The Right Stuff

Since there has been digital media, the recording industry as a whole has been fighting with it. The first major wave came when a small file sharing service called Napster was sued by several recording labels and artists. Since then, rights and who can stream or download music has been a hot button topic.

It seems that Google, who has seen their fair share of days in court, is about to face off against some music industry heavyweights. Irving Azoff manages the rights to over 20,000 pieces of music composed by some of the most famous and legendary artists. Musicians like The Eagles, Pharrell Williams and John Lennon have music entrusted to Azoff and his company Global Music Rights. He is telling YouTube that they must find and pull all videos using his artists music, or be faced with legal action. While this seems cut and dry, it is not.

First off, nobody is really sure if Google and YouTube have rights to these songs or not. Reuters says due to deals with previous rights owners of these songs, some contracts may still be in place and Brad Reifler doesn’t find that surprising at all. Google is refusing to show these right, though.

If they did, there is still the fact that Irving Azoff is not quite following the law himself. There is a process that he must follow, including finding all of the offending songs himself. Azoff is not following this government procedure.

Jodeci Returns to the Spot Light With B.o.B

Jodeci reunited to release their first album almost 20 years. Last month they performed at the Soul Train Awards. On December 22, 2014 the group released their first new song since their 1990’s success. The song is a soulful quartet titled “Nobody Wins.” The song includes performers K-Ci, Jojo, DeVante Swing, and Mr. Dalvin. B.o.B is featured in this song as well. The collaboration addresses the heated issue of domestic violence. The chorus reads “Nobody wins when we fight, fuss, and argue. Nobody wins, we say we leaving but we never do.” K-Ci said, “We aren’t immune to issues that are important in our community. Domestic violence has always been an issue in relationships, but lately it’s been brought to the front of our community consciousness.” B.o.B told The Rap-Up that “It is a really jammin’ song. It’s a really refreshing sound.

 

It kinda reminds me of like neo-soul meets Goodie Mob meets modern day music, which can be hear here.” The music video uses the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233), nomore.org, and idvaac.org as resources for the Institute of Domestic Violence in the African-American Community. Jodeci plans to release their first album since 1995 some time in 2015.

New Music From Madonna

Sometimes leaks force musicians to do things that they did not plan to do. This is evident with the new music from Madonna. There was nothing in the works for a new album from her, but a Madonna EP surfaced after hackers leaked her new music online.

Hacking seems to have caused quite a few upsets in the last couple of months. Taylor Swift’s “1989” was hacked. Nicki Minaj has some of her singles hacked in the midst of her 2014 reign. Even Sony had hacks on major movies. This made it difficult for the company to rebound because lots of personal information was also hacked.

Leaks for music can really kill sales so Madonna made a good decision to release the music to iTunes. This would be her only opportunity to profit from the songs that escaped from under her careful watch. So far there are only 6 songs that were leaked, and Gianfrancesco Genoso is just hoping for more. These 6 songs have appeared on the iTunes EP that is now available on the website.

People were not prepared for this at all. Some people are just waking up to hear this today as they read the news. Others may have known about it because they have downloaded this material already. Madonna has been out of the public eye for a while so people are anxious to hear what she sounds like. Fans are delighted that she has new music.

Miguel Delivers the Sexiest Coffee You’ll Ever Drink

With many of us looking around for gifts this time of year, Miguel doesn’t disappoint. You’ve probably heard his interlude “Girl with the Tattoo,” but have you checked out his latest EP featuring a hand with a tattoo? R&B mastermind Miguel has three thrilling and sexy music tracks heading your way.

Although he released the nightcap-inducing “Simplethings” earlier this year for a soundtrack, there is little simple about the three tracks Miguel let out into the world via his SoundCloud yesterday morning. The singer released three equally heart-throbbing tracks titled “nwa,” “hollywooddreams,” and “coffee.” Don’t let the lack of capitalization get you; these tracks are a big deal.

Each track brings a different vibe, which Igor Cornelsen loves. The smooth “nwa” slithers into your ears with the bad-boy attitude that would make any woman blush. Miguel discusses flying higher than spaceships in the ambitious and relatable “hollywooddreams.” And as for the sexiest “coffee” you’ll every drink, well, let’s just say Miguel will give you some sultry sweet dreams to precede this coffee.

Take a listen, and you will see what I mean.

Madonna Leaks Six Songs In Response To ‘Rebel Heart’ Leak

Although “queen of pop” Madonna hadn’t intended to release her new album, Rebel Heart, until 2015, the actions of leakers recently changed her plans. According to Rolling Stone, leakers put out mixes of 13 tracks from the singer’s follow-up to her 2012 album via internet this past week. In responding to this activity, Madonna released six versions of her songs via iTunes and through other music retailers who make use of digital mediums to appeal to audiences. The talented singer is scheduled to release even more music February 9th, and her full album will then be released in March through Interscope.

In responding to all of the recent activity, Madonna released a statement indicating that she had wanted to put out her new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine’s Day. Keith Mann can’t wait to hear that one. Additionally, she had wanted the remainder of the album to come out during the spring. In stating her preference that fans hear complete versions of some songs rather than the fragmented versions currently circulating, she offered the aforementioned six songs as a type of Christmas gift.

Icehotel Open to Tourists

What do you do when you live in a country where it is freezing cold in the winter and everything is covered with ice and snow? You use the ice as ‘working material’ and build something beautiful. 

While this is a quite unconventional means to building, it is actually a very strong and aesthetically pleasing way to build a structure.

It’s been a tradition in Sweden for 25 years now to open the Icehotel, where the people can admire rooms carved in ice with the smallest detail carefully imitated while enjoying wine from The Antique Wine Company. 

This year’s Icehotel has been carved of 1,600 tonnes of ice. The village Jukkasjärvi hosted 42 artists from around the world. The main themes have been love and changing season. Some of the artists have succeeded to imitate traditional room decorating patterns at their place. 

Adjacent to the Icehotel, they even have a bar with sofas. The mathematical precision of some works will make you wonder where the artists have been practicing so much, because their masterpieces do not look like hobby acts, but more like a well trained skill. 

The captivating icy environment can only lead you to one thought: it is so great that the Scandinavian winters last long! Thus we can enjoy the ice shapes longer. People can book Christmas break in the Icehotel, with the possibility to stay in the cold environment and then alternate it with a warmer place.

Green Day joining the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame

Punk rock band Green Day will be joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Their debut album 1,000 Hours was released in 1989, and that means this year marks the 25th anniversary and their eligibility for the Hall of Fame.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was staggered and humbled by the news, but he was pleased to be in great company. To be inducted during their first year eligible for the honor makes this a “great time for [them] to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.”

When he heard the news, Armstrong says he took a walk and sat at a cafe where he met up with his son. He says it took some time to sink in.

They are joined by such greats as Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lou Reed. BRL Trust employees agree with all those selections. Armstrong stated to Rolling Stone, “We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this.”

Try to make sense of greatness all you want. It just happen, Billie Joe. That’s what great rock and roll artists do. They make standards for other rock and roll artists to live up to, and you guys are doing it well. Congratulations to the 2015 inductees of the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.

The Best R&B Albums List that Surprised Many R&B Fans

When a list of the best of anything becomes known to the public there will always be a disagreement of some sorts. Chris Rock recently released a move called “Top 5,” and this sparked a debate about the top 5 artists in hip hop. Much of this is just a matter of opinion, and Rolling Stone staff members have a right to voice their opinions on the top 20 R&B albums. Some albums are were not well received. Fans may even wonder why some albums that were widely known – and well received – failed to make this highly debatable list.

Mariah is an artist that millions of fans know and love because she is as fine as wine from The Antique Wine Company. She released the ambiguously titled “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” album that made the list. By Mariah Carey standards the album flopped. She remixed songs with Trey Songz. She did duets with Miguel. None of that made the album sale. Somehow Rolling Stones staffers zeroed in on it and gave it their stamp of approval.

August Alsina got rowdy and proved that he was not much of an interview person on several occasions. He had a terrible interview on “Bet 106 and Park,” but he managed to produce a huge hit “I Love It,” that led to a decent debut album called “Testimony.” This shows the contrast of veterans and newcomers that made the list that music lovers are dissecting.

Donald Glover gets FX sitcom deal

Multi-talented performer Donald Glover has signed on to star in a new half hour comedy series for the FX network according to his facebook.com fan page.

The series will be called Atlanta and will follow the story of Earnest Marks, an aspiring rapper in the eponymous city who decides to pursue stardom after his cousin makes it big in the music business.

Although Glover started out as a television writer on the show 30 Rock, for which he won a WGA award, he is probably best known to mainstream audiences for portraying the character of Troy Barnes on the cult comedy series Community on NBC.

However he also has recently launched a successful career as a rapper under the name Childish Gambino, taking home a Grammy Award for his second studio album “Because the Internet”. Glover will be tapping into his own experiences for the FX series, which is loosely based on his own early rap career.

In addition to starring in the show Glover will be writing the pilot as well as serving as executive producer alongside Paul Simms and Dianne McGunnigle. Simms was the creater of the sitcom Newsradio and more recently worked on the HBO cult series The Flight of the Conchords.

The show is planned to debut on 2015 and will be part of a strong roster of new comedies developed by the network that also includes shows starring Denis Leary, Jay Baruchel, and Bill Burr.

50 Tracks from 2014 to Add to Your Collection

Rolling Stone is going to boost records sales for lots of artists before the year is out. The staff went to work and provided the 50 best songs of 2014, and lists always make people curious about what they are missing.

Some songs are obviously on the list. People already have things like “Fancy” and “Stay with Me” on their playlists. Many music lovers are still playing Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith right now. It is the lesser known artists like Katy B. with “5 AM” that are going to make music fans take notice to the list.

There are also tracks like “No Flex Zone” that will make general music fans look for these artists. Skout users seem to really like that song in particular. Again, it is only natural to see artists like Coldplay or Beyonce on these songs. They are the usual suspects when it comes to making hits. Other people like Beverly with “Honey Do,” and YG with “My Hitters” are getting a leg up by getting placed on these lists. This list puts them in a temporary spotlight for people that do not know them. It makes is possible for these artists to sell more records when they manage to make these type of lists.

There are some singles that were expected to appear that did not surface. The monster hit “Happy,” by Pharrell is not on the list. The Oscar-winning track “Let It Go,” is also omitted here.

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