Pink Floyd were refused payment after a show in 1966. The club owner claimed “Their performance wasn’t music”. They took him to court and lost.
During the siege of the city during WWII, music performances were broadcast over the city of Leningrad 24/7 to bolster the civilians’ spirits. At rare times, when music wasn’t broadcast, a metronome was placed before the radio microphone to assure the people that the resistance was ongoing.
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day.
The first music “streaming” service was invented in 1897. People in New York could call up the Telharmonium, an electric organ that took up the entire floor of a building, which would play live music through their phone speakers.
A person who picked on Eminem in school sued him for his 1999 song ‘Brain Damage’. The judge dismissed the case and delivered the verdict as a rap.
The lyrics of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” are officially credited to his childhood friend Vincent “Tata” Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in the Jamaican ghetto where Marley grew up. Marley gave Ford credit for writing the song so that the royalty payments could keep the soup kitchen open.
A funk band released an album on Spotify that consisted of 10 completely silent tracks. They encouraged their fans to play it on a loop in their sleep. They used the royalty money to fund an admission-free tour.
Frank Zappa’s Grammy-winning album Jazz from Hell received a “Parental Advisory” sticker even though it is a collection of instrumental pieces and contains no lyrics at all.
Katy Perry originally started out as a Christian rock/gospel singer, with her first album entitled Katy Hudson (her real name) being a Christian record. Seven years later, she revamped herself as Katy Perry and with edgier songs like “I Kissed a Girl”.