Snapchat Launches New ‘Our Story’ Feature At Electric Daisy Carnival This Weekend

If you’re a big fan of sharing your best party moments with your friends on social media, you’re going to love this brand new event-based feature on Snapchat.

Last October, the app unveiled ‘Snapchat Stories’, a feature that allowed users to share snaps with anyone they’re connected to on the app for 24-hours. ‘Your Story’ was a huge success and now they’re stepping up their game for music lovers and concertgoers.

While these stories have always been shared on a personal level – you would send your snaps only to your own personal contacts, this new feature allows several users that are in the same location to share the snaps collectively and publicly. Much like a twitter hashtag.

Snapchat is testing this new feature this weekend. It will be one big story that will collect video and photo memories from everyone who’s attending Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas this weekend. Snapchatters will be able to share their moments with ‘Our EDC Story’ – which will become one large story available to anyone who’s added the EDCLive Snapchat account.

According to their blog, It’s a way to experience the event even if you’re not there. “We built Our Story so that Snapchatters who are at the same event location can contribute Snaps to the same Story. If you can’t make it to an event, watching Our Story makes you feel like you’re right there!”. And, yes, Snapchat is providing free wi-fi during the event to make it happen.

This could be the next big thing for the app, as it might eventually allow users to check the events happening nearby and which stories they’d like to take part in – and therefore attract more and more Snapchatters in the future.

– Carolina Galli

Avicii Crowned Spotify’s Top Artist Under 25

If you had any doubts that EDM artists are the rock stars of the modern music industry, Spotify is here to shine a light on this matter again. The digital music streaming service has released their very first Top Artists Under 25 chart, listing the top 25 most-streamed young musicians on the website.

That does not come as a big surprise as the 24-year-old Swedish has broken almost as many records as he has spun. After braking  Spotify analised at hits that reached the number 1 spot, the volume and growth of streams and shares, and also viral charts success from 2013 to get the results.

There’s no doubt Avicii is a serial hit-maker. Ever since his blood-pumping hit “Lev7es” took over the world by storm and launched him into the mainstream music scene, he’s been unstoppable. His latest country-inspired anthem “Wake Me Up” stole the spotlight once again and was the most streamed song in all Spotify history. Avicii is also the first artist under 25 to reach the remarkable one billion streams on Spotify.

Completing the list are the expected popular pop stars: New Zealand singer-songwriter prodigy Lorde (2nd), the racy tongue-wagging American singer Miley Cyrus (3rd), British boy-wonders One Direction (4th) and willing-to-give-love-a-chance Taylor Swift (5th).

Check out the complete list with the #1 hit from each artist:

– Carolina Galli

How Much Would Your Favorite Artist Charge You?

Ever wondered how much it would cost to have your favorite artist playing at your own party? An anonymous source within the American booking agency Degy Entertainment has leaked a list of rates suggested by artists’ agents per show. The numbers aren’t set in stone, but you get a ballpark figure of the actual cost.

The costs range from a mere 1,000 dollars to over a staggering $1 million, depending on your artist choice. Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris and Avicii each request about $100K to $200k, while Deadmau5 will put up a live PA for $200K to $250k. Tiesto, well known for having outrageous ticket prices per gig, asks for roughly $200K to $400K (nearly half a mil!) to rock your dance floor.

Despite the leaked list, it’s never been a secret that these artists get paid a lot. And the booking fee is directly related to the overall amount of net income they are able to generate. Let’s look at one of the most impressive acts in the world: The iconic thrash/metal band Metallica. According to Billboard’s current Boxcore Report, they garnered an impressive gross profit of $24 million in one week of work, which includes their South America tour last March. Not bad, huh?

Artist: Metallica
Venue: Estadio do Morumbi – Sao Paulo, BRA
Date: Mar. 22nd, 2014
Gross Sales: $5,701,630
Attendance/Capacity: 61,742/ 63,347
Ticket Prices: $257.68, $77.30

Artist: Metallica
Venue: Estadio Unico Ciudad de La Plata – Buenos Aires, ARG
Date: Mar. 29th-30th, 2014
Gross Sales: $4,719,390
Attendance/Capacity: 76,407 / 79,038
Ticket Prices: $124.87, $31.22

Artist: Metallica
Venue: Parque Bicentenario – Quito, ECU
Date: Mar. 18th, 2014
Gross Sales: $3,877,959
Attendance/Capacity: 32,257 / 32,257
Ticket Prices: $225, $30

Artist: Metallica
Venue: Estadio Monumental – Santiago, CHL
Date: Mar. 27th, 2014
Gross Sales: $3,508,790
Attendance/Capacity: 43,296 / 43,296
Ticket Prices: $170.18, $48.37

Artist: Metallica
Venue: Parque Simon Bolivar – Bogota, COL
Date: Mar. 16th, 2014
Gross Sales: $2,857,030
Attendance/Capacity: 30,974 / 34,137
Ticket Prices: $156.23, $73.23

Artist: Metallica
Venue: Jockey Club – Asuncion, PAR
Date: Mar. 24th, 2014
Gross Sales: $2,256,140
Attendance/Capacity: 28,277 / 32,200
Ticket Prices: $223.81, $40.29

Artist: Metallica
Venue: Estadio Nacional – Lima, PER
Date: Mar. 20th, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,925,090
Attendance/Capacity: 27,858 / 31,600
Ticket Prices: $164.23, $18.95

This $24-million gross profit is the total revenue minus all expenses with the venue, promoters, managers, and the overall production of the show. The amount Metallica is actually taking home is much less. Although they haven’t made it to the leaked list, we bet you would still need to spend over $1 million to get them to play for your own party.

If you’re short on cash, you should go for some acts that have not been in the spotlight for a long time, like 90s rap artist Coolio (he penned the classic anthem “Gangasta’s Paradise”) for $20K, kitschy boy band Hanson ($25K) , or post-grunge group Hoobastank ($20K to 30k). But we’d probably choose EDM divas Nervo ($25K to $35k) over them any time.

PS: We thought the Black Eyed Peas announced their long-overdue retirement last year? Well, you can still get them off their couches for a mere $500K.

– Carolina Galli

Roland TR-808 Teams Up With Rubik’s Cube

Have you spent a couple of minutes (or hours) trying to complete the Rubik’s Cube on Google’s homepage? That doodle was fun but we raise you the virtual 808 Cube – way more awesome for music junkies like us.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, a Google app has joined forced with the almighty Roland TR-808 drum machine to blow us away with a fully functional 3D model. Reviving the concept of aleatoric music, a style of music that dates back to at least the 15th century, you can pair the instrument’s sounds with each surface of the cube, randomising them with the cube’s 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 combinations – expect to spend a few hours playing around with it.

Besides the endless combinations, you can also drag audio files from your own desktop on to the 808 Cube to customize your samples. “This experiment is a mash up of cultural icons popular in the 1980s, a spin on drum machine step sequencing, and a repurposing of the Rubik’s cube for rhythm exploration”, they say on the website.

“I can’t wait to see people learn about three-dimensional objects through their browsers and to test the limits of what is possible when the Cube gets re-jigged using cutting edge web technologies,” Professor Ernő Rubik said about the project

The 808 Cube is part of the Chrome Cube Lab, where they give different spins to the classic 1974’s Cube. You can check all the experiments on their official site and even get the code to build your own, if you’re feeling adventurous.

– Carolina Galli