Skip to main content

Billie Lourd Pays Tribute to Late Mother Carrie Fisher on Sixth Anniversary of her Death

  Billie Lourd wrote a tribute post to her late mother Carrie Fisher six years after Carrie’s death. In a Tuesday Instagram post, the Ticket to Paradise star acknowledged the six-year anniversary of her mother Carrie Fisher’s death. Captioning a photo of herself and her late mother together, Billie wrote, “It has been 6 years since my Momby died (feels like 2 but also like 705 at the same time?). And unlike most other years since she’s died, this year, these past two weeks have been some of the most joyful of my life.” Billie and her husband Austen Rydell welcomed their second child, Jackson, on 12 December. They also share two-year-old Kingston. “My mom is not here to meet either of them and isn’t here to experience any of the magic. Sometimes the magical moments can also be the hardest,” the actress shared in her post. “For anyone out there experiencing the reality of grief alongside the magic of life, I see you. You are not alone.” She advised anyone experiencing both “magical” and

SoundCloud Says Portishead Song Earned 500% More Under New Royalty Plan


It’s an early indication of how so-called “fan-powered” royalty distribution could potentially level the playing field for professional musicians who aren’t superstars

A collaboration between Portishead and SoundCloud has shed light on a new royalty distribution system that proponents argue could help level the playing field for working musicians. Under SoundCloud’s “fan-powered” royalty model, unveiled in March a listener’s subscription or advertising revenue goes directly to the artists to whom they listen in a given period of time; that’s instead of the “pro-rata” model typically used by Spotify and other streaming services where money is pooled and divvied up to rights holders based on their market share.

Advocates of the new royalty approach, also known as “user-centric,” have long argued that it would raise incomes for a class of professional musicians beyond the biggest stars, and a 2017 academic study from Finland supported this view. SoundCloud’s fan-powered royalty plan is exclusively available for the nearly 100,000 independent artists who monetize directly through SoundCloud—artists signed to major labels and independent labels are already subject to existing licensing deals—so data about the model’s impact has so far been scarce.

SoundCloud has now outlined how at least one song has fared under the fan-powered model in comparison with the traditional pro-rata pool system. On July 8, UK trip-hop pioneers and psych-rock veterans Portishead made their cover of ABBA’s “SOS,” previously streaming only as a music video, available via SoundCloud. Streams from the track earn revenue through SoundCloud’s fan-powered royalties with proceeds benefiting charity. In less than a month, “SOS” earned more than six times the revenue it would have under a pro-rata model, according to a statistic SoundCloud provided to Pitchfork. In other words, it represents more than a 500 percent increase.

A SoundCloud representative said in a statement that “full aggregation of market-live payout data is pending over the coming months,” as the company is in the midst of launching its system. “The model is tracking as expected and the Portishead stat is a strong confirmation of the model’s design—fan engagement is driving meaningful revenue.”

“[The fan-powered royalty model] is a real opportunity for people who want to support artists,” Portishead’s Geoff Barrow told me over the phone. “I didn’t expect huge amounts of people to listen to [‘SOS’]. It was more about getting the idea out that you could stream music and it could make money…. It’s the difference between being able to order a pizza and someone actually paying the rent.”

Barrow heard about fan-powered royalties through the #BrokenRecord campaign, a UK movement that led to a parliamentary inquiry into whether platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music are fairly redistributing their revenue.

Tom Gray, founder of #BrokenRecord, contends that, along with boosting revenues for professional musicians writ large, the user-centric model also stamps out streaming fraud, because fraudulent streams would no longer count toward the share of a revenue pool. Gray also maintains that the fan-powered system could eventually give artists more precise data on their fan’s listening habits, which could help them with selling merchandise and planning tours. Regional, specialty, and local-dialect music would also generate more revenue under user-centric, according to Gray. “Which is what I would describe as good for culture,” he told me over Zoom. “You might start to see labels investing in things that aren’t pop again, because they want to build a wider, deeper catalog.”

The user-centric model has critics. Spotify’s former chief economist Will Page, UK indie-label group the Association of Independent Music, and others have argued that “user-centric distributions would increase administrative and operational costs due to increasing complexities,” according to a recent UK government report. But the report adds that “these would likely be well within the current processing limits of modern computer systems (which nonetheless continue to improve anyway).”



Popular posts from this blog

Stormzy Fanboys Over Taylor Swift Backstage At MTV EMAs

 The pair both attended the MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) in Dusseldorf, Germany on Sunday (13.11.22) - where the US pop megastar dominated the evening, earning four gongs - and the Grime star was successful in his pursuit of grabbing a snap with the 'Karma' hitmaker backstage at the bash. He posted on his Instagram Story: "Man’s trying to get a selfie with Taylor Swift! Man’s running around." The 'Vossi Bop' hitmaker then captioned a selfie tagging the singer: "@taylorswift can I have a selfie please." He then updated fans: "Mans going to meet Taylor. (sic)" And sure enough, he posed with the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker before adding a final picture of himself with a massive smile beaming across his face. Pleased with himself, he gushed "So happy." The 29-year-old rapper has made a habit out of fanboying over his idols backstage at awards ceremonies. In 2020, Stormzy interrupted Billie Eilish's backstage interview at t

Drake Is Offended By Dad’s Tattoo Of His Face

    Drake shared that he isn’t too fond of his dad tattoo of his face. See the ink in question that has Drizzy wondering "why you do me like this." Drizzy took to Instagram to make fun of his dad Dennis Graham's tattoo—which happens to be a portrait of Drake's face. "I was just sitting here thinking why you do me like this," the rapper wrote on Aug. 8, "We family," he added, along with laughing-crying emojis to get the joke across. Guess it's safe to assume Drake isn't a fan of the ink, which was done nearly five years ago. And since that first tattoo session, Dennis has done his best to get the tattoo changed. "Hahaha I had 16 people to try and straighten this out," Dennis commented, "they're hurting me." In a separate comment, Dennis added, "I love you and miss you." While Drake has been known to have a few portrait tattoos of his own, such as Lil Wayne, Denzel Washington, and even his dad's mugshot.

Kid Cudi Wants to Help Lil Nas X Destroy the 'Homophobic Cloud Over Hip-Hop'

  Kid Cudi is extending himself to Lil Nas X . For Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2021 list, published on Wednesday (Sept. 15), Cudi wrote about Lil Nas X and declared his support for the "Industry Baby" artist after the 22 year old tweeted that Black male rappers aren't interested in working with him. "When I saw the tweet about Nas’ album Montero not featuring Black male artists, and he replied that 'maybe a lot of them just don’t wanna work with me,' that made me sad," Cudi wrote. "There’s a homophobic cloud over hip-hop, and he’s going to break that s--- down. We have to stand with him. I’m going to do whatever I have to do to let him know -- you have my support. When we do our song together, however trippy the video is, let’s get sexy with it." After seeing Lil Nas' tweet, Cudi replied, "N---a I'll work w u and frolic in rose gardens w u and singin about my pain." In a follow up tweet, Lil Nas told his follo