I quoted Mat Dryhurst a few weeks back and wanted to include the excellent talk he gave at the CTM Festival, which offers real critiques of music streaming from the artist, rather than the executive, perspective.
Most executive interviews are worthless, which I why I never include them here. However, Elie Habib and Eddy Maroun, the co-founders of Anghami, did break some news here by saying that the streaming service has 1 million paying subscribers. This reaffirms my doubts about Spotify’s initial claim about getting a million users in India being anything other than public relations hot air… but maybe the company could just release the numbers for the public to know :)
The headline captures nearly all of the news here, but it is nice to remember that the logic of streaming/downloads destroying physical sales doesn’t need to be gospel.
My American bias is showing here, but the fact that 2020 democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren proposed a plan to break-up and regulate major tech companies feels like kind of a big deal. Wired also reported that Google’s ownership of YouTube could be under examination. Fun shit, get hyped!
I know this week is running a little long, so I’ll keep this short. I’m in solidarity with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and I hope that they win the pay and benefits they deserve.
I’ve wanted to read a breakdown of “Sicko Mode” since the first time a friend texted me about this sure-to-be progressive rap classic. The song didn’t disappoint upon subsequent listens, so I’m happy to finally get such a lavish breakdown of the two dozen people who received writing credits on the song.