The internet, with its vastness and accessibility, has changed how people discover new music. New music services are popping up, bringing more aspiring artists along with them. These sites have democratized music consumption for both listeners and creators and the music industry has taken notice. In January, one of the most popular music streaming sites, SoundCloud — which was founded in and allows people to both freely listen to and upload tracks — signed a licensing contract with Universal Music Group, the New York Times reported. The deal proves that great music can live on the web. Here are six places you can go to discover your next favorite artist. Mixcloud is based on the idea of rethinking the radio by providing listeners with a collection of DJ mixes from both the well known and underground and radio shows in basically every type of genre, although mainly electronic. It's a great place to explore an artist's live sets or performances. In addition to individual song postings, there are also curated playlists. Every Noise at Once is a site that powers music discovery with algorithms.
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"The Bigger Picture," Lil Baby
As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist , or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is. If it's good, we want you to hear it -- and then listen again. Lil Baby is not backing down. After taking to the streets with Atlanta city councilman Antonio Brown to protest the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the year-old rap sensation has released a mournful track that channels his pain, frustration, and anger into a song that attempts to capture the emotional complexity of the moment. Appropriately titled "The Bigger Picture," the song opens with a piano loop and snippets of newscasters describing the recent demonstrations before switching to a more personal, confessional mode. Sister duo Chloe x Halle are young phenoms.
Today, there are more ways than ever for artists to get music into their fans' ears. However, the vast array of services can also be problematichow do you stay abreast of new music releases when they could pop up in lots of different places? A couple of decades ago, all you needed to do was subscribe to a music magazine and listen to the radio every day, but these days it's not so simple. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with new songs and new albums from your favorite artists. With that in mind here are the new music websites worth bookmarking.