potify Debuts Music Initiative, “I’m with the banned” with Pusha T, Desiigner, X Ambassadors, BJ The Chicago Kid, K.Flay and more


In every era and in every country, groups of people have been excluded for their differences and ideas. Today is no exception. But we know that cultural tensions and injustices inevitably find an expression in music — and champions in artists. This is why today Spotify is launching its original series, “I’m with the banned,”…

Pitch perfect: the trends around pitching to Spotify and Apple Music playlists

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In 2017, pitching tracks to the in-house playlisters at Spotify, Apple Music and other music-streaming services is an important cog in labels’ marketing campaigns. But it’s also a discipline with plenty of mystery around it. How do labels pitch these curators, and what kind of pitches are most likely to succeed? A panel at Music…

Band uses delay from Facebook Live to loop a song and it’s incredible

Any time there’s a live streaming video, there will always be a little bit of delay in the feed. If you’ve ever been on a conference call, the short delay is noticeable enough to make things slightly awkward, but on services like Facebook Live, the delay can be multiple seconds. Most people live with it,…

Calculators are the latest instrument used in creative new ways to make electronic music


There are plenty of unconventional methods to make music, like Shawn Wasabi’s MIDI controller, which is fashioned with 64 arcade buttons, or the cute, squawking Otamatone, which YouTubers have mastered to cover a wide range of beloved tunes. Now, novelty Chinese calculators might be the latest instrument of choice for burgeoning bedroom musicians, particularly the…

Tom Petty Lands 14 Tracks on Hot Rock Songs Chart


The rock legend, who died Oct. 2, charts highest with “Free Fallin’” at No. 4. Tom Petty populates 14 of the top 25 spots on Billboard’s 50-position Hot Rock Songs chart (dated Oct. 21), as the late singer’s sizable catalog grew in all metrics following his Oct. 2 death. On the streaming-, sales- and airplay-based…

Where is the musical underground in 2017?


In the coming weeks, the Guardian is embarking on a survey of the underground in music – asking if it still exists in a world where everything is visible online, and if so, where. Fifty years ago this month, the Guardian announced what it called “our autumn promotion for 1967… a ‘roving exploration’ into the…

You can now stream songs from Apple Music on Facebook Messenger


Listening to music has rarely been easier… Facebook has unveiled the integration of Apple Music into Facebook Messenger, allowing subscribers to stream songs on the messaging service for the first time ever. Before the integration was announced, users were able to build collaborative Spotify playlists and receive song recommendations based on your conversations with friends,…

Stop Struggling for Perfection: Bruce Sugar on Working with Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ozzy & More


They say you should never meet your idols, but recording and mixing engineer Bruce Sugar would surely disagree. Growing up near Atlantic City, Sugar was a bright-eyed kid who was introduced to music early on and spent his childhood practicing piano. Then, one day in 1964, he heard a sound like no other on The…

Emo Rap Over Everything?

Uncovering How Streaming Is Changing the Sound of Pop

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Hit-making songwriters and producers reveal the ways they are tailoring tracks to fit a musical landscape dominated by streaming.   A romantic guitar unfurls a tender melody. Male voices bark shout-outs and then croon like they’re auditioning for “American Idol.” There’s an electronic whoosh. A rat-a-tat vocal phrase. And that’s all before “Despacito” even really starts….