Writing songs in lockdown: ‘It was an escape’ (BBC)

BBC: Writing songs in lockdown: ‘It was an escape’. “Now That’s What I Call Lockdown is a collection of songs and music written by BBC Radio 5 Live listeners. The aim was ‘to build the ultimate lockdown playlist, a chance for listeners of all standards, amateur and professional, to hear their music played out on the radio,’ said presenter Chris Warburton. The songs cover themes that resonate with the times – loneliness and loss, but also hope for the future, reunions and love.”

Lifehacker: How to Filter Spotify Playlists by Genre or Mood

Lifehacker: How to Filter Spotify Playlists by Genre or Mood. “Odds are good that your ‘Liked Songs’ playlist on Spotify is a mishmash of genres and artists that don’t exactly flow together…. Thankfully, Spotify is adding a new way to filter your Liked Songs playlist via genre and mood tags, meaning you can temporarily pare down your collection to only the songs that fit the vibe you’re after.”

Vulture: Nothing Is Flattening Music Like TikTok

Vulture: Nothing Is Flattening Music Like TikTok. “Choreography challenges reward breezy dance-pop or brash hip-hop tracks. A single bracing lyric can put a comedy video over the top. The absolute drama of a slow, sad song is a veritable buffet for prospective actors. As TikTok solidifies itself as a kingmaking promotional tool and a rung on the ladder to music superstardom, the songs that best lend themselves to memeing are becoming the songs that rise the highest on the charts.”

Vice: New Video Shows Beverly Hills Cops Playing Beatles to Trigger Instagram Copyright Filter

Vice: New Video Shows Beverly Hills Cops Playing Beatles to Trigger Instagram Copyright Filter. “As VICE News reported Tuesday, police in Beverly Hills have repeatedly played copyrighted music while being filmed, seemingly in an attempt to trigger Instagram’s algorithmic copyright filters, which could result in videos of police interactions with the public being taken down. Repeated infractions can result in the suspension of live streamers’ accounts.”

A New Database of Sea Shanties and Traditional Nautical Songs

Spotted via Reddit: Mainsail Café, a database of sea shanties and traditional nautical songs. The site contains information on almost 400 songs and over 120 albums. There’s also a collection of 47 printed items here. I get the impression this site is still filling out, but there’s already a lot to explore here, and there’s a great feature to pull random entries from the categories you’re exploring. One thing I noticed: no ads at all. Not even affiliate links in the album/book lists. Recommended.

Boing Boing: The bizarre internet mystery of an Avril Lavigne song that doesn’t exist

Boing Boing: The bizarre internet mystery of an Avril Lavigne song that doesn’t exist. “For the last 20 years or so, I have had a healthy ambivalence towards Avril Lavigne. I don’t get worked up over manufactured pop stars and pop songs; sometimes they’re fine, they have a purpose, whatever. If I happen to be exposed to the music, maybe it’ll be tolerable, who knows. But I recently learned about the Avril Lavigne song ‘Dolphins’ and I’m utterly, utterly captivated.”

ASCAP: ASCAP and BMI Launch SONGVIEW, a Comprehensive Data Resource for Music Users

ASCAP: ASCAP and BMI Launch SONGVIEW, a Comprehensive Data Resource for Music Users. “ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, today announced the launch of SONGVIEW, a comprehensive data platform that provides music users with an authoritative view of copyright ownership and administration shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. SONGVIEW technology allows ASCAP and BMI to seamlessly display an agreed-upon view of detailed, aggregated and reconciled ownership data for performing rights for more than 20 million musical works in their combined repertoires, including a breakdown of shares by ASCAP and BMI. The information is accessible, free to the public, on both ASCAP’s and BMI’s websites.”

Tantsuj tantsuj vikruːtsaj. Online library will teach you how to sing Slovak songs (Slovak Spectator)

Slovak Spectator: Tantsuj tantsuj vikruːtsaj. Online library will teach you how to sing Slovak songs . “Feedback from new singers was very positive. The fund for art support announced a grant call focused on projects that will help art to live during the pandemic and the creation of an online education library was one of many supported activities. Today, eight Slovak songs are accessible. The singers also created a new version of a Slovak folk song where they wish the coronavirus to be taken to hell. It came into being in the homes of various singers.” Sounds good to me.

American Songwriter: Spotify’s Songwriters Hub Launches as a New Tool for the Music Industry

American Songwriter: Spotify’s Songwriters Hub Launches as a New Tool for the Music Industry. “Today, Spotify is officially launching the entirety of their Songwriters Hub, and Jules Parker explained it all in an exclusive interview with American Songwriter…. The features of the Hub include Written By playlists (collections of a songwriter’s songs) and podcasts about songwriting (to understand the nuts and bolts of the process).”

BBC: Spotify reveals 2020’s most-streamed songs

BBC: Spotify reveals 2020’s most-streamed songs. “Drake, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd are among the most-streamed artists of 2020, according to figures from Spotify. Drake was the most popular artist in the UK, reclaiming the number one position from Ed Sheeran. The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights was the most-played song in the UK, while Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was the top album.”

The Star (Malaysia): Alena Murang launches virtual platform Project Ranih to archive Kelabit folk songs

The Star (Malaysia): Alena Murang launches virtual platform Project Ranih to archive Kelabit folk songs . “Have you heard the Leleun Kuh Ba’o Buda, a beautiful lullaby from a mother monkey to her baby? What about Piu’ Piu’ Alung Alung, a chant-song about a child who is good at fishing? Kuching-born KL-based musician/artist Alena Murang, 31, and her cousin Joshua Maran grew up listening to these Kelabit children’s folk songs. Now, the cousin-duo want to share it with the world via their newly launched Project Ranih, an online archive of Kelabit children’s songs and rhymes (complete with lyrics in Kelabit and English).” New, still in progress.

BBC: Shazam reveals most searched-for songs of all time

BBC: Shazam reveals most searched-for songs of all time. “Australian pop star Tones And I has the most-Shazamed song of all time, with her 2019 breakout hit Dance Monkey. More than 200 million people a month use the Shazam app to identify songs they have heard but don’t know the names of. Dance Monkey, which was written about the singer’s experiences of busking in Byron Bay, has been Shazamed 36.6 million times, the company said.”

Los Angeles Times: ‘Baby Shark’ takes a bite of ‘Despacito’s’ record as most-viewed YouTube video

Los Angeles Times: ‘Baby Shark’ takes a bite of ‘Despacito’s’ record as most-viewed YouTube video . “‘Baby Shark’ just swam away with a tasty YouTube record, making chum of Luis Fonsi’s 2017 hit ‘Despacito’ as the platform’s most-viewed video of all time. No doubt thanks to little sharks who repeatedly demand viewing of the colorful, choreographed hit.”