Remember Psy’s incredibly addictive Gangnam Style ? Well, a similar sensation is taking over the internet, and you’ve probably seen it a few times since this morning: PPAP, which is short for Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen. Before you ask, it has nothing to do with Apple, the company. It’s about fruit and pens. More →
Late last night, Lady Gaga unleashed her latest single on to the world. “Perfect Illusion,” the bombastic, disco-tinged track, serves as the first single off of Lady Gaga’s yet untitled fifth studio album — her first since 2013’s Artpop.
With Apple working overtime in an effort to attract new subscribers to Apple Music, and steal away users from Spotify in the process, the company has doubled down on artist exclusives as a marketing strategy. Over the past few months, Apple has successfully managed to convince a number of big name artists like Drake and Frank Ocean to release new albums exclusively on Apple Music.
Predictably, Spotify isn’t a fan of Apple’s business strategy and has reportedly begun retaliating against artists who opt to release exclusives on Apple Music. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, artists who get into bed with Apple may discover that their content becomes harder for users to find on Spotify.
Britney Spears’ career may be filled with no shortage of ups and downs, but the pop sensation has impressively managed to remain a relevant fixture in the entertainment industry for a good 15+ years.
Currently holding a residence in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood, Spears recently took some time off from performing to record her ninth studio album; not too shabby for someone who endured and came back from a highly publicized nervous breakdown a few years back.
Apple may not be planning to take on Netflix just yet, but there’s no escaping the fact that the company is increasingly showing an interest in developing original content designed to attract more and more users to its Apple Music service. In addition to an original TV show starring Dr. Dre, Apple has already committed to releasing a Taylor Swift tour documentary, a reality show that focuses on developers creating apps, and most recently, the rights to a spinoff of the popular Carpool Karaoke segment from the Late Late Show with James Corden.
The latest addition to Apple’s already varied stable of media content will be a documentary of some sort that will be shot in cooperation with Cash Money Records. According to Bloomberg, Apple will reportedly be funding the project that will become an Apple Music exclusive upon completion. While the focus of the documentary hasn’t yet been confirmed, Music Business Worldwide notes that the program will primarily focus on “Cash Money and Birdman.”
The battle for music streaming supremacy hasn’t been decided just yet, but it’s increasingly starting to look like Spotify and Apple Music will be the two services angling for the top spot. While Spotify still has many more paid subscribers relative to Apple Music, Apple’s streaming service is growing at an impressive clip. The most recent data we have indicates that Apple Music already boasts more than 13 million paid subscribers, a pretty impressive feat for a service that was initially plagued with usability problems at launch. Spotify meanwhile has 30 million paid subscribers.
Just like a wine taster’s palate or an art student’s sense of bullshit, your listening skills are something that can be trained and honed. Music software company iZotope has a fun challenge to see how well your ears stack up against the competition.
As spotted by CDM, iZotope has an entire guide out that will help teach you about equalization, compression and digital audio. The equalization section has a bunch of interesting videos to explain the basics of EQs (balancing different frequencies), so that you’ll get a better understanding of what your car stereo does when you flip it between Rock and Pop. There’s also an explainer on the more complicated side, breaking down terms like “Peak Level” and “RMS.”
After a rocky start characterized by a clunky and inconsistent UI, Apple Music has seemingly hit its stride. Not even a year old, Apple’s streaming music service already boasts more than 13 million paying subscribers. And while one might reasonably assume that Apple Music’s tremendous gains in just a few months is bad news for Spotify, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
As it stands today, Spotify currently has more than 30 million subscribers. What’s more, Spotify VP Jonathan Forster recently explained in an interview with Reuters that Spotify has experienced an even faster rate of growth since Apple Music hopped on the scene last June.
Do you remember Creative? In the early 2000s, the company had a brief period of being cool, as its Zen MP3 players were the anti-establishment alternative to the iPod. These days, the Singapore-based company mostly makes gaming headsets and computer speakers — nothing to do with smartphones, in other words. But thanks to a complaint filed against every big Android phone manufacturer, Creative has quietly declared war on Android.
The complaint is filed against a who’s-who of Android smartphones: Samsung, LG, HTC, BlackBerry, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo and Motorola. The issue at hand is music players: all the phones have ’em, and Creative has a patent it thinks is being infringed on. Specifically, all the phones are capable of “playing stored media files selected by a user from a hierarchical display.”
It’s not uncommon these days to see new albums from big name artists launch exclusively on a particular streaming platform. Kanye’s “The Life of Pablo”, for instance, was a Tidal exclusive for a number of weeks before it ultimately found its way to Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. More recently, Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album is only available to stream via Tidal, though it is available for purchase via iTunes. And most recently, Drake’s new album “Views” launched as an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive for just one week.
That’s right, Justin Timberlake fans, your prayers have been answered. The entertainer will finally release a new song, and it’ll all go down early this Friday. A new album is on the way as well. More →
Well before Tupac Shakur became a household name and transcendent rapper – we’re talking pre-Death Row and even pre-Keep Ya Head Up – Pac was hardly one to shy away from speaking his mind and imparting knowledge upon the masses. Earlier this week, MTV News unearthed an old interview they conducted with Tupac back in 1992, months before his first album had even hit store shelves. During the course of the interview, Tupac waxes poetic on societal responsibility, poverty, the distribution of wealth and more.
For anyone who grew up in the ’90s and spent a fair amount of time on Sunday afternoons watching the NBA on NBC, the show’s iconic theme song, penned by John Tesh and called “Roundball Rock,” undoubtedly brings back all sorts of fond memories.
Looking to combine the old with the new, Mark Hinog of SB Nation recently put together a mashup featuring “Roundball Rock” with a track from Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo. When I first stumbled across this mashup, I was bracing myself for the worst, mostly because a) a good mashup takes skill and is harder to put together than most people think and b) the Kanye track chosen for the mashup was “I Love Kanye.”