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Sean Hannity

Hannity Outdoes Himself — Compares Jay Z’s Music to the Confederate Flag

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Sean Hannity — in case you didn’t remember — is someone they let appear on a national cable news channel. This is a cold hard fact (and one that, despite the Fox News Channel being a lowly place, still surprises at times), despite the other cold, hard fact that last night, he said that if we’re banning the Confederate flag, we should also ban Jay Z, Beyoncé and Prince essentially equating a symbol fraught with America’s history of hate with some of the most important black musicians and icons. 
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Alternate Routes: Tidal’s Music Discovery Problems, RSD’s Silver Lining in Ork Records Reissues

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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.
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Jay Z’s Tidal: Can Music’s Celebrity 1% Save Its Other 99%?

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Yesterday, during the star-studded press conference announcing the relaunch of music streaming service Tidal, I was reminded of a figure cited by world-renowned economist Paul Krugman less than two weeks ago. On a panel about the future of music’s celebrity economy, alongside Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire, Krugman noted that the bulk of music industry revenue is increasingly going to the kinds of artists who can fill arenas. And as of yesterday, it’s the superstars at the highest echelons of that list — your Beyoncés, your Coldplays, your Kanyes — who want to save the music industry for everyone.
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