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
Video of attack from Fuse News: