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News Round-Up – 11th May, 2018

New Music

A new ‘live studio’ album will be coming from Justice. Woman Worldwide will feature reworked versions of some of the band’s best and favourite songs, such as ‘Safe And Sound’ and ‘D.A.N.C.E.’ The duo also dropped a new animated video for ‘Stop,’ which comes from their 2016 album, Woman. The new record is set for release on the 24th of August.

Christina Aguilera has recently released two new songs, ‘Accelerate’ and ‘Twice’ which are teasing the artist’s upcoming album, Liberation. Aguilera is also embarking on a North American tour this year, for the first time since 2008. Her previous album, Lotus, was released in 2012.

John Mayer and hip-hop producer No I.D. shared a new song, titled ‘New Light.’ The track is Mayer’s first new music since 2017 when his seventh full-length album The Search For Everything was released. Listen to the song below:

Music Industry

Tidal Accused Of Manipulating Streams 

Tidal, a music streaming platform owned by Jay-Z, has recently been accused of inflating streaming numbers for Kanye West’s and Beyonce’s albums. West’s The Life Of Pablo, which was released exclusively on the platform for six weeks in 2016, was claimed to have been streamed 250 million times in 10 days, while Beyonce’s Lemonade, was supposedly streamed 306 million times in about two weeks after its releases.

Although Tidal denies manipulating the number of streams on its platform, a Norwegian newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv, investigated the matter in January 2017. According to the publication, if those numbers were to be true, each person, out of 3 million subscribers that Tidal had at that time, would have had to listen to The Life Of Pablo at least eight times a day.

Music Business Worldwide reported that over 1.7 million subscribers could have been affected by the manipulation, with some users allegedly having been listening to some tracks over 90 times a day, with some of the plays coming in the middle of the night, or at the same exact time. Tidal responded to the news by calling it a “ridiculous story, lies and falsehoods.”

Spotify Introduces New “Hate Content” Policy 

Spotify introduced a new Hate Content and Hateful Conduct policy to its service. From now on, the streaming platform has saved the right to remove “hateful” content, refrain from promoting it, or playing it on the service. The first artist affected by the policy is R. Kelly, who has been accused of a number of sexual harassment and abuse claims, with his music having been removed from all the playlists on the platform.

Spotify commented on the decision in its blog post: “We do not tolerate hate content on Spotify – content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

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