The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1

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Quartz yesterday published an article which analyzed data from Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station, in an attempt to get a feel for the station's most played songs and artists throughout the month of July. The company took data collected from 12,445 songs specifically from "early July to early August," and discovered that artists The Weeknd, Drake, and Disclosure were the top three most-played musicians for the month.


The Weeknd was also on top of the most played song chart, with the song "Can't Feel My Face" -- which he performed live at WWDC in June -- played a total of 107 times in July. Artists including Rachel Platten, Beck, and Selena Gomez, amongst others, round out the rest of the list thanks to the popularity of their current chart-topping songs "Fight Song," "Dreams," and "Good for You," respectively.
Beats 1 has something that is rare in the world of digital music: scarcity. Listeners can't choose a song and play it over and over. (They can do that elsewhere on Apple Music.) But curation doesn't mean songs aren't repeated. We counted 12,445 tracks but only 3,371 unique songs, meaning each track was played an average of 3.7 times. Eighteen of the 20 songs in the table above were played over 50 times.
Quartz also found the top genre on Beats 1 to be hip-hop (1,726 plays), with alternative (1,506 plays) and electronic (802 plays) rounding out the top three spots. Still, "a quarter of the songs in the dataset" that Quartz measured were only played one time, so Beats 1 is still managing to present a few diverse tracks into the mix every once in a while.


The response to Apple Music has been mixed, with the service's detractors pointing to the initial speed bumps syncing with iTunes and an over-reliance on specific musical genres in Beats 1, the latter of which Quartz has now detailed. The rest of Quartz's report on Beats 1 is definitely worth checking out, with charts analyzing the volume of songs played on weekdays versus the weekend and even one highlighting songs played most frequently in pairs.

Article Link: The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1
 

teslo

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On the entire list the only two "artist" I have ever heard of are Beck and Selena Gomez. Out of those two the only song I know is "Where it's at".
i only know a couple more, but major lazer's video where they jump around humping everything/everyone was a pretty huge viral video a few years ago. worth watching at least once with your jaw on the floor, wondering where music culture is headed in the next decade or so.
 
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Robert.Walter

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On the entire list the only two "artist" I have ever heard of are Beck and Selena Gomez. Out of those two the only song I know is "Where it's at".
I'm in about the same boat... I recognize your two and raise you two more (known only because Apple promoted them.). Of these 4, I only know one song from Beck, Devil's Haircut, and I like it.

Otherwise, these results make me feel like an old fart.
 

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i only know a couple more, but major lazer's video where they jump around humping everything/everyone was a pretty huge viral video a few years ago. worth watching at least once with your jaw on the floor, wondering where music culture is headed in the next decade or so.
I think that branch of music has more in common with bizarre performance "art" than with normal music. Same for Miley, although I am amenable to her free the nipple esque campaign, I can't help but feel that it is a gimmicky crutch for unsustainably limited talent.
 

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I am more into Rock, Country, 80's, 90's, 90's grunge, Southern Rock, Metal, alternative, indie rock, indie pop, even rap pre-90's.

Pretty much anything that isn't the current urban music.
My post was more for Daalseth (She or He) had asked about classical music. However to your post I have found a wealth of the music you like on AM, just not Beats1. But to be fair Beats 1 is not designed for folks like me or (and it sounds like) folks like you also.
 
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So... basically, a radio station plays top songs and genres the most. Color me shocked.:rolleyes:
It does seem to have a U.S. (or maybe English-language-countries?) bias, though. I'm from Germany: Many of the American Hip-Hop acts aren't all that well-known over here, and R&B and Soul aren't nearly as successful as they are in the states.

I've also never heard of any of the artists listed in this analysis, but I'm not sure whether that's due to regional taste differences or whether I'm just an old fart who doesn't keep up with popular music anymore.

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The pop music format of formulaic 3-5 minute songs is so tired. I listen to ambient drone on SomaFM. There are almost no good pop songs or artists out there any more. Tame Impala is very good, and of course Beck. But almost all of it sounds computerized, ghettoized, fragmented, ugly, cheap and bad.
 
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One thing that really made me disappointed is that shows are repeated. If Zane is on in the morning in the U.S. he's on in the evening in Europe. If Ebro is on mid day in the U.S. He's on at night in Europe so I don't have to listen ;)
 

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On one hand I'm surprised, but then unsurprised. I guess Beats 1 will just play whats popular and Apple's been pushing rap in Hip Hop in almost every aspect of Apple Music's advertising that I've seen.

Still, I kind of thought their live station would be more evenly distributed. Meh, I never signed up, but the "For You" section looks like it will be much better for most people.
 

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Maybe a part of Beats takeover was that Apple have to "keep it real" and be "down with tha kidz"?

I have a displeasure of knowing most of the "artists" on this list, and by the looks of it, I haven't lost anything by ignoring Beats 1. If I want to listen to Currents or "Lean On", I've got them here at hand. The rest, Apple should pay me 9.90 a month to listen to, and I'd argue that's not enough.
 

dmylrea

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Count me as another who has never heard of many of the musicians in this top 10 or 20. Guess I'm old.
Likewise. I guess we know who Apple Music's demographic is. There are plenty of services that have "stations for me", so who needs Apple Music? I'm happy with Google Play Music.
 

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i thought the genre depends on the country they stream from. like US had a lot of hip hop while the UK got more electro pop and hipster music
 
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