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  • South Africa: here’s how to get four free months on Google Play Music

    Google Play Music now offers a four-month free trial for those subscribing to its service. The streaming music platform headed by the Mountain View company houses over 30-million tracks, and allows users to upload their own to the cloud, usually comes with a two- or three-month trial. But Google's seemingly feeling a bit generous this week. First spotted by Android Police last week, the deal is still ongoing at the time of writing. And yes, it's available to those within South Africa's borders too. Interestingly, it seems that the deal comes in tow with South Africa's addition to Google Play promo codes supported...

  • SoundCloud now features Spotify-like personal, curated playlists

    SoundCloud has long been known as a portal for recording artists to upload their tracks, and listeners to indulge in them gratis. But it's also becoming a key player in the content discovery race. The company's new feature, dubbed The Upload, takes a leaf out of Spotify's personal playlist curation handbook. SoundCloud will now provide listeners with a "regularly updated, bespoke playlist of new music relevant to you". "With a constantly expanding mix of music uploaded to SoundCloud every day, we've now made it easier to filter through it all," the company writes in its blog. SoundCloud now features a Spotify-like curated, regularly...

  • ‘Disaster’ Fyre Festival likened to ‘that alien movie in South Africa’ on social media

    If you pay US$12 000 for a ticket to a music festival, you'd probably expect... well, a music festival, right? That's not what attendees to Ja Rule's Fyre Festival experienced this weekend. The new luxury music extravaganza, which was supposed to kick off in the Bahamas this weekend, was met with a cascading comedy of errors. According to reports by attendees on Twitter and Instagram, festival goers arrived in the island country to find a "a disaster tent city". "So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go," tweets William N. Finley, who's documenting...

  • Here’s how to write a Chainsmokers chart-topper in just 60 minutes

    Dance music duo The Chainsmokers have built a reputation on crafting catchy-as-hell tunes often mocking culture's silliest moments... like #SELFIE. Remember that tune? But since that track debuted in 2013, the duo have exploded in popularity, seeing massive hits on streaming video and audio services, including a breakthrough live show on SNL a few weeks ago. They also launched a full length album, which shot to number one on the Billboard Albums Chart. If that isn't impressive enough, the duo have also shattered a Billboard Hot 100 chart record, owning a spot in the top 10 for close to a year. But...

  • 10 Instagram snaps of people living life at Splashy Fen 2017

    So how did you spend your long Easter weekend, South Africa? If you were at Splashy Fen, you probably had quite the time... at least judging by my Instagram feed. #Splashy was the hashtag of choice for the festival this year, racking up over 20 000 images according to the social networking site. Not all of these were snapped by people enjoying themselves in the green, green Underberg though, but a vast majority were. Splashy Fen first took place in South Africa back in 1990, a full four years before OppiKoppi made its mark The oldest annual music festival in the country...

  • #BlackCoffeeftYoza: Twitter user scores collab with Black Coffee

    Yesterday was Yoza Mnyanda's crown birthday and she decided to shoot her shot. Mnyanda -- a recent University of Cape Town film grad and aspiring cinematographer with the voice of an angel -- seized the day and tweeted South African DJ and producer Black Coffee, asking how many retweets she'd need for him to make a song with her. @RealBlackCoffee how many RT's do I need for you to make a song with me? It's also my birthday today. 😊👑🙂https://t.co/tRidKs3Ger — needacameraplzhelp (@YozaMnyanda) February 23, 2017 Attached was a performance she did last year for UCT's Live Room. Black Coffee was so impressed he...

  • Apple iTunes to debut James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series

    Apple revealed last night that it has finally picked up Carpool Karaoke as a stand-alone series. The Late Late Show with James Corden's segment has garnered around 1.2-billion views on YouTube, and the episode with Adele was the most watched YouTube video of 2016. The segment features the charismatic James Corden driving through the streets of Los Angeles with A-list musicians, belting out their greatest hits. It provides another side to major celebrities, away from the audiences and publicists that usually surround them. Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be produced by CBS but feature on Apple's iTunes Watching Adele rap Nicki Minaj's verse in 'Monster' or ordering...

  • Adele, Beyonce & more: 5 must-watch clips from last night’s Grammys

    In case you missed it (like much of sleeping South Africa), Los Angeles last night hosted the 59th edition of the Grammy Awards, or simply the Grammys. It was a landmark occasion, and not simply because it was the first one hosted in Trump's America. Beyonce had nine nominations, including one for best rock song. Adele had an equally impressive share herself. Tributes for George Michael and Prince would ring from the stage. But even with all this on the roster, we weren't quite expecting a Grammy Awards evening with such memorable moments. With the help of Twitter, take a look...

  • Beyonce sued for sampling Messy Mya: the YouTube legalities explained

    Both YouTube and Beyonce have had a busy start to the month. That trend is seemingly set to continue, at least for the latter. While just a few days ago she was celebrated on Instagram, Beyonce is reportedly being sued for using vocal samples from a deceased YouTuber in her track Formation without permission. Voice clips from social media celebrity Messy Mya's video, Booking The Hoes From New Wildin, is used within the first ten seconds of the Lemonade track by producer Mike WiLL and Queen B. Another sample of another Mya clip can be heard around the minute mark. The three-times...

  • Watch Ed Sheeran slay the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ theme song

    Ed Sheeran has quickly grown in stature, from your next-door neighbour's kid who strums his guitar into the early hours of the morning, to an A-list celebrity superstar who opens award shows with X-rated jokes. And that's largely because of the former, to be fair. He also spent quite a bit of his youth watching the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, arguably Will Smith's first big break. So, wouldn't it be awesome if the world could somehow join those two together? That's what one Capital FM listener asked while Sheeran was conducting an interview at the London station this week. Never shying...

  • 3 international music videos filmed in South Africa in 2016

    South Africa is just awesome, isn't it? For international visitors, they can enjoy the exhange rate while breathing in the abundant sights, sounds and rich heritage. And no one seems to understand this better than musicians. Cape Town and Johannesburg have been the scene of many a music video in their days, but while quite a few famous videos have been snapped here, including tracks from Faithless, Blue and Pharrell Williams, you may not have known that three particularly big tracks from international artists have been made right here this year. See? 2016 wasn't so bad. Tinie Tempah & Zara Larsson - Girls...

  • Twitter thinks Calvin Harris’ new song is about Taylor Swift

    "My Way" might be pretty famous song lyric for a certain New Yorker, but Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris has today used these two words to stir up some controversy on social media. Debuting his latest track on YouTube, "My Way" boasts some summer house beats with lyrics sung by Harris himself... and lyrics that the internet believes cites his feud with former partner Taylor Swift. Harris and Swift haven't exactly seen eye to eye recently, especially since the duo's July 2016 Twitter war surrounding Harris' other 2016 hit, "This is What You Came For". The track, which featured Rihanna, was...

  • Kanye West ‘Life of Pablo’ store coming to Cape Town this weekend

    Kanye West is coming to Cape Town this weekend... okay, at least in spirit, that is. The hip-hop superstar announced in a tweet that a Life of Pablo pop-up store will be hosted in Cape Town this weekend -- a first for the African continent. Okay sure, Yeezy himself won't be playing retail assistant for the store itself, but Cape Town does get the honour of hosting the only store in Africa, and one of four in the Southern Hemisphere. 20 other stores will be dotted around the globe this weekend, including the likes of Melbourne, London, Singapore and Toronto. 21...