Felix Cartal Drops “Runaway” feat. REGN

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After a successful 2017 (including being named Billboard’s ’13 Dance Artists who Dominated 2017′ and his hit track “Get What You Give”), Felix Cartal is back with his latest, “Runaway” featuring REGN. The song, which is a single from his forthcoming album, carries power in REGN’s passionate voice and angsty lyrics that are perfectly complemented

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Release Date for Major Lazer’s ‘Music is the Weapon’ May Finally be Revealed

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It has been over two years since Major Lazer released their latest album “Peace is the Mission.” Since it’s initial release, Major Lazer fans have been eager to get a grasp on a new album with some new music. Fortunately, it seems that a new album will soon be on its way. According to Genius.com,

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Billboard Charts Will Adjust Streaming Weighting In 2018

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It’s hard to overstate the impact of Billboard’s decision to factor streaming into its chart rankings. Among other alterations, songs that don’t fit neatly into pop radio formats have a clearer path to #1, albums can debut in the top 10 with hardly any sales, and curated playlists on streaming services have taken on an … More »

Billboard to Count YouTube Plays for Top 200 Charts

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Is this cheating?

YouTube play counts will soon count towards Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart

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Indications of the population’s interest in a given song and its accompanying music video make YouTube play counts a measure of that production’s overall popularity among listeners. If the rumors are true, YouTube play counts might soon prove even more influential within the world of chart rankings. Billboard is expected to implement YouTube plays in its Top 200 albums list in the months to come, an action that has yet to be confirmed by the media brand. The company’s Hot 100 singles chart already takes YouTube views into account, and the platform’s play counts are also evaluated by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) when awarding gold and platinum statuses, a testament to play counts’ general pull.

Some are in favor of the weight given to the number of YouTube play counts that a given record amasses, interpreting the inclusion of the counts in the determination of chart rankings and gold/platinum statuses to be reflective of the evolving digital landscape of music production. RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman expressed his support for the acknowledgment of the counts in a 2016 statement: “We know that music listening—for both albums and songs—is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications. Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold and Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today.”

Others rather candidly contend that the departure from traditional evaluation standards in gold/platinum award status is simply “bs.” Top Dawg Entertainment CEO, Anthony Tiffith represented the opposition to Sherman’s next “logical step,” remarking “We [Top Dawg Entertainment] don’t stand behind this RIAA BS. Ole [school] rules apply. One million albums sold is platinum. Until we reach that [number], save all the congrats. No cheat codes [to] platinum.”

If Billboard does indeed factor YouTube play counts into its Top 200 albums chart, the counts could render chart-topping album success less of a feat, and more of an obtainable goal, as music streaming pushes forward as an increasingly preferred and accessible manner to listen to music, new and old.

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Billboard – Memories (Robotaki Remix)

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Though Robotaki is in the middle of his “I Want You” tour with Manila Killa, he somehow still has time to drop new, groundbreaking material. The tour itself has already seen major success and is just getting started, as the two young producers are set to perform all across the U.S. and Canada up until mid-November.

Robotaki has remixed Montreal native Billboard in his latest piece of work, putting a more positive, hard-hitting spin on one of the fellow Canadian’s most popular tracks off of his Memories EP. Keeping the original vocals in the same key signature, Robotaki adds in some groovy lead synths and chord progressions that brighten the track even further. The fact that Robotaki is able to continuously construct brilliant music while on his first major tour illustrates how much talent he truly possesses.

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Under The Radar: Meet the Australian Super-producer Herzeloyde

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This guy has got some serious tunes under his belt

Billboard removes The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ from the Hot 100 chart

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The Chainsmokers‘ pop mega-hit “Closer” dominated plays on radio and streaming services for months. However, despite remaining at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song will no longer stay on the chart.

The track has been manually removed by Billboard in an effort to facilitate new songs into their listings. A Billboard rule states that if a song drops below the top 25 of the Hot 100 after 52 weeks, it will be removed. Unsurprisingly, one of the best examples of this is also a Chainsmokers song. “Don’t Let Me Down” spent exactly one year on the charts before peculiarly dropping off. Whether Billboard’s staff secretly hates The Chainsmokers or are just sticklers for rules, there is no denying the duo’s distinct ability to make chart-topping hits.

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Rick Ross Salutes Prodigy & Chester Bennington At Billboard Hot 100 Fest

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Rick Ross headlined the Sun Stage last night (8/19), capping off a day-long party of genre-hopping hysteria on Billboard Hot 100 Festival’s second-biggest stage. Ross has hits, and he let it be known. Whether it was his own tracks or features on the smashes of others, the Maybach Music leader made the most of his … More »

Gucci Mane Mixes Old Hits & New At Billboard Hot 100 Festival

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Gucci Mane hit the main stage just after 6 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 19) at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival riding off a DJ set that delivered cuts from Migos, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and, most significantly, “Classical (Intro),” off his 2009 major-label debut, The State Vs. Radric Davis. And when he arrived he came … More »