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As the BBC reports, the hacker – who goes by the name Daniel – took over the singers’ biography pages on the streaming platform and replaced their official information with images of himself.
The individual included the message “Trump 2020” as well as requests for users to follow him on Snapchat. “Best of all shout out to my queen Taylor Swift,” he wrote.
Several artist pages on Spotify have been hacked, including Dua Lipa & Lana Del Rey. pic.twitter.com/tRqt1t71By
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 2, 2020
Who tf is this kid? pic.twitter.com/rcVsVwDDY3
— 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗻 (@cxrrann) December 1, 2020
LMAO DID SOMEONE HACK FUTURE'S SPOTIFY? 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/8uszR7LrW3
— D (@djaidara) December 1, 2020
The biographies of the aforementioned acts have since been corrected by Spotify, though it remains unclear as to how the hacker gained access.
It’s said that the changes could have been made via the streaming service’s ‘Spotify for Artists’ function, which allows musicians and their teams to manage the official pages. However, the artist or their management would have to go through a verification process in order to “claim” the profile.
NME has contacted Spotify for comment.
The disruption to the service comes as Spotify begins to roll out its annual end-of-year charts and stats.
Yesterday (December 1), it was revealed that Bad Bunny was the platform’s most-streamed act globally in 2020. Topping the ‘Most Streamed Female Artists Globally’ list was Billie Eilish, followed by Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande in second and third place respectively.