Monday, April 27, 2015

Why Jay Z's new music streaming service is failing?

Why Jay Z's new music streaming service is failing?

Tidal, the new music streaming service from Jay Z, already looks like a wash.

Less than a month after launching, it is sitting in the deep, subterranean reaches of the App Store's US app charts, at No. 664. By comparison, Spotify, the leader in on-demand streaming, is the 17th most downloaded app in America. Beats Music, which is in the middle of getting a major revamp from owner Apple, is in 58th place.

"Any hot new app will see a big drop in downloads after the hype from its launch dies down, but it doesn’t look like Tidal was all that hot to begin with," Gawker's Jay Hathaway noted Wednesday. "It briefly peaked at #19 overall before falling out of the top 200 less than two weeks later."

It's hard to pick out just one reason why Tidal is failing. You can start with its oblivious marketing message. The service promised to compensate musicians more fairly than its competitors, namely Spotify, which is known for effectively paying pennies per stream.

But at its glitzy unveiling ceremony, the company shared few specifics about exactly how it would do so. Meanwhile, Jay Z was joined on stage by a phalanx of his fabulously wealthy pop-star friends, including Madonna, Jack White, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, in a rather tone-deaf demonstration of solidarity among superstar entertainers (all of whom, it was revealed, owned equity in the project).

As Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard put it, "I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid."

But the problems go deeper than poor optics. Tidal is a paid service — it costs $9.99 for a basic package, or $19.99 for lossless, high-fidelity audio (which nobody but a few fanatics cares about). Unlike Spotify, there is no free, ad-supported tier to get users hooked.

So in order to attract subscribers, it needs to offer a truly superior service, or really press the moral case that Spotify is screwing over the industry. The problem is that there's absolutely no evidence fans particularly care about artists, at least as an abstract category of professionals.

Sure, Nielsen has produced surveys finding that listeners will pay extra for exclusive content, which Tidal is offering. But the past 15 years of revealed preferences tell us that most people just want cheap access to as much music as possible.

That's why piracy became a problem. That's why Spotify gained traction, despite the wailing of singers and songwriters about their paltry checks.

As industry analyst Bob Lefsetz wrote a while back, people "love their money more than their favorite artists, never forget it."

Things are a bit different when we talk about how fans connect with individual artists. Amanda Palmer has succeeded at raising money from her rabid devotees on Kickstarter, while Patreon, a service that lets fans pledge a certain amount of money for each new piece of work their favorite artists produce, is showing promise.

But that's the thing: We're talking about specific bands and musicians.

It's a bit like the Nicholas Kristof principle in action. Much in the way readers get more invested in the story of a single impoverished girl in India than they do in an abstract stat about the fate of the poor, people care more about a single beloved band than they do the nebulous category of struggling musicians.

Likewise, as anybody in philanthropy will tell you, people are much more willing to give money when they know exactly how it will be used. And, to a lot of people, paying for music feels a bit like philanthropy.

It doesn't help matters that, in the end, it doesn't look like Tidal really is all that more generous, anyway. Whereas Spotify pays 70% of its revenue out to artists and rights holders, the Los Angeles Times reports that Tidal is paying 75%.

If you think streaming screws your favorite band, Tidal is only going to screw them the tiniest bit less. Not that many of us care.

This article originally appeared at Slate. Copyright 2015. Follow Slate on Twitter.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Benjamin Fulford 4-20-15: US Corporate government goes bankrupt on April 17th, refuses to acknowledge

Benjamin Fulford 4-20-15: US Corporate government goes bankrupt on April 17th, refuses to acknowledge


By Benjamin Fulford

The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION based in the Washington D.C. extra-territorial enclave inside the Republic of the United States of America failed to make a payment on March 31st and was given until April 17th to come up with the goods but was unable to, according to Chinese government and CIA sources. For that reason the US corporate government has gone bankrupt, the sources say. However, the folk in Washington do not plan to go quietly and are still fighting to survive.

This can be confirmed in the corporate propaganda and government news wires around the world in reports about the Washington IMF/World Bank meetings that ran from April 16-18. The news reports to the general public do not mention the word bankruptcy but rather say things like 19 out of the 20 so-called G20 countries are angry that the US will not give up its veto over the World Bank and IMF. In other words the US government has been publicly repudiated by leaders of 19 out of the 20 top economies.

The current US situation reminds of an old joke my mother told me about a woman watching a military parade and shouting proudly "look my son is the only one marching in step."

Underneath the surface too, there is a lot of spy movie type subterfuge going on involving high denomination bonds, identity theft, murder and secret negotiations as various players jockey for position in the emerging new financial system.

A new set of meetings between the White Dragon Society and Chinese communist government representatives last week ended with a basic agreement that China was to get a 20% voting share in the new system and that China would not be seeking world hegemony. There was a lot of other stuff discussed that cannot yet be made public for security reasons but involve a plan to seriously help the vast majority of humanity.

There were also negotiations involving the WDS and representatives of Iranian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean royal families. In each case, the genuine heirs to historical gold fortunes told the WDS many of their relatives had been murdered and that they also feared for their lives. In several cases cabal members were caught trying to pass themselves off as genuine Korean, Persian, Chinese etc. royals, according to Japanese military intelligence and other sources. A representative of the Japanese emperor, Akihiko Yamaguchi, who was wrongly arrested in Chiasso, Italy and had billions of dollars worth of bonds stolen from him, also told once this writer that at least 4 different people had been caught trying to impersonate him at financial institutions.

The story that all these different sources tell is that Khazarian gangsters acquired the rights from various royal families around the world to use their gold as backing for huge denomination financial instruments. As mentioned before in this newsletter, Lord Blackheath discussed one such case in detail at the House of Lords in England in 2012. For those of you who have not yet seen his testimony, please take 11 minutes of your time and watch it at this link:

What Lord Blackheath discusses is the use of 700 tons of gold owned by an Indochinese royal to fabricate 750,000 tons worth of gold backed certificates that were used to create $15 trillion that was used to bail out the Federal Reserve Board after the Lehman crisis of 2008.

Now, other Royals are coming out of the closet with their paper certificates theoretically worth trillions of dollars that were issued to them by the same Khazarian or Federal Reserve Board con-men as Lord Blackheath mentions.

The Persian/Iranian royal heir claims to have $45 trillion worth of such bonds. Two of this heir’s brothers, his parents and many other relatives have been killed by the Khazarians to prevent them from either cashing the bonds or claiming their rights to the dynastic gold that underwrites these bonds, the Persian royal claims.

In addition, a Manchurian/Korean/Chinese royal family has produced detailed documentary evidence that they handed over their gold to the Americans before and during World War 2 in exchange for a promise it would be used to create a Korean, Manchurian, Chinese federation. Instead, the gold was used to fund the post war Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe and Japan but left everybody else out in the cold.

To put it another way, the post war prosperity of the US and Europe was financed with gold that was fraudulently obtained from ancient mostly non-European royal families. These families have been asking for their gold back and, it was the failure to come up with the gold that led to the bankruptcy of the US corporate government on April 17th. The European royals, for their part, have reached an accommodation with their counter-parts in the rest of the world and that is why England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland etc. agreed to ignore the US corporate governments’ objections and join China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

We also have on the record public confirmation from IMF head Christine Lagarde that big money is about to be released. Here is what she said at last week’s IMF meeting in Washington:

"The Asian Infrastructure Investment bank is … the new kid on the block to actually respond to a massive need that is out there, which is infrastructure financing. People are talking not billions, they’re talking trillions needed to finance infrastructure in Asia."

"So if that institution is there to finance vital needs, that will push growth… and we can cooperate. If we can work together, that is excellent news. We are ourselves very supportive of this prospect, and we will happily cooperate and contribute to the extent helpful to this new institution."

In other words, she is drooling at the mouth at the prospect of the IMF getting a share of some of the "trillions" that is about to released. World Bank head Jim Yong Kim also drooled at the prospect of the World Bank getting in on some of the expected new action that will come when these trillions are returned to their rightful owners.

With this as background we can understand why there has been so much radical activity taking place in the US recently. One such story was the plan announced by the NORAD military command to reopen the mothballed Cheyenne military base under the Rocky mountains to prepare for "an electromagnetic pulse attack."

The fact they have publicly announced they will reopen this base confirms that the newer underground bases built near Denver, Colorado, Washington D.C. and elsewhere have been seized by the white hats and taken out of cabal control.

There has also been a lot of speculation about why a bunch of Walmart stores located near US military bases have been suddenly shut down.

CIA sources say there are underground bunkers being built under these stores for the elite to hide in. However, a pentagon source says the Walmarts are being prepared as distribution centers for food and other essential products in preparation for a shut down and reboot of the banking system. Time will tell which of these sources is telling the truth.

The other odd event is the New York Federal Reserve Board’s plan to move most of its essential functions to Chicago. We have previously noted that the Chicago Fed has been filling its windows with concrete. We have also noted the US Treasury department has been stocking up with water purifiers, emergency food stocks, emergency blankets etc. This is hardly the sort of material needed during an ordinary financial crisis.

However, please do not get paranoid just because the Feds are, this is not the end of the world but rather the end of the fraudulent fiat money world. For the 99.99% of us humans, this will be a time of great liberation from ancient Hyksos debt slavery.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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McDonald's is closing hundreds of restaurants this year

McDonald's is closing hundreds of restaurants this year

McDonald’s MCD shuttered 350 poorly performing stores in Japan, the United States, and China the first three months of 2015 as part of its plan to boost its sagging profits.

Those previously unannounced closings, disclosed on a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Wednesday, are on top of the 350 shutterings the world’s largest restaurant chain had already targeted for the year. While those 700 store closings this year represent a fraction of the 32,500 or so restaurants worldwide, they show how aggressive McDonald’s is getting in pruning poorly attended locations that are dragging down its results.

Earlier on Wednesday, McDonald’s had reported an 11% decrease in revenue and a 30% drop in profit for the first three months of year, a continuation of its troubles in the last two years as it has struggled to compete with new U.S. competitors, a tough economy in Europe and a food safety scare in Asia.

McDonald’s CFO Kevin Ozan told analysts that the shuttered stores in China, where comparable sales fell 4.8% in the first quarter, had been underperforming for years. In Japan, where McDonald’s is still reeling from the food safety scare last summer, the stores closed stores were "heavy loss maker restaurants." As for the U.S., comparable sales were down 2.3%, one of their biggest drop in years as chains like Chipotle ate into sales.

On May 4, the company will start detailing its turnaround strategy.

In the last few months, it has made a few moves that telegraph where it is heading, though it is pretty clear how the big the challenge will be for the Golden Arches.

For instance, earlier in April the company announced it is testing out a larger, pricier, third-of-a-pound burger for $5, two years after dropping the similar Angus burger line because they were too pricey for McDonald’s diners. Despite that earlier failure, new CEO Steve Easterbrook expressed confidence his customers would go for premium burgers.

"I often describe McDonald’s as possibly the most democratic -- with a small 'd' -- brand in the world,” he said. “And what customers love the world over, and none more so than here in the U.S., is how they can buy into aspirational quality products, but at a McDonald’s price."

But he faces an uphill battle in winning over the millions of burger-eaters in the U.S. that have a dim view of McDonald’s offerings: Nation’s Restaurant News published a survey this month rating 111 limited-service chains on 10 attributes including food quality, and McDonald’s was ranked No. 110, ahead only of Chuck E. Cheese. In-N-Out Burger topped the list.

And he also has to get the thousands of franchisees, who own 80% of McDonald’s locations, on board as he works to transform the company, even as many are still smarting from his decision to raise wages at company-owned U.S. restaurants.

"When business is a little tough like it is at the moment in the U.S., with cash flows being challenged, yeah, frustrations do arise," Easterbrook said.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Parents Get Your Kids Out of Public/Private School NOW!

Parents Get Your Kids Out of Public/Private School NOW!

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This powerful interview will help wake up the sleeping sheeple to what the public school systems are planning for the children and how they are teaching about death, self-medicating, and psychological indoctrination at the elementary levels. Suicides and violence are on the rise due to psychological drugs being given to children and the indoctrination that is reversing what the parents have taught their children. Parents must take a stand now to save our children from a tyrannical education system that is locking our children's minds into suicide, drug addiction, and hopelessness.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ROBOTS WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD -- The Dark Future Is Being Engineered

ROBOTS WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD -- The Dark Future Is Being Engineered



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

False Flag Alien Invasion - Stewart Swerdlow

False Flag Alien Invasion - Stewart Swerdlow

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Michael Tsarion - Giving The Soul Away

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