It’s not called GooglePimpTube for no reason!

From the Guardian here:

YouTube has an estimated 1.3 billion users who regularly watch music videos and it paid $856m (£650m) in royalties to music companies last year – an estimated 67 cents per user annually.  In the UK, record labels and artists earn more than double the royalties from the sale of 4.1m vinyl records than they did from the 25bn music videos watched on YouTube last year.

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I don’t need Spotify to decide my listening for me

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It’s not for Mastercard and Visa to cut off donations to Wikileaks and it’s not for Spotify to morally judge who belongs and who does not belong on their streaming service.

Never mind that this opens a giant ass can of worms if you’re going to have artists meet some ethical threshold.  There are dozens of musicians who have engaged in all sorts of shit.  And there are all sorts of Wall Streeters who have done the same shit.

It’s no surprise that Spotify came down hard on a black dude and believe me I’m no fan of R. Kelly’s behavior but that’s a job for the courts not fucking Spotify.

Behold Gene Simmons’ schizo pro-artist/anti-artist horseshit!

From CNBC here:

“At the end of the day the artists have gotten the rug pulled out from under them, and I’m shocked that legislators in Washington D.C. haven’t taken the entire industry to task” Simmons said. “Legislation is archaic and prehistoric. New artists are getting slaughtered because they’re getting micro pennies out of a dollar.”

Spotify, he said, is “a terrific company.”

“I know the financials of the company, I think the management is solid,” Simmons said. “Spotify is getting rich and God bless them for it.”

Ladies and gentlemen get a load of this high end business speak word salad!

In one breath he says new artists are getting slaughtered because they are getting micro pennies out of a dollar and in the next breath he says Spotify is getting rich and God bless them.

They are getting rich because they’re paying micro pennies out of a dollar, aren’t they???

I’m not sure how many music fans realize that part of the reason Spotify has never been profitable is because of the large upfront payments Spotify has paid to major record labels for classic catalog artists (such as Kiss, if you can call them artists).  So major labels have been paid and own pieces of Spotify while new artists get their micro pennies.

Simmons has always been more of a business man than a musician.  His music is low grade rock ‘n roll with grown men trodding the boards in full makeup — more like mideval minstrel show with power chords, but certainly nothing people will be listening to 500 years from now.

What a complete fucking tool this sunglasses wearing dickbag is.

YouTube is a digital sweatshop

From the Washington Post:

Reaching the top 3.5 percent of YouTube’s most viewed channels — which means at least 1 million video views a month — is worth only about $12,000 to $16,000 a year in advertising revenue.

From the Telegraph here:

Alphabet’s results also exceeded forecasts, as Google’s advertising juggernaut continued unabated. The company’s revenues grew 22pc to $24.8bn, while profits were up 29pc to $5.4bn.

Roughly $20bn in profit a year, not a bad monopoly if you can build it.

It’s not as if they couldn’t pay out more on YouTube, they can swing it, it’s loose change to them.

How does Tim Cook survive as half man/half bullshit slinger?

From CNBC here:

Apple says it’s not in the music business to make money. Instead, its investments in the HomePod and Apple Music are aimed at “doing the right thing,” CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with Fast Company.

“You’re right, we’re not in it for the money. I think it’s important for artists. If we’re going to continue to have a great creative community, [artists] have to be funded,” Cook said in the interview published Wednesday.

This is breathtaking, the stench of it is absolutely revolting.

Apple is in the music game to sell hardware — Macs to musicians and studio owners, iPads to the same crew, etc.

The most revolting part is where Cook talks about how Apple is funding artists???  Yeah, what the fuck?  The great majority of artists making any money on Apple Music are already funded by their large record labels – your Biebers, your Drakes, your awful mainstream booty swingers.

The artists who need to be funded the most are the non-mainstream artists and for them Apple is a disease.  Apple does not fund them at all, they don’t give a flying fuck whatsoever.

To take some sort of goodie points for funding ‘artists’ that are already funded and then not acknowledging how Apple Music’s payment structure does not help to fund artists who need it the most is vomit inducing.

2 trends that will continue to hold music back in 2018

A.  The continued manufactured consent/publicist bullshit that has infested the music business for decades.  I’m still in shock looking at the Guardian best of 2017 and seeing the St. Vincent record at the #1 position.  I try to be an open minded gent so I thought I would peep it again and honestly I don’t get it.  Recycled sounds, a distinct lack of soul, and a manicured sound that drains the already drained proceedings.  Put this record up against Prince’s 1999 and then give me a call.  I don’t see anyone listening to this record in 5 years — isn’t that a simple definition of a great record?  There’s a huge difference between a great publicist/marketing campaign and a great record.

B.   People are mad lazy.  I don’t see how many supposed music lovers (including mindless music writers of which there are dozens) put a napkin in their collar and just lap up what is served to them.  Some music publicist calls you up, blows a little air up yer skirt and you just faun over the most mindless shit.  Or you read an article and you just nod your head like some sort of zombie.  It’s fucking shameful.  Is it not a reasonable definition of a sophisticated music listener to check music out independently of what is being pushed by record label pimps and to occasionally call bullshit on an awful record???  Is everybody so fucking spineless and afraid that they will never stick their necks out and dump on a mediocre effort?  Man, the National record this year almost collapses under the weight of its own pretension and I read the most breathless (dare I say orgasm-y) reviews of music that should be fed to senior citizens as the sonic equivalent of applesauce.  Blech!

I’m no hater and I love music and an essential part of loving music is sorting out the shit from the gold.  The amount of gold spray paint that has been applied to musical turds is not helping music out.  While people may get a good huff of spray paint buzz it stinks like shit when the paint dries and cracks to reveal what’s underneath.

I hope some folks in 2018 will show some self-respect/self-esteem and start thinking for themselves instead of sitting with their spoons out and their diapers on.  Jesus, it all goes down in public and it’s fucking shameful to watch.  I’m embarrassed on your behalf.

Happy 2018.