Got $5,000? I’ll Give You 500,000 Spotify Plays

If you have a few thousand dollars lying around, this website will help you score hundreds of thousands of Spotify followers and plays.  And make them look real.

To break into the music industry, some artists toil for years.  Ed Sheeran thanked piracy for their mainstream success — but it took him years of hard work to cultivate his fanbase.

But, what if I told you that to make it big on Spotify, you can bypass these steps entirely?  According to a new advertisement in the Kyiv Post, paying to play is easier than ever.

Who needs to work hard to score fans when you can simply pay up?

The Kyiv Post is Ukraine’s leading English-language newspaper.  A recent article in the paper highlighted the advantages of purchasing Spotify followers.

Buying Spotify followers is the best way to connect with your fans and followers… you can buy Spotify followers to boost your secret of success to add more fans and followers to your list.

The Kyiv Post linked to Active Insta Followers (AIF).  The site lets people purchase followers on Instagram, Google, and YouTube.  They also a service for artists on Spotify.

According to AIF, they provide “100% active followers” from almost any country.  AIF states that this includes countries like Andorra, Austria, France, the UK, Spain, and many more.

  • For $25, you can purchase 500+ followers that will be delivered in a day.
  • With a $45 purchase, you can score 1,000 followers, delivered in two days.
  • Those with $2,315 lying around can purchase 100,000 Spotify followers, delivered in five days.

Active Insta Followers made sure to include a money back guarantee for each purchase.

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AIF also offers a separate service that makes your followers look real.

For a slighter higher price, the website offers “Real, Active, Country, Gender, Age Group Targeted Spotify Playlist Followers.”

AIF promises that once you’ve completed your purchase, you can choose your followers’ gender and age group.  This, in turn, will “increase your revenue from Spotify.”  AIF’s service also vows to “make your songs [trend].”

The website also reassures worried artists that use the service.  They promise,

We comprehend the necessity and respect your privacy.  We do not reveal any information of our clients.

AIF ensures that you’ll (illicitly) get trending songs without having to actually work hard for a real fan base.

Want to make sure that you get paid for plays on Spotify?  Just pay up a few thousand.

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ recently broke an important record on Spotify.  According to the Swedish platform, the song became the most-streamed track of all time, scoring 1.318 billion plays.  Sheeran also became the second most-streamed artist in the world, right behind Drake.

Now, let’s be honest.  Your tracks on Spotify may never reach Ed Sheeran’s level of success.  Yet, AIF offers artists on the platform an easy (albeit costly) way to earn plays.

The Kyiv Post explains,

Spotify is an online platform that helps you connect with millions of users online.  You can buy Spotify plays in order to gain some plays from your new streaming videos and tracks.  Not only this, but you can also gain revenue and popularity by using the Spotify plays feature if you gain royalty for your music.

For $7, AIF promises that you can purchase 1,000 “real active country targeted plays.”  If you spend $15, you can score 2,500 plays.  However, if you really want to get huge numbers on the platform, you can spend $4,790 for 500,000 plays.

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Yet, is all of this legal?

We’re not sure of a law against this.  But it’s entirely possible that artists are gaming Spotify’s system: more plays means more validation, which results in premium playlist positions.  That, in turn, attracts actual listeners.

Maybe that’s wrong ethically.  But practically, it may be an emerging hack to beating the Spotify system.  In fact, we’ve heard from a separate source that ‘fake listeners’ are becoming an increasing issue for Spotify.  And play-spoofing is getting more sophisticated every day.

Case in point: writers from the Kyiv Post didn’t post the piece.  Instead, the piece is attributed to “ebrand marketing.”

Examining, EasyCounter came to the following conclusion.

“To create Activeinstafollowers review we checked reputation at lots of sites, including Siteadvisor and MyWOT.  We found that Activeinstafollowers content is not safe for kids and looks fraudulent.  We would describe it as suspicious.”

Looking up AIF’s domain name, owners took extra care to hide their identity.

The website is registered to GoDaddy.  Yet, under domain status, the website’s client information is “prohibited.”

So, with services like AIF readily available, can we trust streaming numbers?

You can find services like Active Insta Followers all over the web.  When searching for Spotify on Google News, I came across the Kyiv Post article.

Over at Forbes, Lauren deLisa Coleman examined the controversy surrounding reported streaming numbers.

According to her investigation, streaming platforms use “data mining to tackle streaming plays as well as to count manipulation incidents.”  Billboard and Nielsen Music also work closely with data providers to “ensure both the accuracy and legitimacy of…streaming volumes.”  A system of safeguards exist to “identify and exclude any irregular and excessive streaming patterns.”

Speaking with Coleman, Digital Music News highlighted that we may not be able to trust streaming numbers at face-value.  Here’s what we told them:

For the most part, we’re just trusting all these facts and figures put out by streaming services.  So, when a company like TIDAL, for example, says they have 8 million subscribers (or whatever they’ve claimed), we really just have to accept that as truth.  Same thing with any other service.

Safeguard systems can work wonders to identify bots.  One safeguard, adds Eric Holt, includes “completing things like Captchas,” which only humans should be able to do.  Holt works as an assistant professor of Music Business at Belmont University.

But if services like Active Insta Followers use humans instead of bots to inflate plays, would any system accurately predict and identify these irregularities?

Paul Resnikoff adds,

But the bigger issue I think with the Billboard charts — that artists like Meek Mill and Tyler the Creator, etc. are highlighting — is that all of these fancy algorithms for calculating what the ‘biggest album’ is are really arbitrary.  The measurement is tricky, and in addition, the album means less and less to the music industry every day, even though used to be the gold standard and metric for measuring success.   Now, converting streams and singles into this legacy ‘album’ is really a stretch, and leads to all sorts of distortions.

The legality of these sites is muddled at best.  Yet, the popularity of these websites highlight one fact lurking underneath streaming platforms.  People are more than willing to pay to inflate their metrics.

But does this work?


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15 Responses

  1. Gordon Gekko

    This is no different than record labels paying radio stations for some initial spins. It’s just the new way of doing it. At the end of the day, the song still has to be good to really explode – but it’s a nice head start.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. I don’t really get the tone of this article. I mean, I generally think paying for plays/followers things are bullshit anyway but if for argument’s sake we pretend this is 100% legit, how is this different than literally any other type of promotion that’s ever happened in music?

      Pop music is littered with acts (and corpses of acts) that signed deals without roughing it for years on the road making fans.

  2. Anonymous

    Leave it to DMN to ignore all of Spotify’s positive developments over the past couple of weeks and scrape the bottom of the barrel for this negative piece. Classy.

  3. spotyfail

    bots don’t work in large numbers, they notice it and bye bye music
    nothing really works, I think there’s too much drama around this, all of the services detect easily such activities, humans or bots, they bust you.
    Don’t order off these sites except small amounts if you must to, any larger amount of bought streams will get your music banned and probably all of your catalog. Not worth it. Oh an the streams there are freemium, so forget about any profit, also since they are fake profiles, you won’t get real plays from real persons.

  4. musiceteer

    Great article, but this stategy is anything but new. It’s existed in the underground social media world for years. You’d be surprised who’s a part of these “blackhat stategies.” Not just sketchballs, but high level music marketers, advertisers and dare I say, label.

    Does it work? I can say- yes. I try to test as much I can as soon as I hear about it, so I’ve been running tests on Spotify bot campaigns for years. The result- they’re getting smarter. I work around Spotify DJs that clame that the fake streams don’t fool them and that they can won’t let those artists rise up the charts. Wrong. I got an aritst from the #3 playlist in a genre to the #2 playlist (subscriber wise) because of using this tactic. We actually got a call from the Spotify DJ congratulating us on our new boost in streams and informing us that because of it, the song will be undergoing a playlist jump.

    Imagine my chagrin when hearing my plan worked. After years of research, I’ve landed on a specific streaming boosting site and strategy that BEATS THE SYSTEM. Call it immoral. Call it what you want. I see it as a little boost that helps increase the organic reach of the song, because when I look at how many streams I “bought,” vs how many were received, it’s usually tens and thousands of more streams than purchased. I think it effects the organic reach so much, that Spotify can’t tell what’s real and what’s not.

    I am a music industry marketer. I love and respect all sectors of it. But we are a part of a unique digital age where we must be the first to jump on trends, or we’ll be lost in the mix. Everyone’s testing the boundaries, because in this digital space, it’s really about what you know. I will always advocate for artists and push the industry to its limits to give the artist what they deserve. The quality should always win and I’m going to continuously find ways to make those deserving artists seen. Join the scrappy movement.

    Xoxo- musiceteer

    • Indies

      Well said i agree with everything you said…major labels have been getting away with it for ever without being penalized because of the huge catalogue of music they own so all these platforms are at there mercy, but they always try to screw us indies..fu*k them!!!!

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  5. Zach Weinberg

    People have been doing this for a couple of years now on Spotify (Instagram & YouTube much longer). It’s a little sketch, but in this dog-eat-dog world of the music business, you have to do whatever you have to do to get an edge and give yourself a chance. As others have noted, if the song sucks, that extra look these plays are going to get you won’t mean shit. But if you have a good song, and this helps you reach a bunch of new people, then morally I don’t think it’s THAT much different then buying Facebook ads to drive traffic to your single.

  6. Boos

    Sad how Spotify isn’t making any profit, do you think it would last?

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  8. Joe

    I did this by accident on another platform because I believed the guff about it being “100% organic listens”. I regretted it as soon I realised that the “listens” were 100% fake. They all arrived at once! I would much rather do it the real way, pushing out through social media and, if necessary to gain exposure, paying for ads that give people a choice whether to listen, not pretending… it is ultimately fraudulent to the fans and disrespectful to other artists/record labels to pay for listens – unless they are genuinely organic (I.e. the music is promoted to people for them to make a choice) but I can’t see how that is possible, especially at the price.

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