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26 July 2021

Islands in the stream

by Andrew MacGregor

Spotify: “Today's Top Hits” - 90s

When artists like Billie Eilish, Travis Scott, and Dua Lipa self-isolate, they do it in style. Thatís according to this CG-heavy Spotify commercial, which plonks some of the streaming platform's big guns into their own fantastical realms. Director Warren Fu executes some neat transition shots as the musical multiverse develops.

With streaming services facing scrutiny about their fairness to artists, it's interesting that these three megastars have agreed to participate in this commercial. They may well find themselves being challenged to show a bit more solidarity to those whose earnings have been crushed by deals which suggest that streaming services and record companies alike are failing to value the contribution of the very musicians who earn them their money.

Film Production: Partizan Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Warren Fu Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Whitney Jackson
Executive Producer: Lisa Tauscher
VFX: David Lebensfeld

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