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How to be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Spotify

 

With massive user bases and tiny payout rates, streaming services offer a conundrum for modern music fans…

 

 

Spotify Technology S.A. (/ˈspɒtɪf/) is a Swedish entertainment company founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. Spotify is a music streaming service that launched on 7 October 2008, is available in 65 regions[6], and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. It provides DRM-protected content from record labels and media companies. Spotify is a freemium service; basic features are free with advertisements or limitations, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality and music downloads, are offered via paid subscriptions.

Spotify is available in most of Europe, most of the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and parts of Asia. It is available for most modern devices, including WindowsmacOS, and Linux computers, iOSWindows Phone and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the Playstation and Xbox One home consoles. Music can be browsed through or searched for by parameters such as artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label. Users can create, edit, and share playlists and tracks on social media, and make playlists with other users. Spotify provides access to more than 35 million songs. As of May 2018, it had 170 million monthly active users, including 75 million paying subscribers.[7]

Unlike physical or download sales, which pay artists a fixed price per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on the number of artists’ streams as a proportion of total songs streamed. It distributes approximately 70% of total revenue to rights holders, who then pay artists based on their individual agreements. Spotify has faced criticism from artists and producers including Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke, who argued that it does not fairly compensate musicians. In April 2017, as part of its efforts to renegotiate license deals for an interest in going public, Spotify announced that artists will be able to make albums temporarily exclusive to the Premium service if they are part of Universal Music Group and Merlin Network.

On 28 February 2018, Spotify filed for direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange.[8] Spotify’s shares began trading on 3 April 2018.

Spotify has attracted significant criticism since its 2008 launch.[161] The primary point of criticism centres around what artists, music creators and the media have described as “unsustainable” compensation.[246] Unlike physical sales or legal downloads, which pay artists a fixed price per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on their “market share”—the number of streams for their songs as a proportion of total songs streamed on the service. Spotify distributes approximately 70% of its total revenue to rights-holders, who will then pay artists based on their individual agreements.[10] Multiple artists and bands have given harsh critique to Spotify over its payment policy, with the most notable examples being Thom Yorke and Taylor Swift, two hugely successful artists who withdrew their entire music collections from the service.[247][248] Their content has since been restored.[249][250] While the streaming music industry in general faces the same critique about inadequate payments,[251] Spotify, being the leading service,[252] faces particular scrutiny due to its free service tier, allowing users to listen to music for free, though with advertisements between tracks.[253] The free service tier has led to a variety of major album releases being delayed or withdrawn from the service.[254][255][256] In response to the allegations about unfair compensation, Spotify claims that it is benefitting the industry by migrating users away from piracy and less monetised platforms to its free service tier, and then encouraging them to upgrade to paid accounts.[10] A study has shown that record labels keep a high amount of the money earned from Spotify,[257][258] and the CEO of Merlin Network, a representative body for over 10,000 independent labels, has also observed significant yearly growth rates in earnings from Spotify, while clarifying that Spotify pays labels, not artists.[259]

Additionally, the company has attracted media attention for several forms of security breaches,[260][261] as well as for controversial company behaviours, including a significant change to its privacy policy,[262]“pay for play” practices based on receiving money from labels for putting specific songs on popular playlists,[263] and allegedly creating “fake artists” for prominent playlist placement,[264] the last of which Spotify has vehemently denied…

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Honest Trailers – Rampage

The Rock is in so many movies the Honest Trailer for one movie comes out the same week as his next movie – it’s Honest Trailers for Rampage!

 

Rampage is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton, and loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games. The film stars Dwayne JohnsonNaomie HarrisMalin AkermanJake LacyJoe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye who must team up with George, an albino gorilla who turns into a raging creature of enormous size as a result of a rogue experiment, to stop two other mutated animals from destroying Chicago. It is the third collaboration between Peyton and Johnson, following Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and San Andreas (2015).

Principal photography began in April 2017 in Chicago. The film was released in the United States on April 13, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats. It has grossed over $425 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for Johnson and Morgan’s performances and the visual effects, but criticism of the screenplay and storyline. It is the all-time best reviewed film based on a video game, currently sitting at 52% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes

 

 

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Wajatta (Reggie Watts & John Tejada) – What’s in My Bag?

Techno funk duo Wajatta (Reggie Watts and John Tejada) go shopping at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. Their debut album ‘Casual High Technology’ is available on Comedy Dynamics Records.


Check out their picks: Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan (LP) http://bit.ly/2tvK7Gu The Future Sound Of London – Lifeforms (LP) http://bit.ly/2lx8srX Cannonball Adderley – Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco (LP) http://bit.ly/2tzQzwe Main Source – Breaking Atoms (LP) http://bit.ly/2KdCMWl Neon Indian – Vega Intl. Night School (LP) http://bit.ly/2tjv9UO Ministry – The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (LP) http://bit.ly/2luUDtW E.V.I.A.N. – Techno City (12″) Pixies – Surfer Rosa (LP) http://bit.ly/2K5Lo2c Phortune – Can You Feel the Bass/String Free (12″) http://bit.ly/2yJsQPW The Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good (LP) http://bit.ly/2KdoB0n Plaid – The Digging Remedy (LP) http://bit.ly/2luw00A The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come (LP) http://bit.ly/2IhI660 Jan Jelinek – Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records (LP) http://bit.ly/2lrUNlD Soundgarden – Louder Than Love (LP) http://bit.ly/2Mev8bK Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (LP) http://bit.ly/2MhbImw

 

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Understanding Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor is yet another renessanse man of rock music. He’s most famous for running Nine Inch Nails, but over the years he has branched out to doing film scores, starting his own label and doing various side-projects. But the man who created one of the darkest and most outstanding industrial albums of all time is far from finished. His new album Bad Witch is just around the corner, and just like with his previous albums,it seems like Trent is leading his fans into yet another cryptic and dark soundscape.

 

Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is best known as the founder, primary musician, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released eight Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

Reznor was associated with the bands Option 30, The Urge, The Innocent, and Exotic Birds in the mid-1980s. Outside of Nine Inch Nails, he has contributed to the albums of artists such as Marilyn Manson and Saul Williams. He and his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, are members of the post-industrial[6][7] group How to Destroy Angels, alongside Atticus Ross and long-time Nine Inch Nails graphic designer Rob Sheridan.[6][8]

Reznor and Ross scored the David Fincher films The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Gone Girl (2014), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time‘s list of the year’s most influential people, and Spin magazine described him as “the most vital artist in music”

 

 

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Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke

James Corden heads to Liverpool for a special day with Paul McCartney spent exploring the city of Paul’s youth, visiting his childhood home where he wrote music with John Lennon, performing songs in a local pub and of course driving around singing a few of Paul’s biggest hits.


Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock band the Beatles, widely considered the most popular and influential group in the history of pop music. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon was the most successful of the post-war era.[2] After the group disbanded in 1970, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.

McCartney is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song “Yesterday“, making it one of the most covered songs in popular music history. Wings’ 1977 release “Mull of Kintyre” is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. A two-time inducteeinto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and an 18-time Grammy Award winner, McCartney has written, or co-written, 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2009 he has 25.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all received appointment as Members of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 and, in 1997, McCartney was knighted for services to music. McCartney is also one of the wealthiest musicians in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$1.2 billion.

McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rightsseal huntingland mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. He has married three times and is the father of five children.

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Johnny Knoxville Breaks Down Every Injury of His Career

Johnny Knoxville breaks down all the injuries of his career. From pepper spray and taser guns, to breaking his ankle crossing the LA river, to getting shot by a rocket over a lake and getting landed on by a motorbike, listen to Johnny break down the timeline of his injuries, Johnny’s new movie Action Point is out now in theaters. Warning. The stunts in this interview were performed by professionals, so for your safety and the protection of those around you, do not attempt any of the stunts you’re about to see.

 

Philip John Clapp Jr. (born March 11, 1971), better known by his stage name Johnny Knoxville, is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, comedian and stunt performer. He is best known as a co-creator and star of the MTV reality stunt show Jackass, which aired for three seasons from 2000–2002. A year later, Knoxville and his co-stars returned for the first installment in the Jackass film series, with a second and third installment being released in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013), the first film in the series with a storyline, saw him star as his Jackass character Irving Zisman. Knoxville has had acting roles in films such as Men in Black II (2002), A Dirty ShameThe Dukes of HazzardThe Ringer, and a cameo role as a sleazy corporate president of a skateboard company in Lords of Dogtown (all 2005), The Last Stand (2013) and Skiptrace (2016). He also voiced Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(2014).
 

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Watch The New Video From Gorillaz ‘Humility’
Humility” is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz featuring American jazz guitarist George Benson. It was released on 31 May 2018 along with “Lake Zurich” as the first single from their upcoming sixth studio album, The Now Now.

The song was first announced on 30 May 2018 when Zane Lowe confirmed The Now Now’s release, and stated that Damon Albarn would be debuting the song on the Beats 1 program the following day. The next day, the song debuted with a music video featuring Jack Black and was digitally released along with another single, “Lake Zurich”

The Now Now (2018–present)

In an interview with Q Magazine in September 2017, Albarn hinted at another potential Gorillaz album being in production. He mentioned enjoying the spontaneity of recording and debuting music while on tour, similarly to the band’s 2010 release The Fall, but expressed desire to make it a comparatively more “complete” record, adding that “If we’re going to do more with Gorillaz we don’t want to wait seven years because, y’know, we’re getting on a bit now”.At the end of the same month on 30 September 2017 while touring for Humanz, the band debuted a new song in Seattle, introduced as “Ode to Idaho”. Hewlett confirmed later on in December 2017 that the band plans to release a follow-up album to Humanz in 2018, citing a desire to keep the band going rather than take any prolonged breaks as the band had usually done with previous projects. Hewlett has described several of the demos and new material as a “new direction” for the band, and has stated that he hopes to move the band’s artwork in a similar direction. During their performance in Chile, Albarn confirmed that the new album is coming “very soon” and premiered a new song called “Hollywood” featuring Jamie Principle and Snoop Dogg. On 26 May 2018, the album was officially announced to be titled The Now Now, with a release date of 29 June. On 31 May, the single “Humility” was released alongside the song “Lake Zurich”.

With the announcement of The Now Now, the band also introduced a new fictional band member, Ace. In the story, Ace is a temporary replacement for Murdoc, who has been incarcerated.

 

Gorillaz are a British virtual band created in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2-D (lead vocals, keyboards), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboards), and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). Their fictional universe is explored through music videos, interviews, and other short cartoons. In reality, Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, and often collaborates with other musicians.

With Gorillaz, Albarn departed from the distinct Britpop of his band Blur and explored influences including hip hopelectronic music, and world music through an “eccentrically postmodern” approach.[1] The band’s 2001 debut album Gorillaz sold over 7 million copies worldwide.[2] It was nominated for the Mercury Prize, but the nomination was withdrawn at the band’s request.[3] Their second studio album, Demon Days (2005), went six times platinum in the UK[4] and double platinum in the US,[5][6][7] and has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.[8] The band has won other awards, including one Grammy Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, an NME Award and three MTV Europe Music Awards.[9]

The third Gorillaz studio album, Plastic Beach, was released in March 2010. The fourth, The Fall, was released in December 2010 as a free download for fan club members, then in April 2011 as a physical release. In 2017, after a five-year hiatus, Gorillaz announced their fifth studio album Humanz.[10] Their sixth studio album, The Now Now, will be released on 29 June 2018.[11] Gorillaz have been nominated for ten Brit Awards and won Best British Group at the 2018 Brit Awards.

 

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The Day Jobs of 34 YouTubers!


 

I asked 34 YouTubers what they do/did for day jobs, here’s what they said! Ten Second Songs: https://www.youtube.com/user/TenSecon… Rob Scallon: https://www.youtube.com/user/robs7098… Simone Giertz: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3KE… Ola Englund: https://www.youtube.com/user/fearedse Leo Moracchioli (Frog Leap Studios): https://www.youtube.com/user/leolego Jared Dines: https://www.youtube.com/user/th3ycharg3 Adam Neely: https://www.youtube.com/user/havic5 Stevie T: https://www.youtube.com/user/SteveTer… Tyler Larson (Music is Win): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCshi… Kmac2021: https://www.youtube.com/user/Kmac2021 Glenn Fricker: https://www.youtube.com/user/SpectreS… Sahil Makhija (Headbanger’s Kitchen): https://www.youtube.com/user/Headbang… That Pedal Show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnUX… Sarah Longfield: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissSmil… Andrew Baena: https://www.youtube.com/user/androidk… Pete Thorn: https://www.youtube.com/user/sinasl1 CSGuitars: https://www.youtube.com/user/0cscott Gearmandude: https://www.youtube.com/user/gearmann… David Wallimann: https://www.youtube.com/user/Wallimann Robert Baker: https://www.youtube.com/user/rguitar Mary Spender: https://www.youtube.com/user/maryspender Phil McKnight: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEzJ… Tom Quayle: https://www.youtube.com/user/tq105 EytschPi42: https://www.youtube.com/user/EytschPi42 The Tone King: https://www.youtube.com/user/lmsjr Guitar Nerds: https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarne… Gear Gods: https://www.youtube.com/user/geargodsnet Rock Feed: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeS9… Jennifer James: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_VS… CatPick Studios: https://www.youtube.com/user/Vooova GearCouch: https://www.youtube.com/user/phantomc… Axe of Creation: https://www.youtube.com/user/axeofcre… The Adventures of Guitar Girl: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmER…

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Biggest Unanswered Questions In Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is finally here, and it left fans with more than just a stitch in their sides – it also left them with a lot of questions. Sure, continuity and logic aren’t exactly important in a Deadpool movie, but there are still some questions we’d love to have answered even if those answers have absolutely no meaning. So grab your stack of X-Force comic books, button up your 501’s, and get ready for a bumpy ride, because there’s a high wind advisory in effect for the rest of this spoiler-filled look at the biggest unanswered questions in Deadpool 2…


Where ARE the other X-Men? | 0:29 What happened to the rest of X-Force? | 1:39 What’s the deal with Cable? | 2:27 Is Vanessa actually Death? | 3:23 Will there be a Deadpool 3? | 4:38

Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett ReesePaul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh BrolinMorena BaccarinJulian DennisonZazie BeetzT.J. MillerBrianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. In the film, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable.

Plans for a sequel to Deadpool began before that film’s release, and were confirmed in February 2016. Though the original creative team of Reynolds, Reese, Wernick, and director Tim Miller were quickly set to return for the second film, Miller left the project in October 2016 due to creative differences with Reynolds, and was soon replaced by Leitch. An extensive casting search took place to fill the role of Cable, with Brolin ultimately cast. Filming took place in British Columbia, Canada, from June to October 2017. During filming, stunt woman Joi “SJ” Harris died in a motorcycle accident. The film is dedicated to her memory.

Deadpool 2 was released in the United States on May 18, 2018. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its humor, performances (particularly Reynolds, Brolin and Beetz), and action sequences, with some calling it better than the first film. A sequel, Deadpool 3, is in development.

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Check Out The FULL Documentary ‘Axemen of Sweden’

Axemen of Sweden is a documentary film about the great guitar heroes of Sweden. Featuring guitar giants like Kee Marcello (Europe), John Norum (Europe), Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), George ‘Jojje’ Wadenius, Andreas Öberg and Jessica Gardlund. SEE THE FULL MOVIE BELOW!


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