Kanye West. Between music, fashion, and debt, the father of two has had a lot going on.Last week, he debuted his latest clothing collection, Yeezy Season 3, and his new album, The Life of Pablo, to generally favorable reviews in what must have been a major moment for him as he sold out Madison Square Garden to do it. Rumors came out that he didn’t pay his models and he got major blowback and a possible GRAMMYs diss because of a certain line in a certain song about a certain pop star, but West has courted controversy for years and seemed unfazed, continuing to promote TLOP.As the week went on, however, West’s antics on Twitter — which have been bizarre for a long time, admittedly — got more unhinged. In between tweeting about the album, the always-opulent rapper began claiming that he is in debt. We’re talking major debt. And, to remind you, we’re also talking about the man who doesn’t buy his wife bouquets, but rather, … [Read more...] about The Life of Kanye: On Top of Everything, West’s Album Pirated Over 500,000 Times
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Radiohead’s newest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, will be available for streaming on Spotify from Friday, June 17>.The band’s ninth studio album, which features singles “Burn The Witch” and “Daydreaming“, has been available on rival streaming services Apple Music and Tidal since its release on May 8.A message on the band’s Spotify artist page states “Radiohead’s latest album will be available from 17th June…come back then to listen”, confirming what will be a notable U-turn in the band’s inflammatory relationship with the streaming service.In 2013, Thom Yorke called the service “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”, while Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich tweeted “new artists get paid f***-all with this model” as he pulled the band’s music from the app.Radiohead’s online campaign for A Moon Shaped Pool has been far from traditional. The band recently erased their entire … [Read more...] about Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool finally coming to Spotify
Prince has used a rare meeting with journalists to take a shot at the way the music industry works, comparing record contracts to “slavery”, and advising young artists not to sign.According to NPR, Prince met 10 journalists at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis on Saturday [August 8, 2015], where he addressed the state of the music industry.The singer revealed the reason he is releasing his new album, HitNRun, directly through Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal. “Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery,” NPR reports Prince as saying. “I would tell any young artist… don’t sign.”Prince complained that record company contracts reduce artists to the level of “indentured servitude”, with little control over how their music is used or the revenue they receive from streaming services.“Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves,” Prince said … [Read more...] about Prince compares record contracts to “slavery”
Steve Albini has spoken out about Jay-Z‘s new high quality streaming service, Tidal.Tidal launched last month [March 30, 2015], supported by artists including Jack White, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Madonna, Beyoncé and Daft Punk.Jay Z has claimed that the platform will be more beneficial for artists, but many have voiced their criticism of the company’s royalty structure since its initial launch.In an interview in Vulture, Albini has raised doubts over the platform and calling it a “budget version of Pono“, Neil Young‘s high-definition music player.“Historically, every time there’s been a new technological progression, there’s been a new convenience format [for listening to music],” Albini is quoted as saying. “So the question is, is it possible for something to be more convenient than streaming? And the answer is obviously yes. If you want your music to play at the push of a button, convenience is going to trump sound … [Read more...] about Steve Albini takes aim at Tidal
But social media is an aspect that deserves attention from time to time as well. Seemingly a week doesn’t go by without someone stepping in it, all thanks to being both tempting (providing an instant gratification mechanism to get something off one’s chest) and filterless (no editor or producer to stop or alter a message from going out to the masses). Suspensions and firings that never would have occurred ten years ago are increasingly the result.And then there are moments when Tweets actually serve as advertisements. This obviously crosses into the celebrity realm, where Twitter helps big stars communicate (mostly one-way) with their millions of followers without the hassle of doing interviews or sending out a formal press release like the old days of the early 21st Century. Kanye West is a prolific Tweeter, recently (March 30th) sending out 33 Tweets in one day to his 22.1 million followers. But its another recent Tweet that has Mr. Kardashian in potentially a world of … [Read more...] about Suit Aimed at Kanye West After Broken Exclusivity Promise Begs Question: Are Tweets Legally Binding?
Jack White played the final night of his five-date acoustic tour last night [April 26, 2015].The show took place in Fargo, North Dakota. The tour found White playing the five US states he had not previously performed in, including Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota.White’s Fargo show was streamed live on Tidal, the newly-launched streaming music service, and it will be available on-demand at a later date.According to Billboard, after closing the show with a cover of Leadbelly‘s “Goodnight, Irene”, White told the audience: “If you feel strongly about music and love music, tell people that. Tell people that music is sacred. Music is not disposable and worthless, it shouldn’t be treated that way”.Jack White’s setlist at Fargo Theatre:1. “Just One Drink” 2. “Temporary Ground” 3. “Hotel Yorba” 4. “Alone in My Home” 5. “Do” 6. “Love Interruption” 7. … [Read more...] about Jack White’s acoustic tour: read final night setlist
Pop quiz! Watch this video and try to see what is prompting so many people to label Amy Schumer a racist.Did you guess that people are calling Schumer racist because she parodied Beyoncé‘s video for a song that condemns police brutality and celebrates her blackness by dancing around with some other white women like Goldie Hawn and Joan Cusack? Did you guess they’re calling her racist because she didn’t change any lyrics like “My daddy Alabama / Mama Louisiana / You mix that negro with that Creole / Make a Texas Bama”? Did you guess they’re calling her racist because she assumed putting Wanda Sykes in the video would shield her from accusations of racism?No matter which of those you guessed, you’re right.Schumer — who faced criticism just last week when her jokes about Donald Trump caused 200 people to walk out of one of her comedy shows — parodied a very serious song by…not parodying it at … [Read more...] about Can You Spot Why People Think This Amy Schumer Parody of a Beyoncé Song Is Racist?
Beyoncé’s much-anticipated short film “Lemonade” premiered last night on HBO–and if there’s anyone who could get the vast majority of people to stay in on a Saturday night, it’s Bey. Given that there wasn’t a lot of info surrounding “Lemonade” before its premiere, fans speculated whether it would be another visual album–similar to the release of Beyoncé’s prior album, Beyoncé, which paired songs with short films. While “Lemonade” clocked in at about an hour-long, it combined linear storytelling with songs, poetry and family footage–and featured cameos by Amandla Stenberg, Serena Williams, Zendaya and Quvenzhané Wallis.Before “Lemonade” had even finished airing on HBO, the album of the same name was released exclusively to Tidal, a music streaming service owned by Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z. According to reports, Lemonade will only be available to stream on Tidal … [Read more...] about Beyoncé Premieres Her New Album “Lemonade” on HBO, Tidal
Senior managers are waking up to the reality that online advertising and the Internet's exploding video-driven applications are the most substantial and sustainable future source of revenue growth, but precious few can claim to have a clear view on just how much, where and when that revenue will show up on balance sheets.The financial promise of nascent online and digital broadband advertising -- which is critical to offsetting stagnant and declining traditional core ad spending -- is steeped in unknowns in a domestic marketplace that is 58% dominated by Google and Yahoo! and their Web site affiliates and partners. Increasingly, the answers and revenue lie beyond the pursuit of existing online ad opportunities to investing in such untested ground as user-generated, noncommercial content; pay-per-click ads; and fee-based interactive transactional services.New forms of advertising and paid sponsorship are being developed for digital wireless phones and other universal mobile … [Read more...] about Firms eye cash back from online revenue
Netflix, as usual, gets all the press.The new season of Narcos, the streamer's blood-soaked Colombia-set drug epic, is regularly praised as a game changer in international television. And other, lesser international Netflix shows —French political drama Marseilles with Gerard Depardieu, say, or Spanish period drama Cable Girls — regularly attract critical attention and column inches.But before Narcos, before The Crown, before Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ever thought of making series outside the U.S., there was another big American broadcaster already out there, digging deep in high-end TV. For the past seven years, quietly and almost unnoticed outside the industry, HBO Europe has been turning out ambitious, award-winning and, yes, game-changing drama in countries many American HBO subscribers would struggle to locate on a map.They've included Czech political drama Burning Bush, set during the anti-Soviet uprising of 1969; Hungary's Golden Life, a sort of reverse Breaking Bad … [Read more...] about HBO Europe: The Best TV You’ve Never Seen