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From TorrentFreak:

With millions of visitors per day ExtraTorrent is one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet. Founded in 2006 the site has been around for a while, steadily growing its user base.

Over the years ExtraTorrent users have downloaded billions of files, and this week the site revealed the top 20 most pirated files of all time. The data gives a unique insight into the downloading habits of torrent users and comes with a few surprises.

The rest of the top 20, all music and movies, are listed below. While no exact download counts are provided the ExtraTorrent team told us that the top ten were downloaded at least 10 million times. While this data only applies to ExtraTorrent it’s a decent representation of what’s popular on other torrent sites as well.

1. Drake – Nothing Was The Same (Mp3 Album)
2. Maroon 5 – Payphone (feat.WizKhalifa Explicit) (Mp3 Track)
3. Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail (Mp3 Album)
4. Iron Man 3
5. The Expendables 3
6. Fast And Furious 6
7. The Hunger Games
9. The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
10. The Amazing Spider-Man
11. Beyonce – 4 Deluxe Edition (Mp3 Album)
12. The Wolf of Wall Street
13. Rihanna – Unapologetic (Mp3 Album)
14. Lil Wayne – No Ceilings (Mp3 Album)
15. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (Mp3 Album)
16. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
17. Kick (Bollywood movie)
18. Ariana Grande – Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea) (Mp3 Track)
19. Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides
20. Avengers XXX – (XXX)

Today iTunes released iTunes Best Of 2014 for Canada, highlighting the favourite music, movies, tv, apps, and books of Canadians. (Charts Below)

Pharrell topped the songs chart with his hit Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, while Taylor Swift is #1 on the Albums chart, with her single Shake it Off being the 7th most downloaded song of the year.

Frozen dominated iTunes downloads in 2014. It became iTunes’ #2 selling album of 2014 (including the Oscar-winning theme song Let It Go) while cementing itself as the top selling iTunes movie of all-time. Additionally, the Frozen Free Fall app was one of the top downloads in the App Store in 2014. You can see that 2014 really is the “year of the book turned movies” while in apps, messaging apps remain popular with Facebook Messenger and Snapchat battling for top spot throughout 2014.

In addition to the best seller charts, iTunes designates overall winners for the year – including Best Canadian Movie.

  • In Music,Taylor Swift is named Best Artist of the year, while Jungle wins Best Album. Iggy Azalea – “Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) is Best Song while Sam Smith wins Best New Artist.
  • In Movies, Guardians of the Galaxy is Movie of the Year, The LEGO Movie is Best Family Movie, Boyhood is named for Best Director while Mommy is Best Canadian Movie.
  • In TV, Fargo is TV Show of the Year, True Detective is Best Performance, Serie Noire tops the French Language Series category, while Outlander is the Best Book Adaptation.
  • In Apps, Pixelmator is named iPad App of the Year, Monument Valley is iPad Game of the Year, Elevate-Brain Training is iPhone App of the Year while Threes is iPhone Game of the Year.
  • In Books, Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows is Our Favourite: Fiction (English), Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything is Our Favourite Nonfiction (English) while Michael Delisle’s Le Feu de mon père is our Favourite Fiction (French) and Chantal Hebert’s Confessions post-référendaires is Our Favourite Nonfiction (French).



Top Songs 
1. Happy (From “Despicable Me 2”) – Pharrell Williams
2. All of Me – John Legend
3. Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) – Katy Perry
4. Say Something – Christina Aguilera, A Great Big World
5. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) – Iggy Azalea
6. Come With Me Now – KONGOS
7. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
8. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
9. Summer – Calvin Harris
10. Turn Down For What – Lil Jon, DJ Snake

Top Albums 
1. 1989 (Deluxe Edition) – Taylor Swift
2. Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Various Artists
3. Ghost Stories – Coldplay
4. x (Deluxe Edition) – Ed Sheeran
5. BEYONCÉ – Beyoncé
6. In the Lonely Hour (Deluxe Version)-Sam Smith
7. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)-Various Artists
8. Turn Blue-The Black Keys
9. Ultraviolence (Deluxe) – Lana Del Rey
10. The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)         Eminem

Top Movies 
1. Frozen
2. The Lego Movie
3. The Wolf of Wall Street
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
5. Captain Phillips
6. Thor: The Dark World
7. Divergent
8. The Other Woman
9. 12 Years A Slave
10. Gravity

Top TV 
1. Game of Thrones
2. Downtown Abbey
3. Sons of Anarchy
4. Suits
5. The Walking Dead
6. Mad Men
7. Outlander
8. Homeland
9. True Detective
10. Sherlock

Top iPhone Apps Paid
1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
2. Heads Up!
3. Afterlight
4. 7 Minute Workout Challenge
5. Plague Inc.
6. Geometry Dash
7. Cut the Rope 2
8. Sleep Cycle alarm clock
9. THE GAME OF LIFE Classic Edition
10. Bloons TD 5

Top iPhone Apps Free
1. Facebook Messenger
2. Snapchat
3. YouTube
4. Piano Tiles (Don’t Tap The White Tile)
5. 2048
6. Facebook
7. Google Maps
8. Instagram
9. Candy Crush Saga
10. WhatsApp Messenger

Top iPad App Paid
1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
2. Heads Up!
3. Cut the Rope 2
4. The Room Two
5. Terraria
6. Geometry Dash
7. Hide N Seek: Mini Game With Worldwide Multiplayer
8. Survivalcraft
9. Plants vs. Zombies HD
10. Blek

Top iPad Apps Free
1. Skype for iPad
2. YouTube
3. Netflix
4. Facebook Messenger
5. The Weather Network for iPad
6. Google Maps
7. Candy Crush Saga
8. Calculator for iPad Free
9. Facebook
10. Google
Best Selling Books: Fiction (ENGLISH)
1. The Fault in Our Stars -John Green
2. Gone Girl -Gillian Flynn

  1. Insurgent -Veronica Roth
    4. Allegiant-Veronica Roth
    5. Divergent-Veronica Roth
    6. The Goldfinch-Donna Tartt
    7. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood-Diana Gabaldon
    8. Edge of Eternity-Ken Follett
    9. Fifty Shades of Grey-E L James
    10. The Target-David Baldacci

Best Selling Books: Non-Fiction (ENGLISH)

  1. A House in the Sky-Amanda Lindhout
    2. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt-Michael Lewis
    3. Finding Me-Michelle Knight,Michelle Burford
    4. The Body Book-Cameron Diaz
    5. Orange Is the New Black-Piper Kerman
    6. The Wolf of Wall Street-Jordan Belfort
    7. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth-Chris Hadfield
    8. Not That Kind of Girl-Lena Dunham
    9. Unbroken-Laura Hillenbrand
    10. Crazy Town-Robyn Doolittle

Best Selling Books – FRENCH

  1. Central Park-Guillaume Musso
    2. Cinquante nuances de Grey-E L James
    3. Cinquante nuances plus claires-E L James
    4. Cinquante nuances plus sombres-E L James
    5. Une autre idée du bonheur-Marc Levy
    6. Rouge Poison-Michèle Marineau
    7. Malphas 4. Grande Liquidation-Patrick Senécal
    8. Oscar et la dame rose-Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
    9. Mauvaise foi-Marie Laberge
    10. Mensonges sur le Plateau Mont-Royal Tome 2-Michel David



John Cage was an avant-garde composer whose work has left a lasting influence on contemporary music. (Thom York of Radiohead calls Cage one of his all-time heroes.) Cage’s work included such experimentation as using a prepared piano (meaning objects are placed inside the piano to alter the sound) and a composition called 433, in which the musicians make no sounds at all for four minutes and thirty-three seconds.

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a studentpull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacherpull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined: this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Dont try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everythingit might come in handy later.

From Corita Kents book Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit

It’s that time of the year again, where websites, blogs, news media outlets and generally happy people endeavor into creating their Best Of The Year lists, highlighting works that will surely stand as their choices for high-water marks for music in 2014. You’ll find a fairly diverse range of opinions, but all of their choices contain within the power, beauty and commitment to the art form, no matter how you chose to consume music these days. I’ll be updating this list daily, so if you have a list published, or want to direct me to one, please let me know!

But first, here are a few digital companies that have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year.

No. 3: Ariana Grande
No. 6: Kim Kardashian
No. 7: Frozen
No. 8: Miley Cyrus

(Including music searches only.)
No. 1: Beyonce
No. 2: Miley Cyrus
No. 3: Katy Perry
No. 4: Britney Spears
No. 5: Justin Bieber
No. 6: Jennifer Lopez
No. 7: Selena Gomez
No. 8: Taylor Swift
No. 9: Nicki Minaj
No. 10: Carrie Underwood

Most-streamed artists in the U.S.
No 1. Eminem
No 2. Drake
No 3. Kanye West
No. 4. Lana del Rey
No. 5. Ariana Grande

Top Five Global Artists
No. 1. Ed Sheeran
No. 2. Eminem
No. 3. Coldplay
No. 4. Calvin Harris
No. 5. Katy Perry

Top Five Global Tracks
No. 1. “Happy” From Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams
No. 2. “Rather Be” (feat. Jess Glynne) by Clean Bandit
No. 3. “Summer” by Calvin Harris
No. 4. “Dark Horse” Katy Perry
No. 5. “All of Me” by John Legend

Most-streamed artist: Eminem
Most-streamed album: Drake, Nothing Was the Same

Most-streamed songs:
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
“All of Me” by John Legend
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
“Royals” by Lorde

1. “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
2. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
3. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
4. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
5. “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
6. “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
7. “Chandelier” by Sia
8. “Rich Gang” Lifestyle ft. Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan
9. “Loyal” by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Tyga
10. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

3News NZ’s Best Albums of 2014
A Music Blog, Yea?’s Best Songs of 2014
AARP News’ 14 Best Music Releases in 2014
A.V. Club’s 20 Best Albums of 2014
A Closer Listen’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2014
A Closer Listen’s Top 10 Ambient Releases
AdAge’s Best Music Marketing of 2014
AL.com’s Best Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop of 2014
Ad Hoc’s Best Reissues And Compilations of 2014
Aesthetic Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014
Aesthetic Magazine’s Best Songs of 2014
All About Jazz’s Kurt Gottschalk‘s top 12 Albums of 2014
All About Jazz’s Troy Collins‘ Best Releases Of 2014
Baltimore City Paper’s Top 50 Singles and 50 Albums of 2014
AllMediaNY’s Best Country Albums of 2014
Alt.Latino’s Favorite Latin Music Of 2014
Amazon.com’s Best 50 Albums of 2014
Amazon.com’s Best 50 Songs of 2014
American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums of 2014
American Songwriter’s Top 50 Songs of 2014
Amoeba Music’s Essential Albums of 2014
Aquarium Drunkard’s Best Albums of 2014
Asbury Park Press’ Best Blues Albums of 2014
Audiofemme’s 10 Musicians Killing the Fashion Game This Year
Australian Herald Sun Best and Worst Albums of 2014
AXS.com’s Best Las Vegas festivals of 2014
AXS.com’s Best Nashville Festivals of 2014
AXS.com’s Best Country Music Festivals of 2014
AXS.com’s Best Pop Artists of 2014
AXS.com’s 2014’s Best Hip Hop Music Videos
AXS.com’s Best Pop Music Videos in 2014
AXS.com’s Best Music Videos of Alternative Rock in 2014
azcentral.com’s 30 Best Songs of 2014
BBC’s Zane Lowe’s Hottest Records of 2014
Zane Lowe’s Top Albums of 2014
BDCwire’s Top 12 Albums of 2014
Bandsintown Names Most Active, Fastest Growing in 2014
Bangor Daily News’ Best Songs of 2014
Basement Galaxy’s Best Music of 2014
Belleville News Democrat’s Top 8 songs of 2014
Bend Bulletin’s Best Live Music of 2014
Billboard’s Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Musical Sketches of 2014
Billboard’s 10 Best Songs of 2014
Billboard’s 10 Best Albums of 2014
Billboard’S 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40
Bleep’s Top Albums of 2014
blogTO’s Top 10 Dance Parties in Toronto During 2014
Boston Globe’s 2014 Best Album Picks
Boston Globe’s 2014 Best Classical Music Albums
Boston Globe’s Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014
Boston Globe’s Best Tracks of 2014
Boston Globe’s Best of Boston Music 2014
Brooklyn Rail’s Best Music of 2014
CBC Music’s 30 Best Canadian Albums of 2014
Capital XTRA’s 35 Best Afrobeats Songs Of 2014
Capital XTRA’s Best EDM Music Songs Of 2014
Captain’s Dead’s Favorite Albums of 2014
Centralstampede’s Best Music of 2014 You Haven’t Heard
Chartattack’s 20 Best Music Videos of 2014
Chicago Tribune’s Best Jazz Albums of 2014
Chicago Tribune’s Best Pop Albums of 2014
City Pages’ 10 Best Minnesota Music Videos of 2014
City Pages’ 20 Best Twin Cities Concerts of 2014
Clash Magazine’s 7 Of The Best: Single Reviews Of 2014
Classic FM’s 6 Best Classical Music Viral Videos of 2014
CMJ’s Best Music Videos of 2014
CMJ’s Best 65 Songs Of 2014
Complex Magazine’s Best Album Covers of 2014
Complex Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014
Consequence of Sound’s Top 50 Songs of 2014
Consequence of Sound’s Top 5 Music Videos of 2014
Consequence of Sound’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2014
Cooper And Kid’s Best Kids Music of 2014
Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 11 Most Unforgettable Music Videos of 2014
Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014
Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2014
Cosy Catastrophes’ Best Songs of 2014
Country Outfitter’s Best Country Music Albums of 2014
Cover Me Songs’ Best Cover Albums of 2014
Crack Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014
Crave Online’s 20 Best Albums of 2014
Crave Online’s 20 Best Songs of 2014
Crave Online’s 2014 Music Memories We’d Like to Forget
Daily Campus’ Best Music Albums 2014
Deceptive Cadence’s Best Classical Albums of 2014
Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of 2014
Demo Magazine’s Best Music Videos of 2014
Diffuser.fm’s Top 10 Albums of 2014
Digital Journal’s Top 5 biggest music interviews of 2014
Digital Spy’s Best Albums of 2014
DIY Magazine’s Best of Bandcamp: 2014’s Finest
DJ Magazine’s Best Singles of 2014
Drowned In Sound’S 20 Best Debut Albums of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s Finest Ambient Releases of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s Best Black Metal Albums of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s 10 Essential Compilations of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s 40 Favourite Songs of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s Psychedelic Albums of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s Staff Favourite 3 albums of 2014
Dummy Magazine’s 20 Best Tracks of 2014
EDM.com’s 10 Of The Best Sets Of 2014
Earbuddy’s Best 40 Albums of 2014
Empty Lighthouse Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014
Entertainment Tonight’s 9 Best New Artists of 2014
Entertainment Tonight’s Year in Music 2014
Entertainment Weekly’s Best Albums of 2014
Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Singles of 2014
Entertainment Weekly’s Best Music Videos of 2014
EntertainmentWise’s 15 Of 2014’s Most Unforgettable Music Videos
Entropy’s Best Albums of 2014
Evening Standard’s Best Albums of 2014
Examiner.com’s OH Canada The Best of 2014 in Country Music
Exclaim!’s Best of 2014: Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Part One
Exclaim!’s Best of 2014: Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Part Two
Exclaim!’s Top 10 Canadian Music Videos
Exclaim!’s Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums
Exclaim!’s Top 5 Comedy Albums
Exclaim!’s Top 10 Reissues
Exclaim!’s 2014 in Lists: Top 10 Covers Albums of 2014
Exclaim!’s 2014 in Lists: Five Folk Albums from Minimalist to Maximalist
FACT Magazine’s Best Bandcamp releases of 2014
FACT Magazine’s 10 Best Labels of 2014
FACT Magazine’s 20 Best Cassettes of 2014
FACT Magazine’s 20 Best Reissues of 2014
FACT Magazine’s 20 Best Album Covers of 2014
FACT Magazine’s 20 Best Mixtapes of 2014
FACT Magazine’s 20 Best Videos of 2014
FACT Magazine’s 50 Best Tracks of 2014
Fandor’s Best Pop Music Cues of 2014
FasterLouder’s 50 Best Albums of 2014
Florida Courier’s Best Albums of 2014
Folk Roots/Folk Branches’ Top 14 for 2014
Flavorwire’s Best Song Lyrics of 2014
Flavorwire’s Best 124 Songs of 2014
Folk Alley’s Top Folk and Americana Albums of 2014
Fopp’s Top 50 Albums of 2014
Forbes’ List Of World’s Highest-Paid Musicians In 2014
Free Form Freakout’s Favorite Tapes of 2014
Funkhaus’ Best Music Videos of 2014
Fuse’s 41 Best Songs of 2014
Fuse’s 10 Badass Girl-Power Music Moments of 2014
Gapplegate’s Best of 2014
Georgia Straight’s Alex Hudson’s Top 10 Albums of 2014
Georgia Straight’s Michael Mann’s Top 10 Albums of 2014
Georgia Straight’s Steve Newton’s Top 10 Albums of 2014
Gigwise’s Best Albums of 2014
Glide Magazine’s 20 Best Albums of 2014
Glide Magazine’S 10 Essential Reissues of 2014
GlobalGrind’s The 10 Best Acronym Songs Of 2014
Gorilla Vs Bear’s Albums of 2014
Gorilla vs. Bear’s Best Songs of 2014
Grantland’s Best (aka My Favorite) Music of 2014
HBR 103.5 Best of 2014: The Best Turn Up Tracks of 2014
HBR 103.5’S Best of 2014: New Kenyan Artists Who Made an Impression This Year
HanCinema’s Best Music Comebacks of 2014
Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Best Debut Albums of 2014
Hit The Floor Magazine’s Top 10 Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post’s Best Albums of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Canadian Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Country Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Electronic Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Electronic Singles Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Indie Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best R&B Albums of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Pop Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Rock Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post’s 30 Best Music Videos Of 2014
Huffington Post UK’s Creative Music Videos That Blew Our Minds In 2014
Huffington Post’s 23 Best Albums Of 2014
Huffington Post Canada’s Best Albums Of 2014: The Year In Music
Hype Machine’s 50 Most Blogged & Favorited Tracks of 2014
Hype Machine’s Albums of 2014
Hype Machine’s Most Blogged Artists of 2014
iChill.ca’s Canada’s Top 10 Non-Music Videos in 2014
Idolator’s Best Albums of 2014
Idolator’s 20 Best Albums, EPs & Singles Of 2014
Idolator Editors Pick 20 Favorites 2014′s Best Pop Singles
Idolator Readers’ Poll Results: The 10 Best Albums Of 2014
Impose’s Best Music Writing of 2014
Indie Underground Best Songs of 2014
Indie Wire’s 15 Best Film Scores Of 2014
Insider Monkey’s 14 Best Music Mashups of 2014
Inverted Audio’s Best Music Videos of 2014
Iowa Public Radio’s Best Folk & Classical Music of 2014
Irish Independent’s Best International Albums of 2014
Irish Times’s Donal Dineen’s Best Music of 2014
iTunes Canada’s best of 2014 lists
Jazz24’s Top 6 Best Blues Albums Of 2014
Jazz Right Now’s Best Albums of 2014
Jewish Daily Forward’s Best Jewish Music of 2014
Jim DeRogatis’ Top Albums of 2014
Jukebox Junior’s 2014 Top 20 Singles
Juno Plus’ Top Cassettes of 2014
Juno Plus’ Top 15 Record Labels of 2014
KCRW DJ’s Top Ranked Albums of 2014
KCRW’s Music Director Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Albums of 2014
KCRW’s DJ Raul Campos’ Top Albums of 2014
KCRW’s DJ Chris Douridas’ Top 10 Albums of 2014
KCRW’s Best Cover Songs of 2014
KCUR in Kansas City’s Best Local Music Of 2014
KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest’s 6 Best Blues Albums Of 2014
Kansas City Star’s Best Albums of 2014
LAist’s 10 Best Albums Out Of Los Angeles In 2014
LA Music’s Top 50 Albums of 2014
LA Music Blog’s Top 5 Musical Moments On Twitter In 2014
LA Magazine’s Five of the Best LA Albums of 2014
LA Magazine’s Best “Little” Music Books of 2014
Leadership Newspapers’ Best Collabos Of 2014
LessThan3’s 15 Best House Tracks of 2014
Life Without Andy’s Best Music Videos Of 2014
Listen Hear’s Top 20 Best Albums Of 2014
Live In Limbo’s Top 25 Songs of 2014
Live in Limbo’s Leon Weinstein’s Best Music of 2014
Los Angeles Times’ Chris Barton’s Best Jazz Albums of 2014
Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed’s Best Classical Moments of 2014
Louder Than War’s Albums of 2014
Loudwire’s 20 Best Rock Songs of 2014
Macleans Magazine’s Arrivals: The top newcomers on the scene in 2014
Macleans Magazine’s Best Music of 2014
Magnet Magazine’s Best Hip-Hop Of 2014
Magnet Magazine’s Best Jazz/Improv Music Of 2014
Magnet Magazine’s Best Metal Music Of 2014
Magnet Magazine’s Best Noise Music Of 2014
Moon Duo Tells Their Top 10 of 2014
Noisey’s Top 25 Albums of 2014: 25 to 11
Noisey’s Top 25 Albums of 2014: 10 to 1
Magnet Magazine’s Best World Music Of 2014
Metal Injection’s Nicholas Franco’s Top 20 Albums of 2014Rob’s Top 10 Favorite Metal Injection’s Robert Pasbani’s Metal Albums of 2014
Mic’s 29 Most Iconic Moments for Women in Music in 2014
Milwaukee Record’s 15 Best Milwaukee Music Videos of 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 10 Best Milwaukee Albums of 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 10 Best Albums of 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Best Country Albums of 2014
Milwaukee Record’s Best Milwaukee Concerts of 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Bream’s and Riemenschneider’s Top Concerts, Albums of 2014
MOJO Magazine’s 50 Best Albums Of 2014
MOJO Magazine’s Best Reissues Of 2014
MTV’s 23 Albums That Should Have Gone Platinum In 2014
MuchMusic’s Biggest And Best Music Videos Of 2014
musicOMH’s 100 Albums Of 2014
Music Times’ 10 Best Album Covers Of 2014
Music Times’ 8 Great Albums From 2014 You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
Music Times’ 11 Best Music Moments In Film
Music Times’ 10 Best Cover Songs Of 2014
NME’s Top 50 Tracks Of 2014
NME’s Top 50 Albums Of 2014
NPR’s All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2014
NPR’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2014
NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014
NPR’s Ann Powers’ Top 15 Albums Of 2014
NPR’s Best Global Music Of 2014
NPR’s Best Classical Albums Of 2014
NPR’s Ken Tucker’s Top 9 Albums Of 2014
NPR’s 10 Best Electronic Albums Of 2014
Nada Mucho’s 123 Songs We Liked A Whole Lot
Nashville Scene’s Top Local Records of 2014
NewsOK.com’s Best Oklahoma Music Moments of 2014
Nairaland’s Top 14 Songs Of 2014
Nerdist’s Top 50 Tracks of 2014
New York Times’ Best Albums of 2014
New York Times’ Jon Caramanica’s Top 10 Albums of 2014
New York Times’ Classical Critics Pick the Top Music Recordings of 2014
The New Yorker’s Best Jazz Reissues of 2014
Newstalk 106-108FM’s 10 Best Irish Albums of 2014
Newsweek’s Top 10 Albums of 2014
No Depression’s Minkin’s Music Best of 2014
Noisey’s Look At The Year In K-pop
Nylon Magazine’s Best Videos of 2014
Okayafrica’s Top 10 Music Videos Of 2014
OregonLive’s 30 Best Songs of 2014
Palm Beach Post’s Favorite Local Albums of 2014
PandoDaily 10 Best Albums of 2014 That You Won’t Find on Spotify
Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Albums of 2014
Paste Magazine’s Best Atlanta Mixtapes of 2014
Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2014
Paste Magazine’s 10 Best Box Sets of 2014
Paste Magazine’s 25 Best Live Acts of 2014
Paste Magazine’s 20 Best New Bands of 2014
Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Cover Songs of 2014
Perfect Sound’s Best Music of 2014
PeteHatesMusic’s Top Songs of 2014
PeteHatesMusic’s Top Hip Hop and Dance/EDM Songs of 2014
PeteHatesMusic’s Top Albums of 2014
Pigeon And Planes’ Best Videos of 2014
Pigeons & Planes’ Best New Artists of 2014
Pigeons & Planes’ Best Songs of 2014
Pitchfork‎’s 20 Best Music Videos of 2014
Pitchfork’s 50 Best Albums of 2014
Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2014
Pitchfork’s Contributors’ Top 10 Music Lists
Pitchfork’s Best Album Covers of 2014
Playboy Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014
PopCrush’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2014
Popmatters’ 75 Best Songs of 2014
PopMatters’ Best Indie Pop of 2014
Popsugar’s Best Workout Songs of 2014
PopMatters’ Best Hip-Hop of 2014
Pretty Much Amazing’s Best Albums of 2014
Q Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2014
Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Albums of 2014
Resident Advisor’s DJs of 2014
Resident Advisor’s Top Mixes And Compilations of 2014
RPM.fm’s Best Indigenous Music of 2014
Ravalli Republic’s 14 Best Albums of 2014
Reno Gazette Journal’s Best Local Music of 2014
Revolver Magazine’s 20 Best Albums of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Albums of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Best Reissues of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Albums of 2014
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014
Rough Trade’s Top 100 Albums of 2014
San Jose Mercury News’ Top 10 Albums of 2014
Showbams’ 25 Best Live Music Acts of 2014
Silent Shout’s Top 25 Music Videos of 2014
Slant Magazine’s 25 Best Singles of 2014
Something Else! Reviews Top Reissues for 2014
Soundblab’s Jeff Penczak’s Top 10 Releases of 2014
Stereophile Magazine’s Best Jazz Albums of 2014
Soundblab’s Steve Reynolds Best Albums of 2014
Sound Opinion’s Best Albums of 2014
Speakers in Code’s 20 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2014
Spin Magazine’s Top 101 Songs for 2014
SPIN Magazine’s Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014
SPIN’s Best Metal Albums of 2014
Spin’s Best Albums of 2014
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Stereogum‎’s 50 Best Albums Of 2014
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It’s that time again, folks. Today SXSW announced through second round of Showcasing Artists for the 2015 SXSW Music Festival!

This round includes acts spanning a wide breadth of styles from all over the world. This March at SXSW Music, you can experience the ’60s psych-pop sounds of Dutch singer-songwriter Jacco Gardner, UK post-punk legends Gang of Four, the US debut of Cuban hip-hop duo Los Aldeanos, Berlin-based Cómeme DJ Matias Aguayo and Hyperdub producer Ikonika. Also included on this list are Twin Shadow and ’90s shoegaze legends Swervedriver, which were announced earlier this month.

Stay on top of the hundreds of acts already announced for next year’s event with SXSWfm. Free apps are available for iPhone and Android. SXSWfm also aired an exclusive preview of round two artists on Monday; the show is available to stream here until Tuesday, December 2.

Browse the full list of second round artists below; you can see the full list of announced artistshere. Don’t miss the diversity of music at SXSW 2015 – register before prices increase this Friday, November 21!

Matías Aguayo (Berlin GERMANY)
Lydia Ainsworth (Toronto CANADA)
The Amazing Snakeheads (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Kimberly Anne (London UK-ENGLAND)
Asian Chairshot (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Babes (Los Angeles CA)
Bad Vibes (Oakland CA)
The Ballroom Thieves (Boston MA)
Del Barber (Winnipeg CANADA)
Beat Connection (Seattle WA)
BeatKing (Houston TX)
Beaty Heart (London UK-ENGLAND)
BJ The Chicago Kid (Chicago IL)
Black Violin (Miami FL)
Guy Blakeslee (Los Angeles LA)
The Blind Shake (Minneapolis MN)
Suzy Bogguss (Nashville TN)
BØRNS (Los Angeles CA )
The Bros. Landreth (Winnipeg CANADA)
Tom Brosseau (Los Angeles CA)
B.Traits (London England UK-ENGLAND)
Cairo Knife Fight (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Cancer Bats (Toronto CANADA)
Capitan Tifus (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Blake Carrington (Toronto CANADA)
Cathedrals (San Francisco CA)
Chancha Via Circuito (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
ChoZe (Atlanta GA)
Christian S (Cologne GERMANY)
Chui (Zagreb CROATIA)
Cinematic Experience (Berlin GERMANY)
CJ Fly (Brooklyn NY)
Coffeehouse (Santiago CHILE)
Amy Cook (Austin TX)
The Cribs (Wakefield UK-ENGLAND)
Denzel Curry (Miami FL)
Karla da Silva (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Dear Boy (Los Angeles CA)
Death Valley Girls (Los Angeles CA)
Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver CANADA)
Robert DeLong (Los Angeles CA)
DeLorean (Houston TX)
The Deslondes (New Orleans LA)
The Digital Wild (Austin TX)
Marianne Dissard (Paris FRANCE)
The Districts (Philadelphia PA)
DJ Blue Hawaii (Montreal CANADA)
DJ Earl (Chicago IL)
DJ Halo (Oakland CA)
DJ HVAD (Copenhagen DENMARK)
DJ Spinn (New York NY)
Doeman (Houston TX)
Doughbeezy (Houston TX)
Dream Koala (Paris FRANCE)
Dr. Rackle And The Sound Griots (New Orleans LA)
DJ Duffey (Dallas TX)
The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
East India Youth (London UK-ENGLAND)
ELEL (Nashville TN)
Ellie Herring (Lexington KY)
Elvis Depressedly (Asheville NC)
Escort (Brooklyn NY)
Javier Escovedo and the City Lights (San Diego CA)
EX-CULT (Memphis TN)
Sean Falyon (Atlanta GA)
Famasloop (Miami FL)
Father (Atlanta GA)
Fielded (New York NY)
The fin. (Tokyo JAPAN)
Diana Fuentes (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
Gang Of Four (London UK-ENGLAND)
Gang Of Youths (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Garden City Movement (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Gateway Drugs (Los Angeles CA)
Jacco Gardner (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
Ghost Magnet Roach Motel (Tijuana MEXICO)
Giant³ Sand (Tucson AZ)
Girl Pilot (Austin TX)
Good Harvest (Falun SWEDEN)
Philipp Gorbachev (Berlin GERMANY)
Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)
William Harries Graham (Austin TX)
Grand Analog (Toronto CANADA)
Gyptian (King Western JAMAICA)
Monica Heldal (Oslo NORWAY)
Hiatus Kaiyote (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Highly Suspect (Brooklyn NY)
Hippo Campus (Minneapolis MN)
Ho9909 (Newark NJ)
Reuben Hollebon (Norfolk UK-ENGLAND)
HOLYCHILD (Los Angeles CA)
Holy Esque (East Kilbride UK-SCOTLAND)
I Am Giant (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Ice Prince (Lagos NIGERIA)
Ikonika (London UK-ENGLAND)
Iyanya (Lagos NIGERIA)
Jamestown Revival (Austin TX)
Mick Jenkins (Chicago IL)
July Talk (Toronto CANADA)
Kaleo (Mosfellsbær ICELAND)
Kawehi (Eudora KS)
Tori Kelly (Los Angeles CA)
KEN mode (Winnipeg CANADA)
Kill! Kill! Pussycat! (Ange SWEDEN)
Victoria Kimani (Los Angeles CA)
Elle King (Brooklyn NY)
King Tuff (Brattleboro VT)
Natasha Kmeto (Portland OR)
Kosha Dillz (Los Angeles CA)
La Luz (Seattle WA)
La Mecanica Popular (New York NY)
Nikki Lane (Greenville SC)
La Sabrosura Dura (Bogota COLOMBIA)
Laza (Springfield MA)
Lazyeyes (Brooklyn NY)
Lenka (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
LIL J (Austin TX)
Longfellow (Brockley UK-ENGLAND)
Los Aldeanos (Havana CUBA)
The Lowest Pair (Olympia WA)
Lowkey (Austin TX)
Austin Lucas (Bloomington IN)
Macaco (SPAIN) (Barcelona SPAIN)
The Magnettes (Lulea SWEDEN)
Mallory Knox (Ely UK-ENGLAND)
Mansionair (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Mao Loading (Bogota COLOMBIA)
The Mastersons (Austin TX)
Mighty Oaks (Berlin GERMANY)
Mirror Travel (Austin TX)
Chris Mitchell (Houston TX)
Moe Gang (Houston TX)
Machel Montano (Port of Spain TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
Moon City Boys (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Moon Honey (Los Angeles CA)
Ian Moore (Seattle WA)
Bob Moses (New York NY)
Mother Falcon (Austin TX)
Motopony (Seattle WA)
Mr Play (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Mud Howlers (Mexico City MEXICO)
Mumiy Troll (Vladivostok RUSSIA)
My Jerusalem (Austin TX)
Mysonne (New York NY)
The Mystery Lights (Brooklyn NY)
Israel Nash (Dripping Springs TX)
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (Venice CA)
Night School (Oakland CA)
Nihils (Waidring AUSTRIA)
Northcote (Victoria CANADA)
Nyla (Kingston JAMAICA)
O Amor Existe (Porto Alegre BRAZIL)
Odesza (Seattle WA)
Adil Omar (Islamabad PAKISTAN)
Only Real (London UK-ENGLAND)
Paul Oscher (Austin TX)
Oso Leone (Palma de Mallorca SPAIN)
The Painted Redstarts (Austin TX)
Pale Seas (Southampton UK-ENGLAND)
Percance (San Jose COSTA RICA)
Josiel Perez’s AC Jazz Project (Los Angeles CA)
Pompeya (Moscow RUSSIA)
Jay Prince (London UK-ENGLAND)
Chuck Prophet (San Francisco CA)
Public Access T.V. (New York NY)
Public Service Broadcasting (London UK-ENGLAND)
PUJOL (Columbia TN)
Quorum (Tokyo JAPAN)
Quiet Company (Austin TX)
Rainy Milo (London UK-ENGLAND)
Rival Consoles (London UK-ENGLAND)
Daniel Romano (Welland ON CANADA)
Peter Rosenberg (New York NY)
Daniel Roure Quartet (Toulon FRANCE)
Sadat X (New Rochelle NY)
Samini (Accra GHANA)
San Fermin (Brooklyn NY)
Sango (Seattle WA)
Saukrates (Toronto CANADA)
Sean Paul (Kingston JAMAICA)
Hunter Sharpe (Austin TX)
Andy Shauf (Regina CANADA)
Sicko Mobb (Chicago IL)
Samantha Savage Smith (Calgary CANADA)
Snootie Wild (Memphis TN)
Socalled (Montreal CANADA)
Sol (Seattle WA)
Sonido San Francisco (Xonacatlán MEXICO)
Sophie (London UK-ENGLAND)
Southern Hospitality (London UK-ENGLAND)
SPEAK (Austin TX)
George Stancell (Longview TX)
Peggy Stern Trio (Austin TX)
Sungod (Austin TX)
Surfer Blood (West Palm Beach FL)
S U R V I V E (Austin TX)
Sweater Beats (Brooklyn NY)
Swervedriver (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Time For Three (Philadelphia PA)
The Ting Tings (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Trixie Trainwreck (Berlin GERMANY)
Tropics (London UK-ENGLAND)
Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)
TsuShiMaMiRe (Tokyo JAPAN)
Turbo Fruits (Nashville TN)
Benny Turner and Real Blues (New Orleans LA)
Twin Danger (Brooklyn NY)
Twin Shadow (Los Angeles CA)
Jonathan Tyler (Dallas TX)
Velvet Caravan (Savannah GA)
The Velvet Teen (Santa Rosa CA)
Victim Mentality (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Vision Fortune (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Voyeurs (London UK-ENGLAND)
Wardell (Los Angeles CA)
Water Liars (Oxford MS)
Juan Wauters (New York NY)
Wave Chapelle (Milwaukee WI)
Weyes Blood (New York City NY)
Whiskey Shivers (Austin TX)
Wild Throne (Bellingham WA)
Alex Wiley (Chicago IL)
Roosh Williams (Houston TX)
Lena Willikens (Cologne GERMANY)
Wolf Alice (London UK-ENGLAND)
Worldwide (San Antonio TX)
Xu Xu Fang (Mar Vista CA)
Young Empires (Toronto CANADA)
Your Old Droog (Brooklyn NY)
Yukon Blonde (Vancouver CANADA)
Yung Gleesh (Washington DC)
Zionstereo (Cali COLOMBIA)
The Zoltars (Austin TX)
The Zombies (St Albans UK-ENGLAND)
Zookeeper (Austin TX)
Zooly Gvng (Atlanta GA)
Yumi Zouma (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)

Jack Bruce, best known as one third of Cream, has died of liver disease. In a statement issued by his family on Saturday, his family said: ““It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

To pay tribute, here are 25 Things You Need To Know About Jack Bruce.

1. Bruce was born to musical parents who moved frequently, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools.

2. He won a scholarship to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, while playing in Jim McHarg’s Scotsville Jazzband to support himself. The Academy disapproved of its students playing jazz. “They found out,” Bruce told Musician correspondent Jim Macnie, “and said ‘you either stop, or leave college.’ So I left college.”

3. Bruce was trained as a classical cellist, and he considered himself a jazz musician, although much of he’s really more known for music that tended toward blues and rock and roll.

4. In 1962, Bruce became a member of the London-based band Blues Incorporated, led by Alexis Korner, in which he played the upright bass. The band also included organist Graham Bond, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Ginger Baker.

5. In 1963, the group broke up and Bruce went on to form the Graham Bond Quartet with Bond, Baker, and guitarist John McLaughlin. They played an eclectic range of music genres, including bebop, blues and rhythm and blues. As a result of session work at this time, Bruce switched from the upright bass to the electric bass guitar.

6. As a result of session work at this time, Bruce switched from the upright bass to the electric bass guitar.

7. After leaving the Graham Bond Quartet, Bruce recorded a solo single, “I’m Gettin Tired”, for Polydor Records. He soon after joined John Mayall and his John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers group, which featured guitarist Eric Clapton.

8. After the Bluesbreakers, Bruce tasted his first commercial success as a member of Manfred Mann in 1966, including “Pretty Flamingo” which reached number one in the UK singles chart.

9. It was his first of two number one singles – the other being an uncredited bass part on The Scaffold’s “Lily the Pink.”

10. While with Manfred Mann, Bruce again collaborated with Eric Clapton as a member of Powerhouse, which also featured the Spencer Davis Group vocalist Steve Winwood credited as Steve Anglo. The 3 tracks were featured on the Elektra sampler album What’s Shakin’. Two of the songs, “Crossroads” and “Steppin’ Out”, became staples in the live set of his next band – Cream.

11. Bruce, with his Gibson EB-3 electric bass, became one of the most famous bassists in rock, winning musicians’ polls and influencing the next generation of bassists such as Sting, Geddy Lee and Jeff Berlin. Bruce co-wrote most of Cream’s single releases with lyricist Pete Brown, including the hits, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, and “I Feel Free”.

12. In 1968, Cream broke up.


13. In 1972, Bruce formed a blues rock power trio, West, Bruce & Laing. Besides Bruce, the group included singer/guitarist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing, both formerly of the Cream-influenced American band Mountain. West, Bruce & Laing produced two studio albums, Why Dontcha and Whatever Turns You On, and one live album, Live ‘n’ Kickin’.


14. In 1973, Bruce recorded bass guitar for Lou Reed’s Berlin album playing on all but two tracks.

15. A 1975 tour was lined up to support the Out of the Storm album with a band featuring former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and jazz keyboard player Carla Bley, with whom he had collaborated in 1971 on Escalator over the Hill. The tour was documented on Live ’75 (at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall), but it ended with Taylor’s departure, and no studio album was completed.

16. In the late 70s, Bruce formed new bands with musicians such as Simon Phillips, members from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham. A 3-CD collection of his 1970s BBC recordings called Spirit was released in 2008.

17. By 1979, Bruce’s drug habit had reached such a level that he had lost most of his money. He kept touring and recording with Robin Trower, Bruce Gary from The Knack, and Anton Fier’s Golden Palominos.

18. In 1989, Bruce began recording material with Ginger Baker and released another solo album, A Question of Time. Baker and Bruce toured the United States at turn of the decade. Bruce played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990, and was invited by Irish blues rock performer, Rory Gallagher (who had a long-standing relationship with Bruce, having supported Cream’s farewell concert in the band Taste in 1968) to perform a couple of songs together onstage.

19. Bruce had suffered a period of declining health, and in 2003 was diagnosed with liver cancer. In September 2003, he underwent a liver transplant, which was almost fatal, as his body initially rejected the new organ.

20. In May 2005, he reunited with former Cream bandmates Clapton and Baker for a series of well-received concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall, released as the album Royal Albert Hall London May 2–3–5–6 2005, and New York’s Madison Square Garden.

21. In October 2009, Bruce performed at the 50th anniversary of Ronnie Scott’s Club with the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Band. After garnering good reviews, three further dates at the club were added in March 2010.

22. At the 2011 North American Music Merchants Show, Bruce became only the third recipient of the International Bassist Award, a lifetime achievement award for bassists, after Jaco Pastorius and Nathan Watts. Asked whom he regards as the best bass players in pop and rock history: “If you’re talking electric bass, it’s very, very simple: James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, me.”

23. “Spectrum Road” was released in June 2012 by the US jazz record label Palmetto Records. It was accompanied by a series of dates at large jazz festivals in North America and Europe throughout June and July.

24. Bruce released new studio album “Silver Rails” in March 2014 on the Esoteric Antenna, his first solo studio album in over a decade. “Silver Rails” was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and features contributions from Cream (band) lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and wife Margrit Seyffer as well as musicians Robin Trower, Cindy Blackman, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski and Bernie Marsden. Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce pre-produced the album and played guitar on several tracks and Bruce’s daughter Aruba Red was featured on “Hidden Cities” singing backing vocals.

25. “We all have roles in life. I’m a dad, a husband, this and that, but basically I only feel justified in being alive when I’m on the stage.”

CBC Music: Rock channels Top 10’s for the week of October 3, 2014

Rock Top 10: listen here: http://music.cbc.ca/stream/genre/rock/rock

1. The Black Keys – Gotta Get Away from Turn Blue (Nonesuch)
2. Big Wreck – Hey Mama from Ghosts (Anthem)
3. One Bad Son – Satellite Hotel from Black Buffalo (604)
4. Rise Against – I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore from The Black Market (Universal)
5. Nickelback – Edge Of A Revolution from No Fixed Address (Universal)
6. Fuel – Cold Summer from Puppet Strings (Sony)
7. Royal Blood – Figure It Out from Royal Blood (Black Mammoth)
8. Bastille – Flaws from Bad Blood (Virgin)
9. Jack White – Would You Fight For My Love? from Lazaretto (Third Man)
10. Our Lady Peace – Won’t Turn Back from digital single (Coalition)

Indie Top 10: listen here: http://music.cbc.ca/stream/genre/rock/indie

1. Interpol – All The Rage Back Home from El Pintor (Matador)
2. Man Man – Pink Wonton from On Oni Pond (Anti)
3. Of Montreal – Hegira Emigre from Lousy With Sylvainbriar (Polyvinyl)
4. Goat – Hide From The Sun from Commune (Sub Pop)
5. Cloud Nothings – Physic Trauma from Here And Nowhere Else (Carpark)
6. Foals – Late Night from Holy Fire (Transgressive)
7. King Tuff – Magic Mirror from Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
8. Alt-J – Left Hand Free from This Is All Yours (Infectious)
9. The Raveonettes – Sisters from Pe’hai (The Beat Dies)
10. The Rentals – 1000 Seasons from Lost In Alphaville (Polyvinyl)

CBC Radio3 Top 10: listen here: http://music.cbc.ca/stream/station/radio3/cbc-radio-3

1. Library Voices – Windsor Hum from For John EP (Prairie Shag)
2. Meligrove Band – Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye from Bones Of Things (We Are Busy Bodies)
3. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Vessel from 7” single (Arts & Crafts)
4. Arkells – Come To Light from High Noon (Universal)
5. New Pornographers – Dancehall Domine from Brill Bruisers (Last Gang)
6. Hey Rosetta! – Kintsukuroi from Second Sight (Sonic)
7. Stella Ella Ola – Hypersleep from I Think We Should Hang Out All The Time (Royal Mountain)
8. Sam Roberts Band – Shapeshifters from Lo-Fantasy (Universal)
9. Alvvays – Atop A Cake from Alvvays (Royal Mountain)
10. July Talk – Summer Dress from Guns And Ammunition EP (Sleepless)

From CoS:

The Richest has published a list of the 10 wealthiest bassist in music, and while the names probably won’t surprise you, their placement might. Of course, the top spot is a given: Paul McCartney, perhaps the most famous bassist of all-time, is worth $1.2 billion, some $900 million more than the next richest. The Police’s Sting and KISS’ Gene Simmons are both worth an estimated $300 million and, thus, tied for second.

Despite having the highest-grossing tour of all-time, Roger Waters peaks at No. 4 with a net worth of $270. He’s followed by U2’s Adam Clayton and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea. At No. 7, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones is reportedly worth $80 million, which seems a little low given the band’s place in rock history and constant reissues. The same can also be said about Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, who places behind No Doubt’s Tony Kanal.

Check out the full list below.

01. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
02. Sting – $300 million
02. Gene Simmons (KISS) – $300 million
04. Roger Waters – $270 million
05. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million
06. Flea – $115 million
07. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million
08. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million
09. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million

Nielsen SoundScan has released its first report on streaming services in Canada. The data combines streams from YouTube, Rdio, Google Plus, Slacker, Nokia and Xbox. The numbers are pretty small compared to the US, but it’s still early – and with Pandora launching to the select few, these stream total will explode shortly.

Top of the list is “Dark Horse” with Katy Perry featuring Juicy J with 795.8K streams, followed by “Fancy” with Iggy Asalea f/t Charlie XCX at 653.1K. Sia’s “Chandalier” comes in 3rd with 527.9K streams.

The top 100 list reads like a CHR top 100 countdown chart with a few retro cuts in-between, including Survivor’s 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger” scoring 100.8K spins and placing 94th on the 100 list, Blue Swede’s “Hooked on A Feeling” with 170.5K spins at 39 (from 127) and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass’s “Spanish Flea” logging 211.1K streams and jumping 310 to 29 on the chart.

Only two Canadians make the 100 list: “Rude” by Magic! logged 278.9K streams, placing 10th on the list and faux Canadian Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. + Pharrell) ranks 79th with “Blurred Lines registering 114K streams.

Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass is being praised for its catchy beat and body positive lyrics such as: “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top” and “It’s pretty clear I ain’t no size 2, but I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do”. The song depicts the “ideal” skinny body type as overrated and promotes body acceptance and celebrates men and women of all sizes and shapes.

1 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
2 Maps Maroon 5
3 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
4 Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
5 Chandelier Sia
6 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
7 Stay With Me Sam Smith
8 Hideaway Kiesza
9 Anaconda Nicki Minaj
10 Love Runs Out OneRepublic

Titled Awesome Mix Vol 1, the soundtrack features heavily throughout the film as a cassette of Seventies rock, pop and soul classics that lead character Star Lord listens to as he journeys through space.

1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
2 High Noon Arkells
3 1000HP Godsmack
4 Stolen Dance – EP Milky Chance
5 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
6 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer
7 They Want My Soul Spoon
8 x (Deluxe Edition) Ed Sheeran
9 5:01 Tim Hicks
10 TRXYE – EP Troye Sivan