Streaming Music And Musician Royalties

In the news today is a story about Jimmy Buffett taking the stand at the inaugural Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. Daniel Ek, the founder of Spotify, one of the internet’s leading music streaming services, was speaking. Buffett wanted to know if his royalties were going to go up anytime soon.

Ek said no.

Buffett argued, and it was a good and legit argument, that newer musicians aren’t making enough from the service to play their music, and that’s one of the reasons they’re struggling.

The argument goes further than that. Of all the money that Spotify makes, most of it, up to $1 billion, will go to the rights holders to the music. 70% in fact, will go to those holders. If a newer musician is tied to a major label, chances are very good that that label is the rights holder, not the musician. So the label is going to get a big chunk of that $1 billion, while the artist is only going to get a fraction of a cent each time one of their songs is played via the service.

Now, here’s where the issues really start to show themselves.

First of all, newer musicians have to read those contracts. Instead they’re told about all of the fame and fortune that awaits them if they just sign the contract, and how the label is going to back them 100%, and how they’re going to be huge stars. They sign, and typically are given a bonus. Let’s say $1 million.

They are expected to do things with that $1 million. Get a nice car, nice bling, nice clothes, new tattoos… and when their album comes out, the money made from that album goes back to the label, to pay back that $1 million. If that album isn’t a hit or a huge hit, and the artist doesn’t make a ton of money from it, if they actually make back that $1 million but not much more, they’re left with the not much more. Suddenly they’re struggling again.
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Ghostbusters, Super Troopers, And More

Well, movie fans, it looks like reboots, at least for the time being, are here for the long haul. Sequels are also being brought in to stave off the reboots of certain films, at least for the time being.

To start, here are some movies reported to be happening that I have thoughts about.

1990s Flatliners is apparently going to get a reboot. Because of course it is. The original, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon was an amazingly good movie. It’s still one of my Kiefer favorites, and it’s a creepy ass movie. If you haven’t seen it, check it out before the reboot comes out. I’m on the fence about whether I want to see the new one or not. The original was so awesome.

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Disney’s Flight Of The Navigator is also apparently going to be a reboot. An awesome movie from way back in 1986, it starred Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, and a young Sarah Jessica Parker. Again, the original is amazing stuff, but this is a reboot I’ll definitely check out. I’ll always love the original, but a new one could be fun, if nothing else.

Naturally there’s an entire list of reboots and sequels happening that I really don’t want to talk about, because naturally I’m only bringing up those I care about. You can see more by doing a Google search or checking out this site. Now, for updates on the stuff I’ve mentioned before.
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Little Redd Pun Dog

By now I’m sure you’ve seen the Pun Dog floating around the web…

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And of course there’s the Bad Joke Eel…

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I love them both. There’s probably a bunch more animals telling jokes, and I’m sure all of them are great. The other day I was hanging out with my dog, he’s a miniature pinscher and his name is Redd. We call him Little Redd Dog so much he probably thinks it’s his actual name. I took some pictures of him and realized I could use some of them to make some pun dog memes of my own, and so I have. I’ve been putting them on my Facebook page, so if you follow that (which you probably shouldn’t, but if you’re here, well…) then you’ve probably seen them. I’ll continue to post them there when they come out, but here’s a couple I’ve done. I’ll also have them here on their own page. If you’d like to share them or pass them around or whatever, you should know how to get them by now.

Here’s Little Redd Pun Dog.

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Delivery Tales: And This One Belongs To…

While delivering tonight I was given a double. For those of you who can’t figure it out, I had two deliveries going out together in one run. The first was going to this shitty no-tell motel we deliver to all the time. Despite it being the bottom of the barrel as far as my delivery area is concerned, we actually get pretty decent tips over there. That’s because the clientele there are typically either drug dealers, drug users, or prostitutes, who quite possibly could fit into either of the first two categories as well. Basically, they all have money and they’re not spending a lot on their room, so they tip well.

I got to the guys door, lately he’s been ordering almost every night and he’s a good enough customer, but for some reason tonight he didn’t answer his door. I knocked twice and waited. Then I heard his air conditioner kick off, and I looked in through his window and could just barely see his TV on. Since the air kicked off I tried knocking again, cause maybe he could hear me this time. Nope.

So he either passed out, which happens a lot late night, or he was taking a shit. So I got my phone out and called. His voice mail picked up. I began leaving a message and was about to tell him I was going to take my next delivery and come back, but I noticed it was a credit card order.

Now, some pizza companies have a policy that no matter what, if they don’t answer their door and you don’t actually hand them their order, you have to bring it back to the store. The company I work for isn’t that way, so I did what I always do in this situation.

I left his order at his door with his copy of the credit card slip and I left. I told him that in the voice mail.
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It’s All Relative

I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. For those of you who have no idea, it sits in the southwest corner of Ohio, and is bordered by both Kentucky and Indiana. Those three states make up our Tri-State area. Here in Cincinnati we love to make fun of both states, mostly Kentucky, by saying such things as they’re all hillbillies with no teeth who are into incest and marry their cousins at 14 years old. I don’t know why that is, but of the three states I like Ohio the least. Both Kentucky and Indiana are pretty cool places.

Recently I found out from my mom that the term “kissing cousins” is an actual thing, and that she knows of people who have married their cousins in Ohio. She also said it’s legal for them to do so, but by law they’re not allowed to have kids.

I was shocked, but I didn’t really look into it. She’s not known for telling tall tales. I did confirm with my dad about one of the stories though, it was one of his best friends who married his cousin, many years ago.

I just saw in the news where a German committee is trying to get the country to abolish incest laws, saying incest is a fundamental right. Not necessarily sleeping with your relatives is a fundamental right, but being able to choose who you have sex with as a grown adult.

So I decided to finally look into what my mom was telling me about and I checked out the incest laws here in the United States. I went to Wikipedia, if that matters, but this is what I found.
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