Flume details plans for new music in 2020, reveals new insights in ‘Hi, This is Flume’

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Flume details plans for new music in 2020, reveals new insights in ‘Hi, This is Flume’Flume

An innate desire to push conventions has propelled Harley Streten—better known as Flume—in a direction that has crowned him as both an electronic pioneer and a Grammy-winning act. After grabbing the Best Dance/Electronic album of the year for sophomore LP Skin, Streten is now up for another milestone Grammy in 2020—securing a nomination in the same category for his comeback album Hi, This is Flume. Leading up to the awards and concluding a pivotal year, Streten opened up in an interview to Billboard about his plans for new music in 2020 and the creative process behind his latest album.

Streten’s return with Hi, This is Flume challenged not only his production boundaries, but also his relationship with music. Self-titling the new LP as a mixtape simultaneously de-stressed the creative process and reset the internal expectations for Streten to match his previous accomplishments.

“I actually wasn’t enjoying doing the music because I was laboring over it so much, I had this anxious energy about ‘Is it as good as it can be?’”

Hi, This is Flume became a journey of letting go for Streten. In juxtaposition to his first two albums which he deemed slaves to a “grand vision,” the mixtape embodied a musical project that embraced “some grit and dirt.”

Although Streten approached the mixtape without a marriage to executed perfection, the complexity of the album’s development surrounding production in the studio, show, and visuals far surpassed the baseline. Specifically, the mixtape’s visualizer saw Streten and Skin artist Jonathan Zawada embark on a seven-day shoot through Australia’s southwest coast.

“We actually were staying in some seriously remote locations. Lots of snakes, lots of spiders, lots of things that can kill you in general. I vividly remember laying in bed one night after shooting. I was on my iPhone, scrolling on Instagram as you do. I saw this silhouette walk over my chest, and it was this huge spider. I let it walk off me and slowly got up. It was a tough getting back to sleep.”

In breaking his own limitations, Streten also recreated his live show to reflect the experimental extremities of his artistic growth. His fusion of production and kilter interactive performance has fascinated audiences at Lollapalooza and other appearances.

“I was getting bored of the show, standing there twiddling knobs, putting my hands up. It didn’t feel challenging … So I was like, ‘How about instead of that, I’m going to put on a theater performance.’”

Streten’s nomination for another Grammy has validated his efforts to reinvent himself on a grand scale. On another, more significant level, his delivered vision has brought him back to a space of clarity in terms of his craft and reinvigorated the meaning of creating.

“At the start of the new year, I’m on a mission. I want to try and write a record in four months. I’m just going to chill until then, and then I’m just going all hands on deck, dedicate to getting it done. I’m planning on doing some traveling solo … Trying to stimulate my creativity as much as impossible. The idea of an album is not so stressful after doing the mixtape. I’m really looking forward to it and seeing what happens, seeing what comes out.”

Via: Billboard

Billboard acquiring Nielsen Music to grow chart data visibility

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Billboard‘s parent company Valence Media announced its acquisition of Nielsen Music on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The deal will join the two companies under a single ownership again after a decade of separation. Valence’s global music portfolio contains Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group, dick clark productions, MRC Film, MRC Television, and MRC Non-Fiction.

Previously known as Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen Music was founded in 1991 by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett and since provided Billboard—along with other clients—powerful analytical insights into consumer data such as sales, streams, airplay, downloads, and more. The music consumption analytics platform has notably fueled several of Billboard’s charts including Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, Billboard Artist 100, and others. The two entities were owned by Dutch media conglomerate Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen until 2009 when VNU sold Billboard to Prometheus Global Media.

As a result of the acquisition, Valence has established a new MRC Data division with the goals to create new and scaled opportunities across Valence’s diverse music portfolio. The current Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group president Deanna Brown will lead the division’s efforts.

“By bringing Nielsen Music Products and Billboard back together, we’re answering the request from the music industry for a more coordinated, powerful, agile and global suite of independent measurement products. The new MRC Data division will leverage our scale and global, multimedia perspective to operate as a true accelerant for our music business colleagues and stakeholders,” stated Brown.

H/T: Billboard

Madeon’s ‘Good Faith’ claims No. 1 slot on Billboard Dance/Electronic chart

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The success of Madeon‘s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has been self-evident. The accolades have arrived as sold-out stops on the live tour in support of the album, and, most recently, Good Faith‘s attainment of the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart. Good Faith isn’t Madeon’s first visit to the top of the chart: Adventure ascended to the apex of Dance/Electronic shortly after the album’s release in 2015.

Good Faith earned 9,000 album unit equivalents in its first week, including 6,000 copies sold. The solid performance of Madeon’s second extended studio effort bolsters the producer’s already pervasive presence in the electronic circles, while solidifying his sonic outputs as consistent chart favorites. Listeners in the US can catch Madeon on the Good Faith tour throughout December. In January, Madeon will take his live artistry international. Dates are available, here.

Billboard Announces New Rules For Merchandise/Album Bundles

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DJ KhaledOver the past decade, two new significant forces have redefined the Billboard charts. One of those forces is streaming, which fundamentally altered the way people consume music and our ability to track that consumption. Billboard, whose charts have long been the industry standard, has worked to account for streaming, factoring it into their various chart … More »

Sam Smith and Disclosure’s Guy Lawrence reunite to cover Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’

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Sam Smith and Disclosure’s Guy Lawrence reunite to cover Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’Sam Smith GettyImages 521740538 Kevin Mazur

It’s a thing of beauty when iconic collaborations from across the ages come together, especially when the result is equally noteworthy. In 1977, Boston-born Donna Summer released “I Feel Love,” one of the hottest pop hits to date, alongside legendary producer Giorgio Moroder. The pair, who worked together often, revolutionized the disco era that helped pave the way for contemporary dance music. History now comes full circle via the genius musicality from Disclosure and Sam Smith, who’ve reunited to provide their own touch on “I Feel Love” after their own series of historic joint records.

In 2012, they gave the world “Latch,” a song that — like “I Feel Love” — peaked in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. “Omen” was soon to follow, a 2015 hit released as the second single from Disclosure’s second studio album Caracal. Needless to say, the two joining together to cover a Donna Summer track almost felt bound to happen. The release holds a special place in Sam Smith’s heart, per his comments on Facebook:

With production from Guy Lawrence—one half of the Disclosure brothers—Smith’s vocals are the “highest” he’s ever gone, yet dreamy as ever. It’s clear that Lawrence was careful on the arrangement here, as there’s no need to alter the original disco-synth rhythm. Yet, he added some deeper bass and overall heaviness to give the edit an added boost.

Sam Smith recently announced a 2020 pop album, and Disclosure will venture to Indonesia in December for DJakarta Warehouse Project 2019. Head here for tickets and more info.

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Illenium Hits #1 On Billboard’s Top EDM Album Chart

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Illenium has been hard at work for the past few years. From releasing numerous albums and collabs all on top of touring, the man hasn’t stopped. And now, all the hard work is paying off. Illenium’s third studio album Ascend is currently #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Album chart. It’s been quite the fight to scale past Marshmello

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Billie Eilish knocks Lil Nas X off the Billboard chart’s top spot, ending ‘Old Town Road’s’ 19-week reign

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Its been 19 weeks since Lil Nas X claimed the number one spot atop the Billboard Hot 100. Let that sink in—five whole months. In that time, “Old Town Road” has seen a wild, celebrity cameo-filled music video alongside four remixes that kept it afloat, becoming the longest-leading song of all-time on the Hot 100.

However now, competition for the number one spot is back in business. Announced on August 19, Billie Eilish has earned her first number one spot on the chart with “Bad Guy” as well as a few other impressive milestones. Eilish spent nine weeks in the runner-up position, fueled by a standout remix featuring Justin Bieber, which is the longest for any song before reaching the top. What’s more—she not only trumped the longest-leading track’s reign, but she is also the first artist born in the 21st century to top the charts. Lil Nas X—born in 1999—came closest, and at 17 Eilish becomes the youngest artist at the summit since Lorde’s reign with “Royals” at the age of 16.

The country rapper hit Twitter to show Eilish some appreciation:

From the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, “Bad Guy” has made history, proving Eilish’s continued success cannot be taken lightly.

H/T: Billboard

‘Old Town Road’ smashes Billboard Hot 100 record with 17 weeks at No. 1

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For 17 weeks straight, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Old Town Road” has sat atop the iconic Billboard Hot 100 chart, breaking previous records installed by the likes of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

‘ “Old Town Road” has sat atop the iconic Billboard Hot 100 chart, breaking previous records installed by the likes of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

The infamous song first entered No. 1 territory on April 13, and fans haven’t looked back since then. In the weeks following, “Old Town Road” has continued to hold down the coveted slot, eventually beating out the 16-week records set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with “One Sweet Day” in 1995 and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber with “Despacito” in 2017.

From January to June, the music industry overall clocked in a record 507 billion streams. Of those, “Old Town Road” is the only song to hit more than 1 billion steams, making it the most-streamed song of 2019 by a huge margin.

H/T: Billboard, BET

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Lil Nas X’s breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ rakes in another Billboard chart record

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Few songs in history have dominated the zeitgeist like Lil Nas X‘s ‘Old Town Road,’ and now there is considerable data to support that statement. This past week, the country-rap crossover hit featuring Billy Ray Cyrus sat atop the coveted Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a record thirteenth week.

This is the longest any rap single has led the chart, beating out past monsters like ‘See You Again,’ by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, in 2015; ‘Boom Boom Pow,’ by The Black Eyed Peas (2009); and ‘Lose Yourself,’ by Eminem (2002-03). Beyond breaking rap records, only 11 other singles in history share this record, the last of which was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s ‘Despacito‘ which featured Justin Bieber.

‘Old Town Road’ also currently leads the Streaming Songs chart for the thirteenth week with 88.7 million streams in the U.S.. It’s on top of the Digital Song Sales chart once again as well with 59,000 downloads sold.

The song was already enormous prior to this record-breaking week, but an honest admission at the end of Pride Month from Lil Nas X that he is, in fact, gay gave the single an even bigger bump to close out June.

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H/T: Billboard

DJ Khaled wants to sue Billboard after missing No. 1 spot

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After losing out on the Billboard 200 albums No. 1 spot to Tyler, the Creator—who hit his first No. 1 album ever with IGORDJ Khaled has not been taking the news lightly. According to insiders, The Father of Asahd producer allegedly threw a temper tantrum, blaming his label for not pushing his numbers and planning on hitting the Billboard Chart with a monster lawsuit for unfairly disqualifying 100,000 of his sales on Father of Asahd. The estimated 100,000 sales were included in bundled energy drink purchases sold through Shop.com; the dispute centered on whether Billboard had initially agreed to include those bundle figures in their calculations. A spokesperson from Billboard stated that Khaled’s downloads were discounted due to “strange anomalies in the data.” However, Billboard is reported to have counted IGOR downloads which were bundled with clothing merch and lawn signs.

Billboard’s president has defended their decision in disqualifying Khaled’s bundle sales, saying “we saw an organization encouraging purchases among their members by promising them material and organizational benefits.” Meanwhile, Roc Nation’s COO Desiree Perez also made a statement disputing Billboard’s decision on behalf of Khaled and other artists who are “forced to navigate bundling an album download with an inexpensive item that still effectively represents their brand.” Both Khaled and Tyler, the Creator fall under Sony representation.

On June 10, Khaled finally dismantled Tyler, the Creator from No. 1 and took to social media to announce the victory.

H/T: Highsnobiety

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