Lord Finesse, a rapper who peaked in the 90’s, is suing Mac Miller 10 million dollars for recreating one of Finesse’s songs earlier in Mac Miller’s career.
Mac Miller, who is only 20 years old, is being sued for ripping off Finesse’s 1995 hit, “Hip 2 Da Game.” Mac Miller released his version of this song in 2010 while trying to launch his career and called it, “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.” Miller, as most hip-hop artists begin their careers, started releasing his work as mixtapes on the K.I.D.S. mixtape. He posted this song in 2010 and hasn’t had an issue with it since until Finesse filed a lawsuit. Last night Miller tweeted. “1. I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year-old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage…2. Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air.”
Miller also commented that Finesse based his version of the song off a section of Oscar Peterson’s 1971 jazz song, “Dream of You,” without getting permission from Peterson. Courthouse News Service explained Finesse is accusing Miller of “changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career.”
Before the music video for “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” was deleted from the World Wide Web, it had tallied over 20 million views on YouTube, which explains how Miller became a YouTube hit in 2010. It is not uncommon for rappers to build online fans before creating and selling albums to the public. Unfortunately, Miller is being sued by Finesse for something that seems unjust.
Do you think Mac Miller should pay Finesse for recreating his music? Comment below!
Country music star Kenny Chesney performed in Wildwood, N.J. this past Wednesday in front of 25,000 people, but that wasn’t the entirety of his audience.
American Express sponsored the concert and the first 15,000 tickets were distributed to the company’s customers. Chesney entertained the crowd by playing twenty-seven of his fan favorites, for free. The concert was part of the American Express Unstaged oncert series, which has netted more than 100 million live stream views on YouTube and Vevo. Artists who have been featured on this tour include Usher, Coldplay, Sugarland, Arcade Fire and many more.
Chesney was checking the traffic on twitter from live stream viewers during his concert to decide whether or not the live audience deserved an encore. “There is so much activity on the internet that we decided to play one more song,” Chesney told his live crowd as he prepared to continue performing. Chesney told reporters that he really appreciates pleasing people who cannot travel to concerts or would rather enjoy them in the presence of their own home on YouTube or Vevo.
Each Unstaged Concert pairs an artist with a well – known director. Featured parings have included John Legend with Spike Lee, Usher with Hamish Hamilton and Kenny Chesney with Jonathan Demme, who directed “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia.” Demme was in charge of running Chesney’s live stream and he was thrilled to do so. “I wasn’t too excited about shooting near the ocean, but when I got here the atmosphere was unbelievable,” Demme told reporters. American Express employed its social media staff to use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep online viewers engaged.
Have you taken advantage of the ability to stream concerts live or do you prefer to be in the crowd? Let us know!
Rihanna is an ever-churning social engine, according to Billboard’s Social 50 Chart.
The Billboard Social 50 Chart is a weekly ranking of an artist’s popularity on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, as determined by a unique formula developed by the innovative minds at Billboard. These rankings, although seemingly a glorified popularity contest, actually speak volumes about an artist’s ability to communicate effectively with their fans on a large scale. So, what does Rihanna’s climb to number one signify?
The pop star is ever present in the forefront of social media and entertainment news. Rihanna’s film debut, coupled with the release of her “Where Have You Been?” remixes, has catapulted her back into the limelight at the top of the Billboard Social 50. Her album “Talk That Talk,” released in late 2011, still receives generous radio play, featuring additions from superstar DJ Calvin Harris and Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z. Rihanna is everywhere, and it seems like she’s there to stay.
What is your favorite track by Rihanna? Comment below!
YouTube has spent the past several months on a long-term push to make itself a music destination as well as a destination for entertainment; a push that’s looking like it’s starting to pay off. Earlier this year, YouTube reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers’ Association regarding royalties, and recently deals were made with indie record labels like the Beggars Group and Merge Records. These developments, followed by Monday’s release of the new Merch Store feature, spell good news for the website, which is already turning a profit on music entertainment.
The new Merch Store allows users to buy band merchandise, music, and even concert tickets directly from the band’s YouTube page. This allows bands to sell more, while YouTube makes a chunk of the profit. As it is, the music industry is making hundreds of millions of dollars annually from making content available on YouTube, and YouTube’s ad revenue for major record labels has more than doubled every year for the past several years.
It’s not just the major record labels that get to profit from YouTube, however, as the company just reached a deal with Merlin, a company that represents 14,000 independent labels. According to the CEO of Merlin, YouTube “has become pretty clearly a significant music destination on the Web.” This new deal will allow independent artists to have the opportunity to earn more money from the music that they put on YouTube.
Not to mention the new bands that are gaining success through a digital presence on YouTube. For example, Pomplamoose, an independent band, started out posting videos on YouTube and in a full-circle moment, are now selling concert tickets to their west coast tour in their YouTube Merch Store.
What do you think? Is this development good news for indie bands who want to start making more money off their music, or is it giving too much power to one website? Let us know in the comments below!
Although trying to defy the odds, rise from beneath the dirt, and prove that she is not just a one hit YouTube sensation, Rebecca Black’s new single “My Moment” seems to be treading along the same path as her former hit “Friday.”
The qualities shared by her first two singles are leading to demise on her YouTube channel.The simple-minded lyrics and colorless melodies have caused over 80k dislikes on the official video.The professionally produced video though, does show a resilient girl adamant on improving her self-image.Black is seen celebrating with loving fans, being made up professionally, and dancing to the rhythm of her own beat. She also acknowledges the hatred she felt after releasing “Friday,” in lyrics such as, “Haters, said I’ll see you later/Can’t talk to you right now/I’m getting my paper.”
Now after releasing her second single, people are wondering what lies ahead for this 14 year old wannabe pop star.She is expected to release a 5 track EP in the near future, with songs “Friday” and “My Moment” included on it.In the words of Nick Carbone, “So, does this make her a legitimate recording artist now, and not just a flash in the pan? Is this her “moment,” or is Rebecca Black here to stay?” What is your opinion regarding Rebecca Black? Comment below!
Rebecca Black became an overnight YouTube star this March, with her music video “Friday” hitting 160 million views (and 3 million “dislikes”) in just a few months. The thirteen year old has even been featured in a Katy Perry music video since then, and is clearly enjoying the spotlight. The infamous video was co-produced by Ark Music Factory, but Ark has recently come under fire for that same YouTube phenomenon.
The video was removed from YouTube recently, with Black’s attorneys and management claiming that Ark was distributing intellectual property for which they do not own rights. The curious fact is that the video has been posted and played repeatedly for months, with no takedown notice from YouTube, until recently. Ark’s representatives claim that Ark were authorized to play the video, and that they were “blindsided” by Rebecca’s representatives’ actions.
Regardless of who is in the wrong, there is clearly information missing here. How was a video allowed to be posted and viewed 160 million times without proper copyright ownership? Let us know! Like this post on Facebook (below) if you think Ark Music Factory is to blame, or just leave a repy!
Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady. No matter what you call him, the American rapper has just surpassed 10 million fans on Facebook, according to Famecount.
Mathers becomes only the second living musician to have accomplished this feat, behind Lady Gaga, whose recent smashing of the 10 million fan barrier was well publicized and now boasts more than 15 million Facebook fans.
So far, only 4 artists or groups have made it passed the exclusive 10 million Facebook fan mark. Deceased musician Michael Jackson leads the charge with 18.3 million fans, followed by Lady Gaga (15.3 million), and Linkin Park (10.3 million).
Lil Wayne may soon become the clubs newest member, as he now counts a total of 9.7 million fans.
The ranking represents a return to the top of the industry for the reformed star, who confesses in the first single from his most recent album Recovery that his previous album, Relapse, represented less than his best work.
”Eminem’s base of over 10 million Facebook fans is currently growing 4 times as fast as the global Facebook average according to social media monitoring tool Famecount.com,” said Jamie Gavin, Founder and Senior Digital Media Analyst at Jay-G Media. ”This makes him one of the fastest growing Facebook entities in the world. Additionally, the star’s online fan base of 1.3 million Twitter followers and 158,000 YouTube channel subscribers make him the 16th most famous social media entity anywhere in the world on an aggregated basis.”
With his latest single, Love the Way You Lie ‘ a haunting collaboration with fellow Facebook top 10 ranked music star Rihanna, placed firmly at the top of the U.S. singles chart, Eminem’s online popularity looks set to grow even further as he appeals to a whole new generation of music fans.
The lead singer and pianist of the “punk-cabaret” duo Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, has been making headlines with her recent YouTube rendition of the popular Radiohead song, ‘Creep,’ which she performs on the ukelele.
In one 3-minute period, the songstress had sold nearly $15,000 in online music and merchandise purchases, along with 4,000 digital EPs, vinyls, and just about everything else that was for sale on her website.
An interview was recently held with “the man behind the music,” Sean Francis, regarding Palmer’s new-found popularity and the way her fans helped get her cover over 140,000 views on YouTube. Listen to the ‘Creep’ cover, and read some extracts from the interview below!
Congratulations on the release! Is it true that you guys did it entirely independently?
Thanks, and that’s correct – no label, and no manager for the most part. This project has been handled by four people: Amanda, myself, Beth [Hommel], and Hayley [Rosenblum] – interfacing with various artists and professionals (like the producer) when and where necessary.
Are you happy with the way the release has gone thus far?
We couldn’t be happier. We hoped for far less than what’s happened, braced for the worst, and were floored by how wonderful it’s turned out. We’ve said that this is an experiment from day one, but to see such positive response from the fans, and to have so many people tell us that we’re doing things right? It’s hard for gross earnings to trump knowing we made the fans happy, but being able to see both of those elements walking happily hand-in-hand is GREAT.
So you think you’ll do better by selling this release directly to your fans first, as opposed to selling through iTunes or Amazon from the very start?
It’s nice to see a check roll in from those places, but in-between shuffling off a (large) percentage of revenue just for being on there, and the fact it would’ve been weeks (if not months) ’til we would’ve seen a dime…I don’t think we’ll make more money this way, I know we will, and I know we did. In six hours.
You decided to let your fans name their price on the digital EP, with the minimum set to 84 cents (representing the amount owed to Radiohead for playing their music, plus payment processing fees). How’d that work out? Are fans paying more than the minimum?
Part of the reasoning behind doing the release that way was that we wanted to lend some transparency to the system by which an artist (in this case Radiohead) receives a royalty check. We were urged by numerous parties to set our minimum donation to a higher price point – and I don’t think anyone would’ve been turned off had we set it to $3 or $5 – but we saw that people were more than happy to not only pay for the music, but pay extra for it: downloads are averaging around $5, and one generous comedian even paid $100.84.
What’s next for Amanda?
What’s literally next for Amanda is preparation for Cabaret – she won’t be doing any real touring on this EP, but will be performing with some longtime collaborators (virtuoso pianist Lance Horne, her high school drama teacher Steven Bogart, and Danger Ensemble impresario Steven Mitchell Wright) at the A.R.T. through September and October in Cambridge, Mass. After that? Well, we’ve told the fans to keep Halloween clear. Amanda may or may not have some obligations somewhere on the east coast to conjure up some friendly ghosts from the past and do a really special show. Maybe.
Read the rest of the interview here, and let us know what you think about Amanda’s cover!
Gotta “like” anyone who can play the ukelele, right?
The Lady has been replaced as the ruler of YouTube.
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is now officially the most watched video on YouTube, claiming the title from Lady Gaga. As of Monday morning (19 July), the 16-year old’s video for ‘Baby’ racked up over 250 million hits, relegating Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” to second place with 247.5 million.
Bieber was himself discovered on the video sharing site two years ago, when he was only 14, making his victory all the more sweet.
He thanked fans via his Facebook page. “I started on YouTube so what is taking place with this video…im [sic] kinda…well…dreams come true,” Bieber wrote.
However, while Bieber might be the newly crowned prince of YouTube, Lady Gaga is still far ahead in the Facebook game. The ‘Alejandro’ diva has more than 12.8 million fans on the social networking site, while Bieber has only 7.6 million.
Watch both of the chart-topping videos below, and let us know which one you like more!
Covers give an artist the opportunity to put their own unique spin on an already well-known song. In today’s ‘Age of Technology,’ just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean that the whole world can’t hear or see you perform. With the numerous video-sharing websites that exist today, most successful of which being YouTube, anyone with an internet connection and a video camera can record themselves singing original material, or a cover of their favourite song(s), and upload the video for the world to hear.
Is imitation the best form of flattery? Team FanShake have scanned YouTube and have come across, what we think, are the Top 10 cover videos available on the internet. Songs being covered range from the über-popular to the virtually unknown, and are all sung by amateur performers. Congratulations to our top ten, and we hope to see more cover videos from the REST OF YOU (hint, hint…) soon!