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Spotify Censoring Sony Contract Coverage In Billboard, New York Times, Wall Street Journal…

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Earlier this week, Spotify’s contract with Sony Music Entertainment was leaked, creating one of the biggest and most important stories of the year for the music and tech industries.

So why aren’t the biggest and most important publications — including Billboard, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Forbes, and Rolling Stone — even mentioning it?

The answer, according to a pair of sources with knowledge of the matter, is that Spotify executives have been been going to ‘great extremes’ to prevent coverage of the leaked contract in some of the the largest media outlets.  “[They are] using whatever tactics, dangling threats or just making publishers scared,” one source flatly told Digital Music News.



“Just ask yourself why Billboard hasn’t even mentioned it.”

Neither source disclosed which specific publications were being singled out, or if the list was expanding.

Sony lawyers may also be spearheading a thinly-veiled threat campaign.  The mega-corporation has already sent a threatening letter to Digital Music News over previous coverage of an internal Sony email, one that detailed an exchange between Sony Music executives that revealed a large equity stake in Spotify.  Sony Music Entertainment were responding to a spoof, April Fools article about a $ 4.1 billion acquisition by Google (that of course never happened).

Meanwhile, a total of just 30 publications have made reference to the contract (according to Google News), though Digital Music News is among the largest of that set.

And just so you know where we stand on this, here’s the entire contract between Sony Music Entertainment and Spotify for your review.

The Verge was the first to leak the contract.

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$51.5 Million Reasons Why Spotify Isn’t Paying Artists…

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Curious to see what a contract between Spotify and a major label looks like? We’re all pretty curious, as these deals have been extremely secretive.

Until now…

The Verge has gotten ahold of Spotify’s contract with Sony Music, signed in 2011. The contract was good for two years and included an optional third year.

So what’s in this contract? For starters, Sony’s agreement included a Most Favored Nation Clause that guaranteed that other labels wouldn’t get a better deal. Sony was able to bring an independent auditor in every year to make sure of this. If another label received more money per market share then Spotify would owe Sony the difference.

Spotify also payed Sony up to $ 42.5 million in advances. Was this money split fairly with artists? Highly unlikely.

Sony also agreed to a minimum of $ 0.00225 per stream.

Furthermore, Sony was given $ 9 million in ad space that they could keep or resell for profit. $ 15 million in discounted ads were also available for Sony to purchase.

The contract says Spotify gets to keep up to 15 percent of ad revenue handled by hired third parties. The Verge says that Spotify has never publicly mentioned this 15 percent in their public revenue explanations.

See the whole contract here.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

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Goodbye VJs, Hello Vloggers: Here’s the Future of MuchMusic

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There was a time not too long ago when the long-running Canadian music channel MuchMusic heard your complaints that they no longer play music videos. In response, the network relaunched beloved shows like The Wedge. Ungratefully, none of you seemed to watch it, so The Wedge was eventually cancelled. Now, the network has instead opted to go a completely different direction, appeasing marketers and millennials alike with a newfangled digital initiative. The Much website (they just go by Much now) has just been relaunched as Much Digital Studios. In place of characters like Rick the Temp or…

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Kanye West Issues Statement on Billboard Music Awards Censorship

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Kanye West Issues Statement on Billboard Music Awards Censorship

Kanye West has been a regular fixture of high-profile award shows in 2015, but his appearance at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards didn’t go quite according to plan. His renditions of “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” were so excessively censored that large parts of the broadcast was completely silent, and now Yeezy’s reps have shared a statement on the matter. The statement acts as both an apology to fans and a criticism of the censors who muted parts of the performance. As the short missive points out, some rather innocuous lines like “with my leather black jeans on” were muted, which…

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Streaming CEO Says Artists Just Need to Be More Patient…

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Deezer is one of the largest streaming music services in the world, and has more than $ 100 million in financing.  Hans-Holger Albrecht, the new CEO, was just interviewed by the Associated Press.

Ryan Nakashima (Associated Press): What about the push from the artist community that they’re not getting paid enough for streaming?

Hans-Holger Albrecht, CEO of Deezer: The point the artists and we all have to respect is we’re just at the beginning of a huge potential market.

“To draw a conclusion, ‘I don’t have any money today,’ doesn’t mean you don’t get any money tomorrow.”

The worldwide penetration is 2 to 3 percent, in the U.S. I think it’s 3 percent. If it would grow to let’s say 8 to 9 percent, that’s big, big, big upside potential, for us and the artist and the labels as well.

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​Buffy Sainte-Marie Says the Internet Is the 21st Century Coffee House

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​Buffy Sainte-Marie Says the Internet Is the 21st Century Coffee House

Buffy Sainte-Marie, on tour to promote her newly released 18th record Power In the Blood, has been around a while. She’s seen alternative ideas develop and fade, and she’s seen activism ebb and flow. But when she surveys the scene today, she is optimistic.   Sainte-Marie reckons the internet might just be the millennial version of the bohemian coffee house, something she says was crucial in the development of the ’60s counterculture. And, as a veteran of the hip scenes of the ’60s — she penned some of the most popular anthems to emerge from the Greenwich Village and Yorkville folk…

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WOW: The SoundCloud Apple Watch App Lets You Start and Stop Tracks

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The Apple Watch already shows you lyrics, show nearby concerts, and lets you DJ.

Now you can also control SoundCloud from your wrist. It’s not as fancy as some other apps, but it will get the job done.

When paired with the iPhone, the Apple Watch app will show you which tracks are playing, let you skip forward and backward, start and stop tracks, and like tracks by tapping firmly.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Jay Z Disses YouTube, Spotify, Apple, Google & Steve Jobs In One Freestyle…

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I’m never gonna go with the flow
I’m never gonna let nobody take over our music
I see sh-t you may not see
Everybody in here gets it today
The people outside will get it tomorrow

This TIDAL thing is all about the music
We gonna preserve the music
We ain’t gonna let anybody take our music
We ain’t gonna let nobody offer our music up
Do what the f–k they want to do

I don’t take no checks I take my respect
Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet
Jimmy Iovine offered a safety net
Google dangled around a crazy check
I feel like YouTube was the biggest culprit
Them n**gas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get
You know n**gas died for equal pay, right?
You know when I work I ain’t your slave, right?

You know I’m ain’t shucking and jivin’ and high five-in’
You know this ain’t back in the days, right?

Well I can’t tell how the way they killed Freddy Gray, right?
Shot down Mike Brown how they did Trey, right?
Let ‘em continue choking n**gas
We gonna turn style I ain’t ya token n**ga

You know I came in this game independent, right?
TIDAL, my own label, same difference
Oh n**gas is skeptical when it’s they own shit
You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich
Phil Knight is worth trillions, you still bought those kicks
Spotify’s nine billion, they ain’t say shit
Lucy you got some splaynin’ to do!
The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you

That’s cool I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you
Spendin’ millions on media tryin’ to confuse you
I had to talk to myself, ‘Hov you used to it’
It’s politics as usual
You know how we do!

 

The full concert video is here.

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Joy Division Catalogue Treated to Vinyl Reissue Campaign

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Joy Division Catalogue Treated to Vinyl Reissue Campaign

Joy Division’s albums aren’t too hard to find on vinyl, since they’ve been reissued numerous times over the years. But with the classic 1980 single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” celebrating its 35th anniversary next month, Rhino Records is now preparing to once again reissue Joy Division’s catalogue. This campaign consists of four records: both of Joy Division’s official studio albums, 1979’s Unknown Pleasures and 1980’s Closer, plus the compilations Still (1981) and Substance (1988). The two albums will come out on June 29 as single LPs, while the two comps will…

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