May 26, 2024

Secret Angels - You never know!


Do you believe in Angels?
Have you ever met an Angel?

While many people will answer my first question with a YES, many of you will probably answer the second question with a NO! 

When we talk about angels, people always assume angels with wings like the ones from fairytales and movies. BUT angels are everywhere around us. Yes, they are. Daily! We just have to recognize them and don't take anyone's kindness, help and support for granted!

Inspired by the kindness of nine secret angels in our little grocery shop around the corner, that we visit for 20 years, I have written the lyrics to remind everyone that we all have secret angels around us. 

The next time when you visit your grocery shop in your neighbourhood, be aware that every product that you see has ended up in your store after a loooong journey. 

We buy all kinds of products weekly for our needs, starting from bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk products, honey, jam, flower and all kinds of beverage and beauty products not realizing how many people (secret angels) make it possible for us to enjoy our favourite products daily. If it wasn't for the farmworkers far away, the hard-working and low paid factory workers in foreign countries, the truck drivers and finally our market staff stocking our shelves daily at least three times a day, we wouldn't be as happy and satisfied as we are. 

So we don't need to see angels with wings, because we are surrounded by secret angels with hidden wings. The mail man, the milk man, the bus drivers, the taxi driver and so on. All kinds of people working in public sectors near and far in different fields that we might never meet in person could be an angel. 

We saw how desperately we need these people during the pandemic, but sadly humans tend to forget and nag instead of being grateful for all the blessing we have in life. 

This song is a reminder to appreciate every single person who makes your life a little bit easier. Don't take anyone's service for granted because anyone might be a secret angel. 

Secret Angels is the bonus track on the album Legacy4Humanity, Lily Amis feat. Thir13een available at Bandcamp.com. The track will be released as a single only on LilyAmis.Bandcamp.com on the 13th of June 2024! 

Stay tuned...


May 23, 2024

Amuse.io - The damages are beyond disgusting!



Disgusting treatment! Corrupt company policy! Wasting artists time! 

SHAMEFUL! 
HANDS AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!


Artists as you know by now, my previous distributor AMUSE has caused me a lot of damage in the previous months by closing my artist account from one day to another without informing me WHY for weeks!

The more time goes by, the more I see the damages they have created by denying me access to my account and taking down my tracks. It is beyond upsetting. 

I don’t understand how people allow themselves to treat other people like shit and just go away with it! Such unkind, cruel, unprofessional, and unacceptable, disgusting treatment should have consequences! 

Not only was I accused of false allegations, but now I see that so much time and effort that I have put into my music promotion was thrown into the toilet! Disgusting!

One example is adding my song lyrics to my song releases through Musicmatch. Hours of work just gone because of the most corrupt distribution company on earth that I’ve trusted blindly for 2 years!

While my songs are released again (only in selected stores for now!), the lyrics are no longer available on social media like Instagram and in stores such as Spotify.

Well, I'm not gone invest more time in adding lyrics when they can be removed that easily! I’m glad that I have released my album Legacy4Humanity on Bandcamp.com. And I’m grateful to know the song, the cover, and the lyrics are all safe and sound in one place and can only be removed by me, the copyright holder!


May 19, 2024

#RespectIndieArtistsWork - My Take Downs!


After two years, I finally have an insight into the streaming numbers and store payments according to my previous corrupt distributor amuse.io statement. I don’t trust them, and therefore I can’t say if any of it is legit and 100% reliable. However, the numbers have been eye-opening and a wake-up call! 

Let me make something clear. I have never ever started the journey as an indie writer and lyricist to make a profit, even though I like anyone else need to make an income while living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

My main goal from the start with writing and publishing books and writing and releasing music has been raising awareness about delicate topics close to my heart. If I were a fortune & fame hunter, I should have stopped writing, publishing, and releasing already after my first book (my memoir DESTINATION FREEDOM back in 2014) and my first song release “80 Million People, Lily Amis feat. Thir13een" back in 2022.

But I’m an artist, and most artists survive this corrupt world, unpleasant reality and disgusting society by being creative in their field of interest. We do it because we love it despite the outcome and respond. 

Knowing that we won’t see any profit, the least we can expect is at least some respect and dignity! After my recent awful and unlawful experience and disgusting treatment by the Swedish distribution company amuse.io based in Stockholm, I have started the online petition #RespectIndieArtistsWork to warn other indie artists before they have to go through the same BS treatment as I have after two years of “partnership” with a company whose policy is to disrespect, insult and accuse indie-artists!

My takeaway from this BS treatment: I have taken down my music from Amazon Music, Apple/iTunes, Audiomack, and SoundCloud for NOW! I am considering taking down my tracks from more stores in the upcoming months! I have too much self-respect for myself as a human being and for my wonderful tracks to allow anyone to disrespect me and my work ever again.

Why these stores? I tell you why. 

Amazon Music for Artists is the most user-unfriendly platform of all. You can't contact anyone and get a proper answer.

Apple and iTunes are also difficult to contact and show zero respect toward artists' requests. 

Audiomack, because I had to write several emails until they finally did their job.

SoundCloud was the only store that did what I asked for without hesitation, but because of the lack of numbers and followers, I chose to close my account once and for all.

I no longer plant flowers in people’s gardens who don’t water them 

I no longer make my music available in stores that don’t appreciate them

Why should I continue to bring traffic to websites/platforms with nothing in return? Why?

Music is healing. Unfortunately, the music business side is exhausting and disgusting because of the lack of respect, honesty, and transparency! 

I hope you never have to experience what I have in the recent weeks and can continue your journey with joy, positive vibes, and hopes as this journey should be! Keep up the great work! 


May 17, 2024

#RespectIndieArtistsWork - Article by Toneflame music blog!


Respect Indie Artists Work - by ToneFlame 

Lily Amis, an artist with a fervent dedication to social justice, has also embarked on a new mission, one that resonates deeply within the heart of the independent music industry. With her petition #RespectIndieArtistsWork hosted on GoPetition, she strives to illuminate and reform the unjust distribution system that plagues independent musicians.

In a remarkable twist of fate, Lily’s journey into activism commenced with a previous petition, #HumanityB4Nationality, advocating for the rights of refugees. Now, as she unveils her latest musical endeavor, the album Legacy4Humanity, she finds herself once again on the digital frontlines, spearheading a cause close to her heart.

With unwavering determination, Lily endeavors to amplify the voices of indie artists who pour their essence into their craft, often without the support of labels, managers, or legal teams. Through her petition, she sheds light on the staggering disparity between the toil and dedication invested by indie artists and the scant rewards they receive in return.

The name of her petition, “Respect Indie Artists Work,” encapsulates the essence of her crusade. Lily emphasizes that it’s not merely about respecting the music itself but acknowledging the sheer labor and sacrifice that underpin each release. Independent artists are not only creators but also their own promoters, managers, and publicists, navigating the complex landscape of media and social media promotion with limited resources, while earning far less than even the most modestly paid professions.

Through her petition, Lily aims to spark a transformative dialogue, advocating for a fairer, more equitable ecosystem where indie artists receive the recognition and compensation they rightfully deserve. 

Go and read the petition details and help champion the cause of indie artists here!


May 15, 2024

Legacy4Humanity Album - BOWLING & other tracks!

Lily Amis ft. Thir13een – ‘BOWLING’ from the album ‘LEGACY4HUMANITY’

In a world often overshadowed by chaos and strife, where the whispers of humanity’s plight echo through the corridors of time, emerges a beacon of hope, a testament to resilience, empathy, and the unyielding spirit of the human heart. Lily Amis, a luminary in the realm of indie writing and lyrical prowess, alongside the maestro of sound and performance, producer Warren Young aka singer-rapper Thir13een, unveils their magnum opus, ‘LEGACY4HUMANITY’. 

This transcendent collection of songs is not merely an album but a chronicle of the human experience, a tapestry woven with threads of compassion, introspection, and a profound call to action. Inspired by the cavernous depths of human suffering and the indomitable will to rise above, ‘LEGACY4HUMANITY’ is a testament to the power of music as a catalyst for change.

At its core, ‘LEGACY4HUMANITY’ is a mosaic of 13 meticulously crafted tracks, each a poignant reflection of the human condition, from the haunting strains of R&B to the pulsating rhythms of rap, from the soul-stirring melodies of pop to the raw energy of hip-hop. Let us embark on a journey through the chapters of this opus, where every note is a brushstroke painting the canvas of our shared humanity.

The album opens with ‘80 MILLION PEOPLE’, an R&B anthem that echoes the silent cries of the forgotten. It serves as a poignant tribute to the resilience of refugees worldwide. Through Lily Amis’ poignant lyrics and Thir13een’s soul-stirring vocals, this track transcends borders, reminding us of the human stories obscured by statistics.

Amidst the clamor of discord, ‘BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED’ emerges as an anti-war hymn, a fervent plea for acceptance, tolerance, and unity. Against the backdrop of societal turbulence, Lily Amis and Thir13een beckon us to embrace the common threads that bind us as one human family.

Inspired by the memoirs etched in the annals of time, ‘THE STOLEN YEARS’ stands as a testament to the sanctity of time and the imperative of charting our destinies. Through mellifluous melodies and introspective verses, this track implores us not to relinquish control of our lives to the hands of fate.

A melodic ode to resilience and faith, ‘THE THREE OF US’ beckons to the weary souls adrift in the tempest of life’s trials. As Lily Amis’ poignant lyrics intertwine with Thir13een’s soulful cadence, a symphony of hope emerges, reminding us that even in our darkest hours, we are never alone.

In a world rife with power struggles and deceit, ‘YOYO & CHESS’ serves as a clarion call for liberation. Through incisive rap verses and unbridled passion, Lily Amis and Thir13een urge us to reclaim our autonomy and resist the machinations of those who seek to manipulate our destinies.

A homage to maternal love and sacrifice, ‘SIMA’ unfurls like a tapestry of adoration and reverence. ‘SIMA’ is Lily’s mother’s name and stands, among other things, for Strong Independent Mom And so much more. Set against a backdrop of 80s-inspired pop melodies, this heartfelt tribute celebrates the unsung heroes who nurture life’s precious flame.

In a world marred by indifference, ‘TASTELESS BREAKFAST’ emerges as a rallying cry against complacency. Through stirring harmonies and evocative lyrics, Lily Amis and Thir13een implore us to confront the harsh realities of homelessness and hunger with empathy and action.

Amidst the clamor of apathy, ‘MY MISSION’ resounds as a clarion call for activism and compassion. Through impassioned vocals and resolute conviction, Lily Amis and Thir13een ignite the flames of change, urging us to become proactive in an inhumane scoiety and be the voices for the voiceless.

Against the backdrop of disparity, ‘MY VISION’ emerges as an anthem of gratitude and awareness. Through ethereal melodies and introspective verses, this track serves as a poignant reminder of our collective responsibility to uplift those in need. This track is also an endorsement for two great charities – The Christoffel Blind Mission Switzerland and SMILE TRAIN UK.

Inspired by the transcendent power of the short story “LENNON, THE MIRACLE OF MUSIC” by Lily Amis, ‘THE MIRACLE OF MUSIC’ beckons us to embrace unity and harmony. As Lily Amis’ evocative prose intertwines with Thir13een’s stirring vocals, a symphony of peace unfurls, bridging the chasms that divide us.

A cathartic exploration of resilience and renewal, ‘PING PONG & PUZZLE’ serves as a testament to the transformative power of letting go of toxic people and painful experiences. Through buoyant pop melodies and introspective lyrics, Lily Amis and Thir13een invite us to release the burdens of our past and embrace the promise of tomorrow.

Amidst the ache of displacement, ‘HOMETOWN’ emerges as a poignant lament for the lost and the lonely. Set against a backdrop of haunting piano driven melodies, this track speaks to the anguish of exile and the enduring quest for belonging in foreign countries with hostile societal environments.

In a world ensnared by greed and deceit, ‘BOWLING’ stands as a defiant anthem against the forces of tyranny. Through impassioned rap verses and unyielding resolve, Lily Amis and Thir13een challenge us to reject the siren song of power and embrace the true measure of wealth – compassion. It also criticizes the mainstream media, which frequently abuses its influence, manipulates, and inundates us with sensationalized falsehoods and misleading narratives.

Moreover, explains Lily Amis, “The Bowling ball symbolizes the bombs in war that destroy countries and kill people. The ten pins standing and looking at the bowling ball rolling towards them symbolize our incapable world leaders who wait, watch, and don’t stop the bloody wars and madness because they are making a fortune!”

The Bonus track, ‘SECRET ANGELS’ is a tender tribute to the unsung heroes among us. The song resonates as a hymn of gratitude and recognition. Through heartfelt melodies and soul-stirring vocals, Lily Amis and Thir13een honor the everyday saints who grace our lives with their selfless acts of kindness.

In the tapestry of human existence, ‘LEGACY4HUMANITY’ emerges as a luminous thread, weaving together the disparate strands of our collective journey. Through Lily Amis’ poignant lyricism, Thir13een’s evocative melodies, and Warren Young’s exquisite music production, this opus stands as a testament to the enduring power of music to uplift, inspire, and ignite the flames of change. Join them on this transformative journey as Lily Amis and Thir13een unlock the legacy of humanity, one song at a time.

May 02, 2024

Legacy4Humanity Album - Tuneloud Magazine Cover April 2024!


The previous two months have been very eye-opening and extremely challenging. It was emotionally exhausting, and I am annoyed for weeks about the lack of respect, transparency and fairness in this corrupt streaming industry! 

As you have seen on this blog, on Instagram and on Twitter, I have started an online petition demanding more RESPECT for indie artists work worldwide #RespectIndiArtistsWork. 

I feel that the upcoming changes by Spotify and other stores are a sign that they are realizing that indie artists are not a bunch of clueless, naive, stupid dreamers! We see what is happening, and we stand up and raise our voice! We demand the respect that we deserve! 

All these distributors and music stores are nothing and no one without the hard work, passion and love for music daily produced, published and promoted by the amazing indie artist community. 

Like the British Post Office Scandal, this corrupt global streaming system will fail soon. They no longer can insult and disrespect indie artists with false and fraud accusations using AI as an excuse to take down tracks, closing artist accounts and keeping royalties to themselves! It is criminal, and these people soon have to be taken accountable for their awful and unlawful actions and treatment!

While I'm fighting this system along other incredible indies, I'm happy and exited to share the Tuneloud Music Magazine Cover from April/May 2024! Thir13een and I are on the cover of this great indie music magazine, promoting our album Legacy4Humanity in a 4-page feature in the print and digital edition. This cover is a highlight and celebration of a dream-team collaborating for two years! 







April 26, 2024

Amuse.io - My open letter demanding RESPECT for all Indie-Artists!


Related post

Received this answer from AMUSE.IO a few hours after sending this long email below! And these are the people who we trust our work to! It only confirms what I say in my email. A bunch of unqualified, uneducated employees are "looking after our music"! Wake up artists! Distributors and music stores are a bunch of liars and thieves! The streaming system stinks!

Hi Lily,

Thanks for your reply.

We cannot and will not comment on stream rates from the stores. As I mentioned, we apologise for the technical issues and you're able to withdraw your royalties.

Thanks,

Team Amuse


My open letter to Harriet from Amuse.io and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Roshi Motman 

Harriet, 

WOW! So, you are fully aware of all the possible reasons why a music store can be a target by Bots/AI and YET you decide to treat your artists/clients like a criminal?

I really do have to wonder WHY I haven’t received an e-mail months ago. Why haven’t you warned me and informed me about “strange activities” on my account instead of CLOSING it from one day to another without ANY explanation? Why?

You have my full contact information. There are many ways to contact your clients by email and phone. Also, why did you decide to keep my tracks' hostage for weeks and hold back my 2 years payment for months? Sorry, but I don’t buy your “technical problem” excuse because you deliberately ignored all my emails for months! 

If you see anything suspicious, contact the artist right away, inform and explain the problem. Treat artists/your clients with kindness and respect. Protect us and don’t “punish” us. You are here to support indie artists and not to insult and discriminate us. Act with humanity and not like you are fighting a war! Indie artists are not your enemies. How come you don’t treat indie artists/your clients like signed artists with a label, management, and law team? Why don’t you show us the same appreciation, kindness, support, and respect?

NO REASON IN THE WORLD gives you and any other distributor and music store the right to treat indie artists like shit! NOTHING justifies your awful and unlawful treatment. No Bots, No AI, No company policy! No terms of use! NOTHING!!!!

When I promote a new release on social media, which I did on Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Groups, and Instagram, I have ZERO CONTROL over who sees my posts, stories, and tweets. I also have ZERO CONTROL of who is listening to my tracks from where and how many times in which store. I use smart links for every release with all the stores such as Apple, iTunes, YouTube, Tidal, Deezer and not only Spotify. And every time after a new release, I get bombarded with DM and Emails regarding promotions from Digital Marketers from around the world.

From the start, I have BLOCKED digital marketers while keeping my social profiles public. After your awful and nasty accusations, I have DELETED my FB account and many more socials to protect myself from more possible damages by charlatans and false accusations and insults by people like you. And now I’m even afraid of running promo campaigns on Groover because of your nasty treatment. I don’t want to experience anything like this ever again by any other distributor.

As I realize now, you’re all the same. You don’t respect indie artists! You don’t support indie artists. You don’t care about indie artists! Not only that, but you don’t give a damn shit about indie artists work and success! Instead of protecting us, you choose to punish and hassle us as you wish, and you call it “your policy”. Well, your policy stinks and is disgraceful!

The reality is if indie artists worldwide would strike and take down all their tracks from one day to another and STOP releasing new music, many if not all the distributors and music stores would be screwed. YOU and every single employee would be jobless. Without our talent and hard work, you are worthless.

Unfortunately, as corrupt, unfair, and shady as the system is right now, you need artists as much as artists need your service. It’s a partnership. And partners respect and support each other and don’t discriminate, insult, and accuse their clients of false allegations.

As you listed, there are plenty of reasons for getting fake streaming. Corrupt playlist curators, BOT playlists, and digital marketers can harm any artist at any time and as often from any place at any store as they wish without the artist’s knowledge!

I have NEVER signed up for your “terms of use” which as I know now, is insulting, accusing, and humiliating indie artists. Your company’s horrible reputation with many other victims/indie artists/clients in online reviews speaks volumes!

I have NEVER broken “your terms of use”. My only huge mistake was to TRUST a distributor who not only doesn’t respect its artists/clients but also gives a damn shit about their hard work, trust, and loyalty.

I signed as an indie artist and trusted you my tracks, thinking that we are having a trustworthy and professional partnership. Never in a million years did I think that two Swedish companies, a distributor, and a music stores such as Spotify would accuse me of fraud, while I am putting my heart and soul (like all indie artists do) into music and charity projects about humanity. 

With the high quality of production, song message, and hard work behind every single track, I don’t need this BS (AI, BOTS) and your nasty, inexcusable, unprofessional, and inhuman treatment!

We witness daily how our corrupt world is falling apart because of incapable, incompetent, unqualified idiots and Godless fortune hunters with zero honesty and transparency and zero moral values ruling our world as presidents, ministers, and governments. But your actions (distributors and stores) are beyond stupidity.

You don’t need a high degree to understand that your claims are baseless. Listen to yourself, blaming and discriminating indie artists for AI streaming while anyone from anywhere at any time can target and attack us is a joke! Not a funny joke though!

We have enough war in the world; we don’t need to fight more war, in an industry where people should find peace, joy, and happiness. People like you SUCK the happiness out of indie artist’s soul with your awful accusations and nasty tone and treatment.

This behaviour is unacceptable! Like a devil, you turn motivation, enthusiasm, excitement, love, and passion into poison. You turn all the light that music brings into artists' lives into darkness! You turn hopes and desires into hope- and helplessness. I wish there was a law to punish you all for your disrespectful, unkind, and heartless treatment. I wish there was a law to punish you for discriminating hard-working indie artists.

Leaving a loyal client/indie artist who has been working hard and trusting you with its babies for 2 years completely and helplessly in the dark for months and only sending an email to say hey, you have no access to your account any more without explaining WHY is the nastiest and most unprofessional and disgusting treatment I have ever experienced.

Looking at my streaming numbers and payment statement history now finally after 2 years, your and Spotify's accusations and awful treatment, and the hassle that I went through in the previous months was all for only 58 Dollars in 2 years!!! Are you serious?  I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. It is pathetic. You should be ashamed.

Do you have any idea how much time and money indie artist invest in their work? And for this ridiculous number of streaming and payment, you decide to CLOSE my artist account while signed artists are making a fortune with streamings? You do realize that the streaming system as it now stinks like your policy. Who came up with this stupid system in the first place?

WHO WORKS 50 HOURS FOR ONLY $3?

Guess what? Indie Artists!

1000 SPOTIFY STREAMINGS = $3

Standard song duration = 3:00 minutes

3 MIN SONG X 1000 STREAMINGS =

3000 MIN MUSIC: 60 MIN/1 HOUR   =

50 HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR $3!

IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THIS UNFAIR SYSTEM!

At the end of the day, indie artists do music because it is their passion. And we all know that only a few people in the world are making a living from music. So the least we expect God damn it is RESPECT! Knowing this harsh and eye-opening reality, making music is supposed to be fun. It shouldn’t suck the energy out of me and waste my time for months with all the consequences that I had to FIX only because of your horrible judgment, disrespectful, rude, and unacceptable policy after two years of “partnership”.

No indie artist in the world should tolerate distributors and music stores' rude, unkind, and inhuman “punishment”. Respect, humanity, and kindness are the keys to success. Accusing, insulting, humiliating, and ignoring messages from your artist after 2 years is wrong and unprofessional.

I hope my experience and online petition #RespectIndieArtistsWork is a lesson for your company and other rude and corrupt distributors and music stores to treat indie artists like human beings and not criminals! ¨

No distributor and music store should have the audacity to insult, accuse its clients and treat them like shit! Companies with ZERO respect, caring, and support for their clients should be shot down immediately.

How should any indie artist ever trust distribution companies and music stores under these challenging, unfair, and shady conditions? There is zero transparency, fairness, honesty, support, and protection from your side!

Mark my words: As the music industry is treating indie artists today, it is only a matter of time, until your corrupt system falls apart and Karma will hit you back! 

As I said before, everything happens for a reason. I'm glad that I'm no longer associated with an unprofessional and discriminating company like yours with no moral values!  

And finally, this is my personal message to your Chief Executive Officer Roshanak Lina Motman: “Khanoome Roshanake mohtaram, mamlekate ma, watane ma be Kesafat keschide schod bekhatere na mardi, bi khodaie, tohmat wa doroughaye amsale schoma ke nemidoni ensaniat wa mardomdari tschie. Khianat be hamwatan mikoni? Baraye hamine ke mamlekate ma be in rooze siah oftade! Khoda khodesch schahede. Akharesh bayad jawabguye khoda baschi. Pule haram, pule dardo waram mische. Zerangie ziad jawunmargi miare. Jujaro akhare paiz mischmoran. Moafagh baschi! “


Amuse.io second appology - Artists dont let ANYONE screw you!


Related post

The lack of respect and the lack of support by music distributors is as shameful and shocking as the UK Post Office scandal! Only the UK Post Office scandal is a national problem. The music industries awful and unlawful treatment with indie artists is a global issue.


Distributors and music stores have the audacity to insult and humiliate indie artist because they know they get away with their BS. They would never treat a signed artist with label, management and law team like they treat indie artists. 


Distributors are supposed to protect artists work and not punish indie-artists! Well, my recent experience with this company was eye-opening! And I'm sharing it publicly, because I know that I'm only one of many victims of a fraud industry dominated by a corrupt fortune hunters!


Received 23. April 2024 from support@amuse.io

Harriet from amuse

Hi Lily,

Thanks for your email and reply.

I'm sorry you have had a negative experience with Amuse and feel as though we are not acting in the best interests of our artists. I can assure you that we work hard to ensure our artists receive fair treatment.

However, we also work closely with the stores. We have a duty to protect and maintain their standards and work within their guidelines.

As you may be aware, Spotify especially take fraudulent streaming very seriously, and have started fining distributors for tracks that receive a certain level of artificial streaming. All distributors are reacting to this by cracking down on signs of streaming fraud, both to maintain the integrity of the artists they work with, and to support Spotify in their endeavours to tackle the issue.

Each distributor (including Amuse) has their own way of analysing streaming data and processes to handle artificial streaming. We are provided a certain amount of information and data from Spotify, however, the more information that Spotify (and indeed distributors) provide to artists about how streamfarming is handled, the less possible it is to reduce it, let alone combat it altogether.

Therefore, as a rule, we do not provide much detail. Our terms of use also dictate that we're able to close down accounts when we suspect streaming fraud. Amuse has acted a) in compliance with our terms of use (which you agreed to upon signing up) and b) as we would with any artist who we deem to have broken the terms of use.

I will also point out that streamfarming doesn't necessarily mean you bought streams. Unfortunately, there are plenty of companies out there who will masquerade as genuine promotional companies who engage in forbidden methods to increase results.

It can also be as simple as being added to a playlist without your knowledge.

Whilst our policy is to deactivate users automatically once they have reached a certain threshold (and meet several other criteria that I cannot divulge), we do have a warning policy in place. In your specific case, activities on your releases met several of the criteria that allowed for immediate deactivation.

Whilst, as mentioned, I cannot detail those criteria, what I can provide you with the following information, all of which is available to you, either through Spotify for Artists or your Amuse statement (attached). Hopefully this will allow you to handle such issues pro-actively moving forwards.


1.    A portion of your streams have been withheld by Spotify from 2022 - 2024. Spotify reports all streams (including withheld) in Spotify for Artists, and you can deduct the number of streams you were paid for (as per your Amuse statement, attached) from the total number of streams in S4A to find out how many. This was not enough of a trigger on its own, but forms part of the overall picture. This is not something we would pro-actively contact you about until certain triggers are reached.

2.    In early 2024, there was an extreme spike in your streams, from 0-20 per day to over 16k per day. This sort of spike is consistent with streamfarming, as we have found that increases due to genuine promotional campaigns to have a slower, more consistent increase before a significant jump.

3.    According to our system, there was also a significant amount of streams per listener during the same time period. Our systems indicated around 3k streams per listener, which is again consistent with bot streaming.

4.    Your releases were added to playlists without names, which generally indicates bot activity.

You mentioned you have worked with Groover. Generally, we would expect our artists to have been fully briefed on the marketing activity around their releases when working with a promotional company, and more importantly question any unexpected spikes, and act quickly to remove their music from any playlists or marketing activity they deem suspicious.

As I mentioned, we will always try and provide a warning where possible. However, in order to maintain the agreement we have with the stores to handle streamfarming, we have to draw the line somewhere. With such significant spikes, the activity on your releases was enough for us to act more strictly.

That being said, we clearly did make a mistake in not taking your releases down - this was a technical issue which I would like to apologise for once again. It is therefore completely fair and reasonable for Amuse to allow you to withdraw the royalties on your account, so I will arrange for your access to be reinstated giving you the ability to withdraw your royalties ASAP. I should have arranged this when we took down your releases, so for this, I also apologise. Please note this is on a non-precedential basis, as we clearly made an error.

I will otherwise consider this matter closed.

Thanks,

Team Amuse



April 25, 2024

#RespectIndieArtistsWork - INDIES WAKE UP!


Ever since my awful and eye-opening experience with my previous corrupt music distributor AMUSE, I’m making massive changes to my online appearance, distribution channels and social media profiles.  

You NO longer find me and my work (books, e-books, music, art and merchandising) on Smashwords, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, Everand, Gardners, Baker & Taylor and many more stores.

I have deleted my Facebook, Pinterest, Gettr, Red Bubble, SoundCloud and Audiomack account and unpublished ALL my audiobooks from stores and libraries in 100 countries. More book & music stores will be removed in the upcoming weeks! I have unpublished over 60 e-books and 6 audiobooks from over 38 audiobook stores, including Spotify!

My lovely stories are now ONLY available on LilyAmisBooks.Bandcamp.com. I have released my first audiobook “Teddy & Lily” and “Bon Voyage” back in 2017. Both stories were narrated by professional voice-overs. In 2022 and 2023 I have released my audiobooks “Lilys Ambassadors” and “Lilys Botschafter”. Again with two professional narrators. Seven years later, I haven’t even made a profit of 5% of the invested money in four productions. This is nonsense and no more acceptable! My hard work deserves more than this!


I’m also trying to MINIMIZE the damages that can be done to me as an indie-writer and indie-lyricist by downsizing my online presence. The great thing about it is that I will save a lot of time and energy in the future!

For now, my books in print are ONLY available on Amazon.

My Audio Books are ONLY available on LilyAmisBooks.Bandcamp.com

My album “Legacy4Humanity” is ONLY available on LilyAmis.Bandcamp.com. It includes 13 tracks in different genres, from Soul, R&B, to Pop and Rap. There is one beautiful bonus track on the album, which will be released as a single later this year ONLY on Bandcamp.com and on NO streaming store.

For now 13 tracks are still available in selected streaming stores but will be taken down in the upcoming weeks from stores such as Apple, iTunes and Amazon.

I no longer play this nasty game and trust distributors and streaming services. It is absolute none-sense! 


WHO WORKS 50 HOURS FOR ONLY $3?

Guess what? Indie Artists!

1000 SPOTIFY STREAMINGS = $3

Standard song duration = 3:00 minutes

3 MIN SONG X 1000 STREAMINGS = 

3000 MIN MUSIC : 60 MIN/1 HOUR =

50 HOURS ENTERTAINMENT FOR $3!

IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THIS UNFAIR SYSTEM!


April 23, 2024

#RespectIndieArtistsWork online petition on Phonenix FM Radio!


Sign & Support the #RespectIndieArtistsWork online petition!

Indie Artists and indie music lovers, your support matters now more than ever!

My awful and unlawful experience with my music distributor made me start the online petition #RespectIndieArtistsWork. The disrespectful treatment and tone remind me a lot of the National Post Office scandal in the United Kingdom. Only this is a global issue!

Just look at the location of the people who have signed the petition so far. Indie artists are everywhere and according to statistics, 100,000 tracks are released daily. Yes, you read it right: DAILY! Now imagine how much the distributors and stores keep when they withhold royalties of artists whom they accuse and blame for using AI, while ANYONE out there can place their music in BOT playlists without the artist's knowledge. Indie artists end up being THE potential fraudsters and have to tolerate the punishment and humiliation. This is unfair and unacceptable!

What is also unacceptable is the fact, that these companies know very well that indie artists without a label, management, and law team can’t do anything about it. According to my research, there is not even an organization to hold these companies accountable for their unlawful, disrespectful and discriminating actions!

It is just a matter of time until more artists speak out. Indie artists need more transparency and fairness to be able to continue their journey!

If you agree, please sign, support, and share the petition!

https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/respect-indie-artists-work.html

Thank you & God bless, Lily Amis