Kanye is a big thinker. He became the biggest hip hop artist of all time. Now, he is thinking about the artist contract he signed with Universal. He isn’t very happy and wanted to negotiate a new contract. In fact, just a month ago, he posted photos of his contract on Twitter. But now Kanye has a different idea.
Kanye wants his masters. But instead of demanding that Universal Music Group returns his masters, he wants to buy Universal Music Group.
“I was thinking about buying my masters but I realized that was too small of a thought. I’m going to buy Universal” says Kanye.
“Universal is only a $33bn organization. I’m one of the greatest product producers that ever existed. And I’m a child; I’m 43 years old. I was $53m in debt four years ago. Now it’s proven that I’m the new Michael Jordan of products.”
Could West actually buy the company? Sure he could. West has a personal net worth of $5bn and could easily raise the money to buy Universal Music Group.
Universal Music Group isn’t led by an iconic figurehead. West notes, “They have another Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes, Henry Ford, Disney, Elon kind of character within their midst [referring to himself], but they are so concerned with the control of the idea of artists.
“They are using me as this artist who has attracted other artists. Also, I used them. I got famous. I made some money, I got to tour.
“I became this superstar, so we used each other. Now there’s just an adjustment that needs to be made in the relationship. I can make and I will make products that will make more money than Universal is worth.” You can watch the interview here.
Willow Robinson dropped the new EP Fall. Check out Weight of the World. He released 4 EP’s, ‘Winter’, ‘Sprin, and ‘Summer’, and now ‘Fall’. This wraps up his entire new album Seasons, Pretty cool..right?
It’s tough to pin down Robinson musically. After a few listens you’ll hear elements of rock, pop, chill, alternative, and psychedelic. That’s what I get out of it. Willow Robinson was just BBC Radio’s Artist of the Week and he has an upcoming sync in the series “American Gods.” Give it a stream.
Julia Michaels released a new track “Lie Like This” that I really like. The 26 year old changed the sound of pop music. Having written with Selena Gomez, Bieber, and Dua Lipa, Michaels is more well known among the songwriting circle than she is with the public, even having some pretty big hits herself. That’s what I like about Michaels, she’s introspective and isn’t posting bra & panty photos on instagram. She isn’t about clicks and likes, it’s about the song. While that may not work for many artists, it works for her, and that’s why I listen to her work.
Kings favorite Zachary Knowles drops a new track Super Sad Songs. He writes good song after song, a rarity these days. The new track follows “slow summer” which is still one of my favorites. The Houston native has been releasing his music through Fader. The 20 year old bedroom artist began releasing songs on SoundCloud before releasing his first EP as a freshman in college at Texas A&M.
Spotify has launched The Kid Laroi (real name Charlton Howard) to outer streaming space under it’s emerging artist program. The 17 year old rapper has 11 million monthly Spotify listeners landing on playlists including RapCaviar, Pop Rising, Most Necessary. He has collaborated with Marshmello, Lil Tecca, Lil Tjay, and Lil Mosey. Laroi garnered attention after becoming a finalist in the triple j Unearthed High in 2018. He then released ’14 with a dream’ EP and later signed a deal with rapper Lil Bibby’s record label Grade A Productions. Laroi dominated the charts in his native home Australia, the US, and most of the international charts with the mix tape ‘F*CK LOVE. What can I say? This kid went from the cradle to conquering the charts – the stream count is ridiculous.