Hello everyone! I’m Francesca and I’m looking forward to meet all of you (sooner or later)! Something about me… I’m from a city that I’m sure none of you heard before — La Spezia — but it’s worldwide known for its beautiful neighborhood, such as Cinque Terre (The Five Lands) and Portofino. I studied first in Florence, where I lived for almost ten years and where I got my degrees in “History of the Performing Arts” and “Musicology and Musical Heritage.” Then I moved to London where I received a Masters Degree in Music Industry Management at London Met.
In our March chart toppers report, we tip our hats to legendary rockers, Toto, who graced the world with brand new music under the title XIV, and dominated the charts in many territories, from the U.S. to Scandinavia as well as Eastern Europe. Two Spanish acts stood out this month: teen Pop artist Calum and Pop/Folk band Blaumut, and Kai Neville’s newest surf film, Cluster, took charge of the Documentary and Action Sports Film charts around the world with several #1 spots. Go see it!
WEEK ENDING MARCH 29, 2015
Billboard Top 200 Albums
#98 — Toto: Toto XIV [Frontiers Records]
Billboard Current Albums
#52 — Toto: Toto XIV [Frontiers Records]
Billboard Independent Albums
#9 — Toto: Toto XIV [Frontiers Records]
#33 — Whitehorse: Leave No Bridge Unburned [Six Shooter / Burnside]
Billboard Tastemaker Albums
#21 — Toto: Toto XIV [Frontiers Records]
ISRC, UPC, Song Title, Version, Artist, Composer, Release Name, Duration, Label, Imprint. These are just a few of the pieces of data that identify your songs. How about Country of Recording? Nationality of First Producer? Gender of drummer’s first born?!! Ok, I made that one up… but it probably couldn’t hurt to include it.
In the world of collecting performance royalties on master or neighboring rights, data is EVERYTHING. And the better your data, the better chance a collection society has of matching money to you. So clean it up people!
Let’s back up for a second: a “UGC Match” is a user-uploaded video that contains your content. It might be audio that’s used in the background, a visual clip, and so on. UGC Matches are identified either automatically by YouTube’s Content ID system, or manually by our Video Services team members.
Has everyone adjusted back to office life after a wonderfully slow Easter/Passover holiday last week, or after those March Madness pools, I should say? Hopefully you had the luck of that 12-year-0ld ESPN-pool winner. Either way, it’s Friday. Which means one thing: Freeloading time.
For all those out there down for some dusty drum Hip-Hop samples atop Electronic pulses, then Dfalt‘s your go-to. Try out his EP in full for some bass-heavy beats and Industrial scratches.
Speaking of Hip-Hop, RJD2‘s back on the scene with his latest, this time calling on rapper STS to bring you a lyrically indisputable masterpiece, backed by Soulful horn blasts. And Lyrics Born‘s similarly Soulful tune with Galactic is the cherry on top of this Groovy, Jazzy, laid-back style.
Now this music video you’re gonna catch from Say Lou Lou is one for the books. The 8-minute-plus video (AKA “short film”) takes you to the deep, dark jungle depths to urbanscapes all the way to an isolated subdesert, all while detailing a dreamlike drama. Gotta see it in full.
Check out these and all the rest below in this week’s Freeloader Friday!
Dfalt: Full EP stream via Complex
Blackbook out April 21 on Plug Research
RJD2: “Hold On, Here It Go (ft. STS)” track premiere via Rolling Stone
STS x RJD2 out May 5 on R J Electrical Connections
Lyrics Born: “Rock-Rock-Away (ft. Galactic)” track premiere via Relix
Real People out May 5 on Mobile Home Recordings
Cody Simpson: “Thotful” track premiere via MTV
Free out June 23 on Bananabeat Records
Fickle Friends: “Could Be Wrong” track premiere via Earmilk
Could Be Wrong out now on Killing Moon Records
Rainer: “Marry” track premiere via Fader
Water out May 18 on Kissability
CZARFACE: “Deadly Class (ft. Meyhem Lauren)” track premiere via Ambrosia for Heads
Every Hero Needs a Villain out June 16 on Brick Records
Say Lou Lou: “Nothing But a Heartbeat” music video premiere via Noisey
Lucid Dreaming out now on Cosmos
Oddisee: “Counter-Clockwise” music video premiere via Billboard
The Good Fight out May 5 on Mello Music Group