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The Jay-Z Law, Streaming Pains and Chambers Attacked

By Mike Breen · July 17th, 2013 · Minimum Gauge
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Hova Changes the Game Again

If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s Jay-Z’s world, we’re all just living in it. First, Mr. Z got the RIAA to change its rules so that he could be awarded a Platinum album on the day his new album released. Now, Republicans who are mad that Jay traveled with his wife to Cuba this year took a break from their daily obstructionism to slip a provision into an unrelated $17 billion spending bill to restrict travel to Cuba unless it’s for educational purposes associated with earning a degree. In Politico’s report, reps from both parties didn’t even pretend that the provision was inspired by anything other than Jay-Z and Beyonce’s anniversary vacation. Meanwhile, America has no other problems, apparently!

Jay-Z's "Open Letter" addressed his vacation controversy this past spring:


Streaming in Pain?

Recently, Pink Floyd finally made its catalog available on Spotify. Floyd was one of a few bigger acts holding out on the service, not entirely convinced the royalty payments were fair for music creators. Whatever changed Pink Floyd’s mind wasn’t enough for Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, who had their band Atoms for Peace’s album (and Yorke’s The Eraser) removed from the service and took to social media to vent about Spotify’s tiny pay-outs to artists streamed through the service. Yorke tweeted, “New artists you discover on #Spotify will (not) get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly (be) rolling in it.” Spotify responded by saying that, by the end of 2013, it will have paid out $1 billion in royalties and that money will enable the industry to “invest in new talent and music.” It did not say how much shareholders will be rolling in.


“Guilty” … of Stupidity 

There were a lot of emotions flying when the George Zimmerman trial verdict came down.

Regardless of your feelings, let’s all agree — attacking a 73-year-old musician on stage at a Blues festival is NOT an appropriate response (to anything other than a truly dreadful and long rendition of “Mustang Sally”). After Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers dedicated “People Get Ready” to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin at a Californian music festival, a 43-year-old woman got on stage and knocked the septuagenarian over in anger. She was cited and released, but Chambers’ family wants her to face hate crime charges. Chambers is reportedly OK, just badly bruised.

Video of attack from Fuse News:



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