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BPI yearbook highlights growth for British rap artists

British music body the BPI releases its annual All About the Music yearbook today, and to promote the launch it’s talking about some of the findings around rap / hip-hop in the UK. The genre accounted for 21.5% of...
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Rappers take centre stage in the livestreaming video battle

There’s something of a talent war going on in the livestreaming video space, with several gaming stars (Ninja, most prominently) being tempted away from Twitch by big-money offers from Microsoft’s rival, Mixer. Another...
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Clouty wants fans to place bets on rap predictions

Startup Clouty says it’s the world’s “first music betting platform”, offering music fans the chance to gamble in “contests about the latest releases and predictions in the rap game”. According to its website,...
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Soundcharts algorithm aims to predict breakout stars of 2020

Which rap artists are going to break through in the UK next year? Take a bow Aitch, Jay1, DigDat and 17 others featured in a list published by analytics firm Soundcharts. But this list isn’t the usual ‘experts making...
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SoundCloud-Rap deaths spark renewed debate about wellbeing

The death of artist Juice WRLD earlier this week is still raw in the minds of his fans, friends and the teams that worked with him. It’s important, as in any case like this, to avoid jumping to conclusions and assigning...
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Apple rebrands its flagship hip-hop playlist as Rap Life

However deliberate it was when they were originally created, Spotify’s playlists have got one thing very right in the current streaming age: RapCaviar, Viva Latino and others have become strong brands in their own right....
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British DJ Charlie Sloth confirms he’s joining Apple Music

Hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth left the BBC’s Radio 1 under a cloud last year, having invaded the stage at an industry-awards ceremony when another broadcaster won the category he was nominated in. At the time, Sloth had already...
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Aloe Blacc thinks songwriters need more dollars from streaming services

Musician Aloe Blacc is the latest to speak out about streaming royalties, in an op-ed piece for Wired that trains its sights squarely on Pandora. “The abhorrently low rates songwriters are paid by streaming services –...
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Tinie Tempah gets new app to let any fan rap along to his new album

British agency We Make Awesome Sh. is the company responsible for Rap Demonstration, an innovative iPhone app released yesterday for Tinie Tempah
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Rap Genius founder attacks criticism over rap translations

With nearly 10m monthly visitors and a $15m funding round last October, annotated lyrics site Rap Genius is on a roll, and recently added rock, poetry and news verticals. It has faced criticism too, with suggestions that...
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Detroit startup Rapt.fm wants to teach the world to rap

Rapt.fm, the Detroit-based startup, wants to get people rap-battling against one another via their webcams, with plans to let others watch in the near future.
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Now get set for hologram Tupac to go on tour

It seems the hologrammatic Tupac Shakur who took last weekend's Coachella festival by storm may not have rapped his last.