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What YouTube's new music streaming service means for you

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Yesterday, YouTube announced that it’s going to get into the highly competitive music streaming business. According to the L.A. Times, the Google-owned video service is getting ready to roll out YouTube Music Key, which will “give users access to tens of millions of songs, for about $10 a month”— by providing an ad-free way to enjoy all the music that’s currently licensed and available on the service.

Okay, great. Should you care?

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Mellow out with a jazzy playlist from YouTube mix master Kutiman

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Ophir Kutiel, better known as Kutiman, is a musician that uses all of YouTube as his instrument, finding obscure videos of people performing and crafting them together to make remarkably original songs.

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The best cow-themed 'Royals' cover on the Internet

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There are about a million covers of Lorde’s “Royals.” Predictably, most of them are cutesy ukulele renditions, since it’s an Internet law that any song that gets even remotely popular has to be repeatedly, cutely covered on ukulele. But there are a few that actually aren’t total garbage, including Mayer Hawthorne’s smooth-funk version and T-Pain’s version where he rewrites the lyrics into an entertainingly candid portrait of his pre-fame life, which is the best.

Farmer Derek Klingenberg, who makes farming-themed parody videos of popular songs like “Happy” and “Timber” (the latter of which he turns into a surreal and vaguely disturbing story about a cow that learns to twerk), recently released a YouTube video where he performs an arrangement of “Royals” for solo trombone. It’s not the most polished rendition, but the video—and the unexpected improvised assist on backing vocals from his, shall we say, non-traditional audience—injects it with more than enough charm to deserve viewing.

This 10-year-old girl is the future of guitar shredding

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During the peak of Guitar Hero and Rock Band’s popularity it was common to read worried articles in online magazines about the threat these sorts of games supposedly posed to young people’s musical education. Many people were concerned that an entire generation of potential musicians would be so satisfied whacking away on a plastic simulacrum of an instrument that they’d never actually learn how to play a real one.

Instead, the opposite seems to be true. There are loads of guitar instructors who swear Guitar Hero was the best thing that ever happened to their business, and the obsession-building gamification of learning how to play one seems to have driven a lot of young players to level up their skills and learn how to shred for real.

Take Audrey, a 10-year-old girl who lays waste to Slayer’s “War Ensemble” on Ubisoft’s Rocksmith game, which lets players play on an actual electric guitar. Not only has gaming apparently taught her how to wail hard enough to keep up with Kerry King, but she also seems to have picked up two other skills that are crucial to a future as a rock guitarist: making your hair look cool as it’s blown around by a fan and not letting an attention-starved lead singer distract you from what you’re doing. Children are not only our future, but metal’s too.

Katy Perry tops YouTube's list of 2014's most-played music videos

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YouTube recently compiled a list of the platform’s most-played music videos worldwide for the first half of 2014. It’s sort of an unofficial chart for the most popular songs of the year so far for the entire globe. Unsurprisingly, songs with a World Cup hook have done particularly well.

Katy Perry’s ridiculously popular “Dark Horse” tops the list, predictably, with a staggering 485 million plays. Shakira takes both second and third place with her Rihanna-featuring “Can’t Remember to Forget You” and the World Cup-themed version of her single “La La La,” with the official 2014 World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola)” right behind it. Iggy Azalea’s summer-dominating “Fancy” and Frozen‘s “Let It Go” official sing-along video both made the list, but the come behind the Chainsmokers’ calculatedly viral “#Selfie,” which has racked up over 183 million views.

Internet rap sensation Yung Lean didn’t make the cut, but if his “Yoshi City” video can rack up a half-billion or so views in the next couple months he still could make the year-end list.

Here’s our exclusive playlist:

Music Vault brings massive live video collection to YouTube

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When concert promoter Bill Graham died in 1991 he left behind not only a legacy as one of the most influential figures in the modern entertainment industry but a massive archive of audio and video recordings from the decades’ worth of shows he had a hand in putting on. The company Wolfgang’s Vault (Graham was born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca and was known as “Wolfgang” before he moved to America to flee the Holocaust) was formed just over a decade ago in order to restore and monetize his collection. Since then it’s acquired even more material, and spun off a paid streaming service called Concert Vault. A few months ago they started bringing some of their hoard over to YouTube under the name Music Vault, where they’ve been slowly posting individual videos for free viewing. Today the whole stash goes live.

Music Vault is launching with over 13 thousand videos spanning over half a century, including iconic performers from the rock era like the Rolling Stones, the Who, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead, along with newer, smaller acts who are heavily influenced by the artists Graham worked with, such as Deer Tick, the Hold Steady, and Fleet Foxes. The platform plans to offer daily features and weekly playlists curated in-house. To give an idea of what it’s all about we dove into the Music Vault archives and put together this playlist of the best material in there, which you can check out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Is YouTube really going to block indie acts?

The consensus across the music industry is that the next big thing is paid streaming, a la Spotify’s premium services and the recently launched (and recently acquired by Apple) Beats Music, and the rush of companies looking to get involved is beginning to resemble a stampede. The tech giants vying for control of the market are becoming increasingly unabashed about throwing elbows as they deem necessary.

Among those tech giants is YouTube—and there’s been speculation that when it launches its new paid streaming service later this summer, some indie labels may not only be left out of the deal but also removed from the site altogether. But according to a source at YouTube, not all indie artists are in danger of being shut out.

As has been reported in the Guardian and elsewhere, YouTube head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl confirmed yesterday that, as has been widely rumored, the video platform will be removing from its free side any content owned by labels that refuse to sign on as part of the music-based paid subscription service it’s working on, which is currently being tested as an in-house beta with a public rollout planned for later in the summer. So far, only independent labels are holding out—YouTube has already inked deals with the Big Three major labels (Universal Media Group, Sony, and Warner Music Group), as well as a number of indies. According to an official statement from YouTube, they’ve come to agreements with “hundreds of major and independent labels,” which an employee there speaking on background says represents “95 percent” of the labels they’ve approached. While the proposed changes may not represent the extinction-level deletion of independently produced musical content that some of the more alarmist responses to the news have made it out to be, it still represents a new level of aggressive dealmaking in a segment of the music industry whose public image has been already defined by contract terms that many artists consider unfair.

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The Black Keys use Mike Tyson's Twitter account to announce new album, 'Turn Blue'

The Black Keys have had some pretty great collaborations over the years. But we certainly did not expect a partnership with Mike Tyson.

The blues-rock duo announced the title and release date of their new album — Turn Blue, out May 13 — via the boxing icon’s verified Twitter account on Friday:

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Valentine's Day: YouTube unveils top 10 literal 'love' songs -- VIDEO

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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is here. To celebrate, YouTube has released a list of the top 10 songs with the word “love” in the title.

According to stats compiled by the video-streaming website, there are approximately 5 million music videos with the word “love” in the title, which have generated a combined total of 50 billion views. Read on for all the “love” songs:
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The biggest videos on YouTube this year

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Oh Psy, you scamp — running the table two years in a row.

South Korea’s pony-danciest pop import had another bang-up year in video pageviews, following last year’s no. 1 “Gangam Style” with “Gentleman” in 2013. But Miley Cyrus, bless her, came close to wrecking him — and still beat him in total views.

Also on the list? The usual suspects: Katy, Rihanna, “Blurred Line” boobs, and more.
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