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Logic slams UMG for not letting Ninja & Twitch streamers play his music

Published: 19/Sep/2020 0:23

by Theo Salaun

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Logic has moved onto Twitch streaming after retiring from rap, but he has taken up arms against his record label, UMG, for disallowing streamers like Ninja from playing his discography.

A day after Kanye West lit Twitter on fire with attacks against Universal Music Group for the stipulations of their contracts with recording artists, Logic has joined in with a public push against the label for refusing to let Twitch streamers use his music, despite his requests.

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While Kanye invoked similarly frustrated artists like Chauncey ‘Hit-Boy’ Hollis and called upon other high-profile UMG signees like Drake and Taylor Swift in his unrelenting attack against UMG for perceived wrongs, Logic has referenced the godfather of streaming himself: Ninja. 

 

Logic has six studio albums to his name and two Grammy nominations, making him one of the past decade’s more prominent artists. It’s therefore no surprise that he mentions that his “gaming homies, including Ninja” have wanted to stream his music during their Twitch sessions. 

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In light of Twitch’s 2020 issues with DMCA violations and subsequent streamer bans across the platform, the onus is put on artists and their representatives to allow streamers the rights to use their music. In this instance, Logic’s gripe is that his representation, UMG, refuses to open up the rights to his music for usage by streamers on Twitch or YouTube.

“UMG won’t let me,” he explained. “I want to give to this great community and allow them to use my music for free! This is beyond a dollar sign. I want the community to enjoy my music.”

 

As star streamer Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop reiterates, the issue is massive and not limited to Logic. No stranger to the music business, the streamer co-recorded a hilarious music video with Ariana Grande and has now responded to Logic’s complaints by affirming that this situation is widespread: “I’ve talked about this with so many artists, and they just feel trapped.”

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It’s an interesting conundrum that came to light back in June following Twitch’s DMCA discussions when rapper 21 Savage allowed streamer Trainwrecks to use his music. That was only possible because 21 owns the rights to all of his masters, a position many artists do not find themselves in.

 

In Kanye’s case, he went on a Twitter spree, posting screen grabs of every single UMG contract he is currently signed with. The clip of him urinating on a Grammy went viral, but that was just one way for him to publicize what he believes is an unjust power dynamic between label and artist.

At the moment, Logic and Kanye’s contracts are signed and legally binding, but it is very interesting that these artists are bringing their criticisms into the public arena. UMG has made no response so far, but Logic appears hopeful that exposure from his and Ninja’s platforms may apply enough pressure to let him choose who can play and listen to his music for free.

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David Dobrik calls police after “scary” stalker keys his assistant’s car

Published: 8/Oct/2020 23:46

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star David Dobrik is one of the internet’s most famous content creators — but living in the limelight isn’t always a cake walk, as he discovered after one of his viewers began stalking his home.

Boasting well over 18 million subscribers on YouTube, it comes as little surprise that Dobrik receives the occasional unwanted visitor at his house, which has happened several times before.

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However, this latest incident took a dark turn, as revealed during an episode of Dobrik and Jason Nash’s ‘VIEWS’ podcast in early October where the star revealed one viewer took things a little too far.

During the episode, Dobrik explained that the fan — a young woman in her “early twenties” — had sat outside of his home on the street curb for two days before banging on the door, yelling his name.

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David Dobrik speaks to the camera.
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In an episode of his VIEWS podcast with Jason Nash, David Dobrik revealed a disturbing encounter with a woman who was stalking him.

After Dobrik went outside to investigate, he reported that the viewer suffered from appeared to be a “panic attack” and quickly shouted “Nevermind, you can’t help me,” before “storming” out of his driveway.

Understandably concerned, Dobrik and company followed the woman, to no avail — but a day later, a neighbor texted the YouTuber that someone had keyed his assistant, Natalie’s, Ford Bronco.

The vehicle (pictured below) was etched with symbols, according to Dobrik, which included his name written in odd lettering.

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Upon investigating the car, David found that the woman was nearby, claiming she wanted to “apologize” — but quickly became what he described as “scary,” prompting him to call law enforcement for help in case things got sticky.

Luckily, the star was adamant that he didn’t want to “get her in trouble” but instead wanted her to “get help,” to which she agreed.

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While waiting on the police to arrive, Dobrik asked the woman why she’d stalked him, to which she replied: “He told me to just go for it.”

As for who “he” was? Dobrik claimed she said it was “the guy inside my head,” who told her that “if I came here, everything would be answered.”

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Thankfully, the police were “super f**king nice” when they arrived and took the woman to a hospital, prompting a hilarious chat with an officer who advised Dobrik to change his name on social media — something he replied he was a “little late” for.

While this is far from the first time an internet celebrity has been outright stalked, it’s good to know that this situation ended peacefully, with Dobrik understanding that his stalker didn’t have bad intentions, but merely needed help.