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The Migos had a concert the other night at Georgia Southern University. The night ended when police showed up, stopped the music, and arrested Quavo, Offset, and several members of their crew. Quavo and Offset were arrested for marijuana posession, possession of a schedule II narcotic, and possession of a firearm. Since they were performing on school property they were charged with carrying a gun on the grounds. To make things worse Offset was released from prison in October 2013 after doing 10 months for parole violation. He was charged with gun possession by a convicted felon. There is no word on why Takeoff was not charged. Developing!
MC Lyte will be releasing “Legend” which is her first album in 12 years. I 2003 Lyte released Da Undaground Heat Vol. 1 as a part of Record Store Day. The release was limited and only on vinyl. Will you be listening?
TIDAL has not gotten off to a fast start. The other day news broke that Andy Chen, who is the CEO of TIDAL’s parent company Aspiro, was forced out along with 25 other employees. Aspiro was acquired by Jay Z last month for $56 million dollars. A statement was released…
“TIDAL’s new interum CEO is Peter Tonstad – a former CEO of parent company Aspiro Group. He has a better understanding of the industry and a clear vision for how the company is looking to change the status quo. He’s streamlining resources to ensure talent is maximized to enhance the customer experience. We’ve eliminated a handful of positions and refocused our company-wide talent to address departments that need support and cut redundancies. TIDAL’s offices globally will remain and grow: we are already hiring for several new positions now. We’re excited about our future and what’s in-store for fans who want the best listening experience.”
Jay Z’s classic debut album is no longer available on Spotify but it now can be streamed on the new Tidal platform. Jay says that one of the reasons he and other musicians joined for Tidal was because other streaming services had an unbalanced profit sharing system with the artists. Taylor Swift pulled all of her music from Spotify in 2014 and now her catalog is included on Tidal. Tidal is separating itself from other streaming services by providing exclusive content like new songs. Rihanna and Beyonce have released new music exclusively through Tidal already.
“You guys may have seen some of the stats like, Aloe Blacc had a song that was streamed 168 million times and he got paid $4,000,” said Jay. “For us, it’s not us standing here saying we’re poor musicians. If you provide a service, you should be compensated for it. And not just artists — just think about the writers and the producers.”
Tinashe was supposed to hit the road with Iggy Azeala on Iggy’s “The Great Escape Tour” but when the tour was pushed back the singer lined up with Nicki Minaj for “The Pinkprint Tour”.” Tinashe also says that she did a song with Iggy but when Iggy started receiving backlash during the height of the “cultural appropriation” criticism she fell back from social media for a few days because she’s not used to that level of backlash. In an interview Tinashe was asked who’s music she preferred more between Nicki and Iggy. Due to her full discography Tinashe said she would go with Nicki. Check out the interview!
Kanye West has called himself a God more than a couple times. He even has called Jesus his role model saying that he grew up wanting to be “like Christ.” Now there is The Book Of Yeezus! In the book God’s name is replaced with Kanye or Yeezus and now the book is on the market. The book is only The Genesis chapter of the old testament, so expect a quick read. The book is only $20 dollars and the authors of the book said ..
“What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like? …In a sense, Kanye’s awesome and orchestrated spectacle is truly a religious experience.”
Azealia Banks covers Billboard Magazine! She pretty much says she’s not trying to be an idol and has a crush on President Obama. Banks feels Obama is fine with his big-ass white teeth and ears hanging off his head. She even says she would smash him! As far as dating Banks wants a really smart man who has silly jokes but she admits she would have to tone it down if she really wants to get that. When speaking on respect Azealia says that celebrities are celebrated and she doesn’t feel that she is. One day it would be nice to be celebrated but she just doesn’t want to be forgotten about while still alive. Right now Banks is writing what she calls her passion project, a fable based on herself. She says she works during witching hours of 3 and 4am when the dead writers, the failed writers and failed musicians are roaming around. She is headed to play Coachella later in the month of April before heading on her own tour!
Jay Z suggests that TIDAL could replace record labels for artists like himself. In a recent question and answer session on his new streaming service Jay confirmed that if a major label artist was to complete their contract, they then could potentially distribute their music exclusively through TIDAL. The Jigga man went on to speak on Kanye West’s passion for music and worth by saying the first time he got Kanye on a plane there was 70 mixes of “Stronger” and “Good Life.” Imagine a person who goes through 70 mixes just to get something right, the way they believe is right. He added that some people really care about their music and want it to be heard the way it was intended. Jay says it’s not for everybody and we’re not trying to force it on you but if that’s what you like and that’s what you care about, you have the option and that’s what Tidal is saying. Jay also says you cant exclude the major labels because they have contracts with the artists but if you don’t have a contract as an independent artist, then you can do whatever you want and we would love to work with you.