Hong Kong protests: Anti-government anthem ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ removed from Spotify and Apple Music

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Composer says his creation may have been taken down by accident because of a complaint he made against pirated versions

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As of last week, the song is no longer available on Apple Music and Spotify.

[UPDATE]

On Wednesday afternoon, the song was re-uploaded to Spotify by its publisher. Listeners may find the original version of the song, as well as a march version, both created by Thomas and netizens, on the music streaming platform.

Hong Kong’s anti-government anthem Glory to Hong Kong has been removed from many music streaming platforms. Its removal comes less than one month after the song was made available for streaming in mid September.

The song, often sang at protests and rallies, was composed by “Thomas dgx yhl” and a group of anonymous Hong Kong netizens.

The song was uploaded to music streaming platform KKBox on September 13, and was soon added to Apple Music and Spotify as well.

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As of last week, the song is no longer available on Apple Music and Spotify, leading to speculation that it has been deliberately removed as an act of censorship.

Spotify has yet to issue an official response, but the company’s representative told Young Post that it appears the song was taken down by its publisher, not the platform. Apple provided a similar explanation last Friday.

Local media spoke to the song composer, Thomas, who said he filed a complaint to Apple two weeks ago over pirated versions of the songs. He believes his upload was also thought to be a pirated version and removed as well. He said Apple has promised to look into his case.

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