The Chinese government are NOT happy about streaming exclusives

Streaming exclusives suck, but they’re allowed, right? Well not so much in China where the government has warned music streamers of their disdain for exclusives.

The Chinese Government has come out in support of pretty much everyone with their condemnation of streaming exclusives. They say, rightfully so, that making music exclusive to one service harms the music industry and have warned streaming services and labels to avoid partaking in exclusively licensed music.

The country’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) sent a warning notice to various streamers. Those warned include local streaming giants like Tencent Music, Ali Music Group, NetEase Cloud Music, Baidu Taihe Music as well as international labels like Sony, UMG and Warner Music Group.

Roughly translated, some of the transcript reads:

The current online music copyright market, there have been some problems, driving up copyright licensing fees, snatch exclusive copyright, unathorised use of music and other phenomena have rebounded. This is not conducive to the wide dissemination of musical works, is not conducive to the healthy development of the network music industry.

The person in charge of the copyright management department stressed that the Internet music service providers in accordance with the requirements of copyright law, the implementation of the main responsibility, and actively maintain the hard-won online music copyright order, for the majority of Internet users, the audience better to provide music services.

The purchase of music copyright should follow the principle of fairness and reason, in line with market rules and international practice, not to drive up prices, vicious bidding, to avoid exclusive purchase of copyright. To actively promote the spread of online music, to promote the transfer of online music works, to eliminate the widespread impact of network music and dissemination of illegal, unreasonable obstacles.

Wireless assistance from Amazon’s Alexa with Bragi’s Dash and Dash Pro Earbuds

Bragi are well known for there excellence in making wireless headphones but a new update in October will bring the new and exciting Amazon Alexa into the mix.

Amazon Alexa is Amazon’s new virtual assistant which has been rolled out on many devices including Amazons Echo speakers and many smart phone’s. This deal with Bragi however has changed the game bringing Alexa wirelessly to your ears.

The headphones have inbuilt microphones with make them already compatible with Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant but Alexa’s advanced skills should bring some extra depth to this new wave of technology.

Alexa has many functions and capabilities including the ability to manage your media through Plex, control many household devices, find your phone, call you an uber and even tell you live news updates. Alexa will work with both US and UK English and have features for German language support making this an all round treat for everyone.

The Bragi Dash Pro is the latest model from Bragi and have a whole host of pre-existing features such as great long lasting battery life with up to 5 hours of playtime, top of the range audio quality and a smart low profile design. Alternatively Alexa will also work with the previous model the ‘Dash’, so no matter which you choose, Alexa will still be there to help.

A feature I find very impressive about the Dash Pro is the 4D Virtual menu allowing you to choose an option with the simple turn of the head, this means Alexa will be very accessible and completely hands free. In summary I think this new update could bring some very exciting things to the world of technology and could change the way you think of Virtual Assistant Technology.

Taylor Swift just broke 3 records with Look What You Made Me Do

Taylor Swift is an unstoppable force with no immovable object in her way (except maybe Kanye) proved by just breaking 3 streaming records in 1 week.

Look What You Made Me Do is the comeback single and supposed “diss track” of Pop singer and infallible woman Taylor Swift. It’s her first song since 2014 and the response was incredible from fans, leading it break three records within 1 week of being released.

The track was released on 24 August accompanied by a lyric video on YouTube. Within its first day of release the lyric video received 19 million views which instantly broke the previous record which was held by the Chainsmokers and Coldplay.

The following day the Spotify version of her single broke another record by gaining 8m streams. Safe to assume that Taylor Swift isn’t so against Spotify now that she’s a leading artist banking in big on it.

The third record came after the official music video was released on Sunday during the VMAs and gained nearly 30 million views within 24 hours of its release. This record beat out Adele who has held it since the music video release of Hello which gained 27.7 million views in its first 24 hours.

Whilst it’s popularity is undeniable critics haven’t favoured the track so well. Many have criticised it as a change of tone that doesn’t suit Taylor and many have just commented on it being boring.

Whilst she may be ruling figures-wise Taylor is facing controversy this week for her new scheme with Ticketmaster. The scheme requires Taylor’s fans to buy merchandise and music from her albums to get a better chance at tickets – you still aren’t guaranteed a ticket to any of her concerts.

Look What You Made Me Do is the first single taken from Swift’s upcoming album ‘Reputation’, to be released in November.

Taylor Swift making fans buy merch for better chance at concert tickets

Taylor Swift, pop darling and a marketer’s wet dream, is using her goddess-like status to pinch yet more money from her fans’ pockets.

Taylor Swift has teamed up with Ticketmaster – why’s that? To offer up special promotions to fans? To make sure that every fan has a chance at buying a ticket? No it’s to make sure that you’re giving her enough money before you can give her some more.

Their new program is called ‘Taylor Swift TIX by Ticketmaster Verified Fan” which sounds alright, as it verifies your humanity to prevents botting and scalpers. But that’s just a front (not necessarily true but this all seems shady) as it’s “method” of making sure you’re a real TayTay fan is to verify that you’ve bought something from her website. Through the system you must go to, log in to your Ticketmaster account and purchase “merchandise items”.

But wait, you don’t even need to do that to buy tickets, it simply “improve[s] your position in line to purchase for Taylor Swift’s upcoming concert tour”. Each purchase gives you a code that can be used to “boost your activity score”. So you aren’t actually required to do it, just encouraged to buy more so that you have a better chance of getting tickets. You aren’t even guaranteed a ticket.

Whilst many fans will probably willingly go along with this charade, thanks to mummy and daddy’s wallets, many of Swift’s more on-the-ball followers have spoken out. Quotes from Twitter include:

“Given that a large section of her fans will be kids badgering their parents, this is disgraceful”

tbh i don’t think the “Taylor Swift Tix” thing is very fair.  whoever spends the most money is held as a priority for tickets.

Ok honestly this is so annoying. I understand it’ll help eliminate bots but I am a die hard why should I have to buy expensive merch…”

If you’re a die-hard Taylor Swift fan with little to no self-respect, or you just want to laugh/cry at the state of the music industry, here’s the guide to getting Swift’s special loyalty points:

1. Go to the Taylor Swift Official Store located at

2. Purchase merchandise items using the same e-mail address linked to your Ticketmaster account to “boost your activity score.”

3. Between August 25th, 2017 and November 9th, 2017, pre-order Taylor Swift’s Reputation.  Again, you’ll need to use the same e-mail address linked to your Ticketmaster account to “boost your activity score.”  Once the album arrives at your physical address, “look inside for an additional unique code that is printed inside.”  Then, go to, log right in to your Verified Fan account, and type in the unique Fan Code.  Submit the code to receive your “Boost.”

4. Between November 10th, 2017 and November 27th, 2017, if you haven’t pre-ordered Reputation, then purchase the album.  Again, Ticketmaster stresses that using “the same email address as your account will automatically boost your activity score.”  Once the album arrives at your physical address, look for the unique code printed inside.  Follow the same instructions as the previous step to register your code.

5. You can also order the physical album online at and at  If you won’t order the physical album, Ticketmaster has several steps you can take to order the album digitally through iTunes.

6. Go to  Pre-order Taylor Swift’s reputation to receive an Order ID.  You’ll receive the Order ID via an e-mail from  Next, go to, login to your Verified Fan account, and submit the Order ID to get your Boost.  When the album arrives at your physical address, you’ll receive an additional Fan Code printed inside.  Enter your Fan Code on the site to receive a Boost.

7. Go to  As with, pre-order Taylor Swift’s reputation to receive an Order ID.  You’ll receive the Order ID via an e-mail from  Once the album arrives by mail, you’ll receive an additional Fan Code printed inside.  Enter your Fan Code on the site to receive a Boost.

8. Go to iTunes.  Pre-order or order Taylor Swift’s reputation by November 26th, 2017 to receive a Fan Code.  You’ll receive the Fan Code through iTunes.  Then, go to, login to your Verified Fan account, and submit the code to get your Boost.  You can only submit one iTunes Boost per registration.  If you cancel or return your order, Ticketmaster will delete your Boost.

40 years on from his death and Elvis Presley is a streaming star

Spotify are celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s biggest deaths – Elvis Presley.

Tomorrow, August 16th, marks 40 years since the death of Elvis Presley. The Hound Dog star’s life and legacy is being celebrated by Spotify who have shared how Elvis is still heard across generations, all around the world.

Although he may have died way back in 1977, long before the digital revolution, Presley’s influence is still heard all around. Whether it be your uncle’s sleazy “thank you, thank you very much” impression or the soundtrack to a TV show, Elvis is still a big deal almost half a century since his death.

Now with the advent of music streaming Presley’s music can be heard all over, by anyone. Spotify have shared some interesting facts about the controversially titled “King of Rock N’ Roll”. For example his home country isn’t actually where he’s most popular today, Sweden is followed by the UK.

Spotify revealed that overall Elvis has been streamed over a billion times on their music streaming platform – or about 4000 years of streaming. His most popularly streamed song is Can’t Help Falling in Love with over 90 million streams, followed by Suspicious Minds with 69 million streams. Jailhouse Rock is somehow down in 3rd place, only just, with 68 million streams.

They also found that the UK loves Elvis Presley, with 3 of the top 5 Presley streaming cities based in the UK. Glasgow, Manchester, and Birmingham all came in the top 5 cities who love Presley on Spotify at first, third and fifth respectively. Santiago in Chile took second place whilst Göteborg in Sweden came fourth.

Spotify have launched a special Elvis Presley playlist to celebrate the iconic musician you can listen to here: This Is: Elvis Presley.

Top Global Elvis Tracks:

  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love
  2. Suspicious Minds
  3. Jailhouse Rock
  4. Blue Christmas
  5. In the Ghetto
  6. A Little Less Conversation – JXL Radio Edit Remix
  7. Hound Dog
  8. Always On My Mind
  9. Burning Love
  10. Heartbreak Hotel
  11. Don’t Be Cruel
  12. Blue Suede Shoes
  13. All Shook Up
  14. (You’re The) Devil In Disguise
  15. Love Me Tender
  16. Viva Las Vegas
  17. Are You Lonesome Tonight
  18. It’s Now or Never
  19. Return to Sender
  20. That’s All Right


Top US Elvis Tracks:

  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love
  2. Blue Christmas
  3. Jailhouse Rock
  4. Suspicious Minds
  5. Hound Dog
  6. Burning Love
  7. Heartbreak Hotel
  8. A Little Less Conversation – JXL Radio Edit Remix
  9. In the Ghetto
  10. Don’t Be Cruel
  11. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
  12. All Shook Up
  13. It’s Now or Never
  14. Blue Suede Shoes
  15. Love Me Tender
  16. Stuck on You
  17. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise
  18. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  19. Always on My Mind
  20. That’s All Right


Top Countries (normalized*):

  1. Sweden
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Chile
  4. Iceland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Ireland
  7. Belgium
  8. Norway
  9. Liechtenstein
  10. Cyprus
  11. Spain
  12. Andorra
  13. Greece
  14. Malta
  15. Australia
  16. New Zealand
  17. Italy
  18. Switzerland
  19. Monaco
  20. Austria


Top Cities (normalized*):

  1. Glasgow, Glasgow City, UK
  2. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, CL
  3. Manchester, Manchester, UK
  4. Göteborg, Vastra Gotaland, SE
  5. Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  6. Dublin, Dublin, IE
  7. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, SE
  8. Oslo, Oslo, NO
  9. Melbourne, Victoria, AU
  10. Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, NL
  11. Curitiba, Parana, BR
  12. Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BR
  13. Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, AR
  14. Mexico, Distrito Federal, MX
  15. Montréal, Quebec, CA
  16. London, London, City of, UK
  17. Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DK
  18. Barcelona, Catalonia, ES
  19. Perth, Western Australia, AU
  20. Auckland, Auckland, NZ


*Elvis listening was normalized by dividing his streams by all streams in a country or city.

Pharma-Bro Martin Shkreli leaks Wu-Tang Clan’s $2 million album

Infamous rich guy Martin Shkreli has teased some more of the world’s most expensive album, Wu-Tang Clan’s 1-of-a-kind ‘Once Upon a Time In Shaolin’.

The American pharmaceutical executive came to prominence after raising the price of one of his drugs, Daraprim, by 5000%. The world lashed out and so was created the closest we have to a super-villain that isn’t trying to invade anywhere or start any wars – that we know of.

Last year Shkreli got the attention of the hip-hop community when he bought one of the most notorious records in years. Wu-Tang Clan’s album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was made as a one-off art project to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. That just happened to be Shkreli.

Later that year though, Shkreli made a bold claim that if Trump won he would release his unreleased music collection featuring never-before-heard Nirvana, Beatles and more as well as Wu-Tang. As you might have seen, Trump won and now everyone is waiting for Shkreli to make good on his word.

He released a snippet earlier this year shortly following the election but has been silent beyond that, citing his contract with Wu-Tang about releasing the album. But now we have more of the album leaked as Shkreli plays the intro and some tracks in the background of an interview. Whether this was a mistake, Shkreli’s way of giving us a bit more or a purposeful tease, who knows.

Unfortunately the quality isn’t the greatest and you will have to cut through Shkreli’s voice arguing various subjects with an incredibly un-charismatic reporter. But hey, this is all us Clan fans have to keep us going for now.

Skip to the end for the music.

Mick Jagger unleashes his first ever solo tracks, inspired by Brexit

The Rolling Stones front-man has separated himself from the band for the first time in 55 years covering Britain’s vulnerability and “lunatic” leaders.

At the age of 74, 55 years after forming the legendary rock band Rolling Stones, singer Mick Jagger has released his first ever solo music. Coming at an interesting time for global politics, Jagger’s two new singles are inspired by Brexit and the current political sphere.

The two tracks launched by the 74-year-old singer are titled ‘England Lost’ and ‘Gotta Get A Grip’. Jagger says that the tracks were inspired by his “anxiety [and] unknowability of the changing political situation”. He said: “We obviously have a lot of problems. So am I politically optimistic? … No.”

The tracks are his first ever solo releases and his first recording without the Stones since 2011. He reveals that he wrote them in the past few months and admits that he rushed them out so that they were as relevant as they could be.

‘England Lost’ is told through the eyes of an English football fan which Jagger said represents the “feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history”. The track features a number of notable lines, such as – “I think I’m losing my imagination / I’m tired of talking about immigration / You can’t get in and you can’t get out / I guess that’s what it’s really all about.”

Jagger said that whilst the song covers a serious topic that he feels strongly about, it isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. He said: “It’s obviously got a fair amount of humour because I don’t like anything too on the nose but it’s also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country.”

‘Gotta Get A Grip’ is focused more on the wider world and it’s politics, with references to fake news and countries led by “lunatics and clowns”. Speaking on this song, he said “Despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny.”

‘Gotta Get A Grip’ was released with 4 remixes by various artists and England Lost has an alternative, “reimagined” version featuring Skepta. Jagger said: “Right from the off when I started writing England Lost, I imagined having a British rapper on the track. Skepta stepped in at a moments notice.”

He continued: “It’s always refreshing to get creative in a different fashion and I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording on the hoof and putting it out there immediately. I didn’t want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing.”

NIN and Apple Music’s Trent Reznor says free music is “here to stay”

The Nine Inch Nails frontman-cum-Apple Music executive Trent Reznor shares his thoughts on streaming, emphasising that free music isn’t going anywhere.

The singer and music industry veteran spoke on Wednesday about the future of music, in particular after the dawn of streaming. He shared his experience and thoughts, based particularly on a collaborative album Reznor made with Saul Williams that they offered for free or a $5 charge that goes straight to artists.

“Maybe 30,000 downloads occurred in the next week and less than 20 percent were paid for,” he noted. “I thought that second number would be higher. At the time, I felt I was making a genuine offer, worded simply and confrontationally, for something I thought had genuine value. So I was bummed out by the result. It took the wind out of my sails as far as thinking of direct-to-customer as a sustainable business for a musician.

“In a way, that experience gave me a preemptive look at music today. You’re not making money from albums; instead they’re a vessel for making people aware of you. That’s what led me to thinking that a singular subscription service clearly is the only way this problem is going to be solved. If we can convert as many music fans as possible to the value of that, in a post-ownership world, it would be the best way to go.”

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Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine with Trent Reznor

Reznor has the unique position of having experienced both sides of the coin, as an artist who now has an executive position at Apple Music. He joined Apple after their takeover of Beats by Dre where he served as chief creative officer. Since joining Apple he has helped to launch Apple Music’s massively popular Beats 1 internet radio station.

Reznor said that: “Without going into detail, I’ll say it’s been an education. I’ve been on the other side of artists b**** about payments and free music, and I agree with those arguments, but you can sit and b**** about the way things are, or you can try to effect some change.

“Working under the Apple umbrella, I have a unique opportunity to work on a streaming service from the inside. I thought I could help set a precedent where artists could actually be paid and the fans could feel like they were dealing with a service run by people who actually care about music.”

Since joining Apple Music he’s discovered how difficult the industry is and how complicated the acquisition and then distribution of royalties. He continued: “Where it seems to have wound up is that free music is here to stay. It doesn’t seem like, with all the different services, artist payments are coming together in the way that one would hope.”

There’s still a long way to go though for, what is essentially still, a new music platform (streaming). The Copyright Royalty Board will be discussing, until the end of the year, the royalty rates for streaming services that will be in place for the next five years.

How good is your headbanging? This metal band will tell you

A Japanese metal band are taking headbanging to the next level with a new website that lets you bang out and ranks you on your abilities.

Crossfaith, Japanese electrocore metal band, are looking for the top headbangers in the metal world. With their new website metal-heads can headbang along to Crossfaith’s music while their webcam tracks how they’re doing.

As you listen to the song the webcam counts your headbangs and grills you for a rubbish performance. If you start slowing down or your neck breaks the site will shout at you “Why are you stopping?” as it gives you 10 seconds to get back to whipping your hair back and forth… er, I mean headbanging.

If you make it to the end of a track you will be rewarded with a personal artwork based on your performance alongside a headbang count. I’m not sure how sensible the active promotion of swinging your neck around as fast as you possibly can is but I’m sure most metalheads know their limits by now.

The website was launched in promotion of Crossfaith’s new EP ‘Freedom’. It seems to have worked as I had never heard of them before today, although I’m more fascinated by the concept than interested in their music. But hey – all publicity is good publicity, right?

MTV award nominations announced, and making awards gender-neutral

MTV have announced their music video and film award nominations and have combined categories to neutralise gendered awards.

MTV’s infamous award ceremony have revealed who’s up for awards in the 2017 show. In addition they have combine Best Male and Best Female Video into an ‘Artist of the Year’ award. The movie and TV awards are also no longer distinguished by gender, replaced with one winning TV actor and one Film actor.

Speaking on the decision to neutralise the awards for both genders, MTV general manager Amy Doyle said: “Great acting is great acting, no matter what the gender or non-gender. And it is really reflective about the audience’s views and when you look at the culture as a whole, you had a man against a woman running for president. It just felt like a dated construct for a category.”

This year Kendrick Lamar is dominating the awards show with eight nominations for his music video to ‘Humble’, the first single from his latest album ‘DAMN.’. The Weeknd and Katy Perry both follow behind with an impressive five nominations each.

The MTV VMAs will take place on the 27th August in LA.

The nominations for the new, non-gendered MTV VMA awards are as follows:

Video of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)
Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)
Lorde (Republic Records)

Best New Artist (Presented by Taco Bell)

Khalid (RCA Records)
Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)
SZA (TDE/RCA Records)
Young M.A (3D)
Julia Michaels (Republic Records)
Noah Cyrus (Records)

Best Collaboration

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records)
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

Best Pop

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records)
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records)
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records)

Best Hip-Hop

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Big Sean – “Bounce Back” (Def Jam)
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” (Chance the Rapper LLC)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records)
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee” (300 Entertainment)
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One” (Epic Records/We The Best)

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope)
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me” (Ultra/Interscope)
Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records)
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent)
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

Best Rock

Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams” (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace” (Island)
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Green Day – “Bang Bang” (Warner Bros. Records)
Foo Fighters – “Run” (RCA Records)

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Def Jam)
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Atlantic Records)
Big Sean – “Light” (Def Jam)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire” (Columbia Records)

Best Cinematography

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham)
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)
Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis)
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak” (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor)
Halsey – “Now or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

Best Direction

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) (Aaron A)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

Best Art Direction

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado)
Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit” (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

Best Visual Effects

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

Best Choreography

Kanye West – “Fade” (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers)
Sia – “The Greatest” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

Best Editing

Future – “Mask Off” (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
Lorde – “Green Light” (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)