Audio streaming platform Spotify signed a licensing agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Rotana Music Group. The agreement will allow the label’s once-exclusive music catalogue to be available on Spotify across the Middle East and North Africa, and other markets where the service is live.
This has enabled Spotify to expand its Arabic music catalogue by adding over 10,000 Arabic songs to its platform. The new catalogue features over 10,000 songs by a variety of over 100 legendary Arab artists from across the region, including Elissa, Abdul Majeed Abdullah, Rashed Al-Majed, Assala Nasri, Majed Almohandis, Rabeh Saqer, Mohammed Abdu, Najwa Karam, Bahaa Sultan and Tamer Hosny. Spotify will be providing further on-platform support with the introduction of a new destination, “This is Rotana”, which will be home to some of the most popular songs by the label. In addition, Spotify’s very own “This Is” playlists for each major artist will be updated regularly with their songs from the Rotana catalogue.
The Rotana catalogue will be available to users in Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.