Former New York Times journalist Ian Urbina is apologizing after a number of artists voiced their displeasure with him after they contributed music to a challenge tied to a guide he launched in 2019. The guide, The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Throughout The Final Untamed Frontier, was launched in August 2019, and with it got here a soundtrack that featured music from a lot of artists. As part of their deal, Urbina would obtain 50% of the revenue that was constituted of the collaborating songs in alternate for serving to to advertise the artists with assist from platforms like Spotify, Netflix, and extra.
Nonetheless, a number of artists mentioned Urbina failed to carry up his finish of the deal, leaving one individual to name it a “rip-off.” “It was all 100% about his guide and even that, not many individuals appeared to care,” one other mentioned. “I’ve labored in music lengthy sufficient that I do know that sh*t occurs and I simply moved on, however the entire thing left a foul style in my mouth.”
Now Urbina has apologized through a press release on the Outlaw Ocean Music Project website. “[If] you persuade artists to take a position their time, model, effort, viewers, belief and creativity into your challenge, it’s essential to speak with them absolutely, guarantee they get royalty statements and paid on time, reply their questions rapidly,” the assertion learn. “I did not do this stuff. The label I created to run the challenge and the subcontractor I employed to do this stuff additionally failed.
“The purpose has been to transform tales into a unique language, particularly music, as a artistic means to seize the eye of a youthful and extra numerous viewers — the very viewers typically missed by legacy retailers,” Urbina continued. “I believed, and nonetheless do, this was a brand new option to flow into journalism through non-news platforms. Any cash that got here in went towards publishing new albums and recruiting extra artists.”
Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokesperson for NYT, says the publication is conscious of the accusations in opposition to Jordan. “The allegations are troubling,” she says. “We’re presently wanting into the matter.” It must also be famous that Urbina departed the publication on Might 30, 2019.