Instagram has unveiled @music, the Facebook-owned company’s first-ever content vertical and dedicated portal for highlighting artists and their activities.
“For the past four years, we have become the home for artists big and small — a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans,” Instagram founder and CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a post on the company’s blog Wednesday morning (April 29).
Music has long been an important driver of the 300 million users currently active on Instagram — more than 25 percent of the app’s top accounts are musicians, with Beyonce (30.9 million) the platform’s No. 1 most-followed account, followed closely by the likes of Ariana Grande (30.1 million), Taylor Swift (28.3 million),Justin Bieber (26 million), Miley Cyrus (18.3 million) and Rihanna and Katy Perry(who each have 17.7 million apiece).
Madonna think Kanye West should kindly take a seat. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the singer said that she felt Kanye West’s awards show outbursts have been misguided, likening the search for justice at the Grammys to “trying to find a needle in a haystack.” She advised West to “Just go and have fun,” adding that she believes the rapper and producer takes things “too seriously.” West, who co-produced several tracks on Madonna’s next album, Rebel Heart, was recently in the news for his faux-interruption of Beck’s acceptance speech at the Grammys, where he was the recipient of the Best New Album trophy for his Morning Phase. Kanye feigned a repeat of the incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech, taking the microphone out of the singer’s hand in the process. In both cases, he was urging the awards committees to give the title to work of Beyonce’s.
Eddie Murphy knows reggae. In 2013, the actor, comedy icon and erstwhile R&B singer threw many for a loop when he unveiled “Red Light,” a stellar reggae track featuring Snoop Dogg, as his first new musical offering in 20 years. But unlike Snoop, whose calculated Jamaican reincarnation met an inevitable backlash, Eddie has received a largely positive response from his seemingly organic foray into the genre.
I wonder what this record will sound like? Kanye did well with the Paul McCartney and Rihanna record.
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