YouTube forges two-year live stream partnership with Lollapalooza

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YouTube forges two-year live stream partnership with LollapaloozaLollapalooza Red Bull Tv

YouTube‘s livestream of Coachella 2019’s consecutive two weekends generated considerable traffic for the video streaming giant. The platform’s weekend one livestream racked up more than 82 million live views, to become the most-viewed Coachella weekend livestream to date. The view counts signify a surge of more than 90 percent when compared to those of 2018.

As the Coachella livestream statistics indicate, live broadcasts of major music festivals are of considerable appeal to contemporary video streamers. YouTube is currently seeking to “[double] down on music festivals,” and plans to prioritize its live coverage of the large scale events, starting with Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival. YouTube has newly entered into a two-year livestream partnership with Lollapalooza. Viewers of Youtube’s Lollapalooza 2019 broadcast will be able to not only catch sets from their favorite artists, but will also have the opportunity to access “custom content that gives them unique access to the festival’s artists.” Lollapalooza’s 2019 iteration will unfold from Aug. 1-4.

H/T: YouTube

Stream both weekends of Coachella for the first time ever [Schedule]

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Stream both weekends of Coachella for the first time ever [Schedule]Coachella

Coachella is ensuring those unable to attend this year’s installment of its painfully cool congregation of music and art can still soak up the excitement from home. The perennially pored-over affair has confirmed over 50 artists to be featured on the festival’s live stream schedule throughout its two-weekend duration (April 12 – 14/19 – 21), for the first time ever.

The official stream, which will be live through the Coachella YouTube channel, divvies up dance music slots among the likes of Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Bob Moses, Bassnectar, Gorgon City, and more. Feverishly anticipated performances from Ariana Grande, Weezer, Billie Eilish will also be available at their respective set times.

Since the festival’s inclusion of a second weekend in 2012, one-weekend streaming (typically the first) has been the standard. But this year, viewers can trace both first and second legs, with the latter, dubbed Coachella Curated, equipped with supplemental content in the form of “full Yuma Tent sets, performances and more.”

All times are listed as PST, and the number next to the performer denotes the streaming channel they’ll be featured on. See the full Coachella livestream schedule below.

Friday, April 12th:
04:15 p.m. – Hurray for the Riff Raff (2)
04:15 – Los Tucanes De Tijuana (3)
04:40 – Juaz (3)
05:10 – JPEGMAFIA (1)
05:40 – Mon Laferte (2)
05:45 – SG Lewis (3)
05:55 – Kacey Musgraves (1)
06:25 – Gorgon City (2)
06:30 – Calypso Rose (3)
06:45 – Jaden Smith (1)
07:20 – DVSN (3)
07:25 – Tierra Whack (2)
08:05 – Polo & Pan (3)
08:30 – BLACKPINK (1)
09:00 – Rüfüs Du Sol (2)
09:30 – Khruangbin (3)
09:35 – The 1975 (1)
10:30 – Janelle Monáe (1)
11:15 – Charlotte Gainsbourg (2)
11:25 – Childish Gambino (1)
11:30 – Nora En Pure (3)
12:00 a.m. – DJ Snake (2)
12:05 – Kayzo (3)

Saturday, April 13th:
04:15 p.m. – ARIZONA (1)
04:15 – Wallows (2)
04:15 – Jambinai (3)
04:35 – FKJ (3)
05:00 – Guava Island, A Childish Gambino Film (1,2,3)
06:00 – Mr. Eazi (2)
06:00 – Steady Holiday (3)
06:30 – The Interrupters (3)
06:40 – Mac DeMarco (2)
07:05 – Bazzi (1)
07:15 – Clozee (3)
07:30 – Sir (2)
07:50 – J Balvin (1)
07:55 – Virgil Abloh (2)
08:00 – Bob Moses (3)
08:25 – Maggie Rogers (2)
08:45 – Weezer (1)
08:50 – Gryffin (3)
09:15 – Christine and the Queens (2)
09:30 – Four Tet (3)
09:50 – Billie Eilish (1)
10:15 – Juice WRLD (2)
10:30 – Parcels (3)
11:00 – Tame Impala (1)
11:05 – Wiz Khalifa (2)
11:15 – Smino (3)
11:55 – Kid Cudi (2)
12:00 a.m. – Little Simz (3)
12:30 – Bassnectar (1)

Sunday, April 14th:
04:15 p.m. – Emily King (1)
04:15 – Mansionair (2)
04:15 – Burna Boy (3)
05:00 – Alice Merton (2)
05:05 – Pusha-T (1)
05:55 – Bad Bunny (1)
05:55 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2)
06:50 – Blood Orange (1)
06:50 – Dermont Kennedy (2)
07:40 – Lizzo (2)
09:00 – YG (3)
09:15 – Sofi Tukker (2)
09:50 – Dillon Francis (3)
10:05 – CHVRCHES (2)
10:35 – Ariana Grande (1)
11:10 – NGHTMRE (3)

Photo Credit: Jewel Hossain

This person, clearly from the future, predicted Skrillex’s ‘Kingdom Hearts’ feature three years before it happened

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This person, clearly from the future, predicted Skrillex’s ‘Kingdom Hearts’ feature three years before it happenedSkrille Do Lab

Breakout the tinfoil hats everybody—we have a compelling case for time travelers being among us. Or just a strange coincidence on our hands, who’s to say? But the former is a much juicer explanation for how YouTube user BLΛCK SΛMPLE managed to guess that Skrillex would feature on Kingdom Hearts 3‘s opening theme way back in 2016.

Some eagle-eyed Redditors spotted a random comment left on a YouTube video in 2016 that appears to have predicted Skrillex’s critically lauded collaboration with Hikaru Utada, “Face My Fears” which was released earlier this year. Three years ago, user BLΛCK SΛMPLE commented on the official audio for Skrillex, Team EZY, and NJOMZA‘s “Pretty Bye Bye,” with his thoughts, only to spark some bewildered responses years later when the track actually dropped.

This person, clearly from the future, predicted Skrillex’s ‘Kingdom Hearts’ feature three years before it happenedSkrille Fan From Future

The comment also does not appear to be edited in any way making this quite the head-scratcher. Or there’s a possibility of a third scenario—that this comment is in fact the ultimate catalyst that made “Face My Fears” actually come to fruition. That the right person saw the comment and set the pieces into motion to make a Skrillex Kingdom Hearts track a reality. Which is almost equally as wild. Twilight Zone? You decide. In any case, this seems like a good opportunity to revisit “Face My Fears” below.

Blink 182 gets rinsed in 80s synth-pop

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Blink 182 gets rinsed in 80s synth-popBlink182 2017

Many fun things are born in YouTube, and one of the funnest things to come out of the platform is the reimagining of modern music in more retro flavors. Postmodern Jukebox, for example, rinses pop tunes in sounds from the 1920s-1960s. The 80s are another popular era to infuse with today’s top artists and pop tunes, and in the past we’ve covered some of these choice creations due to their high nostalgia value.

Blink 182 have become the latest targets to transform into this sound, and YouTuber MartyCanFly has done the honors of making synthpop classics out of their anthems, “Feeling This” and “The Rock Show.” A “kudos” to the creator is in order, as they’ve done a top job of creating a teenage/rom-com atmosphere out of the originals and embedding Tom DeLonge’s voice into the mix.




Fans will now be able to livestream both weekends of Coachella on YouTube for the first time

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Fans will now be able to livestream both weekends of Coachella on YouTube for the first timeBeyonce Coachella 2018 Live

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is back to dominating the headlines thanks to an all-encompassing, star-abundant collection of artists who will be performing at the 2019 iteration of the Indio, CA-based music festival. The next chapter of the legendary soiree has not met the media’s gaze without its fair share of controversy, mainly Kanye West dropping out of the lineup due to what he recently referred to as “artistically limiting” stage design.

On a brighter note, 2019 will be the first year fans will be able to live stream the festival for both weekend one and two. In previous years, fans were limited to the festival’s first weekend exclusively for streaming capabilities. Now fans across the world will be able to watch back-to-back weekends of acts including DJ Snake, Kayzo, Bassnectar, Ariana Grande, and more. The live streaming for Coachella 2019 commences the first weekend, April 12th-14th, rolling all the way through to the next, which spans April 19th-21st.

Photo Credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella


Lido shares visual accompaniment for ‘I O U 2’ EP [Watch]

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Lido shares visual accompaniment for ‘I O U 2’ EP [Watch]Lido Iou2 2

Although Lido‘s visual I O U 2 EP may have received limited screenings in a handful of US theaters last month, Lido has now released the transcendent project in its entirety to YouTube.

Directed by close Lido confidant, Arudz Goudsouzian, the visual realm of the EP is highly emblematic of Lido’s own coming to terms with a real-life lost love; an exploratory journey reflecting on despondence, confusion, and eventual resolve. The visceral tour through Lido’s psyche oscillates between immaculate baths of light and forestry (including pensive pans over the project’s British Columbia backdrop) and poignant, lone bedroom scenes.

Lido’s own vocals, heard homogeneously throughout the five-part project, bolster the narrative’s accessibility in regards to the artist’s path to self-reconciliation. The story is a timeless one: unflinchingly relatable, while remaining empirically authentic to its creator.

New study shows music is an integral part of our lives

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New study shows music is an integral part of our livesEric Ward 250010 Unsplash

According to a new consumer report, music listeners devour nearly 18 hours of music per week on average — about half of a full-time job.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the non-profit institution that represents the recording industry worldwide. They recently released their annual music consumption report, noting the 17.8 hours a week consumers listen to music mostly happens in the car. This makes sense when thinking about daily routine commutes back and forth without audio, which sounds like torture.

The report also showed 86 percent of the listeners tested use an on-demand streaming service such as Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube. Fifty-seven percent of users who pay for these streaming services are between the ages of 16 and 24 years old, suggesting it’s mostly young drivers listening to Spotify, Apple, or YouTube on their commute to school or work.

IFPI CEO Frances Moor says the report “tells the story of how recorded music is woven into the lives of fans around the world. As it becomes increasingly accessible, it continues to be embraced across formats, genres and technologies.”

H/T: DJ Mag

Photo credit: Eric Ward/Unsplash

Dillon Francis talks ‘Wut Wut’ and more on Zach Sang Show [Watch]

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Dillon Francis talks ‘Wut Wut’ and more on Zach Sang Show [Watch]Dillon Francis Zach Sang Interview

Dillon Francis recently stopped by the Zach Sang Show on YouTube to talk Wut Wut and what lead him to make a Spanish language album.  The relatable Sang has a specialty in crafting discourse in long-form, speaking with Francis for more than an hour about his childhood, Brendon Urie, Gerald, and Nicki Minaj sampling him and Skrillex‘s “Bun Up The Dance.”

Francis discusses how he found the genre so many think he created himself: moombahton. Though he didn’t, he was close to the source. His affinity for Spanish music was made obvious early on, having attended the 2016 Latin Grammy’s with Toy Selectah, met De La Ghetto and El Guincho there who eventually introduced Francis to Arcangel and Bad Bunny off the album.

In an hour-long segment, Sang dives into the weeds, having Francis talking about music production showing his inner nerd. This interview proves to be a truly authentic look into the life of Francis’ current state in music, adding to the list of curated collaborators from the deliberate funny man whose noticeably having a good time.

iOS users can now see songwriter & production credits on the Spotify app

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iOS users can now see songwriter & production credits on the Spotify app244769

What Spotify promises, Spotify instates.

The music streaming giant announced its intent to add songwriter and producer credits to the desktop application in February. Akin to YouTube’s provision of additional credit information for more than one-million songs in May, Spotify’s introduction of song credits to the desktop application enabled streamers to see the previously ‘invisible’ hands involved in the production of some of their favorite songs.

Now, iOS users can view credits on Spotify’s app. To browse the accreditation associated with a given track, a Spotify listener needs only to press the button with three dots that appears next to the Spotify selection. The user can then scroll down the drop down menu to select “Song Credits” at the very bottom of the list.

While some credits are currently available, some are not; record labels must submit the information in order for it to appear. As Chairman of the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), Alfons Karabuda noted in an Instagram post, publishers, songwriters, and societies will need to collaborate “in the near future” to ensure that the proper credits and, if applicable, corrections surface in conjunction with the production.

H/T: Nest HQ

Relive Armin van Buuren’s full 2018 Parookaville set

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Relive Armin van Buuren’s full 2018 Parookaville setArmin Parookaville

Armin van Buuren has allowed fans to hear him “trance it up,” once more for a full 90 minutes after his recent headlining Parookaville set from Sunday, July 22. Armin is all smiles and energy throughout the 90-minute display, wherein he lays down the classics as well as some lesser known remixes of his token tracks. The mix features everything from STANDERWICK‘s bootleg of The Killers‘ “Mr. Brightside” to a three-song mashup of Luke Bond, Loud Luxury, and Exis.

The State Of Trance radio host is wasting little time this summer, as he made his way to Germany for the performance just one day after headlining the legendary Tomorrowland in Belgium — where he will return for weekend two, Saturday, July 28.