Ben Gibbard und sein Statement zu Jay-Zs Tidal

Pünktlich zum Launch von Jay-Zs Streaming Plattform Tidal tauchte eine Nachricht auf, die die teilnehmenden Musiker für ihren Opportunismus kritisierte, sich gemeinsam stark zu machen um mehr Geld in die richtigen, Subtext: die eigenen, Taschen fließen zu lassen.

Mittlerweile äußerten sich auch mehrere Musiker zu dem Projekt, unter anderen Ben Gibbard, Sänger von Deathcab for Cutie. Er bedauert die vergebene Chance des, ohne Zweifel besser-verdienendem, Superstar Lineups.

„If I had been Jay Z, I would have brought out ten artists that were underground or independent and said, ‚These are the people who are struggling to make a living in today’s music industry.

Whereas this competitor streaming site pays this person 15 cents for X amount of streams, that same amount of streams on my site, on Tidal, will pay that artist this much…

I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid.

„There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling and to make a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable
streaming rate, and they didn’t do it.

That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.“

Weitere Meinungen von Mumford & Sons und Lily Allen gibt’s bei Billboard.

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