Daily Archives: August 18, 2017

Reconcile Advocates For Change In Video For Woke Featuring Lecrae

Reconcile is usually classified as a Christian hip-hop artist but “Woke” featuring Lecrae transcends the sacred. He describes “Woke,”

I can’t ignore or mute my experiences in America to appease anyone, I answer to God,” he says. “Too often our faith is confined to the walls of the church and we ignore the convictions God has given us. There are great injustices and pain throughout America and God has given me a voice to speak life into that.”

 

“Woke” is from Reconcile’s Streets Don’t Love You mixtape that came out today.

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Sound Royalties Applauds GMR and SESAC for Championing Fair Pay for Songwriters

 

West Palm Beach, FL – Aug. 17, 2017 – Sound Royalties, LLC, issued a statement today in light of SESAC’s recent victory on radio royalty rates, and the ongoing battle between the Global Music Rights Organization (GMR) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) in this arena.

RMLC sued GMR last year based on the latter seeking increased rates from commercial radio stations for music performance licenses. Interim contracts have allowed stations to continue playing GMR tracks, as the conflict continues.

Sound Royalties CEO Alex Heiche said the following today:

“Music is more intertwined in our lives today than it ever has been. Instead of just playing predominantly in the car, it’s now on at work, at the gym, while we make dinner. It’s almost constantly with us. But despite the fact that people are consuming more music than ever before, somehow the writers behind the songs driving our lives are being paid less.

“No in-demand industry operates without change for half a century, yet that’s exactly what is happening here. Radio rates have barely increased in 50 years, leaving even successful songwriters struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully, GMR and SESAC’s pushback to RMLC has shined a bright light on this serious issue plaguing the music industry.

“These works of art should be evaluated fairly on a free market, and music professionals have the right to decide who negotiates on their behalf. And if entities are not willing to pay a song’s determined worth, then those not willing to license it shouldn’t be allowed to play it.

“The battles being fought by these PROs are critical not only to their own songwriters, but to the music community overall. All music professionals and their PROs, even those currently dictated by consent decrees, will benefit from the ripple effect of these actions when free market rates are truly established.”

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California Rapper KOS Releases Video For Passport Featuring Dom

KOS is a California native who has worked behind the scenes for people like Dawn Richard, Eric Bellinger and Redman. “Passport” is his new single featuring Dom about their love of travel. The video is an unassuming look at them sharing their journeys as touring artists. KOS stars in the video with Dom and he is also the cinematographer.

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Noname Announces Everything Is Everything Tour

Chicago rapper Noname will kick off her Everything Is Everything tour on November 4th. The 11-date tour follows a series of festival appearances.  Armina Ederra will open for Noname and tickets can be purchased here. Noname’s Telephone mixtape reached its one-year anniversary on July 31st. Stream and download Telephone from her Bandcamp page and see the tour dates below.

Tour Dates:
8/27 – Portland, OR @ Project Past
9/7 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch
9/8 – The Tabernacle @ Atlanta, GA
9/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Loufest
9/22 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Audiotree
9/23 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion
9/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake

11/4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/5 – Long Beach, CA @ Complexcon
11/6 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
11/8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
11/10 – Dallas, TX @ Tree
11/11 – McDade, TX @ Sound On Sound Festival
11/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
11/14 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
11/15 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/17 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
11/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

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