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Despacito is most-streamed song ever… thanks to YouTube

Universal Music Group is understandably trumpeting a new milestone for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’. Aided by a Justin Bieber-starring remix, the song has now been streamed more than 4.6bn times across...
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Sandbox 173: The GIF that keeps on giving

Lead: GIFs might seem like a way of flooding the web with the most trivial of content, but they are a hugely important part of building fan communities around artists. While pop acts like Drake, Beyoncé, Little Mix and...
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Could Instagram’s new safety tools win Bieber back

The prospects for Justin Bieber returning to Instagram seem remote, given his recent comments at a gig that “Instagram is for the devil. I think hell is Instagram, I’m 90% sure”. However, if Bieber found interacting...
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Spotify and Pandora reveal their top music of 2016

This isn’t just the season for digital music services to predict the hit artists of 2017: it’s also a time to look back at the top music of 2016 on their platforms. Spotify and Pandora have published their big 2016 lists...
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Johnny Orlando could be next breakout social music star

Justin Bieber first came to prominence on YouTube. Shawn Mendes first broke through on Vine. Now a 13 year-old Canadian called Johnny Orlando could be following in their footsteps by building a music career from early fame...
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Justin Bieber-backed Shots is now a creative studio

Back in November 2013, a selfie-sharing app called Shots of Me launched touting financial backing from Justin Bieber. After an initial burst of publicity, it quietly built an audience of teenagers under the radar: not a failure...
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Justin Bieber-backed Shots is now a creative studio

Back in November 2013, a selfie-sharing app called Shots of Me launched touting financial backing from Justin Bieber. After an initial burst of publicity, it quietly built an audience of teenagers under the radar: not a failure...
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Unofficial Justin Bieber chatbot reaches 3m messages in a week

Sequel is one of the startups hoping to turn messaging chatbots into a business: it describes itself as a “conversational media specialist”. Its latest conversations are taking place on an unofficial ‘JustinBieberBot’,...
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Justin Bieber is still not returning to Instagram

Justin Bieber may have been one of the biggest stars on Instagram, but earlier this month he quit the app in high dudgeon after criticising his own fans then arguing with former partner Selena Gomez. Despite overtures...
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Six of the top 20 UK entertainment products are albums

The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has published its chart of the top entertainment products in the UK in the first half of 2016 – a chart that includes albums, TV/films and games.
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Katy Perry now has 90m followers on Twitter

Remember the days – 2009, specifically – when Ashton Kutcher, CNN and Britney Spears were racing to become the first Twitter account to reach 1m followers? Seven years on, and the milestones have increased considerably. Late...
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Indian and Turkish music channels ride high on YouTube chart

The second and fourth most popular YouTube channels in the world last month were music-focused, but not from major artists. Indian channel T-Series, which gathers Bollywood music videos and film trailers, was the second...