Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran break UK streaming record

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More than 110 billion tracks were streamed in the United Kingdom in 2019, marking the region’s highest consumption of recorded music yet. According to figures released by trade body BPI, streaming hit a record high with total music streams in the year charting 114 billion and the equivalent of 154 million albums either streamed, purchased, or downloaded. The total streams for the year are up 3,000 percent from 2012. This is the fifth consecutive year that recorded music consumption has grown in the UK.

Best-selling artist of the year Lewis Capaldi topped the charts as the best-selling artist of the year—leading the most popular releases and top-selling albums. His breakthrough single, “Someone You Loved” had more than 228 million streams, and his debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, sold more than 640,000 units across all formats.

Ed Sheeran followed Capaldi on the best-selling album list with No. 6 Collaborations Project. Other albums that made the top 10 included The Greatest Showman soundtrack, Billie Eilish‘s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, the “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack, and George Ezra‘s Staying At Tamara’s.

Other significant figures included vinyl’s rise, record high cassette sales, and CD and download album sales declines.

“British music proved once again in 2019 that it has a bright future,” stated BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.

H/T: Billboard

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Ed Sheeran takes indefinite hiatus from work and social media until he’s ‘lived a little more’

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Ed Sheeran takes indefinite hiatus from work and social media until he’s ‘lived a little more’Ed Sheeran Press Photo 2 Credit Mark Surridge

Ed Sheeran will be stepping away from both the music and the limelight, according to an announcement made on the singer’s social media earlier this week.

Although Sheeran promises to be back, the singer-songwriter seems to be stepping away indefinitely after going “non stop since 2017.” His Instagram post goes on to read that he’ll be taking “a breather to travel, write and read” and will “be off all social media until it’s time to be back.”

Sheeran’s hiatus going into 2020 is well deserved though, as the multi-Grammy-winning artist can easily put his money where his mouth is. Not only has Sheeran garnered a hefty list of accolades, including more time spent at the top of the Top 40 singles chart than any other artist in the 2010s (572 weeks), but his recent ÷ Tour became the highest-grossing tour of all time, surpassing U2 with $775 million raked in.

With an Instagram profile photo that’s all but blacked out (simply reading “BRB”), it might be some time before fans see the UK talent making headlines or topping charts again. A bit of soul-searching could be the refresher he needs, however, as Sheeran says he’ll return when he’s “lived a little more to actually have something to write about.”

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TroyBoi unveils that another Skrillex collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign is on the way

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Skrillex can’t stay out of the headlines thanks to the sheer volume of music and diverse nature of collaborations he has been releasing as of late. Over the last few weeks, the producer has released music with Ed Sheeran, Ty Dolla $ign, Lykke Li, and TroyBoi. According to a new Instagram post, it would appear Skrillex will not be stopping there.

TroyBoi took to Instagram to announce a new collaboration with the OWSLA boss that will feature Ty Dolla $ign, Lan, and Ludmilla titled “Malokera.” The new collaborative cut comes hot off the heels of Skrillex and TroyBoi’s boisterous “WARLORDZ” joint from earlier this summer. While TroyBoi did not specify a release date, he did note that the track is “coming soon,” giving Skrillex fans their next piece of material to look forward to. This track announcement comes only weeks after news surfaced of TroyBoi’s upcoming EP, PAPI CHULO, which will almost certainly feature “Malokera.”

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NMF Roundup: REZZ and Deathpact link up, Wave Racer unveils new single + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

REZZ and Deathpact take no prisoners in their new collaboration, “Kiss of Death,” and Wave Racer follows up recent single, “Auto,” with the soothing “Summer Rain.” Skrillex makes an appearance on Ed Sheeran’s latest, “Way To Break My Heart,” and Tycho reveals his full Weather LP on Mom+Pop/Ninja Tune. Ekali and Reo Cragun bring “Runaway” to Big Beat, and Madeon continues his tour de force with “Dream Dream Dream.” Keys N Krates have released a brand new “beat tape,” featuring tunes like “Sad Piano,” and TroyBoi returns to OWSLA for “PAPI CHULO.” Camelphat throw it way back with a remix of Dirty Vegas’ iconic 2002 release, “Days Go By,” and KSHMR taps Mike Waters for “My Best Life.” Moon Boots and Steven Klavier are all “Tied Up,” and David Guetta and Martin Solveig deliver a club mix of “Thing For You.” Tiësto crafts a big room remix of Illenium and Jon Bellion’s “Good Things Fall Apart,” and Armin van Buuren, Avian Grays, and Jordan Shaw team up for “Something Real.” Sofi Tukker get groovy on “Swing,” and Valentino Khan and Diplo collaborate on a hefty house heater, “JustYourSoul.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Ed Sheeran releases star-studded album tracklist with Skrillex, Travis Scott, Cardi B, and more

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To say Ed Sheeran has become one of the most successful artists in the streaming era in an understatement. He is the number one most streamed artist on Spotify with over 61 million listeners a month, with the number one most streamed song, “Shape Of You,”—the only song with over 2 billion plays. Sheeran has four songs with over a billion plays, and from the looks of the roster on his upcoming No. 6 LP, he’s rearing for more.

Featured collaborations on the newly revealed tracklist include Skrillex, Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Stormzy, Yebba, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, JHUS, Ella Mai, Paulo Londra, H.E.R., Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bruno Mars, and Chris Stapleton. This is also leaving out the two singles on the album that have already been released—”Cross Me” featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock and number 2 Billboard chart-topper “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber. In an eclectic variety of collaborators, the British singer/songwriter has blanketed his album with a smorgasbord of artists in almost every pop genre.

The album, No. 6, is set for release July 12.

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Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran pair up once again for ‘I Don’t Care’

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Justin Bieber is back on his songwriting horse, and he’s enlisted former A-list collaborator Ed Sheeran for the cause. Together, the two have crafted a brand new single, “I Don’t Care”—which, despite its lyrical simplicity, seems to carry a more profound theme on mental health and relationships. It tells a tale of Bieber’s “crippling anxiety” at a party where he’s “told he’s supposed to be.” These morbid themes are somewhat contradictory to the background track’s breezy instrumentation and major key.

Luckily, the refrain by Bieber and Sheeran indicate that thanks to their lovers, they can deal with any bad experiences coming their way. The optimism is uplifting, setting the song up to be a summer hit by the two titans. The single seems additionally inspired by both singers’ recent romantic developments; both have gotten married within the past year.

Bieber and Sheeran last collaborated on 2015’s “Love Yourself,” which appeared on the former’s last LP. During a surprise cameo at Ariana Grande’s Weekend 2 Coachella performance, the singer confirmed that a new album was on its way.

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Lil Dicky previews new ‘Earth’ music video, starring voices of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and more

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Lil Dicky paid a visit to Ellen DeGenres on April 18 to promote and preview his forthcoming song and accompanying music video, “Earth.” He tells DeGenres that the animated video features a star-studded cast, including the voices of Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and more.

“It’s all about saving the earth,” Lil Dicky tells DeGenres. “There’s an environmental crisis going on right now. When I started making the song, I didn’t know the facts at hand, but we have 12 years to completely change the way we do so many things on Earth or the damage is irreversible.”

Proceeds from sales of the song will go toward Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation, which will work with Lil Dicky to help and protect the sustainability of our planet.

“Earth” premieres at midnight Friday, April 19 on YouTube.

Kasbo delivers an elegant remix for Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’

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The Swedish producer and Foreign Family member Carl Garsbo, better known as Kasbo, entered music swiftly with his soft and sweet productions that shimmered with simplicity and relished in their effortless ability to provoke emotion. On his debut LP “Places We Don’t Know,” Kasbo captured even more attention garnering more than 26 million streams, and showing the world what it truly meant to dance and cry at the same time.

With so much success, it’s no surprise that some of music biggest acts such as Ed Sheeran would enlist his talent in the form of a remix. In his rendition of “Happier,” Kasbo takes the once acoustic track, grabs it by the hand and introduces it into his very own world full of brilliantly warm atmospherics and delicate synths. The remix swirls with elegance from it’s minimal percussion, yet pumps with sentimental energy, that showcases Kasbo’s signature style to a tee and will captivate both his and Ed Sheeran’s fans upon first listen.


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Tiësto remixed Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’

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Tiësto remixed Ed Sheeran‘s “Happier,” off his 2017 best-selling album, ÷. This is a massive collaboration and the result is no surprise: it’s amazing. Tiësto sounds like he’s flexing his Kygo muscle, as the producer’s light, deep house cuddle’s Sheeran’s folksy voice with melodic, rumbling synths.

The king of trance kept to Sheeran’s minimal vibe, adding euphoric builds and a driving house beat to an originally somber vibe. The bed of ambiance hugs the track, letting listeners know, everything will be okay.

The remix was released off Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS label, which is his deep house imprint. The label boss has been producing vibes recently. His last release was an uplifting, hip-hop, pop track, “Jackie Chan,” with Post Malone and Dzeko. “Boom” featuring Gucci Mane is techno fire. Watch out 2018, Tiësto is out to have another stellar year.

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One record label has managed to stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire year

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing just pulled off an especially difficult feat in the highly-competitive global music space — one that deserves a good old-fashioned tip of the hat and a pat on the back. As of yesterday, May 7th, the publishing house reached a milestone 52-week run of having published or co-published songs that reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S.

As the world’s leading music publisher, Sony/ATV’s uninterrupted chart-topping streak comes as artist/songwriter Drake enters his fourth week at No. 1 with “Nice For What,” in a sequence dating back to May 2017.

The year-long sequence began in record-breaking fashion when Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber‘s “Despacito” enjoyed 16 weeks ruling the chart from May to September of 2017. The span of time also equated to the longest stay at Billboard‘s No. 1 spot in the near six-decade history of the Hot 100.

The chart-topping run also involves some of Sony/ATV’s most popular and successful songwriters in Taylor Swift (“Look What You Made Me Do,” three weeks at No. 1), Ed Sheeran (“Perfect,” six weeks at No. 1), Post Malone (“Rockstar,” eight weeks at No. 1), and Cardi B, who had just then been signed to the company with her debut hit single, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”

Drake then rounded out Sony/ATV’s monumental year dominating the Billboard Hot 100 as he achieved back-to-back chart-toppers with “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” which has placed the Canadian rapper at No.1 for the past 15 weeks and counting.

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier, released a press statement upon the label’s accomplishment:

“This is an incredible accomplishment by our worldwide A&R team. At Sony/ATV we strive to be successful creatively on a global basis and the fruits of our labor are shown by the diversity of our songwriters who have been No. 1 on the Hot 100 over the past year.”

Sony/ATV Music & Publishing headquarters in New York City, NY. 

Here is a week-by-week breakdown of Sony/ATV’s year-long stay at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100:

“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber (Sony/ATV writers Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender) – 16 weeks at No. 1
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” – Cardi B (Cardi B, Jorden Thorpe) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Rockstar” – Post Malone feat. 21 Savage (Louis Bell, Tank God) – 8 weeks at No. 1
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran) – 6 weeks at No. 1
“Havana” – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug (Camila Cabello, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Pharrell Williams) – 1 week at No. 1
“God’s Plan” – Drake (Drake, Harmony Samuels) – 11 weeks at No. 1
“Nice For What” by Drake (Drake, Lauryn Hill, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) – 4 weeks at No. 1

Via: Broadway World, H/T: YourEDM