Tag: jay-z

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Roc Nation files takedowns over YouTube deepfake audio of Jay-Z

Here’s a legal question for you: if someone creates a deepfake audio recording of an artist or public figure – for example them reading Hamlet’s ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ soliloquy or the lyrics to Billy...
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Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (7 April)

We wondered if we’d need to quietly retire this regular feature after a few days. Nope. Which at least shows there is plenty of positive news to write about amid the current global health crisis. We’re still not...
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Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (1 April)

Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech...
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Jay-Z celebrates birthday with back-catalogue return to Spotify

Look away now, Daniel Ek and colleagues: website Vulture’s headline on Jay-Z returning his back-catalogue to Spotify is ‘For Jay-Z’s Birthday, You Can Gift Him Approximately $0.004 Per Spotify Stream’. Yes, Mr Beyoncé...
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Go vegan and win a shot at Beyoncé and Jay-Z tickets for life

“What is your Greenprint?” asked Beyoncé in an Instagram post yesterday. To which many fans may have wondered ‘What *is* a Greenprint?’ The answer: it’s “the positive impact we can have on the world by eating...
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Sandbox Issue 207: God Save The Streams

Lead: Just 18 months ago, pre-saves were a breath of fresh air for marketers struggling to stand above the cattle run of global releases on a Friday. But as they become ubiquitous, it is almost back to square one with everyone...
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About that Beyoncé/Jay-Z Tidal “exclusive”…

When is a streaming exclusive not an exclusive? That’s the existential question now underpinning the release of Everything In Love, the new album from Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Like 2016’s Lemonade by Beyoncé, it launched...
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprise-release new album on Tidal

“If I gave two f***s about streaming numbers, would have put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify,” sings Beyoncé on ‘Nice’, a track from her new album with Jay-Z. The album, ‘Everything is Love’, was announced on-stage...
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Sandbox 185: Simply the worst

Lead: History tends to be written by the winners and that is why we almost exclusively hear about campaigns that worked brilliantly and left everyone involved covered in glory – where the marketing team and artist were...
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Jay-Z to release a cassette version of ‘4.44’ album

Get your spooling-pencils ready! Jay-Z’s latest album ‘4.44’ may still be missing from Spotify, but it’s getting a new physical release as a cassette. Virgin EMI Records promoted the format in a tweet yesterday,...
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Could Jay-Z really be losing $1m a week from snubbing Spotify?

It’s fair to point out that this amount almost certainly isn’t large enough to qualify to be added to Jay-Z’s famously-long list of problems. Billboard has been asking industry folk how much money Jay-Z is missing...
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971k pirate downloads of Jay-Z album in first 72 hours says Muso

The exclusivity arrangements around Jay-Z’s new album ‘4.44’ meant that even brand-new Tidal subscribers who missed the cut-off deadline – Mark Ronson among them – couldn’t stream the album unless they were Sprint...