In the last couple of days, several prominent Neil Diamond songs have been inexplicably removed. Specifically, "Heartlight," "Love on the Rocks," "Yesterday's Songs," "Solitary Man," and "Kentucky Woman." The bizarre thing is that most of the remaining tracks of all the parent albums are still available. This "single song" removal thing has become rather pervasive lately, when the rest of the album remains available. This is particularly odious when the "missing" track is a hit single (often the only hit or the biggest hit from the album in question). I think this is difficult to resolve because it is less noticeable than the removal of whole albums and the media isn't going to pay attention. So the songs may never come back and nobody seems to know precisely what the reasons are. Other examples are "Don't Shed a Tear" by Paul Carrack and "The Doctor" by the Doobie Brothers. Both of them are the big hit singles from the albums, which are otherwise available. Let's hope this weird Neil Diamond thing can be fixed soon.
Another example that happened yesterday: Sheena Easton's #2 hit from 1989 "The Lover in Me" is greyed out but the rest of the album (of which it is the title track) remains available.
NOTE to Rockstars: PLEASE do not respond with the banal, infuriating and useless "form text." This is meant for information not for non-existent "solutions." The policy on this forum of never providing specific reasons for song removal is well known (along with the silly and nearly impossible suggestions to contact artists/labels), even though somebody at Spotify surely knows the reasons in most cases. It really is Spotify who needs to be in contact with labels and managers, not consumers, especially when we are dealing with prominent artists. Spotify knows how to contact them, after all. But the pervasiveness of the Rock Star form text is both aggravating and amusing. Any bets that some version of it shows up as a reply here, despite my whole disclaimer above?