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The Tension Is Building Between Spotify and the Music Industry

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Marc Cimino is frustrated. The Universal Music Publishing executive oversees one of the largest song catalogs in the world, collecting royalties for Nicki Minaj, Adele and Justin Bieber.

Since songwriters have long complained about how little they make, Cimino is accustomed to arguing for more money. But Spotify Technology SA, the world’s largest paid online music service, is testing his patience.