Prior to New York Times journalist Ian Urbina is apologizing after multiple artists expressed displeasure with him after they contributed music to a project tied to a book he released in 2019. The book, The Ocean of Outlaws: The Last Unexplored Cross-Border Journey, was released in August 2019 and is accompanied by a soundtrack featuring music by several artists. As part of their deal, Urbina will receive 50% of the profits from participating songs in exchange for helping promote the artists with help from platforms like Spotify, Netflix, and more.
However, multiple artists said Urbina was unable to close her deal, prompting one to call it a “scam”. “It’s all 100% about his book and even that, not many people seem to care,” another said. “I’ve been in the music business long enough for me to know that it happens and I just move on, but the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth.”
Now Urbina has apologized through a statement about Outlaw Ocean Music Project Website. “[If] you convince artists to invest time, brand, effort, audience, trust and creativity in your project, it is important to communicate fully with them, make sure they receive copyrights and payments on time, responding to their inquiries quickly,” the statement read. “I failed to do these things. The label I created to run the project and the subcontractor I hired to do these things also failed.
“The aim is to translate the stories into another language, specifically music, as a creative means to capture the attention of a younger and more diverse audience – the very audiences who are sometimes secondhand stores miss,” Urbina continued. “I thought, and still do, this is a new way to circulate journalism through non-news platforms. Any money raised is used to publish new albums and recruit more artists. “
Danielle Rhoades Ha, spokesperson for NYT, said the publication was aware of the allegations against Jordan. “The allegations are troubling,” she said. “We are currently looking into the matter.” It is also important to note that Urbina was published on May 30, 2019.
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