Taylor Swift vs. Spotify And All That Yadda-Yadda
November 14, 2014
"Spotify feels to me a bit like a grand experiment."
-- Taylor Swift
Yeah, the yadda-yadda goes on and on about it all.
"If I had streamed the new album, it's impossible to speculate what would have happened. But all I can say is music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment," Swift told Yahoo Music. "And I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."
Of course, Spotify's CEO Danile Elk wasn't going to sit on the sidelines without making a comment. He did and said something quite stupid in my opinion, "You can't look at Spotify in isolation — even though Taylor can pull her music off Spotify (where we license and pay for every song we've ever played), her songs are all over services and sites like YouTube and SoundCloud, where people can listen all they want for free. To say nothing of the fans who will just turn back to pirate services like Grooveshark. And sure enough, if you looked at the top spot on The Pirate Bay last week, there was '1989.'" Taylor Swift is right about music, wrong about Spotify, says CEO Ek
Wow, you mean there's still actually pirate services out there?! And people are still using them?!
Gee, how profound, Daniel. Are you serious? ALL music is still being pirated on those places and Spotify won't reduce it one iota.
The fact is with or without being on Spotify, the same thing probably would have happened because '1989' was that BIG. And oh yeah, after almost two million albums SOLD in just two weeks, I don't think your argument will do anything to win over any new artists you're hoping to attract to Spotify.
And finally, this: 11 Lessons Music Artists Can Learn from Taylor Swift's Massive '1989' Sales. Full story at TheWrap
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 2
CAN YOUTUBE'S PAID STREAMING GRAB CONSUMERS?
Google's popular video site rolls out its long-teased contender in the paid streaming-music business. Called Music Key, it may have the best chance yet to popularize music subscriptions.
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 3
NOT AN ONION STORY OR AN 'SNL' SKIT … HONEST
Sometimes the best comedy material is right here in the real world, and this is an example: 'Vanilla Ice Goes Amish'
From the HGTV webpage about the show, "Pop icon and knock-out home renovator Vanilla Ice ditches his high-tech power tools and moves to Amish country to learn the lost art of hand craftsmanship. Go inside the largest Amish settlement in the U.S. as a group of young men and women help him tackle construction projects ranging from kitchen additions to traditional barn raisings -- all without nails and screws. He'll earn his keep working on the farm as he learns to embrace the simpler life and become fully immersed in the unique culture that has been isolated from the rest of the world."
I know … you can't wait to see it, right?
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 4
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK (?) AS POSED BY BILLBOARD MAGAZINE (AND WHO AMONG US CARES?)
Actually an article in Billboard: 'Are Khloe Kardashian & French Montana Back Together?'
THE 'A-SIDE' - THE BONUS TRACKS
Miley Cyrus Now Selling Fake Redneck Teeth
Stream 'The Art of McCartney,' Featuring Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Kiss
Billy Joel to Break His Own Record at Madison Square Garden
Jimi Hendrix's 1969 'Creative Explorations' to Be Rereleased
Robert Plant Ripped Up Richard Branson's $800 Million Offer To Reunite Led Zeppelin
Bob Dylan Wanted to Record With the Beatles and Stones
Jason Aldean Follows Taylor Swift's Spotify Lead
Prince Takes a Selfie Without a Cell Phone
Taylor Swift Looks Nearly Unrecognizable on 'Wonderland' Magazine Cover
Lorde Perfectly Disses Diplo After He Insults Taylor Swift
5 Movie Epilogues That Should Have Been Sequels
Last year's tech, this year's bargains
The best 4K TV of the year doesn't come cheap
Get a pair of Harmon Kardon in-ear headphones for $18.99
Pioneer PLX-1000: A DJ turntable an audiophile can love?
Little sound base is all about that bass
Short News Items ...
For the new video for "Louder Than Words," the closing track on Pink Floyd's 'The Endless River,' director Po Powell shot footage near the rusting ships on the remains of the Aral Sea. "A surreal image if ever I saw one," he says. Watch the premiere here. Read More
GOOD IDEA IT WAS SCRAPPED:
Producer and writer Larry Charles has revealed that he and Bob Dylan conceived a surrealist comedy series for HBO in the '90s that never came to fruition. "He'd gotten deeply into Jerry Lewis, and he wanted to make a slapstick comedy," the TV vet said on the podcast 'You Made It Weird' (via Dangerous Minds). Moreover, Charles revealed that "he wanted to star in it, almost like a Buster Keaton or something."
MORE BEATLE-STUFF GOING UP FOR AUCTION:
The pick guard and machine heads from John Lennon's 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri guitar are going to auction in London on November 23rd, and auctioneer Tracks believes the musical miscellany will fetch as much as £40,000 (a little more than US $63,000). The reason why mere pieces of a guitar are so valuable, according to The New York Times, is because the instrument in question was the one that Lennon bought in Hamburg, Germany in 1960 and used through mid-February 1964.
It's been 20 years since Dave Grohl headed into a Seattle studio to record his first batch of solo songs after Nirvana. Over time, the guitars got bigger, the hooks grew to stadium scale, and his Foo Fighters have become one of our most vital rock & roll bands. Read More
Filmed during the 1976 'Wings over the World' tour, the original promo video for 'Silly Love Songs' took an affectionate and fun look at life on the road with the band. Watch it
MACCA TRIBUTE ALBUM:
Over the past two decades, producer Ralph Sall has assembled all-star albums honoring subjects from Saturday morning cartoons to the Grateful Dead. It took him 10 years to finish his biggest project yet: a sprawling new tribute to Paul McCartney. Read More
In a Thursday blog post, "Nielsen Calls For Industry To Adopt New Ratings Standards," EVP/Global Product Leadership Megan Clarken wrote that the ratings giant really began to notice accelerated ratings decline across most demographics in April. Now, the company wants to revamp the very system that it helped invent and currently supports. "The growing penetration of new devices and the popularity of subscription-based streaming services, time-shifted and over-the-top viewing — as well as cord-cutting and cord shaving — are fundamentally changing the TV industry," the Nielsen employee wrote.
Bob Seger does things at his own pace. His new album, 'Ride Out,' is only his second in two decades. In a freewheeling Q&A, he tells Rolling Stone about how he might be alienating some of his fans and how he's not even on email, let alone social media. Read More
Quotes of the week
"It goes I, II and III, as you say, but then IV, there's still four symbols, so it still goes in digits [like IIII], you see. But [the fifth album] wasn't going to be Led Zeppelin Victory Sign [V]. So Houses of the Holy. It's about all of us being houses of the Holy Spirit, in a sense."
-- Jimmy Page, explaining there's a reason why 'Houses of the Holy' was not titled Led Zeppelin V
"I messed with hair dye in the Nineties, and it felt so phony. You know that joke about Kenny Rogers? They had a look-alike contest and he came in third."
-- Bob Seger, answering why he doesn't do what many artists do to look younger.
The B-Side - 'Blips'
THE ONION (www.theonion.com) STORY OF THE WEEK:
Family Has Strict 'No Smartphone' Rule While Eating Dinner In Front Of TV
TRUMBULL, CT—Saying it's the only time of day when everyone can be together in one place, the Gleason family confirmed Thursday that it strictly forbids smartphones to be used while eating dinner in front of the television. "Dinner is a chance for us to sit down as a whole family -- is it really so much to ask that everyone puts down their phone for just one hour while we eat and watch some TV?" said mother Diane Gleason. Read the rest and laugh
The Music Industry Past, Present & Future, And The Internet I answer questions on EconTalk
I did an interview about the industry and the Internet at EconTalk with host Russ Roberts. Russ is also a professor of economics at George Mason University, blogs at Cafe Hayek, and has written three novels that teach economics. He's also the co-creator of the Keynes-Hayek rap video. (And if your understanding of the economic meltdown that occurred needs to be enlightened, this video will do it)
In the interview we talk about the evolution of the music industry, the impact of the digital revolution, and I give my reasons for believing in the virtues and potential of the Internet in enhancing the music industry. I point out, as I have many times here in the newsletter, that the internet allows numerous artists to make money from their music and it can enhance revenues from live performances by expanding an artist's base. We also discuss the challenges facing record companies and I suggest that the full potential of the Internet as a distribution channel has yet to be fully exploited. There's a lot of ground covered, but based on the comments already posted of those who have tuned in, they've enjoyed it.
Read more about it by clicking here.
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