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The Best Music Channels On YouTube You Should Subscribe To In 2020

In 2020, 8 out of 10 18 to 49-year-olds will watch YouTube in an average month. According to Google, by 2025 half of viewers under the age of 32 will no longer subscribe to a pay TV service. Now more than ever, YouTube is the go-to destination for video content for both millennials and those older. One burgeoning corner of the YouTube space is in music channels. Some channels create interesting music reviews, whilst others delve into the technical details of music-making. Some even focus on playing classic songs from a single genre of music.

Below are some of the absolute best music channels on YouTube that you need to be following in 2020.

The Needle Drop

Anthony Fantano has been the self-confessed internet’s biggest music nerd for years now. Despite his lengthy innings, the music reviewer shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Anthony always reviews recent music releases in pop, hip-hop, experimental, techno and other genres. He rates every album out of 10, but it’s his in-depth opinions across his reviews that keep his subscribers coming back. In 2020 this has been no different, and if you don’t yet follow Fantano on YouTube its as good a time as any to start doing so.

Amoeba

Amoeba is one of the most famous independent music stores in America. But for those who can’t make it there any time soon, you’re in luck! Amoeba runs a YouTube channel where they invite music celebrities into their store to buy anything they like. They are then interviewed in a “What’s in Your Bag” style, explaining why they chose the music they did. Amoeba’s channel is an excellent way to get new music recommendations from people working in the industry. They have a diverse set of celebrities who they’ve interview also, from Slick Rick to Le Butcherettes. This means there’s likely something for everyone’s tastes on their channel.

Mr Suicide Sheep

If you’re in the mood for electronic music, the MrSuicideSheep channel has something for you. With over 12 million subscribers, it’s one of the most popular YouTube channels for an independent label. And with good reason. In addition to their music videos, they manage a 24/7 stream of chill-out music. The channel has been going for 10 years and yet somehow manages to be the best its ever been. If you’re in the mood to chill out and listen to some hard to find electronic music, we can’t recommend them enough.

Polyphonic

Polyphonic produces video essays on music through their YouTube channel. If you’re interested in the video essay format, there are few better music-related channels on YouTube in 2020. Some of their recent output includes in-depth looks at how artists like Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar shaped the 2010s. They also take the time to analyze specific songs like Feel Good Inc and White Rabbit. For anyone who wants to delve just a little deeper into the world of music, Polyphonic’s essays are both engaging and informative. They also update their channel regularly, with new videos usually uploaded every 2nd Thursday.

Deep Cuts

Oliver’s YouTube channel is dedicated to music, for music lovers. His channel is dedicated to giving reviews and recommendations on new music for those hoping to expand their horizons. A popular Deep Cuts video recently was their piece on “How to find new music”. The channel also looks to recommend artists from specific genres, such as AFROBEAT or MATHCORE. Though they aren’t as regular YouTube producers as some others on this list, Deep Cuts is well worth a follow for when they do post new videos.

Vox

Vox isn’t specifically a music channel as they create content in a variety of other mediums. But their music content is so good that they have to be included on this list. They create video-essay style videos similar to Polyphonic, but on more out-there topics. For example, they analyzed how a single chord is used to create ambiance in Christmas songs. They also looked at the origins of the infamous “Parental Advisory” sticker and how it was rooted in heavy metal music. Its a shame they are not solely dedicated to music videos, but when a new Earworm Vox video comes out you know that its a must-watch. Another channel that isn’t just concerned with music essays but does create interesting ones occasionally is Nerdwriter1. For their slightly longer videos, we recommend figuring out how to download YouTube videos on Mac. Then you can watch them at any time, even without the internet.

Resident Advisory

Resident Advisory is an online music magazine and platform that recently created its own YouTube channel. They are the experts in electronic music with their channel being no exception. They create a “Real Scenes” series which targets specific locations across the world and reports on the music scene there.  For a taste of their more analytical videos, you should seek out their video on Burial’s Untrue album. For anyone interested in DJing and electronic music, RA is a vital creator in the medium right now.

Chilled Cow

Similar to MrSuicideSheep (YouTube music channels love animals), Chilled Cow is a YouTube music station dedicated to discovering and sharing new music. They specialize in sharing chilled out tunes that you can either relax or study to. They have managed their “lo-fi hip hop radio” live stream for years. It’s now one of the most popular live stream YouTube music videos on the platform, and rightfully so. If you need to play music that can help you to concentrate, particularly students revising for exams, this stream is perfect. In 2020, Chilled Cow shows no signs of slowing down and is still the ideal channel for chilled out music on YouTube.

The Are So Many More…

The above are just some of the best music channels on YouTube. There are more music channels on YouTube now than ever before as the platform continues to expand. This includes many others we’ve been unable to fit onto this list like Dead End Hip-hop, Adam Neely and Sideways.  The YouTube space continues to change at a rapid rate, so there will likely be even more channels launching later in the year.

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6 Feet Covers: Iconic Album Covers Get The Social Distancing Treatment

Agency Activisita wants to encourage people to create some space so they redesigned a collection of iconic album covers to raise awareness about the importance  of staying at least 6 feet away from each other, to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Social distancing is the new normal and it will be for a while. 6 feet or 1.8 meters is the distance that experts recommend we keep between each other.

We will rock again soon. Just remember to keep the 6 feet distance. It will save lives.

See more HERE.

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MTV Debuts ‘Unplugged at Home’ With Acoustic Sets To Enjoy While Housebound

In an effort to connect musicians with their fans and encourage self-quarantining during the coronavirus outbreak, Friday saw the launch of a special edition of the iconic MTV Unplugged series.

This program aired regularly in the 1990s, featuring artists such as Elton John, Aerosmith, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. It was made famous by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who appeared on the program about five months before his death in ’93.

MTV Unplugged At Home offers stripped down, acoustic sets from musicians who are remaining indoors due to the global pandemic that currently demands all Californians — as well as those in many other places — to be largely housebound except for essential outdoor activities.

In the below video, rapper and Grammy winner Wyclef Jean performs his hits “Gone Till November” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” among others. 

MTV Unplugged at Home will be available to stream via MTV YouTube, as well as Instagram and Twitter. Additional artists in the lineup will be revealed at a later date.

The series coincides with Viacom’s #AloneTogether campaign, a social media initiative that educates young people about the importance of social distancing. This instruction has been emphasized since the coronavirus began spreading and remains a crucial guideline included in the “Safer at Home” order issued to the state of California on Thursday by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

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Watch The Beastie Boys Story Trailer 

Apple has shared a new trailer for its upcoming “Beastie Boys Story” documentary that will debut on April 24 on Apple TV+.

The story of 3 friends who inspired each other and the world. Beastie Boys Story coming April 24 to ‌Apple TV‌+ and in select IMAX theaters on April 2.

Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator and former hall monitor, Spike Jonze.

“Beastie Boys Story” is described as a live documentary experience that focuses on the history and the legacy of the group and its personal story. It’s based on the “Beastie Boys Book,” published in October 2018, and will feature Horovitz and Diamond discussing their long running friendship and rise to fame.

The film will be available in IMAX theaters in a limited release on April 3 before launching on ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+ on April 24.

The release of the documentary comes ahead of the 26th anniversary of the release of “Ill Communication,” the band’s fourth album. Spike Jonze originally directed the music video for the hit song “Sabotage.”

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Walt Disney Studios To Release Peter Jackson’s Documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” In Theaters September 4, 2020

The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson’s previously announced Beatles documentary. The film will showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s studio album, “Let It Be,” and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance on London’s Savile Row. “The Beatles: Get Back” will be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the United States and Canada on September 4, 2020, with additional details and dates for the film’s global release to follow.

“No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday,” says Iger of the announcement. “I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September.”

“The Beatles: Get Back,” presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd., is an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles, the most influential band of all time, and three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy). Compiled from over 55 hours of unseen footage, filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the “Let It Be” album sessions, “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.

The footage has been brilliantly restored by Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand, and is being edited by Jabez Olssen, who collaborated with Jackson on 2018’s “They Shall Not Grow Old,” the groundbreaking film which featured restored and colorized World War I archival footage. The music in the film will be mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios in London. With this pristine restoration behind it, “The Beatles: Get Back” will create a vivid, joyful and immersive experience for audiences.  

Peter Jackson says, “Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces. I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”

Paul McCartney says, “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”

Ringo Starr says, “I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”

“The Beatles: Get Back” is also being made with the enthusiastic support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Although the original “Let It Be” film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and the accompanying album were filmed and recorded in January 1969, they were not released until May 1970, three weeks after The Beatles had officially broken up. The response to the film at the time by audiences and critics alike was strongly associated with that announcement. During the 15-month gap between the filming of “Let It Be” and its launch, The Beatles recorded and released their final studio album, “Abbey Road,” which came out in September 1969.

Shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm, the 80-minute “Let It Be” movie was built around the three weeks of filming, including an edited version of the rooftop concert. The GRAMMY-winning “Let It Be” album topped the charts in the U.S. and the U.K.

The new documentary brings to light much more of the band’s intimate recording sessions for “Let It Be” and their entire 42-minute performance on the rooftop of Apple’s Savile Row London office. While there is no shortage of material of The Beatles’ extensive touring earlier in their careers, “The Beatles: Get Back” features the only notable footage of the band at work in the studio, capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they create their now-classic songs from scratch, laughing, bantering and playing to the camera.

Shot on January 30, 1969, The Beatles’ surprise rooftop concert marked the band’s first live performance in over two years and their final live set together. The footage captures interactions between the band members, reactions from fans and employees from nearby businesses, and comical attempts to stop the concert by two young London policemen responding to noise complaints.

A fully restored version of the original “Let It Be” film will be made available at a later date.

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Mondo: The Art of Soundtracks Book

Following the success of The Art of Mondo comes another visually stunning and deliciously “pop” collection of art inspired by the soundtracks of films, video games, and more.

Mondo: The Art of Soundtracks highlights the all original art created exclusively for Mondo’s vinyl releases by world renowned artists for soundtracks to films, tv, and video games. Featuring stunning new takes on classic and modern material, this collection reinvigorates the bygone era of unique and collectible vinyl record artwork.

From vintage re-creations to new interpretations, from digital and painterly to photographic and abstract, the record art compiled in this volume captures the spirit of the record label that reinvigorated the soundtrack industry, in a beautiful mash-up fit for a book—or record—shelf.

Pre-order the book HERE for $50 and it will be released on August 18, 2020.

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Lady Gaga Announces The Chromatica Ball Tour

Lady Gaga will hit the road this summer with The Chromatica Ball Tour, a special 6-city worldwide limited run of exclusive performances. The highly-anticipated shows will kick off July 24th in Paris at Stade de France followed by stadium engagements in London on July 30th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium; Boston August 5th at Fenway Park; Toronto August 9th at The Rogers Centre; Chicago August 14th at Wrigley Field; and East Rutherford August 19th at MetLife Stadium. The tour is presented by Live Nation.

General Tickets for Lady Gaga The Chromatica Ball go on sale starting Friday, March 13th in Paris, London, and Toronto and Monday, March 16th in Boston, Chicago and E. Rutherford (NY). Fans can also access VIP Packages which may include premium tickets, a backstage tour, VIP parking and exclusive access to a pre-show lounge, special entry and more. For VIP Package information, visit www.vipnation.com and for all tour and ticket information, visit www.livenation.com. Additional market specific pre-sale and on sale information below.

Citi is the official credit card for Lady Gaga The Chromatica Ball in Chicago, Boston, and E. Rutherford and as such, Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in the United States. Citi cardmembers can register now through Saturday, March 7th at 11:59PM ET to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Tuesday, March 10th at 10AM and will continue through Thursday, March 12th at 5PM. To register for the Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan visit: http://citientertainment.com.

Additionally, fans may register now through Saturday, March 7th at 11:59PM ET at https://concerts.livenation.com/ladygaga to unlock tickets for the Verified Fan presale staring Friday, March 13th at 10AM through Saturday, March 14th at 5:00PM.  General Sales for all fans begin Monday, March 16th at 10AM local time at LiveNation.com.

Every North American ticket includes a CD of Lady Gaga’s upcoming release Chromatica in stores April 10th on Interscope Records. 

For all shows in the U.S., $1.00 from each ticket sold shall be donated to Born This Way Foundation.  Founded by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta in 2012, Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and working with them to build a kinder and braver world. We work with young people to build communities that provide approachable resources, foster genuine connections and drive action.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of the release of “Stupid Love,” the first single off her highly anticipated sixth studio album, which skyrocketed to number 1 and garnered rave reviews. Listen here and watch the video here.

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Watch Huey Lewis Interviewed By Jimmy Kimmel At The Grammy Museum

The GRAMMY Museum was thrilled to welcome iconic GRAMMY-winner Huey Lewis for an intimate conversation on February 12 discussing his career and new album, Weather. The conversation was moderated by late-night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel and you can watch it below.

Huey Lewis & The News have sold more than 30 million records and netted a slew of Top Ten singles over the years with hits like “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “I Want A New Drug,” and the Academy Award-nominated “Power of Love.” 

It is against considerable odds that the group is set to release Weather, their first new album of original material in nearly two decades and, quite possibly, their last. Lewis’ 2018 Ménière’s disease diagnosis unexpectedly cut their recording sessions short and has since prohibited Lewis’ ability to perform. Unaware of the ticking clock, Lewis and his bandmates had operated slowly and deliberately while writing and recording the album in the studio. The result is a record that captures a legendary group at the peak of their powers, performing with the kind of uninhibited heart and soul that launched them to international superstardom in the 1980s and has sustained them as one of popular music’s most enduring and beloved acts ever since.

Get your copy of Weather HERE.

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Genesis To Launch ‘The Last Domino?’ Reunion Tour In November

Genesis, who are among the biggest selling recording artists of all time and one of Britain’s most internationally renowned bands, will be touring for the first time in 13 years. The legendary band have announced ‘The Last Domino?’ Tour of 2020, which starts in Dublin on 16 November and will be Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford’s first live outing together since the globe-trotting, sell-out ‘Turn It On Again: The Tour’ in 2007. They will be joined on stage by Nic Collins on drums, and the bands long time guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.

Tickets will be on general sale at 9am on Friday 6 March. Visit the band’s official website for tickets and further information.

Genesis are one of the world’s biggest selling and most successful bands of all time. They have sold an estimated 100 million albums and have played to sold-out stadiums and arenas all over the world for decades.

The evolution of Genesis is unique, their sound developed and progressed throughout their career and with multiple line-up alterations in the early years, the classic line-up of Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford took shape in 1976.

And Then There Were Three (1978) was the first album the band released as a three-piece and spawned the single ‘Follow You Follow Me’ which was their first UK top ten and US top 30 single and proved to be the start of huge commercial global success. The albums Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986) and We Can’t Dance (1991) followed for the trio, alongside almost constant global stadium tours cementing the band as one of the most successful of all time.

Banks, Collins and Rutherford reunited again as a band in 2007 after almost 10 years for the ‘Turn It On Again’ Tour which went on to be one of the biggest grossing tours on the year playing sold-out stadiums around the world.

Genesis Tour Dates:

November 16th – Dublin @ 3 Arena
November 19th – Belfast @ SSE Arena
November 23rd – Liverpool @ M&S Bank Arena
November 26th – Newcastle @ Utilita Arena
November 29th – London @ The O2
November 30th – London @ The O2
December 2nd – Leeds @ Leeds Direct Arena
December 5th – Birmingham @ Birmingham Arena
December 8th – Manchester @ Manchester Arena
December 11th – Glasgow @ SSE Arena

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Lady Gaga Announces Chromatica Album Due On April 10

Lady Gaga announced on Monday that her sixth studio album titled Chromatica will be released on April 10. The pop star made the announcement on Twitter alongside an image of a pink, circular object.

“This is not the album cover but we made it for you to enjoy in the meantime,” Gaga said. The cover will be released at a later date.

The album, executive produced by Gaga and BloodPop, follows Joanne which was released in 2016.

Gaga released on Friday a fantastical music video for Chromatica’s first single titled “Stupid Love.” The track was Gaga’s first song since 2018’s A Star Is Born.

The clip features the singer bringing peace to a number of colorfully dressed groups who are feuding with each other in a barren desert.

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