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first_imgTech giant Apple is currently in talks with streaming service TIDAL to acquire the platform and use it to bolster their own service, Apple Music, according to sources close to the matter. Although negotiations are still underway, and confirmation and terms of the deal are still unconfirmed, Apple’s streaming efforts would surely stand to benefit from TIDAL’s exclusive relationships with various high-profile artists like Kanye West and Madonna. The issue of artist royalties from streaming has become more and more pertinent in recent years as the record industry has shifted away from purchased digital and physical units and toward a more streaming-based model. With declining record sales, artists now have to make the majority of their money from touring, and many feel that this may have an overall negative effect on the quality and quantity of new music that new artists are able to bring to fruition. Hip Hop mogul Jay Z purchased TIDAL in March of 2015 for $56 million in an attempt to route a larger portion of the proceeds from music streaming to the artists rather than large corporations.As Jay Z said in an interview with Billboard following the purchase, “For someone like me, I can go on tour, but what about the people working on the record, the content creators and not just the artists? If they’re not being compensated properly, then I think we’ll lose some writers and producers and people like that who depend on fair trade. Some would probably have to take another job, and I think we’ll lose some great writers in the process.” Jay sold equity stakes in the company to nearly twenty other artists, marketing the endeavor as the first artist-owned streaming service and offering perks like exclusive releases for paying subscribers. The infographic below, via Information Is Beautiful, which shows the disparities between artist payouts for streaming between the various competing services, illustrates Hov’s noble intentions in purchasing TIDAL:However, Jay’s big plans for TIDAL have not gone as well as expected. A year after the purchase, TIDAL’s subscription numbers are well below expectations, still trailing Apple and Spotify‘s services by considerable margins, leading to a smaller net payout for artists via TIDAL despite their higher per-stream rates. Furthermore, a handful of artists have brought legal action against the company for problems with payment. Earlier this year, John Emanuele from the band The American Dollar filed a class-action suit claiming that TIDAL has yet to compensate the band for any of the royalty payments accrued from the streaming of the band’s 116 copyrighted songs on the platform. This has prompted Jay Z and Tidal to mount a concurrent suit against the company that sold them the service last year, saying that the user numbers they presented were fraudulent.Despite publicly remaining behind his venture, Jay Z has been shopping the company around to big tech companies for months, having reportedly taken meetings with Facebook and Samsung as well. While it is unclear how Apple would incorporate TIDAL’s current structure into their own efforts, if Apple does end up purchasing the company, the already-competitive streaming industry will become an even smaller club, consolidating more power with fewer large corporations and making it harder and harder for artists to change the status quo, as Jay and his partners originally sought to do with TIDAL.last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Board approved UW Athetics’ proposal for the 2018-19 budget last week, which totals $143.5 million — an eight percent increase from last year.In addition to the budget increase, the Athletic Department has recommended a raise of $6 per game on non-student tickets. This will increase the season ticket cost from $336 to $378. As student ticket costs remain fixed at half the price of general tickets, season tickets for students will increase from $168 to $189.At the beginning of the year, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez sent out a letter to season-ticket holders explaining the price increase. In the letter, Alvarez thanked the ticket holders for their support of the Wisconsin Football Program and praised Head Coach Paul Chryst on the successful 13-win campaign. Alvarez this season was “truly a season for the ages” for the Badgers.Next, Alvarez gave the rationale for the price hikes.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin spoils senior night for Northwestern with close victoryUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (14-16, 7-10 Big Ten) took down Northwestern (15-14, 6-11 Big Ten) 70-64 in Evanston Read…“Although winter sports are the focal point at this moment, we are also working through our budgeting process for the 2018-19 academic year. One of the financial decisions we’ve made is to recommend to the Finance Committee of the Athletic Board a price adjustment for football season tickets. I’m writing to let you know the Finance Committee will be forwarding our recommendation of a $6 increase per game for a football season ticket to the full Athletic Board for approval later this month,” Alvarez said. “This would be the first increase in three years. Prior to this proposed increase, the price of a Wisconsin football season ticket has increased a total of $9 per game over the past 10 years.”Alvarez also mentioned the team’s record over the last seasons and compared it to some of the most high-profile programs in the country. Wisconsin has only been behind Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State in terms of winning percentages since  the start of the 2014 season.A listing of the Big Ten schools’ ticket prices accompanied the letter, including the average tax deductible contribution and the total. Contributions are solicited through perks like “Badger Select,” which allows donors priority access to tickets and parking requests. In the letter, Alvarez claims UW was tenth in the Big Ten for season ticket prices and remains tenth even after the price raise.This is only true if you consider the total price with additional contribution the average patron pays. Otherwise UW was the eighth most expensive and will now be the sixth most expensive in the Big Ten.Men’s basketball: Badgers look to continue hot streak versus NorthwesternWisconsin (13-16, 6-10 Big Ten) will visit Northwestern (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) Thursday as the Badgers finish up their season Read…Speculation that ticket prices have been raised in an attempt to keep the student section full the whole game, rather than the five minutes before and after “Jump Around,” initiated a response from UW Athletics spokesman Brian Lucas.“As far as any plans to address the student section and arrival of students, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our game day environment. This is one area that discussions are ongoing. There is nothing concrete to share at this time,” Lucas said.In the new GOP tax bill there is a clause that limits the tax deductibility for contributions to college athletic programs. Other universities have raised concerns about the bill, but the business office at the Wisconsin Athletic Department said it was too soon to see what impact the bill will have on the program.last_img read more

first_imgIn last nights other semi-final Kerry needed extra time to overcome Cork on a scoreline of 16 points to 1-12.Tipp will meet the reigning Munster and All Ireland champions on July 5th in the provincial final. Tipp fought back from 2 points down in the dying minutes of their semi-final against Clare to snatch a one point win. 16 points to 2-9 the final score in Semple Stadium.Late points from Tommy Nolan, Jack Kennedy and Brendan Martin saw Tipp through to their 4th final in 5 years at this level.Afterwards manager Charlie McGeever said last nights performance showed what Tipp are capable of but admitted improvements were still needed.last_img read more