Witch Prophet Challenges Genre, Reveals Past Lives and Finds Creative Safe Space on 'The Golden Octave'

Witch Prophet Challenges Genre, Reveals Past Lives and Finds Creative Safe Space on 'The Golden Octave'

The music Ayo Leilani makes as Witch Prophet hovers above R&B and hip-hop descriptors, but doesn’t land on either. On The Golden Octave, the debut album from the self-described witch, prophet and healer, Leilani plays with funk, house, pop and folk sounds. Her layered vocals are always moving, challenging your assumptions where she will go next.   “I’m definitely always […]

Why Blockchain Isn't Even Close to Fixing Musicians' Problems

Why Blockchain Isn't Even Close to Fixing Musicians' Problems

According to a new study published by Choon, a blockchain-based streaming platform, 52% people said they would use an alternative streaming music service if it rewarded artists more fairly. 76% said they’d love to see their favorite musicians support themselves.  In addition, almost a third consumers, 31%, believe it wrong for organizations to ‘part-own’ streaming services. Censuswide conducted the independent […]

Just Days Before Announcing Its 'Hate Conduct Policy,' Spotify Added Chris Brown to Several Top Playlists

Just Days Before Announcing Its 'Hate Conduct Policy,' Spotify Added Chris Brown to Several Top Playlists

In May alone, Spotify added Chris Brown to several highly-ranked playlists, including ‘Get Turnt,’ ‘Most Necessary,’ and ‘Signed XOXO’.  All these occurred within days Spotify’s announcement its ‘Hateful Conduct Public Policy’. Is Chris Brown somehow less violent and ‘hateful’ than R. Kelly and XXXTentacion?  That appears to be the determination at Spotify, where Brown was added to a heavily-subscribed playlist — just […]

R. Kelly Banned from Playlists on Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify

R. Kelly Banned from Playlists on Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify

R. Kelly’s is now getting pulled from curated playlists on Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify.   But don’t call it censorship… R. Kelly has been accused — though never convicted — a raft horrifying abuses.  The accusations include sexual misconduct, statutory rape, aggravated assault, and harassment, with complaints coming from numerous women.  Last year, a disturbing BuzzFeed report accused R. Kelly holding women […]