the journey!

 

It all started with “telling the strory”. An album EP I and three of my college Homies made. We made some buzz in college but we couldn’t sustain it because it came out the same year we graduated.

I came back to Jos and teamed up with my J-Town Homies and we made “Friends or Foe”. It was never released however, some of the tracks leaked and we received some good acknowledgements from our peers in the Jos Music field.

I decided to go solo. While laying the foundations for Vah Ink Multimedia, I worked on myself as a solo artist while I released a couple of tracks online via http://www.reverbnation.com/vaseal.

2016 is a very big year for me. “THE SON OF A BLACKSMITH” is currently in works in the studio. I am really excited about this EP.

 

 

Apple wants a ‘simpler and more transparent’ royalty scheme for music that would also seriously hurt Spotify

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Apple is proposing a radical change to the way artists are paid when their music is streamed online, Billboard reports, and the suggestion could hurt rivals like Spotify and Google.

First, let’s explain how royalties are calculated right now. It’s a tricky process: Every streaming company negotiates its own secret deals with rightsholders. The amount paid out varies per region, and per song. It’s so confusing that streaming service Spotify even has a post on its website that tries to explain it all.

Apple wants to shake up the current system. Billboard saw a proposal by Apple to the US Copyright Royalty Board that wants something much simpler. Instead of a complicated formula with lots of variables, Apple is proposing a system where rightsholders are paid 9.1 cents per hundred plays. That means that 100 streams would be roughly equal to one paid download. It’s a more elegant approach to royalties that could end the confusion over the process. Billboard calls it “simpler and more transparent.”

But Apple’s proposal isn’t just a noble attempt to fix the music industry. It could also hurt rival streaming services like Spotify and also YouTube. The new royalty scheme would mean that any streaming services that offer free streams would have to pay out a much higher amount of royalties, as it would be calculated per play, not as a percentage of revenue. Apple Music doesn’t have a free tier, of course.

The proposal by Apple isn’t likely to happen overnight, though. It’s still early days for the board, and any of its decisions would only come into force at 2018 at the earliest.

The Son of a Blacksmith

So, it seems the project would take the form of a book. Story written in rhythmic applied poetry.

Hopefully, Octorber would bring the first package and then December brings a follow up… On and on and on until the whole series is concluded.

Now, how the Hell am I gonna accoplish this…. I haven’t been to the studio in 3 months and I am getting married in September.

Only Time will tell!

Vaseal Khanic