Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” Enters The Billboard Charts After Being Featured in “Stranger Things”


Metallica’s Master Of Puppets album and its title track has entered the Billboard charts as well as Spotify and Apple Music top rankings, 36 years after its release. This is in just one week following its appearance in the season four finale of Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things”. The popularity of the 1986 song, used in the series, brought it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time ever in the band’s lengthy career. It is also #22 in the Spotify Global Top 50, which includes Pop and Rap music, as well as number one on the Apple Music Rock chart. Continue reading


Failure is Pulling Their Music off of Spotify


Alternative Rock legends Failure has joined the chorus of bands leaving the dominant streaming service in the world, Spotify, following the public row with Neil Young. Young, Joni Mitchell and many other artists and fans are leaving the service for a variety of reasons. Failure has shared a message to fans over social media. The band gave a lengthy explanation of their feelings on the matter and urge fans to support them by using Bandcamp to purchase their entire catalog, including their recent release, Wild Type Droid (read our review here). The band will embark on a headline tour supporting the album.

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Spotify’s Founder Responds to Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan Backlash, Rogan Apologizes


Spotify founder and current CEO Daniel Ek has published an open letter in response to the criticism of the platform, waged by artists such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell following Young’s request to have him music. The rub came from Young’s dissatisfaction over podcast host Joe Rogan’s show which has spread misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and the platform’s apathy towwards its best paid ($100 MM USD) content provider. Ek’s letter does hint at changes to their content policy, it does seem that no content removal is forthcoming. Many other artsits are rumored to be considering pulling their music off the platform, while a wave of fans on social media are bragging about quitting the popular service. It was widely reported at the market close last week that Spotify has hemmoraged losses of up to 25% of its value in 2022 so far, between an estimated 2-4 Billion dollars. Rogan has appologized for the rift to Spotify and says he is a Neil Young fan.

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Neil Young Demands Spotify Remove His Music Over Joe Rogan’s COVID-19 Misinformation


Legendary Hall of Fame rocker Neil Young has demanded that all of his music be removed from streaming service Spotify as quickly immediately, according to an open letter the veteran rock musician posted to his website and reported on by Rolling Stone. That message has since been deleted. Young has drawn a line in the sand with Spotify over the misinformation about vaccines being peddled by Joe Rogan, the podcast host who signed a $100 million deal with Spotify in 2020. Young made a similar demand over 10 years ago taking issue with music streaming previously, but it used to be about the low-quality audio that was provided back in the mid-2010s. Joe Rogan gets an estimated 11 million listeners per episode.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Spiritbox – Eternal Blue


Let’s take a minute and talk about hype. We all have a vague notion of what it is, but how does one obtain it? Can it be harnessed long term or is it a matter of riding that wave while it’s marginally available? For instance, how did Job For A Cowboy use it to jump from MySpace unto Metal Blade? Beats me. Whatever the case may be, it appears abundantly clear that Spiritbox know how to tap into it and are doing so on Eternal Blue (Rise Records). But can Spiritbox carry this momentum all through an album? Continue reading


Guns N Roses Classic Track “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Passes One Billion Streams on Spotify


Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

Guns N Roses massive hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine” has surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. This comes less than two years after the song became the first music video from the 1980s to rock its way into YouTube’s Billion Views Club.Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #565: Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks Returns

Matt and Curtis welcome back Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks/Blast Beat Network. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #565 is an interview with Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks on Whether Where you Are From Matters. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #564: Group Chat On Promoting Music, Hardcore Ethics and More!

Matt, Curtis, and Keefy from Ghost Cult hosted a new FREE music marketing Q & A over Zoom. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #564 is our Group Chat On Promoting Music, Hardcore Ethics and More! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading