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Drake sued for unlicensed samples? Here’s the deal.
Musicology
Drake’s getting sued over an allegedly unlicensed sample in two of his biggest tracks, In My Feelings and Nice For What. This isn’t really that much about analyzing music, but after just a few...
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The importance of the Kraftwerk case.
Musicology
First things first, the Kraftwerk case was initiated in Germany twenty years ago and decided recently by the Court of Justice of the European Union. Copyright laws vary in some ways from place to...
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Did Lady Gaga steal “Shallow?”
Musicology
In the days following the Katy Perry Dark Horse verdict, my newsfeed was packed with articles about what a bad omen it was; how it sent chills down composers’ and songwriters’ spines and would...
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Katy Perry stole Dark Horse’s beat from a Christian rap song, says Jury.
Musicology
This is the third Musicologize article on the subject. Here, links to the previous two. A year ago, when it became evident this wasn’t going to settle. Tried to cover everything that would likely...
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A dozen interesting things about the Lil Nas X “Carry On” situation.
Musicology
Lil Nas X was having a banner week. Old Town Road just tied the record for most weeks at #1. Today we learn he’s is being sued for 25 million for another track, “Carry...
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Gimme 3 minutes to tell you why Dark Horse is not Joyful Noise.
Musicology
“Entities should not be multiplied without necessity!!” That’s Occam’s Razor. Or, as an old friend of mine used to lazily put it, “don’t hurt yourself looking for a more elaborate explanation when a simpler...
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