According to David Crosby, he no longer owns his catalog and the decision to return to the platform was made by those who do.
Crosby, Stills & Nash Return
Crosby, Stills & Nash is available to stream again on Spotify, just months after the artists pulled their catalog of music from the platform in protest of the vaccine misinformation featured on it.
In late January, a slew of artists removed their music from Spotify, citing the COVID-19 misinformation touted by podcaster Joe Rogan. Neil Young, a former bandmate of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, was one of the artists leading the charge.
In a letter requesting that his music be taken down, Young said the company “has recently become a very damaging force” regarding public health misinformation.
Young claimed that Spotify’s young user base “believe Spotify would never present grossly unfactual information,” but added that they “unfortunately are wrong.”
Crosby, Stills & Nash were among the other acts that followed suit, removing their collaborative works and certain solo projects as well.
“We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast,” they said in a statement. “While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences. Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music — or the music we made together — to be on the same platform.”
Crosby Talks Music Ownership
According to Billboard, as of July 2, the group’s music was again available. Upon a search on the service, solo works by all three artists were also ready to stream.
When a fan on Twitter asked Crosby what prompted the change, he said he no longer owns his catalog “and the people who do are in business to make money.”
Earlier this year, Crosby revealed he was retiring from touring due to his age. Without that revenue stream, he felt selling his work was necessary.
“I had two ways of making a living: touring and records. Spotify comes along, and I don’t get paid for records anymore,” he told a group of high school students earlier this year via Variety. “That’s half my income, OK? So I think, well, I should be grateful that I can still play live and pay the rent and take care of my family. And then along comes COVID and I can’t play live. The reason I sold my collection is that I didn’t have any other option. None. Zero.”
According to Variety, Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artist Group acquired Crosby’s catalog. That purchase included his solo work, as well as his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash, among other collaborations.
Young’s solo work remains off of Spotify, as does the works of Joni Mitchell, who likewise removed her music in protest.
Billboard reported that for at least the next month, all money made off of streams from Crosby, Stills & Nash will be donated to COVID-19 relief efforts.
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Shane Dawson Says Cancellation Felt Planned By The Universe
The YouTuber said that by being forced to take a digital break, he had a chance to step back and “see what the bigger purpose is.”
Dawson Speaks Out
Two years after facing intense backlash online, YouTuber Shane Dawson said he found a positive side to being “canceled.”
In the summer of 2020, Dawson faced intense scrutiny after people resurfaced his old controversial videos where he wore blackface, made racist jokes, and said inappropriate remarks about children. He lost a slew of subscribers as a result and stepped away from YouTube for over a year following the scandal.
Dawson has since returned to posting, sharing long-form content every few months on his channel to millions of viewers, though his audience is not nearly as large as it was before the backlash. He also started a podcast earlier this year.
While speaking on Perez Hilton’s podcast this week, Dawson said his cancellation actually came at a time when he needed to rethink his life online.
“I really think the universe and God, or whatever, really planned it this way because I was at a point before I got canceled where I didn’t wanna be around anymore,” Dawson said. “I was so burnt out.”
“Wait, you were so burnt out that you were depressed and suicidal?” Hilton followed up. “Just from overworking?”
“Well it wasn’t just from overworking,” Dawson added. “It was, well, I’m a workaholic.”
Cancelation “Felt Very Designed”
Dawson went on to explain that being a workaholic opened the doors for other issues, like fearing he will lose his success, getting stressed about his online reputation, worrying about spending enough time with family, and negative thoughts about his body image. As all this started to take a toll on him, he started therapy. Not long after, he started dealing with his 2020 controversies.
“Oddly enough, two months after I started therapy, maybe even sooner, I got canceled,” Dawson said. “And it was like, ‘oh.’ That felt very designed to me, by something.”
“Because I was like, okay, she’s learning about everything, all my issues, all this, all that, and my biggest fear is being canceled again and it happened,” he continued. “So now I can see what the bigger purpose is.”
Now he says he is grateful to be at a point where he is not constantly worried about making content and pleasing people. Dawson said that earlier in his career, his need to be liked was so severe that he would message people who said negative things about him online in an effort to change their minds.
“It’s always that thing where like, I want people that hate me to like me. Which is toxic,” Dawson explained. “Like a hater would say something, and I’ll DM them, this is something I’d do years ago, I’d DM them and talk to them and then, ‘oh, they like me now!’ It was dark.”
Monica Lewinsky Asks Beyoncé to Change “Partition” Lyric Amid “Renaissance” Edits
The 2013 song includes the phrase “he Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”
Monica Lewinsky’s Request
Monica Lewinsky suggested that Beyoncé remove a lyric from her 2013 song “Partition” that references the infamous scandal involving the former White House intern and then-President Bill Clinton.
The request came as Beyoncé’s representatives confirmed she would be removing an ableist lyric from a track off her latest album “Renaissance.” The song “Heated” used the word “spaz,” which many disability advocates have condemned as an offensive slur.
Earlier this year, Lizzo removed the same word from her song “Grrrls” after facing backlash. On Monday, a spokesperson for Beyoncé said that while the word was “not used intentionally in a harmful way,” it “will be replaced.”
Lewinsky shared that news Monday on Twitter and added, “uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition.”
In “Partition,” the Grammy winner sings the phrase “he Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”
Response From the Beyhive
The Beyhive was quick to call Lewinsky out for her plea, arguing that the song has been out for nearly a decade and she could have brought her complaint up sooner. Some said she was in no place to be upset with the lyric as she has the phrase “rap song muse” in her Twitter bio.
Lewinsky issued replies to many of these complaints on Tuesday, saying this is not the first time she publicly addressed “Partition,” and the numerous other songs referencing her. Regarding her Twitter bio, she said she uses humor to cope with the public scandal.
When people continued to accuse her of singling out Beyoncé when there are dozens of artists who have written similar lyrics, Lewinsky said, “when articles about the 125+ other artists changing lyrics to a song cross my TL, i promise i’ll do the same.”
Lewinsky’s request prompted frustration from people who felt that by changing the ableist lyric in “Heated,” Beyoncé inadvertently opened a door for people to pressure her into tweaking other songs.
“Heated” is not the only track off of “Renaissance” that has had to return to the cutting room since the album’s release. Beyoncé also removed an interpolation of the Kelis song “Milkshake” after Kelis spoke out against its use and called it “theft.”
Neither Beyoncé nor her team has publicly responded to Lewinksy. In a tweet, Lewinsky said she had not privately reached out to the singer to sort the issue behind closed doors.
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Chris Rock Addresses Oscars Slap After Will Smith’s Apology Video
In his latest statement, Smith said his “behavior was unacceptable.”
Chris Rock Talks Oscars
Just hours after Will Smith posted an apology video regarding the infamous Oscars slap, Chris Rock addressed the incident during a show in Atlanta.
“Everybody is trying to be a fucking victim. If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims,” Rock said during a Friday show, via People. “Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.” (Rock’s “Suge Smith” joke was likely a reference to Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records who is currently in jail over a deadly hit and run.)
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” the comedian reportedly continued.
Rock has been sprinkling remarks about the slap into some of his recent sets over the last couple of weeks.
The controversy unfolded during the 94th Academy Awards when Rock was presenting the statue for Best Documentary. He made a quip about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith then walked onto the stage and slapped Rock. Upon returning to his seat, he shouted, “leave my wife’s name out your fucking mouth.” Less than one hour later, he won the Best Actor Oscar for his work in “King Richard.”
Within the following days, Smith issued an apology and resigned from the Academy. The organization also banned the actor from attending any of its events for the next decade.
Will Smith Posts Apology
Smith has held a low profile since the Oscars, but made a return to the public eye on Friday by posting a YouTube video titled “It’s been a minute…” Smith claimed he has reached out to Rock, but the stand-up star said he is not ready to talk it out just yet.
“I apologize to you,” Smith said in the video. “My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” actor continued. “There is no part of me that thinks that is the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”
Smith also apologized to Rock’s family, as well as his own, for dragging them into controversy and hurting them with his actions.
Smith also clarified that Pinkett Smith had no influence over his decision to slap Rock on stage.
“I made a choice on my own,” he said. “Jada had nothing to do with it.”