Lamborghini’s new ‘self-healing car’ intoduced by Tobu

Lamborghini have revealed their new beautiful and innovative Terzo Millenio car and you may recognise the song it’s being paraded out to.

The other day we were browsing Instagram when we had an exciting surprise as Lamborghini’s new car advert came up. As we were watching we realised that Tobu’s wicked track Colors was the soundtrack to the advert.

Tobu has long been working with us here at RouteNote so every time he reaches another landmark we feel the need to celebrate as well! Tobu has been doing amazing work in recent years and is really growing into a powerhouse in EDM, clear to see in his constant successes, the most recent Lamborghini’s acknowledgement of his great music.

Check out the advert below for the awesome looking new Lamborghini Terzo Millenio where you can hear Colors by Tobu:

And if you’re itching for the full track after that snippet then no worries, here it is in full:

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Will.I.Am has another stupid endeavour; this time a Siri and Alexa rival

Will.I.Am won’t quit with his ridiculous attempts at innovation and now he’s taking on the biggest tech companies in the world with his own voice powered AI.

Did you know that ex-Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am has his own tech startup called I.am+? If not probably because it’s a ridiculous attempt at entrepreneurship that has resulted in very little. If so then this news probably won’t come as much of a surprise to you.

Despite all the odds Will.I.Am has somehow managed to secure a big sum of $117 million in funding for his new voice assistant according to a report by Reuters. Why anyone would want to fund I.am+ following multiple failures and criticisms of their past tech is beyond me, but they have. According to the report a majority of the investment ($89 million) was raised in a funding round in March by an investment group including Salesforce Ventures.

Will.I.Am’s aim is to create another voice assistant in what has quickly become a saturated market with options from Amazon (Alexa), Google (Assistant), Apple (Siri), and others. Speaking on his new product he said: “I wanted to create something that allows us to do many things. There’s so much you can do with a voice platform.”

Will.I.Am’s voice assistant, called Omega, will see its first use with German telecommunications company and parent of T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom AG. According to Reuters’ report they have been using Omega since July this year to power an automated customer support bot with plans to add voice integration soon. So at least someone takes it seriously, whether they can grow from here to an established technology though is anyone’s guess.

I.am+ has been all about creating ‘wearable’ tech with fashion in mind and is now a company employing around 300 people (somehow). If that were something anyone really seemed worried about then it could have been successful, but just look at Apple’s ugly Airpods. The fact is what people really want is quality builds from trusted brands or innovative startups not a rapper-cum-popstar-cum-developer. It seems they got the message and moved away from fashion, but I don’t think that jumping on a bandwagon is the way to create success.

All the Record Store Day exclusive vinyl releases revealed 2017

The full list of vinyl records being released exclusively and especially for Record Store Day has been revealed with hundreds of great records.

It’s almost a month until the shopping craze of the year – Black Friday. The notoriously high stake day of sales will take place on November the 24th this year and beyond the shameless desperation and violence involved in the “shopping holiday”, more than 150 records will be launched exclusively for Record Store Day.

Record Store Day, a day for celebrating independent record stores that are staying afloat the tumultuous seas of modern music sales in their ships crafted from a love of music. Every year for Record Store Day loads of artists from rising indie stars, classic legends, to chart-toppers get involved with exclusive records made to boost sales and interest in record stores.

In this years release announcement the Record Store Day team said: “We work year-round to shine a light on the independent businesses in your local community that sell you records and other things that make you happy, make you smile, make you sing, bring you comfort, bring people together. And all those things you find at a record store make great gifts so being part of that holiday shopping season, and the biggest shopping day of the year makes sense to us.”

The annual event is celebrated by musicians and artists all over. This years release will see over 150 records launched on Black Friday including two 7-inch records from Paul McCartney, a double-picture disc version of Humanz by Gorillaz, Greatest Hits from Janis Joplin, and many more.

Of all the records released for Record Store Day they will each come under one of 3 categories:

Exclusives: These titles are physically released only at indie record stores.
RSD First: These titles are found first at indie record stores, but may be released to other retailers or webstores at some point in the future.
Small Run/Regional List: These titles are either regionally based and sold at specific stores, or are press runs under 1000, which means they may be harder to find at record stores around the country.

You can find your nearest store participating in Record Store Day here: recordstoreday.com/Stores

Eminem drops surprise freestyle attack on US President Trump

“Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against” Eminem raps in scathing freestyle against Donald Trump.

At last night’s Hip-Hop BET awards, a celebration of the amazing talent in hip-hop and rap in the past year, there was one standout moment that has got everyone talking. Eminem recorded a freestyle rap for the award show which was filled with anti-Trump rhetoric blending typical rap insults with genuine concerns and criticism.

It was a powerful rap and the backlash has been surprisingly less mixed than you’d think. A lot of people have come out to celebrate Eminem and his freestyle, including a roster of NFL players who have faced criticism from trump for kneeling in protest to the government. Surprisingly, considering his prolific online presence, Trump hasn’t responded to it yet, and his supporters have been surprisingly silent on the matter. Perhaps they were all too oblivious to the fact there was an event celebrating something culturally African-American.

Eminem even covers the president’s love for Twitter and his attacks on the NFL, with lines like:

When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that in–
stead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada
All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather
Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers
Then says he wants to lower our taxes
Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips?

Eminem also goes on to say such notable lines as; “a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust” and “Racism’s the only thing he’s Fantastic Four / Cause that’s how he gets his fucking rocks off and he’s orange.”

Among those to applaud Eminem include Colin Kaepernick, who was the first to take a knee and spread the protest symbol. You can also watch Eminem’s full rap in his tweet below:

https://twitter.com/Kaepernick7/status/917955545197314048

Notorious basketball player LeBron James hopped on Trump’s favourite platform to shoutout Eminem’s diss:

https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/917961576350699520

Eminem even gained the seal of approval as a “real nigga” from  Snoop Dogg… again:

https://twitter.com/WORLDSTAR/status/917963975341563904

What do you think about Eminem’s freestyle against Trump? Let us know in the comments below.

Play perfectly with this MIDI controller that teaches music theory

Learning music theory is pretty boring isn’t it? Why wait to have fun with music and learn as you play with this MIDI controller.

TheoryBoard is a self-proclaimed ‘music theory MIDI controller’ from a small Californian startup, Irijule. Currently being created through a Kickstarter campaign the TheoryBoard brings music theory into a button-laden package that promises to make music simple and accessible, so that you’ll “never play a wrong note again”.

In their own words:

The TheoryBoard is the evolution of the MIDI controller. Its innovative lay out allows the user access to a new way of perceiving music, making it the ultimate hack for production and composition. Never before has a MIDI controller given this level of insight into the language of music theory.

The previously complex world of scales, chords inversions, melody, and harmony is finally packaged into an easy-to-use, simplified form.

By merging colour and sound the TheoryBoard provides a synesthetic experience for anyone interfacing with the product. Diatonic scales, chord groups, and the correlations between them are expressed through colour giving the user a unique advantage by allowing visual reference points while playing.

The TheoryBoard houses every scale known to man. When the user selects a scale they have full access to every note and every possible chord within that scale. This removes any doubt from what can, or can’t be used… All the right combinations are right there at your fingertips.

The TheoryBoard is for anyone interested in composing or producing music. A complete novice could pick this up and instantly level up their understanding of theory, while advanced producers could use this to derive new inspiration.

TheoryBoard music MIDI controller make music production learn theory

Let the creativity flow, create new masterpieces, never make another musical mistake. Of course depending on how you create music this may sound like the worst thing you could ever imagine. But whether you appreciate it’s application or not, it could be an incredibly useful tool in teaching music theory.

Find out more, help fund it or even get one for yourself from their Kickstarter here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1962606435/theoryboard-music-theory-made-easy

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 tickets.taylorswift.com, 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 store.taylorswift.com.

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 tickets.taylorswift.com, 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 Ticketmaster.com 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 Target.com and at Walmart.com.  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 Target.com.  Pre-order Taylor Swift’s reputation to receive an Order ID.  You’ll receive the Order ID via an e-mail from Target.com.  Next, go to tickets.taylorswift.com, 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 Walmart.com.  As with Target.com, pre-order Taylor Swift’s reputation to receive an Order ID.  You’ll receive the Order ID via an e-mail from Walmart.com.  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 tickets.taylorswift.com, 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.