BTS beat YouTube’s 24-hour views record for 2018
Despa-WHO-to? K-Pop band BTS are the flavour of the month (again) on YouTube with their new single ‘Fake Love’. According to the video service, the official video did 35.9m views in its first 24 hours: the biggest...
May 22, 2018
Apple Music’s 50m milestone includes subscribers and trials
Just a month after Apple Music revealed it had 40 million paying subscribers, there’s a ’50 million’ milestone plastered over the tech-news sites. This isn’t the most startling growth the music-streaming world...
May 16, 2018
Cardi B album races to 100m first-week streams on Apple Music
It’s been at least a few days since the last Apple Music vs Spotify stream-count battle, so take a bow Cardi B, who’s the latest artist to be sending records tumbling in the streaming world. Her album ‘Invasion of Privacy’...
April 16, 2018
Apple Music’s latest milestone is 36m paying customers
Apple says its Apple Music service now has 36 million subscribers, up from “well over” 30 million in late September 2017. The milestone was shared with the Wall Street Journal as part of a wider piece on Apple Music’s...
February 5, 2018
iHeartRadio hits new milestone, but user signups have slowed
Personal radio service iHeartRadio has announced its latest milestone, although frustratingly as ever it focuses on registered users, rather than active listeners. More than 110 million people have now registered for iHeartRadio’s...
January 9, 2018
NetEase Cloud Music now has 400m users in China
Chinese music service NetEase Cloud Music says it now has 400 million users, having increased its monthly active users (MAUs) by 44% year-on-year. The company also says that its users are skewed towards the 15-35 year-old...
November 22, 2017
Despacito video nears 4bn views – or 5.6bn including UGC
Cast your minds back, way way back, to when Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ became the first video to reach 3bn views on YouTube. Oh wait, that was only a couple of months ago. Yet the video is now storming...
October 2, 2017
Apple Music now ‘well over’ 30m paying subscribers
Apple Music’s latest milestone should not be a surprise: the service’s growth rate has been such that it was on track to reach 30 million subscribers by the autumn. In fact, we were surprised the announcement wasn’t...
September 29, 2017
Posthumous popularity drives David Bowie to 1bn Spotify streams
David Bowie has reached a milestone of sorts on Spotify: more than 1bn streams on the platform. Billboard reported the milestone, noting that ‘Heroes’ is the late star’s most popular track on the streaming service....
August 30, 2017
Look what you made Taylor Swift do to Psy’s YouTube record
Another day, and another online record broken by Taylor Swift’s new single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. The venue for its latest milestone is YouTube again: the official video for Swift’s new track racked up 43.2m...
August 30, 2017
Taylor Swift criticised for Ticketmaster gamification program
The numbers are already looking good for the musical return of Taylor Swift. New track ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ broke Spotify’s first-day record with more than 8m streams; set a new YouTube mark with more than...
August 29, 2017
Latin artists are a third of YouTube most-viewed musicians in 2017
Congratulations to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, whose official music video for ‘Despacito’ has just overtaken Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ to become the most-viewed YouTube video of all-time. Not only that:...
August 7, 2017