Charlie Brennan hits giant Spotify playlists with his new single

Charlie Brennan’s gorgeous new summery single is making it’s way out of speakers around the world as he hits some of Spotify’s massive playlists.

Teaming up with the major up-and-comer Glaceo and getting in the extremely talented Emma Rae to sing; hit-maker Charlie Brennan has dropped a very special summer single with his new track Lovely Escape.

Spotify they knew it was a hit and so now you can find some of their giant playlists including De Camino with over 500,000 listeners.

Check it out now and make your Summer that little bit brighter:

If you want to get your music in front of hundreds-of-thousands, even millions, of people on Spotify’s top playlists then upload your music to RouteNote today.

Dillom’s new track hits the charts after distributing with RouteNote

Trap lovers can’t get enough of Dillom as he runs up the Argentinian charts, moves through the top Spotify playlists and reaches new fans around the world by the day.

We love seeing artists’ music make the big time and hit the charts after getting it out into the world through RouteNote. After Dillom dropped his latest single Superglue on Spotify it sped its way up the charts and currently sits at number 52 on Spotify’s top 100 for Argentina.

It’s also been placed on some of the hottest playlists on Spotify. Check it out now:

If you want to get your music in front of hundreds-of-thousands, even millions, of people on Spotify’s top playlists then upload your music to RouteNote today.

Tobu’s new track hits top Spotify playlists

Tobu is back with another hit and it is already making its way into some of the hottest playlists on Spotify to make the soundtrack to your summer. 

Swedish electronic hit maker Tobu is back and people are already loving his new single ‘Blessing’. Proud Outertone artist Tobu has teamed up with EDM duo Bonalt & Hadi to produce this vibrant summer tune complemented with vocals by Tom Mårtensson.

It’s already found it’s way onto some of the hottest playlists on Spotify, check it out here:

If you want to get your music in front of hundreds-of-thousands, even millions, of people on Spotify’s top playlists then upload your music to RouteNote today.

Boomtown 2019 Chapter 11: The Radical City is much, much more than a festival (review)

Chapter 11 of Boomtown has closed. The Radical City opened it’s doors for 5 nights, introducing people from all around the world to the post-apocalyptic vision of wonder and amazement. For almost 1 whole week the town’s districts buzzed with the unique life that permeates through every inch of Boomtown.

The corporate empire of Bang Hai that once controlled the city has crumbled under the power of their own artificial intelligence, AMI. With her sinister eyes gazing down on Boomtown and overseeing its future, it’s inhabitants survive through the power of people.

The Daily Rag bring the scoop on the city’s new artificial intelligence overlord

Boomtown is like no festival I have ever been to. From the moment I stepped into the grounds and saw the cascade of convincingly intricate buildings lining the routes through the festival. It looks stunning, it looks so real that there are many moments you have doubts about whether you truly have transported to a new reality – a radical and exciting one.

Each building, each stage, each stall holds their own secret pocket where people dance, sing, they barter and brawl. They live on in Old Town and Copper County, capsules of the past teeming with old wooden buildings and corrupt law enforcement. They revel in the waterfalls and stone structures of the Lions Den. And they survive the nuclear wasteland of the new Area 404.

Each distinct district of the festival has it’s own theme which comes complete with unique architecture and musical stages. Throughout the day the stages played host to an array of bands big and small venturing through all genres available to the ear.

And then there are the people. Each district has its own set of characters and their own world in which to play with. With the fascinating array of eccentric persons occupying every area comes your role in this parallel universe. Whether you’ve come kitted up to truly be a part of it or just want to revel in the show – you are part of the theatre that exists in every pore of Boomtown’s body.

You may find yourself convincing the Bank of Boomtown as to why they should give you a loan to prop of your nefarious ideas. You may be dragged to one side by an enraged Copper County local after they’ve threatened the townspeople with a gun. You may very likely find yourself taking on a role in the bizarre yet thrilling virtual theatre of it all.

Highlights from the music side of things – well there’s too many to name every incredible act. There is a churning plethora of artists throughout the weekend. But there were definitely some stand-out shows.

A raucous show from Gogol Bordello in the Town Centre saw flame throwers light up the sky as Eugene Hutz sprayed wine on the crowd backed by his gypsy punk orchestra. On the same stage Slaves blasted the crowd back with classic British anger, channelling it all through crunchy guitars and scathing lyrics.

Isaac Holman from Slaves gives Ed his ‘Photo Opportunity’

The pure energy from these two sets represented the motif of all artists performing at Boomtown. Each act plays their part in the story of the festival with pure force that blew crowds away and sent them off dancing into the night. No matter what time they were playing and who it was to, whether it be traditional folk, dreadlock-fulled rock, or hard techno – everyone seemed to be in on the story.

Boomtown favourite Beans On Toast performed to “possibly the most people I’ve ever played to” as he returned to Boomtown for the, who even knows how many times at this point. With tales exploring his own escapades at festivals, the people he’d meet and the substances consumed it was the perfect fuel to get the crowd cheering.

Over at the Lions Den stage an incredible set from Groove Armada saw the valley fill with crowds ready to superstyle. Waterfalls erupted from either side of the stage which looked like it had been carved out of an ancient Mayan ruin. Later that evening those waterfalls drenched Mike Skinner during an impassioned performance with The Streets, after Skinner climbed the walls of the stage to christen himself with Boomtown’s holy water.

When the evening comes around the bands make way for an incredible line-up of DJs and producers filling the National Park with electronic music. To one side of the festival you had ex-Bang Hai stage – The Relic, a monumental creation that towered above the crowd. Huge screens on the stage displayed artificial intelligence AMI scanning her watchful eyes over the audience.

On the other side in the nuclear wasteland of Area 404, and beyond the wonderful and fluorescent Psy Forest, lay the Nucleus. Acting like a sister stage to The Relic it was another post-futuristic grand design of major engineering with electrical astonishment. Once again AMI loomed, peering over the tens-of-thousands of dancing night-wanderers.

Boomtown’s opening ceremony took place at midday on the Lions Den stage on Friday. With an ecological focus the show was a mesmerising display with grand animal puppets surrounded by dancers, inspiring talks and blooming red smoke throughout. It was a fitting introduction to such a monumental festival.

That ecological focus rippled throughout the festival with Extinction Rebellion marches carving through the crowds throughout the weekend. Leading an Extinction Rebellion wagon into the festival, activists half playing/half deadly-serious spread their messages of ecology through sheer powerful presence.

Boomtown 2019 was filled with signs and symbolism asking attendees to think about the future; our future. As part of their ongoing process to make a bigger and better festival each year but reduce their impact, this year the organisers worked with a network of environmental and wildlife organisations to work towards a greener festival.

The eco-message permeated throughout the site with compostable toilets, zero-waste camping sites right in the centre of the action, bottle schemes to eradicate plastic and much, much more. Boomtown will also plant an impressive 66,000 trees, 1 tree for every person at Boomtown this year. That would be an amazing yearly tradition for them to commit to.

The 5 days of music at every corner, astonishing costumes playing a part in the world and stunning settings finally drew to it’s triumphant close at midnight on Sunday. Taking place at both sides of the festival in The Relic and at the Nucleus, ‘The Assimilation‘ saw Boomtown Chapter 11’s narrative reach its conclusion.

With AMI taking in the crowds for full assimilation the stages roared with intense bass and rapid electronic music. Dancers emerged with strobing lights covering their bodies, spinning illuminated hoops around their bodies in front of and atop the stage. It felt like a jawdroppingly intense doomsday apocalypse.

boomtown Ami AI assimilation fails
AMI’s assimilation failed and the people were safe, but what did it all mean?

As AMI came close to full Assimilation suddenly the counter stopped and terrifying screams from the artificial intelligence erupted throughout the site. Something had gone wrong in her merging of the population. AMI’s tyrannical overseeing nature had been disrupted and now the people could look towards a new future: A New Beginning.

The message ended with another take on it’s ecological perspective. Clips representing nature reclaiming it’s rightful heritage and taking back man-made structures and technology flashed before us in a strobing flash, imprinting the images in your mind as powerfully as possible.

Boomtown Chapter 11: A Radical City was over. But it promised a New Beginning next year. An even bigger, better, more exciting and more impressive festival from what is already the most astonishing and thrilling event of the year. I will definitely be returning to see the new chapter in Boomtown’s amazing story.

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See you at Chapter 12 for a New Beginning at Boomtown

Spotify’s Family Plan gets an upgrade

Spotify are making it even easier to manage your music streaming plan for the whole family with upgrades to Premium Family.

Spotify have just announced an update for the Premium Family Plan, which lets up to 5 people at one address pay for the low price of 1-and-a-half single subscriptions. Everyone gets their own account so their tastes and music library are still personal and unique.

With the update Spotify have introduced a new Family Hub so that whoever’s managing the account can control it, all from one place. From the hub the leading user can view all the family members on the account and easily add or remove them. You can also change your home address and adjust parental controls like setting the ‘Explicit Content Filter’ for any profiles.

With Family Mix, every member on the plan will get a personalised playlist with a culmination of everyone’s tastes. It updates regularly, taking each person’s taste profile and finding music to compile based on music that Spotify’s algorithms reckon the whole family will love.

The updated plan includes on-demand access to Spotify’s giant 50 million track library as well as their constantly expanding selection of 450,000 podcasts.

Find out more about Spotify Family and sign up here.

“Siri, play Spotify” Apple and Spotify’s rivalry settles for voice control

Spotify and Apple’s rivalry is no secret, especially since Apple Music launched, but finally you’ll be able to tell Siri to use Spotify on Apple devices.

Spotify and Apple are two of the most prominent streaming services in the world and as such have a lot of competition with each other, over other services in the business. A truce is in sights however as Spotify are hoping to gain Siri functionality.

Whilst you can ask Siri to play you music, she won’t work with non-Apple music services even if they’re installed on your device. This is the same as with their smart Homepod speakers. As Spotify put it – If you ask Siri: “Siri, can you play that awesome Spotify playlist?” Siri says no.

The potential reconciliation over Siri comes amid ongoing tussles between the two companies. Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint in March with the European Commission, claiming that Apple have become a monopolist. Meanwhile Apple are accusing Spotify of not paying their 30% ‘Apple Tax’ on Spotify subscriptions made through the Apple App Store.

It may seem that if Spotify gains Siri functionality, perhaps there is some form of settlement between the two. However, the move comes with the anticipated launch of Apple’s iOS 13 software and will see Siri support with other music-streaming services too, if they integrate themselves.

Apple have often been reluctant to allow support with other competitors on their devices, a driving force of Spotify’s criticism to the European Commision. Hopefully Siri and Homepod support will see Apple ease up their sanctions on rivals, or they may be forced to by the European Commission.

If you want a very biased take on the rivalry, Spotify have a timeline of the many times they’ve butted heads with Apple over the years:

Tencent Music Entertainment Financials – Karaoke App Strong! Music Subscribers Growing

Tencent Music Entertainment had 652 million mobile monthly active users across QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music, which was only 1.2% up year on year. However, paying subscribers grew by 33% year on year to 31 million at the end of June.

Tencent Music reported a net profit of $135 million, but the company’s ‘social entertainment’ business with karaoke and live-video apps played a big role there. Tencent Music’s revenues from that side of the business grew by 35.3% to RMB 4.34bn ($632m).

Social entertainment now accounts for 73.5% of Tencent Music’s overall revenue. The company had 239 million mobile monthly active users for the social apps (up 4.8% year-on-year) and 11.1 million paying users (up 16.8%). But those paying karaoke and live-video users spent an average of RMB 130.2 (around $18.57) a month, more than 15 times the ARPPU of the online-music payers.

LiveXLive Financials Q1 2019 – Strong Subscriber Growth But Struggling on the Bottomline

LiveXLive Media just announced their Q1 2019 results and it seems like the results are very mixed.

Revenues rose from $7.6 million to $9.5 million year on year. Subscribers grow by 50% year on year to 740,000 at the end of Q1 2019.

However, LiveXLive again struggled to get anywhere near profit. The company reported an operating loss of $10.3 million for the quarter.

The company also cited non-cash depreciation, amortization, and stock compensation and non-recurring expenses for the quarter to the tune of $5.7 million, leaving their adjusted operating loss $4.6 million, roughly the same as in Q1 2018.

“LiveXLive is off to a strong start in fiscal 2020, highlighted by 25% revenue growth, a significant improvement in contribution margin and continued 50% growth in paid subscribers when compared to Q1 2019,” said Robert Ellin, CEO, and Chairman of LiveXLive. “We are streaming many of the most exciting music festivals in the world and have partnered with the biggest artists and promoters, resulting in record levels of viewership. LiveXLive has quickly established itself as the authentic thought leader in music globally and we have an incredibly exciting roadmap and business plan for the rest of the year and beyond.”

Beatport announce a ‘clean-up’ of tracks that aren’t selling

Beatport are having a cull of their electronic music catalogue so that only the music that sells is on offer from their digital download store.

Beatport is the largest electronic music store on the internet offering up a massive catalogue of electronic songs for download. It makes sense then, that with over 7 million tracks, there are songs on there that aren’t doing anything.

Starting this year Beatport have pledged to have a “yearly storage clean-up procedure” to remove music that unfortunately hasn’t sold anything since they released. This prioritises the music that people are interested in and will make Beatport’s library more manageable.

Beatport promise that only content release before January 2019 will be affected in the clean up, allowing tracks released this year to have a chance. They plan to enforce this clean up once a year around the same time, so if those tracks still haven’t made a sale in a years time they will be removed.

Students can now get Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99

Amazon are helping those on a student budget out who want to stream all of the music around the world without interruption.

Music streaming has made it possible to access nearly all of the music in the world, present and past, at an affordable monthly price. But if you’re a student, once you’ve dished out for all those $100+ textbooks even $10 a month may not be feasible.

Amazon have got students covered with their new pricing plan for Amazon Music Unlimited. Students can now sign up to the service for just $0.99 a month and stream from over 50 million songs, as well as thousands of curated playlists and stations to explore.

Amazon Music Unlimited’s discounted student offering comes as part of their Prime Student package. Prime Student offers Amazon’s Prime service with one-day delivery, Prime TV’s film and TV shows and more for a discounted price. As part of the new offer they’re offering students a free 6 month trial of Student Prime.

Those on the Student Prime plan can add Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 a month to their plan. Amazon Prime’s Vice President, Cem Sibay says: “Music is truly an integral part of campus life and bringing Amazon Music’s premium subscription tier to Prime Student members lets students enjoy their favourite artists, songs and playlists on demand and ad-free at an incredibly low price.

“With Prime Student, members can enjoy this new music benefit along with exclusive student offers throughout the year, making it easy to access the best of shopping and entertainment from Prime at a great value.”

Head to Amazon Prime now to check out all the student benefits and sign up for your free 6 month trial.