The latest charts on YouTube Music are now packaged into playlists for you

YouTube Music is helping you keep up on the trends by turning all of their top charts into playlists so you can easily come and get on top of what’s popping.

Earlier this year YouTube built and launched a new platform to keep their expansive catalogue of music content in one place and improve revenues for artists. YouTube Music has been getting better all the time since it’s launch as Google make it a fully loaded streaming platform. Their latest move presents all of the hottest new music and the tracks doing the rounds right now in a playlist series.

YouTube Music’s new playlists include the top most played songs on YouTube this week, the most viewed music videos, and the hottest track on their What’s Trending section. The playlists can be easily found on the home page or using YouTube Music’s search to find them. Find the music that’s trending around the world and nearby in all of the 29 markets that YouTube Music has launched in so far.

Every country where YouTube Music is available will get 5 charts playlists which include two based on the music trending in their territory as well as two global lists. Each playlist can be added to your library so you can stay up-to-date with the trending charts as soon as you open up your streaming service.

Top 100 Songs: The most played songs on YouTube (global and local charts available)

The Top Songs chart combines the number of views of a song on YouTube (including the official music videoofficial song used in user-generated content and lyric videos). The Top Songs chart is updated weekly on Sunday at 12 p.m. PST. Each country will get both a global and country-specific version of this chart. This week, the U.S. list is topped by “thank u, next,” followed by Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE (feat Drake)” and Halsey’s “Without Me.”

Top 100 Music Videos: The most viewed music videos (global and local charts available)

The Top Music Videos chart goes beyond the song and gives fans the chance to dive into the most viewed official music videos on the platform. Top Videos is updated weekly on Sunday at 12 p.m. PST. Each country will get both a global and country-specific version of this chart. This week, the U.S. list is topped by the same two tracks as the songs list, with Nicki Minaj at #3 with “Good Form ft. Lil Wayne.”

Top 20 Trending (local chart)

The new Trending chart is updated multiple times a day to provide a unique, real-time view of the hottest new music fans are enjoying in a specific country. The Trending chart is YouTube’s first dedicated external signal of the most-viewed new music on the platform, providing an instant snapshot of what is driving music culture. Ariana Grande completes her clean sweep in the U.S. this week, with XXXTENTACION’s “Guardian angel” and Kodak Black’s “Calling My Spirit” rounding out the top 3.

The charts, currently topped globally by Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” are the most accurate reflection of what’s happening in music culture and based purely on the number of views from more than 1 billion global music fans on YouTube each month. Full details about how YouTube charts are calculated can be found here.

Apple Music ditch artist-to-fan social platform Connect

Apple are renovating artist pages on their music streaming service but as they do so they’re getting rid of their under-appreciated Connect platform.

Apple Music has come a long way since it launched all the way back in 2015. The service has grown from a disorganised Spotify into a streaming service that stands on it’s own as one of the biggest in the world. It’s changed in many ways but has retained it’s social platform that allows artists to connect with fans, until now.

Apple have started notifying artists that they will no longer be able to post content to their artist pages as they slowly remove Connect from Apple Music. Content that has been posted to Apple Music Connect in the past is being removed from the For You section and Artist Pages in Apple Music. The content can still be found through search results on Apple Music but these will also be removed in May.

Apple say: “We’re always looking for ways to enhance our focus on artists and help them better connect to fans. So we’ve given Artist Pages an all-new design and added new, personalised Artist Radio. Today we’re streamlining music discovery by removing Connect posts from Artist Pages and For You.”

Apple Music provided a feed where artists could post and connect with their fans. When fans came to their page they could see any updates from the artist and keep up with their latest goings on. Clearly Apple felt the feature was under-utilised by artists and fans alike and have decided to get rid of the feature. They don’t appear to have any plans to replace it with any other social features currently.

The new year will no doubt see updates to Apple Music that introduces new features, though it’s unlikely Apple will take a bet on another social platform just yet.

Mix tracks right from SoundCloud through Serato DJ

SoundCloud has one of the biggest collections of music ever with everything from underground DJ mixes to the latest hit tracks and now you can mix them into your set easily with Serato DJ.

As a DJ you want a comprehensive selection of tracks to mix and match and groove around with. SoundCloud has a bigger music library than all of the major streaming services thanks to it’s user uploaded catalogue featuring custom tracks from DJs, producers, bands, singers and everything in-between. Now SoundCloud’s 125+ million tracks are available through Serato DJ.

You can now instantly search, discover and mix any music from SoundCloud’s collection of independent music and it’s newly licensed major label tunes on Serato DJ Pro 2.1 or DJ Lite 1.1 decks with a SoundCloud Go+ subscription. In the Serato DJ apps you simply need to log in to your SoundCloud account from the SoundCloud icon in the DJ library on the left hand side.

All of your playlists will automatically be synchronised into your library after you restart the Serato app so you can simply drag tracks into your set. If you have a set coming up this means you can easily create a playlist on SoundCloud with all the tracks you want to mix and next time you load up Serato it will be there waiting to be mixed.

Beyond that you can search and discover from SoundCloud’s massive collection of official releases, emerging creator content, and everything in between. It’s an amazing resource but also makes DJing so much more convenient as you have hundreds of millions of tracks on tap without taking up any space on your laptops.

If you have a Pro Unlimited account, you can add a SoundCloud Go+ content subscription for half the price. By combining Pro Unlimited and Go+, you get both SoundCloud’s industry-leading creator tools to grow your career, plus the ability to mix and stream millions of underground and premium tracks through Serato. With Pro Unlimited and Go+ you get the best-value bundle for you to do what you do on the 1s and 2s.

Find out more and sign up to SoundCloud Pro Unlimited and/or Go+ here.

Everyone can DJ on iOS with djay’s new free app

8 years of djay on iOS making DJing easy and fun for anyone on their smartphones, they are re-releasing the app so it’s free for everyone.

For 8 years Algoriddim has been bringing DJing to the masses through their phones with their paid app djay. Now they’re re-inventing the experience and opening it up to more people by making it a free experience and enhancing it with a bunch of new features.

Gone are the old djay apps on iOS offering a $10 iPhone app and a $20 app for DJing on the iPad that provides a feature packed DJ experience that’s accessible to amateurs but powerful enough for professionals alike. djay are now returning to their original model from when they launched in 2006 of offering their powerful app as a free download that users can choose to pay a subscription for extra features.

In their statement creators Algoriddim said: “We decided to make djay a free download again. Moreover, in the same way that djay made mixing music accessible to the masses, we wanted to do the same for creating music. Moving to in-app subscription gives us an easy way to add more packs, more sounds, more videos, in a way that ensures everyone has access to the same downloads, without further cost barrier.”

The free version includes:

  • The two-deck Classic Mode, with vinyl control, a mixer, scrolling waveforms, looping, EQ, filter, and five FX.
  • Automix AI driven mixing: Choose a starting track and trigger AI based DJ transitions.
  • iTunes integration, with filtering by Artist, Album, Genre.
  • Ableton Link tempo syncing.
  • Plug-n-play with support for five official djay controllers: Reloop Mixon 4, Beatpad and Beatpad 2, Mixtour, and Pioneer DDJ-WeGO4.
  • Most importantly, access to the full Spotify library and playlists with a Spotify Premium membership.

With a Pro subscription you also get all of these bonus features:

  • Custom playlists, including smart playlist filtering.
  • 2 decks Pro view: view decks and library side by side.
  • 4 decks Pro view: mix up to four music tracks at once with full control and library.
  • Single deck preparation view.
  • VJ video mixing view with support for external monitors.
  • Advanced MIDI learn system to map each control on users’ hardware individually.
  • MIDI over Bluetooth.
  • Support for 50 controllers from Pioneer DJ, Reloop, Numark, Denon DJ, and others out-of-the-box.
  • Multi channel audio interface, for up to four decks of music with a club mixer.
  • Advanced Automix.
  • NEW Looper music performance mode lets you play up to eight quantized audio and video loops out of a possible 48 loaded
  • PLUS, over 1 GB of high quality samples, loops, FX and visuals, with much more added in the future:
    • 30+ Audio FX from Sugar Bytes, including:
      • Space Flanger
      • Stutter Delay
      • Filter Machine
      • Wobble
      • Time Travel
    • 1240+ Audio loops from Loopmasters, including:
      • Ambient house
      • Deep house
      • Analog techno
      • Electro swing
      • Latin house
      • Neuro DnB
      • Retro 80s
      • Trance
    • 300+ Audio samples from Future Loops, including:
      • Chill
      • DJ vocal drops
      • Trap
      • Percussion pack
      • Hip hop vol. 1-4
    • 20+ Video loops from DocOptic, including:
      • Geometric Ride
      • Liquid Moon
      • Party Time
      • Space Clouds
      • Wave Twists

Tencent raised over $1 billion their first day on the NYSE

Tencent Music’s highly anticipated entry onto the New York Stock Exchange has finally come after months of postponements.

After Spotify’s successful IPO earlier this year other music services have been eyeing up an entry onto the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Tencent Music have been planning one since early this year but have delayed a number of times due to uncertainty in global markets. Now Tencent Music Entertainment have launched their IPO at last under TME on the NYSE.

TME have a market value of $21.3 billion though they were expected to float at around $29 billion to $31 billion when their expected IPO date was October 18. In their first day on the stock exchange TME have raised roughly $1.1 billion after offering 82,000,000 shares at $13 each. TME are expected to end their offering on December 14th, subject to customary closing conditions.

Tencent Music are a powerful force in Asia’s emerging digital music industry. They own three of China’s biggest and most popular streaming services: QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo. Their services counted over 800 million unique Monthly Active Users in a SEC filing for the 3rd quarter of 2018. They are majority owned by the overall Chinese media/entertainment company Tencent.

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated are joint bookrunners on this offering. Last week as their IPO approached Tencent became embroiled in controversy as one of their investors tries to sue them over “unlawful intimidation tactics and threats” which he says led him to sell his shares for far less than their value.

Audiobyte raise $6 million for you to text musical GIFs

Sending GIFs alone just isn’t enough to express your emotions anymore so Audiobyte have raised millions to enhance them with music through Gifnote.

GIFs have become the new emoji, being integrated into messaging everywhere so people can react or express themselves with a moving clip. Gifnote is a musical GIF app which puts licensed music alongside the world’s favourite GIFs to enhance expressions and add an entire other layer to picture messages and responses.

Audiobyte have raised $6 million to enhance Gifnote and their patented platform and database Songbytes, which creates musical clips that can be used in messages, on social media, and unsurprisingly to soundtrack GIFs in Gifnote. The company have launched an iOS app for Gifnote and it has it’s own website as well as launching an API that allows it to be built into social platforms like Slack where it’s already available.

Audiobyte’s CEO and Co-Founder, Andrew Blacker said: “Music and messaging are a natural fit with global scale and fascinating implications. We remain dedicated in our mission to support the music industry in the new landscape of ‘byte-sized’ communication while elevating messaging with music’s universal appeal.”

Unlike Songbytes, Gifnote is available to the public but using it’s platform users can search through Songbytes database of musical clips from thousands of artists. Users can search by mood, genre, artist, expression, keyword, album or song title to accompany their GIFs and create the ultimate representation of their expression.

Gifnote’s chief product officer and co-founder, John vanSuchtelen said: “People have endured silence in messaging for too long. With our patented technology platform and API, and the support of the music industry – labels, publishers and artists – music can now be part of today’s modern mobile and social conversation.”

Blacker added: “Music was lonely just being streamed – it needed to be part of the conversation. Leveraging our awarded patents and our proprietary back-end solution, we provide a new model for music consumption, fan engagement, data analysis and monetization for the entire music industry.”

Their round of funding was led by Evolution VC Partners and Gregg Smith of Evolution has joined Audiobyte’s board. Investment also came from Northwood Ventures, DG Incubation (Digital Garage Group), Joi Ito’s Neoteny 4, Brett Berish, CEO of Sovereign Brands, Andrew McKee, Co-Founder of Hear Music, and Michael Shalett, Co-Founder of Soundscan.

Bitwig Studio 2.5 beta is here and full of new features

Bitwig Studio’s music making software gets even better with a whole host of new features available in their 2.5 update now available in beta in time for the new year.

Early last year Bitwig launched the second iteration of their popular DAW which recreated the software with new features, new instruments, better integrations and much more. Now almost 2 years later they’re launching the beta of Bitwig Studio 2.5 for testing out all of the great new features that their new iteration introduces.

Just in time for Christmas and the New Year the beta lets users  on the Upgrade Plan download the update and get to grips with it so that Bitwig are prepared for a full launch in 2019. New features introduced or enhanced in 2.5 were inspired from a mixture of community response and requests as well as optimisation and streamlining of how the DAW works in general.

The most notable new feature is clip blocks which creates a whole new way of arranging tracks or laying out a performance. A lot of love lies in Bitwig’s Audio Editing capabilities and that feature has been streamlined even further in 2.5 and users can slide audio thanks to the update. There are loads of great new features that Bitwig Studio have introduced in 2.5.

WELCOME TO CLIP BLOCKS

Teaching your clips new tricks.

Whether building an arrangement or crafting a performance, clip launching is essential to any modern DAW. And with the added concept of clip blocks, new arrangement possibilities are now available.
By leaving a blank slot between a group of clips, you have now defined separate clip blocks that Bitwig Studio’s Next Action feature can jump between. Treat these blocks as sections, and now your clips can automatically navigate your arrangement. Possibilities abound.

AUDIO EDITING, DEEPLY SIMPLE

Now with Audio Slide.

From the start, an audio clip in Bitwig Studio could contain any number of audio events. This uniquely powerful technique is a user favourite, but they have (unsurprisingly) asked for more. So with version 2.5, audio editing has been streamlined while preserving the advanced options.

One new feature here is the ability to slide audio. This keeps the clip in place while you freely move the audio within it. Dropped in a file that doesn’t start on the downbeat? Slide it immediately without leaving the Arranger. Or select multiple clips and slide them all by the same amount. Spend less time on edits and more on music.

NOTES THAT CAN MORPH

Selector your adventure.

Bitwig Studio’s various note FXs allow you to expand your music by arpeggiating, harmonizing, delaying, echoing, and more. And with the new Note FX Selector device, you can sweep through endless layers with one simple knob. Whether you are creating small variations or taking a performance to exotic new places, this device puts the whole musical journey within arm’s reach.

FIRMING UP THE FOUNDATIONS

Better finding, zippier interface.

A few framework elements have been improved as well. Browser search results are now ordered by relevance, and plug-ins are scanned faster. Some import and snapping methods have been improved, only one copy of each plug-in is shown by default. And more than 50 functions have been added as user-defined key commands. Because the less you are thinking about your workflow, the more it is doing for you.

NEW SOUND CONTENT: ANALOG WAVES

The building blocks of synthesis – classic sources ready to go.

Coinciding with Bitwig Studio 2.5 is “Analog Waves.” Designed in collaboration with Boxed Ear, this package comprises 60 Sampler presets, each made with hundreds of full-frequency oscillator waveforms. From rumbling lows to guttural mids and sparkling highs, a full-bandwidth sound is the best way to bring analog sources into a digital environment.

If you prefer polished presets, then the ready-to-go sounds will have you covered. But this pack is also ideal for your own sound design. By wrapping all 760-some samples into a single multisample, one click will load all the pure and layered oscillators so your sound sculpting can begin. (Don’t worry; our recently revamped Sampler is made for any number of samples and layers.)

Analog oscillators are a thing to behold — and Bitwig Studio natively works with them. But when hardware is out of reach, this rich set of samples proves to be an excellent sidekick.

Skullcandy’s earbuds go wireless for the first time

Infamous headphone makers Skullcandy are finally ready to catch up with their competitors with the reveal of their very first truly wireless music offering – look out Apple AirPods.

Skullcandy have carved out a notorious name in the low-to-mid range earphone and headphone market as a brand that people trust for quality that won’t dent your funds. The company has been producing headphones since 2003 and have now just announced that they’ll be launching their very first wireless earbuds.

The company have announced Skullcandy Push, truly wireless earbuds that slip into your ear with no entangling or excess involved. The earbuds have a simple design with their iconic logo and a single button which you can use to answer calls from the connected device, switch tracks when you’re listening to music, and control the volume with. The button can also activate your device’s AI assistant which you can talk to using the Push’s built-in microphone.

The Skullcandy Push boasts an impressive 12 hours of battery life with 6 hours of play in the earbuds and then an additional 6 hours in the charging case. When you store your Push buds in their case they will recharge any of the battery lost in use so they’re ready with a full battery for the next time you bust them out to listen. Their battery life also rivals Apple’s Airpods which last for 5 hours of listening time, however their charging case adds up to 24 hours of potential listening time.

As of their announcement the earbuds only come in one available colour; Psychotropical Teal. They look funky and compared to last month’s leak about Skullcandy’s wireless earbuds they look a lot more like something you might happily wear out and about. The earbuds feature a “gel ear hook” to clip them into your ear making it a smoother fit, something Apple’s Airpods have been criticised for. A simple rotation unhooks the Push from your ear.

As with Apple, if you lose an earbud or charging case they offer a replacement at a reduced price of $49 under their ‘Fearless Use Promise’. Apple offer a similar scheme however at a higher price of $69 per replacement.

Skullcandy plan to sell the Push exclusively from Target for $129.99 until the 15th January, after which they’ll be available at select retailers.

Get 2 instruments on Roland Cloud for life these holidays

These holidays sign up to Roland’s digital instrument suite subscription and get two digital instruments for life whether you stay a Roland Cloud user or not.

Roland Cloud offers up an incredible range of virtual instruments from digital recreations of some of their most famous and greatest synths to virtual drum machines emulating their storied history of influential drum machines. The Japanese instrument makers offer this suite of digital music potential as a subscription that you can opt-in and out of at anytime but this holiday season they’re offering a very special promotion.

When you purchase a one-year subscription, whether you renew at the end of the year or decide to cancel you’ll be able to choose two instruments available in their catalogue to keep for your own, forever. You can’t sign up for less than a year to take advantage of the deal however that gives you a year of working with Roland’s extensive catalogue of instruments, as well as any new ones that launch, so you’ve had time to decide which are the most valuable to you.

You have until December 31st, 2018 to sign up for an annual subscription and get the Play 2-4 Life Holiday Promotion. Here’s all that you get with a Roland Cloud Subscription:

  • Unlimited access to all instruments including the 808, 909, Juno 106, Jupiter-8, and many more
  • Frequent new instrument releases like the JX-3P and others
  • Continual product updates and fixes

And as part of Team Roland Cloud you receive:

  • Membership to a worldwide community of music makers and producers
  • Opportunities to share your tracks on Roland Cloud’s social platforms
  • Events, contests, and special offers
  • Informative, inspiring content like user stories, artist spotlights, articles, playlists and more

If you’re looking to pad out your library of digital production tools Roland Cloud is a great way to liven your toolkit out with a range of high quality instruments. With this great holiday deal, why miss out?

What do you think the most streamed song of the 20th century is?

Recent years have seen the birth of an entirely new platform for music and in the past 20 years it has become the primary way many people are listening to music. With hundreds of millions of people now streaming music around the world the most streamed song from the 20th century is revealed and since everyone you meet knows all the lyrics when it comes on, it’s probably not a surprise.

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody has been named the most streamed song from the 20th century. The number 1 hit from 1975  has been played over 1.6 billion times across streaming services like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music to be the most popular song from the last century on this century’s new favourite method for music.

The track beat out Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit which came closely in second place with 1.5 billion total streams. Bohemian Rhapsody has been a hit since it came out but with the recently released and lauded Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ the track has been re-enlivened. It’s entered the UK charts again and for the week of 22nd November the Queen classic was the 11th most streamed song around the world beating out contemporary hits.

Recognising the way the music industry has evolved in the 21st century, Queen guitarist Brian May said: “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!” As well as Nirvana’s soundtrack of the 90’s Queen beat out two Guns N’ Roses tracks to top out the 5 most streamed songs of the 20th Century; ‘November Rain’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. Completing the top 5 is a-ha’s hit track Take on Me which has enjoyed lasting success from synthpop fans as well as complementing meme culture.

Universal Music Group’s CEO Lucian Grainge, Queen’s label, said the accolade was an “incredible achievement that is a testament to the enduring brilliance of Queen”.