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Grammy Awards Expand Nominees From 5 to 8 for Major Categories

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The Grammy Awards will increase the number of nominees from five to eight for four major categories as of next year’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Billboard reports. The categories included in the major change are Top Album, Song, Record, and New Artist. The other 80 categories at the 2019 ceremony will remain at five nominations each. Five nominees per category has been the rule at the Grammys since their inception in 1959. The Award ceremony will return to Los Angeles’ Staples Center in 2019.

“Throughout the year, we team up with music people across all genres and disciplines to consider revisions and subsequently make amendments to our rules and entry guidelines to ensure we’re keeping up with our ever-changing industry and meeting the needs of music creators,” said Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement. “This creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition in these important categories and gives more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year. We look forward to celebrating all of our nominees when they are announced later this year.”

When it was noted that only one female won a Grammy during the televised portion of the awards last year, Portnow, who will be stepping down from his position after his contract expires in July 2019, received a ton of backlash after suggesting women artists need to “step up” in order to win more Grammys.

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Spotify Now Has 83 Million paid Subscribers

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Music streaming service Spotify has announced its latest financial results for its second financial quarter of 2018. The company has revealed that it now had more than 83 million paid subscribers, this is up 8 million from the previous quarter.

The company also revealed that it has a total of 180 million active monthly users, the company has said that a lot of its growth has come from its family plan.

Today Spotify is reporting results for Q2 2018. The quarter was largely in line with our expectations, with some metrics performing at the high end of our guidance range.

We finished the quarter with 180 million Monthly Active Users (“MAU”) and 83 million Premium Subscribers, up 30% and 40% respectively, Y/Y.1

You can find out more information about the financial results for quarter two from Spotify over at their website at the link below.

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Best Songs Of FIFA World Cup 2018 Is Here

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The FIFA World Cup Final is being played this Sunday between France and Croatia, and the FIFA gods have just dropped their Football Stadium Anthems Playlist on Spotify. It’s hotter than the Russian World Cup fan who turned out to also be a porn star.

Even if your team has gone home, we can all appreciate hits from the Messis and Ronaldos of EDM: Daft Punk, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, ZHU, Major Lazer, Kygo, DJSnake, and the late great Avicii (RIP).

The track list is as long as the month-long World Cup itself, with over 100 tracks that includes global superstars such as: U2, Sia, Coldplay, Kanye West, AC/DC, and many more. It ensures that the party goes on well after the trophy has been handed out.

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Best Songs of 2018 Summer: Playlist

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Ahh, summer. The time of year when you scheme to get a half-day Friday, try to discreetly pass gas during family road trips, and fill your Instagram timeline with fake pictures of you living “your best life.”  Of course, no summer is complete without a breezy, festive playlist, complete with steel drums (check), “summer” dropped in a title (check) and no mention whatsoever of “Despacito” (check).

Childish Gambino – Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer”

Although Childish Gambino has had success as a musician, Donald Glover’s side hustle became a main gig when his music video for “This Is America” went viral, sparking think pieces and barbershop debates. No one has ever questioned the Atlanta star’s acting chops (he stole the show as Young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story), which have also served him well as a rapper/singer, as he has a sly, wry uncanny ability to slip into “musical” characterizations, channelling everyone from Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Prince, and Sly and the Family Stone. Gambino recently dropped not one, but two summer-themed songs, which tap into Drake and Toro Y Moi, for some hip hop yacht rock, complete with Caribbean steel drums and breezy Pina Colada melodies.

 

Rhye – “Summer Days (Roosevelt Remix)”

Rhye’s sounds of seduction are usually reserved for late night, but this stellar remix by Roosevelt is clearly ready for prime time. The German musician slaps a funky disco bassline on the already infectious groove of the original, giving it new life as a unbutton your shirt dance party jam.

 

Chance the Rapper – “Work Out”

If you want that summer bod, you’ve got to work out. Chance the Rapper is looking out for you, dropping four new songs for your gym playlist. The most playful of them is “Work Out”, a sing along lullaby about parenthood that doesn’t take itself too seriously, kinda, sorta like the musical equivalent of a dad bod.

 

Maribou State – “Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)”

Maribou State is the perfect band name for a summer road trip song made for long drives on lonely highways. The English dance music duo enlist vintage surf riffs from Khruangbin to create a “Feel Good” cross country cruiser that can play on a loop.

 

Yuno – “No Going Back”

Don’t bother Googling “Tame Impala new album”. Yuno is a former skater skid signed to indie label Sub Pop, who sounds a lot like Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, at least on this made for summer single. It’s a refreshing Spritzer-sipper that will whet your appetite for the up-and-coming Jacksonville singer/songwriter’s debut EP, Moodie.

 

 and Diplo – Sun In Our Eyes

Summer is about catching up with old friends. When MØ and Diplo get together, good music happens, remember “Lean On” (with DJ Snake) and “Cold Water” (with Justin Bieber)? Now, the dynamic duo are back with “Sun In Our Eyes”, a nostalgic look at summer’s past, where the Danish singer harps about leaving “footprints in the sand, stealing liquor, making plans.” Sounds like our type of girl.

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