Pelle Sten
Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha, 1993.
(Pelle Sten)
Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha, 1993.
(Pelle Sten)
Music + 420, Art of Anticipation, Erykah Badu, Michael Jackson, The People vs. Kanye, Tupac vs. Trump, Teens Shaping Pop...
Jen Guyre, guest curator April 21, 2016
quote of the day
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't think music should be free.
Trent Reznor, in 2009
rant n' rave

I started working in digital music -- specifically music subscription services -- in 2005. In the decade since, not many of the music monetization arguments have been solved. If anything, they've evolved further from the face value of music to tackling the real issue of artist compensation. Watching this topic bubble up and boil over once again is like watching the presidential primary debates: Some great points are being made, some truths are being thrust into the open, but how much of it is just being said vs. actually getting done? The positive thing about music subscription in 2016 is that a lot of people do subscribe and do pay, which is half the battle, and if you're hitting play for free, there are some royalties being paid. The size of those royalties is what needs to change now, and hopefully issues being taken to CONGRESS and reactions to studies showing the ugly truth are going to make that happen... The problem with exclusivity in the potential class action against KANYE explained... Not even the late KING OF POP is safe from financial issues... RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's political music turns 20... TUPAC wasn't a fan of TRUMP... 420 is kind of a music holiday... In case you missed it, SNAPCHAT, nooo!

Jen Guyre, guest curator

April 21, 2016