By Jennifer Faull. Pharrell Williams has praised Taylor Swift and the “great thing” she has done for music in challenging the payment models of streaming services, adding that Apple’s new decision to pay artists will force other corporations, and record labels, to “face that standard”. Speaking to The Drum at Cannes Lions Festival he said: “Taylor Swift has done a great thing for music and for artistry. And so did Apple. It’s not about who’s right, it’s about what is right.”
Apple Music already pays artists higher royalties than fellow streaming sites like Spotify – which Swift has pulled her music from – because there is no free model. However, Apple also introduced a three-month free trial which would mean artists wouldn’t be compensated. In response, Swift said she would not release her album ‘1989’ on the platform. Less than 24 hours later Apple’s Eddy Cue reversed the decision and said artists would now collect royalties, although the percentage remains unknown.
“It’s a very good day for music,” said Williams, who was one of the first musicians to sign up to Apple’s revamped service. “Gone are the days of corporations simply accounting but you have to be accountable. Apple is leading the charge and other companies, including the labels, are going to have to face that standard. You’ve got be on the right side of right.” Williams also dismissed the suggestion that the rise of streaming services would see the demise of traditional radio. He said it remains “very important” to him.
“Radio is curated by what people like at the time; it’s moved by the masses. People are always going to want to know what is popular, what’s going on and what most people are listening to. And then when they want to listen to their own bespoke playlists they’re streaming. There will be an interesting line between the two that connects it and sometimes separates it.” Earlier in the day Williams took to the stage with TV presenter Ryan Seacrest, where he said “intention” is the most important thing to hold on to in the creative process.
By Eric Diep. Forbes has a lot of lists that define the worth of celebrities, but this might be their biggest one. Celebrity 100 ranks the world’s highest paid superstars of 2015, mixing athletes, entertainers (or “front of camera” talent as they call them), artists, actors, actresses and many more that span outside of the U.S. According to the publication, they measure their worth between June 1, 2014, and June 1, 2015, before subtracting management fees and taxes. Figures are based on data from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with agents, managers, lawyers and the stars themselves.
It’s no surprise that Floyd Mayweather Jr. tops the list with $300 million. At second, it’s Manny Pacquiao with $160 million. No. 3 and No. 4 respectively go to Katy Perry ($135 million) and One Direction ($130 million). To round out the top five, Howard Stern earns $95 million. In relation to hip hop, the ranks are a bit lower. Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs appears at the No. 21 spot with $60 million. Other notable names include Beyoncé, Drake, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams and Eminem. Check out a few selected rankings below, and head over to Forbes for the full list.
21. Sean Combs – $60 Million
27. Ed Sheeran – $57 Million
28. Jay Z – $56 Million
29. Beyoncé – $54.5 Million
33. Kim Kardashian – $52.5 Million
35. Paul McCartney – $51.5 Million
52. Bruno Mars – $40 Million
54. Drake – $39.5 Million
60. David Guetta – $37 Million
61. Florida Georgia Line – $36.5 Million
62. Tiësto – $36 Million
73. Dr. Dre – $33 Million
79. Pharrell Williams – $32 Million
83. Eminem – $31 Million
85. Britney Spears – $31 Million
95. Jennifer Lopez – $28.5 Million
100. Kevin Hart – $28.5 Million
By James Swift. Intention is everything in the internet age and if you do not believe in what you are doing, millennials will “call you out in seconds”, according to Pharrell Williams, the singer and producer. Williams was speaking to a packed auditorium at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity today, where delegates queued for up to two hours to get the best seats for his interview with Ryan Seacrest, the American TV and radio presenter.
When asked by Seacrest for advice for young creatives, Williams said: “Music is ubiquitous now and that’s beautiful but it means it’s important not just to be about sound. “Yes, you heard that but what did you feel? There must be a tactile, kinaesthetic value to it. You have to make sure that you write intention into [your music]. “Millennials can hear something and see right through it and say ‘they’re not real’. I love that because it raises the stakes.
The 42-year-old songwriter-and-performer is a frequent collaborator working with artists such as Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Gwen Stefani and Ed Sheeran among others but he insists he never enters into a creative partnership for money and will turn down work offers if he doesn’t feel a good vibe from the other person. Discussing how he chooses his working partners with interviewer Ryan Seacrest at the Cannes Lions Festival, he said: “Energy.
They may not even realise they are giving it off – it’s what the room feels like when they’re in there. Everyone gives off an energy, and I think that’s one of the things that people are so dismissive about.” One singer Pharrell wants to get in the studio with is Adele – who has a two-year-old son Angelo with her partner Simon Konecki. The ‘Happy‘ hitmaker respects the British soul star’s integrity and the “intention” in her songwriting and thinks she is an artist everyone can admire.
When asked by MailOnline which current artist is getting it right, he answered: “Without a doubt, Adele … She will open her diary for 20 minutes, do her thing, then head off with her beautiful boy. That’s how it’s done … Make sure the ingredients of your intention are pure. The audience is very savvy … Adele has pure intention (behind her songs).” The Cannes Lions event in the South of France is the biggest creative festival in the world and following Pharrell’s Q&A Kim Kardashian West, Mark Ronson, Will.I.Am and Monica Lewinsky among others are all set to take the stage before it ends on Friday.
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By Matthew Trammell. The producer is one of the most crucial yet anonymous figures in all of music. Every now and again, we aim to illuminate these under-heralded artists with Beat Construction. Today, we talk to Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan of Christian Rich, Nigerian twins out of Chicago who have been producing for over a decade and have adapted to countless shifts in rap sounds since their first placements. Their credits—which include beats for Lil Kim, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples—are diverse for a reason.
How did you guys first get your foot in the door?
TAIWO: We’ve always been doing music together. We found out about hip-hop in 1990s—started hearing Tribe, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, and all them, and we liked the beats. As far as getting in the game professionally, that wasn’t until we were in college, so I want to say 2000, 2001. We got with a production company out in New York with Ez Elpee, the same guy that did “Oochie Wally” and “Get Money” and all that stuff. He hit me on my two-way pager. I got the Motorola one later, but I had the small Motorola joint. He was like, “Yo I like y’all beats. Send me some stuff.” Back then you sent CDs; you didn’t send emails. So we put some beats on a CD, and the first beat he ever placed was Lil Kim. The song she did with Styles P on the La Bella Mafia album. That was the beginning. That was like, I want to say, 2001.
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