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.
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.
The end of the year is fast approaching and that means it’s time to take a look back at 2019 and what your music has been doing.
Spotify for Artists have launched their 2019 Wrapped for Artists. Take a look back at the year and how your music performed, who was listening, where they come from and more.
It’s a time to rejoice as festivities begin and we look forward to a new year. It’s also a time to reflect and remember all the things we appreciate from the year just passed. Artists can take a look at their Artist Wrapped fir a tailor-made celebration of their music on Spotify in 2019.
They’ve focused on growth this year, looking at how your music has done this year compared to the year before. They’ll present you with all the new listeners you’ve gained, how many more minutes they’ve listened to, and how you’ve performed overall.
Share a snapshot of your 2019 as an artist on Spotify on social media easily. Show all your fans what a year it’s been and thank them for their part in making 2019 a great year for music!
It’s as simple as logging in to your Spotify for Artists account to find your Artist Wrapped experience. As long as you have more than 3 listens then you’ll be able to get your 2019 Wrapped music summary. If you haven’t already, you can claim your artist profile here.
Billboard have looked at the way they count album sales and changed the rules for how a sale is counted for merchandise bundles.
Merchandise bundles have been causing a bit of a fuss in recent years. People have argued that album sales have been manipulated using merchandise to place artists higher in the charts than they should have been based on people actually buying the album.
As the current system stands, it’s possible to throw in an album on the side of a bundle and that will count as a sale. This has meant in some cases albums have been added to pieces of merch for the sake of it, so that when someone buys a t-shirt or a poster (looking at you Nicki Minaj) they get the album regardless and boom there’s another sale.
Billboard have recognised the potential for manipulation and announced new rules for how bundles will count. They’ve stated: “Many [argue] these bundled album sales do not reflect customers’ true interest in purchasing the album, but, rather, the merchandise it’s packaged with. The new rules look to address that concern, by offering customers the option to purchase the merchandise with or without the album.”
The new rules will take effect on January 3rd, 2020 and will require features of the bundle to be sold on their own as well as in the bundle. The merch/content must also be at least $3.49 more when it comes with an album than it costs on its own.
Billboard have stated that from the 3rd of January all album releases will need to adhere to these rules to be counted. That includes bundles that were on sale before the change. Billboard have clarified that their new policy won’t affect albums included in concert ticket offer bundles.
Billboard said: “The sales strategy of album bundles is decades-old, but in recent years the practice has become increasingly popular as the industry tries to find new ways to sell album – as customers are buying fewer albums in favour of streaming their favourite new releases.”
Eden is an artist from Ireland who has been going from strenght to strength over the past few years. Eden is signed and managed by Scooter Braun and has been getting noticed by more and more people and now doing a global tour. Here is Eden’s best tracks all together in one chillout mix. Enjoy!
Pollution becomes a bigger issue every single day and with that comes more solutions, like the very first vinyl record made from plastic in the ocean.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. That’s the holy trinity for dealing with waste, in order of preference too. But how do we reuse waste that’s already been thrown into a hedge or washed out to sea and back in on the tide?
A brewery located not too far from us in Cornwall, Sharps, has teamed up with marine contractors Keynvor and vinyl manufacturer Tangible Formats. Together they’ve produced a 10-inch record from plastic found along the coast in Cornwall.
They’ve released a limited pressing from Portico Quartet founding member and Mercury Music Prize nominated artist Nick Mulvey. Proceeds from the physical record sales will go towards Surfers Against Sewage, an organisation dedicated to helping clean up seas and beaches in the UK whilst raising awareness to the impact of pollution.
Sharps Brewery’s James Nicholls says: “Cornish culture is built around the ocean – whether that’s seafood, surfing or even our own Atlantic Ale. Last year, we helped the ocean enter the charts, under Keynvor – which means ‘Ocean’ in the Cornish language.
“I’m excited to say that today we’re really turning the tables on the music industry by releasing ‘In the Anthropocene’, with Nick Mulvey – by up-cycling single-use plastic found on our beaches and turning it into playable ‘ocean vinyl’.”
There are many ways we can reuse and recycle plastic and the more the merrier. In the vinyl it has a triple effect of, of course being ecologically kind, also looking cool with the colourful bits of plastic strewn inside it, but also it serves as a very prominent, visual representation of waste that is far too common in all of our natural habitats.
Nick Mulvey adds: “I’ve always loved the wildness of the Cornish coast and it feeds something deep in me every time I’m there. My music is about knowing who – or what – we are, right at the core. Aliveness itself, consciousness. These times of urgent global crisis are demanding we re-examine ourselves and the world and raise ourselves to match the Earth, this wonder-organism from which we are not, and never have been, separate.”
Unfortunately the limited release vinyl has sold out but we hope to see more of these!
This Christmas, get your family’s favourite lyrics printed out on to a T-shirt or mug to show you truly care about them and their tacky aesthetic.
LyricFind aren’t just in the business of licensing lyrics from some of the biggest labels in the world, they also like people to wear those lyrics. Since November 2017 LyricFind has been placing lyrics on merchandise after launching LyricMerch.
LyricMerch allows people to print their favourite lyrics on shirts, phone cases, hoodies, mugs and more. The beauty of it is that, as the lyrics are all officially licensed, the artist and rights-holders get a cut every time their lyrics are used.
LyricFind CEO Darryl Ballantyne says: “Licensing a lyric means more than just using it with permission. It means royalties go to the people who make music happen – the songwriters and rightsholders. When you purchase a LyricMerch t-shirt or mug, your purchase earns money for the writers and teams behind the lyrics.”
LyricFind announced a partnership with eBay last week that will see their lyric emblazoned merchandise available on one of the world’s biggest marketplaces. With “targeted merchandise campaigns” browsers can search and buy a wide range of merch as well as being presented with offerings just for them.
Ballantyne spoke on the partnership, saying: “Having our products available on eBay for its global shoppers allows us to lean into a marketplace that already caters to our target audiences, making this a natural partnership.”
eBay’s Senior Category Manager, Chelsea Walsh added: “LyricMerch and its range of curated offerings will be perfectly at home on our marketplace, and shoppers will be thrilled to find that perfect piece of apparel or merchandise that represents their favourite artists.”
Just in time for Christmas, the partnership has launched with a Christmas gift guide. Featuring all of your favourite Lil Kim lyrics like “Boston put ya lighters up” on a blanket for only $69.99! What a steal…