Release Radar is hopelessly broken

Release Radar is hopelessly broken



Country Canada



Operating System

Windows 11


My Question or Issue

Release Radar is getting worse by the week. Today there were only two songs by bands I follow, and the rest is either awful remixes, bands copying the names of more famous bands, or bands I've never heard of. I had to hide 28 songs and I'm sure they will probably just re-appear next week. 


Does Spotify not understand we ONLY want releases from bands we follow? If I want to discover new bands I'll listen to Discover Weekly (which also just churns out the same songs week after week now). And if there aren't enough new release songs to fill the playlist then just make it shorter or include multiple songs from a new album. 


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I used to listen to the entire release radar playlist every week. Now I need to selectively go through and investigate each song to see if it's actually from the artist who it says it's from.

Same for me..

Hello folks,


Thanks for reaching out. Ultimately, just like other auto-generated playlists, the Release Radar is based on your past music habits. While yes, it includes music from artists you follow, new releases from similar artist are also added in. The more you listen to your favorite content, the better recommendations you'll get. You can also select the songs that you don't like and choose the "Hide this song" option. Likewise, you can like the songs/albums you do like by clicking on the heart icon. This will help the suggested playlists/albums to be updated so it can include more personalized results. We also suggest taking a look at this article for tips on how to improve your Made for You playlists. 


On another note, keep in mind that the content shown in the Discover section can vary, and it doesn't have a set timeframe for when it gets updated. It depends on different factors like your recently played content, listening habits and content that other users with similar taste listens to. If it hasn't updated in a while, we'd suggest to keep listening to more music you love and giving us feedback (hearting or hiding songs) so we can learn what you like! It’s worth noting that Release Radar doesn’t eavesdrop on your private listening, so be sure not to be on a Private session when you’re aiming to feed it with your taste.


Hope this clears things up.

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I understand what you’re saying, but that’s not exactly how it‘s working in practice right now. Artists with no listeners are hijacking the names of more popular artists in order to end up on peoples' release radar. The songs contain no material from the popular artist. It makes the release radar playlist unlistenable.


For example, this is the third song on my playlsit. The artist "Lil Jayson" has added "White Lies" as an artist so it ends up on my release radar:


Now here's the fifth song:


In this case, the artist "speedin" has added "Lights" as an artist so it shows up. When I go to White Lies and Lights pages they don't show this song listed, so obviously Spotify has a way to identify when people do this. They should tweak what shows up in the release radar to exclude people who do this.

This is a serious problem that Spotify has with their software. I have a few artists who's names are constantly being hijacked by random people uploading their music.

The artist "Home" is a great example. He hasn't released any music in years but people are using his name on their music that is uploaded to Spotify and it constantly shows in my release radar.

There seems to be a loophole that is allowing people to slap big name artists on their music without the big name artist approving it.

@Joan I don't *want* similar artists in Release Radar. Just the ones I follow. And there is a big problem with new, unknown , usually hiphop artists copying other band names (Oasis and The Cult come to mind) to get on the playlists. Its hard to believe Spotify can't distinguish two bands with the same name. 

Release radar used to only contain releases from my followed artists - that is how it SHOULD be.


If I want random selections of artists based on my listening habits then I can use the radio or discover functions.


Please make release radar only contain my artists, and nothing else.

Release radar continues to resend me songs I'm not interested or songs that are from the same album. Recently it has sent me songs that was on the previous weeks release radar.
The discovery genre in the search genre has recommended my artist that I have blocked. I had to individually block every song from them and some how still get them reccomended me to me.
I had Uninstalled the app and then re-installed it hoping that it would help however it did not.

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