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Snoop Dogg Speaks On The State Of Streaming: 'We Do Major Numbers With Streams But It Don't Add Up To The Money'

Since the music business transitioned from physical sales to streaming, artists have been voicing their frustration with how the system in place fails to pay their pockets. Now, Snoop Dogg has joined in to address this major concern while he’s on the main stage.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 9, 2023

Drake Wants A 'LeBron Sized' Check For Surpassing A Historic 75 Billion Streams On Spotify

Drake nudged one of the largest music streaming platforms to secure a hefty check.

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 2, 2023

Coolio's Classic 90s Record 'Gangsta's Paradise' Hits One Billion Views On YouTube

Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” featuring L.V. is widely known as a classic record from the 90s. Nearly three decades since the song’s release, it has reached a new streaming high.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 13, 2022

Snoop Dogg Reveals Plans To Create A Streaming Platform He Says Will Be 'Similar To Amazon, Netflix, Hulu'

Snoop Dogg has plans to take Death Row Records to the next level. As AfroTech previously reported, the rapper is now a label owner. And, we must say he is not taking the role lightly as he recently announced Death Row Records would become the first label in the metaverse. Plus, that’s not all the rapper has in store. During a recent Drink Champs interview, Snoop Dogg revealed he will be attempting to give Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music a run for their money by launching a streaming platform and app for Death Row Records. “First thing I did was snatch all the music off those platforms traditionally known to people, because those platforms don’t pay,” Snoop Dogg said. “And those platforms get millions and millions and millions of streams and nobody gets paid other than the record labels, so what I wanted to do is snatch my music off, create a platform which is something similar to Amazon, Netflix, Hulu. It’ll be a Death Row app, and then the music, in the meantime, will live...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 19, 2022

Lil Baby Beats Out Pop Star Faves As Vevo's Most-Viewed Artist Of The U.S. In 2021

Lil Baby has been consistently dominating the rap game, and his music streams are proof of it. Since starting his label 4PF (4 Pockets Full) with Quality Control Music in 2016, Lil Baby has been making it clear that he is a force in the music industry based on the accolades he’s racked up. The music video network shared that the Atlanta rapper was named Vevo’s most-viewed artist of 2021 in the USA. He ranked at the top of Vevo’s US Top Ten Artists By Views, with over 770 million views. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vevo (@vevo) With his impressive amassed views, he took the lead over The Weeknd, who came in at No. 2 with 559 million views. Other pop star faves on the list included newcomers Doja Cat (429 million views) and Lil Nas X (382 million views).

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 9, 2021

Audiomack Opens New Office in Lagos, Nigeria

Free streaming platform Audiomack recently opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria. The news arrived on Thursday (July 16) when Brian “Z” Zisook, VP of Content Operations & Artist Services, announced the expansion on Twitter. We opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria. 🎉 — Z (@BrianZisook) July 16, 2020 According to Billboard , Audiomack currently serves 54 countries on the continent. In addition to the new office, three new executives join the team: Adeyemi Adetunji, Charlotte Bwana, and Olive Uche. The trio will head operations and commercial partnerships, work on business development and media partnerships, and manage content strategy respectively. “ A few months ago, @ade_aaa , @charlotte_bwana , and I embarked on the craziest adventure ever when we decided to bring Audiomack to Africa,” Uche tweeted. “We didn’t know what to expect or what kind of work it would require. But all we knew was it needed a home and Lagos was the best choice.” A few months ago, @ade_aaa...

Niki McGloster

Jul 17, 2020

Hulu And Spotify Announce Partnership Making Subscriptions $9.99 Per Month

Today, Hulu and Spotify announced an expansion of their partnership, where they’ll be offering bundles at a rate that’s hard to ignore. Now, existing Hulu users can sign up for Spotify Premium and get the service free for 30 days. After the trial period, Spotify Premium subscribers basically get Hulu for free when it’s bundled with the music streaming site’s $9.99 charge. This is not Hulu and Spotify’s first time teaming up. The companies used to offer promotions and discounted prices to students and later expanded the package to include ShowTime streaming. The partnership comes after hints of a brewing rivalry between Netflix and Apple. Later this month, Apple is set to host an undisclosed event. Rumors say the event relates to Apple launching its own streaming service to compete with Netflix. After its release, its also possible that Apple will choose to bundle its video service with Apple Music. Traditional music streaming services now how a target on Netflix’s back. The...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 12, 2019

Kanye West Settles Lawsuit With Fan Who Thought The Life of Pablo Would Be Exclusively On Tidal

Kanye West is out of legal trouble after promising his album would be exclusively available on Tidal. The artist settled a class-action lawsuit of nearly $85 million with a fan over the exclusivity of ‘The Life of Pablo.’ West originally said the album would only be streamed on the platform, but weeks later it was offered on both Apple Music and Spotify. Justin Baker-Rhett, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, said that he bought a $9.99 subscription to Tidal in order to stream ‘The Life Of Pablo.’ After the album began streaming on other platforms, Baker-Rhett felt slighted and deceived into downloading the service. The terms of the settlement are not known; however, the 2016 lawsuit from Baker-Rhett has been dropped. Exclusivity on streaming services is now a thing of the past. As artists, record labels and the platforms agree to more effective contracts, an artists’ need to only offer content on one service has evaporated. There are special cases when artists offer albums exclusively...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 1, 2019