Music News: Purple Spotify ads mean you know what


A purple Spotify ad in London
A purple Spotify ad in London (Roy Shepherd via Twitter)

Spotify has been running purple ads in New York and London, seemingly an indication that Prince’s music will soon hit the streaming service. Pitchfork cites sources saying that Apple Music and Amazon are also closing deals with the music icon's estate.

For weeks, rumors have been flying that at least some of Prince's catalog will hit multiple major streaming services on or before a planned tribute set at the Grammys on Feb. 12. It's currently only available to stream on Tidal, a service that had an exclusive deal with Prince and is now involved in litigation with his estate.

Asia frontman dies at 67

Bassist John Wetton has died of colon cancer at age 67. Wetton is best-known as the frontman of Asia, but he came to that band as a veteran of prog-rock outfits including King Crimson, Roxy Music, and Uriah Heep.

"With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant," said Carl Palmer (of Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer). "John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of Asia to the top of the charts around the world." (NME)

Musicians continue to raise voices in protest

Musicians began to protest Donald Trump—s new immigration restrictions as soon as they were enacted over the weekend, and protests continued into the week.

Performing in Adelaide, Australia, Bruce Springsteen introduced the immigrant anthem "American Land" by saying, "Tonight, we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees." He called Trump's executive order "anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American." (Consequence of Sound)

The American Civil Liberties Union has thanked musicians for supporting their cause. "A number of artists have donated proceeds from songs, benefit concerts and even portion of the proceeds from entire tours," ACLU spokesperson Marsha Zeesman told Billboard. "We've had festivals earmark a portion of their ticket sales and we have seen an outpouring of support through social media as well as voiced in interviews."

On Tumblr, Sufjan Stevens wrote that "there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant, for we are all immigrants and refugees in a wildly changing world that is dominated by superfluous boundaries built by blood and war." According to Stevens, "Christ would be ashamed of us all." (Billboard)

In the studio for a BBC session, Ryan Adams covered Radiohead’s "Karma Police." The song, he said, was "fitting, because there's a pretty awful person who just got elected in the United States." (Pitchfork)

Father John Misty has released a new song, "Two Wildly Different Perspectives," with a pointed accompanying video. "More kids are going to die now thanks to the unbelievably selfish immigration policy of places like Saudi Arabia and the USA," he wrote, sharing the video. The song is from his next album, Pure Comedy, out April 7. (Pitchfork)

Pandora now counts towards Billboard charts

Pandora song streams will now count towards chart positions on the Hot 100 and other Billboard charts, the publication and the streaming service have announced. Song streams have been incorporated into the Hot 100 since 2012, and a song's popularity on services like Spotify and YouTube can now significantly impact its chart position. The Billboard 200 album chart also incorporates streaming data.

New trailer for Contemporary Color

David Byrne appears in a new trailer for Contemporary Color, a concert film spotlighting his 2015 shows with numerous guest stars and teams of color-guard performers. The movie hits theaters on March 1. (Pitchfork)

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