“Kanye is going to meet with his legal team to discuss the possibilities of starting legal action against torrent site Pirate Bay,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Why? Because "The Life Of Pablo," his eighth and most anticipated studio album, was uploaded to the site and then shared over half a million times — allowing so-called fans to acquire his music illegally and without profit. Yikes.
Fans can acquire his music without profit? Writing like that makes you doubt the source, but Daily Dot seems to back it up. They added that the piracy might be due to . . .
y a byproduct of the album's extremely confusing and troublesome distribution strategy, which involved both selling it on Kanye's official site and streaming it exclusively on Spotify competitor Tidal. West pulled the album from his site after roughly a day, declaring that the album would never be for sale again—and that it would never appear on Apple Music or iTunes.
But surely having a stable of top-shelf talent will save Tidal, no? No:
By last April, Tidal had fallen out of the top 20 downloaded apps—not even ranking in the top 700. While Apple Music has amassed an estimated 11 million subscribers since launching last June, Tidal has just 1 million—and even those numbers may be inflated. According to VentureBeat, the service “already had 700,000 subscribers when he acquired it in March 2015 from a Swedish company.” It has a long way to go if it wants to take down Pandora and Spotify—which together boast an amazing 175 million free and premium users.
If you've been around the internet a while, you've seen this story before. But it'll be different this time. Everything has changed. This is disruptive. No, it's the same. And it always ends with a huge fortune evaporating.
The other day he tweeted out that he thinks he's the modern Disney. Well, at least he's created one character. Whether it lasts as long as a duck or a mouse is doubtful.
KIDS TODAY This piece blew up in lots of ways - in the sense that it got popular, and in the sense that it blew up in the author's face. (She was fired.) It takes a heart of rock not to be moved by the plight of a youngster who expected life after college would be the beginning of adulthood, but the Bay Area is preposterously expensive, and it's not as if moving there is mandatory. What I found curious was this passage about her aspirations:
Coming out of college without much more than freelancing and tutoring under my belt, I felt it was fair that I start out working in the customer support section of Yelp/Eat24 before I’d be qualified to transfer to media. Then, after I had moved and got firmly stuck in this apartment with this debt, I was told I’d have to work in support for an entire year before I would be able to move to a different department. A whole year answering calls and talking to customers just for the hope that someday I’d be able to make memes and twitter jokes about food. If you follow me on twitter, which you don’t, you’d know that these are things I already do.She expected to get a job making twitter jokes.