A fascinating discussion: The use of the N-word in music

Was Delaney being insensitive? So I think there’s actually a lot to be learned from refraining.”
Others believe that the n-word has no place anywhere, including rap. The legacy of racism in the United States revolves around the N-word and how many in the white community have historically used it as a verbal weapon against black Americans.  
  Was he looking to make an example of her? Because to be black is to walk through the world and watch people doing things that you cannot do, that you can’t join in and do. As many artists do these days, Lamar invited a fan onstage to perform with him during his set at the Hangout Festival in Alabama. rip delaney @kendricklamar pic.twitter.com/GATaVPli5F
— taylor prince (@taylormprince11) May 21, 2018

Here’s the discussion: Should white people refrain from using the n-word in all circumstances, even when included as song lyrics? The duet began with the woman rapping along with Lamar, dropping the n-bomb three times. City,” which features 15 uses of the n-word. Given the historical use of the word as a racial epithet, many people believe a white person should avoid saying the word in any context. After she delivered the lines in which the N-word is repeated several times, Lamar became visibly angry, told the fan that a “bleep” was in order (suggesting that, really, she should have known better) and ultimately booted her from the stage,
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I believe both sides have valid points. “You think you have a right to everything. From Variety:
In all the years I’ve been debating race and racism with white people, the most common response some have offered in their own defense hinges on black people’s use of the N-word. city.” Things were going great until one young fan, a white female who introduced herself as Delaney, got the lyrics a bit too right. The music started up again and Delaney was allowed to finish the song, although she clearly refrained from using the n-word again. This is from SFGate:
Critics have long debated whether it is appropriate for white people to sing or rap the n-word if it appears in song lyrics. It’s all very complicated. Aren’t I cool enough for you?”
Crowd: “BOOOOOOOO!”
Lamar: “You got to bleep one single word.”
Delaney: “Did I do it? … You have a right to go where you want to go, do what you want to do, be however — and people just got to accommodate themselves to you.”
He continued: “The experience of being a hip-hop fan and not being able to use the word ‘n—–‘ is actually very, very insightful. “If they can say it, why can’t we?”
It’s a question Kendrick Lamar might be hearing a lot following an incident onstage May 20 at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I’m so sorry … I’m used to singing it like you wrote it.”
The woman was clearly embarrassed. The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper, who headlined the three-day fest along with The Chainsmokers and The Killers, invited a group of people from the crowd for a rap-along to his 2012 single “m.A.A.d. George Carlin would be amused by this controversy. It’s as bracing a reminder as cotton, chains and Confederacy memorabilia of what our ancestors endured for centuries. On a November tour stop for his book “We Were Eight Years in Power,” Atlantic columnist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates said he sees the word as a teaching moment for white people. Should she have just known that her use of the n-word was verboten? It’s like the difference between a man using the B-word against a woman and another woman doing the same. Why would Lamar even invite a white fan onstage to do a track that could create problems? An interesting thing happened at a Kendrick Lamar show on Sunday. As I try to explain whenever white people challenge me on black use of the N-word, particularly in the rap and hip hop community, it’s all about context. It will give you just a little peek into the world of what it means to be black. Then the music stopped. “When you’re white in this country, you’re taught that everything belongs to you,” he writes. The fan in question was a white woman named Delaney and the song she was being invited to rap along with was “M.A.A.D. Delaney: “What’s up?
A fascinating discussion: The use of the N-word in music

YouTube Music starts rolling out this week. Is this the future of streaming?

Meant to bring YouTube’s astonishing music catalog into competition with the sharp intelligence layers in competition with Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and other streaming music services. How will Spotify and Apple Music respond? Yesterday (May 22), the new amalgamated YouTube Music made its debut in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Currently included in either of the subscriptions above. YouTube Red ($12/month): Upgrading the general YouTube ad-free subscription (music plus everything else). And, “background play,” which means the app keeps playing when you use other apps … a basic phone feature that pretty much all music apps have provided for a decade. RAIN summarizes things this way:

YouTube Music (free): a new version of the existing music carve-out, employing new curation and algorithmic recommendations. Canada will get a look at the new service at the same time as 13 European countries later this year. Also, downloading videos for offline listening. This could be very interesting. YouTube Music Premium ($10/month): The new YouTube Music without commercials. That could be a bandwidth/storage issue for some users, or be simply undesirable for people who just want, you know, music. Google Play Music ($10/month): Fully on-demand competitor to Apple Music. When Lyor Cohen became the head of the music division of YouTube, he made it his mission to combine all the separate music properties into one. Consider that Pandora started developing its Music Genome technology in 2000. Nothing new here, but included in this list to round out all of Google’s music/video subscription plans. Video is the killer advantage to this platform. There was a lot of overlap between Google Play Music, YouTube Red and YouTube itself.   It seems strange to imagine that other companies are ahead of Google in any type of machine intelligence, but in the specialized realm of on-demand music, it is probably the case. That would simplify things, but also create a musical ecosystem completely attached to videos. At least, the price is upgraded from the original $10/month — the existing price point since launching in October, 2015. Trustworthy rumors say Google will wind down Play Music.
Is this the future of streaming? YouTube Music starts rolling out this week.

An interview with the man made the music for Seinfeld

An interview with the man made the music for Seinfeld
Of all the TV shows from the past 30 years, few have had a signature musical sound as distinctive and memorable as Seinfeld. Larry LeBlanc of Celebrity Access sat down with Jonathan Wolff, the man who created all those unforgettable bumpers. Composer Jonathan Wolff’s life changed forever after he received a phone call in 1989 from comedian Jerry Seinfeld seeking a theme song for his new television series, then called “The Seinfeld Chronicles.”
Something catchy that would underscore the stand-up routines he was doing at the opening of each episode, and that also could be used between scenes during the show. With “Seinfeld,” Wolff’s reputation, of course, skyrocketed; and his life began moving at a dizzying speed that might overwhelm others. Today, Wolff lectures to music and law students at universities throughout the United States about how his understanding of business strategy and the intricacies of copyright law shaped his life and colorful career. While best known for creating the theme and music for 9 seasons of “Seinfeld” (180 episodes in all) Wolff was also the composer for about 75 other TV series, including “Will & Grace,” “Who’s The Boss?,” “Married… with Children,” “Saved by the Bell–The College Years,” “The Good Life,” and “Reba,” racking up an astounding 44 original themes. “BUM, DA, DA, DUM, DUM, DU, DU, DU, POP.”. Keep reading. The once self-proclaimed “busiest composer/busiest dealmaker” in Hollywood—there were years where he was working for 14 or 15 shows per week—has retired from providing music for TV, but this Louisville native’s royalty statements are hundreds and hundreds of pages long, from who knows how many countries.

Musicoin working on new app, speaker to further benefit musicians

Musicoin working on new app, speaker to further benefit musicians
Musicoin is also teaming up with ROCKI to develop Volareo, which claims to be the world’s first blockchain-enabled music speaker. “In Musicoin’s context, a UBI pool is created to secure musicians’ income from PPP (pay per play) on the platform, at a fixed rate that is fair, uninfluenced by market forces and higher than that of any other competing streaming platforms,” including Spotify, Tidal, iTunes and others. Muiscoin, launched in 2017, allows listeners to stream music free of charge and gives them the option to pay whatever they want, from pennies to dollars, when the mood strikes them.  When payments are made, the money goes directly and immediately to the artist, no muss, no fuss. But even if fans don’t pay anything, artists are guaranteed payment for their songs, thanks to a universal basic income, “an economic model to ensure each contributor to the platform is fairly rewarded in proportion to their contribution,” Musicoin’s website says. Musicoin is gaining traction among those who follow bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain trends. Much like the app that’s in development, artists are earning a guaranteed income, but instead of clicking a button to tip an artist, using Volareo, musicians get a tip every time someone applauds their music. “Along with traditional functionality (artist/song/genre browsing, playlist generation and recommendations based on listening habits) the app also features the Musicoin’s famous Clap functionality,” the company says. It’s been praised for an ad-free experience that’s also free for fans to utilize the platform. The new app, on track to be released later this year, promises to make it even easier for musicians and fans to interact from just about anywhere. It’s like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant but more specialized, helping musicians make money for their work. It also includes an optional push notification feature. It’s the belief that the content creator should be rewarded the most for creating and sharing his work. A blockchain devised explicitly for musicians is getting ready to launch a new app to make paying artists even easier. “Underlying the Musicoin system is share-ism. “With the push of a button, listeners have the ability to voluntarily ‘tip’ their favorite artists additional Musicoin, the platform’s proprietary cryptocurrency.”
New on the app will be a “Gig” feature, helping fans find tour dates and buy tickets for performances by Musicoin artists in their town. That compensation should increase in proportion to their activity on the platform,” writes Sherman Lee at Forbes.

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 183: The Casbah, Rocked

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 183: The Casbah, Rocked
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I can’t stop listening to these two lynxes screaming at each other

I can’t stop listening to these two lynxes screaming at each other
And wouldn’t “Screaming Lynxes” make a great name for a band? I suppose of goats can scream like humans…

…then it’s not a stretch to assume that other species might do the same. Would someone please sample this for a song? Neither wanted to let the other pass, so they tried to intimidate each other by screaming. (Via Global News)
  I had no idea that members of the cat family could sound like this. A couple of lynxes were caught on video having a confrontation in Avery Lake, Ontario (it’s east of Kenora).

Should there be an annual concert to benefit victims of terrorism?

If he’s successful, the Lancashire Cricket Club has agreed to host the event on August 19. Along with a national minute of silence in the UK and a singalong, there were some calls to establish an annual music event that would benefit victims of terrorism. The idea was first floated by Andrew Roussos, father of Saffie, the youngest of the people killed last May. “I dread the thought of Saffie’s life being remembered as a two-minute silence in a church service. “I want to put on a concert for the world to stop and listen.”
Mr Roussos has already begun to contact some very big names for what he calls “a modern day Live Aid.” Calls have been put into the people representing U2, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. Yesterday was the first anniversary of the hideous concert bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people leaving an Ariana Grande gig. He told the BBC:
Mr Roussos, from Lancashire, said after losing Saffie his life “will never be OK again”.
Should there be an annual concert to benefit victims of terrorism?

Random music news for Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cool. And yes, there are some music stats here. Jay-Z and Beyonce are too busy to spend any time in their $26 million mansion. The US government has warned employees in China to be “aware of suspicious sounds.”
So what will the song of the summer be for 2018? R. Wait: Guitars are getting more popular? Let’s guess. Gwen Stefani seems to be edging towards retirement as a musician. How to tell if a singer is lip syncing. Ugh. Interesting: How your favourite songs get on TV. For some reason, doctors are just now investigating one of Michael Jackson’s extreme dance moves. Morgan Freeman is going to voice all the stops on Vancouver’s Skytrain and transit buses. Here’s a follow-up on Taylor Swift’s battle against scalpers. If you’re in the music business (or just really interested in it), you might want to grab this free Canadian Music Directory. And moving to music news for May 24, 2018…

Here are some interesting financial effects of the Royal Wedding. So Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video is a hit. There were some pretty stiff security rules for people going to a Rolling Stones concert in England Tuesday night. These noise-canceling earbuds are great for people with partners that snore. And now let’s add items (1) and (2) together: Bad lip syncing at the Royal Wedding. Kelly. The first night game in MLB history was played on this day in Cincinnati with the Reds beating the Phillies 2-1. Then why all the scary stories about the decline of the guitar? Meanwhile, the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger is taking some heat in the US. But will the song itself be a hit?
Random music news for Thursday, May 24, 2018

New Music from the Inbox: King Princess, Leon Vynehall, Valley Queen, and more!

New Music from the Inbox: King Princess, Leon Vynehall, Valley Queen, and more!
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Artist: Leon Vynehall
Song: Envelopes (Chapter VI)
Album: Nothing Is Still

Lush and captivating, this is some masterfully crafted instrumental music from this UK producer’s upcoming debut album, out June 15. Listen:

Artist: Valley Queen
Song: Supergaint
Album: Supergiant
Anthemic indie rock with good guitar riffs and striking vocals you can feel in your chest. Artist: King Princess
Song: Talia
EP: Make My Bed
This enchanting and vulnerable pop song is a perfect example of why King Princess has been getting attention from big names like Harry Styles, the XX, and Charlie XCX, even before the release of her debut ep (out June 15)! Watch/Listen:

Artist: Olive B
Song: Joey Moon
Album: No(w)here
With strong beats and conversational vocals, this song is a good chill time. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Britt Rion
Song: Hide
Hide is a brilliant piece of dreamy, shimmering pop from this up-and-coming New Zealand guitarist/producer. Listen:

 

This app allows you to draw songs in the air

This app allows you to draw songs in the air
All you have to do is move your iPhone or iPad through the air in a way that matches a song’s rise and fall in pitch. SoundTracer is an app that helps you find a song in a digital library by “drawing” it in the air with your phone. You should know this is strictly experimental at the moment, a project of The University of Oslo. Good luck with the Norwegian. (Failing that, read more here.)

  This video explains how it works. Wait–what? Fancy yourself a conductor of music?

Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton now makes a luxury DJ case

Handcrafted in Louis Vuitton’s historic workshops in Asnières near Paris, the DJ Trunk puts French know-how in the spotlight. Revealed in Shanghai before travelling the globe as is the long tradition of the Louis Vuitton trunks, it can be used for DJ sets with two trunks or as a listening unit for music and vinyls with one trunk. Adorned in Monogram Eclipse canvas (a grey and black Monogram), with ruthenium metal accessories on the outside and dark grey microfiber on the inside. How much? Behold the Louis Vuitton and Devialet DJ Trunk. If you have to ask… The DJ Trunk is on sale as a Special Order. Emitting an ultra-dense sound with physical impact, it is the ultimate system. “Only Phantom could meet Louis Vuitton’s requirements of a transportable product capable of delivering a powerful and immersive sound, allowing to experience true emotions at a live concert level from home… The DJ Trunk is the dream come true of an exceptional product combining high technology and unique and secular know-how” says Quentin Sannié, co-founder and CEO of Devialet. Louis Vuitton is best known for its fashion items–leather goods, clothes, jewelry, and so on–but they’re now getting into the world of DJing. Here’s the official description:
Designed for modern-day composers, the DJ Trunk was designed to allow DJs to travel with the necessary equipment for their performances: Phantom, turntable and vinyl recordings, mixer, computer and headphones. An extreme piece of engineering defying the laws of physics and protected by more than a hundred patents, Phantom has been shaking the world of audio since 2015.
Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton now makes a luxury DJ case

Science says if you work in radio, you may be a psychopath

But a psycho would think that, right? The book details the jobs that are most likely to attract psychopaths, with journalists and media presenters taking out the second and third spots on the list respectively. A few were downright scary–certainly sociopathic if not entirely psychopathic. Kevin Button. on-air radio types)
Public servants
Police
Clergy
Salespeople
Surgeons
Lawyers
Chefs

Again, I want to emphasize that I’m perfectly normal, well-adjusted and empathetic. Top 10 List:

CEO 
Journalists
Media presenters (i.e. There’s something about the radio business that attracts people that just aren’t quite right. This is from Radio Today:
As B&T reports, Dr Dutton, who works at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, has written a book called The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success. (Of course, I’m completely normal.)
Science says that I’m not imagining things, at least according to Oxford research psychologist Dr. Over my time in the industry, I’ve encountered and had to work with/for some pretty strange people, some that were beyond your garden variety weird.
Science says if you work in radio, you may be a psychopath

Donald Trump is not going to like the Arkells’ video for “People’s Champ”

The Arkells continue to roll along and are now getting some solid international attention. The new video for “People’s Champ” has found purchase in places like the UK–and Donald Trump is not going to be happy.
Donald Trump is not going to like the Arkells’ video for “People’s Champ”