Gangnam Style is no longer the most-played video on YouTube

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Gangnam Style had been YouTube’s most-watched video for five year. Psy’s Gangnam Style is no longer the most-watched video on YouTube. The South Korean megahit had been the site’s most-played clip for the last five years. The surreal video became so popular that it “broke” YouTube’s play counter, exceeding the maximum possible number of views…


WHY SPOTIFY’S FAKE ARTISTS PROBLEM IS AN EPIDEMIC. LITERALLY.

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  MBW’s revelations about Spotify repeatedly adding ‘fake artists’  to its key playlists have been the talk of the global music business this week. Yet one nagging question has been raised time and again in response, both by those up in arms about the news and by those who reckon it’s a lot of fuss about nothing:…


13 Common Vocal Mixing Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

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  Vocals are the most important part of your mix. The vocals sell the music. Whether they’re a seasoned pro or your tone deaf aunt, everyone listens to the vocals. When you focus your mixing energy on the vocals, you are focusing on the one part of the mix that every listener is guaranteed to hear. Of…


Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

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Stream-ripping is now the fastest-growing form of music piracy in the UK, new research has suggested. Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers. Record labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally…


How Losing SoundCloud Would Change Music

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The streaming giant — which laid off 40 percent of its staff Thursday — has long struggled to stay both stable and independent. But its unique contributions to music consumption can’t be overstated. On Thursday, SoundCloud laid off 173 of its 420 employees, closing two of its four offices, in San Francisco and London. Cofounder and chief executive Alexander…


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Imagine Dragons Fly to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 for First Time

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  Imagine Dragons leap from No. 8 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated July 15) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time. The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social…


IF SPOTIFY’S GOING TO BECOME PROFITABLE, IT NEEDS TO MAKE SOME CHANGES

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  On the face of it, it ain’t good news for Daniel Ek. Spotify’s annual results, filed last month in Luxembourg, portray a business whose losses are far outpacing its revenue growth – with 2016’s sales up 52% to $3.3bn but net losses widening 133% to nearly $600m. The first apparent conclusion from this data is one of a faltering…


Imagine Dragons takes number-two spot on “Billboard” 200 with “Evolve”

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  ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons‘ new album Evolve debuts at number two on this week’s Billboard 200. The third studio effort from the Las Vegas rockers takes the runner-up spot with a total of 147,000 equivalent album units, 109,000 of which were pure album sales. Evolve‘s debut is the biggest week for a rock album in 2017. The last rock…


Manage your sounds online with Loopcloud

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Plug-in allows in-sync sample auditioning and drag & drop functionality Loopcloud is a brand new, free cloud-connected application from sample experts, Loopmaster. It’s designed for browsing and managing all your Loopmasters samples, MIDI files and presets. Bring them into your DAW via drag and drop or use the accompanying Loopcloud plug-in, which plays everything back…