The Spotify CEO told Taylor Swift that her pulling her new album and all her music from their online streaming service and other services recently. The "Shake It Off" singer called Spotify a "grand experiment," but the company's head responded that by pulling her music she missed making $6 million this year.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed the controversy in a blog post on the company website titled "$2 Billion and Counting." He said that while music is art that "has real value and artists deserve to be paid for it," the free subscription service is where the company gets most of its paying customers.
"We believed that as fans invested in Spotify with time … they would eventually want the full freedom offered by our premium tier, and they'd be willing to pay for it," Ek wrote. "We were right … Today we have more than 50 million active users of whom 12.5 million are subscribers each paying $120 per year. That's three times more than the average paying music consumer spent in the past." more >>
NEW YORK — Singer and songwriter Chris Tomlin discussed his latest album "Love Ran Red" with CP Voice last week, and explained why he incorporates the Scriptures in his lyrics.
"You don't want to throw a heresy to the world," he said, when asked if he feels pressured to write theologically sound music for congrergations to sing during worship services. "And that's why I think, for me, a lot of the songs — especially the ones that have any kind of longgevity that have really gone further than me — have really come from the Scriptures. And I find that's the best way. Why not just sing something about what God has already written about himself?"
Thus, by including the Scriptures in his music, those who sing along with their church band or choir during worship services will be reciting God's Word. more >>
Canadian-born pop star Justin Bieber was spotted at Hillsong Church in New York City Sunday with models Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin.
"No doubt, the rumor mill will see Bieber's spiritually-inclined meet with Jenner and Baldwin as a romantic date," wrote Page Mackinley of the Inquisitr. "But, in fact, the 'vonfident' singer has been on a religious retreat of sorts following his split with [Selena Gomez]."
Being at Hillsong for an evening church service is the latest in a series of spiritual outings for Bieber, who's been reeling from controversies surrounding a DUI charge while in Miami and his breakup with Gomez. more >>
Carrie Underwood and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith joined forces on Friday for a duet of the worship song "All Is Well."
The singers teamed up on the worship song for the taping of ABC's CMA Country Christmas special on Nov. 7. With Smith on the piano before and a full orchestra, Underwood's powerful vocals whipped the audience into a frenzy. Later in the song, the singers combined their voices in perfect harmony.
Lyrics to the worship song include, "All is well all is well / Let there be peace on earth / Christ is come go and tell / That He is in the manger." more >>
This famous country singer puts a beautiful story together and puts it into music. Garth Brooks sings "Mom" from Man Against The Machine. The song is a wonderful reminder of how special the lady who gave birth and raised you truly is.
Not only is this a beautiful song to hear it has so much meaning behind it. It's often we forget how much these beautiful women do for us, and we forget to say "thank you." Use this time to think about all the amazing things your mother has done for you and give her a call. Every word in this song will touch your heart and remind you of what matters most in life.
Listen to Garth Brooks perform this song live below: more >>
U2's Bono, One Direction, and Sinead O'Connor are among some of the top musicians who are collaborating on a charity single that will help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the stars, also including Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Underworld, Bastille and Elbow, will collaborate on a new version of the song "Do They Know It's Christmas."
Singer-songwriter Bob Geldof announced the plans for the song at a press conference on Monday. more >>