How to see your real-time stats on SoundCloud

When your track goes live you want to be able to watch it as people around the world start listening, loving, and sharing it around – doing so is simple.

There’s a thrill in counting the streams just after you’ve launched your latest track online. Watching your momentum with every play, every love heart, every comment, and every share is a special time for an artist. So you want to be able to track it in real-time with ease.

When you upload your SoundCloud watching the plays and reactions come in minute by minute is simple. Their basic stats present you with how many people have streamed your music, they track your likes, and show how many people are sharing your music with their friends via reposts.

But what if you want to get even deeper?

SoundCloud’s extensive stats take a dive inside exactly who is listening so you can really see who the fans are. Extensive stats, available to Pro Unlimited users, show you top listeners, the cities playing your music, even the devices and websites where your music being played.

If your track is making waves and getting lots of plays taking a deeper look at the people loving your music can help you in many ways. See where people are listening to arrange tour dates, find out websites people are listening from to get in touch with influencers, give your biggest fans props and more.

However you track your performance, SoundCloud has got you covered to watch your music’s momentum.

YouTube no longer counts paid for plays in their music charts

Of course this means that up until now paid-for plays were included in YouTube’s Charts but hey, better late than never right?

YouTube have just announced that they have changed the methodology of their charts and 24-hour records. This means that views on videos/music gained by paid advertising and promotions will no longer count into the ranking.

YouTube say that they want to maintain “credibility” in their charts so they are moving to only include organic plays for fairness. A bunch of artists have touted their views in the first 24-hours as signs of their achievements but the way that these views were counted could easily be heavily influenced by paid promotions.

This summer a high profile case saw Indian Sony Music artist Badshah claiming he had broken the record for the most views in 24-hours. However many of his views were found to have come from adverts that had been purchased and embedded in Google and YouTube.

YouTube said in a blog post: “YouTube Music Charts have become an indispensable source for the industry and the most accurate place for measuring the popularity of music listening behaviour happening on the world’s largest music platform. Over the last few years, fans, artists, and their teams have touted the number of views a video receives on YouTube within the first 24 hours as the definitive representation of its instant cultural impact.

“It’s a great honour and one we take very seriously. As we look to maintain consistency and credibility across our platform, we’ve made some necessary revisions to our methodology for reporting 24-hour debut records.”

Organic video views which YouTube will count into it’s Charts and 24-hour record debuts include: direct links to the video, search results, external sites that embed the video and YouTube sections like the homepage, Trending, and ‘watch next’.

YouTube adds: “Our goal is to ensure YouTube remains a place where all artists are accurately recognised and celebrated for achieving success and milestones… It’s the artists and fans that have made YouTube the best and most accurate measure of the world’s listening tastes, and we intend on keeping it that way.”

Additional information on how YouTube Music Charts are calculated can be found here and additional details about YouTube Views and ads can be found here.

Amazon Music launches in Brazil with all RouteNote Music

Amazon are launching their music streaming services in Brazil, bringing all RouteNote music to the country for on-demand listening.

Amazon have launched their two music streaming offerings in Brazil. From today Brazilians will be able to subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for a full music streaming experience, or get the stripped back, on-demand fun of Prime Music bundled in with an Amazon Prime account.

Amazon Music Unlimited offers the people of Brazil a premium music streaming service with unlimited access to over 50 million tracks. Subscribers also gain access to thousands of curated playlists and specially created stations of music, free to stream on the web and on mobile. Unlimited users can also save music to their devices to listen offline.

Amazon Music Unlimited enters Brazil just a few days after Prime Music launched there on Tuesday. Coming bundled on top of free one-day delivery, movies and TV on Prime Video, eBooks and more. Prime Music offers more than 2 million songs to stream ad-free and on-demand.

All artists who have distributed their music to Amazon with RouteNote will automatically be available to stream across Brazil.

Amazon Music’s head of Latin America, Federico Pedersen says: “Today’s launch represents a momentous step for Amazon Music, as Brazil is one of the most important music destinations in the world. Our local team has focused heavily on creating a host of playlists and stations to spotlight the unique variety of Brazilian music and we can’t wait for new subscribers to start streaming today.”

Amazon Music have launched a series of playlists and stations curated specifically by and for Brazil. Music and selections come from Sertanejo and Samba, Pagode, Forró, Axé, and beyond.

Here are the specially built playlists for their launch in Brazil:

  • Novidades an Amazon Music Unlimited playlist updated weekly, whichprovides a lively mixof new releases from Brazilian and international artists, including Elza Soares, Thiaguinho, Léo Santana and Foo Fighters and many more, offering the perfect destination to discover new favorites.
  • Mais Tocadas on Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Hits on Prime Music, playlists updated weekly with the most streamed tracks on each tier, from artists including Ariana Grande, Matheus & Kauan and more.
  • Explosão Funk and Balada Sertaneja, playlists on Amazon Music Unlimited offer the perfect party soundtracks to celebrate with Brazilian funk and traditional Sertanejo music, with hits by MC Rita, MC Kevin O Chris, and Gusttavo Lima, among others.
  • Ritmos Brasil, an Amazon Music Unlimited playlist highlighting local traditions from the Samba, Forró and Arrocha genres, with music by Avine Vinny and Márcia Fellipe.
  • Bandeira Indie, an Amazon Music Unlimited playlist featuring the diverse sounds of Brazil’s current indie scene, from Agnes Nunes e Xamã, O Terno, Karina Buhr and Luedji Luna.
  • Listeners on both tiers can revisit popular songs from MPB, rock, pop and more genres with the Máquina do Tempo series, including playlists such as MPB Anos 80 and Indies 2000.
  • Amazon Music also offers a mix of mood-based playlists for subscribers in Brazil, from Despertador on both tiers, with uplifting tracks to help get your morning started. Additionally, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can check out Desacelerando, for chill songs to unwind to at the end of the day.

Customers can now sign up for a free, three-month trial of Amazon Music Unlimited for a limited time before choosing from two plan options. Amazon Music Unlimited is available at the Individual Plan for BRL$16.90/month, or BRL$169.00/year; or, the Family Plan, which allows up to six members of the same family to use one subscription for only BRL$25.90/month, or BRL$259/year. Visit amazon.com.br/music to learn more about features and plans available on Amazon Music in Brazil.

Spotify just bought SoundBetter, a marketplace for music producers

Spotify are looking to help artists get the best sound out of their music with a business that sets people up around the world to enhance their music.

Today Spotify announced the acquisition of SoundBetter. It’s a unique, online marketplace that connects artists and audio professionals worldwide to hook up creators with skilled and talented people who can take their music to the next level.

SoundBetter has a community of over 180,000 artists registered to their network. It provides opportunities for both skilled audio producers who can offer their services and for artists and creators to pay them to enhance and perfect their content.

SoundBetter Co-Founder and CEO, Schachar Gilad said: “SoundBetter offers the most comprehensive global marketplace for music and audio production professionals for hire in the world along with a member community spanning 176 countries and 14,000 cities worldwide. We are excited to benefit from Spotify’s global scale, resources, and vision to expand our network and drive more economic opportunities for artists of all levels.”

Spotify are citing the purchase as part of their commitment to provide artists with the tools to “create, connect and grow their audience”. SoundBetter will be joining Spotify for Artists as an asset to ensure their music is as good as it can be before going up for streaming. However, for now they will remain separate services.

Spotify’s Vice President of Product, Beckwith Kloss said: “As we build out our tools for creators, we want to give them the resources they need to thrive. SoundBetter has the same vision. We’re excited that creators can generate income through SoundBetter, as well as benefit from its network of top professionals – from instrumentalists to songwriters to producers – as they perfect their tracks.”

Gilad added: “We’re really thrilled at the opportunity to take SoundBetter to the next level with Spotify. One of the things that kept us going through this startup rollercoaster over the past few years is hearing stories from artists who tell us we’ve changed their lives.

“We truly believe that with Spotify, we can make the number of artists who have such stories much, much bigger.”

Fluent promise “immersive music” in a new kind of streaming service

A new Russian startup wants to provide a new, adaptive music streaming experience unlike the Spotifys and Apple Musics of the world.

Fluent is a new music streaming startup from Moscow, Russia. They are hoping to distinguish themselves from the slew of competitors already operating around the world with an experience based on context.

Whilst, they say: “Spotify plays static files. AI generates bland, soulless sound.” They want their service to accommodate the time and place that it’s being listened in. To this extent they are providing an adaptive selection of music that they promise personalises itself with each track.

Fluent uses 3 different elements to create its experience: Sensors and API to take an input of the surroundings. Their engine then adapts itself to the context and surroundings. Finally stems provide the output and complete the experience offering a personalised and contextual music stream.

It picks up on everything from the weather and the time of day to customise the tracks queued up. It also tracks whether you’re moving as you’re listening, and how fast so it can tell if you’re travelling or out for a jog, or sitting at home chilling.

They say: “We believe it’s time to try something new, to bring back the magic we’ve been deprived from by static music. Our technology enables to personalize each track on the go, making it suit the context. Adaptive music can enhance any kind of movement, but it’s not about performance.

“It’s about perfect timing, immersion and relistenability. But yes, you’d better move to experience this rad new thing in its full.” You can read their brief in full here.

How to share playlists on Apple Music with friends

Bonding over music creates a special kind of connection and with playlists these connections can be made anywhere.

Each one of us has our own unique tastes, music that means something to us personally, our own selections to turn to when we’re feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Sharing these exclusive tastes and particular passions connects us, it helps us to grow and to discover new things.

Creating your own custom playlists lets you define a collection of your tastes, of your top tracks. Maybe it represents a mood, maybe they’re all your favourites from a band, maybe they’re just a mixtape of songs with the word “peanut” in – you can create any selection of songs you want with playlists.

If you use Apple Music, here’s how you can easily create and share playlists:

  • Head to your Apple Music app, iTunes or their new website player.
  • Tap on ‘My Music’ and then head to the Playlists column.
  • You’ll be able to see a ‘New’ button, on the top right if you’re using the app.
  • Now you can either select the plus button from the playlist to select songs to add to the playlist or browse Apple Music and click the three-dots to ‘Add to Playlist’ on any track, album, or other playlist.
  • Once your playlist is how you want it you can share it with other Apple Music users.
  • Click the three-dot icon on the playlist for all the options.
  • Select ‘Share Playlist’ and then you can send the playlist via message, email, social media, and more.

Unfortunately with Apple Music you can’t create collaborative playlists that you and your friends can all contribute to, like on Spotify. But by creating your own custom playlists and sharing them around you can still spread the love of music.

Billboard’s parent company to purchase Nielsen SoundScan

Valence are looking to acquire SoundScan so that Billboards charts and music data are all under one umbrella.

Billboard and SoundScan work closely together, with the latter providing music data and analytics to inform the world renowned music charts of Billboard. Both companies run in their own circles currently under the parentship of Valence and Nielsen respectively.

According to multiple reports Valence, the parent of Billboard, are now looking to acquire Nielsen’s SoundScan. SoundScan represents the largest data analytics provider for the music industry. The purchase, expected to go through later this year for an 8-figure price, would provide Billboard with an edge over charting competitors.

It’s unlikely a coincidence that this deal has been reported just months after Rolling Stone launched their very own charts in July. Rolling Stone’s charts update daily, unlike Billboards which refresh each week, to represent the modern music industry of real-time streaming data constantly changing. Rolling Stone partnered with BuzzAngle Music for their own music data.

Some competitors have expressed concern over the high status of the deal. Rival music charts site, Hits Daily Double said: “Rights holders are said to be concerned about the lack of transparency and checks and balances that could result from Billboard’s impending deal to acquire SoundScan from Nielsen.

“How will this move affect the myriad credibility problems swirling about the Billboard charts, notably regarding ticket and merch bundles and unverified YouTube data?”

The sale of Nielsen’s assets follows a dramatic year in 2018 when their CEO retired and their forecast looked gloomy, leading to shares dropping. They’ve been in talks to sell the whole company to private equity buyers, but for now are only selling parts of their business.

Mix SoundCloud tracks in Pioneer DJs rekordbox

rekordbox are the latest software for DJs to get the SoundCloud treatment with millions of tracks for mixing.

SoundCloud have revealed their latest in a long line of DJ partners. Pioneer DJ have now built SoundCloud integration into their rekordbox DJ performance software, offering DJs and endless supply of tracks to mix and flip.

It’s SoundCloud’s second partnership with Pioneer DJ after adding their library into their WeDJ app. Now with rekordbox integration SoundCloud music will be available to snatch and stream on any Pioneer hardware.

Any SoundCloud Go+ subscriber can now start mixing with millions of tracks in their rekordbox DJ app. It’s as simple as this:

  1. On Wi-Fi, download and log in to rekordbox.
  2. Enable SoundCloud within the app and sign in to your account (you need to be a SoundCloud Go+ subscriber).
  3. Restart your rekordbox app to pull in tracks from your SoundCloud playlists, and to search, mix and stream from SoundCloud’s catalog of official releases, emerging creator content, and everything in between – directly from the app, in real time.

This year SoundCloud have made a big push to make their giant library of music available to DJs. With a massive catalogue of user uploaded music on top of the label music available on traditional streaming services, SoundCloud have an advantage of scope with 125+ million tracks on offer.

Earlier this year SoundCloud also partnered with Traktor DJ 2, DEX 3, Virtual DJ and Serato DJ. SoundCloud are still planning more integrations with leading DJ applications before the end of the year.

A new Danish streaming service wants to change how we listen to music

Moodagent is a new streaming service coming out of Denmark that wants to reinvent the music streaming experience based around how you feel.

To launch a music streaming service now in the age of Spotify and Apple Music dominating and plenty of others holding on to distinct markets, you need to offer something new and exciting. A new Danish streaming service is stepping confidently onto the scene with a focus on complementing you with music rather than you leading the helm.

Moodagent is a playlist-based service that takes the idea of moods to provide a stream of music they craft to suit your needs in that place of time. With curation of personal tastes based on machine learning and sound analysis as well as good ol’ fashioned human music expertise, Moodagent hopes to be the personal music curator of it’s users.

The service was created by Danish self-confessed music lovers Peter Berg Steffensen and Mikael Henderson. CEO and co-founder Henderson says: “With Moodagent, you can initiate a music experience with something you like, be it a track or mood. You can then reactivate that specific moodagent at any time and either let it play or adapt it.”

Moodagent’s technology is capable of analysing and extracting key elements of music like emotions, moods, genres, instruments, vocal styles and more. The app presents keen listeners with four mood sliders that they can adjust to represent how sensual, tender, happy, and angry the feel. Then the interactive playlists begins and can be adjusted by mood as you listen.

Of course you can still search for specific artists and songs, and when you do play them a moodagent will be created based on them. Again, the playlist created is entirely customisable down to each individual track in the queue.

Chief Innovation Officer, and the other co-founder, Peter Berg Stevenson says: “Moodagent is recreating what albums used to provide. An order, the right tracks in the right sequence, but presented in a way that matches the mood of the listener whilst giving them complete control.”

Steffenson adds: “It’s not a one size fits all approach. The Moodagent experience is about emotional connection with both music and other listeners who share your passion for music as conversation, not command.”

Moodagent is planning it’s launch for the 19th September in Denmark. Over the next year they hope to bring the new service to even more countries and you know we’ll be talking about it as soon as it does.

Share your favourite songs on Snapchat with Spotify

Spotify and Snapchat have teamed up to keep you and your friends connected with the latest tracks lining your playlists.

Spotify have revealed their latest in a slew of partnerships with social media apps so that users can share what they’re listening to with everyone. Soon listeners will be able to add music to their Snap Stories straight from Spotify so that all their friends can get in on the mood.

The announcement comes just a week after Spotify teamed up with Facebook to get music onto Facebook Stories. Spotify are slowly building the music streaming experience on social media so that listeners are more connected and the love of music is shared.

They plan to start rolling out the integration on iOS and Android devices soon. It will allow all Spotify users with the Snapchat app to share tracks, playlists, albums, and podcasts directly with friends or on their Story for everyone to see.

Anyone looking at the Context card can join the experience and start streaming straight away. It’s as simple as tapping the Spotify card and it will take Snappers straight the Spotify app and they can start streaming as simply as that.