This is a very common complaint, although it is based on a misunderstanding, as Spotify does not censor music in any way. (Search for your favourite curse word if you want a demonstration of that). Any music that has been censored was submitted like that.
Albums are very often released and submitted to Spotify in two forms: the explicit version, and the clean (censored) version. Often, the only visible way to distinguish between these two versions is that one will have an "Explicit" sticker on the album artwork. Consequently, Spotify will consider them to be identical.
On the Artist page, the two albums will be collected together. One of the albums will be visible, the other one can be revealed by clicking the duplicate arrow that you see to the far right of the album title.
On the same note of having a SFW option, there should also be a NSFW option, as well. Well, for the radio feature, at least. Like the other people said, the songs become butchered. I totally understand the need for edited music. Maybe, if those features become available, they can be for paying users only. Just an idea 🙂
How does this work for mobile? Too often I'll search for an artist's track and the only one shown in the search menu is the censored version. If I want the un-edited version i have to specifically search by that songs name, adding an additional step.
For example I search TI and want "Like That," which is a recent single. I am only shown the edited version. If I want the real one, I have to search by song name and potentially artist name at the same time.
I have a premium account and this is extremely user unfriendly. Can you please make a setting that allows me to hide ALL edited versions? I'm an adult. I don't need these radio friendly versions shown period.
I am also having this problem with explicit content. I have read the instructions on how to fix this for the non-mobile version and still can't figure it out. For Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, for example, I see no drop down menu that would allow me to reach the uncensored content. Can anyone help me out with this?
Some albums are only available in the "clean" form, for example Coheed & Cambria's Good Apollo... and Kanye & Jay-Z's Watch the throne.
On one hand, some albums are not available on Spotify France due to regional license issues. OTOH, on Spotify we get the crappy censored US version while physical CDs are not censored here. So it feels like we get the worst of both worlds, hardly a surprise coming from the music industry but still...
PS : I know it's not Spotify's fault, but maybe you guys can figure out a solution ?
It's not true that the songs were just submitted like that. Some albums have been reuploaded with censored versions. Especially one track comes to mind that was basically destroyed by the censored version taking its place in my playlist. The word "herb was censored... it's ridiculous. I wonder if they do the same with rock songs.
Now I know that Spotify isn't at fault and it's the record companies... but it would be nice if the Spotify team could push for having the unedited versions uploaded as well.
It sucks to be a hip hop fan when 1/3 of the tracks have been mangled...