Amazon Music debuts new Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary

To mark 25 years since Ol’ Dirty Bastard released Return to the 36 Chambers, Amazon have released a new documentary on the iconic rapper and his band.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the Legacy of ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ is a new mini documentary produced by Amazon Music. It has been released on the anniversary of the debut album from late, great Ol’ Dirty Bastard – one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s defining members.

Notorious for his unique and energetic style with no holds barred delivery Ol’ Dirty Bastard is a unforgotten legend in rap. The new mini-doc, running at 17 minutes long, tracks the life of ODB from an unsigned rapper to releasing music with one of hip-hops key influential groups to his successful and storied solo career.

Amazon Music have produced and released the documentary. Thankfully for non-Amazon users they have uploaded it to YouTube as well so that anyone and everyone can enjoy it.

How much money does a play make on music streaming services? (2020)

How much a single play earns on music streaming services depends on a great deal. Here’s a rough guide to streaming royalties in 2020.

A single stream of a track can be worth a very different amount depending on a lot of factors like; what service was it played on, which country the listener is in, whether they’ve paid to listen or are using an ad-supported service – and even more.

As such we can’t say exactly what each store pays out per stream but we can take a close estimate at what you’re likely to get for each play of a song.


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$0.0004


Mix on Algoriddim with Hercules DJ Controllers

Get mixing tracks from streaming services on Hercules controllers with new support on Algoriddim DJ apps.

Algoriddim have introduced support for the latest range of controllers from renowned DJ tech makers Hercules. With Algoriddim’s apps like their flagship Djay users can use their mixing controllers to control their mixes with a world of music from streaming services at their fingertips.

By mixing via the djay app for iOS, users of the DJControl Inpulse 200, DJControl Inpulse 300 and DJControl Starlight now have instant access to millions of songs from their premium account on the world’s most popular music streaming platforms.

Once the djay application is installed, the DJ can use the controls of the Inpulse and Starlight controllers to mix, loop, add effects, scratch and even use the Assistant button, specific to the Hercules DJControl Inpulse range, to trigger the automix feature in the djay application.

Hercules has designed their controllers from the ground up to appeal to the aspiring young DJs, so this new hardware/software integration is a great new way to bring first-timers into the mix. Adding the ability to mix via the djay app creates new possibilities for DJs who still continue to master the fundamentals to explore their own unique style while mixing. 

DJs can now mix their favorite tracks from streaming services on their iPhone or iPad with the latest range of Hercules controllers. The result of close collaboration with Algoriddim, Hercules announces the integrated compatibility of its latest DJControl Inpulse 300, DJControl Inpulse 200 and DJControl Starlight controllers with the award-winning djay app for iOS.

More information about compatible controllers and djay integration can be found on Hercules.com.

Who is the Largest TikTok Creator in 2020?

TikTok is used by over a billion people around the world. So who’s the creator getting more views than any?

TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin has taken the world by storm with short form, viral videos. Their apps have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times and gets hundreds of thousands of viewers a month.

At the top of all of those viewers’ lists is dancer Charli D’amelio with 42.5 million followers. She sits at the top as the most followed TikToker after recently surpassing creator Loren Gray who is very closely behind still with 41.6 million followers.

D’amelio’s followers are quickly growing and with TikTok views soaring with so many at home because of the Coronavirus she’s likely only to gainmore. TikTok are also doing their bit to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic and have donated £3 million to help feed kids with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity.

You can get your music on TikTok so that creators like Loren Gray and Charli D’amelio can use it any of their videos for free. Sign up at www.routenote.com and select TikTok when you upload your music.

Where to sell beat licenses online in 2020

So you’ve finished crafting the perfect hip-hop beat, but not sure what to do next? Here’s how to spread the word and sell licenses.

When selling beats online, you want your music to be in as many hands as possible. This means getting your music on as many platforms as possible. Here’s why you should and how to distribute your beats to stores.

The best place to sell beat licenses is your own website. A website allows you to have full control over your music, customisation over the look, 100% of the revenue generated with no monthly costs and zero distractions for your audience from other producers beats. For tips on building your website, click here.

Selling beats via your own website is the ideal solution for established producers, however there are some benefits for going through a third-party that make it the better choice for starting out.

  • Easy upload and organisation – With a couple of clicks you’ll be able to create a clean/organised profile, upload directly to the site and set multiple lease types.
  • Promotion – If you have no existing audience, having your music on a large database users can search through, may be the kick your music needs to send it into the mainstream. Make sure you set the genre, BPM, mood and track type to make your music easily searchable. Should your songs gain plays and your profile build followers, you’ll rank higher in search results.
  • Payment – For buyers, sending payment to a stranger online can be risky, without being sure they’ll send over track in return. Using a beat selling site makes this process secure and autonomous. Tracks become downloadable the moment payment is made.

There is no one site best for all producers. You’ll want to find one that works best for you and your music. BeatStars offer affordable plans and have a good sized catalogue and user base.

For more on getting started selling beats online, find our article ‘How do I sell my first beat license’.

How to add music to a TikTok video

You’ve uploaded your tracks to RouteNote, selected TikTok as one of the stores and want to check your music is live or use it in a music video. You can do this in a few easy steps.

To check your music is on TikTok, you don’t even need to create an account. Start by downloading the app on the App Store or Google Play.

Step 1

Tap the plus icon at the bottom of the screen to create a new video.

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Either record or upload a video.

Step 3

Once you’ve got your video, tap ‘Sounds’ in the bottom left corner.

Step 4

From here you can browser popular music and playlists, or search using the bar at the top of the screen.

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Preview your track and click the red tick to continue.

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Tap ‘Trim’ in the right panel.

Step 7

Use the slider to adjust where your music starts and tap the red tick to continue.

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Once you’ve finished your edits, tap ‘Next’ in the bottom right, give it a description and hit ‘Post’.

That’s it! Now just kick back and wait for your video to go viral.

To get your music on the most popular social media app in the world for free, click here.

Is TikTok Musical.ly?

TikTok and ByteDance’s business strategy and rise to fame is a unique and interesting one. Gaining popularity in China, then buying out the competition, lead to TikTok becoming the most popular social media app in the world.

Musical.ly, launching in 2014, followed the short-form video premise pioneered by Twitter owned app Vine in 2013. Musical.ly’s popularity along with a lack of resources from Twitter, lead to the death of Vine in 2016.

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance launched their first video sharing app in 2016, Douyin. Douyin is the Chinese equivalent TikTok was based on when it was brought to the rest of the world in 2017.

ByteDance’s dominance in China with Douyin gave the company the resources it needed to buy Musical.ly for $1 billion in 2017. ByteDance would then merge TikTok and Musical.ly in 2018, giving them a monopoly over the short-form video market and allowing it to become the most popular social media app in the world today.

For a history of ByteDance and TikTok’s rise to success, find our article here.

To upload your own music to TikTok, click here.

Peter Hollens’ “Epic Hand Washing Parody” helps raise money for coronavirus relief fund (video)

Featuring parodies from the likes of Billie Eilish, Luis Fonsi, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars, The Epic Hand Washing Parody is a fun video to help you stay entertained while washing your hands for 20 seconds.

“All revenue and proceeds from this song will be donated to GlobalGiving’s Relief Fund. Go donate here.”

Marshall unveil their new bluetooth speakers with AirPlay 2 and Alexa

Marshall have revealed their new Uxbridge Voice speaker with all the modern streaming and voice control action you can ask for.

In recent years Marshall have gone beyond their long lasting legacy as guitar amp creators. Marshall offer a range of speakers now, including last years Tufton and Stockwell II making their world-class audio available in a portable case.

Marshall have just revealed the Uxbridge Voice, their new portable Bluetooth offering which can be paired to other speakers for a multi-room or stereo setup. They have added AirPlay 2 support so it can be connected in a wide range of ways with Bluetooth and Spotify Connect connections also built in.

The speaker features voice control from Amazon’s AI assistant Alexa. They’ve moved on from their other speakers volume knobs which resembled a guitar amp’s pots and have decided on simple button strips with a plus on one side and a minus on the other. Beside the volume button are bass and treble buttons for EQ customisation.

The speaker is available from April 8th for $199 / £169.99.