New feature on YouTube provides additional credit information for more than one million songs

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As of May 16, YouTube will take additional measures to provide song credit information for more than half a billion of the music videos that are currently available on YouTube’s website.

Entitled “music in this video,” the new feature will be located below the “show more” area underneath a given music video, and will identify all of the contributing artists, from the songwriters to the labels and publishers who represent said songwriters. The information will appear under music that is uploaded to official artist channels, as well as under the YouTube user content that uses recorded music.

Photo Credit: The Verge

“Music in this video” will provide the crediting insight that has long remained inaccessible on YouTube and on other online streaming outlets. The topic of crediting recalls YouTube’s 2016 settlement with the National Music Publishers Association. Reported to have sat somewhere between $30 and $40 million, the settlement paid royalties to the songwriters who did not receive appropriate accreditation on YouTube.

A general lack of credit related information for music is primarily responsible for most of the previous and existing instances of such music accreditation issues, but increasing correspondence between online streaming services, record labels, and music publishers has helped to combat this problem. John Mayer, for instance, followed the release of his recent single, “New Light,” with a full list of song credits for the track, uploaded to his Instagram account. “Digital music shouldn’t kill credits. Here’s what the back of the single would have looked like if it were in your hands,” Mayer wrote.

“Music in this video” is one medium that will continue to circumvent the absence of musical credit information online.

H/T: The Verge

Elon Musk blasts streaming services for “crazy low payouts”

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Music creatives have long gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to music streaming royalties. Once the honey pot is divvied up between streaming platforms and music labels, artists and songwriters walk away with only a small piece of the pie.

Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, is the latest powerful voice to recently speak out on the issue of unequal distribution. The issue is no new struggle in contemporary capitalism, either. The fact of the matter is: when big business is involved, individuals lose out.

But it seems Musk now has a direct stake in the issue considering he’s now dating Canadian singer/songwriter, Grimes. The couple made their first public appearance as a couple at the Met Gala last week in New York City.

The conversation arose over Twitter when Musk was asked about his favorite Grimes song; for which, by the way, he has two:

One conscientious fan tweeted the tech baron wondering which streaming platform fans could engage with in order to most directly benefit Grimes financially.

Musk responded with an infographic showing Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube as the bottom three platforms in terms of gross payout per stream. XboxRhapsody and Tidal are among the top when it comes to artist payouts, with Apple MusicAmazon, Deezer, and Google falling somewhere in the middle.

While the issue of online streaming payouts continues to be a new frontier for the music industry — especially as it converges with tech giants and new platforms who want a piece of the pie — Musk should be commended for bringing the issue into public conversation. At the very least, it is a genuine show of online activism when powerful tech elites raise their voices for unheard, underpaid artistic creatives who often get no say in the matter.

The Wait is Over: Stream Coachella Day 1 here

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The wait is finally over: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is officially here. With headliners Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem, to say nothing of its industry leading undercard, the festival is set to cement its status as the best of the best yet again.

For those who didn’t make it out to the Empire Polo Club this year, Coachella is once again streaming some of its best, most intriguing artists for all to see on their YouTube channel here. Viewers can pick from four different channels.

Coachella Day 1’s streaming schedule — all times EST — is available below:

Friday, April 13th:

  • Moses Sumney (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Los Ángeles Azules (6:35 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Pvris (7:10 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • Skip Marley (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Slow Magic (7:30 p.m., 3)
  • SuperDuperKyle (8:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Whethan (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • Greta Van Fleet (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • The Neighbourhood (8:55 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Léon (9:10 p.m., 3)
  • Kali Uchis (9:20 p.m., 2)
  • Whethan (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • Bleachers (9:50 p.m., 1)
  • Alan Walker (10:00 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Daniel Caesar (10:05 p.m., 2)
  • Vince Staples (10:40 p.m., 1)
  • Black Coffee (10:55 p.m., 2)
  • Deorro (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • The War on Drugs (11:35 p.m., 1)
  • Kygo (11:45 p.m., 2 + VR)
  • Dreams (12:00 a.m., 3)
  • St. Vincent (12:30 a.m., 1)
  • Perfume Genius (12:40 a.m., 2)
  • Deorro (12:40 a.m., VR)
  • Belly (12:50 a.m., 3)
  • TroyBoi (1:30 a.m., 3 + VR)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre (1:30 a.m., 2)
  • The Weeknd (2:25 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Alison Wonderland (2:25 a.m., 3)
  • Jamiroquai (2:40 a.m., 2)
  • Rezz (3:25 a.m., 3)

Photo Credit: @coachella/Instagram

Prepare Accordingly: The Coachella 2018 live stream schedule is here

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Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival is nearing its 19th edition this weekend, Apr 13–22, 2018, in Indio, California, headlined by BeyoncéThe Weeknd, and Eminem.

As the country’s largest multi-genre music festival, the line-up is packed with high-powered electronic acts from ODESZAKygoREZZBarclay Crenshaw, Illenium, and The Black Madonna, to name only a few. Additional top line R&B/hip-hop talent comes in the form of SZA, Tyler, The Creator, Post Malone, Migos, and Kardi B. The Goldenvoice-produced event always delivers on its promise to bring fans the biggest musical acts of the year — with artist sets that include live guest appearances, never before heard singles, and many more surprise announcements along the way.

While those lucky enough to attend the event in person will almost assuredly face some of the year’s most grueling set time conflicts, fans at home can count on Coachella’s live stream to hop from set to set in real time. The California mega-festival is set to stream a number of performances over their official YouTube page with a total of 4 channels — one more than last year. The newest fourth channel addition will include a VR 180° live stream across the main stage and the desert stage. Another new feature includes a schedule built in to the stream’s YouTube.

Below you can find the first weekend’s set times along with acts confirmed for the live stream, with all times Eastern, and don’t miss check Dancing Astronaut‘s top ten must-see acts at Coachella 2018.

Friday, April 13th:

  • Moses Sumney (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Los Ángeles Azules (6:35 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Pvris (7:10 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • Skip Marley (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Slow Magic (7:30 p.m., 3)
  • SuperDuperKyle (8:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Whethan (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • Greta Van Fleet (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • The Neighbourhood (8:55 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Léon (9:10 p.m., 3)
  • Kali Uchis (9:20 p.m., 2)
  • Whethan (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • Bleachers (9:50 p.m., 1)
  • Alan Walker (10:00 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Daniel Caesar (10:05 p.m., 2)
  • Vince Staples (10:40 p.m., 1)
  • Black Coffee (10:55 p.m., 2)
  • Deorro (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • The War on Drugs (11:35 p.m., 1)
  • Kygo (11:45 p.m., 2 + VR)
  • Dreams (12:00 a.m., 3)
  • St. Vincent (12:30 a.m., 1)
  • Perfume Genius (12:40 a.m., 2)
  • Deorro (12:40 a.m., VR)
  • Belly (12:50 a.m., 3)
  • TroyBoi (1:30 a.m., 3 + VR)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre (1:30 a.m., 2)
  • The Weeknd (2:25 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Alison Wonderland (2:25 a.m., 3)
  • Jamiroquai (2:40 a.m., 2)
  • Rezz (3:25 a.m., 3)

Saturday, April 14th:

  • Marian Hill (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Wizkid (6:35 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Chloe x Halle (7:15 p.m., 2)
  • Ekali (7:20 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (8:10 p.m., VR)
  • Flatbush Zombies (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • First Aid Kit (8:20 p.m., 1)
  • Angel Olsen (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • Party Favor (9:05 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • BØRNS (9:10 p.m., 1)
  • BROCKHAMPTON (9:15 p.m., 2)
  • Snakehips (10:00 p.m., 3)
  • Chromeo (10:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • MØ (10:10 p.m., 2)
  • Alina Baraz (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • Tash Sultana (11:00 p.m., 2)
  • Tyler, the Creator (11:05 p.m., 1)
  • Louis the Child (11:45 p.m., 3)
  • Benjamin Booker (11:50 p.m., 2)
  • Haim (12:15 a.m., 1)
  • Alvvays (12:35 a.m., 2)
  • Blackbear (12:40 a.m., 3)
  • Post Malone (1:10 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • David Byrne (1:20 a.m., 2)
  • Jungle (1:25 a.m., 3)
  • Fleet Foxes (2:10 a.m., 2)
  • Beyoncé (2:10 a.m., 1)
  • Highly Suspect (2:20 a.m., 3)
  • alt-J (3:05 a.m., 2)
  • X Japan (3:05 a.m., 3)

Sunday, April 15th:

  • Noname (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Magic Giant (6:40 p.m., 2)
  • Lion Babe (6:40 p.m., 1)
  • San Holo (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • THEY. (7:20 p.m., 3)
  • Nothing But Thieves (7:25 p.m., 2)
  • LANY (7:40 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • San Holo (8:05 p.m., 3)
  • Dej Loaf (8:10 p.m., 2)
  • Vance Joy (8:45 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Aminé (9:00 p.m., 2)
  • Petit Biscuit (9:00 p.m., 3)
  • Jessie Ware (9:30 p.m., 1)
  • Petit Biscuit (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • French Montana (9:50 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • FIDLAR (9:50 p.m., 2)
  • Aurora (10:35 p.m., 2)
  • Jacob Banks (10:35 p.m., 3)
  • Portugal. the Man (11:00 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Kamasi Washington (11:20 p.m., 2)
  • Illenium (12:15 a.m., 3)
  • 6LACK (12:25 a.m., 2)
  • ODESZA (12:55 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Soulwax (1:10 a.m., 2)
  • Ibeyi (1:15 a.m., 3)
  • Migos (2:05 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Kamaiyah (2:15 a.m., 2)

Photo Credit: Rukes

Hackers delete ‘Despacito’ from YouTube after video garners 5 billion views in apparent political statement

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The song’s title translates to “Slowly” in English, but the video’s removal from YouTube has been anything but.

Luis Fonsi’s hit sensation has been deleted from YouTube just days after it became the first video on the video streaming platform to chart 5 billion views. The hackers responsible for “Despacito’s” disappearance have replaced Fonsi’s famed music video with one that depicts a series of masked figures pointing guns at the camera. Claiming the names of “Prosox” and “Kuroi’sh,” the hackers additionally wrote “Free Palestine” underneath the video.

The hack has also affected VEVO supported videos, including those from Selena Gomez, Shakira, Taylor Swift, and Drake.

H/T: NME

Coachella 2018 will stream exclusively on YouTube

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Those who won’t be present at Coachella‘s 2018 edition can still luxuriate in the sun soaked vibes of the Golden State through their computer screens thanks to YouTube. The video streaming platform will exclusively broadcast the festival for the eighth year in a row, bringing performances from an array of artists, including Beyonce, The Weekend, Post Malone, and ODESZA to viewers around the world.

Presented by T-Mobile in the U.S., Optus in Australia, and Garnier in Canada, the live stream will offer four different live stream feed choices, allowing those who tune in to exercise the element of choice in terms of who they see. Viewers will additionally have the ability to create personalized viewing schedules based on their own musical preferences. The live stream will automatically adjust its feed to stream the performances pre-selected by the user.

Google Home owners will be able to interact with the festival in an unprecedented manner, simply by saying “Hey Google, talk to Coachella.” Once verbalized, the command will prompt the device to source information on the festival, including set times and travel information. Google Home’s partnership with Coachella will also make live interviews available to those at home who voice the request.

The live stream will be limited to the first weekend of Coachella, slated for April 13–15. Those interested in catching their favorites need only to follow Coachella’s YouTube channel for live stream set time updates.

H/T: Billboard

Youtube shooter disgruntled over declining viewership and demonetization policies

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Nasim Aghdam, the San Diego resident who opened fire on the afternoon of April 3 at YouTube‘sNorthern California headquarters, was allegedly enraged over the video-sharing site’s policies.

Authorities say Aghdam injured three people on the San Bruno campus, before eventually turning the gun on herself. Thus far, police say there is no evidence that Aghdam knew the victims or that they were targeted in any way.

Through a series of videos she uploaded over the last year or so, Aghdam, a vegan bodybuilder and animal rights advocate, voices her disdain for the site’s censorship practices—which she said ultimately demonetized her videos by restricting ad revenue.

“I’m being discriminated and filtered on YouTube and I’m not the only one,” Aghdam says in one video. “They age restricted my ab workout video. A video that has nothing bad in it. Nothing sexual.”

Aghdam repeatedly criticized Youtube for not allowing “equal growth opportunity” describing its employees as “closed-minded.”

Aghdam has become part of a rather scant list of active female shooter incidents. The FBI recently reported that from 2000–2016, only nine of their 220 catalogued active shooters were female.

H/T: New York Post

BREAKING: Police respond to active shooter at YouTube’s headquarters campus

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Police have responded to reports of multiple gunshots at YouTube‘s San Bruno, California headquarters. SWAT Teams and helicopters have descended upon what’s being called an “active shooter incident” reported at the building, and while San Bruno authorities have yet to comment directly on the situation as of this writing, multiple employees inside the building have been corroborating reports via social media. Aerial footage shows employees filing out of the building with their hands above their heads, though on-the-ground reports from YouTube employees paint a more grusome picture.

Update 4:45 p.m. CST

According to a CBS News report, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said one female suspect was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Four people were transported to local hospitals with gunshot wounds. The report also stated that area hospitals Stanford Health Care and San Francisco General Hospital are both receiving about 5-6 patients

This story is developing and will be updated as more information is provided. 

YouTube plans to convert music listeners into paid subscribers by slamming them with ads

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It seems YouTube is taking a page from Spotify‘s business model, which has been successfully enticing its free users into paying premium tiers for years. During a recent SXSW panel, YouTube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, revealed that the streaming website has plans to bombard its heavy music listeners with more ads in the hopes of agitating them into paying for YouTube Go subscriptions. “There’s a lot more people in our funnel that we can frustrate and seduce to become subscribers,” says Cohen.

While the move will be frustrating for the millions of users who use the platform as a free streaming alternative, it’s a win for YouTube in terms of business. Either users will be converted into paid subscribers or YouTube will make loads of money from increased advertisement revenue. The move is thought to help make the company more competitive with Spotify, who currently leads all streaming platforms in overall subscribers. Artists and labels have long criticized YouTube for hosting millions of videos that violate music copyrights while earning YouTube profits.

YouTube’s new service is still expected to launch sometime this spring, with combined features of the existing YouTube Red and Google Play Music services into a single streamlined package.

Via: Bloomberg

Anjunabeats launch new 24/7 YouTube channel

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Anjunabeats has launched a brand new 24/7 YouTube channel.

The channel will stream dance music from the Anjuna archives worldwide, all day, every day. Anjuna Radio will feature such trance and progressive stalwarts as Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Mat Zo, Porter Robinson, Seven Lions, Andrew Bayer and Ilan Bluestone, as well as a plethora of Anjunadeep rostered artists such as Lane 8, Yotto, Cubicolor and Dusky.

The live stream will reportedly feature genres ranging from trance and uplifting to classic trance, progressive house to deep house, techno, chillout, electronica, and ambient.