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From NME:

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ has been named as the UK’s most downloaded track of all time.

Official Charts Company data revealed that the 2013 hit single has been downloaded in Britain more times than any other song, with tracks by Adele, Maroon 5 and Gotye also figuring highly in the rundown.

‘Blurred Lines’ features both Pharrell Williams and T.I. and has been downloaded 1.54m times in the UK, one of just two songs to top to 1.5m figure. The second track to break the milestone amount is Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, which features at Number Two in the list.

UK’s ten most downloaded tracks of all time:

Robin Thicke/T.I./Pharrell Williams – ‘Blurred Lines’
Adele – ‘Someone Like You’
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera – ‘Moves Like Jagger’
Gotye featuring Kimbra – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
Black Eyed Peas – ‘I Gotta Feeling’
Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – ‘Get Lucky’
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris ‘We Found Love’ – ‘We Found Love’
Avicii – ‘Wake Me Up’
Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’
Kings Of Leon – ‘Sex On Fire’

The newsreel archivist British Pathé a handful of short clips on the Rolling Stones at pivotal points in their career.

A reporter chronicles the Stones’ first concert since the death of original guitarist Brian Jones, which took place July 5th, 1969 for more than a quarter of a million people at London’s Hyde Park.

Next up, The Rolling Stones are freed from their drug bust in 1967, with Mick Jagger and his then-girlfriend Marianne Faithfull holding a press conference.

Below, a six-minute Technicolor clip from 1964, “Rolling Stones Gather Moss,” shows a profile of the band just as they were beginning to break out.

The film’s gut-wrenching heart-to-heart, where all five kids spill deep, dark secrets, was ad-libbed.

The movie was initially conceived of as a franchise-starter, with subsequent entries “checking in” on the characters.

Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor, but was replaced due to “creative differences” (he wanted to play the part as an over-the-top Russian stereotype). The role was ultimately played by John Kapelos.

Emilio Estevez was originally slated to play Bender, but Hughes couldn’t find anyone else who was right for the Andrew role, so Estevez ultimately switched and the Bender gig went to Judd Nelson.

John Cusack was also considered for the role of Bender, as was Nicolas Cage.

Other actresses that could have played Claire? Robin Wright, Jodie Foster, and Laura Dern, who all auditioned for the part.

Anthony Michael Hall’s mother and sister appear as his character’s mother and sister in the beginning of the film.


Like a number of other Hughes films, including Weird ScienceFerris Bueller’s Day Off,Sixteen CandlesPretty in Pink, and National Lampoon’s Vacation, the film is set in the fictional Chicago suburb of Shermer, Illinois.

Ally Sheedy doesn’t speak for the first 33 minutes of the film.

The marijuana the kids smoke in the film was actually oregano.


Via Mental Floss

From Billboard:

The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney’s “Frozen” continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s down 11 percent compared with the previous frame, when it sold 149,000 at No. 1.

The album’s cumulative sales also climb past the 2 million mark, as its additional 133,000 copies bring its to-date sum to 2.1 million.

“Frozen” is now one of just 11 albums to have spent at least 10 weeks at No. 1 since the chart started using SoundScan’s point-of-sale data on May 25, 1991. Four of those 11 albums also happen to be soundtracks: “Frozen,” Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” (20 weeks at No. 1), “Titanic” (16 weeks) and “The Lion King” (10 weeks).

In addition, “Frozen” now ties “The Lion King” for the most weeks at No. 1 for an animated film soundtrack.

As previously reported, “Frozen” has spent more weeks at No. 1 than any album since Adele’s “21″ racked up 24 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse in 2011 and 2012. It spent its 24th and final week at No. 1 on the chart dated June 23, 2012.

From AP:

For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads.

That’s according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion in 2013. Broadcast TV ad revenue, in comparison, was $40.1 billion in 2013.

Mobile advertising revenue more than doubled to $7.1 billion from $3.4 billion in 2012 as companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter boosted their mobile presence.

From Billboard:

Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trends commissioned by a coalition of music, movie, publishing and videogame companies. The April 9 report, which concluded that more that half of all Internet users in Spain download content illegally, is the latest fuel in the fiery debate over intellectual property legislation in the piracy-plagued country.

Music was downloaded more than any other type of content. While the amount, 1.974 million downloads, decreased slightly from 2012’s 2.118 million, illegal downloads represented a loss of some 6 million euros for the industry, according to the report, titled “Observatory of Privacy and Digital Content Consumer Habits for 2013.”

Twenty-eight percent of Internet users surveyed said they pirate music on a regular basis. Over 50% of that illegally downloaded music consists of recently released singles and albums. Although more users — over 40% — habitually download movies illegally, the amount of music downloaded was more than double the amount of movies watched for free.

With a quarter of 2014 behind us, it’s time for Kickstarter to update us on what’s happened at Kickstarter so far this year. In the past three months alone, 4,497 projects have been successfully funded by 887,848 backers. People have backed everything from a restoration of Abraham Lincoln’s couch to Neil Young’s new music device, Pono.

Here are the full numbers for Q1:

Dollars pledged to projects: $112,038,158
Average pledged per day: $1,244,868
Successfully funded projects: 4,497
Total backers: 887,848
New backers: 679,413

2014 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Kickstarter. Here’s a snapshot of what January to March looked like.

By the numbers:

1,244,868 dollars were pledged, on average, each day in 2014 so far.

91,585 people backed Veronica Mars, which opened in 291 theaters. Kickstarter talked with 16 fans for this oral history of Veronica Mars.

4,497 projects successfully reached their funding goals from January through March.

223 people came to their Open House last week.

333 Kickstarter-funded places to eat and drink are on this handy map they made.

53 Kickstarter-funded movie theaters are on that same map. Dinner and a movie, anyone?

15 new people joined the Kickstarter team in the first quarter of this year, their biggest period of team growth to date. They welcomed 3 new customer support specialists, and 4 members of our Creator’s team.

12 Kickstarter-funded films have screened in our new Brooklyn office, including I Used to Be Darker12 O’Clock BoysThe DuckVeronica MarsThe Lord of Catan, and Ghost Line.

7 Kickstarter-funded films have been nominated for Oscars! This year the excellent doc The Square was up for Best Documentary Feature. You can — and should — watch it here.

2 creators took home Grammys in February: Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Roomful of Teeth. In all,4 Kickstarter projects were nominated for Grammys this year.

1 billion dollars have been pledged to Kickstarter projects, as of March 4. They built a fun page to celebrate the enormous milestone.

For more, check out the Kickstarter Stats page, updated at least once a day with the raw data behind Kickstarter.

By Amber Bell, Dale Speaking:

On Monday, Q107 Toronto made an announcement that they were making changes to their playlist effective immediately. In short, they are essentially redefining classic rock in Canada.

On a typical day on Q107 you would hear Black Sabbath, The Beatles, U2, Led Zeppelin, Max Webster and Genesis, to name a few. You never really heard anything newer than the mid-90′s. Now you will hear bands like The Sheepdogs, The Black Keys, Nirvana, Headstones, The Trews and Arkells.
This forced me to ask the question: “What IS classic rock?”.
Times are changing and as they do, music gets left in the past. Bands from the 90′s were being ignored by classic rock radio, and now that is changing.
So what does this mean for rock radio in Toronto?
Rock radio in Toronto right now is in a very interesting place.
At any given time in Toronto, you will have access to a list of rock stations. They include:
Q107 was the one station where you knew you would be able to hear nothing but the classics. Now the music you hear on this station is not a far stretch from what you hear on 94.9 The Rock, Y108 or 97.7 HTZ FM. The difference being that The Rock, Y108 and HTZ FM play songs from the current rock charts from both established and new artists. The Edge and Indie88 tap more into the modern rock world and stay away from core classic rock bands.
So the question now is how will these stations ensure their individuality now that their playlists are getting more and more alike. The one thing for sure will be engaging programming: interesting shows, hosts and content.
What is it you are looking for in a radio station?
I, for example, am a fan of hosts with a bit of off humour. That includes hosts like Greg Beharrell on 102.1 The Edge. He is now on their new morning show, but he is still the same. He uses his dry/off-beat personality to use the listeners as the humour and entertainment. I love it. It’s entertainment.
I am also a fan of speciality programming like Q107′s Psychedelic Psunday and The Edge’s Spirit of Radio Sunday. I like when there is time focused on a certain decade or genre. There are only so many songs and so many artists out there, having this type of programming splits up the airplay of those songs. Y108 and The Rock also carry cool programming like the Needle Exchange and the Indie Hour.
Right now as I am writing this blog, it is Wednesday April 9th @ 6:18 PM. Here are the last 10 songs each station listed above have played as of right now:
102.1 The Edge
  • Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
  • Arcade Fire – Afterlife
  • Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright
  • The Black Keys – Fever
  • Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
  • Pearl Jam – Last Kiss
  • Foo Fighters – All My Life
  • MS MR – Hurricane
  • Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
  • Queens of the Stone Age – My God Is The Sun
94.9 The Rock in Oshawa
  • Headstones – Smile and Wave
  • Against Me! – Black Me Out
  • Incubus – Drive
  • Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
  • The Tragically Hip – Twist My Arm
  • Cage The Elephant – Come a Little Closer
  • Clash – Rock The Casbah
  • Big Wreck – Ghosts
  • RHCP – Californication
  • Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker – Yin Yang
Y108 in Hamilton
  • Pink Floyd – Hey You
  • RHCP – Dani California
  • Pearl Jam – Wish List
  • Linkin Park – Guilty All The Same
  • The Trews – What’s Fair is Fair
  • The Guess Who – No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
  • The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  • The Sam Roberts Band – Human Heat
  • The Tragically Hip – Little Bones
  • Alice In Chains – Would?
97.7 HTZ FM in St. Catharines
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Sons
  • Muse – Uprising
  • AC/DC – It’s A Long Way To The Top
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
  • Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  • Rob Zombie - Dragula
  • Foo Fighters – No Way Back
  • Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
  • Flash Lightnin’ – One Pill
  • Alice In Chains – I Stay Away
Q107 in Toronto
  • U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Nickelback – Someday
  • Foreigner – Double Vision
  • The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)
  • Boston – More Than a Feeling
  • Def Leppard – Foolin’
  • The Sheepdogs – Feeling Good
  • Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
  • Rush – Tom Sawyer
  • AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Indie88 in Toronto
  • Modest Mouse – Float On
  • Half Moon Run – Full Circle
  • Bloc Party – Helicopter
  • The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  • The National – Don’t Swallow The Cap
  • Passion Pit – Take a Walk
  • Sam Roberts Band – Human Heat
  • Bedouin Soundclash – Walls Fall Down
  • The Lumineers – Submarines
  • Vance Joy – From Afar
As you can see the are some obvious similarities as well as some  differences between each station. This blog aims to do nothing more than show how competitive the Toronto market is right now for rock stations.
Like I mentioned above, it will come down to the station that engages you the most, and with Y108 and HTZ FM being quite far out of the city, signal strength comes into play too.
It’s also about the local angle. Does it matter to you if you are in Toronto but listening to a station from another city?
Either way these are all great stations playing great rock music. It’s now going to be interesting to see how this all plays out with Q107 updating their playlist a bit.