The albums are the latest example of artists' unreleased work being leaked online.
On Friday morning, Beyonce fans woke to news of Queen B dropping two surprise albums under the name "Queen Carter."
The two LPs of unreleased songs dropped Thursday night on various streaming services. Fans were blessed with two 10-track albums, one titled Back Up, Rewind and one called Have Your Way. The two collections include tracks like "After All Is Said and Done," "Hey Goldmember," "Twerk," "Black Culture" and "Keep Giving Your Love to Me."
While Beyonce is known for releasing albums without warning and sending her Bey-hive into a frantic buzz, this particular drop seemed a little suspicious. Fans pointed out on social media that the songs are not new at all, and that truly devoted followers of the pop queen have likely heard the music before.
so I almost passed out until I realized it’s old music...so who is releasing Beyoncé’s old music as Queen Carter on… https://t.co/SesRRikpYq— CPS (@CPS)1545359228.0
any true Beyoncé fan would know immediately that anything with songs like "Crazy Feelings" and "Lost Yo Mind" can't be new #QueenCarter— Mark Sundstrom (@Mark Sundstrom)1545361242.0
Some even hoped that the leaker would spread the holiday cheer farther, and make Beyonce music new and old accessible to all.
Omg, someone is using the name “Queen Carter” & dropping albums w/ Beyoncé’s old songs, it’d be ashame if they rele… https://t.co/nwwhSvZmij— Kaci Marie (@Kaci Marie)1545363557.0
But hopes were quickly dashed, as the album disappeared as quickly as it had come. Beyonce isn't the only artist to have her music
leaked recently. Earlier this month, an album titled Comethru by an artist called Sister Solana appeared on Spotify, featuring nine unreleased SZA tracks. The nine-track LP seemed to feature a contribution from Kendrick Lamar, who was billed as "King Kenny." SZA quickly confirmed to fans that she was not behind the leak, writing on her Instagram story, "These are random scratches from 2015," she wrote. "Def not new new! But... creative? And scary?"
TDE's president addressed the issue a little more strongly, tweeting,
There is no new SZA album out. Old songs were stolen and leaked. We are currently fixing the issue. Please feel fre… https://t.co/BBeK7zIxLt— Punch TDE (@Punch TDE)1545357218.0
So who's leaking these albums? How do record leaks even happen? Dominic Flannigan, co-owner of independent label LuckyMe,
claims that "basically every single record" released will leak. "It's a complete fact. I don't understand the news stories. The ones we talk about are simply the anticipated releases people are looking for."
According to Fact Magazine, however, an ex-staffer at Warner Music Group said leaks are actually happening less frequently. "It used to be months in advance albums leaked – 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' for instance, that was months before the album came out," he says. "Now everything leaks, but it generally leaks closer to the release date. Plus labels are getting more wise to it, and the surprise release [such as with Beyonce's last album] is more of a thing."
But with the recent SZA and Beyonce leaks, it's clear that a different kind of theft is happening in the music industry. Instead of finished albums being leaked before their official release dates, these leaks featured old or unfinished music that wasn't on the streaming platforms previously. As technology makes music making more accessible, it also makes this kind of musical impersonation easier. It's likely that the leakers merely took MP3s from videos or other online sources, and uploaded them in hopes of making money from streams. Which raises the question, with the rapid development of technology, how can music makers protect their art?
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Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."