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Soundnet charts reveal pub favourites – new and old

Soundnet has released its charts revealing the most-played artists, tracks and genres, on digital jukeboxes this year. Once again, there is an eclectic mix of old and new in the charts, reflecting the varied tastes of the pub-going public. While chart hits still dominate – with Ed Sheeran surprisingly hitting the top spot in most-played artists…

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Why a teenage dream’s so hard to beat

Why does the music we listened to as teenagers still sound better than anything we have encountered since then? That was the question asked by Mark Joseph Stern a writer for Slate Magazine in a recent, excellent article. The answer is not simply nostalgia – or even that we have become less tolerant of new…

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Hats off to Pharrell – he’s had quite a year

Pharell Williams has finally lost his top spot on the Soundnet charts, where he has remained for an amazing 16 weeks with his track ‘Happy’. During the past four months, he has headed off challenges for the top of the Soundnet chart from other artists who reached number one in the Official Chart Company listings,…

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The forgotten tracks

This week a new online music service was launched that only plays songs that nobody has listened to on Spotify. Apparently there are around 4 million tracks available on Spotify that have never ever been listened to. The aim of the new service, called Forgotify is to bring these tracks to the listeners’ attention. Users…

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Jukebox hits of 2013

Every year, we compile three charts of most played tracks, artists and classic tracks. These charts create an interesting picture of the music people pay to listen to while out in pubs and clubs.  As expected, chart hits are dominant on this year’s Most Played Tracks Chart, which is broadly in line with the top-selling…

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Happy new year!

As we link arms to sing Auld Lang Syne – many of us will be thinking of ways to improve our lives in 2014. According to research, the top 5 New Year’s Resolutions are: 1. To lose weight 2. To quit smoking 3. To do more exercise 4. To get a new job 5. To…

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Pop will eat itself

Unless you left the country this weekend, you will not have missed the fact that it was The X Factor final. This show has become a national institution of sorts having spawned some of the most successful recording artists of recent years, such as One Direction and Leona Lewis. But just as it can create…

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Taylor Swift shuns Spotify, but not the Jukebox

Recent MTV European Music Award winning artist Taylor Swift has announced she won’t be sharing her latest album on Spotify, though thankfully it will still appear on Soundnet’s Jukeboxes. Spotify is not the only streaming service to be hit by Swift’s decision to withhold her new material. As reported by Garett Kamps, senior director of…

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Don’t Rage Against It – Download it instead!

The Official Charts Company has confirmed this week that this year’s X Factor winner’s single will be released during the Christmas Number 1 sales week, following a two-year break from the Number 1 single race. The previous two X Factor winners James Arthur and Little Mix released their singles to reach the number one slot…

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Lou Reed – gone but not forgotten

“I’m not a human jukebox, I’m a musician,” the late Lou Reed is quoted as saying after he was criticized for not playing any crowd pleasing older tracks at a gig in Toronto. “Me, I think a real fan would be happy to hear whatever music you wanted to play, if they really cared about…

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