The Week in Music Politics:
Kid Rock has timidly announced his run for Senate, read here for more about Roseandblog’s take on his political beliefs and potential effects on the country.
During his trip through Europe, Donald Trump has stopped in France for the Bastille Day celebration parade. Watch as the marching band plays a Daft Punk medley to a completely unamused Trump:
The Week in Music Business:
Spotify has commented on last week’s claim that the streaming service was creating fake artists, by saying that they “do not and have never created fake artists.” “We pay royalties — sound and publishing — for all tracks on Spotify, and for everything we playlist. We do not own rights, we’re not a label, all our music is licensed from rights-holders and we pay them — we don’t pay ourselves.”
In other news, A$AP Rocky has signed a deal with Under Armour, more details to come.
The Week in Music Merch:
To help kids in high school stay motivated to learn, DJ Khaled has partnered with Get Schooled, to sell some of his clothes on Poshmark, with all proceeds going to Get Schooled through his “Win More Music” campaign. You can check out the clothes here. As of Friday morning (7/14), almost everything has sold out save for his and his son’s satin blue suits from the cover of Grateful, a bomber jacket, some jeans, and the Yamaha life vest made famous from his jet-ski Snapchat video.
The Week in Music Oddities:
Opening for Kendrick Lamar on the DAMN. Tour, Travis Scott upped his stage show promotion for his last record Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, by actually standing on a giant suspended bird whose eyes glow bright yellow. Check out video here and photo (left & above).
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is no longer the most watched video on YouTube. This week it was replaced by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth).” I can’t tell you why, as the video just has the two artists stand in the sunset while clips from Fast & Furious fade in and out, but hey, it’s got 2.9 billion views and counting so what do I know? Watch it here.
The Week in Music Releases:
- The Pollyseeds – The Sounds of Crenshaw
- Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Lastly, here’s Beyoncé’s official announcement for the birth of her twin children Sir and Rumi Carter.