Wednesday, April 24, 2024

UPDATE Kanye West Song Removed from Digital Platforms After Complaint from Donna Summer Estate Over Copyright Infringement




The Kanye West album “Vultures” was removed from most digital platforms because of a take down notice from Donna Summer’s estate. It was just restored to iTunes and Spotify but without the song “Good Don’t Die.” (iTunes still has six other tracks they’ve de-listed.)

West says on Instagram that the album has been removed from all digital platforms and it should be ordered on his website. But all about but one song has been reloaded.

Summer’s estate complained that West used a sample of “Love to Love You Baby” without permission on “Good (Don’t Die),” which caused the trouble. Ozzy Osbourne, separately, threatened legal action over a sample of one of his songs.

Unfortunately this had nothing to do with objectionable lyrics. The platforms don’t care about that!

Keep refreshing…

EARLIER Yesterday, Kanye West’s “Vultures,” was number 2 on the iTunes Top 200.

Today, it’s gone.

The album has vanished from all the iTunes charts– singles, albums, rap albums.

Have sales simply stopped? Or has iTunes stopped offering it?

The album is full of vulgarities and features an antisemitic reference that is ugly, hateful, and repellent.

If Apple has decided not to distribute the album, more power to them. It would be incredible if someone in the music business executed some editorial authority. It would be a miracle!

Keep refreshing.

Usually, I add a YouTube link for a song from an album, but I can’t in this case because the material is so objectionable.

Instead, here’s a nice song to cleanse your mind.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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