Archives for January, 2016

Believe Digital Opens Norwegian Office In Partnership With Indie Distribution

January, 29th 2016 12:28

Believe Logo Noir Square SmallBelieve Digital has officially opened a Norwegian office in cooperation with one of Norway’s most influential music companies, Indie Distribution. Following a two-year launch development phase led by instrumental Norwegian artist manager and Believe’s representative in Norway Eivind Brydøy, the partnership has now been formally launched. The move now sees Believe operating over 30 offices across the globe with over 300 international digital music industry experts making up its staff base.

Since its inception in 2005, Indie Distribution has been one of the key independent companies in Norway, having distributed labels like PIAS, Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Rough Trade, SPV, Roadrunner and many more. In addition to Indie Distribution the team behind the company also run three of the more notable record companies in Norway: Indie Recordings, Voices of Wonder and Name Music. The partnership sees Believe Digital taking over the Norwegian representation for their catalogue, significantly strengthening Believe’s Norwegian market share.

Erlend Gjerde, Managing Director at Indie Distribution and Country Manager of Believe Digital Norway, explains: “We’re excited to announce our new role for Believe Digital. Believe is probably the only player in the digital music industry that manages to offer the flexibility and dynamics of an independent, whilst coupled with the power which is usually only enjoyed by the majors. This truly marks the start of a new era for us, entering into the digital music distribution market by joining one of the very best multinational teams out there.”

Gjerde continues: “Our setup is significantly strengthened with this partnership, and not just for our domestically distributed clients; we really look forward to working with Believe globally to help us develop our labels internationally. We cannot wait to get started.”

Lee Morrison, General Manager UK & SVP Rights Management Believe Group says of the move: “The expansion in Norway is another step towards increasing our full international reach for our global distribution and label services divisions. We are looking forward to working with Indie Distribution and their superb catalogue, both on a local and global basis”.

Believe New Releases 29/01/2016

January, 29th 2016 09:08

Artist: Jacob Plant
Release: Reflections
Label: Skint Records
Genre: House

Fast-rising UK producer Jacob Plant is set to release gutsy new future house single “Reflections”, featuring Example, on November 27th via Skint Records.

Following its debut on Danny Howard’s BBC Radio 1 show over the weekend, “Reflections” has already been featured by Radio 1 DJs Mistajam & DJ Target, picked up by UKF, and topped the Cool Cuts chart.




highasakiteArtist: HIGHASAKITE
Release: Someone Who’ll Get It 
Label: Propeller Recordings
Genre: Indie Pop
In many ways, it’s a coming of age, though not by way of conceited or complacent clarity. There’s no enlightenment. Quite the opposite, really. Here is a cry for affinity. Understanding. Someone Who’ll Get It. Norway’s Highasakite return with perhaps their darkest offering to date, unveiling new single ‘Someone Who’ll Get It’ – the first lifted from the band’s highly-anticipated sophomore LP, slated for release this year. It ricochets; it resonates, with Highasakite’s signature battalion in full force.







Artist: La Yegros
Release: Chicha Roja
Label: Soundway Records
Genre: World

Argentinian singer-songwriter La Yegros returns with the 1st single from her forthcoming second album ‘Magnetismo’, her debut release on Soundway Records.

The singer named as ‘The Queen of Nu Cumbia’, currently resides in two distinct places – the romantic south of France and the pulsing heart of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Her eclectic music first received attention from major international media such as The Guardian, BBC, Time Out and The Fader, which led to the signing of her first deal, with debut LP ‘Viene de Mi’ released in 2013.




Artist: Runrig
Release: The Story
Label: Ridge Records
Genre: Folk

Runrig return with a vengeance for what is likely to be their final studio album. Most of the songs, written by the original band members Rory und Calum Macdonald and produced over the past year by their youngest member, keyboard player Brian Hurren , reflect on all those topics that are relevant to them and close to their hearts. Despite their usual nostalgia and romanticism – this is their most ambitious and modern album to date.
The Story unfolds…..




Develop Your Audience With Original Packshot Videos

January, 28th 2016 19:39

When a video is embedded on external websites, they do not show as much information as the YouTube watch page. This includes the subscribe button, channel avatar, and descriptions containing links to subscribe to your channel and buy your content.

Therefore, it is a good idea to make these accessible to viewers through the video stream itself.

Cards and annotations are a great way to redirect to stores, websites and other YouTube pages (videos, playlists, channels).

If you think about your video packshot design before publishing, you can include several icons that can be made clickable via spotlight annotations.

Top Tip – Increase your Watch Time by integrating links to more of your content using playlists i.e. ‘Full Album’. This keeps viewers watching your content and has a positive effect on the YouTube algorithm.

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Believe New Releases 22/01/2016

January, 22nd 2016 09:04

Artist: Flume

Release: Never Be Like You
Label: Future Classic
Genre: Dance

The stunning new single from Australian superstar Flume feat. Kai. Taken from the hugely anticipated sophomore album ‘Skin’ and released via Future Classic.








Artist: Abbath
Release: Abbath
Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Black Metal

When Abbath announced that he had left IMMORTAL, it sent massive shockwaves through the metal scene. The iconic frontman had long become the “face” of the Norwegian black scene, his image synonymous with this style. Now the legend returns with his new band ABBATH and a crushing eponymous debut album, unleashing all the fury of a Nordic blizzard at full force. Of course the band is equally at home in writing anthemic mid-tempo hymns. Abbath’s characteristic riffing shines clearly through it…





Artist: Jean Tonique
Release: Guest
Label: Partyfine
Genre: House

Already drawing comparisons to artists like Kaytranada and Pomo, French producer and multi-instrumentalist Jean Tonique gets set to become one of the most hyped artists this year. Drawing influences from 70s funk, Jean Tonique makes an effort to distance himself from genre-defining elements while approaching his music from an organic and raw songwriting perspective.







Believe New Releases 15/01/2016

January, 15th 2016 09:06

Artist: Missio

Release: Can I Exist
Label: Missio
Genre: Alternative

Can I Exist is an honest track that dives into the realms of depression. It’s best listened to in the evening hours. The song produces a melancholy and chill-vibe feel.







Artist: Frøkedal
Release: The Sign
Label: Propeller Records
Genre: Indie Pop

A self-confessed minimalist, Frøkedal knows less is more. But sometimes, there’s something wildly satisfying about clanging and banging and buoyant brass… At least that was the case with lead single ‘The Sign’. Stream the single here…

“I guess I temporarily had to loosen up on the minimalism,” Frøkedal eplains. “After all, we were trying to capture the slightly odd vibe of a spiritual awakening. There’s nothing moderate about that.”





Artist: I Heart Sharks 
Release: Hey Kid
Label: AdP Records
Genre: Pop Dance

After storming the German indie scene and playing almost 500 shows, 100 of those in 2014, I Heart Sharks all but disappeared. “We missed making music with our mates and playing at house parties and clubs,” says singer Pierre Bee, “We missed that veracity, and needed to find it again”. Now, after almost a year, it’s back to the roots for Pierre, Simon, Martin & Craig – signing with their original indie label AdP Records for a self-produced EP. It looks like the sharks are back.





Artist: Rhapsody Of Fire
Release: Into The Legend
Label: AFM Records
Genre: Hard Rock

“Into The Legend” – a title for an album to expect something huge and also fitting perfectly to RHAPSODY OF FIRE. Because when it comes to “Symphonic Epic Metal” the Italian music pioneers are one of the top names. After 2 million sold records and almost two decades in the music business they are still inspired and hungry for more – as always.
Two years after “Dark Wings” and the fulfilled split with Luca Turilli it is time to present “Into The Legend” – the new RHAPSODY OF FIRE masterpiece.
Hymns like “Distant Sky”, “Into The Legend” and “Realms Of Light” will for sure reach the classic magnum opus status.





Playback Locations

January, 12th 2016 17:39

This analytics feature helps you understand which pages are driving audiences to your content.

Usually, the most important playback location is the YouTube Watch Page.

Just below you will find the websites that embedded your videos, and here’s a key learning:

Social Networks are strong platforms for reaching audiences thanks to people sharing your videos, you will find them regularly on top of the analytics, but they don’t bring that much Watch Time as the content consumption is very fast on these platforms.

Besides, there are a lot of media such as news websites, magazines and blogs, that feature your videos following their own sourcing or your PR work; these on the other hand, bring an increased Watch Time.

The Playback Locations tool in the YouTube analytics can easily help you identify the ones that really count, they could be the key to help your content being discovered and your channel being successful.

Playback Location

Believe New Releases 08/01/2016

January, 8th 2016 09:11

Artist: Various

Release: Gems 04
Label: Steyoyoke
Genre: House 

Another year, another victory. 2015 has been the best and busiest year for Steyoyoke, holding their first label showcases across North America, bringing their angelic and mystifying techno across the oceans. This year’s Gem collection gives you the productions that made this label the unique treasure it is today. Get hypnotised by some old and new label members with this compilation of addictive tracks. Without further ado, welcome to Steyoyoke Gems Vol. 4.




Artist: Various Artists
Release: At The Fireside
Label:BNF Collection
Genre: Pop

A hot drink, a fire and a cosy playlist for a perfect moment!







Artist: Various 
Release: Drum & Bass Annual 2016
Label: Viper Recordings
Genre: Drum & Bass

Viper Recordings “Drum & Bass Annual 2016” album features 18 of Viper’s biggest hit singles from 2015, as well as 6 new unreleased tracks, plus a brand new hour long DJ mix from InsideInfo. Featuring huge tracks from the likes of Matrix & Futurebound, Brookes Brothers, The Prototypes, InsideInfo & Mefjus, Cyantific, Koven, Maduk, Smooth, and many more, the Annual is the perfect way to start of another banner year of Drum & Bass music.




Artist: Wayne Wonder
Release: Wayne Wonder: Masterpiece
Label: FM Records LLC
Genre: Reggae

Wayne Wonder  is a Jamaican reggae fusion (specifically reggae/R&B) artist.While his early recordings were dancehall and reggae, he later moved towards hip hop and rap. His career really took off internationally when he signed to Atlantic Records, achieving worldwide success with the song “No Letting Go” in 2003. The single reached No. 11 in the US[6] and No. 3 in the UK.”No Letting Go” and the album No Holding Back were a major success on urban radio stations in the US.






YouTube Update: Home Page – Logged In

January, 7th 2016 17:39

YouTube made changes on the YouTube Home Page – Logged in: the tab called “All activity” (where subscribers were able to see uploads, likes and comments from their subscriptions) has been removed because it was not enough used by YouTube users.

Today, the new interface gathers all uploads (no more likes & comments) from subscriptions, in a chronological order (today, yesterday, this week) under Subscriptions tab.

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Believe New Releases 1/1/2016

January, 1st 2016 09:12

Artist: Idris Elba

Release: Murdah Loves John
Label: 7 Wallace
Genre: R&B

‘Murdah Loves John’ is the second in a series of character albums to emerge from the mind of Idris Elba. Inspired by his time portraying TV detective John Luther, Idris presents a unique musical interpretation of the sinister themes and settings explored in the series.

The album’s title track ‘Murdah Loves John’ was premiered last night as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record of The World on BBC Radio 1. Pre-order the album here and get the title track immediately:



Artist: Soul Button
Release: Wraith EP Feat. Terry Grant
Label: Steyoyoke
Genre: Deep House

Steyoyoke’s latest EP features smooth vocals by Canadian artist Terry Grant that compromises two originals by Soul Button, one piece by Soul Button and Aaryon, and a remix by Animal Picnic, coming together to make one tear-jerking EP. This ethereal techno tugs playfully at your heartstrings, with it’s moving melodies graciously complimented by beautifully contrasting dark lows and piercing highs.




Artist: Moon Bounce
Release: Body
Label: Secret Songs
Genre: Electro

note from moonbounce: “I wrote this song to celebrate my lady’s body and worship carnal desire. It’s my raunchiest song to date, but also the purest. I didn’t attempt to tackle any complex emotional themes, I just wanted to praise my woman!”

note from ryan: “shouts to my dood noah breakfast for putting me onto moon bounce. MB is such a strong example of what i’ve been seeing as the next evolution of the producer — morphing into the singer-songwriter. it’s really all coming full circle.”



Artist: Lucas
Release: Keep U Warm
Label: Secret Songs
Genre: Electro

“Often when I am making music I have some idea of the place in which I want the song to exist. This ‘place’ can be a room, a field, an old cassette tape, etc. I think that attempting to capture the mood of a specific setting can give my songs a certain quality or atmosphere, and can help me choose sounds that will work well for the track. I will keep the inspiration for this song to myself, but I hope it takes u somewhere that means something to u :)”