Green Day Pack Live on Beat Saber to Buy

Beat Saber seems to be getting more and more popular over time. Beat Saber has just signed up Green Day – so now anyone can purchase the Green Day Music Back in Beat Saber for $9.

The pack includes six songs:

  • “American Idiot”
  • “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
  • “Father of All…”
  • “Fire, Ready, Aim”
  • “Holiday”
  • “Minority”

Tidal adds Dolby Atmos Hi-Fi music for users to stream

Tidal are increasing their high fidelity music offerings with a whole new range of exceptional sounding music for subscribers.

Since day one Tidal have prided their music streaming service on offering high definition audio for music lovers to stream anywhere. They have now added Dolby Atmos Music which promises some of the best quality music available and “moving audio” for a real, room-listening experience.

Dolby Atmos powered music promises a cinema sound experience from your smartphone direct into your headphones and quality speakers. Dolby Atmos creates a “moving sound” that is supposed to sound like the music is coming from all around you for a truer to life listening experience than just speakers in your ears.

Tidal’s HiFi tier of music streaming will now bring music from Universal and Warner Music artists who have been mixed with the pseudo-surround sound format. Unfortunately you will need a compatible Android smartphone or tablet to listen, including the Nokia 6, OnePlus 7 Pro, Razer Phone, Samsung Galaxy S10 and more.

Tidal are planning on working with artists to release more music with Dolby Atmos sound. They said in their press release that they are “working closely with its artist-owners, including Jay-Z, to mix their catalogues in Dolby Atmos – which are expected to become available in 2020.”

Tidal subscribers can look out for the Dolby logo and a Dolby Atmos identifier to find the compatible songs. The Explore tab also features a list of Dolby Atmos powered music that listeners can explore.

Music streaming service Boomplay announces 62 million users with major growth

African streaming service Boomplay has had a massive year that has seen it’s growth boom as it approaches Apple Music’s numbers.

Music streaming in Africa is seeing a boom. In the past year giant services like Spotify and YouTube Music have launched for listeners in Africa. Africa’s own music streaming services are seeing enormous growth as well.

Boomplay have had an incredible year that has seen them grow over 50% in nine months. In April they announced that their user-base had grown to 42 million. Later this year in August they’d already gained over 10 million more users and they’ve now revealed that they have 62 million total users.

Boomplay announced a licensing deal with Merlin alongside the user numbers. Their new deal with the indie agency will increase their music offerings which already include global major record labels and a host of African music from local labels and artists.

Boomplay’s head of marketing for Africa, Tosin Sorinalo said: “Boomplay’s vision is to build the largest and most reliable music ecosystem in Africa, and working with Merlin brings us significantly closer to that goal.”

With $20 million of new funding given to Boomplay this year they look set to make a big mark in the global music streaming arena.

A Netflix series about Spotify is on the way

Netflix have just ordered a brand new series that will explore the rise of the service that has helped to transform the music industry in the last decade.

In just over 10 years Spotify have launched themselves into the position of one of the biggest names in music. Their service is used by over 250 million people around the world, giving them access to a wealth of music from all over the world and throughout history at their fingertips.

Netflix have now given the green light for a new series that follows the story of the Swedish music streaming service. The scripted series will follow the story of Spotify Untold, a book by investigative tech journalists Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud. Their book used extensive interviews to tell the story of Spotify’s rise with Daniel Ek at the helm.

The service, along with other internet music companies, has been influential to no end in transforming the music industry. With the internet came incredible access to music, but piracy began destroying the music industry. Spotify provided an affordable solution that kept the world of music out there available to listeners, whilst ensuring artist’s still got paid.

The series will follow how they carved their own space in the industry, fought opposition from the likes of Apple, and spread across the globe. It will be executive produced by Berna Levin of Young Wallander fame, and Per-Olav Sorensen will direct.

Levin said of the upcoming production: “It’s the story of how a small band of Swedish tech industry insiders transformed music – how we listen to it and how it’s made – it is truly a tale for our time. Not only is this a story about the way all our lives have changed in the last decade, it’s about the battle for cultural and financial influence in a globalised, digitised world.”

Ed Sheeran has been crowned the UK’s top artist of the decade

With 2020 just weeks away we get to look back at an entire decade of music and the UK’s top artist has been named.

The Official Charts have revealed their Record Breaker Award in their list of awards for the last decade. British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran takes the accolade as the Official Number 1 Artist of the Decade in the UK.

Ed Sheeran holds the achievement of Most Number 1s in the Official Singles and Albums chart with 12 Number 1s since 2010. He also has the record for most weeks at Number 1 between 2010-2019 in the UK, equalling the past 79 weeks.

Speaking to Official Charts, Ed Sheeran said: “Thank you to everyone who’s supported me over the past 10 years. Especially my amazing fans. Here’s to the next 10!”

Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company, Martin Talbot said: “Ed has truly dominated this decade and is a worthy recipient of this amazing new award. At the start of the decade, he was a little known (albeit highly rated) young 18-year-old lad from Suffolk – but his catalogue of achievements since then are genuinely remarkable. Today, he is firmly established among the highest levels of global music superstars.”

With a new decade on the way, we have another 10 years of entirely new musicians and artists ahead. A new star will rise and at this time 2029, it could be anyone that we’re writing this about.

Grand Theft Auto V gets a new radio station hosted by Danny Brown

Rapper Danny Brown is getting a radio station in Grand Theft Auto V full of UK rappers and exclusive new songs.

This month, Grand Theft Auto V adds iFruit Radio to their in-game radio roster full of stations. Joining major artists and personalities like Flying Lotus, Bootsy Collins, Frank Ocean and Keith Morris, Detroit rapper Danny Brown will be hosting this new station.

The radio features a mix of rap and hip-hop from the US and cuts from across the pond with offerings from the UK. Tracks will include an exclusive new track from British rapper Slowthai and a new track from Baauer & Channel Tres featuring Danny Brown himself.

This isn’t Brown’s first foray into the world of Grand Theft Auto. He already had a cameo appearance on an NPC near Los Santos beach who, if antagonised, will react with Danny Brown’s voice.

Check out the tracklist:

  • Megan Thee Stallion ft DaBaby – Cash Shit
  • Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Crime Pays
  • Skepta ft Nafe Smalls – Greaze Mode
  • Pop Smoke – 100K on the Coupe
  • slowthai – I Need
  • Danny Brown – Dance In The Water
  • The Egyptian Lover – Everything She Wants
  • Burna Boy ft Zlatan – Killin Dem
  • Skepta & AJ Tracey – Kiss and Tell
  • D-Block Europe – Kitchen Kings
  • JME ft Giggs – Knock Your Block Off
  • Travis Scott – HIGHEST IN THE ROOM
  • Yung Thug ft Gunna and Travis Scott – Hot (Remix)
  • DaBaby ft Kevin Gates – POP STAR
  • Kranium feat AJ Tracey – Money In The Bank
  • J Hus – Must Be
  • Baauer and Channel Tres feat. Danny Brown – Ready to Go
  • D Double E & Watch the Ride ft DJ Die, Dismantle and DJ Randall – Original Format 
  • Shoreline Mafia – Wings
  • Alkaline – With the Thing
  • Headie One ft Skepta – Back to Basics (Floating Points Remix)
  • City Girls – Act Up
  • Denzel Curry & YBN Cordae ft. Take a Daytrip – AL1ENZ
  • Koffee ft Gunna – W
  • DaBaby – BOP
  • Naira Marley – Opotoyi (Marlians)
  • ScHoolboy Q – Numb Numb Juice
  • ESSIE GANG ft SQ Diesel – Pattern Chanel

iFruit Radio will be available in GTA V on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on December 12th with the Diamond Casino Heist update.

TikTok’s biggest artist this year revealed

TikTok has taken the world by storm with over 1.5 billion users around the world and with so much music based content; who was their biggest artist?

TikTok is the world’s quickest growing social media craze. In just 2 years since it launched in 2017 it has been downloaded by nearly half the number of smartphones in the world.

The app is heavily focused around music, with the majority of it’s short form videos being set to music including lip-syncing videos, dance videos, skits with musical accompaniment and more. So as it’s almost the end of the year, who were the biggest artists on TikTok whose music was used the most?

In first place was Lil Nas X who topped the list as the most popular artist on TikTok, largely thanks to his hit Old Town Road. According to TikTok’s own data, that song alone has been used in over 2.6 million videos and it could be said that the app was a part in making the song so popular.

The list was followed up with Mariah Carey in second place and Lizzo in third. Their music gains popularity in a range of ways on TikTok and could be anything from the soundtrack to a new viral meme to becoming a dance craze.

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Here is the full top 10 list of artists on TikTok in 2019 as well as all of TikTok’s other top 10s.

TOP 10 ARTISTS

  1. Lil Nas X
  2. Mariah Carey
  3. Lizzo
  4. Stunna Girl
  5. Blanco Brown
  6. Y2k & Bbno$
  7. KYLE
  8. Luh Kel
  9. Billie Eilish
  10. Ashnikko

TOP 10 VIRAL VIDEOS

  1. @daviddobrik — David Dobrik and Nick Uhas’s crazy take on Elephant Toothpaste (17.4M likes)
  2. @calebcutler — They did surgery on a banana (6.1M)
  3. @malorielynn14 — Swimming pool fun takes a hilarious twist (7M)
  4. @jayleennina — Man vs Wild: Roach edition (4.9M)
  5. @sammielewiss — The MFing Tea (2.1M)
  6. @jade13tr — This cat has the moves (2.2M)
  7. @brittany_broski — Kombucha Girl gives us her honest opinion (2M)
  8. @herecomedatkush — A wholesome hummingbird (1.5M)
  9. @kidkneesothra — Crocs + shaving cream (785.1K)
  10. @raeganbrownn — Bear suit daredevil (619K)

TOP 10 MEMES

  1. #POV
  2. #VSCOGIRLS
  3. #RiseandShine
  4. #Area51
  5. #imbaby
  6. #walkamile
  7. #DNAtest
  8. #MirrorFall/Run
  9. #Microwave_Challenge
  10. #TikTokChecks

TOP 10 CELEBRITIES

  1. Will Smith
  2. Miley Cyrus
  3. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  4. Howie Mandel
  5. Terry Crews
  6. Selena Gomez
  7. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  8. Steve Harvey
  9. Post Malone
  10. Shawn Johnson

TOP 10 BREAKOUT CREATORS

  1. @zachking
  2. @noeneubanks
  3. @jamescharles
  4. @lilhuddy
  5. @charlidamelio
  6. @nickuhas
  7. @glitterandlazers
  8. @mahoganylox
  9. @thisaintjay
  10. @curtisnewbill

TOP 10 DANCE TRENDS

  1. The Woah
  2. The Git Up
  3. Obsessed Dance
  4. Hey Julie
  5. Scary Spooky Skeleton
  6. The 223
  7. The Chucky Cheese
  8. Drop Dance
  9. A-Punk
  10. HBS Dance

TOP 10 CREATIVE EFFECTS

  1. Face Zoom
  2. Green Screen
  3. Disco
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Portrait
  6. Distorted
  7. Fire Breath
  8. Time Warp
  9. Infinity Clones
  10. Clown Makeup

TOP 10 PET VIDEOS

  1. @strykerthecat — A pro chicken hunter, who was saved from a cage, gets the best birthday gift (7.5M likes)
  2. @kodyantle — A wildlife conservationist gets chased by two tigers (6.3M)
  3. @marleymalin — What’s going on inside this cat’s head? (8.9M)
  4. @beingbirch — This puppy shares his life story (7.5M)
  5. @friendlyquest — A ferret shows off his dance moves (10.1M)
  6. @ame269 — When a hamster isn’t so cute and cuddly (4.4M)
  7. @hollyandhazelnut — The goodest dachshund puppies (5.3M)
  8. @mokshabybee — A baby jaguar goes swimming (4.7M)
  9. @huxleythepandapuppy — A chow chow puppy in a panda costume (4.8M)
  10. @divinefalcon0 — Not the pet we expected to be waiting at the door (3.5M)

TOP 10 BEAUTY & STYLE VIDEOS

  1. @youngnailsinc — Creating the perfect blue glitter acrylic (582.6K likes)
  2. @abbyrartistry — Checkered clown check (4.1M)
  3. @jamescharles — That contour and highlight, though! (3.5M)
  4. @glitterandlazers — Six different festival fashion trends (2.3M)
  5. @emilymunyak — Multicolor hair highlights (2.4M)
  6. @learnwithlati — Unicorn-colored braid! (2.3M)
  7. @jamescharles — Create an eyeshadow look by randomly picking three different colors! (2.2M)
  8. @victorialyn — The ultimate glitter mask (1.1M)
  9. @addyurdaddy — An 80’s inspired look (1.3M)
  10. @victorialyn — A purple-perfect Barbie inspired look (1.1M)

TOP 10 SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

  1. @brodiesmith — Donating your phone to frisbee parkour (3.2M likes)
  2. @overtime — Lots of effort, but still a basketball fail (2.3M)
  3. @alsjdbwbdhhscristian — Try not to flinch (885.2K)
  4. @tylerdownss — Talk about focus (392.9K)
  5. @mozzaronnie — No hands needed here (909.6K)
  6. @b1akemckay — When the beat distracts you from the game (1.7M)
  7. @bennythebull — When being fans of different teams gets in the way of love (1.2M)
  8. @_er1k — Hitting home runs everywhere (277.6K)
  9. @nygiants — NY Giants player bun tutorial! (18.6K)
  10. @ryanwachendorfer — Snowboarding halfpipe practice (209.9K)

Deezer has been added to Facebook Portal TV

Facebook’s new TV platform has added Deezer for unlimited music streaming from millions of tracks and thousands of podcasts.

Deezer is now available to stream on Facebook Portal TV and is coming to all other Portal devices in early 2020. The addition brings music streaming to the social media website’s smart speaker like platform with an added focus on social communication.

Deezer brings unlimited streaming from the entirety of Deezer’s music catalogue onto the platform. In addition, all of their podcasts and radio stations will be available to play as well.

When playing from Deezer the TV will show album artwork and lyrics alongside the playback. It works with Alexa voice command so you can control your playback using your voice with Facebook Portal.

Deezer’s Chief Product and Growth Officer, Stefan Tweraser said: “A smart device that is also part of the biggest social network in the world changes the game. You can enjoy music and shows with your family without having to be on your phone. Our library of 56 million tracks is there for you with just a few simple commands.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking, having a night in or getting ready for a party. Just enjoy your time and let us bring the entertainment.”

How to set up Deezer on your Facebook Portal Device
  1. Open “Portal apps” and find Deezer on your Portal device
  2. Tap on “Get it” to download the Deezer app
  3. Use the smart login, or enter your username and password to enjoy music on Deezer
  4. (You can’t create a new Deezer account from the Portal devices, you can only log into an existing account)
  5. Once you download the app and log in to your Deezer account, you can start using Deezer on Facebook Portal

Portal TV is available in the US, Canada, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.

Experience Star Wars with a new Augmented Reality experience on your phone

Step into a special, audio based experience on the free Star Wars app developed by Bose to celebrate the release of The Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars have enlisted Bose to create a next level augmented reality experience that uses sound to immerse you into the world and it’s iconic scenes. Their audio based experience uses spatialised audio and Bose AR-enabled headphones to make it sound like you’re right there in some of the most famous scenes from the iconic franchise.

The experience has been launched on the free Star Wars smartphone app to coincide with the release of the new film – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Bose are launching an exclusive pair of headphones to celebrate the final of film of the new trilogy.

Their QuietComfort35 wireless heapdphones have gotten a custom red skin for a limited launch of exclusive Bose headphones. They’ve channelled the Sith colours, black and red, with classic insignia and patterns. If Kylo Ren listens to music in his down-time, his headphones would no doubt look like this.

Star Wars Bose Headphones limited release

The QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Edition cost $399.95 and will no doubt sell out soon so nab your pair soon here.

How to make sad songs in a Major key (video)

Writing a sad song in a Major key can make for even more of an impact than you can create when working in Minor.

The Major key is associated with a light, bouncy sound. It’s the “happy” progression. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for the opposite effect, and it packs even more of a punch than you might be able to create working in the classic “sad” key of Minor.