Us music fans are already used to this, though. When our favorite artist announces a show, it is an outright scramble to buy tickets as fast as you can, get your foot in the door, and reserve your seat. Sometimes, the supply of tickets vanishes within minutes, leaving you up the creek without a paddle and really pissed off. If you do manage to find tickets once the show is sold out, good luck to you, trying not to exchange your first-born for a ticket.
What would our media be if everyone was always on their best behavior? What would we be listening to on the radio or in our music if everyone always played in accordance to the seven virtues? What would television and the news be if everyone acted within their stock character type? It would definitely be wholesome, but it would also be boring.
However, kids, she is NOT the first artist to fight so fiercely for artist rights. Before Taylor Swift ever began singing, there was Prince, or, as we should say, the artist formerly known as Prince, or The Love Symbol, depending on your preference. As much as we like to call Ms. Swift frigid and beastly for protecting her rights, Prince makes her look civil. And, even in death, Prince is still battling for his rights.
America is no stranger to internal conflict. We've had one doozey of an election cycle, two highly polarized political parties, and several schools of thought which constantly seem at war with each other. While some of these issues lend our people to Not-In-My-Backyard syndrome, we as musicians, creators, and art lovers have always had something to say. Always ones to brand ourselves, we take different stances and go to war with each other, all for the sake of making our own voices heard and getting our ideals out into the world.
The video streaming service has been pushing its paid viewing service, YouTube Red, on us for about a year now, trying to break into the premium streaming market. The idea itself of YouTube Red is interesting because it features some of our favorite YouTubers in big-time content like web series and professional movies. While this is really cool for the creators and YouTube personalities, the YouTube execs are soon to face a cold reality.
The legendary country artist has announced harbingers of the death of his own streaming/music sale service, GhostTunes. Here's the thing about GhostTunes's fated passage into eternity: no one cares. I hadn't even heard of GhostTunes until half an hour ago. It is highly likely that artists whose music is featured and on the site don't know the site exists either. The fact of the matter is that you have to follow these rules, if you want to keep your relevancy and your marketability.
Like many college students, I have an Amazon account which I use to buy books, gear for my room, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I love Amazon so much that I have my own Student Prime account, which gets me faster shipping and a library of movies via my laptop. However, Amazon is broadening its horizons, in terms of media. In fact, Amazon has recently announced its new unlimited music streaming service, catapulting it forth into the music industry. While this is definitely a business savvy move for the company, some of its intended practices seem a bit off.
Money. Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money. When you go into the music industry, that is all your support system, your desires to advance, and even your fans want to talk about. Eventually, you kinda want it to go away and just make music in a cave where the IRS can't hear you or find you. Pain in the bum as it is, it is quite necessary to further your career. We all know that a major label is good for "star power" and bad for money, but how bad can it really be?
It may not feel like it to some of us yet, but Autumn is upon us. Now, this does mean that a few of our favorite things return to greet us like pumpkin-spiced God knows what, trees changing to spectacular shades of orange and gold, and, my personal favorite, Halloween. However, Autumn does mean the return of some seasonal evils: UGG boots, family gatherings, the common cold and influenza. With all of this crap soon to be flying around in the air, it's important to get vaccinated, take especially good care of your health, and avoid getting an infection or virus at all costs.
Hey, kids! Would you like to play a friendly game of carnival style whack-a-mole? No? Neither would the music industry! And, yet, here we are today, still waiting for those sneaky rascals to pop up out from their infernal holes. Wait, what? Hold on, allow me to explain; this will all make sense in a few minutes. Actually, it may not for a few people, so just sit back and try to understand what's going on.