Music

Sony Threatens to Take Its Artists’ — Including Beyoncé’s — Music off Tidal

Though a musician named Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter owns a share of something called “Tidal,” and though this Knowles-Carter happens… Read More

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Alternate Routes: Tidal’s Music Discovery Problems, RSD’s Silver Lining in Ork Records Reissues

Alternate Routes is a column from Flavorwire contributor and WFMU DJ Jesse Jarnow, in which he’ll explore music solely distributed outside the Big 3 of Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

The highest-profile new alternate route of 2015 is easily the celeb-endorsed hi-fi streaming service Tidal, presenting a would-be challenge to iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon with the glittering attraction of music unavailable elsewhere. The notion of an artist-owned platform that doubles as a label is enticing, though perhaps music is not what they meant when advertising “exclusive content and experiences.” Two months in, the $9.99/month site only offers two recordings that would obviously qualify as original releases in a proper discography, a pair of new live non-albums by Jay Z and Jack White — archived streams technically, with neither tracklists nor backing musician credits — captured weeks apart in Manhattan and Fargo, North Dakota, respectively. … Read More

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Chance the Rapper’s Band Share New Album, Feat. Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe, for Free

Chance the Rapper first wooed audiences with his 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap; while some may be disappointed that this isn’t… Read More

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Glastonbury Organizer Faced Death Threats After Booking Kanye West as Headliner

Some Glastonbury fans were not shy about their outrage when festival organizer Emily Eavis booked Kanye West as the headliner… Read More

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Jenny Lewis Relives Her Child Star Days — Along with Feist and Fred Armisen — in “She’s Not Me” Video

Former child star (and current very famous musician) Jenny Lewis dropped the video for “She’s Not Me,” a track from… Read More

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Plunge Into an American Nightmare in Julian Casablancas + the Voidz 13-Minute “Human Sadness” Video

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz just released the video for “Human Sadness,” their 13-minute track from last September’s LP Tyranny (Cult Records).… Read More

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Nicki Minaj Releases the Sentimental Video for “The Night Is Still Young” on Youtube

Nicki Minaj’s “The Night Is Still Young” video may have dropped last Friday, but it landed with hardly a… Read More

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Yes, That’s Velvet: Beach House Announce Pettable New Album, “Depression Cherry”

“Sweet malaise” is a sensation Beach House (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally) delivers in hefty portions; it’s thus with an acute sense of self-awareness… Read More

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