Microsoft to shut down Groove Music, partner with Spotify

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Last week, Microsoft announced the demise of Groove Music. At the end of 2017, the Windows digital streaming service will merge with Spotify and cease to exist.

Groove Music began in October 2012 but in recent years has struggled to keep up with competitors like Spotify and Apple Music.

Microsoft explained the transition in a blog post, below.

“With the continued advancement of music streaming today, all the world’s music has become easily accessible across a variety of devices, unlocking new ways to discover and experience music. As we continue to listen to what our customers want in their music experience we know that access to the best streaming service, the largest catalog of music, and a variety of subscriptions is top of the list. Which is why we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our partnership with Spotify to bring the world’s largest music streaming service to our Groove Music Pass customers.”

The company will continue to update and offer support for the app until Dec. 31, 2017, at which time the Groove Music app will no longer “offer the option to stream, purchase and download music.”

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The Hot 25: October 6, 2017

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The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand­-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.

This week’s playlist starts off with a fiery edit of Tiesto and KSHMR‘s collaboration, “Harder.” Next, Dillon Francis lends his touch to Halsey’s “Bad At Love” that showcases the commercial side of his production prowess. Additionally, multi-instrumentalist talent Gryffin introduces us to his next radio-primed single “Nobody Compares To You” while fellow rising stars Louis The Child serve up a playful number titled “Right To It” with lyrical assistance from past collaborator Ashe.

For those looking for a wonkier, left-of-center Friday soundtrack, Tokimonsta, DROELOE, and Just A Gent stand out for their flavorful newness. Finally, house heads can enjoy pumping four-on-the-floor cuts from Wolf Story, Bali Bandits, and John Christian.

The Heat of the Week: Ekali – Babylon (feat. Denzel Curry) [Skrillex & Ronny J Remix]

Skrillex has been on a release frenzy as of late between his melodic co-write with PooBear, “Would You Ever,” and heavy remix of Kendrick’s “HUMBLE.” Now, the OWSLA head lends his prolific talent to rising label star Ekali’s urban-electronic, Denzel Curry-assisted single “Babylon” alongsideRonny J. For fans of his “HUMBLE.” remix, this Skrillex flip is the ultimate follow-up.

The Breakout Select: Alpha 9 – Blossom

Arty has been on the come-up with his progressive side project, Alpha 9, and his uplifting new single under the moniker, “Blossom”will be the mid-day pick me up listeners need to carry them into the weekend.

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See the 100 most streamed artists on Spotify

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One of the most popular music streaming services to date, Spotify boasts 60 million subscribers, identifying 140 million of those users to be active users. Given the platform’s prevalence and expanse of music—Spotify has more than 30 million songs in its arsenal—earning the title of “most streamed artist on Spotify” is a nod to one’s own prominence within the music industry. Rihanna currently tops the list of the top 100 ‘Most Followed Artists on Spotify’ with a whopping 13,327,205, followed closely by Justin Bieber with 12,771,540 followers, and Ed Sheeran with 11,973,628.

See if and where your favorite artist ranks on the full list below.

Rank Artist Total Followers
1 Rihanna 13,327,205
2 Justin Bieber 12,771,540
3 Ed Sheeran 11,973,628
4 David Guetta 9,791,488
5 Maroon 5 8,567,040
6 Beyoncé 8,409,279
7 Coldplay 8,312,527
8 Ariana Grande 8,141,477
9 Bruno Mars 7,848,805
10 Calvin Harris 7,599,235
11 One Direction 7,495,495
12 The Weeknd 7,425,162
13 Adele 7,017,580
14 Nicki Minaj 6,976,724
15 Katy Perry 6,888,629
16 Taylor Swift 6,793,403
17 Avicii 6,339,549
18 Selena Gomez 5,829,818
19 Imagine Dragons 5,442,333
20 Kanye West 5,367,699
21 Lana Del Rey 5,343,005
22 Shakira 5,092,480
23 Chris Brown 4,814,027
24 Flo Rida 4,640,608
25 Shawn Mendes 4,551,947
26 Sia 4,515,846
27 Demi Lovato 4,428,978
28 Justin Timberlake 4,371,779
29 Pitbull 4,193,700
30 Usher 4,099,262
31 Michael Jackson 3,864,302
32 Ellie Goulding 3,826,211
33 Sam Smith 3,749,546
34 Miley Cyrus 3,665,334
35 Enrique Iglesias 3,587,827
36 Lady Gaga 3,446,247
37 Jason Derulo 3,382,820
38 Fifth Harmony 3,199,146
39 Florence + The Machine 3,154,354
40 OneRepublic 2,967,319
41 Meghan Trainor 2,952,350
42 P!nk 2,805,061
43 fun. 2,773,999
44 Amy Winehouse 2,737,691
45 Jessie J 2,676,819
46 Little Mix 2,586,441
47 Britney Spears 2,559,008
48 Jennifer Lopez 2,527,467
49 Lorde 2,497,196
50 5 Seconds of Summer 2,483,663
Major Lazer 2,432,505
Iggy Azalea 2,426,331
Frank Ocean 2,396,633
Alicia Keys 2,387,489
John Mayer 2,360,514
John Legend 2,295,180
Paramore 2,267,695
Tyga 2,221,846
Melanie Martinez 2,210,045
The Script 2,180,528
Bastille 2,169,968
Michael Bublé 2,156,987
Ne-Yo 2,122,889
Trey Songz 2,115,063
Kesha 2,108,455
LMFAO 2,096,750
Carly Rae Jepsen 2,066,706
Zayn 2,025,361
Halsey 2,016,962
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 1,951,399
Swedish House Mafia 1,939,737
Charlie Puth 1,907,828
Kygo 1,905,426
Foster The People 1,883,613
Avril Lavigne 1,881,617
Jason Mraz 1,873,298
Kelly Clarkson 1,844,953
The 1975 1,836,670
Of Monsters and Men 1,805,185
Christina Aguilera 1,762,293
Mariah Carey 1,736,024
The Black Eyed Peas 1,716,731
The Lumineers 1,713,393
Train 1,701,526
Zedd 1,697,195
T.I. 1,691,520
Pharrell Williams 1,643,327
Troye Sivan 1,642,210
Hozier 1,641,556
Nick Jonas 1,620,697
Madonna 1,611,707
Alessia Cara 1,610,744
Birdy 1,568,975
Ciara 1,559,936
Bryson Tiller 1,535,482
Carrie Underwood 1,465,506
Whitney Houston 1,461,697
Evanescence 1,389,989
The Neighbourhood 1,372,414
Boyce Avenue 1,361,335

H/T: EDM Sauce

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DJ Snake surprises fans, drops new single ‘A Different Way’ early

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As if premiering his new track on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was not enough, DJ Snake has decided to surprise fans again by dropping his new track “A Different Way” with Lauv a day early.

The song is now available on Spotify, and as we heard in the premiere, the track is well worth the wait. “A Different Way” with Lauv focuses in on the vocals in the intro which fall into a moombahton-meets-pop drop that is undeniably catchy. Count on this track getting stuck on your head as well as played in every club and store alike. DJ Snake has once again mastered extracting the best elements of pop and electronic music to create a song that everyone will love to hate, but ultimately love.

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The Hot 25: September 15, 2017

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The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand­-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.

The past week saw cream of the crop crossover releases from KygoMajor Lazer, & San Holo; mind-altering house cuts from Jamie xxYotto, AC Slater; and standout rising stars BUNT., DROELOE, and Howwler.

Additionally, we’ve provided our top picks from within The DA Hot 25, highlighting two standout tracks.

The Heat of the Week: U2 & Kygo – You’re The Best Thing About Me

Tropical kingpin Kygo finally releases his power collaboration with Irish super band, U2, for “You’re The Best Thing About Me” that he teased last summer at his Cloud 9 Festival.

The Breakout Select: The xx – On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)

If there is one song you need to listen to this week, it is Jamie xx’s remix of his own band, the xx, song “On Hold.” Pushing the needle back into the indie house spectrum, the British wizard crafts a euphoric assortment of visceral elements that ultimately yields a mind-altering six minute journey.

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Spotify and Hulu offer joint subscription service for students at just $4.99

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2017 has been loaded with legendary collabs. Now two of the worlds most in-demand outfits present a new kind of collaboration, a joint subscription between the leading streaming giant Spotify and the popular on-demand outfit Hulu. Priced at just $4.99 per month, “Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu,” is a significantly cheaper purchasing plan for the services, which currently stand at $9.99 and $7.99 per month, respectively.

But the subscription combo is likely to have an impact on the streaming industry as a whole, as both companies went so far as to say they’ll offer other bundles in the future that target the market at large, of course, details are still pending regarding those plans.

Subscribers who buy the bundle will still use the services individually. This isn’t an integration of the services per say, merely a convenience in pricing.

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This joint service marks the first time Spotify’s partnered with an on-demand streaming service. It arrives just as the company has been rethinking its existing role in the video market and as Spotify’s head of video and podcasts, Tom Calderone, left the company after Spotify’s pivot to video.

While Calderone was at the company, Spotify had been expanding its original video content, but following his departure, Spotify said it would focus on expanding its efforts on playlists.

In turn, Spotify’s pivoted to partnership. The service understands the difficulties that would come in trying to build its own service like Hulu’s and to compete with an original content market of that stature. Spotify x Hulu is available for students to cop now.

H/T: Consequence of Sound

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The Hot 25: September 8, 2017

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The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand­-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.

The past week saw major releases from ODESZATiesto, & Dillon Francis; mind-shaking remixes Yotto, Jarreau Vandal, & Jerry Folk; and new heat from 3LAU, Bearson, & filous.

Additionally, we’ve provided our top picks from within The DA Hot 25, highlighting two standout tracks.

The Heat of the Week: ODESZA – Boy

The only thing you need to listen to is ODESZA’s album, A Moment Apart. While the entire thing from front-to-back is a masterpiece, “Boy” is a standout track from the LP that truly brings fans back to why they love the Seattle duo.

The Breakout Select: Gorillaz – Busted and Blue (Yotto Remix)

The remix train from the Gorillaz’s album may seem never ending, but no one should be complaining as every remix from the body of work has been on point. Finnish wunderkind, Yotto, takes a stab at taking a rather-unknown track from the album, “Busted and Blue,” into his euphoric yet stirring atmosphere.

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Spotify unveils its most-streamed songs of the summer

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For those curious what friends in Hong Kong or Iceland have been vibing out to this summer, Spotify just unveiled its global power rankings—aka the most-streamed songs of the summer.  To no surprise, Bieber’s‘s juggernaut hit has been entering the ears of listeners across the globe at an unsurpassable rate, as “Despacito” sits at the very top of the list both globally and in the US.

“Despacito” — which just capped its record-breaking week number 16 atop the Billboard Hot 100 — was streamed more than 786 million times this summer. (The summer specifically between June 21 and August 27 for the service’s purposes.) In global streams, “Despacito” was then followed by DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller’s “Wild Thoughts” with French Montana’s “Unforgettable” at number three. Calvin Harris‘ “Feels” falls at number seven and Axwell / Ingrosso‘s “More Than You Know” comes in at number 15. Globally, The Chainsmoker’s early-summer hit “Something Just Like This” sits at number 18 with “There for You” by
Martin Garrix falling a bit below, at number 28.

After taking a look at the US streams, it’s obvious that hip-hop reigns supreme. Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3” comes in at number two and “Wild Thoughts” takes the number three slot. Calvin Harris’ “Feels” doesn’t come in until number 11 and the only other truly electronic inlaced number his is Harris’ pop -infused hit “Slide” later down the list.

Check out the full rankings below.


H/T: Billboard

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The Hot 25: August 25, 2017

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The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand­-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.

The past week saw impressive releases from heavyweights from deadmau5, Tchami, & Martin Garrix; pumping house cuts from Firebeatz, Mark Knight, & Bicep; and finally, head-turning new originals from young guns Crankdat, It’s Different, & Dropgun.

Additionally, we’ve provided our top picks from within The DA Hot 25, highlighting two standout tracks.

The Heat of the Week: deadmau5 – Legendary (ft. SHOTTY HORROH)

Quite possibly the most surprising release of the week, deadmau5 teams up with hip-hop talent, SHOTTY HORROH, for a grungy, urban-electronic number, “Legendary.”

The Breakout Select: Tchami – Don’t Let Me Down

Parisian house maestro, Tchami, came forward with his sophomore EP, Revelations, that featured his festival favorite “Adieu.” Another standout track on the EP, “Don’t Let Me Down,” is a scraping house heater that will surely be on repeat in late night clubs this fall.

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See what streaming platforms are paying artists

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Ready for it? Every 1000 plays an unsigned artist gets earns them: $6.40 from Apple Music, $3.80 from Spotify, and a whipping $0.60 from YouTube. Artists who are signed earned more, $7.30 from Apple Music, $4.40 from Spotify and just $0.70 from Youtube for every 1,000 plays, an Information is Beautiful study shows reported by Digital Music News.

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The RIAA did their own study as well and found every 1000 plays an unsigned artist gets earn them, $12, from Apple Music and $7.50 from Spotify, but YouTube only pays out $1.50. One thing is for sure, the amount of money made from music isn’t what it used to be — and leaves the current environment in a period of uncertainty and flux.

H/T: Digital Music News

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