• Katy Perry Pharrell Williams Nielsen Mid Year Report

    Katy Perry Tops List of 2014's Most-Streamed Songs

    Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems has revealed the mid-year standings for 2014's most-streamed tracks in the U.S., and Katy Perry has come out on top. According to a Billboard.biz report, the "Dark Horse" track and its controversial video have racked up more than 188 million plays across streaming platforms like YouTube and Spotify since January, which is 44 million more than its closest competitor, John Legend's "All Of Me."The top 10 tracks received 1.24 billion plays altogether, which is seven percent less than last year's 10 most-streamed songs — although, as Billboard points out, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" alone received 438 million plays in the States thanks to the viral craze it inspired. Other high-ranking tunes include Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" and Lil Jon's raucous collaboration with DJ Snake, "Turn Down For What." Although Pharrell's "Happy" clocked in at No.

  • Iggy Azalea Charli XCX Chromeo Samsung Milk Music

    Watch Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Chromeo, and More Perform in Milk Music Ad

    Samsung has christened its contribution to the competitive streaming service market, Milk Music, with a star-studded commercial. In the clip, Milk users summon Little Dragon, Childish Gambino, and Chromeo by playing their songs on the app, which contains about 13 million tracks and 200 radio stations. The ad breaks down how its platform works — Galaxy owners peruse personalized radio stations and filter the content based on parameters like release date and popularity — but the screen time is mostly devoted to performances by current chart-toppers. John Legend delivers a few lines of "You & I (Nobody in the World)," and Iggy Azalea teams up with Charli XCX on their No. 1 single, "Fancy."

  • Britney Spears Work Bitch Gal Volinez Video

    Man Replaces Britney Spears With Himself in Remake of 'Work Bitch' Video

    The most painstakingly detailed and hilarious fan-made music video remake since Ton Do-Nguyen recreated Beyoncé's "Countdown" has arrived. "Hi Brit" is a revamped version of Britney Spears' "Work Bitch" clip that stars Volinez Spears, also known as Gal Volinez, and it definitely tops Azaelia Banks' remix of the tune from last year. Volinez's rework only varies from the original video in one key detail: he learned all the choreography and then inserted himself into each frame. The Israeli artist, who has a collection of seriously weird videos on his website, has racked up over 1 million views on this masterpiece in the week since he posted it, and he's changed his Facebook profile picture to a screenshot of his belly to celebrate his success. Perhaps this one isn't too scandalous for French television?

  • Robin Thicke Paula Album Artwork Tracklist

    Robin Thicke Reveals Predictably Mushy Details of 'Paula' LP

    Soul man Robin Thicke has revealed the artwork and track list for his next album which, yes, will be called Paula. The LP is his latest ploy to win back his estranged wife Paula Patton, and, if you ask us, a potential publicity stunt engineered to sell loads of records. The cover features a melancholy Thicke with his eyes cast down, and the song names don't pull any punches — "Get Her Back," the number he performed at the Billboard Music Awards last week, is joined by titles like "Love Can Grow Back," "Forever Love," and "Too Little Too Late."After about 20 years together, the couple parted ways in February once photos surfaced that showed Thicke groping another woman at a nightclub, and the singer has been pining for her since.

  • Alt J Hunger of the Pine Stream

    Alt-J Return, Sample Miley Cyrus on 'Hunger of the Pine'

    English indie sweethearts Alt-J have unveiled their first effort since bassist Gwil Sainsbury left the group at the beginning of the year. "Hunger of the Pine," a murky slow-burner with a sample lifted from Miley Cyrus's "4x4," debuted on NPR and is the first taste from the trio's forthcoming sophomore LP, This Is All Yours, which they announced last week. The Cyrus cameo isn't as surprising as it might seem, as Alt-J drummer Thom Green recently sounded off to GQ about how he'd like to collaborate with the pop star, who used one of the band's tracks during a video interlude on her Bangerz tour.

  • Jack White Lazaretto Vinyl Sales Record

    Jack White Smashes 20-Year-Old Vinyl Sales Record

    Jack White just smashed a 20-year-old record. The Nashville rock god sold 40,000 vinyl copies of his new LP, Lazaretto, in the first sales week since the album's June 10 debut. That handily breaks the 34K-record for one-week vinyl sales Pearl Jam set in 1994 with their album Vitalogy.Lazaretto also landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 138,000 units sold total, according to Nielsen SoundScan. James Donio, the President of the Music Business Association, cited the rabid response to the latest release on White's Third Man Records label as evidence of the ongoing vinyl revival. The album's success "proves there is an appetite for physical formats, especially for artists who go the extra mile to offer something truly unique," Donio said.

  • Mary J Blige Sam Smith Duet

    Watch Mary J. Blige Duet With Sam Smith for 'Stay With Me'

    U.K. crooner Sam Smith has outdone his performance on Saturday Night Live. Back in March, the 22-year-old Essex native belted out "Stay With Me" alongside a gospel choir, and last night he one-upped himself at the Apollo Theater in New York City by bringing out R&B icon Mary J. Blige. The stalwart soul singer quietly made her way onstage toward the end of Smith's set, which occurred on the same day as the U.S. release of his debut LP, In the Lonely Hour. All we've got is some shaky fan-shot footage of the duet, but it's still clear that Smith's a bit in awe of Blige — and who could blame him?

  • Boys Noize

    Boys Noize on Berlin and Chicago House Institution Dance Mania

    Boys Noize is a famous DJ, but he's not that famous. He regularly plays prime-time sets at massive EDM festivals, but his performances are often tucked away from the main stage and relegated to a smaller tent or arena. When he plays nightclubs, he tends to appear at more conspicuous venues rather than local DIY dives. Yes, breaking into the mainstream has been a long, steady process for the DJ, producer, and label owner born Alex Ridha, from his start in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany in the 1990s to his current perch atop the Berlin scene. And though he's not as well known as festival headliners such as Skrillex (who recently collaborated with Ridha on a project called Dog Blood), he has a considerably larger fan base than the stars of the staunchly alternative house and techno scene.

  • NHK'Koyxen, Kouhei Matsunaga, dance classics

    Stream NHK'Koyxen's Hypnotic '762'

    On December 15, Bill Kouligas will conclude an impressive year for his experimental label, PAN, by unleashing two LPs: one from Athens producer Jar Moff, and one from Japanese beatmaker NHK'Koyxen (a.k.a. Kouhei Matsunaga). The third installment of Matsunaga's Dance Classics series features six tracks that range from gloppy, drum-free mechanics to off-kilter yet sparkling hip-hop rhythms and gummy techno tools. "762" definitely belongs to the latter category, with frigid synth shards sputtering over a thundering, blunted kick on this simple, hypnotic, and wonderfully visceral dance-floor workout.

  • Shifted

    Hear Shifted's Snarling 'Wash Over Me'

    Although the seminal UK techno label Sandwell District closed up shop a few years ago, the brand of sabre-toothed warehouse beats it inspired has stayed alive and kicking in 2013. In addition to the release of Sandwell District's Fabric mix earlier this year, British producer Shifted crafted a sophomore LP titled Under a Single Banner. Noise heavyweight Dominick Fernow, better known under the monikers Vatican Shadow and Prurient, will release the album this week via his Bed of Nails imprint. Fernow's experimental label proves to be a good fit for Shifted's emotionally desolate and grim soundscapes, like album closer "Wash Over Me." The gritty, rumbling beat roars along with the determined momentum of a monster truck eating up miles of highway, although the slightly off-time second and fourth kick drum beats imbue the teeth-gnashing rhythm with a slight limp.

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