The Week in Music Politics:
Spotify removed hate music this week following the events of Charlottesville, after Digital Music News posted the article “I Just Found 27 White Supremacist Hate Bands On Spotify.”
“Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us,” said a spokeswoman from Spotify. “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content – and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.”
Bruno Mars donated $1 million to Flint, Michigan’s water relief this week during his tour stop in Detroit. “I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause,” he said. “Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”
The Week in Music Business:
MTV Unplugged is set for a return this fall, with the first episode to air on Sep. 8th and feature Shawn Mendes. The show is well known for its acoustic sessions with artists such as Nirvana and Lauryn Hill. “People come to my shows not really knowing what to expect, and they leave experiencing a real rock-pop concert,” Mendes told Variety. “We’re playing 100% of the time. To be able to film that and put it out to the people is exciting.” My first choice wouldn’t have been Shawn Mendes, but hopefully the rest of the lineup for the season is released soon.
The Week in Music Merch:
Killer Mike is selling Anti-Confederate shirts, featuring a scoreboard of the result of the Civil War: America 1, Confederate 0. Also available are shirts and mugs with the phrase “Kill Your Masters.” You can check out all of the merch here via Daylight Curfew. Read Killer Mike’s op-ed for The Fader here, as well.
The Week in Music Oddities:
One of the funniest and most random things to happen this week happened on the way to Belle & Sebastian’s show in St. Paul, Minnesota. I don’t really understand how it happened, but somehow the band left their drummer in a Walmart. “Shit, we left Richard in North Dakota,” tweeted frontman Stuart Murdoch. “Anyone want to be a hero and get him to St Paul, Minnesota somehow. The gig hangs in the balance.”
Reportedly, Richard sat there without a phone or I.D. (why didn’t he have those?) fore four hours, before checking into a hotel for the night. The next morning, a music publisher found a volunteer to drive him to the airport for the gig, and Muroch later confirmed on Twitter that he was okay. This whole story has more questions than answers. What went down at that Walmart? Why didn’t Richard have identification or a phone? The world may never know.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
- Lil B – Black Ken
- Mozzy – 1 Up Top Ahk
- A$AP Ferg – Still Striving
- Kodak Black – Project Baby 2
- Dave East – Paranoia
Lastly, here’s transcripts from the Martin Shkreli jury selection process with choice quotes such as “he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.”