused of domestic abuse, only to later walk back its own policy.
“These artists have never been convicted of anything. It smacks of censorship,” one music insider said.
The list of those leaving Spotify over the past three months includes: George Ergatoudis, the UK division’s head of content programming; Tuma Basa, head of hip-hop global programming; Angela Watts, head of p.r.; Dave Rocco, global head of artist and label marketing; and Mark Williamson, global head of artist and industry partnerships.
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