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10 most viewed YouTube videos of all-time

By on January 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

10 most viewed YouTube videos of all-time

MTV’s steady and somewhat sad transformation into a channel more widely know for reality TV programming than for music seemingly signaled the end of the music video era. But in February of 2005, YouTube came along and completely changed the game. Not only did YouTube’s massive popularity help bring the visual art form known as the music video back to life, the site quickly became an extremely popular destination for people to listen to music.

By 2015, YouTube had emerged as the unassuming king of music streaming, besting out industry heavyweights like Pandora and Spotify by a wide margin. In fact, during the first half of 2015, an estimated 57% of all 135.2 billion music streams were reportedly served by YouTube.

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Most Overused and Overplayed Songs

10 most overused and overplayed songs in movies and on TV

By on December 22, 2015 at 7:50 PM.

10 most overused and overplayed songs in movies and on TV

The importance of music in film can’t be overstated. A well-chosen song not only heightens our senses but can also evoke a wide range of emotions. Not surprisingly, some movies will spend big bucks to secure the rights for certain songs deemed integral to the finished product. Note that the photo above is from Almost Famous, a top-notch film with one of the most expensive and revered soundtracks in movie history.

Over time, though, many directors, both in film and on TV, have seemingly gotten lazy and now reflexively revert back to well-known musical pieces. In a sense, musical choices these days have almost become formulaic: Have a scene depicting the Vietnam War? Go with Gimme Shelter. A woman goes on a drug binge? Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe should fit the bill.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989 World Tour’ film to be an Apple Music exclusive

By on December 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM.

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989 World Tour’ film to be an Apple Music exclusive

As Apple continues to try and position Apple Music as a viable alternative to Spotify, the company remains committed to providing both audio and video exclusives from some of music’s biggest stars. Most recently, Taylor Swift announced on Sunday that concert film from her monumental 1989 world tour will be dropping on December 20, exclusively via Apple Music.

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Star Wars Notorious BIG Mashup

Star Wars and Notorious B.I.G. join forces for incredible musical mashup

By on December 3, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

Star Wars and Notorious B.I.G. join forces for incredible musical mashup

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just about two weeks away, we recently stumbled across a great musical mashup pairing some of the Notorious B.I.G’s greatest hits with original and rousing Star Wars music from famed composer John Williams.

Put together by Otaku Gang, the 17-track playlist — available for your listening pleasure via Soundcloud — is appropriately titled Life After Death Star, a clever play on Biggie’s seminal 1997 double-album titled Life After Death.

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Aurous Popcorn Time for Music

Meet Aurous, the ‘Popcorn Time for music’ app you’ve been waiting for

By on October 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM.

Meet Aurous, the ‘Popcorn Time for music’ app you’ve been waiting for

Despite its questionable legality, Popcorn Time’s popularity hasn’t diminished much since the original forks launched in 2014. In fact, the name has generated enough interest online that other developers are beginning to borrow the model for their own apps.

Today, we’re going to introduce you to one of them — this is Aurous, the Popcorn Time for music.

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Kanye West Glastonbury

Kanye West might be the best performer of all time; Watch his just-released performance from this year’s Glastonbury Festival

By on September 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM.

Kanye West might be the best performer of all time; Watch his just-released performance from this year’s Glastonbury Festival

You can say a lot of negative things about Kanye West. He’s egotistical. He has an inflated and borderline-delusional sense of entitlement. And of course, the fact that he married Kim Kardashian only makes it that much easier to poke fun at him.

All the same, even if you happen to be a Kanye hater, there’s simply no denying that the man is a hit maker. And we’re not just talking about the fact that many of his songs get a lot of radio play. Many of his songs, with Gold Digger being a prime example, are permanently etched into the tapestry of our musical consciousness. In other words, Kanye’s catalog of music stands the test of time, an impressive feat given how fickle the world of music can be.

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Spotify Royalty Payments

Songwriters earn just $90 for every 1 million streams on Spotify

By on September 24, 2015 at 7:50 PM.

Songwriters earn just $90 for every 1 million streams on Spotify

The music industry isn’t in turmoil, but it’s undeniably in the midst of a transformation. These days, services like YouTube, Pandora and Spotify make it easier than ever for fans to discover new music and listen to old favorites. At the same time, many musicians have expressed concern that the economic model of a streaming-based music economy simply isn’t viable.

During a roundtable discussion on copyright issues at Belmont University in Nashville this week, songwriter Kevin Kadish said that he earned just $5,679 for more than 178 million streams of the song “All About That Bass“, a hit song he co-wrote for singer Meghan Trainor.

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Apple Music Marketing Failure

Apple Music’s abject marketing failure

By on August 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Apple Music’s abject marketing failure

Apple two weeks ago was forced to defend its nascent Apple Music service following a report which claimed that 48% of users who signed up for the streaming service were no longer using it. Offering a rebuttal, Apple subsequently said that only 21% of the millions of subscribers who signed up for a three-month trial had left the fold. More →

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Spotify’s free streaming tier may be getting a shakeup

By on August 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Spotify’s free streaming tier may be getting a shakeup

A new report claims that Spotify may be adjusting its business model in the near future. While the popular streaming music site currently offers both premium and ad-supported tiers, DigitalMusicNews relays that Spotify may soon be shifting its focus towards its premium business.

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Apple Music Indie Artists

Apple Music Just Landed a Ton of Big-Name Artists

By on June 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM.

Apple Music Just Landed a Ton of Big-Name Artists

In the wake of Taylor Swift convincing Apple to dole out royalty payments during Apple Music’s three-month trial period, Apple has been quick to leverage the accompanying good will and sign crucial deals with two massive music rights organizations, Beggars Group and Merlin Network.

According to Billboard, Merlin alone represents over 20,000 labels and distributors across the globe. Together, both groups oversee members who own the musical rights to a vast number of big name artists, including Adele, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Neko Case, The Strokes, Social Distortion, The National, Tom Waits, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, DJ Khaled, and Martin Solveig & Dragonette.

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Taylor Swift Blasts Apple In Open Letter Over Apple Music’s ‘Shocking’ Trial Period

By on June 21, 2015 at 7:33 PM.

Taylor Swift Blasts Apple In Open Letter Over Apple Music’s ‘Shocking’ Trial Period

Taylor Swift over the weekend penned a brutal critique of Apple Music, calling the upcoming streaming service’s free three-month trial period both shocking and disappointing.

In an open letter posted to Tumblr, Swift took umbrage with the fact that Apple, during the aforementioned trial period, will not be making any royalty payments to music owners. This has of course rubbed many artists the wrong way as they’ll effectively be giving their music away for free for three months.

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Sorry, Haters: Apple Isn’t Bullying Artists Into Signing Up for Apple Music

By on June 19, 2015 at 1:09 PM.

Sorry, Haters: Apple Isn’t Bullying Artists Into Signing Up for Apple Music

In an effort to get as many people as possible signed up for Apple Music, Apple will be giving users a free three-month trial period when the service launches on June 30. During this three-month window, Apple will not be handing over any royalty payments to music labels; and in exchange for this generous grace period, Apple has agreed to pay labels a royalty rate that’s a tad higher than the industry norm once the trial period closes.

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Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud Mall Performance

Video: That moment when you sing a song in public and the actual singer rolls up to join in

By on June 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Video: That moment when you sing a song in public and the actual singer rolls up to join in

We all have favorite songs that we humming all day long, and some people go ahead and sing them in front of an actual audience rather than enjoying the privacy of a shower. That’s exactly what one teenager did in a shopping mall during a singing-based fund-raiser of sorts. But little did she know that the artist who actually sings the song she chose would happen to walk by and jump on stage unannounced to help her. More →

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