Prince begins removing his music from streaming services

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Prince can do whatever he wants.

The problem is:

1) No one is trying to buy his “albums” anymore
2) There are very few places to get actual CDs or LPs
3) He is living and partying as if it is 1999.
The game has changed.

He doesn’t have to put his music anywhere online if that makes him feel more in control somehow. The days of selling millions of albums has long been over for him, but fans like me will pay $150 every 5 years or so to see him live, or hopefully catch him in a small club by accident.

I think many of us longtime fans are cool with whatever decision he makes, but there is absolutely nothing that will stop the labels from continuing down the streaming path. We aren’t going back to the CD. It’s just not going to happen.

He might want to stop fighting the inevitable and be the creative genius he is and find another way of making money off of this.

How about stream stuff from his own website?
Oh wait, what is his website address again?

Oh Prince…

From HERE:

Prince giveth, and Prince taketh away. On the same day that the Purple Rain writer shared a new track, HARDROCKLOVER, on his Soundcloud page, he also began removing his back catalog from music streaming services. The Purple One’s music is no longer accessible on Spotify, and a note on his artist page reads: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.” Billboard reports that his music was also removed from Rdio.

However, at the time of writing, Prince’s music is still accessible on Google Play, Tidal, and Deezer. Whether or not these streaming services are exceptions to Prince’s ire or just slow to respond to his publisher’s request is not clear. (Additionally, his music has never been available on Apple Music.) This behavior is far from unusual though, with Prince playing similar vanishing tricks on social media and YouTube last year. In the meantime, fans will have to be content with his new single, although according to a report from Pitchfork, even this was briefly removed from the internet before being restored the same day.

David Byrne: Will Work for Inspiration


Some folks believe that hardship breeds artistic creativity. I don’t buy it. One can put up with poverty for a while when one is young, but it will inevitably wear a person down. I don’t romanticize the bad old days. I find the drop in crime over the last couple of decades refreshing. Manhattan and Brooklyn, those vibrant playgrounds, are way less scary than they were when I moved here. I have no illusions that there was a connection between that city on its knees and a flourishing of creativity; I don’t believe that crime, danger and poverty make for good art. That’s bullshit. But I also don’t believe that the drop in crime means the city has to be more exclusively for those who have money. Increases in the quality of life should be for all, not just a few.
The city is a body and a mind—a physical structure as well as a repository of ideas and information. Knowledge and creativity are resources. If the physical (and financial) parts are functional, then the flow of ideas, creativity and information are facilitated. The city is a fountain that never stops: it generates its energy from the human interactions that take place in it. Unfortunately, we’re getting to a point where many of New York’s citizens have been excluded from this equation for too long. The physical part of our city—the body—has been improved immeasurably. I’m a huge supporter of the bike lanes and the bike-share program, the new public plazas, the waterfront parks and the functional public transportation system. But the cultural part of the city—the mind—has been usurped by the top 1 percent.
In New York there has been no public 

rejection of the culture that led to the financial crisis.
What then is the future of New York, or really of any number of big urban centers, in this New Gilded Age? Does culture have a role to play? If we look at the city as it is now, then we would have to say that it looks a lot like the divided city that presumptive mayor Bill De Blasio has been harping about: most of Manhattan and many parts of Brooklyn are virtual walled communities, pleasure domes for the rich (which, full disclosure, includes me and some of the Creative Time team), and aside from those of us who managed years ago to find our niche and some means of income, there is no room for fresh creative types. Middle-class people can barely afford to live here anymore, so forget about emerging artists, musicians, actors, dancers, writers, journalists and small business people. Bit by bit, the resources that keep the city vibrant are being eliminated.

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#Motown the Musical Tour 2015

I’m joining the Motown tour in Los Angeles for just this week. 
It should be fun for a number of reasons..
1) I loved subbing for Buddy Williams in the Broadway production 
2) I get to play with one of my favorite bass players and guitarist and
3) I get to be in warm weather, open sky and sunshine!!! 
I don’t know if I love LA yet but I’m just that much closer to a place that I do love…San Diego!!


One of the best things about my job is that I get paid to do something I love. Then on top of that, I get to travel around the country and the world…on someone else’s dime! 

I was just talking to my girlfriend today about traveling and we spoke about how so many people never get to see other parts of the world other than their small town. 
I gotta say, find a way to see things. We live in an amazing county. It truly BEAUTIFUL! Especially when you get past the Midwest. The Rocky Mountains to me, are fascinating. The same applies with the southwest and the northwest. So much to see. 
I still think southern CA is my favorite part of the USA. I’ll be back there at the end of the month subbing for the drummer on the Motown the Musical tour. I can’t wait!
Oh…I haven’t even begun talking about other parts of the world yet! Get out there folks. It’s a wonderful world.