Behind the Cover & the Controversy Surrounding Beat Leasing

Welcome to The VICE Magazine Podcast, your definitive guide to enlightening information. Our second annual music issue, a collaboration with our music site Noisey, came out yesterday: Go to for the full issue or get a rundown of what’s inside first.


For the rest of November, we’ll be highlighting some of these stories. First up, photo editor Elizabeth Renstrom explains the extremely dusty cover photo and why we thought the image perfectly sums up the state of the music industry.


We also hear from Andrea Domanick, Noisey’s West Coast editor, who wrote about internet producers turning huge profits in the underground beat market, and how this trend, according to some, might be detrimental to music.

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