Prince – Stare | New Song on Spofity?


I thought Prince took all his music off Spotify recently? He said something about labels…

pay[ing] themselves twice while reducing what is owed to artists from pennies on the dollar to fractions of pennies on the dollar.

Seems like another double-bluff from the Prince Promo Playbook. I’m a little disappointed about this, as I feel that streaming services majorly  undervalue music (as I touched on in this post), and the CEOs and shareholders are profiting on content they don’t own through advertising.

Regardless of this, the track in question is ‘sho nuff Funky! Horns and eva’thang – not to mention a cheeky self-reference that made me laugh out loud! If this is the only way to listen to the song atm then it’s pretty smart marketing, as Prince is known for. I’m atcually looking forward to the new record – this is shaping up to be one of his best in recent years.

Whilst you’re there you could always check out my music – but I’d much rather you bought a copy from Bandcamp! I’d very much appreciate it. 😀

George Clinton Spent 3M & Refuses To Stop Fight With Record Labels | iloveoldschoolmusic.com

George “P-Funk” Clinton is naming names and not taking any prisoners! He said that he’s tired of record labels collectively plotting their conspiracy against him

Source: George Clinton Spent 3M & Refuses To Stop Fight With Record Labels

Just an update on GC’s copyright situation. I didn’t know he was a crackhead back in the day, but it does make a lot of sense! He’ll always be the Jesus of the Church of The Funk, glad to see he’s well.

Mo’ Power to ya, George!

Is Transparency The Music Industry’s Next Battle? | The Record : NPR

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media’s trending topics recently… In the background of these debates is the question of whether songwriters and performers are actually getting all the money they’re owed.

Source: Is Transparency The Music Industry’s Next Battle? : The Record : NPR

How many of you folks use Spotify on the regular? Do you buy music anywhere, in any form? I’m not trying to preach – as a musician I’m obviously pro-music – but I’m also hugely pro-credit. It’s a tough argument – most artists need to treat their craft as a full-time job in order to progress and develop as an artist, and in that sense you can’t work for free. However, it did occur to me that most people aren’t actually aware how the streaming system actually works, so I thought I’d help break it down:

Here’s a link from Spotify’s website, detailing their payment model. Looks nice, but it’s actually more like this, along with al the other online distributors.

How do you feel about it?

We’re out of the age of the multi-million dollar Music Industry signing 10 acts on the chance they’ll make it all back on one. But it seems now we’ve gone in the other direction, and the only people still coming out on top are the guys with all the cash.

Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away | Rolling Stone

Check out this great article on Bill Withers, from Rolling Stone.

“He’s the last African-American Everyman”

– ?uestlove

Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away | Rolling Stone.



Bill got his first break at 32, and used to sing his own songs to himself over and over whilst working on air planes in the Navy in order to remember them in lieu of a pen and paper.

Such a humble, soulful cat – and despite watching The Big Bang Theory (I’ll forgive you, Bill!) he seems to still be on the level. Shows that great songs can outlast bad experiences in the music biz.

You should also check out the excellent documentary Still Bill – the Bill Withers Story that came out in 2008 on the BBC.

How do you give a duck Soul?

Stick it in the oven ’till its Bill Withers!