Are lyrics getting more repetitive than they used to be?

How do you answer such a wide question spanning so much content? Why, with computer learning algorithms of course!

I’m sure you’ve been there. The aux cord is broken, you’re stuck in traffic and each song that plays on the radio feels like it goes on for eternity. “How long is it?”, “Do they just say the same things over and over again?”, “Who is shawty?!”

Without feeling too much like an old fogey; it’s easy to feel like modern pop music has become repetitive. But has it really or has pop music always had lyrics that sound the same and repeat over and over.

Well thankfully 3 years ago Colin Morris did a study to answer just this. Using an algorithm that was capable of detecting phrases that actually repeated, so that it wasn’t discriminating against every connective in a song, he analysed 15,000 songs between 1958 and 2017.

Using his unique compression algorithm, which finds repeated phrases and words accurately and then removes them, found that on average songs could be compressed by 50%. This suggests that all of the songs analysed are roughly half repetition.

Some songs were removed from the runnings for simply being too repetitive to even include in the results. Around the World by Daft Punk topped that list with the 3 title words repeating for the entire song and making for a 98% reduction using Morris’s algorithm.

So, on to the answer to the big question. Are songs getting more repetitive in their choice of words as time goes on? And the answer is: YES

Looking back it feels like pop music has always been repetitive, the staple of a hit being a catchy chorus that’s easy to learn. However, Morris’s study shows that since 1960 lyric repetition has increased exponentially and 2014 was the most repetitive year on record.

So we’re not going crazy in the car, well we might be but if we feel like we’re hearing the same thing over and over again then we aren’t too wrong! Check out the full study by Colin Morris with great info-graphics showing the study and interesting facts on different eras and artists: pudding.cool/2017/05/song-repetition/

The best free Soundrop alternative

Soundrop specialize in distributing cover songs to stores. At $9.99 per track while keeping 15% of artists revenue, this model can become very costly for independent artists.

With RouteNote, you can distribute your cover songs to all major stores with absolutely no fees or recurring costs while keeping 85% of the revenue.

RouteNote offer three ways to get your cover songs on stores:

  1. Distribute to all countries – You can publish your music in all territories when posting to only Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, iHeartRadio, JioSaavn, Nuuday & Anghami.
  2. Distribute to all stores – If you’d prefer to distribute to all of our partners such as iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal and more, you can do so, as long as you exclude the following territories: The United States, Canada, Mexico, Pakistan & India.
  3. Distribute to all stores and all territories – To distribute everywhere, you’ll need to obtain a mechanical license. Our friends over at Harry Fox can help you with this.

You can also choose to distribute two identical releases on RouteNote following options 1 & 2 above. Just remember, cover songs mean you cannot use any samples from the original track without permission.

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How to upload my music to JioSaavn

JioMusic & Saavn merged to form JioSaavn in 2018 to become one of India’s largest streamers with over 250 million subscribers.

Since Saavn launched in 2007, it has built a catalogue of 50 million tracks from around the world.

JioSaavn offer two tiers: free with ads and paid with additional features, improved streaming quality and downloads. The service is available worldwide on iOS, Android and online.

JioSaavn give artists great insight on their listeners and allow easy artist page customisation.

With RouteNote, we can help get your music on to JioSaavn and more of the top stores worldwide for free. With RouteNote we give you full control on how and where you share your music. Choose free distribution to keep 85% of your revenue, or go premium and keep 100%.

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YouTube’s new original documentary ‘Terms and Conditions’ isn’t about what you think

YouTube’s upcoming feature-length original isn’t about pages of legal documents but one of the UK’s most controversial underground music scenes.

This week YouTube releases it’s latest in it’s music themed original documentaries. The feature length ‘Terms and Conditions’ follows UK Drill with an intense look at the rap scene and it’s culture.

The film follows the people making the music that takes its roots from the offshoot of trap music that is imbued with natural, UK raw grit. Drill music is an export from Chicago that birthed in the early 2010s and has evolved into it’s own thing in London.

The UK’s branch of Drill is known for darker beats and often doesn’t use autotune which has become a staple of the genre in the US. The UK scene has also become embroiled in controversy and accusations of its links to crime and violence.

This controversy led to a protest outside of YouTube’s London headquarter by anti-knife crime activists. They felt sure that UK Drill was causing violence in the UK and were protesting for the platform to take down music videos.

YouTube refused however, with the UK managing director Ben McOwen Wilson saying: “While have some argued there is no place for drill music on YouTube, we believe we can help provide a place for those too often without a voice.” Now they’re releasing a feature-length, detailed documentary diving inside the scene that has caused issues even for them.

The documentary maker, BAFTA award-winning Brian Hill, says that “there are a lot of people at the BBC who are very nervous about the political situation” regarding the music scene. But ultimately said that making this original was freeing, with YouTube’s head of originals saying that, although they “treaded carefully”, they intend to be provocative.

This Wednesday, 26th YouTube will release ‘Terms and Conditions: A UK Drill Story’. It will go live on the urban music YouTube Channel ‘GRM Daily’ and follows rappers involved in the scene, police in the genre’s most popular areas, mothers whose sons have died due to violence, and local community leaders.

How much is Spotify for students?

Spotify Premium’s $9.99 a month is in-line with most other major streaming competitors, but if you’re a student, you can get a little more for a lot less.

Spotify Premium give you access to their full catalogue, ad-free and offline.

In the US you can get a student premium account for half the price of a standard account at $4.99 and you’ll get Hulu and SHOWTIME thrown in at no extra cost. UK pricing is also at £4.99, but with no bonus content.

For further savings, check out Spotify’s family option, which is as low as $2.50 a month if you’ve got 6 family members under one roof. See the full pricing guide and sign up here.

Amazon Music and Apple Music both offer similarly matched student discounts on their services too.

Youka creates karaoke videos from any YouTube music video

Using AI, ‘YouTube to Karaoke’ site would isolate the instrumental track of any YouTube music video and sync the lyrics with the muted vocal line.

Unfortunately, this has since caught the attention of copyright holders and has quickly been shut down for legal reasons regarding ripping YouTube videos and lyrics.

Youka’s creator has expressed plans to open-source the project, to not let the idea go to waste.

In the meantime, checkout this open-source AI tool from Deezer, that will split the vocal and instruments from any music file. Bearing copyright laws in mind, use responsibly. Only use tracks you own for commercial use.

Who made and owns TikTok?

With 1.5 billion users, this makes TikTok the most popular social media app in the world right now, but who owns the short form video sharing app and is your personal information on the app safe?

TikTok is the number one (non-gaming) app in the world, but the app largely remains a mystery to those outside of Gen Z.

After the death of Vine in 2016, ByteDance were quick to fill the void with a similar short form video app, largely focused around lip-syncing.

Chinese company ByteDance, founded in 2012 launched Douyin in 2016. Douyin is the Chinese equivalent to TikTok, allowing users to create, upload and share videos between 3 to 60 seconds, but with stricter censorship to meets China’s internet restrictions. In 2017, ByteDance brought Douyin to the rest of the world in the form of TikTok.

Since purchasing and merging with Musical.ly, TikTok’s company has been valued at over $78 billion, making it the most valuable startup in the world. ByteDance was founded by entrepreneur Zhang Yiming, who is now worth an estimated $16 billion.

ByteDance have faced controversy from the rest of the world for it’s censorship of content on TikTok. Many fear for users personal information too, with the company being fined $5.7 million for the collection of children’s data.

Is TikTok safe? The app recently released new safety features for parents to better guard children on the app. To ensure you/your children remain safe on TikTok, the usual rules apply to all social media apps. Be careful what information you give the app and who is able to see it.

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How to upload music to TikTok

We can help get your music into the most popular social media app for free.

If you’re not a Gen Zer you might not realise it, but TikTok is currently the most popular social media app in the world, with over 1.5 billion users.

The lip-syncing, short form video sharing app is huge and still growing. Get your music in the hands of billions of user by uploading your catalogue to the platform today. When your track is used in a video, ad earning will be sent to you.

With RouteNote, we can help distribute your music to the top stores and streaming services for free, with no fees or yearly payments, while keeping 85% revenue, or go premium for a small fee to keep 100% of the revenue.

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Officially License – Ahrix – Nova – for $4.99 per month with over 1000 other tracks

Ahrix – Nova – is one of the most used tracks every on YouTube. Nova fits a lot of different types of videos and its very catchy and stands out from the crowd.

Nova is currently available to be used on YouTube as long as you link to Ahrix’s social media in the descriptions of your videos. However, what if you want to use the track in your videos on other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and others?

You can now officially license Ahrix – Nova as part of a $4.99 per month subscription on Synchedin. Synchedin allows creators to use any of the tracks in its catalogue with unlimited downloads in unlimited commercial projects.

First look at Quibi – the video streaming app with a twist

Quibi gives us the first look at it’s streaming app set to release in April.

Quibi, short for “Quick Bites”, is the newest contender hoping to break into the video streaming world.

Billionaires, tech executive Meg Whitman & Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg secured over $1 billion in investments to put this idea to action.

Only offering videos less than ten minutes, Quibi hopes to standout over some of the largest companies not only in video streaming, but the world: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney and Apple. With HBO Max and NBCUniversal set to join the party later this year.

The app is only available for mobile and includes a featured called Turnstyle “a viewing experience optimized for you… no matter how you hold your phone”, which marketing aside, means it will crop the video if you want to watch it portrait.

It will offer two models, much like Hulu with an optional ad tier:

  • $8 a month
  • $5 a month with ads

Quibi will experiment to see what work with customers

“We’ll see what the consumers want, and we’ll follow their lead.”

Meg Whitman, CEO

This is certainly a unique idea that suits the current market for snappy, to the point, short videos. Ideal for the commute to work (with offline mode), without diving into an hour long Netflix episode. However, the company need to make sure they put that $1 billion to go use, securing quality content that ready to watch on day one, in the hope that user will get hooked to shows beyond their free trial and not just continue to go where everyone’s gone for similar short-form videos for fifteen year, YouTube ($5-$8 a month less than Quibi).

Head to Quibi to see some of the content they’ve got lined up. The app is available to pre-order in the US on iOS and Android today, launching April 6th.