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

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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.

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Relive Armin van Buuren’s full 2018 Parookaville set

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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.

YouTube will soon allow creators to play pre-recorded videos during live streams

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YouTube will soon allow creators to play pre-recorded videos during live streams

Online video conference VidCon descended upon Anaheim, California from June 20-23, bringing with it a thrilling set of announcements to communities like YouTube.

Perhaps one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of the event is the introduction of YouTube Premieres, revealed during a keynote address from YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan.

YouTube Premieres will allow creators with a substantial following to introduce pre-recorded videos as a live moment. When viewers show up to watch the premiere, the creator will be able to interact with them in a live chat while they watch the video.

“When creators choose to release a Premiere, we’ll automatically create a public landing page to build anticipation and hype up new content,” Mohan says of the new feature. “It’s as if a creator’s entire community is in one theatre together watching their latest upload.”

It was also disclosed that YouTube Premieres will only be open to users with at least 100,000 subscribers who are part of the YouTube Partner Program. The new feature will roll out over the next few weeks and is already being tested by select YouTubers who chosen as beta test partners.

H/T: The Verge

Instagram looking to take a bite out of YouTube with new 1-hour uploads feature

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Instagram announced they will allow users to upload videos up to an hour long, a significant increase from previous one-minute limit. The Facebook-owned social media platform looks to compete with the media megalodon, YouTube, owned by Google.

These videos will be housed on IGTV, currently accessible in the top-right hand corner of the Instagram homescreen on mobile. IGTV is also available as a stand-along app on iOS and Android, featuring the most popular videos from internet celebrities.

CEO Kevin Systrom mentioned that it’s time for video to evolve and move forward. On the new platform, anyone can be a curator, not just celebrities. Currently, new and smaller accounts will not be able to upload hour-long videos. Users have the option to scroll through recommended videos, popular videos, curators they’re following, and continue watching previously started videos. Curators also have the option to add links in the descriptions of their videos to drive traffic elsewhere.

There are no ads on IGTV…yet. Instagram also isn’t paying it’s curators, unlike its parent company’s failed Facebook Watch video hub. With over 1 billion users on Instagram, IGTV certainly has leg to stand on. eMarketer predicted Instagram will earn $5.48 billion in U.S. ad revenue, without IGTV.

As younger generations are cutting the chord and looking towards various mediums to consume content, Instagram now has an opportunity to take over TV on mobile.

H/T: Tech Crunch

Photo Credit: @igtv.official/Instagram

Proximity and Trap Nation team up for SAMAHTA release “Graffiti”

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YouTube powerhouses Proximity and Trap Nation have teamed up for a second release from mysterious new act SAMAHTA titled “Graffiti.” The budding labels have joined forces under a new force, “Proxnation,” which may signal the start of a more formal collaboration between the outlets. “Graffiti” features US indie pop vocalist Melody Federer, who has also collaborated with acts like Plastik Funk and Telykast.

Not much is known about SAMAHTA, other than that they are looking to make something of a cultural statement with their work. Their press release reads, “Dark times lead society to dark places and we are the light. SAMAHTA gives a voice to the voiceless, a face to the unknown, and arms the masses with change.”

How exactly the group seeks to ignite that change is yet to be seen, though the themes of the first two releases, “Secret Weapon” and “Graffiti” both conjure up associations with resistance and anti-establishment. The message is certainly a timely one; time will tell how effective the group can be in igniting a movement.

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