Roblox: The Platform Fueling a Chaotic Music Scene

Artists, label heads and industry schemers know that success in pop music today requires racking up plays on TikTok and streaming services. But there’s another, unlikely platform that’s picking up steam: Roblox.

Roblox is a game-creation engine, first released in 2006, that allows players to customize their own sandbox worlds, create mini-games on multiplayer servers and enjoy a second life online as square-shaped beings called Robloxians. Unlike Minecraft, a game that drops users into a fantastical “otherworld,” Roblox’s most popular mini-games (or, as Roblox calls them, “experiences”) are rooted in real life. They are “roleplays,” meaning the player

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UMG Giving X Factor Israel Winner a Record Deal

Artists discovered on Cowell’s television shows have sold more than 600 million records, and include such acts as One Direction, Fifth Harmony, Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle.

“The belief in the talent and the market is why we set up our own Universal Music entity in Israel and why UMG was the first major global music company to do so in Israel,” Yoram Mokady, Universal Music Israel’s Managing Director, tells Billboard. “This will help the next generation of Israeli music talent to reach audiences around the world.”

Last month, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation announced that The X

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Listen to EST Gee’s “Funk Flex Freestyle”: New Rap Music Today

EST Gee – “Funk Flex Freestyle”

The first minute of EST Gee’s “Funk Flex Freestyle” is incredibly awkward. It’s not entirely clear if EST Gee is familiar with Funk Flex or vice versa, and they have this strange small talk where Flex gauges if he’s too optimistic about Covid-19 vaccinations, though EST Gee just doesn’t respond and (I assume) is transfixed by his own reflection in Funk Flex’s bald head. But that uneasiness disappears once the beat drops and the Louisville rapper locks into his comfort zone: “They know they can’t play us, niggas died they bring my name up/And

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A Deep Dive Into Mexican Regional Music : Alt.Latino : NPR

Legendary Mexican Regional band Los Tigres del Norte keeping it real at Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

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Legendary Mexican Regional band Los Tigres del Norte keeping it real at Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

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When I was a teenager, I spent a summer playing drums with my uncle’s accordion conjunto, a small group of guitar, bass, drums and, of course, an accordion. We played standard Mexican bar music: cumbias, boleros and corridos…. lots of corridos.

Nowadays the record industry would

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Billboard & Twitter Team for ‘Hot Trending’ Chart

Billboard and Twitter have partnered on a first-of-its-kind Billboard chart that will showcase the most talked-about songs on the social media platform, it was announced Wednesday at Twitter’s annual NewFronts presentation.

Named Billboard Hot Trending, the new chart will track music-related trends and conversations in real time across Twitter, including buzz around new releases, awards show and festival moments, music nostalgia threads and more. According to Twitter head of entertainment partnerships Sarah Rosen, music is the most talked-about topic on the social platform worldwide.

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Choral Music

In the past, we’ve chosen the five minutes or so we would play to make our friends fall in love with classical music, the piano, opera, the cello, Mozart, 21st-century composers, the violin, Baroque music, sopranos, Beethoven, the flute, string quartets, tenors and Brahms.

Now we want to convince those curious friends to love choral music — the gorgeous sound of a mass of voices. We hope you find lots here to discover and enjoy; leave your favorites in the comments.

When I first heard Marcel Cellier’s compilation album “Le Mystère Des

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Rare piece of art by Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia to be sold as NFT for more than $1 million

Jerry Garcia readies his art for an exhibition in San Rafael in 1992. Photo: Vince Maggiora, The Chronicle 1992

A rare piece of art created by late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia became available as a non-fungible token, or NFT, on Wednesday, May 5, to coincide with the 56th anniversary of the first time the band played together, as the Warlocks, at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park in 1965.

The one-of-a-kind digital piece titled “Gift” was created by Garcia in 1990 and is being released by the Jerry Garcia Foundation, which is run by his fourth

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Billboard Is Partnering With Twitter to Rank Music in a New, Fun Way

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Billboard — the music industry’s stalwart chart resource — announced plans on Wednesday to team up with Twitter to give the people what they want: more charts.

The latest chart, dubbed “the Billboard Hot Trending Powered by Twitter,” will do exactly what its name implies: gauge how many Twitter conversations are happening around a particular song on a given day. It’s a metric that Sarah Rosen, Twitter’s head of entertainment partnerships, told Bloomberg will be instrumental in an age when social media plays such an integral role in determining

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Vikings star Alexander Ludwig signs recording deal

Vikings star Alexander Ludwig signs recording deal |

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