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Kanye West’s long-awaited sixth studio album, “Yeezus,” is due for release tomorrow and it remained pretty secretive until the past few days when news that it leaked online rushed fans but also those curious about the rapper’s new material over to file-sharing websites
The artist gave his fans a taste of album on “Saturday Night Live,” and according to Billboard his new stuff is “plain mad”, “a medley of several genres — new wave, punk, rock, and of course hip-hop,” or as The New York Times calls it – “raw and bumpy, with the arbitrary whims of a studio despot.”
Kanye’s previous release – 2010′s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ brought the 14-time Grammy-winning producer, writer and performer a rare perfect 10 rating on Pitchfork.com.
The “Yeezus” album art (sort of) also found its way on the internet. The CD will be released in a clear, jewel case and has a red sticker on the front. The back of the ‘Yeezus’ CD cover includes a yellow sticker and limited credits.
Here’s the complete track list with full production and writing credits for the album courtesy of hiphop-n-more.com:
01. On Sight (Produced by Daft Punk) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Malik Jones, Che Smith, Elon Rutberg, Cydel Young, Derrick Watkins, Mike Dean & Keith Carter, Sr.]
02. Black Skinhead (Produced by Daft Punk) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Malik Jones, Cydel Young, Elon Rutberg, Wasalu Jaco, Sakiya Sandifer, Mike Dean & Derrick Watkins]
03. I Am A God (Featuring God) (Produced by Daft Punk) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Clifton Bailey, Harvel Hart, Anand Bakshi, Rahul Burman, Ross Birchard, Justin Vernon, Malik Jones, Che Smith, Elon Rutberg, Cydel Young, Mike Dean & Derek Watkins]
04. New Slaves (Featuring Frank Ocean) [Kanye West, Christopher Breaux, Cydell Young, Gabor Presser, Anna Adamis, Ben Bronfman, Malik Jones, Che Smith, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Louis Johnson & Mike Dean]
05. Hold My Liquor (Feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon) [Kanye West, Mike Dean, Justin Vernon, Keith Cozart, Elon Rutberg, Che Smith, Malik Jones, Alejandro Ghersi, Cydel Young & Derrick Watkins]
06. I’m In It (Feat. Travis Scott) [Kanye West, Justin Vernon, Andre Harris, Jill Scott, Vidal Davis, Carvin Haggins, Kenny Lattimore, Jeffrey Campbell, Josh Leary, Malik Jones, Cydel Young, Sakiya Sandifer, Elon Rutberg & Mike Dean]
07. Blood On The Leaves [Kanye West, Ross Birchard, Lewis Allen, Elon Rutberg, Malik Jones, Tony Williams, Cydel Young & Mike Dean]
08. Guilt Trip (Feat. Kid Cudi) (Produced by S1) [Kanye West, Scott Mescudi, Keith Elam, Kevin Hansford, Dupre Kelly, Chris Martin, Al Terik Wardrick, Marlon Williams, Terrence Thornton, Tyree Pittman, Cydel Young, Mike Dean & Larry Griffin Jr.]
09. Send It Up (Feat. King L) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Michael Levy, Moses Davis, Colin York, Lowell Dunbar, Louis Johnson, Alejandro Ghersi, Sakiya Sandifer, Ab-Liva, Elon Rutberg & Mike Dean]
10. Bound 2 (Feat. Charlie Wilson) [Kanye West, John Stephens, Charlie Wilson, Elon Rutberg, Norman Whiteside, Bobby Massey, Robert Dukes, Che Pope, Cydel Young, Malik Jones, Sakiya Sandifer, Mike Dean & Ronnie Self]
Check out Kanye performing New Slaves (Live on SNL):
Download ‘Yeezus’ (via Kickass.to)
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A doctoral thesis signed by Staffan Albinsson confirms what the music industry had been saying for more than a decade, that online piracy is bad for business. But the internet comes to the rescue in other forms, including music streaming services which, according to Albinsson’s findings, are a great and valuable source of revenues.
“Nothing New under the Sun – Essays on the Economic History of Intellectual Property Rights in Music” (the name of the thesis) starts by driving the reader’s attention towards the first major lawsuit of its kind – Metallica vs. Napster. The result of this epic battle is known by everyone, but here’s where things get really interesting. After the great fall of Napster and other file-sharing platforms, it was time for legitimacy; different services, including iTunes, made the first move by legitimizing music downloads.
“In 2011 their income from music streaming increased by 70 percent from the year before, and today downloads are generating more income than CD sales,” Albinsson said.
His study focused on Swedish statistics that covered a vast period of time (from 1980 until 2009), confirming that online piracy had indeed taken its toll on the industry’s revenues. Nonetheless, the same period of time recorded an increase in revenues from live concerts, radio broadcasts and TV. In addition, starting with 2010 music streaming services (the author mentions Spotify and Pandora as an example) had also contributed to the overall earnings of musicians.
“The consumer can access a lot of material without breaking the law, and the rights holders are getting paid. There is no need for a discussion until next time new technology is introduced,” Albinsson pointed out.
“I’m convinced that different forms of intellectual property rights have different qualitative implications,” he added, with hopes that the industry and all who are concerned about online piracy will consider the qualitative implications of IP laws.
“The most illegally downloaded music is probably also the most expensive music to produce, and if the high costs cannot be recovered, this music won’t be there to enjoy.”
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In a recent statement James Blake said that he is not concerned with those who download his music without his permission. While the English singer-songwriter seemed comfortable on the issue of filesharing, the future of music industry as it is today for him looks rather gloomy.
While the artist’s album ‘Overgrown’ had its official release yesterday, it had already ‘debuted’ on some torrent sites like KickAss Torrents last week. If you download the album for free and you like it, you can visit Blake’s official website and buy it (actually pre-order it for now).
In an interview with The Guardian, Blake emphasized how easy is for anyone willing to download an album for free to do so:
“Why wouldn’t you [download ‘Overgrown’ for free]? My label (Universal) is hoping that on 8th April you’ll do the right thing and click the ‘Buy’ button. You should see what they’re doing online just to get people to look at the ‘Buy’ button. I’m starting not to care, to be honest.”
With regard to the industry, things don’t look too bright in his opinion: “Things are changing. The ship (music industry) isn’t just going down. There are people trapped inside, bashing on the windows trying to get out.”
Along with the release of his latest album James Blake launches a mini-tour in the UK, London being his first stop today.For those who want to see him live, you can check the tour dates and buy tickets here.
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The annual South by Southwest festival has made it a tradition to share artists’ music (with their agreement, of course), and this year is no different. A bundle that captures a little over 1200 tracks (totaling 7.39 GB) has been made available on BitTorrent’s networks.
Starting with 2005, musicians participating at the festival agreed to share their work with the world. Before using BitTorrent, the festival’s organizers used zip folders to distribute the music packs, but this method was dropped in 2008.
An unofficial website called SXSW Torrents has been opened; here you will find all the tracks – starting with 2005.
As for this year, the music bundle contains 1210 files from a vast selection of artists, including The Geeks, MC Gee, DJ Andrew Parsons, the hip-hop band House Shoes, and much more. The South by Southwest festival started on March 8 and will end on the 17th.
Either you use uTorrent or another downloading platform, the torrent files can be found here.
“These torrents include all the tracks that could be previewed on the SXSW website for SXSW 2013 as of March 7, 2013. This year’s collection includes 1,210 files totaling 7.39GB. Note that the filenames and ID3 tags have been updated to properly reflect the artist names and song titles,” the unofficial website reads.
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Not long after the US Supreme Court had been asked to handle Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s case, the young mother who has been charged with copyright infringement for sharing 24 songs, the Obama Administration stepped in, asking the court not to meddle with the previous verdict – a fine of $220.000.
The lawsuit involves the RIAA and the aforementioned woman, mother of four children and music’s fan. Her ordeal started in 2007 when a US court found her guilty and agreed on a fine of $220.000. After appealing this decision, two more trials followed, but, unfortunately for her, the result was the same. In other words, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals offered its support for the previous verdict, and Jammie was still to pay that ridiculous six-figure fine.
Her lawyer also highlighted that Thomas-Rasset’s trial judge “called for relief from Congress, and throughout his opinions called the statutory damages sought by the recording industry harsh and oppressive.”
A brief that was filed on Monday by the Obama Administration dismisses the argument and pleads the Supreme Court not to consider Jammie’s appeal.
“The public interest cannot be realized if the inherent difficulty of proving actual damages leaves the copyright holder without an effective remedy for infringement,” the brief reads.
The Recording Industry Association of America is also against Jammie’s appeal, saying that:
“Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s copyright infringement was willful in the extreme,” a brief filed on Monday by several major labels writes.
“Three separate juries have concluded that her blatant and unapologetic violation of Respondents’ rights warranted a substantial award under the Copyright Act’s statutory damages provision.”
The music industry claims that the penalty is justified in light of Thomas-Rasset’s “particularly blameworthy conduct.”
Jammie still has her hopes up, but she should also consider that just a fraction of the appeals filed to the Supreme Court are being accepted. Hope, however, is all she has.
In a similar case, Joel Tenenbaum had been fighting the RIAA, but his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court back in May.