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DragonForce guitarist livid as Universal mutes his music on YouTube

Published: 22/Apr/2020 18:55 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 21:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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Herman Li, one of the two lead guitarists for the metal band ‘DragonForce,’ voiced his immense displeasure with Universal after the label muted his Twitch VODs when uploaded to YouTube.

During an April 21 broadcast, the guitarist ripped into Universal, and even suggested there could be some legal ramifications on the way due to the label’s actions.

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“My videos are getting blocked for playing older DragonForce songs! Can you believe it?” the rocker asked his chat. “By Universal music. They’re blocking my livestream videos from being VODs. It’s out of control.”

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The guitarist made all his VODs subscriber only.

Li’s VODs are currently only available for subscribers only. It’s unclear if they were always like this, or if the artist only recently made them subscribers-only, in an attempt to combat the copyright strikes. Meanwhile, entire videos on YouTube have been scrubbed of sound.

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“I don’t have time to email these idiots that are not even paying royalties. They owe me money. They’re not even paying it. They’re just ignoring it and not doing it,” Li continued to shred into the company.

According to Li, he’s still waiting to get paid for other reasons, but the recent issue with VODs sent him over the edge.

“That’s how f**king insane it is when you’re a musician. And guess what? Yes, I’m calling them out right now before the lawyer comes,” he revealed. “Do they care? No, they don’t care. Because they say, ‘You know what? It’s going to cost you money to get a lawyer, so we’re gonna just not pay you.’”

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According to third-party stat-tricking website TwitchMetrics, Li has been on the platform since July 15, 2017, where he plays guitar and indulges in streaming video games.

The guitarist isn’t the only big-name musician to start streaming on Twitch more recently: As Dexerto previously reported, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has also taken to the platform so fans can watch him create new music.

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Li was not played with Universal.

Fans are hopeful that Herman can get the copyright issues sorted out, so they can return to hearing more amazing tracks in his VODs.

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Until then, they’ll have to wait and see just what the future holds – especially with potential legal challenges ahead.

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Bryce Hall slams “fake influencers” for partying despite restrictions

Published: 19/Oct/2020 20:53

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Bryce Hall is calling out “fake influencers” for partying in spite of social distancing restrictions, just a month after claiming he’s quitting his own partying ways until LA city ordinances are lifted.

Bryce Hall is the self-described “party animal” of the TikTok world, notoriously being charged by the City of Los Angeles for throwing two house parties despite the area’s social distancing ordinances.

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Faced with a $2,000 fine and potential jail time, Hall later took to his YouTube channel to state that he his no longer throwing huge parties until it’s safe — but it doesn’t look like his fellow influencers are taking the hint.

Since Hall’s video was released, a number of social media stars have faced criticism for partying, including the likes of Nikita Dragun, Charli D’Amelio and rapper/Instagram star Zach Clayton, who Hall called out for his partying habits in a pointed Tweet.

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“I have a theory that the influencers who continue going to parties every night don’t own a brain,” Clayton said of the influencer-partying phenomenon. “Correct me if I’m wrong, though.”

It seems that Hall felt Clayton was being a bit of a hypocrite, as he shot back by calling him a “fake influencer,” claiming that Clayton publicly decries large gatherings but attends them himself in spite of his words of warning.

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“Practice what you preach and try not to be fake,” Hall shot back. “Let’s remember you attended my birthday party.”

“See, the difference here is I can get called out for attending a party, learn form my mistakes, then actually follow through when I say I won’t go out anymore,” Clayton replied. “I haven’t been to a party since then.”

Bryce wasn’t convinced by Clayton’s response, though, and accused him of attending “large gatherings every day not following [redacted] guidelines” — a statement that Clayton seemed to brush off.

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This is far from the first time Hall has taken shots at other influencers for partying, by far; he made similar claims in an interview with Entertainment Tonight two weeks ago, calling other influencers “liars” for going to parties but promoting social distancing on social media.

No matter how you spin it, it looks like Hall has learned his lesson and is attempting to curb the current health crisis by calling out other stars — but it doesn’t look like it’s working all too well.