Lil Nas X meets Area 51 as ‘Old Town Road’ cements its meme status
On one level, news that Lil Nas X has released a new music video for ‘Old Town Road’ featuring an animated raid on the Area 51 base – complete with a Naruto-Running Keanu Reeves may simply raise an eyebrow or two....
July 19, 2019
Badshah’s ‘record-breaking’ track missing from YouTube chart
We reported last week on Sony Music India’s claim that artist Badshah had broken YouTube’s 24-hour-views record, with 75m views of his ‘Paagal’ music video in its first 24 hours. Music Ally contacted YouTube at the...
July 18, 2019
TikTok videos turned Absofacto’s ‘Dissolve’ into a chart hit
We’re all familiar with the tale of how TikTok helped ‘Old Town Road’ become a big hit in its initial version. Now there’s a new case study from the buzzy social app. Billboard has the story of how a 2015 track called...
July 12, 2019
‘Old Town Road’ and ‘Bad Guy’ get new remix versions
Once upon a time, remixes were usually an easy way to provide B-sides for singles and/or cuts more suited for club DJs. In the post-Despacito era, they’re becoming a strong tactic to give already-big tracks a new lease...
July 12, 2019
New YouTube milestones for Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes
Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes are no stranger to big digital numbers. Their latest achievements come from YouTube. Sheeran’s official artist channel has just reached 40 million subscribers, which YouTube says makes him only...
July 3, 2019
After a delay, Rolling Stone launches its new music charts
Rolling Stone has launched its new set of US music charts, after a delay from the planned launch in mid-May. Back then, it said the launch was being put off “for just a while longer to optimise with our industry partners...
July 3, 2019
Taylor Swift joins list of artists failing to beat ‘Old Town Road’
There’s a slightly woe-is-me feel to Vanity Fair’s ‘If Taylor Swift Can’t Have a No. 1 Pop Hit in 2019, Can Anyone?’ headline. The correct answer being ‘Yes, Lil Nas X has been having a giant No. 1 pop hit in...
June 25, 2019
DJ Khaled tipped for Billboard lawsuit over US charts row
DJ Khaled recently lost out to Tyler, the Creator in a battle for top spot on Billboard’s US albums chart – but that battle could now spawn a lawsuit against Billboard by Khaled. That’s according to Page Six, which...
June 11, 2019
T-Series hits 100m subscribers on YouTube
We have been writing about T-Series, the Indian label and film production company that specialises in Bollywood soundtracks, for several years but have been most intrigued by its move onto YouTube, especially as it began...
May 31, 2019
Old Town Road takes top spot in YouTube’s global songs chart
Remember when Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ was very much a US thing, with the controversy over whether it qualified for the country-music charts? Now it’s absolutely a global thing: last week, it dislodged K-Pop stars...
May 22, 2019
Rolling Stone delays public-beta launch of its daily charts
Earlier this month, Rolling Stone announced plans to launch its own US charts, tracking the top 100 tracks and top 200 albums on a daily basis – rather than the weekly update of the established Billboard rankings. Its...
May 13, 2019