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Spotify Says Ed Sheeran Puts More People To Sleep Than Any Other Artist

As someone who spent an embarrassing amount of time watching old Ed Sheeran videos with a friend the other night, this headline kind of confounded me. I stayed up worrying about the wayward girl in Sheeran's video for "The A-Team," unable to sleep wondering how many pre-pubescent individuals swore off eyeliner for life (among other… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Jay Z Pulls Reasonable Doubt Off Spotify

Reasonable Doubt, Jay Z's all-time classic debut album, has been removed from Spotify. Jay's camp hasn't provided official word as to why the record was removed, but given that it disappeared from Spotify just a week after Jay and his famous friends relaunched Tidal, it seems like he might be trying to force his fa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 6, 2015 - 10:54 am

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Sets Spotify’s Global One-Day Streaming Record

Late Sunday night, a week ahead of its intended 3/23 release date, Kendrick Lamar released his ambitious avant-jazz-rap statement To Pimp A Butterfly on iTunes and Spotify, exploding the internet, your productivity, and quite possibly your consciousness. According to The Wall Street Journal, another casualty of this surprise release was Spotify's record for most stream… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 17, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Björk Weighs In On Spotify Debate

The great Spotify debate rages on, and the latest artist to weigh in is Icelandic fairy queen Björk, who addressed the streaming service in an interview with Fast Company. Björk's agonizing new album Vulnicura was born from her grief at the dissolution of her longterm romantic partnership with Matthew Barney, so when it leaked aMore »

By: Caitlin White / February 27, 2015 - 10:39 am

Q&A: Noel Gallagher On Kanye, Beck, Beyoncé, Moz, Jack White, Black Keys, & More

Back when I was first becoming an obsessive music fan, Oasis were big for me. I loved everything: the classic albums, of course, but also the mid-period stuff most people dismiss. As I got older, those last two very underrated albums were special to me, too. I sought out all sorts of Oasis minutiae, from… More »

By: Ryan Leas / February 23, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Q&A: Wes Borland Tells Us Whether He Really Hates Being In Limp Bizkit, And Why Fleet Foxes Are Bad For Music

Yesterday, I wrote a post about Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. Bizkit are about to headline the ShipRocked cruise, along with a whole mess of other nü-metal bands, and Borland seemed to be dreading the prospect. In an Instagram post, he said as much: "Whenever we aren't on stage, I'll be curled up fetal positio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 8:12 pm

Wayne Coyne Reviews 2014: The Flaming Lips Leader On U2, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, And What’s Next With Miley Cyrus

Wayne Coyne has never been shy about his opinions. Known in recent years for giving freewheeling, often hilarious interviews, he's also made some comments that have understandably pissed people off -- particularly this past spring, when there were a whole bunch of headlines about the Flaming Lips' falling out with drummer Kliph Scurlock and the… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 4, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Billy Bragg Says Taylor Swift Is A Liar Who Sold Her Soul To Google

Billy Bragg must have an invite to YouTube's new Music Key subscription service because he's noticed Taylor Swift's albums in Music Key's library, and he's not happy about it. Swift recently caused a stir by pulling her entire catalog from Spotify, sparking a back and forth between the streaming service, Swift, and her label. I… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 18, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Uber Partnering With Spotify

According to The New York Times, Uber is partnering up with Spotify. Soon, the taxi service will allow passengers to play music from their phones during their ride. The service will apparently work whether or not the Uber car has an AUX output, but it's unclear at this point exactly how the two services will… More »

By: James Rettig / November 15, 2014 - 11:07 am

Dave Grohl Weighs In On Taylor Swift Vs. Spotify

Dave Grohl has weighed in on the Spotify debate in light of Taylor Swift's recent decision to pull her entire catalog from the streaming service. In a new interview with Digital Spy, the Foo Fighters frontman said, "Me personally? I don't fucking care. That's just me, because I'm playing two nights at Wembley next summer. More »

By: James Rettig / November 14, 2014 - 8:49 am

Taylor Swift’s Label Disputes Spotify’s $6M Payout Claim

Last week, Taylor Swift made a big move by pulling all of her albums off of Spotify. The streaming company's CEO Daniel Ek published a blog post yesterday claiming that Swift was expected to receive $6 million in payouts from the service over the next year based on their current growth. Swift's label has disputed… More »

By: James Rettig / November 12, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Spotify Says Taylor Swift Was On Pace To Earn $6 Million From Their Service This Year

Last week, Taylor Swift generated headlines by pulling all of her music, new and old, from Spotify. She's not the first artist to deny Spotify the use of her music, but she's definitely the most prominent. Talking to Yahoo afterward, she said, "Everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2014 - 10:31 am

Bono Backs Off Songs Of Innocence Apology, Defends Spotify

After U2 suffered massive backlash for sliding Songs Of Innocence into everyone's iTunes library without permission, Bono apologized for the stunt in a Facebook Q&A. His comments to journalist David Carr at Dublin's Web Summit tech conference this week were far less apologetic. He even called the album's surprise free iTunes release "one of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 7, 2014 - 11:26 am

Taylor Swift Discusses Spotify Stance, Swiftamine Sketch

Taylor Swift has been the subject of a lot of conversation lately. In a year when no new albums managed to go platinum until the third quarter, her new joint 1989 sold 1.3 million copies in a week. She made headlines with her decision to pull all her music from Spotify. And SNL devoted aMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Taylor Swift Pulls Her Music From Spotify

What do Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, and Patrick Carney have in common? (Aside from being three of the richest, most famous, most influential musicians in the world, that is?) All of them are keeping their music off Spotify. As Spotify announced in a blog post today, Swift is the latest superstar to pull her catalog… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2014 - 11:49 am

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Says U2 “Devalued Their Music Completely”

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has earned something of a reputation for talking shit on his bands' various peers, from Jack White to Justin Bieber. This time, though, you can understand where he's coming from. Talking to the Seattle Times recently, Carney discussed U2's big stunt of sending their album Songs Of Innocence to every… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Embattled Folk Singer Michelle Shocked Made A CD About Digital Music Execs That Can Only Be Heard By Dogs

Back in March, a funk band named Vulfpeck came up with a way to game the Spotify payout system by streaming an album full of silence to raise enough money to go on tour. The band ended up making almost $20,000 from the stunt. Alt-folk singer Michelle Shocked is trying to do the same thing,… More »

By: James Rettig / July 29, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Indie Band Vulfpeck Are Funding A Tour By Streaming Silence On Spotify

Vulfpeck is a funk band, but you might confuse them for minimalist composer John Cage after hearing their latest project. The Ann Arbor quartet has discovered a crafty way to exploit Spotify's royalty payout system: They uploaded recordings of silence and asked fans to stream them overnight, paying for touring expenses a fraction of a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 19, 2014 - 11:46 am

The 10 Biggest Music Beefs Of 2013

As time-tested album cycles are discarded and abandoned, so too is an artist's traditional publicity window. In 2013, the best way to stay in the public eye was not to do interviews, but to bicker, troll, and brawl -- on Twitter, on TV, or in person. Yes, beef was what's for dinner in 2013, and… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 27, 2013 - 11:38 am

Artists Against Spotify, Vinyl At Whole Foods, And The Metamorphosis Of The Music Biz In 2013

The music industry may or may not be dying, but it's definitely changing. "Metamorphosis" is probably the right word because some days the music biz seems to have woken up and found itself transformed into repulsive insectine creature without notice. Just because it's new and shiny doesn't mean it ain't ugly. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 20, 2013 - 5:41 pm
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