If your personal Spotify playlist seem light today, Hip Hop icon and music business mogul Jay Z may be to blame. Hova has made the decision to pull the majority of his music library from Spotify's streaming service. The move was apparently done on Friday (April 7).
What's left on Spotify from Jay-Z's catalog are the two albums he did with R.Kelly, 2002's Best of both Worlds and 2004's Unfinished Business. As far as singles go, you only have five to choose from now, and they are all compilations. Those tracks are "N****s In Paris" (Kanye West, Jay Z), “Numb/Encore” (Linkin Park, Jay Z), “All the Way Up” (Fat Joe and Remy Ma ft. French Montana, Infared and Jay Z), “Clique” (Big Sean, Jay Z and Kanye) and “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” (Linkin Park, Jay Z).
The move was somewhat expected as Jay Z launched and continues to be a major investor in one of Spotify's competitors, Tidal. Tidal was in the news earlier this year as the phone carrier Sprint acquired a 33% stake in the company. This latest move by Jay is seen as another attempt to close the gap in streaming subscribers by giving Tidal users something you can't find elsewhere. It was reported that Jay Z's music was also removed from Apple Music, but as of now that those not seem to be the case.
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Big changes are coming to Spotify's steaming service. The streaming service announced yesterday (April 5) that they will now give some artist the ability to restrict their music to the apps premium subscription service for the first two weeks of it's release. This is all thanks to a new licensing deal with Universal Music Group so the option will only apply to artist under the Universal label, for now. The Financial Times does report that Spotify is in talks with major labels Sony and Warner Music, so more artist may have this option in the near future.
While Spotify’s streaming biggest rivals, Apple and Tidal, don’t offer a free tier, Spotify may be keen on making this move do to pressure from the major labels. The major labels have recently been pushing against free services in hopes of boosting paid subscriptions. According to the latest numbers from the RIAA, free on-demand streaming services like YouTube and the free version of Spotify generated $469 million in revenues in the United States in 2016, compared with $2.5 billion for paid subscriptions.
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It's been a little over a year since Kanye West's album The Life Of Pablo debuted, but it is making headlines once again.
According to Pitchfork, Kanye’s seventh solo studio project has gained the title of the first streaming-only album to reach platinum status. They also added that the Chicago native’s album has amassed over three billion streams globally.
Congrats Kanye. You can stream The Life Of Pablo via Spotify
If you are a fan of "The Daily Show" then this should be exciting for you. Long time correspondent Jordan Klepper is moving on to his own show. His show will fill the the 11:30 pm (10:30pm CST) slot that was once filled by Larry Wilmore's Nightly Show. It will run Monday-Thursday after "The Daily Show" and will debut in the fall.
The format of Mr. Klepper’s untitled show, which he will produce with Mr. Noah and Stuart Miller (a producer of “The Daily Show” and HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday”), will be worked out in the months ahead. When his program makes its debut, “@midnight” will return to its regular place in Comedy Central’s schedule. It wasn’t immediately clear how this announcement would affect “The President Show,” a political satire that Comedy Central unveiled on Monday and plans to run on Thursdays at 11:30, though that program could be moved to a different time slot in the fall.
“The choice to entrust me with the 11:30 p.m. time slot is both incredibly humbling and deeply disturbing,” Mr. Klepper said in a statement. “Without a doubt, it has utterly destroyed my confidence in Comedy Central’s decision-making acumen. Dear God, now I have to work with these fools.”