What’s your sign? Spotify thinks it can curate the perfect playlist around the zodiac

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What’s your sign? Spotify thinks it can curate the perfect playlist around the zodiacCosmin Playlists Spotify

The Forer effect is in full swing at the Spotify office—to the point where the streaming giant has announced that they’ve launched a series of playlists curated specifically toward each zodiac sign.

Each of the twelve “Cosmic Playlists” was curated in part by Spotify astrologer Chani Nicholas, who explains, “Astrology is about a specific moment in time. Each moment has a specific astrological mark, or archetype associated with it, that defines it”. She goes on to note that she worked with Spotify to create playlists that mark each of these moments and archetypes. Official word remains as to whether or not these playlists will be regularly updated, but it’s likely they will be from past patterns of the brand. Now, all that remains is to determine whether or not each of these playlists actually help horoscope enthusiasts “find direction in life” via music, as they’re claimed to.

 

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 161, featuring Big Wild, Lucian, MELVV, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 161, featuring Big Wild, Lucian, MELVV, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Alina Baraz enlists the help of Danish producer, Galimatias, for “Unfold,” from her Urban Flora album. Dripping in sensuous escapism, this track aids in actualizing those halfhearted midday musings of whomever the heart sings out for.

Lucian‘s “Trndsttr” remix, with its swelling reverb and strutting breakbeat, will instill confidence in listeners this Sunday morning in places perhaps its been previously exhausted from extended weekend vexation.

From his brand new EP, Be On Fire, comes Chrome Sparks‘s cosmic “Ultraviolet Rainbow,” soaring into the depths of our subconscious with every analog arpeggio.

“Maker,” off Big Wild‘s brand new City of Sound project, is indie electronica dipped in nostalgia and laced with ’80s undertones. Its subtle riffs and winding, perrenial lead synth, blossoming, only to disappear once again, are a whimsical means of Sunday idealism and thoughts of “if only…”

MELVV’s twinkling, childlike production quirks serve as potent subterfuge, shrouding “Not Me”‘s poignant center. We’re leaving the track here, in the case any listeners are in need of a dose of Sunday refuge.

Drake grabbed the most Hot 100 entries of 2018, followed by Travis Scott, Lil Wayne

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Drake grabbed the most Hot 100 entries of 2018, followed by Travis Scott, Lil WayneDrake Video Gods Plan Dancing Astro

The “Blue Tint,” lyric, “top of the charts, back in they hearts” is certainly an apt description of Drake‘s performance on the charts last year. The viral success of “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” and “In My Feelings” led Drizzy to top Apple Music and Spotify‘s respective 2018 top album and artist statistics, an unsurprising finale to the year, given the omnipresent Scorpion singles’ collective 29 week residency on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. When it comes to the artist with the most Hot 100 entries of the year, Travis Scott and Lil Wayne follow Drake with 31 and 25 entries each, but fail to knock the 6 God’s crown. Drake touts the most Hot 100 entries of 2018, with a whopping 35.

Hip hop entities noticeably dominate Billboard’s list of the 12 musicians to receive the most entries of the year. Cardi B, XXXTentacion, Nicki Minaj, and Post Malone trail Drake, Travis, and Weezy, while Khalid remains the only artist outside of the rap genre to grace the list. While ranking among the highest grossing on Billboard’s list is no small feat, what Billboard’s Hot 100 count ultimately evidences is Drake’s unfaltering hold on the Hot 100 in one year’s time.

H/T: Hypebeast

SZA Addresses Unreleased Music Leaked On Spotify

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Nine unreleased SZA tracks were leaked on Spotify today. The songs, two of which feature Kendrick Lamar, were listed as an album called Comethru under the moniker Sister Solana. SZA has since responded to the leak on Instagram: “These are random scratches from 2015. Def not new new! But… creative? And scary?” Comethru was later … More »

Hodgy and Alvin Risk reconvene under HA alias for ‘Jesus Is a Samurai’

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Hodgy and Alvin Risk reconvene under HA alias for ‘Jesus Is a Samurai’Screen Shot 2018 12 19 At 5.48.16 PM

Hodgy and Alvin Risk deepen HA‘s catalogue with the release of an eccentric new single dubbed “Jesus Is a Samurai.” The track marks the third offering from Hodgy and Risk under their newly devised HA alias. The artists originally made their joint debut as HA via “O.P.E.N.” and “Precious,” two tunes that provided an introductory sonic snapshot of the group’s aesthetic. Both singles received nods from Spotify, gracing not only the streaming platform’s New Music Friday playlist, but POLLEN, Mood Booster, Hot Rhythmic, and other Spotify curated compilations. Apple Music also acknowledged HA’s output on its Alt-R&B and The Crossover playlists.

“Jesus Is a Samurai” channels early Childish Gambino vibes in its foregrounding of measured verses that are more spoken than spat. The song’s “Jesus is a Samurai” hook harnesses an irresistible catchiness, despite its lyrical oddity. A tempered background beat fluidly pushes the production forth. As “O.P.E.N.” and “Precious” asserted earlier, and as “Jesus Is a Samurai” further affirms, HA listeners ought to expect the unexpected when an Odd Future rapper and a venerated electronic producer collaborate long-term.

Facebook Shared Private User Messages and Other User Data With Spotify

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Facebook granted major companies such as Spotify, Amazon, Netflix, and Sony far more exceptions to its privacy policies than previously known. The loopholes, which has been reported by the New York Times, suggests that Facebook bent its own rules to keep valuable partnerships. Apparently, Facebook gave Spotify and Netflix the ability to read its users’

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24 Music Industry Predictions for 2019

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Marshmello Celebrates 2 Billion Streams On Spotify In 2018

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Marshmello has quite a bit to be thankful this year. In just 2 years, Marshmello has reportedly made $44 million according to a recent Forbes report. As Spotify as announced the 2018 Wrapped on Spotify for Artists, music producers around the world are finding out just how many streams they had from fans and different

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Drake dominates both Spotify and Apple Music’s 2018 stats

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Drake dominates both Spotify and Apple Music’s 2018 statsDrake Getty

2018 was undoubtedly the Year of Drake. The Toronto-native rhymer managed to plant himself in the headlines all year long, from rap beef and juicy drama to the year’s most ubiquitous album, and a handful of broken records to boot. Now, as the year draws to a close, Apple Music and Spotify have both released their top album and artist statistics, and unsurprisingly, Drake occupies both lists with a dominating presence.

Apple’s official rankings for top songs of the year include three Drake cuts, the inescapable “God’s Plan,” New Orleans bounce anthem “Nice For What,” and viral sensation “In My Feelings.” Drake’s Scorpion also deservedly took home the top album designation, beating out Cardi B, Post Malone, and Travis Scott‘s hugely successful LP drops this year. Spotify’s official year end numbers mirror Apple’s, with Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran in contention as well. Spotify’s year end totals also claim Drake’s music was streamed a cumulative 8.2 billion times on the platform this year.

That’s a wrap on another marquee year for Drake.

Mac Miller’s Spotify Singles recordings gain posthumous release

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Mac Miller’s Spotify Singles recordings gain posthumous releaseMac Miller Benefit Concert Live Stream

Just before his death on September 7, Mac Miller recorded a Spotify Singles session where he performed Swimming album constituent “Dunno,” and a cover of Billy Preston’s 1974 track, “Nothing From Nothing.” Both recordings have been posthumously released on the streaming service and are now available to listeners. Spotify‘s series of “original artist recordings,” Spotify Singles seeks to “channel back the good old days of vinyl and CD singles.”

Each artist invited to take part in a Spotify Singles session stops by Spotify’s in-house New York studio to lay down a new recording of an original song from the artist’s catalog. The selected musician’s second installment in the Spotify Singles concept is traditionally a cover of an existing song. The stripped-down, intimate return to musical authenticity that Spotify seeks to affect via Spotify Singles figures in fuller form on the streaming platform’s Spotify Singles playlists, which Spotify updates each Wednesday.

H/T: Complex