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Spotify removes John Mulaney, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, and other comedians from service over a royalties dispute

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Spotify has removed hundreds of comedians’ works after they tried to push for a change in the way streaming services pay them royalties.

The audio streaming giant moved to drop comedians such as John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, and Mike Birbiglia from the platform last week. But despite that, Spoken Giants, the global rights administration company representing the comedians, said Saturday it wants to resume conversations with Spotify.

“Spoken Giants has a clear process for engaging with DSPs, other digital platforms, and terrestrial and satellite radio to discuss compensation for comedy writers,” Spoken Giants CEO Jim King, a former executive at music rights company BMI, told Insider. “In our discussions, we’ve offered a blanket license for our repertoire of comedy works so comedians can begin to receive the royalties they’ve rightfully earned. Unfortunately, Spotify removed the work of individual comedians rather than continue negotiating with us.”

“We have now requested an immediate meeting to resolve this situation because, copyright lingo aside, the reality is that individual comedians are being penalized in retaliation for collectively requesting the same compensation that songwriters receive,” King added.

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The comics joined the Spoken Giants-led coalition, looking to get paid a royalty on a copyright for jokes they’ve written that are played on radio or digital audio services, like Spotify, SiriusXM, Pandora, and YouTube.

After stalled negotiations with Spoken Giants, Spotify sent an email to the global rights company right before Thanksgiving, saying it was taking down the comedians’ content until an agreement could be reached.

Spoken Giants specializes in helping creators collect royalties for copyrights of spoken-word media like the comedians’ jokes. The company has been in talks with other radio and audio streaming entities since the spring.

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“Spotify does provide entertainers with exposure and access to large audiences,” said Spoken Giants CEO Jim King, a former executive at music rights company BMI. “So having their work taken down is harmful to each individual creator.”

More artists and creative talent are demanding increased royalties from streaming services, particularly songwriters. Streamers previously opted to appeal a federal ruling from the US Copyright Board raising the rates for royalties in 2018. Spotify was among other major music and audio content streamers, like Apple, Amazon, Pandora, and Google, who said they were fighting royalty boost.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, comedians are paid as “performers” through their label or distributor, and by digital performance rights organization SoundExchange every time a digital service streams their content. However, comics are currently not paid as writers of their own work, like how songwriters are paid for the use of their music and lyrics.

With streaming and increased listenership of comedy albums, comedians can collect more money from their work across these platforms, King added.

Spotify said comedians’ labels and distributors are also a part of the conversation.

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Fans drag Singer Asake over comment about Olamide

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Afropop and Afrobeat musician, Ahmed Ololade Asake, best known as Asake, appears to have gotten on the bad side of his fans over a title he gave his record label boss, Olamide.

The Palazzo hitmaker took to Twitter to thank Olamide for his contribution to his new song, ‘Peace Be Unto You‘. He thanked him for writing and doing everything to promote the song.

He wrote;

““Shout out to broski @olamide for co-writing PBUY”

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The ‘Broski’ title felt like an insult to fans who immediately called Asake out. They demanded he gives Olamide his accolades and avoid ‘See Finish’.

These fans reminded Asake that Olamide is his label boss and he shouldn’t take advantage of the fact that he is nice to him.

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Mixed reactions trail Naira Marley’s GTTB (Video)

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Street sensation, Naira Marley, on Monday released his debut album, God’s Timing The Best.

The singer had teased his fans with the release of the anticipated album in a tweet on Sunday, “My first Album GTTB out midnight May 30. ‘God’s timing’s the Best’ for real. Marlians, are you ready?”

Following the release of the album, mixed reactions have trailed the album as fans praised the singer while critics slammed him.

Faulting the singer’s album release date, @unclebayotics tweeted, “Naira Marley dropped the first album of his career. No PR, no hype, nothing. He still dropped it on a Monday morning. Does he think he’s Wizkid or something?”

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But @mbahdeyforyou justified the release date, saying, “Naira Marley drop the album on Monday morning because marlians no dey go work.”

“This Naira Marley album anything worst than rubbish should qualify it,” @oba_leks asserted.

“Naira Marley should just quit music and focus on smoking,” @chocolekan advised.

Some fans, however, hailed the singer for God’s Timing The Best.

A fan, @snehqueenbee, tweeted, “It seems Naira Marley recorded most of these songs in 2019. It’s not a bad album.”

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“Naira Marley’s album isn’t as bad as you people are making it seem,” @frahan_oa said.

The Marlian Records boss had hosted a listening party on Sunday night ahead of his album release.

Under 12 hours of release, GTTB had hit the no 1 spot on Apple Music’s top Nigerian albums chart.

The 14-track album is the singer’s first since his 2017 single Issa Goal pushed him to the limelight. Naira Marley has two Extended Plays, Lord of Lamba and Gotta Dance.

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Nigerians react as Davido drops ‘Stand Strong’ music video

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Reactions have trailed the successful release of the music video of the hit song ‘Stand Strong’ by Davido featuring The Samples.

Following the successful release of the music video for the viral song ‘Stand Strong’ by Davido featuring The Samples, today, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, music lovers have taken to social media to share their reactions to the release.

Davido discussed the importance of ‘Stand Strong’ to him as an artist upon its release on the 13th of May 2022. He stated:

This one is special to me. It’s different. The conception has been different. The mindset has been different. The making has been different. I know you love it when I make you dance, but now I want to make you feel. This one’s for everyone out there holding it up. I know what I’ve experienced the past 10 years, and alot of you have been through it all with me. But… have you really? For the first time I want to bring you into the other part of my world. The part where every day is a battle but I have no option but to STAND STRONG. I present to you, the first single off my next album.

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‘Stand Strong’ which is a song off the upcoming album from the 30 BG boss himself Davido, has been doing well on the charts in Nigeria and other countries and in terms of streams as well. The song has garnered over 900 thousand streams on youtube with its lyrics visualizer.

Here are some of the reactions below:

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