Jay Z fits right in with the classic music business scumbags!

From the Daily Beast here:

TMZ reports that Prince’s record label NPG Records has filed suit against Jay Z’s Roc Nation for allegedly “overstepping an agreement Prince signed with them before his death.” Prince’s label claims the late artist had struck a deal for Jay Z and Roc Nation’s service Tidal to stream Prince’s last album he released before his death, Hit N Run: Phase One, but then Tidal began streaming most of Prince’s catalog sans authorization. It’s now reportedly suing Roc Nation for copyright infringement as well as attempting to block the steaming of Prince’s music—save that one album.

That’s wrong to do Prince like that.

 

Chesney’s PR people had to pay up for that yo!

The top of the front page of Apple Music has a visual banner that usually has graphics for up to ten different records.

This morning I logged on to do my daily listening for my righteous blog and every graphic panel was about Kenny Chesney’s new record.

Regular readers know I’m not a super mainstream listener but I’ve peeped Cheney’s new record and it’s awful.  Really highly polished bullshit.

Do you think other PR people and music label people appreciated getting bumped for the giant Chesney biscuit that’s gonna be up there all day?

I don’t think so and Imma guessing some sort of payment of some type had to have been made to make this happen.

Everything wrong with the music business

On the front page of Apple Music the one sentence describing Lady Gaga’s new album is as follows:

On her most personal LP to date Gaga aims for authenticity.

If you’re aiming to be authentic that’s proof you’re not authentic.  Having shifting personas is something that I would credit David Bowie with starting, then Madonna rocked it, and now Lady Gaga is following a similar trajectory.

So I guess Lady Gaga and her marketing team have decided that it’s time for an authentic phase.  The manipulation, the marketing, the playing with perceptions is all right behind that word authentic.

Just another way for Lady Gaga to cash in.

 

Yet another reason why streaming services suck b*lls!

From Bloomberg here:

Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said.

 

Google/Youtube shouldn’t be making money off flood of Prince videos

Prince didn’t have videos up on Youtube because he didn’t get paid for them and it pulling his live footage probably made people buy more Prince tickets.

There is an article over here about how all sorts of awesome Prince footage is hitting Youtube and sure enough there are ads for diapers and cleaning supplies and all manner of other Google advertising before every video.

This is exactly what Prince was talking about.  Google/Youtube makes the money first and hands out crumbs (if at all) later.

They should take those ads away from those Prince videos or take the videos down.  Fuck Google.

 

Prince said what no big artist (no, not Tay Tay) would say!

From here:

Prince took a stand against Spotify, quoting the line, “Spotify is co-owned by record labels, who hold 20 percent of the company’s stocks.”

When Prince talked about getting paid in advance for his music everybody thought he was crazy.

But guess who gets paid in advance when a music streaming service wants a label catalog on their service?  That’s right, the big label that has the catalog.

So Prince doesn’t get paid in advance for his music but the label does.  Either cash payouts or ownership of the service.  I happen to think that getting paid in advance for music is risky for anybody as nobody can ever say how a music recording is going to go over.

The point here is that if people are going to get paid in advance for records or hold ownership why labels and not artists?