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Spotify Shuts Down Independent Artist Program

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After giving independent artists the opportunity to upload their songs to the streaming platform, Spotify is changing their tune. Announced July 1st, Spotify has decided to end their beta program which allowed artists without label representation to share their music.

After nearly a year of allowing artists to upload their music through the Spotify for Artists program, the streaming platform has scrapped the feature. Citing a desire to protect artists from infringement and offer better resources, the music service is making a move to support their distributor partners instead. Although the number of affected artists is undisclosed, those on the chopping block will lose access to upload their content July 31st.

The Spotify for Artists program allowed artists to share their music globally without fees or commission charges, all while handling licensing, and ensuring royalty payments were made. But now artists will be forced to pay distributors like DistroKid or CDbaby to circulate their songs. According to Spotify, more than 300K creators used the tool to track their insights which led to 36,000 getting playlisted for the first time. But this transition could easily shrink the musical selection pool for artists who cannot afford the cost and exposes the uneducated to potentially dangerous agreements with hidden fees.

Spotify says they are working with their partners to make the transition “as simple as possible.” But artists who have already released music will have to move their content to another provider. To lessen the sting, the streaming giant is offering discount codes for use at preferred distributors.

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Kobe Bryant, 41, and Daughter, 13, Dead in Helicopter Crash

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Basketball legend and all-time great Kobe Bryant, 41, has passed away due to an apparent helicopter crash Sunday. TMZ reported early in the day that Bryant and his daughter Gianna along with 3 others were on board the former Los Angeles Laker’s private helicopter when it crashed causing a fire to break out. Witnesses claim to have heard the engine sputtering in the moments before the chopper went down, and pictures from the scene show smoke and flames covering much of the area. 

Authorities have confirmed that no one on board survived. The cause of the tragedy is unknown, and an investigation is already underway.

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill’s GRAMMY-nominated Championships album

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill‘s GRAMMY nominated Championships album. Championships is now available to stream in Dolby Atmos exclusively on TIDAL.

Dolby, a leader in immersive entertainment experiences, and TIDAL, a global music and entertainment streaming platform, hosted a listening event that featured a live performance in Dolby Atmos by the chart-topping artist Meek Mill. The event celebrated Meek Mill’s latest album Championships, nominated for Best Rap Album of the year, which is available to stream in Dolby Atmos on TIDAL starting today. Songs performed included his hits 24/7, All Eyes on You and Going Bad

TIDAL will also release the exclusive performance on its service for fans to enjoy in Dolby Atmos in a few weeks.

Fans can now listen to Championships in Dolby Atmos sound quality here:  https://tidal.com/browse/album/128953992

(Note: Dolby Atmos is only available via select Android devices]

What is Dolby Atmos Music

Dolby Atmos lets listeners connect with music at its fullest capacity and creative potential – not the way most people hear music today, but a version that pulls you into a song to reveal what was lost with traditional recordings. Listeners can discover hidden details and subtleties with unparalleled clarity. Whether it’s a complex harmony of instruments placed around a listener, the unleashing of a legendary guitar solo, a massive bass drop that washes over you, or the subtle breath a singer takes, Dolby Atmos gives music more space and the freedom to unleash every detail and emotion as the artist intended.

How to experience Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL

To enjoy Dolby Atmos Music, TIDAL will automatically default to this experience if a Dolby Atmos mix is available. Tracks will be identified by a “Dolby logo” visual badge as well as through a “Dolby Atmos” identifier that will display once a song is selected. Users can also click on the “Dolby Atmos” menu option under the “Explore” tab on the TIDAL app to explore the library of tracks available in Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is now available to TIDAL members subscribing to the HiFi tier, which already features HiFi and Master quality audio. To learn more about Dolby Atmos Music or TIDAL HiFi, visit Music.Dolby.com and TIDAL.com/DolbyAtmos.

TIDAL members with compatible Android smartphones and tablets subscribing to TIDAL HiFi can enjoy Championships along with a growing library of music available in Dolby Atmos from Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The includes songs from some of the world’s biggest artists such as The Weeknd, Blondie, Ariana Grande and more. TIDAL is also working closely with its artist-owners, including JAY-Z, to mix their catalogs in Dolby Atmos – which are expected to become available in 2020.

 

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Stormzy Talks Inspiration from Beyonce, Activism in the UK & More On TIDAL’s Rap Radar

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Ahead of his upcoming world tour, “Heavy Is The Head,” international rapper, Stormzy, joins TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B. Dot” Miller at the World of McIntosh Townhouse in New York City. In the latest episode, the British star discusses being the voice of black youth, drawing inspiration from Beyoncé for his Glastonbury set, collaborating with Banksy for his performance outfit, working with Pharrell and more.

The “Rap Radar” podcast adds to TIDAL’s growing podcast network, which includes a variety of series hosted by some of the most trusted and influential names in music. 

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