This Week’s Top Music News – October 7, 2013
This week brought news concerning the ongoing debate against Spotify and internet streaming services. Another prominent musician has joined Radiohead and The Black Keys in the ongoing debate; the future of music as we know it hangs in the balance. In other news, Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel go toe-to-toe, and a folk-rocker covers Vampire Weekend. Check it out in this Music News Round-Up.
David Byrne Speaks Out Against Spotify, Streaming Services
The former Talking Heads member has spoken out against streaming serivces, claiming “the internet will suck the creative content out of the world until nothing is left.” He follows the lead of The Black Keys, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and his longtime producer Nigel Godrich in protesting the streaming trend. Byrne went on to denounce Netflix and Pandora as well, claiming they’ve created a “culture of blockbusters.”
Nigel Godrich couldn’t help but join in on the argument again, with a lengthy blog post expanding on his previous criticisms about Spotify’s devastating effect on emerging artists. He now adds Google to the chopping block, claiming they’ve made a fortune by turning a blind eye to internet piracy.
It seems this debate will continue to heat up, as more musicians join in on the argument. Time will tell if their words will change the seemingly unstoppable force of internet streaming.
The debate continues at The Vine.
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel Settle Their Dispute
After Kimmel spoofed Kanye’s infamous interview with Zane Lowe, the rapper took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. Kimmel responded by inviting him on his late night show to settle the dispute. In typical fashion, he got right down to the point by hilariously saying: “I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of people think you’re a jerk.” Kanye retorted with a signature rant, in which he referred to himself as a “creative genius.”
Hey, even though his bravado can be unappealing at times, it’s hard to argue with the guy. Want to witness his antics first-hand? Enter our contest to win tickets to see him and Kendrick Lamar at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Watch the interview here.
Phosphorescent Covers Vampire Weekend
The folk-rocker covered Vampire Weekend’s hit “Ya Hey” in a slow and heartfelt rendition. Check it out below.
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Article by Nicolas White