Most Pirated Artists of 2013: Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk

rihanna-2013I imagine that there’s a certain feeling of flattery in being named one of the most illegally downloaded artists of the year. Musicmetric, which analyzes data from Bit Torrent, has revealed that at over five million downloads each, Bruno Mars and Rihanna earned the top spots in this category, while Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and Flo Rida rounded out the top five. Also in the top 10 were Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Drake, and Pitbull. 

Gregory Mead of Musicmetric reminds readers that the analytics “don’t condone piracy,” but rather help artists plan around where their fans are, in order to optimize tours ” similar to what Iron Maiden has started doing. Musicmetric also measures social media success, and found Taylor Swift to be the winner, with an added 29.5 million new followers in 2013, with Katy Perry close behind at an added 29.2 million new followers.

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Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album

What do The Beatles, Lorde, Cher, and Lady Gaga all have in common? No, this isn’t a bad joke. In fact, it’s pretty cool. The iconic superstars will be just some of the mega-acts contributing to a new relief album for Typhoon Haiyan. Coming in at a whopping 39 tracks, Songs for the Philippines is available on iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to the Philippine Red Cross. View the track list below and donate here. (more…)

Flo Rida Debuts "Can't Believe It" Featuring Pitbull

The work week may just be beginning, but that doesn’t mean the good vibes from the weekend need to be put away just yet.

Hitting the net just after midnight on July 28, “Can’t Believe It” is a club-ready jam from pop heavyweight Flo Rida. The song features Pitbull and focuses on the unbelievable beauty of girls found on the dance floor and beyond. It’s not as much about storytelling as it is setting a mood for good times, and after hearing “Can’t Believe It” three times this morning, it’s hard to imagine anyone making it through with a straight face. Kick back, turn it up, and click through the link below to stream “Can’t Believe It” in full.

Flo Rida has reportedly been working on a new album, but at this time no details regarding its release have been confirmed. “Can’t Believe It” is sure to make the cut though, so comment below and let us know your thoughts on the track. (more…)

Pitbull Releases "Open Letter" Freestyle

Less than a week after Jay-Z returned to music with his “Open Letter,” Pitbull returns to our headlines with a message of his own.

Any time a big beat finds its way into hip hop, you can rest assured an immeasurable number of freestyles will find their way online in the weeks that follow. That said, if the artist behind the original is particularly huge (ie Kanye, Jay-Z, Kendrick), most blogs will hold off on running any freestyles until something truly great crops up. Such is the case with this post, and the one who had the confidence to tackle Jay-Z’s latest is none other than Pitbull.

Moving away from the talk of a luxury lifestyle and hangs with Obama, Pitbull’s “Open Letter” focus on his rise from the streets of Cuba, including mentions of Bay of Pigs, Operación Pedro Pan, and Fidel Castro. You can stream the track below.

Don’t get it twisted, Pitbull meant no offense by delivering his version of Jay-Z’s controversial track. In fact, if you listen closely you’ll hear Pitbull mention (and agree on some things) with Jay during the second verse. (more…)

Clinton Sparks: The OurStage Interview

Clinton Sparks is blowing up. From producing Lady Gaga, Pitbull, and so many more, to being lowered via helicopter into his own Awesome Party at The Palms in Las Vegas (and pretty much everything in between), the man has arrived. He’s a 360 degree personality, making it happen for other artists and for himself, starting in earnest with his September 2012 single Watch You.

Now he’s got a new video and a third edition of his My Awesome Mixtape, and dozens of new projects on the horizon. He came into our studio last week to talk about how he got to where he is, how music became his life, what’s next for him, and what advice he has for aspiring artists. Here is part one of our two-part interview “ look for part two on Monday. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win a copy of My Awesome Mixtape 3.

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Black Veil Brides Featured On 'Now That's What I Call Music 45'

Everyone’s favorite radio friendly compilation is back, and in a surprising twist of events the makers of Now That’s What I Call Music have featured Black Veil Brides‘ “In The End” on their 45th installment. Appearing as a “Now What’s Next” bonus track, Black Veil Brides finds a home among other bonus artists, Born Cages, Walk The Moon, and Capital Cities.

Although it’s a shocker to see the band included on a track list that also features acts like Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, One Direction, and Ne-Yo, it’s refreshing to see Now That’s What I Call Music delving a bit more into the unknown. At least, the unknown of many regular Now listeners.

Check out the full track list after the jump, and keep an eye out for our upcoming interview with Black Veil Brides by following us on Twitter!


The Internet Unites To Make Taylor Swift Perform At School For The Deaf

Remember that time when pranksters sent Pitbull to perform at a WalMart in Alaska?

The Internet trolls of the world have united once again from the darkest corners of Reddit and 4chan in an attempt to get country pop singer Taylor Swift to perform at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in sunny and scenic Allston, Massachusetts.

It all started when Swift teamed up with textbook rental company Chegg and pizza chain Papa John’s to offer a promotional performance at the campus that receives the most online votes. Perhaps learning from Pitbull’s mistake, Swift’s team were sure to include a possibility for opting out of the performance in the fine print of the rules, but we’d love to see her follow in Pit’s footsteps and go through with the performance anyway. After all, the winning school also receives $10,000. Silver lining, people!

If you enjoy Taylor Swift, check out OS artist Aubrey Wood!

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When The Internet Exiles Pitbull To Alaska, Everybody Wins

Pitbull is about to be one cold puppy. Dale.

“Mr. 305” himself is headed to a Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska (pop. around 6,000) thanks to the combined efforts of roughly 70,000 internet denizens. It all started with a contest held by Walmart and Sheets Energy Strips to have the Miami based rapper perform at the Walmart that had the most Facebook likes.

And that’s where David Thorpe and Jon Hernden come in.

Thorpe and Hernden, writers for, both tweeted about their desire to send Pitbull to the far-flung Kodiak Walmart. Those tweets became the catalyst for the prank, which spread across Twitter after hundreds of retweets and the creation of the #ExilePitbull hashtag. From there, the user community at popular image hosting board Reddit joined in on the campaign. By the time media outlets had begun reporting on the story, it was already over.

But the story doesn’t end there. Much to the pleasure of everyone involved, Pitbull is going along with the results of the competition. What a good sport!

And for his hard work coming up with the idea and moving his fingers to type out a few tweets, Thorpe has netted himself a trip to Alaska alongside Pitbull. Recap: the Internet gets what it wants, a sleepy Alaskan town gets something pretty special, and Pitbull might have to wear a puffy coat for a few days in the middle of the summer.

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Friday, July 6th, 2012