The Week in Music Politics:
This Easter, Donald Trump’s picture standing next to the Easter Bunny was surprisingly not the saddest. He was out-rivaled by his one-time-friend Kanye West, who dressed up as the Easter Bunny for his family’s Easter party (pictured above). Look at him just sulk there as children grasp for his face—perfect. I don’t think this is what he had in mind when he wrote “Jesus Walks” but I guess it’s close enough.
TIME magazine released their list for the “100 Most Influential People of 2017,” and musicians on the list include Chance the Rapper, Donald Glover, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, and Riz Ahmed. Read the excerpts and see the other 93 picks here.
Also, Beyoncé and Donald Glover won the Peabody Award, respectively, for her record Lemonade and his FX series Atlanta. HBO’s Veep and Louis C.K.’s Horace and Pete also took home the award.
The Week in Music Beefs:
Freddie Gibbs and Logic had a little beef two weeks ago when Gibbs accused Logic of stealing his cover art idea. The themes in the art to Logic’s record Everybody (above right) bears some resemblance to Freddie Gibbs’ You Only Live 2wice (above left), but they were both released relatively close to the same time. Logic nonetheless explained his concept to Freddie on Instagram and over the phone, and the two have apparently worked it out amicably without any ugly diss tracks!
In other news, Vince Staples has weighed in on what he thinks about some recent beef’s in his new Complex cover story. On Nicki Minaj vs. Remy Ma, he has all but “shit is corny” to say, which pretty much covers it all up actually.:
“I don’t wanna see people demean one another for no reason when they can have a phone conversation,” he said. “Especially when they’re actually successful musicians, not like a thing. There is battle rap. I am a fan of that, but as far as the spitefulness of it, ’cause battle rappers are actually like all friends, for the most part, and they write about it, and have fun, and talk about it on Facebook later. It’s real fuckin cute, but all that other shit they can get the fuck out of here. That shit is corny as fuck. It’s like, ‘I’m gonna say really hurtful things about you for the sake of hip-hop. Oh.'”
I’m sure Vince’s proud of Freddie Gibbs and Logic for having that phone conversation and working it out. Yay for friendship!
Also, there’s no “The Week in Music #NoRoleModelz” section this week because everyone in music was on their best behavior! Set the “weeks without incident” board to one.
The Week in Music Business:
Well, time to talk about more streaming records that Drake has broken. According to Billboard, his
playlist album More Life has been streamed over one billion times. This marks Drake’s second record to pass one billion streams, the other being Views which surpassed three billion streams, making it the most streamed album of all time… that’s a lot of Drake.
Rivaling last week’s announcement that Ludacris is going to head a revival of Fear Factor, Jamie Foxx has partnered with FOX to create “Beat Shazam,” a show in which people are apparently going to have to guess a song played before the app Shazam can. What seems like amazing product placement for Shazam, I’m here for any and all music-related game shows where people aren’t doing karaoke. Watch the trailer here with some great Foxx on FOX puns.
In real music business deals, Spotify took the next step of their licencing deal with Universal to let their artists release records behind a pay wall by adding a partnership with Merlin, a “global music rights agency” that holds the indie labels Matador, XL, 4AD, Rough Trade, Young Turks, Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, Domino, Anti-, Sub Pop, Warp, and many others, just to name a few. They have yet to negotiate with Sony and Warner, but they seem to be on a roll.
The Week in Music Merch:
You can’t buy this now, but one day you probably will be able to: Lil Uzi Vert bought some creepy Marilyn Manson chain wearing Mickey Mouse ears that cost him $100k. It’s pretty damn gross but you can see it here it you truly wish.
The Week in Music Oddities:
Bill Nye the Science Guy, the man, the myth, the legend, has had his theme song re-worked by none other than Tyler, the Creator for his new Netflix show “Bill Nye Saves the World,” premiering today (April 21st). Hear the new theme song here, or just go watch the new show on Netflix.
Some more Drake related news: according to Complex, some crazy, thirsty Drake fan broke into his home around 10:30pm on April 3rd and drank all of his soda (Pepsi, Sprite, and Fiji Water). Drake would definitely be one of those people in 2017 that still religiously only drinks Fiji water. Sure, breaking and entering is a felony especially when it’s tacked on with theft, but hey, maybe she was just looking out for his health—all that Pepsi and Sprite isn’t good for you.
Another crazy music fan theft report from this week comes from Coachella, with one man apparently having stolen over 100 cell-phones from festival goers. According to NME, “officers allegedly found the man in possession of a backpack with over 100 stolen phones inside. Several phones were returned to their owners and the remaining devices were turned in to the festival’s lost and found.” nuts.
What’s even more nuts maybe however, is Post Malone’s order of $8,000 from Popeye’s to his camp at Coachella, which included over 10,000 biscuits. There’s also video proof via TMZ here.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Prince – Deliverance – EP
- Woods – Love is Love
- Shamir – Hope
Lastly, here’s Lil Dicky’s new video for “Pillow Talking,” a music video that apparently cost $700k, making it the 49th most expensive music video of all time: