Songs that became famous because of a system glitch

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There's a City Pop record called 'Plastic Love', by Mariya Takeuchi, that, for some reason, shows up in Youtube's suggestions whenever you search for City Pop, Japanese 80s, Vaporwave, or a number of other searches. I've read that this is some kind of fluke, a glitch in Youtube's algorithm. As a consequence, it's been streamed by over 20 million youtubers, the album has been re-released, it has an official video, Madonna has recorded a cover of it, and it's one of the most famous Japanese pop songs outside of Japan.

Similarly, there's an OK record called 'New For U' by Andrés that Discogs will suggest whenever you search for almost any house record. As a result, this became one of the very most wanted LPs on Discogs. I can't find the list now, but it was way up there. I also read somewhere that this was a glitch in Discogs' algorithm.

It reminded me of a time when I tried to write my own script on my Linux computer. It was supposed to start my computer up at 7am, then play a random song from my collection. Instead, it always played the first song, alphabetically. Then I tried to get it randomize by artist, but then it just played the first artist, alphabetically. This meant that no matter what I did, I always woke up to '96 Tears' by ? And The Mysterions. It was like Groundhog day. I gave up on the script.

Anyway, this all made me wonder if any other songs have become famous because of a glitch, or a programming technicality.

3×5, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:03 (six months ago) link

yeah once it got rolling plastic love would constantly show up in recommended videos from extremely unrelated things, not even just other music vids. dunno if they've fixed it, i haven't seen it pop up in a while

ciderpress, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:08 (six months ago) link

it always played the first song, alphabetically

Our car does this — whenever it connects via Bluetooth to my wife’s phone, it plays “Abandoned Castle of My Soul,” by the Gothic Archies (sometimes very loudly). This has made the song famously reviled in our household.

60... 90... 120 Minute IPA (morrisp), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:10 (six months ago) link

That's funny. I think I'll always have a negative association with 96 Tears now, too. As soon as I hear that Vox Continental play I get tense.

3×5, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:29 (six months ago) link

amine's "caroline" was the first song listed on the first spotify "fresh finds" playlist, grew into a top 20 hit. not a system glitch, but a stroke of immeasurable luck.

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:31 (six months ago) link

I'm currently running a summer camp, and the morning assembly playlist comes from my phone. So every time I get in my car after work bluetooth connects and I Gotta Feeling starts playing.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:36 (six months ago) link

"new for u" was a massive summer anthem in 2012 (at least on "serious" deep house dance floors)

the late great, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:40 (six months ago) link

this is not to say that this is an imaginary phenomenon, but "new for u" is not a good example of this phenomenon

the late great, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 21:43 (six months ago) link

Yeah, “New For U” was in high demand from the moment it was released, and was re-pressed shortly after, and really elevated Andrés’ profile very quickly.

ed.b, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:36 (six months ago) link

This meant that no matter what I did, I always woke up to '96 Tears' by ? And The Mysterions.

I would probably be OK with this tbh

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:43 (six months ago) link

used to be the first song in my library, sorted by artist, was "the world's greatest sinner" by the a-bones

mariya takeuchi probably deserves better than to be the joe rogan of city pop

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:45 (six months ago) link

smdh Andrés is respected and often great

Mariya Takeuchi was a huge pop star in Japan afaik

brimstead, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:14 (six months ago) link

idk this stuff just seems like an uninteresting butterfly effect thing, it’s kind of annoying isn’t it?

brimstead, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:21 (six months ago) link

Madonna has recorded a cover of it

Are you thinking of this DJ?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Madonna

60... 90... 120 Minute IPA (morrisp), Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:41 (six months ago) link

My first ever stereo that had a shuffle function constantly picked tracks 1, 4, and 7 first. So according to me those are the best songs on many techno albums and compilations made between 1992-1999, I think

El Tomboto, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:17 (six months ago) link

That Midori Takada album was 'famously' supposedly given a massive boost by youtube recommendations. Two million plays for what was a really quite obscure ambient percussion record. Subsequent very successful resissue along with other related records.

Andrés 'New For U' was kind of congruent with stuff I would have been browsing at the time but it was genuinely first in recommendations on Discogs an awful lot it seemed.

Thank You (Fattekin Mice Elf Control Again) (Noel Emits), Thursday, 8 August 2019 02:45 (six months ago) link

this happened with Clairo's "Pretty Girl" and launched her career

ufo, Thursday, 8 August 2019 02:59 (six months ago) link

poll: glitch / broken rng VS. payola

El Tomboto, Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:06 (six months ago) link

This meant that no matter what I did, I always woke up to '96 Tears' by ? And The Mysterions. It was like Groundhog day. I gave up on the script.

this sounds pretty ideal tbh

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:09 (six months ago) link

just tbc it’s fair to point out that andres “new for u” does show up a lot on discogs recommendations for a lot of people

but it organically was a hit record before that, not the other way around

the late great, Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:18 (six months ago) link

this "96 tears" thing would be a great fakeout opening montage for a movie, someone waking up each day to that same opening burst of organ, you assume time is repeating and then gradually you discover the joyous truth that this wonderful song is alphabetically first in both title and artist, and our protag is a struggling young linux programmer.........could be great. and either way you'd get to hear "96 tears" a lot.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:11 (six months ago) link

:D

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:29 (six months ago) link

this is a great idea for a thread!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:31 (six months ago) link

Our car does this — whenever it connects via Bluetooth to my wife’s phone, it plays “Abandoned Castle of My Soul,” by the Gothic Archies (sometimes very loudly). This has made the song famously reviled in our household.

― 60... 90... 120 Minute IPA (morrisp), Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:10 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

This could be a thread in itself. For me the song was "Adidas In Heat" by Adrian Belew. It was automatically downloaded to my iPhone because I had the album in iTunes years ago on my old computer. So fucking obnoxious.

Vape Store (crüt), Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:39 (six months ago) link

it's always interesting (to me) when the same track keeps coming up on youtube, wondering how personalised it is to me or how wide a swathe of youtube viewership are getting the same recommendation. sometimes pretty unlikely things keep popping up and have millions of views, but I'm p old and out of touch and have no idea if the algorithm made them or if they were popular already

(or how much that actually translates into real world fame, like if I tell people I'm into whatever quite niche-seeming band the algorithm is giving me this week will everyone be like, "sure, I know them", or rolling their eyes at my corny youtube-fed picks, or will they just look at me with the look I'd expect to get if I suddenly decided to talk to regular folks about, say, Belarusian tape-label coldwave - youtube sure does want me and apparently 1.2 million other people to listen to a band called Molchat Doma, which is quite often fine by me tbf)

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:00 (six months ago) link

for a while, if i hadn't switched it to "shuffle" mode, the iPod that I mostly keep for the car would automatically start playing Aaron Dilloway's "Tremors," which is pretty tame, but which is quite short...it would then transition into the second track off of Modern Jester, the high frequency and ultimately ear-testing "Eight Cut Scars (for Robert Turman)." Let's just say that I took that record off of the iPod at a certain point because my partner and i were tired of our ears getting pummeled on our way to work.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:54 (six months ago) link

Lmao, I do love that Aaron Dilloway record but not "wanna hear it every time I start the car" levels of love

Been a slow education for (bernard snowy), Saturday, 10 August 2019 11:26 (six months ago) link

I must admit I find that the Youtube algorithms are eerily accurate at predicting what music I will enjoy.

mirostones, Saturday, 10 August 2019 12:09 (six months ago) link

OK, I misread this being a technological glitch that accidentally sounded cool, and thought of Subway Sect's Ambition, where Bernie Rhodes added a synth pattern that was out of time, and it sounds great, like something bubbling underneath

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 10 August 2019 13:28 (six months ago) link

A-Punk by Vampire Weekend is what pops up alphabetically first for me when the car Bluetooth doesn’t sync correctly. It happens one out of every five or so times I get in.

LimbsKing, Sunday, 11 August 2019 10:39 (six months ago) link

In a reversal of "Plastic Love", YouTube recommending of the old Japanese TV show "Gachinko Fight Club" pushed the Dinosaur Jr deep cut "Over Your Shoulder" to hit status in Japan earlier this year: https://www.spin.com/2019/02/dinosaur-jr-japan-hit-youtube-algrorithm/

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 11 August 2019 10:54 (six months ago) link

lol i'd forgot about that, what a great story

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:36 (six months ago) link

A recent episode of the podcast Reply All explained that youtube re-engineered its algorithm to prioritize total viewing duration (as opposed to just views), and to avoid repeating the most-popular content (i.e. to not keep suggesting gangnam style), leading to the sudden and kind of unexpected promotion of a lot of fringey content. That was in the context of conspiracy and far-right channels, but it maybe also explains the semi-arbitrary success of, say, So Inagawa, a low-profile minimal house producer from Japan. His tracks have up to 7.3 million plays whereas comparable tracks on the same label have around 1-13 thousand.

ed.b, Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:11 (six months ago) link

there was some song that was semi-known a decade or more ago solely b/c the artist credit was first on some list of song readily available to license for free on youtube videos or something like that?? don't remember the title or artist (presumably it started with 'a') so unfortunately i won't be able to recall exactly what the situation was. but i remember what it sounded like somewhat, at least at the very beginning. m83-ish semi-whispery/processed vocals but dancy/electronic and catchy

dyl, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:56 (six months ago) link

https://youtu.be.com/f9X1C7pTu-M

beach house's "space song", while not popular solely due to the quirks of the youtube algorithm, has seemingly become by far their most popular song because of it. though more recently a lot of the comments cite "replika" as their referrer which is some sort of AI chatbot thing??

ufo, Monday, 12 August 2019 03:19 (six months ago) link

Could it perhaps be the numerically-named 009 Sound System and their copyright-free trance anthem “Dreamscape”?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKfS5zVfGBc

what else are you all “over” (Champiness), Monday, 12 August 2019 03:21 (six months ago) link

whoops, xp

what else are you all “over” (Champiness), Monday, 12 August 2019 03:21 (six months ago) link

Barenaked Ladies have a song called "A" which I know the first few chords of very well

frogbs, Monday, 12 August 2019 03:27 (six months ago) link

xp oh yeah i'm pretty sure that's the one dyl is talking about. been a while since i heard that but that beginning is instantly recognisable lol

ufo, Monday, 12 August 2019 03:48 (six months ago) link

Haha exactly the same experience as me xp to frogbs

Vinnie, Monday, 12 August 2019 09:10 (six months ago) link

Barenaked Ladies have a song called "One Week” which I know the first few two words of very well

Vape Store (crüt), Monday, 12 August 2019 13:23 (six months ago) link

i've noticed this on discogs as well. other records that inevitably get shown (in addition to "new for u" in house music searches):
soundstream, "live goes on
pepe bradock, burning
motor city drum ensemble, raw cuts #5/3

it is v curious.

andrew m., Monday, 12 August 2019 14:10 (six months ago) link

yes champiness that was it!! also the song "with a spirit" by the same artist

dyl, Monday, 12 August 2019 14:56 (six months ago) link

I don’t think the Discogs algorithm is as mysterious as the YouTube algorithm - all those tracks are pretty popular anyway

I am using your worlds, Monday, 12 August 2019 14:59 (six months ago) link

apparently the 009 sound system thing was due to youtube's audioswap feature that started in 2007

https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/009-sound-system-background-songs

thanks y'all for remembering :P

dyl, Monday, 12 August 2019 15:01 (six months ago) link

Ryo Fukui - Scenery

Ryo Fukui was an obscure Japanese jazz pianist until the algorithm gave his '76 album Scenery over 4 million views two years ago, now his album gets posted on r/jazz "more like this" threads so much it's a meme there

— curiosity killed the battery (@lowmediumhi) December 15, 2017

up to 8.5M views now

Ari (whenuweremine), Monday, 12 August 2019 15:21 (six months ago) link

he got Takeuchi'd

andrew m., Monday, 12 August 2019 15:37 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

y is iamiamwhoami's biggest hit on youtube because 35 million people typed 'y' into their search bars (expecting it to autocomplete to youtube.com) and got that song as their first google search result.

for the same reason, Liars's 30-second upload y (a pre-release snippet of the song 'Staring at Zero') has 8.7 million views. surprisingly, none of their actual songs have surpassed a million views.

chips moomin (unregistered), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:06 (three months ago) link

wow, solid

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:03 (three months ago) link

LOL @ 1st comment on the Liars vid:

zion chan
7 months ago
anyone else here from just typing y trying to find youtube?
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“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:13 (three months ago) link

those are great

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:20 (three months ago) link

I have no ideas if it's a glitch but Cymande's Dove kept coming up on my recommendations or on the "up next" autoplay. I notice it's now up to nearly 10m views which seems a lot.

Ned Trifle X, Friday, 25 October 2019 22:31 (three months ago) link

I spent a while hunting that down after hearing it in 25th Hour, only that's a remix they made for the soundtrack or something. Anyway, it's a great track, well done there youtube algorithm.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 25 October 2019 22:35 (three months ago) link

ah no sorry, I'm thinking of Bra, not Dove.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 25 October 2019 22:37 (three months ago) link

This got me to thinking about records that were banned, and whether that had an effect on the other records in the charts. e.g. when Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" was banned, did an otherwise-obscure record became famous because Top of the Pops had to play number two instead? But "Relax" was concurrent with a bunch of big hits ("Radio Ga Ga", "99 Red Balloons", and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" so no). Before The Modern Age of Internet Music there was a chain of people in between music and broadcast that would have picked up playlist errors, although I imagine that in the days when there were multiple versions of the same song (e.g. "La Macarena", and back in the 1960s when there were loads of simultaneous covers of pop standards) it would have been easy for an influential DJ to send the wrong version up the charts.

That led me to this 1984 article from The Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jan/27/radio-1-relax-ban-john-peel-1984-archive

Which begins by talking about the ban on "Relax" and ends by pondering the future of John Peel, whose show was apparently hogging Radio One's quota of VHF stereo time. I learn that "Peel is a much loved institution and the names that [Controller of Radio 1, Derek] Chinnery vaguely puts forward as possible successors - Peter Powell and Janice Long - do not inspire confidence. If Radio 1 decide to do something about John Peel it clearly won't be for the right reasons."

I also learn from this interview that Peel wasn't too keen on Powell, real name Peter James Barnard-Powell:

"'Peter Powell was a dick, I'm afraid,' Peel says. 'It was Peter who came to me and told me that I shouldn't be playing hip-hop when I first started playing that because it was the music of black criminals.'"

Ashley Pomeroy, Saturday, 26 October 2019 21:11 (three months ago) link

A decade old, but

Previously best known as a BBC Radio 1 DJ and the husband (then ex-husband) of Anthea Turner, Peter Powell represents some of TV's biggest names including Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

Powell is executive chairman of the James Grant Media Group, whose management arm's clients also include Vernon Kay, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby and Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2008/jul/14/mediatop100200853

Dunno what he's up to now, certainly still a prick though.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 26 October 2019 21:35 (three months ago) link

not quite what you're talking about, ashley, but your post reminded me of cheaply produced copycat cover records that ended up charting b/c consumers (presumably) found them to be eh-close-enough alternatives to the originals whose retail availability was often intentionally restricted by their labels in the hopes of juicing album sales. here's a few i know of in the united states...

- los del mar "macarena": spent fifteen weeks on the hot 100, peaking at no. 71. los del rio's original was not commercially restricted (in its original and bayside boys mix forms, it sold over 4 million units combined, and i guess the label knew most people were not gonna be suckered into buying a full-length album just for a dance craze record) so i guess this was more of a case of consumers being misled into buying the 'wrong' version due to the (intentional) similarity in artist billing.

- chucklebutt "tubthumping": six weeks on hot 100, no. 87 peak. standard configurations of chumbawamba's original had been sold in a hyper-restricted edition of just 70k copies, virtually all of which had sold out by the time it reached peak radio saturation. note again the misleading similarity in artist name.

- déjà vu "my heart will go on": seventeen weeks on hot 100, no. 58 peak. céline dion's original had been sold in an edition of 500k -- released at the height of its popularity, it sold out in just a few weeks. this one, a sterile-sounding dance mix, isn't quite a true 'copycat' version, as it was released by almighty records, a label that largely specialized in such mixes and often made it plain on the packaging that their releases were dance mixes.

in the itunes/digital download era, the same (tho less common) phenom of restricted single availability combined with the widespread availability of karaoke covers/'tributes' led to some of those covers actually charting:

- hit masters "all summer long": five weeks on hot 100, no. 19 peak -- actually higher than the no. 23 peak managed by kid rock's original on the strength of airplay only. kid rock had been withholding the entirety of his catalog from digital download stores in the u.s. in an effort to boost album sales: in the case of rock n roll jesus, which housed "all summer long," the tactic certainly succeeded, as the album ended up pushing ~3.5 million units, a big improvement compared to his previous lp.

- the rock heroes "all summer long": fifteen weeks on hot 100, no. 29 peak. broke later than the hit masters version, and in fact may not have been released or even recorded until it became clear via the hit masters version's performance that people were willing to buy a copycat version en masse. i remember it 'sounding' better than the hit masters version, which may go some distance to explain why it ultimately spent so much longer on the chart despite not achieving as high a peak.

- studio all-stars "american boy": three weeks on hot 100, no. 52 peak. estelle's original had enjoyed a pretty typical chart run for a breaking hit, with solid week-on-week gains in sales and airplay taking it just outside the top 10 before it suddenly crashed down to no. 37, then 57 and 53. those three weeks, the same weeks that studio all-stars' version charted, it had been yanked off itunes in an apparent effort to boost album sales. the effect of the stunt on sales of estelle's album shine was minor, which is probably why the label only stuck to it for three weeks. (in 2006, the same stunt had been pulled for two weeks with fergie's "glamorous," shortly before it became a number one hit. but at that time no karaoke cover charted during its digital absence.)

i think the charting karaoke cover thing happened quite a few times in the uk with hits that were being withheld from digital retail in hopes of a high chart debut, tho i didn't pay enough attention to have noticed many of them. i think a version of maroon 5's "payphone" may have been one?

dyl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:22 (three months ago) link

ok yes, according to this nme article "payphone" was one of them. also apparently a cover of flo rida's "whistle" by a studio assemblage billed as 'can you blow my' (lol) was another

dyl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 18:36 (three months ago) link

"- chucklebutt "tubthumping": six weeks on hot 100, no. 87 peak. standard configurations of chumbawamba's original had been sold in a hyper-restricted edition of just 70k copies, virtually all of which had sold out by the time it reached peak radio saturation. note again the misleading similarity in artist name."

Youtube has this, but I just can't click on it. I just can't do it. Google has a Billboard magazine article about it from 1998. It appears that the record label - Under the Cover Records - was set up specifically for this kind of thing, clones of underperforming quasi-novelty singles:
https://www.discogs.com/label/54079-Under-The-Cover-Records

They released "Lovefool" by the Casual Sweaters, "How Bizarre" by One-2-3, "Flagpole Sitta" by Hairy Canary, and "Walkin' on the Sun" by Smack. I imagine they're like those direct-to-videotape versions of classic fairytales made by the cheapest animators in South Korea.

Ashley Pomeroy, Sunday, 27 October 2019 23:39 (three months ago) link

There was a version of "What It's Like" by 'Everest' or something that I thought that label did, but it's not on the list.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 October 2019 01:20 (three months ago) link

LOL'ing @ the club version of "Butterfly Kisses" on that list. I'm sure that one's a banger that's guaranteed to fill up the floors.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 28 October 2019 01:34 (three months ago) link

They released "Lovefool" by the Casual Sweaters, "How Bizarre" by One-2-3, "Flagpole Sitta" by Hairy Canary, and "Walkin' on the Sun" by Smack. I imagine they're like those direct-to-videotape versions of classic fairytales made by the cheapest animators in South Korea.

― Ashley Pomeroy

i mean this was the k-tel model, right?

i love that the knockoff "smashmouth" is named "smack", though.

Spironolactone T. Agnew (rushomancy), Monday, 28 October 2019 02:42 (three months ago) link

oh my god i had been wondering what the chucklebutt cover sounded like but last time i had checked it wasn't on youtube! lmfaooooo they even recreated the intro from the original's album version w/ the "i thought that music mattered" film dialog sample!!

apparently that under the cover records producer also did some dance covers around that time for robbins entertainment, a label that would later successfully release some of the biggest radio-friendly dance crossovers of the 2000s in the u.s. (dj sammy's "heaven," cascada's "everytime we touch," d.h.t.'s "listen to your heart"). bottom-feeding gone legit!

dyl, Monday, 28 October 2019 03:19 (three months ago) link

"Lovefool" by the Casual Sweaters, "How Bizarre" by One-2-3, "Flagpole Sitta" by Hairy Canary, and "Walkin' on the Sun" by Smack

Luv the “Casual Sweaters,” but the other mock artist names are disappointingly off the mark. Why not go all-in and tempt fate with names like “OMG,” “Harley Disaster,” and “Smush Mouse”?

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Monday, 28 October 2019 03:34 (three months ago) link

ok, thanks to the whitburn obsessives i have heard smack's "walkin' on the sun". absolutely the laziest imaginable shit. reminds me of that youtube upload of "trilogie de la mort" with a generic reggaeton beat over the whole thing, and yes i just compared smashmouth to elaine radigue what are you going to do about it?

i have a fondness for some of those shitty knockoff records. some of the hendrix knockoff records are pretty great, for instance. and i am still really wanting to hear that "dirty dancing" knockoff cassette peter thomas did in the late '80s. it's probably terrible, but who really knows?

Spironolactone T. Agnew (rushomancy), Monday, 28 October 2019 03:38 (three months ago) link

I have no ideas if it's a glitch but Cymande's Dove kept coming up on my recommendations or on the "up next" autoplay. I notice it's now up to nearly 10m views which seems a lot.

This is permanently lodged in my recommendations. Also, Tommy Guerrero - Road to Knowhere, Gabor Szabo - Dreams.

jmm, Monday, 28 October 2019 03:47 (three months ago) link

there have to be many songs that got this status by frequently being mistagged on napster/limewire/etc, not sure whether there is one exemplar though

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 28 October 2019 03:57 (three months ago) link

oh how could i have forgotten this classic case of deliberate mistagging by a label to exploit flaws in the system: freak nasty (of "da' dip" fame) had his 2005 single release "do it just like a rockstar" retagged as "party like a rockstar" on digital download services by his label in 2007 to take advantage of the unavailability of shop boyz' breaking hit with that title, which was at that time only available to purchase as a ringtone. freak nasty's track thus spent three weeks on the hot 100 two years after it was released, rising as high as number 45 before promptly dropping entirely off the chart as soon as the shop boyz download became available.

it's still on itunes to this day under the revised title, tho the original title is visible on the cover artwork. since it well predated the shop boyz tune, it's obviously not a copy, and if you listen to it you'll notice the similarities are pretty slight (and nearly inevitable given that both tracks are such generic examples of party rap jams), with the first line of the refrain being similar in lyric and cadence to "party like a rockstar." (totally irrelevant to the matter at hand, but it also interpolates kid rock's "bawitdaba.")

so again, not so much a glitch in the system as much as an opportunistic attempt to subvert its limitations, but still pretty amusing/interesting in retrospect

dyl, Monday, 28 October 2019 06:09 (three months ago) link

didn't the band Zeigeist do this when The Knife's Silent Shout leaked, playing up on how similar the two bands sounded and putting their own "Tar Heart" as a track at the end of the album

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:09 (three months ago) link

I ended up on a bunch of early-2000s Boards of Canada bootlegs due to mistagging which may or may not have been deliberate

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:28 (three months ago) link

I'd completely forgotten about Zeitgeist!

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:28 (three months ago) link

i remember that. Tar Heart was and remains a fantastic song!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:09 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

In a fitting end to the 2010s, Jeff Bezos is responsible for the last Number 1 Single of the year, Ellie Goulding's "River" (by Joni Mitchell).

Here's how:

1. You can't find it on Spotify, Apple, Google.
2. That's because - aside from Youtube - it's Amazon exclusive.

and...

— dan barker (@danbarker) December 28, 2019

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 29 December 2019 11:15 (one month ago) link

good eye. the other amazon exclusive for this year, john legend's "happy xmas", is also now a top 10 uk hit single by the same conspiracy of mechanisms. feel weird linking my own words elsewhere, but it does add to what i wrote in another thread here about christmas tunes' (re)appearances on billboard in recent years: 1 2 3

it might be argued that all of these christmas songs' returns to the charts are, if not an actual system glitch (they're legitimately well-known and broadly-heard tunes), driven by feedback loops that weren't quite closed until streaming services, rather than dusty cd comps, became the dominant way by which the public chose to get into the spirit musically each year. the amount of money the biz stands to extract from the phenom goes up annually, so with each coming year the push from their end strengthens accordingly. now here we are with mariah carey on top of the american charts a full decade after it seemed like she would never have a big hit of any sort ever again. and labels will likely fight amongst themselves to have their artists' recordings placed among the coveted amazon exclusive slots.

dyl, Sunday, 29 December 2019 19:51 (one month ago) link

I didn’t realize that Amazon Music was popular enough to be such a force.

The dead speak! (morrisp), Sunday, 29 December 2019 20:08 (one month ago) link

most of the time, it's not! overall streaming activity occurs overwhelmingly thru spotify, apple music, and youtube -- except during the holiday season, when amazon music suddenly becomes a massive player in the game. apparently a ton of people who don't ordinarily stream much at all -- or at least don't bother streaming via amazon -- feel more than comfortable asking their smart speakers to queue up holiday music.

i'd also be willing to bet that "baby shark" saw an unusually large proportion of streams from amazon music

dyl, Sunday, 29 December 2019 20:43 (one month ago) link

That’s pretty interesting!

The dead speak! (morrisp), Sunday, 29 December 2019 20:45 (one month ago) link

can’t discount the number of people getting new gadgets, amazon or otherwise, that have alexa as a present

I’d hazard a guess that “play Christmas music” is one of the first things people try out

babu frik fan account (mh), Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:10 (one month ago) link

Maybe, but that wouldn’t account for pre-Xmas charts...

The dead speak! (morrisp), Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:21 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

The end of this article is particularly satisfying.

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:25 (four weeks ago) link

I thought this would be about that Disco Raga album but this is actually even cooler

frogbs, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:28 (four weeks ago) link

hard to believe it's only 2015-16 that it was put on youtube and found by Dan Snaith on there.

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:31 (four weeks ago) link

a song called Maybe by Kettenkarussell is almost always up next on youtube regardless of what I'm currently watching or listening to on there. The track is... okay, I guess? It has 10million + views now. I'm sure that's a few million up from the last time I clocked the play count. I wonder why?

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:57 (four weeks ago) link

Facebook is today actively fighting punishment in court for election fraud in the state I live in, and wilfully spreading misinformation about bushfires that will lead to more human deaths, more hundreds of thousands of wildlife deaths, and potentially the eradication of agriculture in the state I come from. Please don't monetise ILX to their benefit.

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Friday, 24 January 2020 02:53 (four weeks ago) link

Ok fine

frogbs, Friday, 24 January 2020 03:09 (four weeks ago) link

lol

I have not yet begun to fart (rip van wanko), Friday, 24 January 2020 03:24 (four weeks ago) link

Some pretty blissed-out YT comments for that “Maybe” track.

All those records sound the same to me, lol ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

dad genes (morrisp), Friday, 24 January 2020 03:34 (four weeks ago) link

If you leave Soundcloud running after the track ends, the app, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear (algorithms? Mischievous intent?) immediately moves from the nascent oeuvre of Elon Musk to the work of a rapper called almndjoy, automatically playing his track Erectile Dysfunction, with its diverting opening line “I’m sorry my dick doesn’t work”. Languishing unnoticed on Soundcloud for a year, it’s seen a vast upsurge in plays since Musk’s track made its debut, replete with a series of comments indicating that “Elon brought me here”. Perhaps that will be Elon Musk’s most lasting musical legacy: he’s brought Erectile Dysfunction to the masses.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jan/31/elon-musk-edm-artist-first-track-dont-doubt-ur-vibe

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 31 January 2020 17:35 (three weeks ago) link

(there is a very tempting potential explanation for this if you know how recommendation algorithms usually do work for things without many sources of input data, like a brand-new elon musk song before it's been reported)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 31 January 2020 17:36 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

this might count

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaXDhd2-mwM

I have no clue what the origin of this is (and where volumes 1-7 are) but it seems to be very popular on RYM

frogbs, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 14:47 (three days ago) link

Not relevant to this revive but in the original go-round I enjoyed the discussion of how different people's technology played first alphabetical track or first alphabetical artist.

For a long time my wife and I had a shared bunch of music and when sorted alphabetically it always started with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.

Natalie Wouldn't (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 15:04 (three days ago) link

Many xxxposts on Amazon music:

My grandparents and my parents and their friends bought Alexa, which I find odd because around my age only one person I know has an alexa. At least in my city it’s the people over 50 that are buying Alexa.

Anyhoo, this spike that I’ve noticed this past year in Alexa purchases might be why Amazon music is becoming important and why they can choose which song becomes a hit, most people just say “alexa play some “insert music genre”” which gives Amazon the chance to push whichever track they chose at the beginning of their playlists.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 17:53 (three days ago) link

Yep

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:21 (three days ago) link


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