Tag: grime

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Brit Awards: Stormzy and Dua Lipa triumph as host shades Spotify

Apple Music and YouTube may have been the key digital and sponsorship partners for last night’s Brit Awards, but it was Spotify that got an (admittedly-unwanted) shout-out from the event’s host, comedian Jack Whitehall. Speaking...
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Spotify Who We Be playlist spawns live concert in November

Hot on the heels of launching a series of live gigs in the US based on its RapCaviar playlist brand, Spotify is now following suit in the UK. 30 November will see a high-profile concert at Alexandra Palace in London inspired...
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Grime music consumption up 93% in the UK says BPI

Awards, chart-topping albums and continued critical acclaim have made the last year a big one for UK grime. Now British industry body the BPI has put out some figures to quantify the genre’s rise, in partnership with Disrupt...
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Urban Development talks grime, education and industry diversity

The UK grime scene is far from an overnight success, having originally emerged early this century. It’s a similar story for Urban Development, the British company that’s nurturing some of its potential future stars. The...
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YouTube hails grime and UK rap’s 1.3bn views in 2016

One of the hot events at the UK’s Great Escape festival this past weekend was a YouTube-branded night of grime, headlined by Kano. Ahead of the gig, YouTube put out some stats on the growing popularity of grime (and...
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Stormzy gets his UK number one while breaking Spotify records

Friday was a good day for British grime star Stormzy – if not quite as good a day for the successful preservation of UK chart embargoes. After a week of intense fan interest in whether Stormzy’s album ‘Gang Signs...
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UK grime: how artists ripped up the music industry rulebook

Grime is the UK’s most exciting musical and cultural export in decades, but it’s also fascinating on a business level. Many grime stars have broken through entirely independently, going the DIY route rather than signing...
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Deezer launches grime channel and bursaries initiative

Deezer is launching a very interesting initiative to do more to promote and support the British grime scene, both at home and abroad. The streaming service is launching a dedicated grime channel that will be available...
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Sandbox issue forty: how Grime artists look beyond the label deal

- How Grime artists look beyond the label deal - Pixies official mobile app - Instagram for The Vaccines and Bieber - Onesheet to the wind - Charts