Prince drops new single “FREE URSELF” exclusively on Tidal | OkayPlayer

…perhaps this is Prince telling me and the world to, in fact, free ourselves from the streaming bubbles we’ve been confined to.

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It increasingly seems that His Royal Badness has staked his claim to the next generation of online music distribution, releasing this new track exclusively on Tidal after limiting his past Warners catalogue and some relatively rare NPGMusicClub releases to Jay-Z’s service. Whether this is a shrewd move – from the man who helped pioneer online music during it’s relative infancy – is moot. Personally, for someone who previously declared the internet “over” it seems to sit somewhere between putting all is eggs in one basket and a transparent attempt to keep up with the latest trend in an attempt to reach a wider audience – but then Prince is the kind of person with the longevity and the kudos to pretty much get away with anything, even in a musical sense.

As for the track? I managed to find my own copy outside of Tidal (shh!) and it stands up pretty well – more old-skool Prince in pop mode with a real Funky tag, less by-numbers than a lot of his recent stuff, including what I’ve heard from HITNRUN PHASE ONE that I’ve managed to hear without subscribing to the service (I’ll surely buy a physical copy when I have enough pocket-money 😀 ). I actually really like it!

Just as a side note, you can find my own stuff on Tidal here, soon including the Strange People EP. Dig if you will, and if you want to support direct, grab a copy on Bandcamp.

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.