Tay Tay Speaks Truth to Power, Wins Hearts and Minds of Nation

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The Earth’s preeminent pop star is taking a stand for independent artists and labels.

By now you’ve likely heard about Apple Music, Apple’s upcoming music streaming service. The company that revolutionized the music industry with the iPod now hopes to overtake the current crop of online streaming services. An ambitious goal! Apple has a lot of ground to gain on Spotify which currently boasts 60 million users and 15 million subscribers.

Apple has a few advantages over the competitors: A massive number of hardware owners on whom to push their service, the promise of exclusive releases from best-selling artists, and, oh yeah, it’s the richest fucking company in the United States. What Apple Music will not have? Taylor Swift‘s magnum opus 1989.

In an open letter posted to her Tumblr, Taylor cried foul on Apple’s plan to introduce the Apple Music with a free 3-month trial period. Essentially, the company plans to offer the service to the consumer free-of-charge… they just won’t pay any artists for their work during that period. Her statement to the company:

I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.

I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.

These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.

I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.

Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.

But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.

The free-trial is an ancient marketing technique, but the accepted practice is to budget for the company to absorb the cost of the trial. It is unprecedented that Apple, an immensely cash-rich organization, would expect the roster of artists and labels that define the product to eat the costs FOR Apple. Artist exploitation is nothing new, but this seems like a monumental screw job. Tay Tay is exceptionally wealthy, as Swift herself notes, but small artists and labels should be glad that an industry giant is willing to take a stand against free labor.

Will this ensure fair compensation for every hard working band on a miniscule label? Lord no. But as the future of streaming grows more uncertain it would be nice if the artists that make the product worthwhile weren’t completely dismissed.

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  • Guacamole Jim

    I guess you could say Taylor Swift and Apple have….

    Bad Blood.

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Herr Schmitty
  • The W.

    So, the metal artists we love around here will be making the same amount before and after the trial period, eh?

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    #TeamKaty

    • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

      #TeamBoobies

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    I’m still proud that she’s taking a stand against Apple’s exploitation of artists though.

    • What’s her stand against Spotify then? She want’s Apple to pay the artists for the trial like Spotify does? …because her shit isn’t on Spotify either. She’s full of crap.

      • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

        Her whole thing is that Spotify pays the artists peanuts while the people in charge of the thing rake in 95% or more of the profits. They get to eat caviar and kobe steaks while the artists get to eat day old ramen and potted meat.

  • Scrimm

    Balls I can’t wait until my internet is back on.

  • KJM

    Fuck Apple, straight up.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      Apple is one of the worst companies on the face of the earth in my opinion. Not even EA and Ubisoft are as bad as them.

      • KJM

        Even Microsoft doesn’t suck as bad, and that’s saying something.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          Apple is a great satan. People won’t dare say Apple is the worst company because they’re too absorbed with their iPhones and other shitty Apple devices. It’s time to take a stand against Apple in my opinion.

          • The W.
          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I apologize for my aggression. I just despise Apple.

          • not a big Apple fan either, but i say let the fans pay huge sums amount of money for the brand logo! i’ll keep using my inexpensive PC running a free OS…

          • The W.

            And your Zune, Jimmy boy.

          • The W.

            I’ll get one of those if you get one.

          • I pay the extra money for the brand logo, the positive customer experience I’ve had with said brand logo, the investment-level resale value of the brand logo (which is smarter than buying a cheap PC worth nothing to no one when I go to sell it,) etc.

            I’m not a “fan;” but I will tend to buy products that have been trouble-free and represent some sort of value. My MBP is going on five years of use and I can still sell it for over half of what I paid for it.

          • ok, i’ll give them some credit: every Android phone i’ve used has had its fair share of issues, but the iphone seems pretty solid.
            #ToiletOvBacktracking

          • I like Android. I just don’t trust the hardware.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            I stick with my free Boost phone. As long as it gets calls, makes calls, and does the same with text, I’m good.

          • KJM

            No, the “fans” should be using Microsoft proprietary crap, that way when it breaks I get paid to fix it. ^_^

          • KJM

            Well that’s just, like, your opinion man…

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni
          • The only “stand” one needs to take against Apple is to not buy their products if they’re so bothersome to them.

            When people actively and passionately hate a faceless corporation it makes me wonder it they just don’t have enough adult concerns in their lives.

          • Lacertilian

            What if them taking a stand involves informing the people they know about the companies misconduct?

          • Well, if said “misconduct” is of such grave importance then I’d hope one applies their definition of misconduct to other tech companies as well.

          • Lacertilian

            Of course.
            I apply my strict standards to all companies. Sometimes just avoiding their products is not enough.
            People don’t like me, you surely have known me long enough to see why.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            Gotta love how that Ashton Kutcher movie painted Steve Jobs out to be this loving, messiah like figure. The guy was a notorious asshole known for berating his workers, using sweatshops in China, ripping off the co-founder of Apple while stealing his ideas, etc. There’s a reason why Jobs died lonely and despised outside of the Iphone crowd who thought he was the modern day Ghandi.

            http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-jobs-jerk-2011-10#a-different-kind-of-fda-1

          • KJM

            The movie ‘Pirates Of Silicon Valley’ was a lot closer to the mark personality wise.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            I’ve heard of that, but haven’t seen it.

          • KJM

            It’s not bad at all, worth seeing once.

      • KJM

        I have an iphone? O_O

  • The Shit Emperor

    Fuck the pop stars, Apple, and any of the other big media fucksticks. Greedy asswipes. The impact this shit will have in underground metal is nil. Nothing.

    Support metal. Buy albums. Preferably direct from the labels and bands. And Taylor Swift can go piss up a rope. Her music sucks and she is a vapid screech owl.

    • i dug her latest album

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Jimmy plz! Team Katy all the way!

        • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

          I’m on Team Lorde.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I like a few of her songs but not all of them. I’m also on Team Lana Del Rey.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I’m on Team Tapir. The best team. No shitty pop in that team. Go Team Tapir!

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Tapir plz!

          • Team Smitty! Go Team Smitty! We are number 1! Screw the Tapirs! They ruin the fun!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Team Smitty = Team Shitty! Worst Team ever!

          • Team Tapir = Team Bad Parenting! Worst parents EVER

          • i’ll trade in all teams for team Tapir. …to make up for being so mean to you earlier today.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Team Tapir is open for everyone! Except for the Danish.

          • NO! Everyone join Team Smitty, we have cookies! We don’t accept Mexicans or the Danish!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Dude, you can’t hate the Danish if you’re not Nordic. That’s racist. You’re number one when it comes to racism.

          • I’m about as racist as the number 1 can get.

      • Pretentious is Kvlt O)))

        0/10 tryhard points. Did not listen.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      You’ve got a very good point. You should support the bands you love and buy the music and merchandise directly from them but the masses want corporate pop and they’ll eat it up and ask for more.

      • JamesGrimm

        Venues take a cut of merch sales.

    • Looks like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        The only thing I like about Taylor is that she’s pretty and that she is standing up against Apple. I can’t stand her music.

      • KJM

        I have nothing personal against her and I applaud her stance, but her music really is disposable junk no different than the crap I had to deal with when I worked at Strawberries Records back in the 80s(i.e. Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, etc). Makes me glad that the local supermarket switched to Classical. ^_^

        • I’ve got no beef with fun, disposable crap.

          • KJM

            There’s a way to do “crap” right is what I’m saying.

          • It’s tasty and never in short supply.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            When it comes to fun in my music I like fun corporate rock and 70’s pop rock. That is crap done right as KJM said.

          • And this is where taste is subjective. I like pop music and I loathe all the shit you listen to. That doesn’t make one of us right and one of us wrong.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            That is completely accurate. We all have different taste. Why fight about it?

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Toilet Ov Brotherhood

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Amen to that.

          • Dagon

            I like 2Chainz

          • Herr Schmitty

            You can rock 2Chainz
            You can kick my ass
            You can drink more liquor
            You can smoke more weed
            But you’ll never feel as good as me! 😉

            See me ridin’ in tha 0-3-Altima…

          • Dagon

            Favorite 2 Chainz line:
            She got a big booty
            So I call her big booty

          • Herr Schmitty

            I’m pretty partial to his bar on Schoolboy’s ‘Collard Greens.’
            Translation, Ven aqui
            Mami, asi culo
            Tu quiero coger mi huevos
            Y papi molestes pero
            Chuparse puto pendejo
            El pinche cabron, let’s get it

          • Dagon

            That’s Kendrick, bruh

            And it’s a dope af verse I’ll give you that

          • Herr Schmitty

            I haven’t had my morning coffee yet, forgive me, I’m dumb!

          • Dagon

            I watched the Roldy and Kumar Christmas movie last night. I thought of you and KJM.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Yaaaaaaaaaaas!

            I just went to a marijuana festival over the weekend (and got sunburnt to shit with my pale ass) and picked up mad edibles, tinctures, hash and buds. Now I’m broke until payday. Was it worth it?

            Goddamn right it was worth it.

          • KJM

            (grabs Greyhound to Portland)

          • Herr Schmitty

            Dude. 20 mg caramels for $3 apiece. 2 for $5 medible peanut butter cups. My next two weeks worth of leisure have become substantially more leisurely 😉

            (real shit, there’s another one in August; you should come with! The music is kinda mediocre, but the products available are top-notch.)

          • KJM

            Hmm, that’s a serious thought. I should get right on this with thinking! ^_^

          • more beer

            You should try one of these 100 mg. Plus it being soda it absorbs into your bloodstream quickly. It really is blue and looks like you`re drinker Windex.

          • KJM

            That hangout was a fun time. Hopefully I’ll get to meet more of the freaks that hang out here.

          • WOAH, WOAH, WOAH.

            YOU NEED TO WASH THAT MOUTH WITH A LOT OF SOUP, MR. FILTHY RAPPER!

          • Herr Schmitty

            Hahahahahahaha 😉

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            Almost as poetic and classy as this old romantic classic.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3AWJm9yz4g

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            Only Yaketty Sax and Tiny Tim are real music. Everything else is for posers!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8mUMSi5M8g

          • Óðinn
          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni
          • JamesGrimm

            Just one far more likable. Subjective taste is the lazy art fans shield.

          • JamesGrimm

            Just one far more like able.Subjectivity is the lazy art fans cheap shield.

          • RustyShackleford

            I LOVE fun disposable crap (this is why I own Kiss albums)

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            When it comes to Kiss I may hate them as people but I do enjoy some of their music. I enjoy some of their 80’s output and all of their 70’s output. They really lost me after Revenge though.

          • KJM

            As much as I can’t stand non-makeup KISS, I gotta disagree on ‘Revenge’. That’s got some pretty good jams on it.

            However yes, Gene Simmons is a petty, hate filled man who wants them internet using kids to get off his lawn, total asshole.

          • KJM

            I was 9-10 years old when albums like Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over, and Love Gun came out. Childhood nostalgia is a very powerful drug.

          • KJM

            I’m also sure you would feel a bit differently if you had to listen to music like that 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, for over 2 years.

          • this is so true. the only reason i can stand TayTay and Katy Perry is because i don’t listen to the radio!

          • KJM

            I tried to quit once. A few days later the manager offered me a raise and weekends off if I came back. I did. I’m no fool.

          • more beer

            Money talks and people listen!

          • KJM

            I was the highest paid clerk in the chain at that point(my Al Bundy achievement). Asst managers were pissed cos I was making the same money they were.

          • more beer

            I love that kind of stuff. I make more than the superintendents I go do work for. I love telling them how much money I make a week. They get so pissed.It is great when you are making the same or more with less headaches.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            There were more than enough people who were pissed at first because I made it to head chef so quick at my last job, and they had spent years trying to get it. That’s what being able to memorize recipes quick as hell and not having major drug habits (which many of the chefs had) gets you!

          • more beer

            They shouldn`t have been so fucked up that it hindered their careers. I`m a firm believer in better living through chemicals. But there is a time and a place for everything.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            Weed, sure. With them, it was things like heroin, coke and pills.

          • more beer

            Those are all things that will fuck up your life.

          • KJM

            Indeed. Herb is like coffee to me, but anything else on the job is foolish and probably even dangerous.

          • more beer

            Same here. But being on construction sites can be dangerous without being fucked up. But at least what I do is totally back end.

          • KJM

            I need to be able to think in order to function. There’s no way I’d be able to pop any percs/vics/roxis and do my job well.

          • KJM

            It’s even better when you force your boss to admit your worth, and then get the raise and schedule you want.

          • more beer

            Absolutely. I`m a window washer by trade. But I`ve mostly been doing power washing. So it really pisses those guys off. When I tell them I made almost 2 grand in 2 weeks. Since they are the ones building the houses.

          • KJM

            Nice, good money for hard work and it seems like once you’re done that’s it, no taking your job home with you like many techies have to.

          • more beer

            Yep I can`t take my work home with me. Plus I specialize in new construction. So I don`t have to deal with home owners. Which can be a pain in the ass. I only deal with the builders.

          • KJM

            I do my best to tell younger people if all they want is a good paying job, skip college and learn a trade. That’s a piece of advice I heard from many retired professor friends.

          • more beer

            I do the same. There is nothing wrong with working in the trades. It pays well. You just can`t be afraid of hard work.

          • KJM

            The world will always need electricians, plumbers, various mechanics, etc.

          • more beer

            Yes it does,

          • more beer

            Both of them easy on the eyes hard on the ears!

          • Óðinn
          • more beer

            Beer wench!

          • Óðinn
          • she killed half a bottle of beer… to one of the worst songs of all time… 10/10 would ask out.

          • Meh, neither one of them does much for these eyes.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            And boobs!

          • JamesGrimm

            I like how she tried the singer song writer thing, failed ,then moved on to cheap pop.

          • Entropy, my friend–entropy.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            This explains your hatred of sophisticated, timeless things like Buckey Larson: Born To Be A Star.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8WKm4686DQ

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          I agree. A lot of bands and artists will stand the test of time. Prince and DM will. Today’s pop will be forgotten in 10 years.

          • I differ here.

            Today’s pop music will never be forgotten because the mediatization of the culture around it. There’s a fast recycle of themes and artists, but there’s a huge repetition that tends to give the value of it a more perverse continuity.

            Pop music was never this strong thanks to Internet and mass media, to me.

        • more beer

          I had a friend in the 80`s who was Debbie Gibson’s touring guitarist.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            That must have been a fun job.

          • more beer

            He would bitch about it. He hated the music but liked the paychecks.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            If they paid well it probably wasn’t that bad. I’m friends with a few people from bands on Facebook, among them the keyboard player from Steppenwolf and Mike Pinera of Blues Image and Iron Butterfly.

          • more beer

            He could have had a worse job back then. But the bottom line is if your not happy with your job going to work sucks. I think as a musician it wasn`t his dream gig. But it certainly beat punching a clock.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I’m sure it does.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            Not as fun as it would be clocking Bieber though! And then giving his buddy Floyd Mayweather a corner-check.

          • more beer

            I have a whole list of people I really want to punch in the face. That little prick is most certainly on that list.

          • KJM

            A friend of a friend did road manager gigs for both Mastodon and Justin Bieber. The Mastodon gig didn’t pay as much but he had a great time doing it, parties every night with fun, cool people. The Bieber job was almost twice the pay but the tour was like slow torture. Everything you may suspect about that obnoxious little shit is 100% true.

          • more beer

            Sometimes the money just isn`t worth it. I can totally see working for that little prick being torture.

          • KJM

            From what I was told, it was.

      • “And Taylor Swift can go piss up a rope.”

        Even her showers are made of gold.

      • Seth Putnam

        Mondays are gay and I hope they die of AIDS.

        • KJM

          “You Bought LSD From KJM. You’re Gay” – yet another A.C. outtake based on a true story

          • more beer

            I have some liquid I`ve been sitting on for a while. I think once some of my straighter friends leave my 50th birthday party Saturday. I`m gonna break it out.

          • KJM

            That’s a nice thing to have stashed away. Shrooms are very easy to come by around here, liquid/blotter not so much.

          • more beer

            It is. I can almost always get it. My brother is a hippy. Who has had an awesome connect for like 25 years.

          • KJM

            Yeah, stuff happens when you drift out of one social circle and end up in another. During the late 80s I had MIT friends as well as Dead Heads that I hung out with regularly.

          • more beer

            No doubt. People come and go all through life. You keep the ones around that you want around. This is why I don`t facebook. Anyone I`ve wanted to keep in contact with I have stayed in touch with through the years.

          • KJM

            Heh, I went to a memorial party for a friend about 3.5 years ago and ended up running into a friend that gave me a capsule of MDMA, the real stuff, lasted me a couple days.

          • more beer

            Sweet!

      • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni
    • Óðinn

      cool story bro.

  • She’ll have to wait a few days to buy her gold-plated shark tank.

  • RustyShackleford

    I’ma let you finish in a minute, but “Blank Space” is THE BEST Taylor Swift song of all time. OF ALL TIME! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-ORhEE9VVg

    (ps been way too long since I spent some time on the toilet. Miss all you bros)

    • miss you too bby. “Welcome to New York” is also gud.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      Why is American Express sponsoring this video?

      • RustyShackleford

        I can’t answer why but I know they have sponsored a few concert/music video thingies

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          It’s just odd.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Because insane money.

      • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

        Because teens (her main demographic) love credit cards and are insanely gullible for anything with her name on it?

    • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

      I kinda like the dreampop elements in there, but halfway through it completely lost me. Fluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush!

    • tertius_decimus

      Loud flush.

      Listen to this instead.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zFrinhQtCQ

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Honestly hope this works out for the smaller guys, but someone like Taylor swift will never notice the slight dent in profits.

    • Of course. This is mostly about principle to me. Streaming revenues for artists are miniscule. Taking ‘miniscule’ to ‘nothing’ is a big step towards devaluing all artists.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Right. Any victory for streaming is a good one.

      • Dagon

        It’s the same for global corporations and a dude who owns a small bar or sandwich shop. The difference between profit and debt is very slim for the small fish.

        That’s why the Brazilian economy sucks for small entrepreneurs.

      • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

        I read an interview with Cracker/Camper Von Beethoven where they had 2.5 million downloads on Spotify and ended with a check for $2. That split between about 6-7 members of the band.

        • KJM

          IMO that’s worse than losing money to bit torrent. That’s a fucking insult is what it is.

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            Tay Tay only got something like $2,000 from them and she had around 23 million downloads. Spotify is one of the biggest scams out there, which is part of why she got her stuff taken off of there.

        • KJM

          And speaking of Camper Van Beethoven(sorta)
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihHIWCMFK8A

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            They’re HUGE in Chicago, and their shows sell out quick as hell. Dunno if they do much of anything outside of there, though.

      • KJM

        Give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile.

  • I just have one question to start reading this (I looked it):

    Is this a pure North American rant?

  • RustyShackleford

    Also I like taylor cause she likes cute kitties https://instagram.com/p/4C52mwjvD4/?taken-by=taylorswift (yeah whatever I follow her on instagram SUE ME)

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      Awwww. That cat is adorable.

    • Void Dweller

      Nice pussy.

    • KJM

      Anybody who likes animals is cool with me.

    • Óðinn

      I’m learning to speak Japanese right now, and the Japanese word for kitten is koneko.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s1tRLj1fOY

      • tertius_decimus

        I just look at her boobs. Sound switched off @ youtube.

        • EsusMoose

          oppai I think

          • tertius_decimus

            Thank you, corgi!

      • I’ve seen more pictures of this bug-eyed person on the Toilet in the last week than so-called “dank memes”. You guys have GOT to stop it with this chick.

      • more beer

        She does have a way of keeping one undivided attention.

      • Tyree

        What the fuck? I’ve seen this chest around here a lot lately.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    While I doubt her motivations are as pure as she claims I, for one, certainly tip my hat for her once again, even if it serves nothing else than to spite Shittle.

  • Tay Tay and Apple got Bad Blood!

  • Looks like a couple hours after I wrote this Apple caved. nvm everybody.
    http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/22/apple-music-taylor-swift

    • This was all in vain?! ;_;)

      • No, it means the demands Taylor Swift put up worked.

        • Yay!

          Also, lol’d: “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple”.

          “LOVE, APPLE”.

          “LOVE”.

          “APPLE”.

    • “nvm everybody”? Joe you’re probably the reason Apple caved!

    • Trill, Jive… And Swell?

      “When I woke up this morning and saw what Taylor had written, it really solidified that we needed a change,” (Apple senior executive Eddy) Cue said. “And so that’s why we decide we will now pay artists during the trial period.”

      I didn’t realise that paying artists was as a decision companies could make.

      Oh the joys of being a massive multinational…

    • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

      What’s NVM?

      • Trill, Jive… And Swell?

        Think Nirvana…

        • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

          Heroin and flannel?

          • Trill, Jive… And Swell?

            Hello? How low?
            Oh, whatever, Nevermind…

          • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

            Haha I know (after you gave me that hint).

          • Trill, Jive… And Swell?

            I figured. Just amusing myself…

    • Óðinn
    • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

      Joe using his Tay Tay-fueled powers of persuasion with Apple:

  • “This is not about me.”

  • It’s nice for Tay Tay to shine a light on all this but if Apple is going to give a crap, other popular artists should support her. That leaves Apple’s service looking barren and would force them to make concessions. She also could’ve mentioned that all Apple products are assembled in China for dirt cheap labor.

    • Herr Schmitty

      *in conditions so bad that many factory workers end up leaping to their deaths off the roof of the building rather than continue to work for peanuts.

      • Dagon

        the Chinese government sucks.

        If you’re interested, there’s a book called Factory Girls I had to read before going to Brown. Pretty interesting.

    • Unfortunately, we still live in a world in which the most “progressive” mainstream artists will curl up in bed with big money interests.
      coughBONOISFULLOFSHITcough

  • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni
  • Spear

    “…completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company…”

    Whatever you say, Tay Tay.

    • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

      It’s not like she’s kissing their feet. She’s just licking their boots while shaking her tiny little fists in rage.

  • Tyree

    Saylor Twift.

  • I don’t smell the Tapir man anywhere….

  • Unfortunately, withholding an album for your fans to listen to so that you can make a point is not going to do much. I can speak for myself and possibly many others when I say that when you start making music, you just want people to listen to it. Until you actually start acquiring a fan base, there isn’t anyone to give you money anyway. When I played in a band, we put our music on BandCamp, YouTube, SoundCloud, and about fifteen popular torrenting websites. Many new artists won’t make money until someone hears them and decides to spread the word if they like them. Like it or not, the way society listens to music has once again shifted, now in the direction of streaming. By not putting your music on the streaming service, you may uphold your own principles (which I find admirable as few people actually have integrity and honor now) but nothing will change until the people who are supporting the artists decide to change that way they support them. The consumer will nearly always go with what is the most convenient.

    • tertius_decimus

      What you’re saying on small unknown bands is true. They’re begging for just being heard by anyone. In case of such big commercial names as Tay Tay, they can afford to be dicks to their fan base. Fans will eat any shit anyways (just look at Metallica or Slayer die-hard crowd), so I despise that “fan” thing. Music is what that matters. When bands start sitting on the top of the world and look down with superliocious gaze, there music as the form of art finds its end.

      So, that being said, I’m all for small bands who are hungry and unknown. They can truly push the boundaries unlike inflated BIG NAMES who already have found universal formula for keeping unstoppable momentum of BIG MONEY at high cadence.

      • Small bands are almost all I have listened to lately. Most of the big bands just release the same old boring crap.

  • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

    I’m on TeamBabymetal!

    http://i.imgur.com/lnc1okh.jpg

  • For anyone who feels like buying a new computer today because you’ve punched a hole in your screen and/or sent it sailing through the nearest window, here’s Fuckthony Offtano’s take on the whole Apple/Swift debacle:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpyNh4P6wSo

  • Óðinn

    notameme

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      • Óðinn

        Seconded.

  • ***FLUSH***

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    So in a way; Lars does it, bad. Tay Tay does it, good?