To Stream or Not to Stream?
It’s understandable why music fans might be confused about the “morality” of Spotify, which recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its launch. Making it more difficult are thoughtful perspectives from both pro and con factions. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke called the streaming subscription music service “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse,” claiming Spotify is an unnecessary “middle man” making money for labels (and itself) by doing something artists now have the power to do on their own. Last year, Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame) was adamantly against the service, but he recently told The Guardian, “As a songwriter you should worship Spotify … they’ve come along with a solution.” He said that as the service increases its subscription base, he thinks all artists will see increased pay-outs.
Thank You, Mr. Stapp
It ‘s an unspoken rule that when choosing a name for your song/album/band, you should run through all possible consequences before making a final decision. Spinal Tap may not have foreseen its Shark Sandwich album’s two-word review (“Shit Sandwich”), but certainly Scott Stapp — shirtless singer of Creed — had to have noticed he was pitching a soft ball to critics and detractors by naming his new solo single, “Slow Suicide.” The song is from Stapp’s forthcoming album, May Cause Ear Cancer.
Sinead Vs. Miley
The recent “war of words” between Pop star Miley Cyrus, 20, and singer/songwriter Sinead O’Connor, 46, was a fine example of generational communication differences. After Cyrus cited O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video (which mostly features a close-up of the singer’s emotive face) as an inspiration for her “Wrecking Ball” clip (which features Cyrus riding a wrecking ball naked and licking a sledgehammer), O’Connor penned a well-intentioned “open letter” to Cyrus, warning her about the sexual exploitation of the music biz. Cyrus’ Twitter response was, essentially, “TLDR STFU,” as she mocked O’Connor’s mental health issues and posted a photo of O’Connor’s Saturday Night Live appearance when she ripped up a photo of the pope, as if to equate that sociopolitical statement with her booty shaking. O'Connor let the childish responses get to her and has, at last count, posted three more open letters demanding an apology and threatening legal action.