Dan Rys, writing at Billboard, about how Frank Ocean’s latest release is causing all kinds of headaches over at Universal:
After an interminable wait (in music industry standards, at least), Ocean fulfilled his contractual obligations, sources tell Billboard, and increased his potential profit share from 14 percent to 70 percent of total revenues from Blond within a 24-hour period, seemingly pulling a fast one on the biggest music company in the world in the process. Def Jam and its parent Universal, stuck with an overshadowed visual album that isn’t for sale, and cut out of any revenue from the “proper” album that’s headed to the top of the charts on the strength of 225,000 to 250,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 25, were left with what amounts to a very long music video and without one of their marquee artists.
Hannah Karp, writing at The Wall Street Journal:
Spotify is now operating on short-term extensions of its old contracts with all three major record companies, having been on a month-to-month basis with at least one of the labels for nearly a year. It is negotiating new deals that would make its finances more attractive to investors.
Spotify, which saw its net loss increase to roughly $200 million last year even as revenue doubled to more than $2 billion, wants to pay a smaller share than the nearly 55% of its revenue that it currently pays to record labels and artists, according to people familiar with the matter.
It pays roughly an additional 15% to music publishers and songwriters.
But some major label executives want Spotify to pay them as much as 58% of revenue from both its free and paid tiers. That is what Apple Inc. pays for Apple Music subscribers who aren’t on free trials, people familiar with the matter said. Apple has more than 5 million users on free trials, they said.
Sum 41 have released their new song “War” on Spotify in certain regions. It’ll be live on all digital outlets tonight at midnight.
Rachael Yamagata has released her new video for “Over.”
Lindsey Sterling and Andrew McMahon did a Facebook Live interview with fans. Around the 5 minute mark Andrew discusses hoping to have a new album out early next year and a new single dropping in about a month.
Chvrches recently performed on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. They did a performance of “Bury It” and covered “This Is What You Came For.”
Of Mice & Men have released their new video for “Real.”
Empire of the Sun have released their new song “High and Low.”
Bayside have steadily become one of the preeminent forces in alternative music by simply being themselves throughout their entire career. The band has a unique sense of self which displays itself every time they release new music. The band’s seventh full-length record, Vacancy, just dropped last week, and to celebrate, they hit the road with some incredible bands supporting them: The Menzingers and Sorority Noise. I’ll have more on that tour a little later this week, but for now, enjoy my conversation with Anthony Raneri and Nick Ghanbarian about managing fan expectations, what they feel their responsibility is as a band with a platform, and how you continue to write the most honest music of your career seven albums deep.
Knowing the members of Sianvar, the quality of their work should never have been up for debate. Featuring members of Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, Hail the Sun, and Stolas, the lineup is a veritable who’s-who of modern progressive rock. It was never a secret that Sianvar was made up of talented members, but I don’t know if anyone expected the group’s debut full-length to sound as good as it does. Stay Lost almost makes the members’ previous outings look like warm ups.
Amazon has posted up the pilot episodes of a bunch of their original series on YouTube. I really enjoyed Mozart in the Jungle and I’ve just started The Man in the High Tower.
Samsung is shutting down the music service that I forgot they had:
As Variety reported earlier, Samsung will shutter Milk Music on Sept. 22. It joins Samsung’s Milk Video in the Graveyard For Samsung Media Services No One Wanted Except Samsung Executives.
Matt Novak, writing for Gizmodo:
EpiPen, the life-saving allergy product, is now a $1 billion a year business for Mylan, a drug company that’s currently enduring a wave of bad publicity over the extraordinary surge in EpiPen pricing. In 2007, an EpiPen cost about $57. Today that price has skyrocketed to over $600 — all for about $1 worth of injectable medicine.
EpiPen is an emergency medication that’s stabbed into a person experiencing anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction that can be triggered by anything from bee stings to food. I’ve never used an EpiPen, but as someone with a peanut allergy who once made his own trip to the ER after a particularly unfortunate restaurant experience (“these Chinese beans sure are crunchy…”) I can tell you that anaphylactic shock is really no fun.
This is such bullshit.
Entertainment Forum: A focus on Kevin Smith.
Copeland have announced some fall tour dates. VIP bundles for the dates are on sale now.
Emo Nite LA is hitting the road this fall. The monthly event, which is typically held in Los Angeles, will be taking over venues in Baltimore, Seattle, Santa Ana, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Denver. All the dates can be found below.
Bad Suns have shared their new song “Heartbreaker.”
Death Cab for Cutie’s bassist, Nick Harmer, is on this week’s episode of The Guestlist podcast.