Jay-Z Pulls His Music Catalog Off Of Apple Music & Spotify

As of Friday April 7, Jay-Z, the co-owner of streaming music site Tidal has essentially pulled his entire music catalog from Spotify, the leader in music streaming. Although Jay-Z’s team has made no official statement, the act itself sent waves throughout the media and music industry. A Spotify spokesperson confirmed the removal saying, “some of his catalog has been removed at the request of the artist.” Jay was probably hoping his aggressive move would help spark subscribers to join Tidal. As reported by Billboard:

“The self-proclaimed more artist-friendly service trails leaders Spotify (50 million subscribers as of last count), Apple Music (20 million as of last official count), and Amazon (never says, but when bundled with Amazon Prime could be well over 10 million). Tidal’s subscription numbers are thought to be under 3 million and perhaps on par with competitors Deezer and Napster.”

Oddly, although many albums had been pulled from Apple Music as well as Spotify, as of Monday April 10, the majority of his albums were back on Apple’s streaming service. Jay-Z’s three Blueprint albums, and his solo debut Reasonable Doubt, for which Jay-Z owns the masters are not on Apple Music or Spotify, but were removed at a previous time. More to come.


Listen to ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Podcast: Wildest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

The latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

As Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and others get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, host Brian HIatt and senior writer Andy Greene take a comprehensive look back at some of the greatest – and craziest – moments in past ceremonies, from Mike Love’s fury to Prince’s legendary guitar solo.

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show live on Sirius XM’s Volume channel.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Public Enemy Releases ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ 27 Years Ago

April 10, 1990 was the release date of a cornerstone in hip hop music:  Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet. Still known as one of the most empowering albums of its time, the album was written during a pivotal era both in America and music: the Golden Age of Hip Hop.

Preceding the time where samples required clearance and approval to be used in sample-based music, the album is layered heavily with elements providing space and depth to levels of complexity previously unheard.  Fear of a Black Planet‘s production team, The Bomb Squad, worked tirelessly to bring their signature sound to the album.  As Rolling Stone’s Christopher Weingarten said in an interview late last year with leading Public Enemy MC Chuck D, it was one of the…

“most sonically adventurous and politically stirring records of all time.”


Examples of some of the known samples, these from the 20th track on the album “Fight The Power”. Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee claimed in an interview this year there are still many more samples he’s never spoken of.



Within the first week of release, the album sold more than a million copies, coming in at number 10 on Billboard’s Top Pop Albums chart.  Commenting on several racially and politically engaging topics was the goal of the album, and the track that said it best was “Fight The Power.”  The deep rhymes and intense verbage used by Chuck in revolutionary poetry made the track not only what the group became known for, but also their critically acclaimed anthem.

Used by director Spike Lee for his film Do The Right Thing, who also filmed this music video, this track alone could be used to describe this legendary album.  Fear of a Black Planet was later listed as Rolling Stone’s 300th greatest record of all time.


-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)

Marshawn Lynch Has Express Interest In The New England Patriots

Imagine “Beast Mode” suiting up for the reigning Super Bowl champs?! This could be an unstoppable, random pairing in matrimony waiting to happen if the Raiders don’t come correct during preliminary talks.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Marshawn Lynch would be open to be suiting up in Foxboro should talks between him and the Oakland Raiders. If any teams like the Pats or Raiders are interested in Lynch, these franchises would have to send money to the Seattle Seahawks because they own contractual rights to “Beast Mode”.

After all, Oakland has a very good chance of convincing Lynch to come out of retirement to suit up in the legendary black/silver uniform as the Raiders can be considered as “Marshawn’s team”. Lynch, an Oakland native will bring a lot of versatility and power to the run game to compliment their entertaining and exciting passing attack by their superstar quarterback in David Carr.

But if this deal doesn’t go through and the Pats being able to pick up the Bay Area great, their running game is going to be an unstoppable force as Marshawn and LeGarrette Blount will be ready to run defenders left and right to take the offensive load of Brady, Gronk and Edelman. Football fans need to pray that Oakland are able to get Marshawn cuz if New England gets their hands on him, it’s not going to be a matter of if they lose. It would really be WHEN will they lose.

Pandora Is Asking Record Labels For Cash, Better Rates

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Battered by investors, Pandora has gone hat in hand to the major labels, asking for better rates and direct investment in the music streamer.  The problem for Pandora, is that it is coming from a very weak position.


Pandora_2016_logo widePandora executives have asked the major record labels for cash or better deal terms to stop ongoing losses and reduce pressure from impatient shareholders, sources tell Bloomberg

The labels seems unlikely to agree.

Its not that Pandora is short of cash.  But rather, activist shareholders led by Corvex and their lone potential buyer SiriusXM, are tired of slipping users stats, increased competition and royalty rates that make the music streamer deeply unprofitable.

The company lost $345 million last year, more than double its losses from the prior year.



Danger Doom Drop ‘Mad Nice’ From ‘Mouse & the Mask’ Reissue

Danger Doom, a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and rapper MF Doom, will reissue their one-off 2005 LP The Mouse & The Mask with a pair of unreleased tracks, including the just-unveiled “Mad Nice,” featuring the Roots’ Black Thought.

Built on a looping, swirling piano melody and horror star Vincent Price’s unmistakable laugh, the two rappers flex their lyrical muscles on the unearthed track from the Adult Swim-inspired project. 

“Straight and narrow as the flight of the sparrow,” Doom rhymes. “Seat up in a beat-up Camaro / How you supposed to shoot for the moon with one arrow?”

The Mouse & The Mask reissue arrives May 5th and is available to pre-order now through Doom’s own Metalface Records.

In addition to the 14-track LP – which featured guests Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli and Cee Lo Green as well as Cartoon Network stalwarts – and two unreleased tracks, the deluxe 3LP reissue will also boast the previously digital-only Occult Hymn EP, a 2006 7-track companion release that will be presented “with high-quality audio for the first time ever.”

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Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, Bjork Contribute to Planned Parenthood Box Set

Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, Björk, St. Vincent, Sleater-Kinney, John Legend, Feist, Mary J. Blige and other notable musicians, comedians and spoken word artists will contribute new or rare/unreleased material to a project benefiting Planned Parenthood. The tracks will be released digitally in the coming weeks, followed by a compilation seven-inch vinyl box set.

In a hilarious promotional clip, Legend and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark croon Minnie Riperton’s timeless ballad “Lovin’ You” behind the piano. But Galifianakis, playing an irate producer, interrupts their soulful duet with some delusional “notes.” Other contributors include Common, Zach Galifianakis, Elliott Smith, Sarah Silverman, Laurie Anderson, Sharon Van Etten, Chvrches (with a visual directed by Kristen Stewart), Jon Brion and Aparna Nancherla.

“Being sexy matters. Looking good, getting clicks,” he tells the duo. The comedian suggests changing the vocal octave and alternating the song’s iconic “la”s, adds some discordant accordion and pleads with the singers to replace falsetto with “true-setto.”

“Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood,” explained the creative team behind 7-inches for Planned Parenthood. “If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings. 7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat.”

Planned Parenthood will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from both streams and sales of the box set. The 7-inches team urges supporters to visit the I Stand With PP website to “find ways to get involved locally, contact their Senator and urge them to stand with Planned Parenthood, show their support for Planned Parenthood on social media using the hashtag #IStandWithPP and share how Planned Parenthood has helped you.”

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