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Social audio startup Stationhead looks beyond music as it hits 100K monthly active users

When I’ve written about Stationhead in the past, I’ve focused on how the startup aims to recapture bring personality and interactivity of a live radio broadcast to streaming music. But CEO Ryan Star said his ambitions are broader now: “We’re going to be the largest social audio platform in the world.” The startup says it’s growing quickly, with 100,000 monthly active users — a number that’s growing by 65% each month — and 500,000 total users. There are 6,300 hosts on the platform, and they creat...
Tags: Apps, Media, Mobile, Music, Stationhead


3 Awesome Ways Wrestling Represented in Popular Media

As one of the most exciting sports in entertainment, wrestling has always been able to gather a huge fanbase from young viewers to older audiences, to those who have grown up watching the sport to first time regular viewers – with the huge uptick in regular viewers of combat sports as a whole through the success of the UFC, wrestling has certainly started to find a growing audience here too with an impressive roster of crossover athletes that have helped bring a lot of stardom to each sport. A h...
Tags: Media, Jazz, Ufc, Wrestling, Max, Wwe, Steve Austin, All Sports Talk


Authentic Artists is building virtual, AI-powered musicians

Chris McGarry, who previously led music integration at Facebook’s Oculus, is taking a new approach to bringing music into the virtual world with his startup Authentic Artists. McGarry pointed to virtual celebrities like Lil Miquela and virtual concerts like Travis Scott’s giant event in Fortnite as setting the stage for Authentic Artists. In a sense, the startup represents a combination of those ideas, creating virtual musicians who perform their own concerts — initially in Twitch — and can resp...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Music, Media, Tech, James Murdoch, Travis Scott, Mike Shinoda, McGarry, Fortnite, Lil Miquela, Lupa Systems, Chris McGarry, Lupa Systems Mixi Group, Linkin Park McGarry


Kanye West: Netflix buys documentary 21 years in the making

Documentary will cover death of his mother and West’s failed presidential bid but it is not known if it will cover his pending divorce from Kim KardashianNetflix has bought a documentary series spanning two decades of Kanye West’s life, said to cover the death of his mother, Donda, in 2007 and his failed 2020 US presidential bid.The as-yet-untitled film will include previously unseen home videos of West and footage shot over a 21-year period by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, who direc...
Tags: Music, Media, Film, US, Kanye West, Netflix, Culture, West, Jesus, Music Documentary, Kim Kardashian West, Simmons, Clarence, Donda, Documentary films, Chike Ozah


If you enjoyed that, you will like this: but can we break free from the algorithms' grip?

Two new subscription services are aiming to restore serendipity to our cultural habitsAre you reading this by pure chance? Or are you on the lookout for articles about the value of serendipity and random encounters?In an age of online shopping, commercial algorithms and streamed entertainment, most of us are rarely confronted by things that have not been digitally matched to our previous interests or prejudices. Few will have avoided the suggestion “if you’ve enjoyed X, then you’ll like Y and Z”...
Tags: Books, Music, Media, Newspapers & magazines, Radio, Culture, Magazines, Digital Media, Television & radio, Trade magazines


Spotify adds three new types of personalized playlists with launch of ‘Spotify Mixes’

Spotify this morning announced it’s significantly expanding its selection of personalized playlists with the addition of three new categories of playlists under the heading of “Spotify Mixes.” This collection will include artist mixes, genre mixes, and decade mixes — meaning you’ll gain access to a sizable number of new mixes with easy-to-understand titles, like 2010s Mix, R&B Mix, Pop Mix, Drake Mix, Selena Gomez Mix, and so on — or whatever reflects your own tastes and interests. The company s...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Media, Tech, Pandora, Personalization, Playlists, Daily Mixes, Selena Gomez Mix, Spotify Mixes, Spotify s Workout Hub


Why bands are disappearing: 'Young people aren’t excited by them'

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was scoffed at for suggesting there ‘aren’t any bands any more’ – but if you look at the numbers, he’s right. Wolf Alice, Maximo Park and industry insiders ask why“The moment that we started a band was the best thing that ever happened,” sings Matty Healy on the 1975’s recent single Guys. The song is an ardent love letter to the band, and to the romance of bands in general: the camaraderie, the solidarity, the joyous fusion of creativity and friendship. It’s an old sentime...
Tags: Music, Media, Social Media, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Digital Media, Dance music, Haim, Adam Levine, Apple Music, Bts, Phoebe Bridgers, The 1975, Zane Lowe, Levine


SoundCloud adopts 'fan-powered royalties' that will pay artists based on listening habits instead of the number of streams

SoundCloud SoundCloud announced it will pay artists royalties based on "overall listening time." Paying "fan-powered royalties" breaks from the standard model that pays artists based on streams. "The more fans listen on SoundCloud, and listen to your music, the more you get paid," SoundCloud said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. SoundCloud on Tuesday announced that it will pay artists royalties "based on a fan's overall listening time," breaking a long-standing ind...
Tags: Spotify, Music, News, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Pandora, Soundcloud, Copyright Royalty Board, Spotify Spotify, Amazon Google, Michael Weissman, SoundCloud SoundCloud, Union of Musicians and Allied Workers, Katie Krzaczek


Taylor Swift rebukes Netflix over 'deeply sexist' joke about her love life

The pop star accused sitcom Ginny & Georgia of ‘degrading hardworking women’ with outdated attempts at humourTaylor Swift has criticised the Netflix sitcom Ginny & Georgia for making a “deeply sexist” joke about her dating history.In a scene where the mother and daughter characters argue about relationship, Ginny tells her mother: “You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Media, Taylor Swift, Celebrity, Relationships, Women, Netflix, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Ginny, Ginny Georgia


‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits

Hit songs can be a better investment than gold – and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in musicMerck Mercuriadis had a good Christmas. On Christmas Day, the No 1 song in the UK was LadBaby’s Don’t Stop Me Eatin’, a novelty cover version of Journey’s 1981 soft-rock anthem Don’t Stop Believin’. It replaced Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, which had topped the chart 26 years after its original release. Both songs are unkillable, evergre...
Tags: Spotify, Business, Music, UK, Technology, Media, Internet, Music Industry, Neil Young, Netflix, Culture, Bob Dylan, Sony, Music Streaming, Fleetwood Mac, Mark Ronson


Spotify to launch Spotify Audience Network, an audio ad marketplace

Spotify provided more details today about how it plans to monetize its investments in podcasts. The company said it’s launching a new audio advertising marketplace, the Spotify Audience Network, which will allow advertisers to reach listeners across Spotify’s own Originals and Exclusives, as well as podcasts via Megaphone and creation tool Anchor, and its ad-supported music, all in one place. The company also said it plans to offer podcasts on its self-serve ad platform, Spotify Ad Studio, start...
Tags: Spotify, Podcast, Music, Media, Podcasts, Advertising Tech, Advertising, Tech, Streaming, Ad Tech, Streaming Service, Anchor, U K, Spotify Spotify, Canada Germany, Megaphone


No logo, no likes: New York's offline DIY culture embraces lockdown limitations

From subversive newspapers to free gigs and galleries, a new kind of pandemic creativity is anti-consumerist and pro-communityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Yorkers who once thrived on chance encounters and interconnection with Manhattan’s pace and energy are beginning to find creative footholds in the abnormalities of pandemic life.Expressions are varied, but each point to the embrace of a profoundly altered state and a DIY punk ethos featuring a partial rejecti...
Tags: Art, Publishing, Music, New York, Media, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, Art and design, Manhattan, Booksellers, Coronavirus


Spotify confirms it’s (finally) testing a live lyrics feature in the US

Spotify this morning confirmed it’s testing a new, synced lyrics feature in the U.S. market, following a report from Engadget. Though the streaming music service today offers live lyrics in a number of markets — 27, in fact, including its recent launch in South Korea — it has not offered lyrics in the U.S. for many years. Instead, Spotify here runs the “Behind the Lyrics” feature provided in partnership with Genius, which offers a combination of lyrics and trivia about the song being played. Rea...
Tags: Mobile, South Korea, Spotify, Music, Media, Mexico, US, Siri, Tech, Streaming, Lyrics, Musixmatch, Latin America, Alexa, Engadget, Thailand Vietnam Indonesia


Spotify confirms it’s (finally) testing a live lyrics feature in the U.S.

Spotify this morning confirmed it’s testing a new, synced lyrics feature in the U.S. market, following a report from Engadget. Though the streaming music service today offers live lyrics in a number of markets — 27, in fact, including its recent launch in South Korea — it has not offered lyrics in the U.S. for many years. Instead, Spotify here runs the “Behind the Lyrics” feature provided in partnership with Genius, which offers a combination of lyrics and trivia about the song being played. Rea...
Tags: Mobile, South Korea, Spotify, Music, Media, Mexico, Siri, Tech, Streaming, Lyrics, Musixmatch, Latin America, Alexa, Engadget, Thailand Vietnam Indonesia, Southeast Asia India


Everything but the football: the Super Bowl ads, music and celebrities – live

Surrounding the big game will be a host of big ads, a string of new movie trailers and a half-time performance from The WeekndYou can follow the primary Super Bowl liveblog here 11.21pm GMT Exciting news for anyone who has ever heard Jazmine Sullivan’s voice before: she’ll be performing the National Anthem alongside country singer Eric Church. It’s an odd duet on paper (and only the second in Super Bowl history) but let’s wait and see how it turns out. Reports suggest that the performance wi...
Tags: Music, Television, Media, Film, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Super Bowl, The Weeknd, Eric, Jazmine Sullivan, Super Bowl LV


Brexit delays Mojo magazine as cover CDs remain stranded in EU

Mojo tells subscribers that, while the magazine is ready, ‘the CDs which are produced in the EU are not yet in the UK’The venerable cover CD, beloved of music magazine buyers for a generation, has been challenged by Brexit after Mojo was forced to postpone distribution of its next issue because of a delay in delivery.In an email to subscribers on Friday, Mojo said that while the magazine itself was printed, “the CDs which are produced in the EU, are not yet in the UK”. It is understood that the ...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, Media, Eu, European Union, UK News, Newspapers & magazines, Culture, Magazines, Brexit, Mojo


Beats By Dre founder and rapper Dr. Dre releases statement from hospital saying he's 'doing great' after reportedly suffering brain aneurysm

Kevin Winter/Getty Music mogul Dr. Dre was taken by ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm, TMZ reported on Tuesday. Dre said in an Instagram post Tuesday evening that he was "doing great" and "will be out of the hospital and back home soon." Dre is one of hip hop's most famous and financially successful artists and producers, having made his fortune from his music as well as the sale of his headphone company, Beats Electronics, to Apple in 2014. Visit Busine...
Tags: Apple, Music, News, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Trends, Music Industry, Beats, Beats By Dre, Dr. Dre, Beats Electronics, Kevin, Andre Romelle Young, Dre


Beats By Dre founder and rapper Dr. Dre is reportedly in the ICU after suffering a brain aneurysm

Kevin Winter/Getty Music mogul Dr. Dre was taken by ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm, TMZ reported on Tuesday. Dre was in stable condition Tuesday evening after being taken directly to the ICU ward of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to TMZ. Dre is one of hip hop's most famous and financially successful artists and producers, having made his fortune from his music as well as the sale of his headphone company, Beats Electronics, to Apple in 2014. V...
Tags: Apple, Music, News, Media, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Trends, Music Industry, Beats, Beats By Dre, Dr. Dre, Beats Electronics, Kevin, Andre Romelle Young, Dre, Cedars Sinai Medical Center


The 'Ratatouille' musical that began as a TikTok trend earned over $1 million in ticket sales in a single day

The "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" marquee as it appears in the event trailer. @ratatousicalthemusical/@e_jaccs/TikTok "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" earned over $1 million in ticket sales from its virtual New Year's Day stream, according to The Hollywood Reporter and a tweet from the production's official Twitter account. What started as a TikTok trend became a Broadway-scale online production featuring Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-nominated performers like Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, A...
Tags: Music, Media, Entertainment, Trends, New York Times, Broadway, Fleetwood Mac, Pixar, Rca Records, Tony, Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Wilder, Ratatouille, Ashley Park, Tony Emmy, Tiktok


The 'Ratatouille' musical that began as a TikTok trend earned over $1 million in ticket sales

The "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" marquee as it appears in the event trailer. @ratatousicalthemusical/@e_jaccs/TikTok "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" earned over $1 million in ticket sales from its virtual New Year's Day stream, according to The Hollywood Reporter and a tweet from the production's official Twitter account. What started as a TikTok trend became a Broadway-scale online production featuring Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-nominated performers like Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, A...
Tags: Music, Media, Entertainment, Trends, New York Times, Broadway, Fleetwood Mac, Pixar, Rca Records, Tony, Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Wilder, Ratatouille, Ashley Park, Tony Emmy, Tiktok


I'll never get over police raid, says castaway Cliff Richard

Sixty years after he first appeared on Desert Island Discs, the singer returns to talk about suing the BBC and why he never marriedSir Cliff Richard believes he will never recover from the trauma of the police raid on his home six years ago, nor from its worldwide media coverage. Although no charges were pressed against the 80-year-old following allegations of historical sexual assault, and though he has since successfully sued the BBC for broadcasting the incident around the world, the singer h...
Tags: Music, Media, UK News, Bbc, Radio, Culture, Television & radio, Radio 4, Desert Island Discs, Radio industry, Richard, Berkshire, BBC Radio, Cliff Richard


Strictly dropped us after we asked to be paid, say musicians

Band say they were offered a free lunch and ‘screen time’ for appearing on BBC’s spinoff It Takes TwoA group of professional musicians have said they were dropped by Strictly Come Dancing after they asked to be paid for performing on the programme’s spinoff show.Amaraterra, a band who perform traditional southern Italian music, said they were excited when they were approached by producers who were enthusiastic about them appearing on the BBC companion programme It Takes Two. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, Television, Media, UK News, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Strictly Come Dancing, Entertainment TV


Nick Cave accuses BBC of 'mutilating' Fairytale of New York

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl song, to be played in a censored version on some BBC radio stations, will be ‘stripped of its value’, says CaveNick Cave has accused the BBC of “mutilating” Fairytale of New York, following the broadcaster’s recent decision to play a censored version of the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s festive classic on Radio 1.The BBC recently announced that the 1987 hit would still be played in its original form on Radio 2, while 6 Music DJs would be able to choose either version....
Tags: Music, New York, Media, UK News, Bbc, Culture, Ireland, Pop and rock, Nick Cave, Kirsty MacColl, Pogues, The Pogues, CaveNick Cave


Desperately seeking headbangers: the lonely hearts who found love in the back pages

It was tough being a punk or metal obsessive in a small town. Seven fans who sought love or friendship via music mag ‘lonely hearts’ ads tell us if they found what they were looking forFrom headbangers in Hastings to new romantics in Norwich, pen pals and lonely hearts columns were a staple of music magazines from the 1970s to the 1990s. Hopeful, passionate and bored fans sent in their photos, names, addresses and obsessions for publication and crossed their fingers, hoping for a big response. D...
Tags: Music, Media, Relationships, Life and style, Society, Newspapers & magazines, Culture, Pop and rock, Magazines, Punk, Yorkshire, Young People, Social history, Norwich, Southend, Hastings


Taylor Swift: The Long Pond Studio Sessions review – cosy campfire confessions

The pop star’s Disney+ movie about quarantine album Folklore reveals the potency of her songwriting, though it’s hazy on any ‘pandemic epiphanies’Pre-pandemic, few artists were so keenly attuned to the music industry’s calendar as Taylor Swift. She timed her album releases for awards contention and singles to sustain her world tours; the promotional cycle for 1989, released in 2014, seemed to go on for years. With coronavirus, that “circus” – as she puts it on Mirrorball, one of a few songs on h...
Tags: Music, Media, Taylor Swift, Film, Disney, Culture, Pop and rock, Swift, Music Documentary, The National, Aaron Dessner, Documentary films, Long Pond Studio Sessions


Map of the soul: how BTS rewrote the western pop rulebook

Contrary to their dismissive framing as manufactured robots, South Korea’s BTS use social media, documentary and storytelling to make themselves into profoundly human starsBTS’s leader RM looks up from under a black baseball cap, then stares back down at his hands. “Doing the promotional interviews, [I kept saying], ‘Music truly transcends every barrier.’ But even while I was saying it I questioned myself if I indeed believe it.”It’s late September, and the rapper is confiding in over one millio...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Reality TV, Television, Media, Celebrity, US, Social Media, Life and style, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Marketing & PR, Seoul


YouTube copies Spotify’s ‘Daily Mixes’ with its new ‘My Mix’ feature

YouTube Music is taking another cue from Spotify with today’s launch of a set of personalized playlists that are essentially YouTube Music’s own take on Spotify’s “Daily Mixes.” Each of these new “My Mix” playlists will feature a different aspect of a user’s tastes and interests, allowing users to dive in to a particular vibe or music genre. Up to seven of these new “My Mix” playlists will be featured on the Home tab, the company says, and will include a combination of favorite tunes as well ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Music, Media, Youtube, Tech, Tencent, Streaming Music, Youtube Music, Spotify Apple Amazon


Spotify will now allow artists and labels to promote tracks in your recommendations

Spotify announced today it will begin to test a new service that gives artists more of a say in how their music is discovered on the Spotify platform. At launch, the service will allow artists and labels to identify music that’s a priority to them and Spotify will then add a signal to help the music get surfaced by its personalization algorithms. While the new service is not a paid promotion and requires no upfront budget on artists’ or labels’ part, Spotify says that the artists, labels and ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Media, Tech, Artists, Fleetwood Mac, Streaming, Drake, Rolling Stone, Labels, Promotions, Tiktok, Spotify Radio, Nathan Apodaca, Fleetwood Mac TikTok, Spotify Product Marketing Lead Charleton Lamb


Spotify will now allow artists and labels promote tracks in your recommendations

Spotify announced today it will begin to test a new service that gives artists more of a say in how their music is discovered on the Spotify platform. At launch, the service will allow artists and labels to identify music that’s a priority to them and Spotify will then add a signal to help the music get surfaced by its personalization algorithms. While the new service is not a paid promotion and requires no upfront budget on artists’ or labels’ part, Spotify says that the artists, labels and ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Media, Tech, Artists, Fleetwood Mac, Streaming, Drake, Rolling Stone, Labels, Promotions, Tiktok, Spotify Radio, Nathan Apodaca, Fleetwood Mac TikTok, Spotify Product Marketing Lead Charleton Lamb


Spotify takes on radio with its own daily morning show

Spotify’s streaming music service is starting to resemble terrestrial radio with today’s launch of the company’s first daily morning show, “The Get Up.” Like other morning shows designed for commuters, the new program will be led by hosts and will combine news, pop culture, entertainment and music. But in Spotify’s case, the music is personalized to the listener, The show is not a live program, however. Unlike radio morning shows where content is broadcast live and often also involves interac...
Tags: Programming, Spotify, Music, Media, Podcasts, Tech, Radio, Streaming, Xavier, Morning Show, Speedy Morman, YouTuber Kat Lazo



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