“I hate permission, you know? I don’t want permission. If I just want to drop something, I just drop it.” So says Grimes at the beginning of a new Apple advertisement spotlighting her creative process. More »
In the past month or so, Grimes has taken a vertiginous, surreal, confusing, controversial leap from indie celebrity to actual celebrity. Between that and her apparent recent battles with her label, it has seemed unlikely that she’ll come out with new music anytime soon. (It’s not like she’s been maintaining a brisk release … More »
Grimes has had an eventful few weeks. Ever since she went public about her relationship with vaguely scary futuristic billionaire Elon Musk, the two of them walking the red carpet at the Met Gala together, it’s been harder to think of her as a musician rather than a loosely-defined public figure. (When she … More »
K-pop girl group Loona has released a teaser video for “Love4eva,” an upcoming single featuring vocals by Grimes. More precisely, the song is credited to “yyxy” or “youth youth by young,” a sub-group of Loona featuring members Yves, Chuu, Go Won, and Olivia Hye. The 12-woman act has gradually rolled out members and sub-group acts … More »
At the beginning of the year, Grimes confirmed that the long-awaited follow-up to her 2015 stunner Art Angels would finally come out this year, later clarifying that she actually has two new albums on the way, one “highly collaborative and most glorious light” and the second “extreme darkness and chaos.” And just last … More »
Music creatives have long gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to music streaming royalties. Once the honey pot is divvied up between streaming platforms and music labels, artists and songwriters walk away with only a small piece of the pie.
Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, is the latest powerful voice to recently speak out on the issue of unequal distribution. The issue is no new struggle in contemporary capitalism, either. The fact of the matter is: when big business is involved, individuals lose out.
But it seems Musk now has a direct stake in the issue considering he’s now dating Canadian singer/songwriter, Grimes. The couple made their first public appearance as a couple at the Met Gala last week in New York City.
The conversation arose over Twitter when Musk was asked about his favorite Grimes song; for which, by the way, he has two:
Flesh without Blood & Kill V Maim on Art Angels album https://t.co/MycGWvbYGk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 8, 2018
One conscientious fan tweeted the tech baron wondering which streaming platform fans could engage with in order to most directly benefit Grimes financially.
Would it benefit Grimes more if we were to buy her song/albums on iTunes? Rather than, sharing on Spotify or YouTube?
— JJ Pilates Prime Time (@MarinPilates) May 8, 2018
Musk responded with an infographic showing Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube as the bottom three platforms in terms of gross payout per stream. Xbox, Rhapsody and Tidal are among the top when it comes to artist payouts, with Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer, and Google falling somewhere in the middle.
This chart shows how crazy low payout is to labels & the artists only a small fraction of these numbers pic.twitter.com/2us0rzTMqk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2018
While the issue of online streaming payouts continues to be a new frontier for the music industry — especially as it converges with tech giants and new platforms who want a piece of the pie — Musk should be commended for bringing the issue into public conversation. At the very least, it is a genuine show of online activism when powerful tech elites raise their voices for unheard, underpaid artistic creatives who often get no say in the matter.
Grimes season is approaching, which means her music will soon eclipse her relationship as the trending topic! Her album updates have been sporadic and uncertain, but last night she confirmed its legitimacy with a working tracklist. Her Instagram story showed titles like “Nymphs At Versailles,” “Darq Souls,” and “adore … More »
Grimes broke the internet this week by revealing that she is dating Elon Musk, billionaire Tesla CEO and guy who occasionally shoots things into space. And somehow, the memeing frenzy caused an ridiculous old news story about a failed houseboat adventure that Grimes embarked on in 2009 to resurface. More »
Grimes is dating Elon Musk. You probably know this because you’re reading this on the internet, which is currently saturated with think-pieces and memes about Grimes dating Elon Musk. The unlikely news broke earlier this week before the Met Gala, which they attended together. Art Angels and Musk-eteers (an obvious pun that nobody, to … More »
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Elon Musk has been quietly dating Claire Boucher, aka Grimes. During Monday’s Met Gala, Elon Musk and Grimes happened to arrive together. While most people know that Grimes and RL Grime are different people, RL Grime has been trolled for the past few days about whether or not