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TechCrunch Minute: Spotify’s move to paywall lyrics is putting pressure on free users

TechCrunch Minute: Spotify’s move to paywall lyrics is putting pressure on free users

Spotify’s slow movement to put lyrics behind its paid service wall in its music service are about as popular as you would expect. Precise details of the update are evolving but what we can say at this point is that it seems that Spotify has a new feature up its sleeve to try and get free users to convert to is paid service. The why behind the move matters more than the what. Sure, it’s a little weird that Spotify is going to start putting information that is freely available online behind a paid wall, but the company is in a slightly difficult position today. Thanks to an early start and attractive pricing, Spotify is huge. It does billions in revenue, and helped shake up the music industry for good. That said, it largely offers paid access to other peoples’ music. Other companies do the same. Apple is one of them. That means that Spotify’s pricing power is modest at best. Features like its yearly music review are neat, but don’t allow Spotify to charge more …

Spotify starts hiding song lyrics behind paywall

Spotify starts hiding song lyrics behind paywall

Spotify’s free tier has just gotten a little worse. The company recently put yet another popular feature behind its Spotify Premium paywall: song lyrics. As noticed by numerous users on Reddit (via Android Authority), to see song lyrics you now need to have a Spotify Premium subscription, which starts at $10.99 ($5.99 for students). Some users are reporting that song lyrics aren’t completely unavailable on the free tier; instead, there’s a monthly limit on lyrics for non-Premium subscribers. Mashable Light Speed Tweet may have been deleted Spotify’s free tier doesn’t cost anything, but it contains ads, and doesn’t let users download or play songs in any order, among other limitations. On the flip side, the company also increased the prices of its Premium subscription tiers, with reports claiming that it’s going to get even more expensive this year. SEE ALSO: How to download songs from Spotify For comparison, Apple Music does not offer a free tier, and neither does Tidal (there used to be a free Tidal tier, but it was recently canceled). YouTube Music …

Song lyrics have become simpler, more negative, and more self-focused over time

Song lyrics have become simpler, more negative, and more self-focused over time

Recent research published in Scientific Reports explores how English lyrics in popular Western music have evolved over the last fifty years across five major genres. The study reveals that popular music lyrics have simplified in both structure and vocabulary. Furthermore, songs have grown more personal and emotionally negative over time. Previous research has highlighted how musical lyrics can influence emotions, foster social connections, and even shape cultural identities. These studies have shown that lyrics can act as a barometer for societal mood, reflecting changes in attitudes, values, and social norms. For instance, an increase in negative emotional content in lyrics might mirror rising societal tensions or cultural shifts towards more introspective or confrontational themes. Furthermore, music serves various psychological and social functions, from regulating emotions to facilitating communication among groups. This makes the study of lyrical content particularly relevant for psychologists, sociologists, and cultural historians interested in the interplay between art and human behavior. The new study aimed to build on existing studies by using a larger dataset and more nuanced analytical techniques to explore …

Funny Tweets About Kids’ Song Lyrics

Funny Tweets About Kids’ Song Lyrics

Children have a truly creative approach to the English language at times. So it’s no surprise they often apply the same originality to song lyrics. The funny parents on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, frequently share what their kids think the words to certain songs are. And in many cases, we think the original songwriters should consider implementing these changes. Keep scrolling for 35 hilarious tweets about kids’ versions of song lyrics. Source link

The wildest lyrics on Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ from ‘Grand Theft Auto’ to Charlie Puth

The wildest lyrics on Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ from ‘Grand Theft Auto’ to Charlie Puth

When Taylor Swift drops 31 songs in one night, there’s room for her to say, well anything. And The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology makes the Midnights’ confession, “Sometimes I feel like everybody is a sexy baby / And I’m a monster on the hill,” look like child’s play. We listened to the entire 2-hour double album and chose some of our personal favorites. Below, take a look at the most hilarious and occasionally deranged lyrics of The Tortured Poets Department. (Chairman, you could use an editor — just a suggestion!) SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift’s brand is mightier than her pen “You left your typewriter at my apartment” – “The Tortured Poets Department” The visual of a man, presumably the titular tortured poet Matty Healy, lugging a typewriter around to someone else’s apartment is nearly too much to handle. Can you imagine? “You smokеd, then ate seven bars of chocolate / We declared Charlie Puth should be a bigger artist” – “The Tortured Poets Department” This is perhaps the buzziest lyric on The Tortured Poets …

Taylor Swift’s ‘Tortured Poets Department’ Album Drops: Here Are Some Of The Most Heartbreaking Lyrics

Taylor Swift’s ‘Tortured Poets Department’ Album Drops: Here Are Some Of The Most Heartbreaking Lyrics

The Tortured Poets Department has arrived!  After months of anticipation, Taylor Swift dropped her 11th studio album on Friday at midnight on the East Coast. The full-length album marks Swift’s first new material since she released the GRAMMY-winning Midnights in 2022. Swift announced the new album’s release with a philosophical and contemplative post to X (formerly Twitter) that addressed the themes of the album — including breakups, self-reflection and healing. “The Tortured Poets Department. An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time — one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure,” Swift wrote. “This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and boarded up. There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once wounds have healed. And upon further reflection, a good number of them turned out to be self-inflicted.” “This writer is of the firm belief that our tears become holy in the form of ink on a page. Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can …

Breakups, fantasies and her most cutting lyrics: inside Taylor’s Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department | Taylor Swift

Breakups, fantasies and her most cutting lyrics: inside Taylor’s Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department | Taylor Swift

She’s rebuking the public for the first time Swift named an entire album after the concept of her reputation and has been engaging with public perceptions of her as far back as 2010’s Speak Now; songs such as Mean, Blank Space and the gothic half of Reputation lash out directly at critics. But she’s never openly condemned her listeners before her new album The Tortured Poets Department, in songs that constitute some of its most daring moments. Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me? feels like a deservedly bitter, barbed update of the cutesier and more cloying Anti-Hero that suggests Swift is the way she is because of the twisted culture she grew up in and had to contort herself to fit into: “You taught me, you caged me, and then you called me crazy,” she seethes, sounding quite high on the fearsome power commentators have ascribed to her. Most thrilling is But Daddy I Love Him, named after a line that astute listeners will recognise from The Little Mermaid as Ariel protests to King Triton …

Idles: ‘Our old lyrics were not the words of a healthy man’

Idles: ‘Our old lyrics were not the words of a healthy man’

Sign up to Roisin O’Connor’s free weekly newsletter Now Hear This for the inside track on all things music Get our Now Hear This email for free Outside the taxi window, Paris zooms past. Balconies with their baskets full of hydrangeas; a beige blur of boulangerie windows lined with flakey pastries; the Eiffel Tower. But before long we’ve left this postcard vision for an industrial city of concrete and metal. It’s a fitting change of scene for Idles, who as a band, don’t exactly scream escargot and macarons. Since releasing their debut Brutalism in 2017, Idles have been on the front line of British rock. That record combined thrumming basslines and punk licks with candid lyrics on topics like austerity, toxic masculinity, mental health, and white privilege. Its blunt force rage at the state of the nation cut through the noise of complaints that rock music is dead. They’ve since earned a spot on the Mercury Prize shortlist, a Brit nomination, two No 1s, several top fives, packed-out Glastonbury sets, and many a sold-out tour, …

Kesha swaps “Tik Tok” lyrics to slam Diddy during Coachella set with Renee Rapp

Kesha swaps “Tik Tok” lyrics to slam Diddy during Coachella set with Renee Rapp

Kesha wasn’t technically slated to perform at the desert music festival Coachella, but the singer’s surprise Sunday performance was nothing short of memorable. Taking to the stage to join Reneé Rapp’s set with a performance of her 2010 hit song, “Tik Tok,” Kesha made a notable amendment to the opening lyrics. After being welcomed to the stage by Rapp, Kesha sang, “Wake up in the morning like, f**k P. Diddy!” A video posted online by gossip blogger Perez Hilton shows Kesha and Rapp holding up their middle fingers while singing the line.  When Kesha debuted the song nearly 15 years ago, the original opening said, “Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy,” with the billionaire hip-hop artist featuring on the track with a response to the lyrics: “Hey, what’s up, girl?”  Kesha’s lyrics swap follows the litany of lawsuits aimed at Sean “Diddy” Combs, which allege sex trafficking and sexual assault. A federal investigation prompted a raid of the mogul’s estates last month. Diddy’s legal woes stemmed from a suit filed by his ex-partner …

Beyoncé makes reference to children and Jay-Z in song lyrics you missed

Beyoncé makes reference to children and Jay-Z in song lyrics you missed

In her latest album, Cowboy Carter, Beyoncé transforms Dolly Parton’s iconic Jolene into a deeply personal narrative that not only pays homage to the original but also boldly encapsulates her journey with Jay-Z.  Through an artful interpolation of Parton’s hit, Beyoncé infuses the track with new life and profound meaning, crafting lyrics that subtly reference her own experiences and the couple’s shared history. Beyoncé’s rendition of Jolene emerges not just as a cover but as a powerful statement intertwined with her personal narrative. The added lyrics — “We been deep in love for twenty years / I raised that man, I raised his kids / I know my man better than he knows himself” — serve as a poignant reflection on her relationship with Jay-Z and their children, echoing themes of love, resilience, and the challenges they’ve navigated together.  © Kevin MazurBeyoncé has been teasing her country era, wearing cowboy hats This creative choice marks a continuation of the candid exploration of infidelity themes from her groundbreaking album Lemonade, offering listeners a glimpse into the …