- Spotify, the $16 billion music streaming giant, is extending its merchandise partnership to allow artists to sell beauty products, like makeup.
- Merchbar will offer music fans the opportunity to ‘buy the look’ of particular artists through Spotify.
- Spotify will not earn direct revenue on the partnership. The idea is instead to give artists more opportunities to make money on the platform beyond streaming.
In times when Spotify is hotly tipped for a massive IPO, you probably wouldn’t expect it to branch out into eyeliners.
But that’s exactly what the $16 billion streaming giant announced today, as it expands its ongoing partnership with Merchbar to include beauty products, Techcrunch reports.
Working with makeup artist Pat McGrath and musician Maggie Lindemann, Merchbar — which already teamed up with Spotify last year to sell artists’ merchandise on their profile pages — will make it easy for listeners to “buy the look” of artists; a strand of social shopping already common on Instagram.
In the first stages, McGrath’s makeup brand Pat McGrath will retail items including lipstick and eye pencils through Spotify: “In this digitally-empowered, digital era of make-up, where fans crave instant glamour gratification I always want to reach fans where they’re most engaged,” said McGrath in a statement.
Spotify wouldn’t comment to TechCrunch whether the McGrath beauty line is the first of many being promoted on its platform, or whether Merchbar will expand its offering.