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Lil Nas X was the top artist on TikTok in the US this year

We’re in the thick of year-end-charts season, with TikTok the latest to reveal the big winners on its platform in 2019. There are no prizes for guessing who the most popular music artist was: Lil Nas X takes that crown,...
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Billie Eilish wins big in Apple awards and Spotify 2019 stats

What we need, said almost nobody in the music industry, are a few more awards ceremonies. But now we have two, from the world’s biggest subscription music-streaming services. Spotify’s first awards will take place...
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Streaming revenues grew by 21% for Sony Music in Q3

Sony Music also enjoyed a good third quarter of 2019, according to its parent corporation’s latest financial results. Sony’s overall music division reported ¥37.5bn in operating income (around $344m) in Q3, up 19% year-on-year,...
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Sandbox Issue 238: Remixes Hit Saturation Point

Lead: Lil Nas X might have broken on TikTok but it was his deft use of multiple remixes (and collaborations) that kept ‘Old Town Road’ in the air throughout most of 2019. He claims he has 25 remixes of follow-up track...
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Sandbox Issue 237: VIEWTUBE. When Music Video Plays Get Juiced

Lead: Sony Music India artist Badshah claimed to have broken the 24-hour record on YouTube for 75m plays of his track ‘Paagal’ in July. Then people started asking questions. It eventually emerged that the track’s success...
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Lil Nas X promises to release 25 remixes of ‘Panini’

If you thought that the succession of remixes of Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ were a *bit much* we’d advise you to look away from your screen now. “PANINI REMIX 1 OF 25 TONIGHT!” he tweeted yesterday. This...
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No, ‘Old Town Road’ may not have been THE summer smash of 2019

It seems silly to raise the question of what was the biggest hit of summer 2019, given the chart dominance of ‘Old Town Road’ in various parts of the world in recent months. Yet here’s the thing: it wasn’t the most-streamed...
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Amuse CEO talks growth, Old Town Road and artist-friendly deals

"What have you done for me lately?" Diego Farias, CEO of music distributor and label Amuse, is on the other end of a video call to Music Ally, singing the chorus of Janet Jackson's classic track with a smile on his face,...
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Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ finally hits number one in the US

After nine weeks hovering impatiently at number two in the US singles chart, Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ has finally toppled Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ from the summit, securing her a first number one in her home...
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Lil Nas X gets BTS in for his latest Old Town Road remix

‘Old Town Road’ is old hat: it’s all about ‘Seoul Town Road’ with the cool kids nowadays. Maybe. Yes, Lil Nas X has dropped yet another remix of this year’s biggest track: RM from K-Pop stars BTS is the collaborator...
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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....
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‘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...