Category Archives: What’s Popular

Who is Chance the Rapper? A look at this year’s winner of ‘Best New Artist at the Grammys.

He beat off competition from worldwide megastars, Drake and Kanye West to win ‘Best Rap Album’, but one of Chance the Rapper’s biggest achievements is the title of ‘Best New Artist’.   As well as winning three Grammy’s on Sunday night he performed a medley of ‘How Great’ and ‘All We Got’, two songs from his latest release ‘Coloring Book’. Continue reading

Return of the Vinyl

For the last three years traditional vinyl sales have been on the rise. In 2014 vinyl sales grew by 50% to hit more than a million, the highest number sold in one year alone since 1996, and have continued to grow ever since.  In fact, during the final week of November last year Vinyl albums sales made more money than digital album sales with each making £2.1m and £2.4m respectively. Continue reading

Haven’t heard Ed Sheeran’s two new tracks? Here’s your chance!

After a 12 month break from the public eye, Ed Sheeran is back with two brand new songs from his new album set for release later this year. “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” debuted and Number 1 and Number 2 respectively on the UK Top 40 last Friday thanks to both songs helping to break his own streaming record.  Shape of You was played a total of 7,240,930 times in a 24-hour period on the music streaming website Spotify. Continue reading

Is Streaming a Good or a Bad Thing for Our Music Industry?

Spotify. One of the original online music services where users are able to listen to millions of songs at their convenience.  2016 saw a huge growth in streaming music online with over 975 million songs streamed on Spotify in the UK  alone which doubled from 400 million in 2014.  As streaming music increases in popularity, companies such as Apple, Amazon and Sound Cloud have also introduced their own versions of subscription based music streaming services. Continue reading