Stream manipulation schemes artificially boost the play count of an artist’s music. These are the most common scams:
- Looping: Getting fans to loop a track/album overnight, or paying a third party to boost numbers through a click farm or bot
- Playlisting: Paying a service to get guarantee playlist placement for higher stream counts
- Identity theft: Impersonating a more popular act when uploading material or releasing an established artist’s leaked music under another name
These tactics can easily be detected by platforms like Spotify and will result in you being removed and banned, so steer clear. Learn more about fake streams now.