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Trivial Posts #22: Black Coffee, Bridge Of Spies, And 25

It’s been a busy November, bouncing around Europe, from the Web Summit in Dublin, to hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest’s international radio coverage (yes, once more I’m ‘A Eurovision Commentator’, never give up on your mad dreams, kids!). I’ve found some nice things online you might like to read about as well – which is what Trivial Posts thrives on! ‘Ted Drank His Coffee Black…’ Put aside your aeropresses, your hand-ground beans, your exotic steamers, what really drives the world is cheap, bad, coffee. Keith Pandolfi makes the convincing argument: The best cup of coffee I ever had was

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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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Adele’s ‘Let the Sky Leak’

So there’s a leak of just part of the new Bond theme, which hints at the ‘big ballad’ style and the use of John Barry’s motif. But it’s not quite long enough to fully get the track. It’s leaked at almost the same time as the time and date for the full reveal of the track is announced, and is being squelched on YouTube and SoundCloud for copyright reasons. But it’s really easy to find the ‘leak’ and hear the forbidden fruit… That’s rather handy, in a PR building up the media buzz sort of way.

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Spotify’s ‘business by obscurity’, as Adele tops their UK 2011 chart

Adele is the most played artist on Spotify in the UK, which is nice but what I really want to know is… 1: How many times was the track “Rolling in the Deep” played? 2: How much did that earn her label (XL, which isn’t one of the ‘majors’)? 3: How much of that slice of the subscriptions was passed on to Adele? Yes, I’m sure we’ll see these in the near future…

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Does it matter how accurate the “Musicians to Watch Out For” lists are?

The BBC have noted their hits and misses from previous “Sound of the year” lists, and found five  names they’ve predicted over the last nine years that are hits. Who much of the success is because they got a kick of momentum by appearing on the list (Plan B?), and how much is down to how well they were marketed (the failure of Little Boots) isn’t discussed. You know what else isn’t really discussed? That most of the bands and artists featured on these lists are likely still making music, are making a living from their work, have a couple

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