Spotify respond to Nicki Minaj’s Twitter meltdown

Nicki Minaj only made it to #2 on the charts with her new album ‘Queen’, so of course there must be a big conspiracy to keep her down.

Nicki Minaj is still a worldwide superstar and no-one can deny it, but she’s not the biggest female rapper in the world anymore. Cardi B has taken the world by storm and Minaj isn’t taking the reality well. Minaj released her latest album Queen last week and it did incredibly well, making it all the way to number 2 on the US charts – the rapper’s fourth top 2 charting album and extending her own record as a female hip-hop artist to make it there.

However after Nicki Minaj’s new album failed to peak all the way at #1 on the US charts she went on a rampage on Twitter blaming Spotify and rapper/singer Travis Scott for supposedly orchestrating her demise. Scott’s album Astroworld took the top spot with 20,000 more album equivalent sales than Minaj’s 185,000 first week sales. She claims that she spoke to Travis Scott and “he knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week”.

Minaj also went on to blame Spotify for supposedly holding back on any promotion of her album, saying that they wanted to boycott her for having an Apple Music radio station. According to Minaj’s tweets the company actually told her that “they’d have to teach me a lesson for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio”. She went on to point out the, if she’s correct, hypocrisy considering Drake is Spotify’s biggest artist and they promote him though he has a long-running show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio.

A Spotify representative has responded saying: “Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf. Her song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.”

So is Nicki Minaj just bitter that she’s only one of the biggest stars in the world and not level with Michael Jackson? That’s up to you to decide but it does sound like Minaj might have been drinking some conspiracy juice before writing these tweets. Interesting titbit, after Minaj didn’t get quite the debut performance she was hoping she added a non-album single which was doing better than every track from the album to the tracklist to boost how the album looked like it was performing…

How to copyright your music

Copyright provides protection of ownership over your music and ensures if it’s stolen that you have the rights to defend your property. It’s important to understand copyright and how you can protect yours.

Copyright gives you a legal basis to protect your music and ensures that you get paid for your music. Each country covers music copyrights differently but it is there to protect musicians and songwriters and ensure that you can control your song or recording and what is done with it.

There are two types of music copyright you need to know about:

  1. The copyright for the composition of your song.
  2. The copyright for your recording of that song.

Copyrights for compositions cover the song that you have written. For example if your song were covered then you would have the copyright to their composition, but the recording would be their own. Another example would be if someone made a new song using your composition – the same chord progression for example. Though this is a contested issue and has caused trouble for artists recently including Lana Del Rey who was accused of stealing Creep by Radiohead, who were accused of stealing Creep from The Hollies.

The copyright for the recording means the ownership over the actual recorded version of the song, and not the song itself. If someone were to release a recording of your song without your permission they would be breaching your recording copyright, also known as the master recording.

So how do you copyright your music?

In the US and Canada it’s pretty straightforward. As soon as you have “fixed” your composition by writing it down or recording it then you immediately have copyright over it. Of course as a legal basis this can be tenuous but technically you have copyright the minute you have physical evidence of your creating it.

You can apply for official copyright registration to have a fully written contract proving your ownership. This is especially useful if other people wish to use your recording or composition in some way. For maximum protection you need to register your work with the correct government office in your country.

Normally, your music copyright will cover:

  • The right to make copies/reproductions
  • The right to sell your work
  • The right to adapt your work
  • The right to license your work
  • The right to perform, broadcast or transmit your work

To make sure you’re getting paid for your music there are a few things you can do. We at RouteNote can distribute your music for free to all of the top streaming services and download stores around the world so you get paid for people listening to your music in all corners of the globe.

There are also collection agencies who will collect money for public uses of your music. Performing Rights organisations include BMIASCAP, SOCANGEMA, SACEM and PRS.

The Future of Music explores the exciting shape of music in the 21st Century

The Future of Music is a new series from The Verge which explores how technology has shaped the sound of modern music and how it will keep evolving it.

Music has come a long, long way since the Divje Babe flute, carved 41,000 years ago. The 20th century saw music transform all bounds thought possible with the advent of genres like Jazz, Rock, Blues, and everything that came after. In addition equipment has completely transformed with new instruments and probably the biggest influence on modern music – technology.

A new series created by Verge reporter and professional DJ Dani Deahl will see her explore how people are bushing the boundaries of music and how we experience it in our modern world. With her team made up of senior director Christian Mazza and supervising producer Sophie Erickson they will be going behind the scenes in startups, studios and musicians’ homes and lives to explore the exciting stories of people pushing the boundaries of music.

Deahl says:

This season, join me, Dani Deahl, as I meet the people who are pushing the limits of how we create and experience music, and explore how technology is changing everything – from attending a concert in virtual reality to writing a pop song with artificial intelligence to making a giant instrument out of 44 Furbies. (Yes, really.) There are lots of questions to be answered regarding tech and music converging. Perhaps the most important one is: what does it mean when technology advances to a place where it challenges our human sense of creativity? I’m going to find out.

You can tune in for the first episode of Future of Music on Thursday, 23rd of August.

Spotify are taking ad-blocking listeners head on

Spotify are well aware that some people are finding ways to block ads when they’re streaming music free and they’re taking them on.

Spotify runs 2 tiers to it’s music streaming service; A paid tier where users can stream unlimited music, uninterrupted for a monthly cost & free streaming where adverts play between the music to generate revenue for artists. But for some selfish people listening to a minute of adverts is too much for access to nearly every piece of recorded music ever made. But Spotify aren’t taking that sitting.

Spotify have been keeping track of users blocking ads, which they count at roughly 2 million, and have been counteracting their costs in their payouts. In their most recent quarterly user tally, where they revealed how many users were blocking ads too, they said: “Our financials captured all the costs of streaming content to these [ad-blocking] users.”

But Spotify aren’t just going to counteract the losses from these thoughtless, streaming pirates. Spotify are now suspending users that they can detect are using ad-blocking software and telling them to return on Spotify’s official apps to start streaming again. It’s a nice nudge that nips the problem in the bud without reprimanding the user, instead notifying them how to stream legitimately if they want to listen to music.

An Android user who was using an ad-blocking version of Spotify received this message:

We detected abnormal activity on the app you are using so we have disabled it. To access your Spotify account, simply uninstall any unauthorized or modified version of Spotify and download and install the Spotify app from the official Google Play Store.

Speaking to Digiday, Spotify said: “We take the artificial manipulation of streaming activity on our service extremely seriously. Spotify has multiple detection measures in place monitoring consumption on the service to detect, investigate and deal with such activity. We are continuing to invest heavily in refining those processes and improving methods of detection and removal, and reducing the impact of this unacceptable activity on legitimate creators, rights holders, advertisers, and our users.”

23 new Prince albums are now on streaming services

If you’re a Prince lover then we have some great news for you as 23 of his albums have just released on streaming services as well as a new anthology.

After Prince’s death the notoriously streaming-shy artist’s work came back to streaming services due to disputes over Tidal’s exclusivity deal for his music. But only a limited number of the purple god’s albums were made available, though that fortunately included Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain and Sign o’ the Times.

Thanks to a deal between Prince’s Estate and Sony Music earlier this year, another 35 albums from Prince’s extensive recording catalogue will be released. Of those, 23 have just been launched on streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify as well as a new curated compilation which covers the later years of Prince’s work; Prince Anthology: 1995 – 2010.

The albums newly available for streaming are as follows:

  • The Gold Experience (1995)
  • Chaos and Disorder (1996)
  • Emancipation (1996)
  • Crystal Ball (1998)
  • The Truth (1998)
  • Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
  • Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
  • The Rainbow Children (2001)
  • One Nite Alone… (2002)
  • One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
  • One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
  • Xpectation (2003)
  • N.E.W.S. (2003)
  • C-Note (2004)
  • Musicology (2004)
  • The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
  • The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
  • 3121 (2006)
  • Planet Earth (2007)
  • Indigo Nights (2008)
  • LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
  • MPLSoUND (2009)
  • 20Ten (2010)

The Prince Anthology: 1995 – 2010 features 37 tracks from the middle-to-later years of Prince when he was still releasing numerous albums. The album comprehensively covers the music Prince was creating in that time and across the 23 new albums now available on stores so it’s a great place to start for new Prince fans.

Check out the tracklist:

  1. Emancipation (from Emancipation, 1996)
  2. Black Sweat (from 3121, 2006)
  3. P. Control (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
  4. Crucial (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
  5. The Love We Make (from Emancipation, 1996)
  6. Eye Hate U (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
  7. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)
  8. Eye Love U, But Eye Don’t Trust U (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)
  9. Gold (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
  10. Guitar (from Planet Earth, 2007)
  11. Dream Factory (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
  12. The Work Part 1 (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
  13. Call My Name (from Musicology, 2004)
  14. Strays of The World (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
  15. Shhh (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
  16. Dreamer (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)
  17.  Chaos and Disorder (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)
  18. Endorphinmachine (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
  19. Musicology (from Musicology, 2004)
  20. Northside (from The Slaughterhouse, 2004)
  21. When Eye Lay My Hands on U (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)
  22. Beautiful Strange (from Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, 2001)
  23. Future Soul Song (from 20Ten, 2010)
  24. Empty Room (from C-Note, 2004)
  25. 3rd Eye (from The Truth, 1998)
  26. U’re Gonna C Me (from One Nite Alone…, 2002)
  27. Dinner With Delores (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)
  28. Ol’ Skool Company (from MPLSoUND, 2009)
  29. 4ever (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)
  30. West (from N.E.W.S., 2003)
  31. Xpedition (from Xpectation, 2003)
  32. Muse 2 The Pharaoh (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
  33. Somewhere Here On Earth (from Planet Earth, 2007)
  34. U Make My Sun Shine (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)
  35. 1+1+1 Is 3 (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
  36. Chelsea Rodgers (from Planet Earth, 2007)
  37. We March (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

Nab Noiiz, a simple great filter fx plugin that’s free

Get your perfect filter effects with this excellent sounding, varied filter effect plugin that will take your mix to the next level at no cost.

The Noiiz Filter is a free plugin with loads of functionality for crafting the sounds of your mix and is incredibly simple to use. It uses expertly designed analogue modelling DSP, a truly unique noise generator and a super fat overdrive circuit, this will become your go to sound sculpting filter.

The plugin comes with 9 filter types that you can choose from all modelled closely from the analogue filter circuit in a classic synth. Noiiz’s creator’s say: “The result is smooth, musical, warm, and fat. The resonance is sweet and when combined with the overdriven circuit, it distorts beautifully.”

The plugin will seamlessly blend it’s shaping abilities into your tracks with you guiding the sound behind it. You can choose from a bunch of different effects like vinyl crackle on drums, automating bicycle clicks over pads, and even change the pitch for riser effects.

The free Noiiz Filter’s key features include:

  • 9 analogue modelled filter circuits
  • Super analogue drive and resonance
  • Adaptive noise control
  • Large bank of noise samples
  • Noise pitch control
You can download Noiiz for free on Windows and Mac here.

T-Mobile customers get Pandora Plus totally free

Music streaming has broken the constrictions of music and now T-Mobile are breaking the constrictions of paying for it.

Pandora have partnered with T-Mobile to free your music as the latest part of T-Mobile’s un-carrier promotions. T-Mobile will now offer it’s 76 million customers unlimited music streaming all without ads, entirely free for 12 months.

The mobile carrier will offer 12 months of Pandora’s Plus service to all of their account holders from August 28th. Pandora say: “This move exemplifies our focus on growing Pandora’s user-base by partnering with top-tier consumer brands and providing unique offers to their customers.”

Pandora Plus offers it’s users:

  • Replays: Listeners can hit the replay button to start their favorite jam from the beginning, or experience that newly discovered song again. It could be the last song they heard, or they can go back to their listening playlist and replay any track.
  • Skips: Listeners can skip as many songs as they want.
  • Offline: Even on Airplane Mode, the music won’t miss a beat. We’ve queued up every user’s top three stations (plus their Thumbprint Radio if they’ve added it), so every listening experience will switch effortlessly into offline mode. No need to even pull the phone out. It just works.

This might not be the last of Pandora and T-Mobile’s offerings to customers as Pandora slyly add: “This is just the first step in more exciting news to come from Pandora and T-Mobile. Until then – go ahead and press play.”

To sign up, tap the Pandora link in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app (available on the App Store and Google Play) between 4:59 a.m. ET on August 28 and 4:59 a.m. ET on August 29.


Want to learn more about T-Mobile Un-carrier? Visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

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Spotify’s EQL initiative boosts emerging women in the music industry

Spotify have teamed up with Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios to help open the door for new female producers and engineers in the music industry.

Starting in October Spotify will begin their EQL Studio Residency which will provide paid opportunities to gain unparalleled experience in the music industry for women. With the help of some of the world’s greatest musical institutions Spotify are hoping to help strengthen the next wave of women in the music industry whilst shining a light on all of the incredible work women are already doing in music.

EQL Studio Residency will offer 6 month residencies in New York and Nashville where the selected, lucky applicants will work in Spotify’s Secret Genius Studios. A third participant will be chosen to work in New York where they will split their time between the renowned Electric Lady Studios and the New York Spotify Studios. Three winning participants will each take residence in one of the 3 cities where they will work hands-on in studios and gain access to invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities to further their careers.

Lee Foster, partner and general manager at Electric Lady Studios, says: “Electric Lady is thrilled to partner with Spotify’s EQL Studio Residency alongside Berklee College of Music in encouragement of more women in audio production. We are stron supporters of this movement and look forward to meeting the next generation of women engineers and producers.”

Spotify’s Secret Genius Studios are Spotify’s hub for working with up-and-coming, emerging songwriters and producers to create unique promotional and recording opportunities. Electric Lady is a famed studio in Greenwich Village that was built by Jimi Hendrix and designed by John Storyk in 1970.

Spotify’s director of cultural impact, Kerry Steib says: “Women are underrepresented as artists, songwriters, engineers and producers. We have to use our resources to create opportunities to address this, and do it with great partners across the industry. This is just the beginning.”

Dara Hanley, Dean of the professional education division at Berklee, says: “This exciting collaboration recognises the many contributions women make in the music industry. We are happy to support and mentor the recipients of the EQL Studio Residency and look forward to sharing our expertise and many decades of combines experience across all corners of the industry with them.”

If you’re interested you can apply until 5PM EST on August 24th: Nashville New York / London