It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100's top five again, as Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" heads up an all-female top five for a second straight week. [...] Below "Bass," Taylor Swift's former two-week No. 1 "Shake It Off" holds at No. 2 for a second week; Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" stays at No. 3 for a third week after reaching No. 2; Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, rises to a new high (5-4); and Minaj's "Bang Bang," with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, backtracks to No. 5 from its No. 4 peak.
Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9. On the Pop Songs chart, "Shake" soars in at No. 12, tying the record for the best-ever launch.
"As we look to peopleís changing habits and changing attention spans and watch people on their iPod listening to half a song and forwarding on to the next one we sort of came to the conclusion that maybe it was time to rethink why songs are the way they were." The format, called QuickHitz, uses songs provided by Vancouver-based SparkNet Communications.
What about now? Since 1990, it seems that the average song length has sort of stabilized around 250 seconds (over 4 minutes). Maybe thatís because humans prefer 4 minute songs. Clearly there is no technological limit to song length anymore, right?
This is usually when someone raises his hand and is like, ďOh, Iíve really been enjoying the new Spoon single, thatís my Song of Summer.Ē Which ... no. Letís be clear about how this works: There is no such thing as a ďpersonalĒ song of summer. We do not anoint multiple songs of summer. There can only be one; the Song of Summer, by its very definition, is a consensus choice. It is the song that wrecks wedding dance floors. It is the song that you and your mother begrudgingly agree on (even though your mom has no idea what rhymes with ďhug meĒ and won't stop yelling it in public.) It does not necessarily have to hit No. 1 on the charts, but it should...
If you're looking for something to listen to today, and need a little break from music, I'd like to recommend this episode of the Debug podcast. The topic is "Sexism in Tech" and I'm totally crossing the streams for my love of technology with my "music blog" or whatever we call this site these days. That said: the conversation and topic absolutely has applications to our music world and how macro and micro aggressions play a huge role in all of our lives.
In this Radio 1 Story, for the first time, all four members of the band give their viewpoint on The 1975's career. From meeting at school as 13 and 14 year olds, to playing their first gigs, evolving their sound and song writing, forming their identity as The 1975, getting their first air play on Radio 1... and then adjusting to a whole load of success.
Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and Sean Mackin (Yellowcard) will be guests on tonight's season finale of "Full Frontal" on idobi Radio hosted by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of All Time Low. Tonight's season 3 finale will be a 2-hour special, airing at 7pm EST. Mark has said he'll be discussing his new project Nothing and Nobody and Blink-182.
One of my favorite tech podcasts, ATP, dove into a little cross over terroitory this week: discussing the myth that vinyl sounds better than CDs. If you're up for the very nerdy discussion, it starts around the one hour and fifty-one mark of this episode.
Raw Feed Radio's 3rd Battle of the Unsigned Bands Contest kicks off today at 7PM Eastern. Featuring Tilian Pearson, Sloss Minor (Andy Jackson formally of Hot Rod Circuit), Coma Prevail (Tyson Stevens formally of Scary Kids Scaring Kids), Happy Hollows, Kiven, Night Riots, Belle Noire, Hollowealth, Makari, Streetlight Fire, Rescue Kid, and Ayer! Tune in on 100.7 FM (in north Texas), or KXTR.net for PC users, Tunein app (search KXTR) for mobile devices.
The 1975 were guests on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning and took part in the "Call or Delete" prank phonecall game. Matty Healy not only prank called Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction but also confirmed that he is writing music for the group (which may add more of an explanation to this photo). Listen to the whole bit in the replies.
John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday had an interview with The Gunz Show about his new album, Happiness Is..., what album they won't be playing songs off on their upcoming tour, and even a Straylight Run reference. You can listen to it on idobi.
"Best Day of My Life" lifts 2-1 on Adult Top 40. First released on the Brooklyn band's self-titled EP, which topped Heatseekers Albums for two weeks in January/February, the song doubles as the lead track from its debut full-length "Oh, What a Life," due on next week's Billboard 200. The song (up 23-21 on the Hot 100) is a band's first career-opening single to rule Adult Top 40 since the Lumineers' "Ho Hey," which led for eight weeks and became the format's top title of 2013.
John Roderick was recently interviewed on the CMD+Space podcast, and he brought up some intereting thoughts on the internet, bands, marketing your music, and how having more of everything has led to us being statisfied with worse. I found the podcast from Marco's blog, and he pulled out some interesting quotes:
I hate to sound curmudgeonly, but Ö what is inevitable is that the mean quality of everything is declining. In the early í70s, it was very expensive to make a record, and you had to be really good at it to even get into the studio to give it a shot. The record companies were very selective, and the music that made it all the way out to the marketplace was astonishingly good....
Starting at 5pm Central Raw Feed Radio will be live on the air for the last time in 2013. They will be talking with Jon Benjamin, the voice of Archer and Bob Belcher of Bob's Burgers, Kristian Hallbert of Crime In Stereo, and Will Salazar of Fenix TX. Tune in on 100.7 FM, PC online stream at KXTR.net, or Apple/mobile users use tunein app (search kxtr).
Big Snackers (Ryan of Mixtapes and Justin Schaefer's podcast) this week talks to Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake/Fueled by Ramen/Paper and Plastic, Ryan drinking ďLeanĒ and his terrible diet starting decisions, why people fool everyone with disgusting treats at christmas, how weird it is to go to Christian school, and then play a game of "Bad High School Poetry or Imagine Dragons Lyric?", a story about the Fake Boys, and give Super Bowl predictions.
Big Snackers (Ryan of Mixtapes and Justin Schaefer's podcast) has surpassed 200k downloads. This week they answer questions about England, other podcasts, AP.net shred videos, Slenderman, whatís so great about Cincinnati, the seasons, T-Pain coming out for gay rights, our listener Peteís band, upcoming music, Boston, we talk to Eric Mueller about his involvment in the band Allister, the Rolling Stone top 50 albums of 2013 list, the Saskatchewan Sissy Sucker and movies.
Big Snackers (Ryan of Mixtapes and Justin Schaefer's podcast) is surprised and happy to celebrate over 150,000 downloads of their podcast. This week they take listener questions, it's the year in review for music and video games so everyone shares their top lists. They talk to the man who left behind making the Bioshock series to start a 4 man indie company and make a game with ZERO action, and how that risk payed off. They talk to Food Network star Guy Fieri about movies this year, they talk about the Lostprophets frontman and how creepy he looked anyways and much more.
"We have some new music coming up. We have a whole new project thatís done. I donít know when itís coming out, but when it does I think thatís really going to be the ďOh shit!Ē momentÖ.Itís something that us 5 wrote on the road. No studio. We recorded straight onto the computer, all ourselves. Itís us now, which is a little bit different. But Iím more proud of it than anything we put out in a long time. "
Jason Lancaster (Go Radio, Mayday Parade) spoke with The Gunz Show about the breakup. He says he was completely caught off-guard that the band was going to release a statement, and he talks about the way everything went down. You can listen to it here.
Ryan of Mixtapes has released the 2nd episode of his podcast. This week he talks about the irony of someone hating yourself for hating things, they field calls from Soupy of The Wonder Years and others, meeting people from chat lines, getting McDonalds and more.