Flavor In The Street

Hello World! Flavor In The Street was something I wanted to do, because I felt I had grown since my previous websites. I feel like I was seeing blogging from a different perspective. At one time, I saw this as more of something I did for fun, and I still continue to see blogging as this, but I also have grown a passion for it. I'm getting a platform, where I get to fully express my views on topics in music. I feel like my opinion is rarely heard, and I want to be viewed as the voice of my generation soon. We never get a platform to talk, and it's now just the beginning. 

The idea of Flavor In The Street was just to restart my brand. I had gotten the idea of the title from one of my favorite shows, "Living Single" along with the slang, 'Word On The Street.' As many of you know, Khadijah James had owned a magazine company titled, "Flavor." I got the idea by combining the two, which later birthed 'Flavor In The Street.'

I'm quite a hard-working kid. I manage to keep my grades together, while running this blog. I've never quite looked into adding more writers to help grow the brand, but of course I'm open to trying new ideas. I plan to adventure quite a lot when I get older, and my taste in music varies. 

Taylor Swift Blasts Apple Music For Not Paying Artist During Free Trial/ Explains Witholding '1989'

It was announced earlier, that Taylor Swift had pulled '1989' from Apple Music. While the singer had never addressed why she made that move (during the pull), the singer recently wrote an open letter, where Taylor is explaining the recent pull, and the singer has great views.

Taylor writes: 

I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.

These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.

I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out

While this may not benefit fans, it benefits the artist, and I had never really acknowledged this. This, once again explains why many artist are in support of Tidal. I think that this was a smart move for Taylor, and I'm glad that she decided to write an open letter. I don't see this as a way of trying to make more money, because as she clearly explained, she thankfully has money for herself, and those who support her, such as band mates. I think considering how popular Taylor Swift is, she knew that she could make a difference in Apple Music's decision. Also, most usuallly use streaming services, during the free trial, because this gives those a chance to test out the streaming service, knowing they won't have to pay just yet. This is usually when most of the success comes in, because everyone isn't being forced to pay quickly, just like Tidal for example. I didn't have plans of subscribing to the service, but I still used the free trial, to get to see the qualities of the service. Taylor basically used her popularity, to help those not willing enough to speak out, (or those who didn't have enough visibility to get noticed when speaking out). Also, it isn't seen as money-hungry considering how much money Apple has. Taylor's right, they could definitely still use their money during the trial to benefit the aritst, writers, and producers. 

Turns out Taylor's open letter caught so much attention, that Apple Music has now decided to pay the artist for streaming. This is great news! I'm just hoping that Apple Music does take the time to acknowledge those indie artist, because there really isn't any benefitting, if they aren't being acknowledged in some form. Still, I'm glad Taylor's letter really made a difference, and I'm guessing  '1989' is now added to Apple Music.

..I was going to try to end this, with a funny line using a Taylor song from '1989' but I couldn't think of anything, .....but I'll 'Shake It Off' 

Your thoughts?