The United Musicians and Allied Workers Union (UMAW) have started a new campaign titled ‘Justice at Spotify’ which, among other goals, is demanding that the platform raise its average streaming royalty from $.0038 USD to a penny per stream for all artists.
“One of Spotify’s core goals is to give ‘a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art’. Yet, to generate a single dollar on the platform, a song needs to be streamed 263 times,” organisers explained on the campaign’s website.
At the time of writing, over 4,000 artists have signed the UMAW’s petition – which you can do here. According to UMAW’s site, musicians including Thurston Moore, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Frankie Cosmos, Deerhoof, Julianna Barwick, JD Samson, DIIV, Alex Somers, Zola Jesus and more have all thrown their support behind the campaign.
This comes after the Uk Government announced an inquiry into streaming services to deduce whether artists are truly getting a fair slice of the pie.
What do you make of streaming services? Are artists getting enough?
Music venues in the UK still have a long road to safety, despite a recent £1.57billion arts bailout from the government.
Last month, more than 1,500 artists and industry figures came together to call on the government to stop “catastrophic damage” to live music amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the launch of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign.
However, Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd is keen to stress that the #SaveOurVenues campaign is still ongoing and many of the UK’s grassroots gig spaces are still in need.
“Basically, at the moment we still need to take all of the venues through to the end of September,” Davyd told NME. “We’ve had some who were not successful in acquiring the Emergency Grassroots Music Venue Fund, we have some who weren’t eligible, and the other problem we have is that not every grassroots music venue is going to get funded. People need to be realistic. That’s going to be a big problem. We still have around 200 venues who aren’t eligible and we need to Crowdfund them until we can open them safely.
“We also have problems in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland because we’ll have to step in and help financially before their funding is released. There’s still work to do.”
Small live venues form a huge part of the UK music scene and are near and dear to many fan’s hearts. We hope support for the #SaveOurVenues campaign continues.
The 39-year-old singer tagged the ‘Talk’ hitmaker in a Twitter post, in which she shared a 15-second audio clip. She wrote in the post: “I think it’s time.”
Khalid simply replied: “YUP.”
The 15-second teaser featured the ‘Empire State of Mind’ star singing: “Because I’m so, so done/I’m living the way that I want”.
The song will follow Alicia’s most recent single, June’s ‘Perfect Way To Die’, which was released in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and explored a “system of racism that looks at Black life as unworthy” and “the culture of police violence”.
That same month, Khalid teamed up with Victoria Monét and SG Lewis on ‘Experience’ and opted to stick with their intended release date to bring joy at a time of civil unrest.
They said in a statement at the time: “We’ve always used music as a form of escapism from troubling things.
“This song, though deep in subject matter, sonically simply feels joyful and celebratory. It’s important to us to highlight and celebrate Black joy and love in the middle of so much pain and trauma.”
Alicia Keys and Khalid are two industry heavy-weights, with oodles of talent, lyrical prowess and musicality between them. We can’t wait to hear the single.
The programme, which will include sequences from the previous Attenborough-fronted shows Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, is “designed to lift viewers’ spirits during a time of international uncertainty,” according to the BBC.
Attenborough has recorded new voiceover narration for the special, while Zimmer (along with a number of other composers) has reworked the original score and added a series of new compositions.
The special will see Dave perform on a grand piano while the BBC Concert Orchestra takes on the string section of the score.
Exciting news and a collaboration we truly never thought would happen.
UK drill rapper Headie One has released a new track with Drake.
The North London MC tweeted (July 19) that his collaboration with the multi-platinum artist, titled ‘Only You Freestyle’, would be released at 9pm BST on Tuesday. The track will mark the first time the two have worked on a song together – listen below now.
‘Only You Freestyle’ will be the first new music from Headie One since the release of ‘Rose Gold’ in May.
The rapper also released a mixtape with Fred Again, ‘GANG,’ earlier in the year. It featured contributions from FKA twigs, Jamie xx and Slowthai, among others. ‘Told’, a track from the mixtape, was later remixed by Brian Eno.
Last week saw Drake also release two new tracks with long-time collaborator DJ Khaled. The tracks will feature on Khaled’s upcoming 12th studio album, ‘Khaled Khaled.’
Drake is on a roll with his recent releases, collaborating with two artists who could not be more different, he is arguably one of the most diverse talents in the current Rap game.
An artist heavily inspired by UK Rap, first riding the Grime wave and now jumping on the Drill bandwagon, it’s interesting to see an across the pond talent jumping on the UK sound.