Michael

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The problem is, it requires "waking up," and "artists" by definition like to sleep in.
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June 24, 2015 on Billy Corgan Returns To CNBC To Talk Taylor Swift And Apple
And now she's getting a better deal from Apple than she is from her own record label, which no doubt gets a "promotion allowance" for copies it gives away.
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June 22, 2015 on Apple Caves To Taylor Swift, Will Pay Artists During Trial
And she has certainly not been paid for giveaway copies of her music before. It's a standard clause in a recording contract enabling your label to take usually around 5% of your copies for promotion, with no royalty. Artists now seem to think the "hard copy" past was some idyllic world where every musician made a living and were given fair treatment by their labels, distributors (for indie artists) and publishers. It just wasn't so. Also, Appke has relented and will pay royalties for the free trial listens, which is a fairer shake than any major label ever gave.
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June 22, 2015 on Read Taylor Swift’s Open Letter To Apple Music
The bigger news here: my idea for a unique cover band has been taken.
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June 20, 2015 on Spoon Played A Spoon Cover Band’s Afterparty In Maine Last Night
Well, if you won't stream and you can't be sold on what nevertheless is the #1 music marketplace in the world, are you going to live on CD sales?
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June 19, 2015 on No, 1989 Won’t Be On Apple Music
I think the audience and his band were plenty willing to just do the show without him.
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June 15, 2015 on Smash Mouth Singer Freaks Out When Food Fest Crowd Won’t Stop Throwing Bread At Him
The iTunes Store once ran at a loss too. It's called "starting up." And despite the losses, not only are streaming services becoming entrenched, everyone seems to want to start one. Marginal artists don't make money, or have to find, er, creative ways to do so. It has been that way since there was money in music. It hasn't changed; the only thing that's changed is who the musicians blame for their poverty.
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June 11, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini
It's funny how an article like that can be so timeless. Or sad. Maybe it's more sad.
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June 11, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini
Would you two just get a damn room already?
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June 11, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini
Keep in mind that much of the "fabrication" was done by Kurt himself. I completely believe that he did and said a lot of things just to get a rise or for shits and giggles, AND I understand that means any "first-person" bio taken from found statements/scribblings and things he said to random people to get a rise out of them should be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, in a way this bio is perhaps Kurt's way of giving a finger from beyond the grave to anyone who would obsessively pore over the details his life.
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June 11, 2015 on More Buzz Osborne On Kurt Cobain: “The ‘Truth’ About His Situation Has Always Been False”
Whoa. Hold on just a second: "That money, of course, goes to labels and music publishers, and only a tiny bit ever seems to trickle down to artists. We’ll have to see whether the other services do much better on that score..." What score is that? The artists sign those contracts that give most of their sales revenue to the labels and publishers, not the streaming services. For this discussion to ever get real, we can't forget that even for a minute. Doing so is like blaming the gas station when your car gets 10 MPG.
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June 10, 2015 on Spotify Hits 75M Users, 20M Premium
Dear streaming services, Thank you for taking the blame for artists that make no money on their recorded music sales. We used to take the heat for that. Signed, The record labels. PS: Thanks for the big royalty checks.
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June 10, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini
Am I going to hell for imagining what might constitute a Gay White Power Rally?
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May 11, 2015 on Tyler, The Creator Reappropriates White Power Symbol For Gay Pride T-Shirt
He's my man-crush. When that guy tackled him onstage in Toronto, my first words were, "you f'n IDIOT! Everyone knows you go for LIAM first!"
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May 6, 2015 on Noel Gallagher Has Some Dependably Amusing Thoughts About Tidal, Zayn Malik
Roger Waters: Detesting the music industry since 1973.
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May 3, 2015 on Roger Waters Slams Digital Music For Pink Floyd’s 50th Birthday
Even the Right isn't as stridently defending the Baltimore cops as they did in Ferguson...which means they're turning the full force of their "You have rage? Well, we'll see your rage and raise you some moral superiority!" towards the protests themselves. All that said, Prince isn't known these days for his subtlety, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of song comes out of this.
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May 1, 2015 on Prince Records Tribute To The People Of Baltimore
I'm guessing that when a lot of those "founding member" artists start actually seeing those Tidal royalty checks, they won't be quite so excited about their new venture.
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April 30, 2015 on Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels
I'd prefer "Tell No Lies," but that's because I'm a big fan of '80s videos featuring llamas.
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April 29, 2015 on Watch Ryan Adams Cover Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69” In Callback To Infamous Heckling Incident
Are you sure his name isn't Michael Bolton?
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April 29, 2015 on Watch Ryan Adams Cover Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69” In Callback To Infamous Heckling Incident
Beck has been doing the "show up in weird places/talk to people I disagree with" thing lately. Makes me suspicious...
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April 28, 2015 on Glenn Beck Gives Andrew W.K. A Show On His Radio Network