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.
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.
Headline from the Guardian:
Bob Dylan criticised as ‘impolite and arrogant’ by Nobel academy member
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.
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.
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.