What We’re Watching: July 2019

With a seemingly endless bevy of choices for things to watch online, it can seem exhausting and anxiety-inducing to find the right thing. This is What We're…
SPIN Staff / July 3, 2019

YouTube and UMG Remaster Classic Videos from Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Janet Jackson, and More

YouTube Music and Universal Music Group partnered to remaster classic music videos from the likes of the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Janet Jackson, and Lady Gaga,…
Maggie Serota / June 19, 2019

These Frank Ocean Songs Are Fake But Not Bad

This month, several new songs credited to Frank Ocean appeared on YouTube. One of the videos, a 31-second clip titled "Frank Ocean - My Weekend (Teaser)," is clearly not…
Tosten Burks / March 22, 2019

YouTube Deletes Dozens More Drill Music Videos at Request of London Police

YouTube continues to delete music videos by drill artists in London at the request of a police unit that claims the videos incite violence, the Press Association…
Tosten Burks / February 13, 2019

Judge Dismisses Major Labels’ Lawsuit Against Stream-Ripping Website

A popular stream-ripping website will live on for now after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by 12 major labels against the website's Russian operator. Universal Music Group,…
Tosten Burks / January 23, 2019

Uneasy Listening: My Year of Surrendering to the Strange, Soothing Power of the YouTube Algorithm

One bleary late night this summer, a friend played me The Ghost Trade, the lone 1986 album by Camberwell Now, a short-lived band formed from…
Andy Cush / December 27, 2018

That Green Day Song Earns Several Additional Dollars in September

YouTube streaming of Green Day's 2004 song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" spiked around the beginning and end of September, Rolling Stone reports. The song's view counts…
Tosten Burks / October 8, 2018

Major Labels Team Up to Sue Two Prominent YouTube Video-Ripping Sites

The "Big Three" record labels—Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony—have filed a lawsuit against two music download sites based in Russia, and, as Billboard…
Rob Arcand / August 4, 2018

YouTube Pulls Death Grips’ “Shitshow” Video for “Sexually Provocative Content”

Death Grips is offline. Yesterday, the abrasive noise-rap group uploaded a video on YouTube for their song "Shitshow," off their upcoming Year of the Snitch, and that…
Joshua Copperman / June 21, 2018

YouTube Deletes Multiple “Violent” Drill Music Videos at the Request of UK Police

YouTube has deleted over 30 music videos that are claimed to incite violence after a request from a U.K. police commissioner, according to multiple reports.
Israel Daramola / May 29, 2018

YouTube Hackers Responsible for Vandalizing Vevo Videos Arrested

Last month, the BBC reported that two hackers had targeted Vevo-hosted YouTube accounts of artists like Drake, Taylor Swift, Shakira, Selena Gomez, Luis Fonsi, and…
Rob Arcand / May 26, 2018

YouTube Announces New Streaming Service Launching Next Tuesday

YouTube has officially announced their long-in-the-works YouTube Music service, after announcing expanded music credits yesterday. The service will feature a redesigned mobile app that is…
Joshua Copperman / May 17, 2018

YouTube Announces Expanded Music Credits on Videos

YouTube announced a new feature, rolling out today, that displays music credits in more detail than before. According to Pitchfork, the platform's "music in this video" feature…
Joshua Copperman / May 16, 2018

YouTube Hackers Briefly Took Down “Despacito” and Other Popular Music Videos

If you attempted to watch the "Despacito" video on YouTube this morning, there's a chance you briefly encountered the sinister image above. Hackers going by the…
Andy Cush / April 10, 2018

YouTube Plans to Annoy You Into Paying for Its Music Streaming Subscription

For the last few years, YouTube has been trying to convince people to pay for upgraded access to the historically free site, mostly without much…
Andy Cush / March 22, 2018
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