If you absolutely hate a particular musician, it can be quite annoying, to say the least, to hear them scared in whole playlists and radio stations on your preferred streaming music service. A special service, Spotify, has finally solved this problem by allowing you to block specific artists from ever playing again.
While not true, the artist-blacklisting feature will soon come to iPhone and Android phones, probably as a response to the R. Kelly controversy. Spotify has already removed the singer from Spotify-curated playlists, but his music can still be heard across the platform. Previously, Spotify chose not to offer a subdued alternative for bands and solo artists, according to Thurrott's website, but has since caved.
Blocking an artist on Spotify is only available right now in some alpha / beta versions of the app, for which you can join and start using immediately, but the feature is likely to come to the stable version soon. To block a particular artist, it is just as easy to tap the ellipsis icon (•••) on an artist's page and then "Don't play this artist".
After hiding an artist they will no longer appear or play in Discover Weekly, Daily Mixes and radio stations. They will also disappear from automatically curated playlists, genre, charts, new versions and even your own playlists. But when a guest partner on another artist's track is still playing, because Spotify only blocks songs from the main artist.
As mentioned, the artist will be hidden from your own playlists, but all the songs you liked by the artist will still appear in your "Favorite songs" playlist. You can also still search for the artist if you want to unblock them. Un-blacklisting them is just like blocking them – press the ellipse (•••) on their profile page and then "Allow to play this artist".
The new function for mute / block on Spotify will be available to everyone, whether you are a free user or a Spotify Premium subscriber, and will work on both iOS and Android devices. It will probably work on desktop versions of Spotify as well.