Spotify Billionaire CEO says bands need to work harder to earn a living

Spotify Billionaire CEO says bands need to work harder to earn a living

Although payouts to artists vary, roughly, artists earn about 3/10 of one cent per stream (which if a label is invovled, is then split between the band and the label). As you know, digital streaming has not only decimated physical record sales, but it has also destroyed download sales as well. Well, now that Spotify, the largest music streamer, and its compatriots have more or less annihilated the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of small and medium artists, Spotify CEO David Ek says bands need to work harder. Ek is a billionaire worth approximately $4 billion, who earned the majority of his fortune by paying artists/labels the aforementioned $00.003 per stream.

In an injterview with Music Ally, Ek stated: "Even today on our marketplace, there’s literally millions and millions of artists. What tends to be reported are the people that are unhappy, but we very rarely see anyone who’s talking about… In the entire existence [of Spotify] I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single artist saying "I’m happy with all the money I’m getting from streaming." Stating that publicly. In private they have done that many times, but in public they have no incentive to do it. But unequivocally, from the data, there are more and more artists that are able to live off streaming income in itself. There is a narrative fallacy here, combined with the fact that, obviously, some artists that used to do well in the past may not do well in this future landscape, where you can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough. The artists today that are making it realise that it’s about creating a continuous engagement with their fans. It is about putting the work in, about the storytelling around the album, and about keeping a continuous dialogue with your fans. I feel, really, that the ones that aren’t doing well in streaming are predominantly people who want to release music the way it used to be released."

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Sic N Mad: "Punk Rock Papa"

Sic N Mad: “Punk Rock Papa”

We are pleased to bring to you a brand new track from Sic N Mad. The track is called "Punk Rock Papa" and was created for a friend who was a great punk rock dad, see quote and the track below. The recording was done at Marc Critelli's studio in New Jersey, whom has worked on The Slackers previously. Sic N Mad contains Vic Ruggiero, Marcus and Ara, members of The Slackers, Sammy Kay and Happy as the main song writer. The band has limited edition Lathe cuts and split cassette tapes with Omega Jackson.

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Post-Burger collapse, Growlers issue apology and Matt Taylor leaves band indefinitely

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The Growlers were one of the bands accused of inappropriate behavior in the wake of the collpase of Burger Records. Starcrawlers Arrow De Wilde stated while on tour with the Growlers, the band hired a male stripper, who then was locked in a room with De Wilde. De Wilde states that the stripper did a performance, including rubbing his genitals on De Wilde, and refused to let De Wilde leave, while the band filmed and laughed at the events.

Further, accusations have been leveled against co-founder Matt Taylor specifically, who will leave the band, indefinitely. Co-founder Brooks Nielson stated that Taylor has a hired a third party to investigate the allegations. Meanwhile, earlier, keyboardist Adam Wolcott Smith left the band permanently following allegations issued against him.

You can see Arrow De Wilde and Nielson's statements below.

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Idaho based rockers Young, Planetary released a music video for their single "Separate Rides Home," see below. The video was shot by their friend Kenyon McWilliams. The band is releasing an upcoming EP titled Locations I Can't Place later this week (August 7th) through Hidden Home Records. All the proceeds from this single will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in support of the Black Lives Matter.

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Boston Manor releases virtual art show

The UK based rock band Boston Manor recently released a virtual Art show called Poetry & Soil. The band released their third album Glue and is touring next year to support the release. The Virtual Art Show features art from artist accociated with the band's release and a short film while making the album. You can click here to see the show.

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The Dead Milkmen

Dead Milkmen to release new 7-inch single

The Dead Milkmen will release a new 7-inch single. The A-side is their cover of Heaven 17's "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang”, which they have covered live for a number of years since reforming. The B-side is an original - “A Complicated Faith”, which was inspired by Depeche Mode. The 7-inch is out via The Giving Grove and benefits Girls Rock Philly. The release date is August 21. The band also recently released a new track on a bail fund benefit compilation. The band has stated that they are working on a new album, but have been delayed by Covid-19.

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Monty Messex reflects on 25 years of DFL's 'Proud to Be' LP

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of DFL's Proud to Be LP!

When the album was originally released, the band had just migrated from the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label to Epitaph, and were ready to cut an album that, while quickly recorded, became one of their definitive statements. Released at the height of pop punk slickness, Proud to Be was a rough, raw, ragged hardcore record. While it threw back to the damaged geniuses of the late '70s and early '80s, the record sounded distinctly fresh when it was released. The strange thing is that the record rocks so hard that it sounds timely, or even timeless today. This record kicks!

To that end, Punknews' John Gentile spoke guitarist Monty Messex about the album and its meaning to him today. You can check out the record here and you can read the interview below!

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Frank Turner

Frank Turner on his new Nofx split LP, Covid lockdown, and English accents

Today, Frank Turner and NoFX release their split covers LP West Coast vs Wessex. so, Punknews' Steven Farkas spoke to Frank Turner about his reaction to working with a band that was such an influence on his life and what it was like seeing them bring their own take to his songs. We also delve into his process to the seemingly impossible talk of selecting five songs from NOFX’s long career to record himself as well as why Fat Mike could have had him banned from the USA and what it’s like making videos in lockdown.

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Women In Music series: Karina Denike

Women In Music series: Karina Denike

We would like to present to you another installment of our Women In Music series. Today's post is from the great Karina Denike formerly of Dance Hall Crashers and currently a member of NOFX. Every Friday in the month of June, July and now extended into August, we will bring to you a new set of video recording of a super rad lady in this scene performing a few songs. In these videos, the Karina performs "Polkadots" < a>, see below. Karina is featured on the recently released Home Street Home musical box set and on Frank Turner/NOFX split release titled West Coast Vs. Wessex,which is out today.
This series is brought to you in collaboration with the lovely Melanie Kaye of Melanie Kaye PR.

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Go-Go's release new single

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The Go-Go's have released their first single in nearly 20 years. "Club Zero" was recorded in support of the new Go-Gos documentary that debuts on showtime August 1. You can hear the new song below.

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