BandLab taking over “Twitch for DJs”

BandLab have just acquired, a live streaming platform focused around DJs performing and learning from each other. has been described as the “Twitch for DJs” and was struggling to keep going, until BandLab Technologies came in to save the day. The online, video-based community will make a solid addition to BandLab’s “social music-making” platform which will be integrated into BandLab’s website. launched in 2015 as a place for both amateur and professional DJs to come together and learn/perform with each other. The emphasis on live video was based on gaming streams like those on Twitch from where users would flock to learn from skilled players and could engage with the gaming community.

It began to gain popularity with a faithful user-base frequenting their website to watch or record live streams. They announced earlier this year in July that they had more than 380,000 users that have created over 120,000 hours of content since’s conception. Following a brutal hack where their streaming infrastructure was “heavily misused”’s dedicated users helped save the company by raising £12,000 in donations after the team revealed they were going out of business with repairal costs.

Following recent money troubles though BandLab have stepped in to take over and fund the streamer for producers and DJs. will be renamed Chew by BandLab and their streaming technology will be integrated into their Android and iOS apps. This integration will make Chew available “for use by BandLab’s existing user base of close to 2 million users.”

BandLab will acquire all of’s technology and IP in the deal however the price of their acquisition isn’t being shared. A BandLab spokesperson said: “We’re not disclosing dollar amounts for the deal. This was a privately funded deal – we worked to find a fair price that both parties were happy with.”

BandLab CEO and founder, Meng Ru Kuok said: “I am very pleased that Chew will now be supported by the BandLab team. For the past two years I’ve been closely watching the growth and development of this great platform and community of DJs. One of the most important parts of being a musician today is performing live, and as an extension of that, it’s extremely important for us to be able to digitally support creators and musicians who want to bring their live performances to the world.”

Every winner at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017, Kendrick Lamar dominates

This year’s MTV VMAs had the poorest viewership in history but it was still a grand event, dominated by hip-hop king Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar took home the most awards at this year’s VMAs following his 4th studio album DAMN. and the slew of artistic videos that went alongside it. The pinnacle of the ceremony, Video of the Year, went to Kendrick for his music video to Humble which also won him 5 more awards.

Other notable winners include Ed Sheeran who took home Artist of the Year and P!nk who was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. A moving performance by Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara of his new song “1-800-273-8255” (named after the suicide hotline) was performed with suicide survivors and the mother of the woman killed at the Charlottesville rally recently alongside on stage.

Here are all the winners of the different rewards:


Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Ed Sheeran


Presented by Taco Bell®

Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”

Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”

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

Presented by Verizon
Lil Uzi Vert — “XO Tour Llif3”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Cinematographer: Scott Cunningham

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Director: Dave Meyers & the little homies

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Production Designer: Spencer Graves

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
VFX Editor: Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall

Kanye West – “Fade”
Choreographers: Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Jae Blaze & Derek Watkins

Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”
Editor: Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini

“Get The Party Started”
“Raise Your Glass”
“So What”


SIR ROD STEWART FT. DNCE – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”

ED SHEERAN & LIL UZI VERT– “Shape Of You” + “XO Tour Lilf3”

MILEY CYRUS – “Younger Now”

LOGIC FT. KHALID – “1-800-273-8255”

DEMI LOVATO – “Sorry Not Sorry”



SHAWN MENDES – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

LORDE – “Homemade Dynamite”

KYLE – “iSpy”

ALESSIA CARA  – “Scares To Your Beautiful”


YouTube gets a new look and a bunch of features

YouTube have refreshed their look and design with a sleek new appearance and introduce a bunch of great features on mobiles.

When YouTube launched 12 years ago, it was a single website that supported one video format, 320×240 at 4:3 aspect ratio. Fast forward to today, and YouTube lets you watch any combination of SD, HD, 4K, 360, 3-D, and live video on nearly every device with an internet connection – from desktops to phones, tablets to TVs, game consoles, and even VR headsets.

YouTube has come a hell of a long way, but there’s no end in sight with a fresh coat re-enlivening the YouTube site and app’s appearance. As they say themselves: “We’re not even close to done. Over the last few months we’ve started releasing updates and will continue to throughout the rest of the year. When all is said and done, we’ll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences.”

On the website the new YouTube logo and icon is subtle but pleasant, changing very little but making it clearer and easier to work with. The new desktop design introduces Google’s Material Design to YouTube giving it a fresh new look and making the website simple and intuitive to navigate. If you’re looking to switch up YouTube’s look a bit you can now apply ‘Dark Theme’ which makes the background dark for a cinematic experience, or just if you prefer black.

New infinite scroll means you can scroll down endlessly looking at videos and comments. Verification badges have been updated to a higher resolution so that it is harder for unverified channels to imitate verified channels. Creator and account settings are now all in the right hand menu under your profile picture. Sub numbers will also be rounded to simplify stats, whilst you can still see precise numbers under the channel name on the ‘About’ section on a channel’s page.

YouTube’s mobile app meanwhile gets a bunch of new features and some still to come:

  • Clean new design: We’ve made the header white to let content take the lead and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom of the app so they’re closer to your thumbs. We also added new Library and Account tabs that give you easy access to what you’re looking for.
  • Videos that move with you: One of the things we’re working on is bringing gestures to YouTube. Earlier this year, we introduced a gesture that allows you to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds. Give it a try! We already see billions of double taps per day. And I wanted to give you a sneak peek at another gesture I am really excited about. In the coming months, we’ll experiment with a feature that lets you jump between videos with a simple swipe of your hand: just swipe left to watch a previous video or swipe right to watch the next one.
  • Watch at your own pace: Users love that they are able to speed up and slow down the playback of a video on desktop, and we’re excited to bring this feature to the mobile app today, so you can enjoy videos at whatever speed you prefer.
  • Adapt to any video, beautifully: We’ve also been experimenting with new ways to display all videos in the best possible way. Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal. That means you’ll always get the best viewing experience automatically – including vertical videos with no black bars on the sides!
  • Browse and discover while you watch: We recently added a feature that lets you view a row of suggested videos while you’re watching in full screen. We’re also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.

The world’s most popular music video isn’t eligible for the VMAs

Despacito became the most viewed video of all time on YouTube this month but now MTV are saying it can’t win a VMA award.

The video to Luis Fonsi’s Despacito took over both Gangnam Style and Charlie Puth’s ‘See You Again’ to take the top spot in YouTube views. It may be the most viewed music video awards but apparently it’s not eligible for a music video award.

According to MTV they say that Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE), the label of Luis Fonsi, didn’t submit the song for consideration in the VMAs. UMLE however say that MTV snubbed them and didn’t ask for a submission until they had already released the nominations, by which time it was too late.

MTV did concede to allowing Despacito into the running for the VMA ‘Song of Summer’ category. MTV seem not too keen on Despacito in general, streaming it solely on their Latin channel rather than any of their main music video channels.

Universal Music Latin Entertainment spoke on the decision:

UMLE is surprised and happy to learn that MTV plans to recognize ‘Despacito’ in the VMA’s ‘Song of Summer’ category. We hope the nomination will lead to [MTV] airing the full video on their main channels.

We’re proud to work with [MTV] to expose new audiences to our artists’ music and we would welcome MTV’s decision to recognize Spanish-language videos on its main channel and the Music Video Awards program.

Although UMLE clearly have some sour feelings over the exchange they probably shouldn’t worry too much as the prominence of the VMAs have considerably dropped in recent years. Last year the awards ceremony saw a 21.6% drop in viewership down to 8.3 million.

With almost 3-and-a-quarter of a billion views on YouTube alone I think Despacito’s notoriety is safe without a shiny piece of metal from the ex-relevant music video champion.

Facebook’s new video platform launches with 30+ shows

Facebook have finally made good on their word and launched a brand new video platform for original shows and videos – Facebook Watch.

Facebook have unveiled ‘Watch’ a new video platform that is sure to send shivers up YouTube’s spine. Watch will be the home for a bunch of new shows and short films originally created by and/or for Facebook.

Watch will also provide a one-stop shop for the plethora of user-created/uploaded videos that already exist on Facebook. From here users can discover new videos, create a list of things to watch, follow certain pages and people to have their new videos show up and more.

The videos uploaded to Watch will feature ads, meaning videos are monetisable – something that has been requested for a long time thanks to the copyright-ridden. Creators and partners will earn 55% of the ad revenue on videos whilst the other 45% will go to Facebook. Director of product, Daniel Danker said: “Watch is a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work.”

Watch will replace the videos section in the Facebook app which was their home for videos before today. Watch will enhance the experience by making content discovery easier with recommendations and trending videos, getting notifications for certain shows, even looking at what your friends are watching.

Watch is personalised to help you discover new shows, organised around what your friends and communities are watching. For example, you’ll find sections like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the “Haha” reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.

  • Shows that engage fans and community. Nas Daily publishes a daily show where he makes videos together with his fans from around the world. The Watchlist makes it easy for fans to catch every day’s new episode.
  • Live shows that connect directly with fans. Gabby Bernstein, a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and life coach, uses a combination of recorded and live episodes to connect with her fans and answer questions in real-time.
  • Shows that follow a narrative arc or have a consistent theme. Tastemade’s Kitchen Little is a funny show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe. Unsurprisingly, the food doesn’t always turn out as expected.
  • Live events that bring communities together. Major League Baseball is broadcasting a game a week on Facebook, enabling people to watch live baseball while connecting with friends and fellow fans on the platform.

Speaking on the release of Watch Facebook say: “We’ll be introducing Watch to a limited group of people in the U.S. and plan to bring the experience to more people soon. Similarly, we’ll be opening up Shows to a limited group of creators and plan to roll out to all soon.”

There’s a brand new, exciting way to share on YouTube

YouTube have redesigned the way you share videos making it better and easier than ever before.

Thanks to the internet we live in an increasingly globalised world and a massive part of this new world is being able to talk with anyone, anywhere, at any time. But not just talking discovering, enjoying, and sharing new experiences – something YouTube is all about.

YouTube say that: “Like chats around the water cooler, shouldn’t sharing a video be as easy as saying, ‘Have you heard this new song?’.” With this in mind YouTube have been working on their new update that provides the best sharing experiences with the video site ever.

From today, anywhere in the world. you can share YouTube videos instantly straight from the YouTube app. Straight from the YouTube app you can now share videos, talk about them, invite more to join the conversation/see the video, even reply with another video and more.

YouTube sharing share friends app application video videos

Of course this won’t mean that you can’t share on any of your other apps as before, but YouTube hope this enhances sharing on YouTube making it “easier, faster and more fun on your phone”. The new features and chats will live in a new tab on the YouTube app which you can slide up at anytime.

The new sharing features have already rolled out globally on their mobile apps.

Gangnam Style? Nope. See You Again? No more. A new video dominates YouTube now

Just a month after Gangnam Style lost its long running spot at number 1 on YouTube, another video has taken first place.

Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa knocked Psy’s Gangnam Style off the top spot as most viewed video ever on YouTube after years of the South Korean’s domination. Their own streak wasn’t quite as lengthy though, as there’s already a new video at the top of the video just 1 month later.

The new video that has taken the spot as the most viewed video ever, on the biggest video hosting platform in the world is… Despacito. Yeah, that Spanish pop song that everyone is listening to at the moment because, well I don’t know.

Despacito has been the song of the summer this year topping charts around the world. It was the first Spanish-language song to make it the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in over 20 years since Macarena in 1996.

The song, coming from Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee has been a viral hit shooting up in views since it was released at the start of this year. Daddy Yankee has since made an Instagram video sharing his gratitude for being part of what is now the biggest video on the web.

Yankee says: “Thank you YouTube for Despacito’s success. I recognise the influence that the platform has. The music industry has changed. The rules of music have changed. And YouTube has a big responsibility, and I recognise it. Breaking the record is overwhelming, and I’m happy to keep [inspiring] others to do the same.”

The song has no doubt been boosted by a remix featuring Justin Bieber, but with none of Bieber’s own tracks holding the same accolades it’s safe to say that Despacito is in a league of its own.

Apple’s first Carpool Karaoke stars Will Smith and original host James Corden

The first episode of Apple’s Carpool Karaoke series sees James Corden and Will Smith rap with a full marching band and take the carpool sky-high.

Following the massive success of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segments in his Late Late Show becoming a viral hit, Apple snapped up the rights for their own entire series. With full length 30-minute episodes the series has a lot more ambition and will feature more time with the celebs singing, talking, and having fun.

Apple have released a short trailer for their upcoming first episode which features original host James Corden and rapper-cum-acting star Will Smith. The episode will see the pair cruise through the streets of LA singing along to tunes joined at one point by a massive marching band and eventually promoting themselves to a helicopter where they belt out a version of “I Believe I Can Fly”.

Whilst Corden will feature in the first episode, and perhaps more, he will not take his place as host for the series which instead sees celebrity pairings between Metallica, Shaquille O’Neal, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Maisie Williams, John Cena and more.

The first episode debuts tomorrow on the 8th of August. The series will feature 16 episodes in total released on a weekly basis exclusively on Apple Music.

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)

SoundCloud’s Next Wave: exploring underground music scenes in new video series

SoundCloud are following their denial of any imminent closure up with a new video series that explores 6 different underground music scenes.

SoundCloud have revealed ‘Next Wave’, a new video series that takes a deep look into some of the world’s hidden music scenes across six of the biggest cities. SoundCloud have partnered with The Fader to create the six shows, which will be released on a monthly basis on SoundCloud’s YouTube channel.

The first episode of ‘Next Wave’ explores the niche scene of Gothic rap that has been making waves across Los Angeles. The episode explores 48 hours of the rising world of goth-rap featuring up-and-coming artists within the scene; Lil Tracy, Fat Nick and Pouya. Fat Nick and Lil Tracy will play an exclusive show in L.A. tonight in celebration of the new documentary’s launch.

Another episode will be released every month for the next 5 months looking at music scenes in Rio, Toronto, New York, London and Berlin. SoundCloud’s aim is to “explore communities of emerging scenes that are embracing the service to connect, collaborate and create a new musical landscape”.

It’s an interesting time for SoundCloud to launch a new series as they have faced claims in the past few weeks that they have run out of money and will soon shut up shop. SoundCloud have denied this completely and have made clear their plans to continue for the foreseeable future.