Category: Digital Music

Rolling Stones Top Fifty Albums… of the last ten months

With four weeks still to go, Rolling Stone shows its hand for the Top 50 Albums of the Year. The lower reaches are rather interesting, but there’s a discomforting amount of mainstream label-drive choices in the Top Ten. And no sign at all of Peroxide. You know what though? I hope all of these end of year lists (likely drafted in September and October) are all put out of joint when Adele rolls out ’25’ onto Soundcloud on Christmas Eve.

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Landing on an comet, what is it good for? Record sales!

Apparently landing on a comet boosting the popularity of  Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’. Via Spotify: Back on earth, it didn’t take long for the memes to set in, including widely-echoed references to Armageddon the movie… The effect was musically felt as well, as we discovered after Spotify staffer Dariusz Dzuik tipped us off to a tweetfrom @jlax, asking us to look into one particular song from the film’s soundtrack: Can someone @spotify please release the data for Aerosmith song plays today vs the historical average? …See that spike in plays for “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from the Armageddon soundtrack? It happened on November 13, the day after Philae touched down

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When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease

Seymour Quigley: We weren’t related, and we weren’t close friends; I can’t tell you what motivated him, what kind of a husband or father he was, or how many sugars he had in his tea. But the simple fact is that John Peel, who passed away ten years ago this month, saved my life. The internet may have allowed more music to be heard by more people, and reduced the barrier of entry, but we still need a curator.

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Eurovision songs reach the Top 40, Radio One holds its nose and has to play them. Win!

I’ve been quiet about my Eurovision activities on this blog over the last two or three weeks (on the assumption that you all know where to find me, or saw the Twitter action), but I want to highlight this little fact. Four Eurovision songs reached the Top 40 yesterday, and 12 tracks made the Top 100. The power of social media and the ability to instantly buy digital music online has once more been able to show that the music does have an impact. The old-school gatekeepers might not hand tracks like ‘Undo’ or ‘Calm After The Storm’ a physical

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Another Christmas album that should be on your radar

A quick shout out for Mitch Benn’s Christmas album, now available on Bandcamp: I’ve written many Christmas songs over the years, for the radio show to which I contribute or just because I felt like it. In 2009 I first put this collection together for download and I’ve revised it a couple of times since when I’ve written new ones. I liked the idea of releasing a Christmas album consisting entirely of original compositions; while I like Christmas songs and I get why artists release Christmas albums, they do tend to consist of covers of the same dozen or so

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