In memo to staff, Spotify CEO stands by ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’: ‘Canceling voices is a slippery slope’
Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek told employees in an internal memo that, following concerns about racial slurs and coronavirus misinformation, pulling “The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast from the platform would be a mistake.washingtonpost.com
Trevor Noah Defends Joe Rogan’s ‘Refreshing’ Apology
Comedy CentralJust a few days after he tore into Joe Rogan for making blatantly racist comments about what it means to be “Black,” Trevor Noah spent nearly 10 minutes defending the influential podcaster on Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show—all while insisting that wasn’t what he was doing.Noah began his long, unscripted rant by catching his audience up on everything that has been happening with Rogan and artists like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, who have taken their music off of Spotifynews.yahoo.com
Eye Opener: Tens of thousands still without power following deadly winter storm in the Northeast
Tens of thousands of people are still without power in the bitter cold following a deadly winter storm that buried the Northeast. Also, the United Nations Security Council meets Monday as Ukrainians prepare to fight a possible Russian invasion. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener.news.yahoo.com
Neil Young’s Long Record of Spreading Scientific Misinformation
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn keeping with his career-long tradition of performative activism, Neil Young demanded in a (since-deleted) open letter on his website that Spotify either remove his music or Joe Rogan’s podcast from its service—in the name of quelling COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.Spotify purchased the rights to stream the The Joe Rogan Experience in 2020 for $100 million. Critics have argued Spotify is culpable when Rogan casts doubts on vaccinesnews.yahoo.com
Australia’s Apple Monopoly Ruling Blatantly ‘Wrong’
CANBERRA, Australia — Allowing Apple to move allegations of Australian law breaches to the United States is against the public interest. The judgment would signal to potential contraveners of Australian competition law that “you can avoid the operation of such laws by a forum selection clause you impose on other parties” when entering a contract, he said. Epic, which runs the popular online game Fortnite, alleges Apple’s control of the iPhone and iPad app market breaches Australian competition law. Apple is due to articulate its case to the Full Court of the Federal Court on the afternoon of June 9. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission believes the case deals with significant competition law.thewestsidegazette.com
David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash speak
Half a century ago, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released one of the greatest albums of the rock era. But the friendships did not endure. Crosby, Stills and Nash talk about their shared history, as "Déjà Vu" gets a delayed 50th-anniversary expanded release.cbsnews.com
Paul Simon sells song catalog to Sony Music Publishing
Sony Music Publishing announced Wednesday, March. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Paul Simon is the latest icon to sell his rich catalog of songs. Sony Music Publishing announced Wednesday that it has acquired Simon's catalog, which includes six decades of music, from his time in Simon & Garfunkel to his solo career. Ad“I’m pleased to have Sony Music Publishing be the custodian of my songs for the coming decades. Sony Music Publishing also represents catalogs by Motown, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Ashford & Simpson, Leonard Cohen and more.
Patti Smith returns to singing live with Brooklyn concert
CORRECTS DAY OF CONCERT - FILE - Patti Smith attends a special screening of "Pavarotti" at the iPic Theater in New York on May 28, 2019. Smith performed six songs as well as read poetry and excerpts from her book “Just Kids” in the Beaux-Arts Court at the museum, her voice bouncing off the skylight 60 feet above. It was a concert to also honor museum workers and drew just under 50 people, all socially distanced in widely spaced chairs. The Smith concert came on the same day in 1989 that Mapplethorpe died at age 42. It also marked the one-year anniversary of when Smith last performed live, at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
Shakira sells music publishing rights to UK company
The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a U.K.-based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning superstar Shakiras music publishing rights. Shakiras catalog includes 145 songs, including Hips Dont Lie, Whenever, Wherever, La Tortura, She Wolf and Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a U.K.-based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning superstar Shakira’s music publishing rights. She’s won three Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammys, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Last month, Bob Dylan said he sold his publishing rights of more than 600 songs to Universal Music Publishing Group.
Neil Young searching for heart of gold ... by selling song catalogue to investors
Neil Young has become the latest musician to strike gold with his song catalogue, selling a 50% stake in his music to a British investment company in a deal announced on Wednesday. Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said that he bought his first Neil Young album when he was seven years old. "Neil Young, or at least his music, has been my friend . "Ain't singin' for Pepsi"In the song, Young sang: "Ain't singin' for Pepsi, ain't singin' for Coke. It was unclear whether the Hipgnosis deal augers a change in that policy.cbsnews.com
Neil Young sells 50% of publishing rights to his entire song catalog to UK investment fund
Legendary folk rocker Neil Young has sold 50% of his song catalog to the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, a U.K. investment vehicle founded by music industry veteran Merck Mercuriadis. "I bought my first Neil Young album aged 7. "Neil Young, or at least his music, has been my friend and constant ever since." On Tuesday, the fund announced that it had acquired the entire catalog of Fleetwood Mac lead guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham. It has also invested in the rights to songs from artists such as Mark Ronson, Chic, Barry Manilow and Blondie.cnbc.com
Neil Young becomes latest artist to sell stake in his songs
FILE - In this May 25, 2019, file photo, Neil Young performs at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo in Napa, Calif. Young has become the latest artist to strike gold with his song catalog. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Neil Young has become the latest musician to strike gold with his song catalogue, selling a 50 percent stake in his music to a British investment company in a deal announced on Wednesday. Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said that he bought his first Neil Young album when he was seven years old. “Neil Young, or at least his music, has been my friend . In the song, Young sang: “Ain't singin' for Pepsi, ain't singin' for Coke.
A look at artists who've objected to Trump using their songs
FILE - Pharrell Williams attends the world premiere of "The Black Godfather," in Los Angeles on June 3, 2019. Dozens of artists have objected to Donald Trump using their music in his two presidential campaigns. Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter after his song Happy" was played at a Trump rally in 2018. He was especially angered that the event was hours after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
A look at artists who've objected to Trump using their songs
Dozens of artists have objected to Donald Trump using their music in his two presidential campaigns. Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter after his song Happy" was played at a Trump rally in 2018. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)From classic American rockers to British artists to the estates of late legends, here's a look at some of the musicians who have objected to Donald Trump using their songs at campaign events. JOHN FOGERTY, PHIL COLLINS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEENSome classic rockers say not only do they oppose Trump using their music, the choice of songs is ironic or downright wrong. Eddy Grant sued Trump in September over the use of his 1980s hit “Electric Avenue” in a Trump campaign animated video that mocked his opponent Joe Biden.
Stop the music! Chorus of artists tell Trump to turn it down
In this combination photo, Neil Young performs at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in Napa, Calif. on May 25, 2019, from left, John Fogerty performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on May 5, 2019 and Phil Collins performs during his "Not Dead Yet Tour" in Philadelphia on Oct. 8, 2018. Young, Fogerty and Collins are among several musicians who are objecting to their songs being used at President Donald Trump's campaign rallies.
Stop the music! Chorus of artists tell Trump to turn it down
Young, Fogerty and Collins are among several musicians who are objecting to their songs being used at President Donald Trump's campaign rallies. The Trump campaign can hardly play a song without the artist denouncing its use and sending a cease-and-desist letter. “I did not write it for that.”That feeling that they've been drafted onto Team Trump clearly fuels many artists' anger. “It’s not a great look for the artists, if their music is aligned with something seen as unsafe,” Kaufman said. “Courts have recognized that that could be an implied endorsement.”The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs
LONDON – The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. “The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,‘' the Stones said. The family of the late rock musician Tom Petty said that it had issued a cease-and-desist order after Trump used the song “I Won’t Back Down'' in Tulsa. “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. The Canadian-born musician admonished Trump for using his 1990 single, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” in spite of earlier warnings.
New this week: Neil Young, 'Miss Juneteenth,' Padma Lakshmi
This combination of cover images show, from left, Rough and Rowdy Ways," by Bob Dylan, "Homegrown," a release by Neil Young and "Bigger Love" by John Legend. Peoples film will debut Friday on-demand on Juneteenth, the annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Miss Juneteenth isnt about that history but the contemporary African American struggle to remain in the middle class. AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSICBob Dylan: Its been eight years since the legend Bob Dylan released an album of original material. Neil Young: Neil Young also has a new album out on Friday, though he finished it 45 years ago.
Musicians like John Legend, Neil Young performing virtual concerts for fans
Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, organized a live concert on the band’s Instagram page Monday, which inspired John Legend to do the same thing Tuesday. The best part is that Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, filmed the live concert for fans to watch all across the globe. Rock legend Neil Young announced he would be doing a virtual concert after having to cancel many upcoming tour dates because of the coronavirus. Young is calling it the “Fireside Sessions,” and the concert will be streaming live from his website, Neil Young Archives. Will we see more famous musicians turn their living rooms into intimate concert venues for their fans to watch on the internet in the comfort of their quarantined homes?
Neil Young says his pot use delaying US citizenship application
(CNN) - Neil Young wants to become a US citizen and vote in the 2020 presidential election. But the Canadian singer-songwriter says his citizenship application is being held up because he uses marijuana. I answered them truthfully and passed," Young said in a statement on his Neil Young Archives website. "Federal law does not recognize the decriminalization of marijuana for any purpose, even in places where state or local law does." Young has criticized Trump beforeYoung said that he may have to leave the country while his naturalization proceedings were ongoing.
Amazon bets users will pay up for high-definition music streaming
Amazon is looking to fill 30,000 jobs across the U.S.(CNN) - Amazon just unveiled its latest attempt to attract customers in the crowded music streaming market: high-quality audio. On Tuesday, Amazon announced it will offer more than 50 million songs at CD quality and millions more tracks at even better than CD quality as part of a new tier to its streaming music service. The new offering, called Amazon Music HD, will cost $14.99 per month, or $12.99 per month for members of Amazon Prime, the company's all-purpose membership service. Amazon Music HD has already attracted praise from musicians including Neil Young, who said in a statement that "Earth will be changed forever" by this service. Apart from Amazon, tech companies are investing in a range of ways to stand out in the music streaming market, including betting on exclusive content, curated playlists and podcasts.
Neil Young announces new album
(CNN) - Neil Young has announced that he's releasing a new Crazy Horse album this October, called "COLORADO." According to the Neil Young Archives website, the singer will release the first single next month, "Rainbow Of Colors." Songs on the 10-track album will range in length from around three minutes to more than 13 minutes, Young said in his statement. The album will also arrive alongside a documentary about the making of the album, titled "Mountaintop Sessions" and directed by C.K. I don't think a film about this subject with the openness and intensity we have captured has ever been seen," Young wrote about the project.