Support SoundCloud artists with the click of this new button

SoundCloud have added a new feature to help artists raise money either for themselves in these difficult times or for others like charity.

Many artists have been forced into a tight spot by the Coronavirus which is leaving them without live performances and by extension a huge source of income. SoundCloud have come out with a list of initiatives they’re providing for artists to help them out.

The latest feature to launch is the ability to add a simple button to your SoundCloud profile. This button allows listeners to click on it and they’ll be sent to a place where they can donate or fundraise for the artist or other good causes.

It’s as simple as this:

  • Click the “Edit” button on the top right side of your profile page on web
  • In the “Edit your Profile” pop-up, click “Add support link” to add a link to financial exchanges or online stores like Kickstarter, Bandcamp, Patreon, Paypal and more (full list of supported platforms can be accessed here – SoundCloud never takes a cut)
  • Hit “Save changes” to generate a Support button on your profile that’s visible above your stats and on your track pages
  • Use your bio to let fans know what they’re supporting – whether it’s your rent for the month or the album you dropped this week
  • Promote on socials so your day-ones know there’s a way to help you beyond playing your tracks on repeat 

SoundCloud say: “We’ve built this feature to help creators impacted by the COVID-19 virus and will keep it active as long as we’re all in this so you can fund your projects, offset bills, or get whatever you need to stay on your feet.”

YouTube said to be working on TikTok competitor with ‘Shorts’

Kings of video sharing YouTube want a piece of TikTok’s massive market.

TikTok are the biggest social media app in the world after launching a little over two years ago. It’s no surprise there’s reports of YouTube wanting in on the shareable lip-syncing and dancing clips, with a new feature they’ve been developing called ‘Shorts’.

Shorts will allow users to upload brief videos to the mobile app, accompanied by YouTube Music’s massive catalogue of licensed music. There’s no official word on this from YouTube yet, so a release date is still unknown.

Pioneers of copying popular apps – Facebook have begun testing their own ‘short-form videos with music’ feature on Instagram with ‘Reels’. The feature is currently only available in Brazil, but expected to come to the rest of the world should it prove successful.

To get your music on YouTube Music (& YouTube Shorts), YouTube Content ID, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and just about any other platform for free, head to RouteNote and start distributing today.

Marshmello, A$AP Ferg and others curate brand new artist playlists on Pandora

Pandora have launched a new series of playlists with some major artists sharing the music they love right now.

Listen In… Pandora have recruited some beloved artists to come on to their streaming service and share the music they love. Each playlist is entirely curated by a different artist and resembles the music of the moment for them. They’re sharing it with Pandora so that their users can Listen In.

They’re planning to get even more artists to come and share the tunes they want you to Listen In to. Future artists creating personal playlists include All Time Low, Broken Social Scene, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jeezy, Jim James, Prince Royce, amongst many others.

Here are all the artists you can Listen In With right now:

A$AP Ferg: Rapper and songwriter A$AP Ferg put together a playlist packed with bangers to have you jamming from sun up to sun down (and beyond). “I’ve got a lot of music I’m listening to, artists I’m loving, artists I’m discovering,” the musician explained to Pandora, promising that his picks get a little “crazy.” From Bad Bunny to Kendrick Lamar, crank the volume on Ferg’s choices, ahead.

DaniLeigh: Singer, dancer and rapper DaniLeigh is making sure you get through this strange situation with a jam-filled soundtrack to keep you going. Her picks include her own collab with DaBaby, “Levi High,” as well new bops from Lil Uzi Vert and Megan Thee Stallion. “I hope everyone is safe and spending time reflecting on life right now,” she told Pandora. “Wash your hands, stay inside and enjoy your downtime!”

Godsmack: Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola want to make sure we all jam out together, even if we’re doing it from afar. “We picked a bunch of songs that pretty much represent our musical styles,” the hard rock musicians said of their playlist, which is packed with plenty of guitar solos and killer riffs from bands like Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and AC/DC. Hear a message from Rombola and Larkin ahead, as well as their musical choices.

H.E.R.:Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R. put together “a mid-day, mid-tempo playlist for days in quarantine,” featuring Snoh Aalegra, Rihanna and Frank Ocean. As H.E.R. says, she hopes to “keep the mood light” with “easy vibes.”

Kiana Lede: Singer, songwriter, actress and pianist Kiana Ledé is making sure you get through this unusual situation with a jam-filled playlist featuring R&B picks by Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Baby Rose, Daniel Caesar and more.

LeAnn Rimes: Singer, songwriter, actress and author Leann Rimes pulled together a playlist full of songs that she promises will “uplift the spirit and remind us of the beautiful days we have ahead.” Her selections span multiple genres and include tracks by an eclectic group of musicians like U2, Andra Day, Bon Iver and more. Rimes added that “music can speak for us in moments when we can’t find the words, and remind us of lighter days in dark times,” so take a deep breath and press play, ahead.

Marshmello: Electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello curated a pulse-pounding list of 20 of his current favorite tracks to keep your energy up while you’re staying in. From Galantis to Slushii to his own collaborations with Kane Brown and A Day to Remember, find out what Marshmello has been listening to lately ahead.

Meghan Trainor: Fresh off of the release of her third album, ‘Treat Myself,’ singer Meghan Trainor created an exclusive playlist for Pandora packed with pop hits from Lennon Stella and Harry Styles, as well as high-energy tracks by Summer Walker, SZA and more. “I chose these songs because these are the jams my husband and I bond over,” Trainor explained. “They get me happy and excited, and remind me why I love music.” Hear her picks ahead!

Rod Wave: Singer, rapper and songwriter Rod Wave put together a playlist packed with both rap classics and contemporary bangers. From 2Pac’s “Staring Through My Rear View” to Drake’s “Weston Road Flows,” crank the volume on Wave’s picks, ahead.

Tate McRae: Singer-songwriter Tate McRae, who you might know from her viral pop performances on YouTube, put together a list of the top 10 songs she’s listening to right now, including two tracks from Summer Walker and a single off of The Weeknd’s new album. “There are so many different genres in these 10 songs,” she explained, noting that her playlist are always “all over the place.” Listen to McRae’s picks, ahead.

The Chainsmokers: The Chainsmokers — aka DJ duo Alex Pall and Drew Taggart — have joined the cause, sharing an exclusive Pandora playlist full of uplifting, energetic bops that they hope will “transport” fans from their living rooms to somewhere a little more exciting. Ahead, hear songs by Christian French, The Weeknd and more.

Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves: Hard rock singer and songwriter Tommy Vext, who fronts the band Bad Wolves, is making sure we rock out together. “It’s a good time for us as a community to share music with each other,” he says of his exclusive playlist, which he describes as “all across the board” thanks to mellow tracks from Lana del Rey, as well as pulse-pounding songs by Suicide Silence, Korn and Ozzy Osbourne.

SiriusXM Premier Streaming Service is now free until May 15th

In a move to help curb coronavirus and get people to stay-at-home, SiriusXM are following other digital platforms in offering free content.

SiriusXM Premier gives you full access to all of SiriusXM’s premium channels. This includes Howard Stern’s show, channels dedicated to Dave Matthews Band and Billy Joel, feel-good tunes with #StayHome and hundreds of other talk and music channels.

All of this is available for free for the next six weeks. Usually SiriusXM Premier costs $13/month.

Get SiriusXM on the App Store, Google Play store or web player.

Russia’s Yandex Music seeing huge growth with over 3.3 million subscribers

The Russian streaming service has been building a steady user-base for years which is now growing rapidly.

The last time we looked in on up-and-coming Russian streaming service Yandex Music was in early 2017. They had just surpassed 250,000 paying subscribers to become the second biggest music streaming service in Russia behind only Apple Music.

They’ve grown massively in the past 3 years, boasting 3.3 million subscribers at the end of January. Considering it was only around halfway through 2019 that they were closing in on 2 million subscribers that is serious growth for the service – part of internet search giant Yandex.

In 2018 Yandex boosted the percentage that subscription services made up of total music sales in Russia from 36.8% to over half at 58.9%. Their considerable growth pushed the overall music market in Russia up by 25% that year.

Yandex are also developing some interesting tools to enhance their music streaming service. They are building a voice assistant called ‘Alice’ to aid users with their navigation through playlists, radio-style stations and more. More than just a device to select and play music, she has been built to entertain with comments on tracks, artists and cultures.

Spotify Kids comes to the US, Canada and France at the best possible time

Spotify have launched their standalone kids app in 3 new countries just when parents will need it most.

Last November Spotify launched their new music streaming app aimed just at children in Ireland. After a test period to see how it was received by parents and kiddies alike, it moved on to the UK and now it’s launched in 3 more regions.

Spotify Premium Family subscribers can now all download the Spotify Kids standalone app. It features a tailored experience that is safe from any controversial or adult content. They offer a ‘Younger Kids’ and an ‘Older Kids’ platform that offers different kinds of content depending on the age and level of their child.

Kids can tap into a world of fun music and listen to stories all chosen by hand by Spotify’s editorial team. The app has been specially designed for navigation entirely different to Spotify’s base app and the content available will have custom artwork to be more visually engaging for youngsters.

It comes at a fantastic time for parents in the 3 territories as so many are home from school and work due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Keeping children entertained and educated, or even just sometimes doing their own thing for a while, is a newly daily challenge now for many parents.

There’s a bunch of content in the Learning hub so that they’re not missing out on the essentials being away from school. Engaging songs for counting, ABCs, science and more teaches kids through fun. For when it’s time to wind down Spotify have added more lullabies seeing how parents were using it so often at bedtime.

Spotify Kids promises an experience that parents are assured is full of only appropriate content to keep children happy and engaged. It offers over 125 playlists full of family-friendly content. They’ve added 30% more songs now since launch for a total of over 8,000 available.

The Spotify Kids app is available exclusively for Spotify Premium Family subscribers at no additional charge and can be downloaded on iOS or Android devices. New Premium subscribers are also eligible for one month free of Premium Family—just visitspotify.com/family.

Resso, music streaming service from the creators of TikTok, is getting a major boost of new content

A new licensing deal with Shemaroo Entertainment builds upon Bytedance’s brand new music service Resso.

Bytedance are the company behind the massive social video app TikTok and it’s Chinese equivalent Douyin. This year they launched their brand new music streaming app Resso which they hope will share TikTok’s success in a new way.

The app is currently available in India and Indonesia offering a sizeable library of local music. A new deal with Indian music business Shemaroo Entertainment gives them access to a whole new selection of local music including the soundtracks and songs from successful Bollywood films.

Resso’s head of music, content and partnerships in India, Hari Nair said: “Resso’s aim is to bring music to the forefront by giving users an opportunity to connect, engage and interact with music and artists, alike. Shemaroo Entertainment is one of India’s leading content powerhouses and our association with Shemaroo’s music label, gives us access to their comprehensive library across genres and languages.”

Resso has set itself apart from the wealth of other music streaming services available by adding an interactive level. Using gifs, images, and videos users can share their feelings on music and start a conversation around the music. It’s half music streaming platform, half social media.

Shemaroo Entertainment CEO, Hiren Gada wrote: “We at Shemaroo have always stayed ahead of the curve and through this alliance with Resso, we reinforce our promise to bring the best of entertainment by partnering with the best of brands. This association is a natural progression to ensure we reach out to newer audiences, cross boundaries and partner with new age brands to engage and entertain customers across.”

Nair closed, saying: “We are excited to present their library to our users, which is in line with our commitment to provide the best in music.”

Apple Music’s app adds notifications for new music by your favourite artists

Apple Music listeners won’t need to worry about overlooking a new release from the artists they love anymore.

Apple Music have added notifications to their app so that users know whenever a new release comes out. ‘New Release Notifications’ will appear at the top of the Library tab in their mobile app and will show any new releases from artists that listeners already have saved in their library.

Apple have begun prompting users of Apple Music to turn the feature on. It can also be turned on any time from ‘Notifications’ within the settings and found by tapping your listener profile picture on the ‘For You’ screen.

Apple aren’t the first to introduce the feature and it seems that lots of services are trying to make their apps more interactive with ways to entice them in to listen more. Playlists have been a great way to introduce new music up until now, we’ll have to see if listeners take to notifications.

Apple Music collect all the good vibes in their ‘Come Together’ space

Apple haven’t shied away from trying to make the best of the current situation by making Apple Music a hub for positive vibes through tailored music.

Apple Music started their COVID-19 response with a brand new playlist full of “happy-making, smile-finding, sing-alonging music” that was collected personally for each listener. Since launching their new ‘Get Up! Mix’, Apple have been re-designing their home page to keep people positive whilst we self-isolate and face stresses relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

There is now an entirely new section titled ‘Come Together’ which highlights a bunch of playlists designed to uplift listeners. There are seven new playlists featured there covering different genres and feelings for every possible isolation mood.

Playlists include Isolation Icebreakers, Home-School-Strumentals, and Social Distancing Club. The genres span from lo-fi beats to chill people out during this potentially stressful period to R&B and pop to get people sliding and dancing around again.

Apple Music’s editors write: “To say that these are challenging times is an understatement. But wherever you are and whatever you’re experiencing during the pandemic, we’re all in this together. Whether you’re trying to find distraction while working, living, and playing at home or struggling to find a positive outlook under major life upheavals – music can be an escape and a salve for yourself and whoever you’re hunkered down with. Because social distancing doesn’t need to mean antisocial.”

Apple’s whole home page has been re-shaped to provide for people’s new daily lives and needs. A selection of Family and Kids playlists for all the kids now at home is at the forefront to help parents entertain the younglings and calming playlists have been prioritised on the front page.

Their flagship online radio station Beats 1 is also still running with the hosts recording and streaming it from home.

Apple Music’s new homepage has you set for quarantine

Apple Music want to lift the spirits of self-isolators as soon as they open the app with their quarantine content.

Many companies and services are doing their bit to keep people happy and entertained whilst we all deal with the Coronavirus. For many it means staying at home a lot, and thankfully the internet and it’s products are perfect for that.

Apple Music, the flagship streaming service from super-mega-tech-giant Apple, has rejigged its home page so that those stuck in self-isolation face some immediate gratification tuned to cheering them up.

For the parents, who are coming around to being full-time carers of their children for the meantime, Apple have a section dedicated to Kids and Family playlists. To keep everyone relaxed and calm there are sets of playlists under ‘Staying In, Switching Off’ and ‘Unwind’.

Beyond the home page, Apple have launched a new personalised playlist based on positive vibes. Their Get Up! Mix uses curators and algorithms to find music that is upbeat and happy as well as attuned to your tastes. It presents the playlist in their For You section and updates each week.

Beats 1 is still live and running even whilst people all over the world are encouraged to isolate themselves at home. The hosts will be recording the shows from their own homes so that they can do the right thing whilst still bringing their beloved shows to people around the world.