The New Environment

The New Environment

I wrote this back in July and since then Taylor Swift has been in the news for not just with-holding her new album 1989 from Spotify but also pulling her entire back catalogue. It has resulted in 1.287 million copies being sold in the first week, a feat that hasn’t been done since 2002. It is however, available on pay-to-stream service s like Beats Music and Rhapsody.

In the turbulence that followed this decision, Adele’s manager Jonathan Dickins has spoken out in favor of music streaming – “Streaming is the future, whether people like it or not. Within five years it will be ubiquitous,” he said on the closing day of the Web Summit tech conference, which took place in Dublin on Thursday 06 November 2014.

Original Article: Wu-Tang Clans new album The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is currently housed in a hand-
carved silver-and-nickel box under heavy security in Morocco and will go on a museum tour where paying attendees will be able to hear it for $30-$5 0 a pop – after being screened by security to avoid leaks. It will then be sold to the highest bidder. The rap legends claim to have a $5 million bid already on the one and only copy of their next album as its heads to auction. In addition, two Wu-Tang Clan fans have joined forces and initiated a Kickstarter campaign with hopes of matching that bid. Indie band Vulfpeck uploaded 10 tracks of silence to Spotify under the name Sleepify. Then, they put out a video, urging fans to stream the album on repeat while they slept. The band pledged to use the royalty revenue they racked up to fund a tour, where all shows would have free admission. Each song on Sleepify is completely silent and only runs about 31 or 32 seconds long, the bare minimum length for a song to register as a royalty-worthy play on Spotify. The band calculated that if one user listened to the album all night on repeat (800 plays) that would work out to a $4 payout. Multiply that by thousands of listeners and you start to get some serious numbers. The band ended up netting around $20,000 in royalties from the album.


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