Tag Archives: SPotify

Artists take issue with Spotify CEO’s payment comments

Posted by on August 4, 2020

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently had some comments for artists who complain that they are not making enough money through streaming. Now, those comments have drawn some criticism in the music community with a number of artists, including Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach and ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, speaking out […]

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Spotify to end upload beta program

Posted by on July 3, 2019

Spotify is ending their Upload Beta program. The program is slated to wrap up some time at the end of July, two months shy of a year after it started. Started in September 2018, the Upload Beta program allowed independent artists to bypass distributers and upload their music directly to the streaming giant through their […]

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Napster and the proliferation of OMM (Open Music Model)

Posted by on March 21, 2019

The recent ruling by the Copyright Review Board has once again dragged into the light the issue of songwriter compensation. Songwriters and music streaming services have been quietly battling for a long time while the world enjoys access to millions of songs at the cost of some pesky commercials. To be clear, some people pay […]

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Apple music stands by songwriters and will not appeal CRB ruling

Posted by on March 15, 2019

In an aggressive move against songwriters, major streaming services have appealed a decision by the Copyright Royalty Board to increase royalty rates paid to artists. The ruling will increase royalty rates for artists by 44% over 5 years. The 2018 ruling was recently announced starting a 30 day countdown for appeals. Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, and […]

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Spotify vs artists debate, streaming digital music services, and you

Posted by on March 13, 2019

The latest in the ongoing digital music streaming discussion has to do with artist compensation. Some headlines falsely accuse Sweden’s music streaming giant Spotify of “Suing songwriters” along with Amazon, Pandora and Google as the four leading streaming services have appealed a ruling that would increase artist royalties paid to them by all streaming services. […]

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Watch the horror behind click farms

Posted by on November 15, 2018

  As Threatin pointed out, it’s quite simple to generate a following as well as build nonexistent companies and bands. With sites such as SocialBoss, you can add as many followers, likes, comments on nearly every social media platform. For only $29.99, you can purchase 1000 YouTube likes and for only $199.99, you can become […]

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Does Metallica tailor setlists to Spotify data?

Posted by on July 27, 2018

For those die-hard Metallica fans out there, it appears you should listen to their music via Spotify. Not only that, you should be careful as to which songs you want to hear. According to Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek, these metal legends use analytics on the streaming platform to create their setlist per city. Quartz has […]

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Women’s group asks Spotify to remove Red Hot Chili Peppers, Don Henley, Steven Tyler and more

Posted by on May 16, 2018

How far is too far? Last week, Spotify recently removed both R&B singer R Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from their playlists due to their history with sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, there’s no easy right answer to that question as neither artist has been formally charged with anything, despite the fact that evidence points to the contrary. […]

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Will Spotify’s hate conduct policy extend to metal?

Posted by on May 10, 2018

As you might have heard by now, R&B singer R. Kelly has allegedly done some pretty heinous shit over the course of his career. The singer married Alliyah when she was 15, was caught on video performing sex acts on another underage woman, and more recently, has been accused of essentially running a sex cult […]

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Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit over Rage Against the Machine, Tom Petty, Weezer songs

Posted by on January 2, 2018

If the last few years has taught us anything about consumption of music, it’s that streaming is the preferred method of hearing it. Yet as Spotify, Apple Music,  Tidal, Amazon and more continue to capture the ears and wallets of music lovers everywhere, it’s still kind of the wild west out there when it comes […]

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