Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ breaks streaming records with over 100 million streams in the UK

Justin Bieber just broke a UK record for the most streamed track in the UK ever.

Bieber‘s track ‘Sorry’ spent 2 weeks at the top of the Official UK Charts when it was released last October. Now 8 months later his track has become the most ever streamed track in the UK, breaking a record with over 100 million streams of his track..

Breaking records isn’t a new thing for Justin Bieber who, just earlier this year, broke a record for becoming the first artist to ever hold the top 3 spots simultaneously in the UK Singles Chart. The track is the second of 3 singles released for his latest album Purpose, and is produced by Skrillex and Blood.

Official Charts Company CEO, Martin Talbot said: “For Sorry to become the first track in Official Chart history to pass the 100 million mark is a record which can never be taken away from Justin. It is, perhaps, the four-minute mile of music streaming. A remarkable feat, a first which will be Justin’s record forever.”

The Beebs’ other two singles,  ‘What Do You Mean’ and ‘Love Yourself’, are both nearing the record setting Sorry with 98.6 million and 94.3 million streams. Given his continued success (Sorry is still at No.6 in the charts after debuting at No.1 eight months ago) both these singles should reach the milestone of 100 million soon, probably breaking some more records along the way knowing that pesky, successful Bieber.

Jay Z’s music streamer Tidal add 15 rare Prince albums on his birthday

Today would have been Prince’s 58th birthday and in celebration Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal are adding 15 albums of Prince rarities like B-sides, live albums, unreleased recordings, etc.

Before his death earlier this year the internationally renowned and adored musician Prince signed his music to exclusively stream through Tidal. Now on the 58th anniversary of Prince’s birth the Jay Z owned streaming service are adding a bunch of new and rare music from the prolific musician.

The new albums are bookended by his 1987 release The Black Album, and Indigo Nights – a live album from 2008 that came packaged with a coffee table book. The albums feature a lot of experimental music from Prince, that may not appeal to core fans. A lot of the releases were born after Prince escaped his contract with Warner Bros. and become the leader of his own creativity, leading to experimentation and more prominence on spirituality.

After Jay Z relaunched the music streaming service as Tidal Prince removed his music from other services to stream exclusively on Tidal. After that Prince went on to release 2 new albums exclusively on Tidal: HITNRUN Phase One and HITNRUN Phase Two. Prince explained why in a statement last year, saying:

After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry. Secondly, Tidal have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We’ve grown accustomed 2 and We’re Extremely grateful 4 their generous support. And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster. From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release. If that’s what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like.

Here’s the full list of new Prince albums on Tidal:

  • The Black Album (1987)
  • The Gold Experience (1995)
  • Chaos & Disorder (1996)
  • Crystal Ball (1998)
  • 1999: The New Master (1999)
  • Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
  • Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
  • The Rainbow Children (2001)
  • One Nite Alone … Live! (2002)
  • One Nite Alone … The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (2002)
  • Indigo Nights (2008)

The New Power Generation (Prince’s backing band):

  • Exodus (1995)
  • New Power Soul (1998)

Various:

  • 1-800-NEW-FUNK (1994)
  • Girl 6 – Official (1996)

Is Aphex Twin’s teased new Cheetah EP a synth?

Various record stores have received an advertisement for Aphex Twin’s Cheetah EP, but it seems like it might not be a record and instead a synthesiser…

A new poster teasing “New Product Information” is causing confused excitement after it appeared in record stores suggesting a new release from Aphex Twin. But what it’s actually suggesting is ambiguous thanks to Richard D. James’ (Aphex Twin) famously abstract methods, in and beyond his music.

The ad is styled like an advert for an old school synth rather than a music release. This has caused rumours abound that he could be coming out with a synthesiser, which would actually be even more exciting than a new EP.

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The poster reads as follows:

The Aphex Twin Cheetah EP uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today.

To assure you that your Cheetah EP will give you many years of enjoyment, please be sure to read the owners manual carefully before attempting to operate the Cheetah EP.

If you wish to experiment and create some sounds of your own, first try editing some sounds we’ve already made for you, before attempting to create a patch from scratch.

We sincerely hope that having battled through the programming of the Cheetah EP, you have not become familiar with the exceptional potential of this record.

Have fun programming, and if you create any superb patches and tones which you feel deserve to be appreciated by other Cheetah EP buyers, send a MIDI System Dump of them, on a disc to us at WARP and if we also think they are superb, you could be rewarded for your efforts. Try us!”

Features:

  • Digital Wave Sequencing Synthesizer
  • Sounds programmed to sequence through changing waveforms as the note plays, giving exceptional movement and character to the music
  • 15 note polyphonic
  • Velocity Sensitive
  • Multi-Timbral
  • Stereo Output
  • Fully programmable from the front panel
  • LED display

It all very convincingly points towards being a synth, but you should expect the unexpected with Aphex Twin. It would be a large undertaking to design a synthesiser from scratch, but wouldn’t be crazy coming from a unique electronic musician who stands firmly on their own in the industry.

There are clues suggesting it will still be a music release however, as last year James releases a few tracks on his SoundCloud ‘user18081971‘ with titles like ‘Cheetah3 Teac’ and ‘CHEETAH7’ that were subsequently removed – suspicious, eh?

For now the verdict is to wait and see. What would you prefer – a new EP from Aphex Twin or a unique synthesiser modelled on the artist’s sound?

Tencent invest in Korean record label behind Psy for more K-Pop in China

China’s biggest social media company, Tencent, have invested in YG Entertainment, the Korean record label responsible for Gangnam Style internet phenomenon Psy.

K-Pop, or Korean pop is massive, even four years after Psy broke out with his viral hit Gangnam Style that is, to this day, the most watched YouTube video ever with 2.5+ billion views. China are about to get a whole lot more K-pop as their biggest social media company Tencent has invested $30 million in YG Entertainment, the label behind the South Korean internet celebrity.

As a result of this deal Tencent’s music and video streaming sites will host a collection of Korean pop music, new and old. This deal could even lead to more concerts for Korean artists, pushing their so-far limited reach even further as they continue to grow as a niche on the internet.

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YG Entertainment’s artist roster

During the signing ceremony in Seoul, YG Ent’s CEO Yang said: “During the last two years, YG has made every effort to promote its music and content in China. However, we realised our limits in communication with Chinese audiences. Our agreement with Tencent and Weying will create synergy to better provide YG music and content according to the tastes of Chinese people.”

In a statement Tencent said that there is a “huge appetite in China for popular Korean entertainment such as music, concerts, and variety shows”.

Dato DUO is a synth for two people anywhere between 3-99

Dato DUO is half synth, half sequencer that’s made to be played by 2 people of any age.

Have you ever wanted to play the same instrument as someone else, at the same time? With Dato DUO you can do just that as it’s a customisable synth with a sequencer that’s unique sound is built upon collaboration.

Dato DUO has been designed to be used by 2 people but it’s also been created to be simple enough for anyone to use, hence it’s age tag of 3-99. DUO’s developers, Dato, wrote: “We believe synthesizers are too much fun to be left to grown-ups alone. But existing synthesizers are often too complicated or precious to be used by kids. Also, jamming with each other is better than making music alone.”

Creator’s Dato have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funding required to build the DUO. They began building it last December and have been perfecting and user-testing it ever since. So how does DUO work?

The DUO’s main side features it’s sequencer where users can create melodies with it’s pentatonic buttons. The circular sequencer will loop the last 8 notes played, which you can edit the sound and melody of with controls for speed, note length & velocity, pitch, and turn notes on and off.

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The other side features the synthesizer where the other person can control two sliders that control DUO’s 2 digital oscillators and the filter-cutoff frequency. There’s also a release and resonance slider to more affect the sound. There are then two buttons, ‘CRUSH’ and ‘POW!’ each of which produce their own sound, one a percussive burst of noise and the other an ‘aggressive bit crusher effect’.

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Dato DUO’s awesome features don’t end there as you can also hook it up to external effects, like guitar pedals, and use it’s sync input and output to work with devices like the Korg Volca and pocket operators.

DUO has been designed to be intuitive and easy to pick up, no matter what age you are. There’s no screen to complicate things with a UI, and playing it doesn’t require any musical knowledge – it’s all about experimentation and the sounds you can create with it. And there are few instruments that give you the opportunity to play at the same time as a friend.

You can get a Dato DUO from their Kickstarter right now at a limited, early bird price of €269. (Planned to ship next April)

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