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YouTube Music app now shows lyrics during playback

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American online video-sharing platform headquartered in San Bruno, California, YouTube Music, announced that it now displays lyrics on its iOS and Android apps that will help listeners view lyrics by tapping the ‘i’ button while a song is playing.

The feature is only available on the apps and not on the web player, although YouYube said it would be available on desktop soon. However, real-time lyrics aren’t supported yet and users have to scroll through manually to view them.

YouTube joins Apple Music and Spotify who added lyrics on their platforms last year. Apple Music has an official partnership with Genius, while Spotify uses Musixmatch. YouTube has opted to use LyricFind, accused of stealing lyrics from Genius last year, as its main partner.

YouTube says it receives lyrics from LyricFind on a daily basis, but there isn’t a specific time frame for when a song will get its lyrics. Lyrics appear for ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ by Taylor Swift but none are currently available for recent albums such as Childish Gambino’s 3.15.2020.

Song lyrics are now a popular service offered by music streaming platforms and YouTube may have some catching up to do on this front. The streaming platform has more than 20 million paying subscribers, while Spotify and Apple Music have reported over 124 million and 60 million, respectively.

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Dzidu Preaches Love And Commitment On New Song – ‘Ablavi’

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Titled ‘Ablavi’, Dzidu enlists JJ Gonami on his new Ewe dominated sound. It’s a song about love and commitment even in times of struggle. Ablavi is a name given to females born on Tuesday and it’s the Ewe equivalent of Abena.

Atop the well laid sound, Dzidu talks about Ablavi’s sacrifice for him; her time and commitment despite his low status at the time. He’s in good standing now and will reward her for her loyalty to him. Dzidu delivers verses 1 & 2 in Twi and Ewe, whiles JJ Gonami hands us the chorus in Ewe, adding some diversity to the song and inviting audiences not only fluent in Twi as well.

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[IN-INTERVIEW] GrungeCake CEO Speaks About Putting African Music On The World’s Stage

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New York-based African-American music/lifestyle blogger of Liberian descent, Richardine Bartee for more than ten years since she founded her GRUNGECAKE blog site has been astute and committed to the affairs of emerging artistes. Not only in the Americas and Canada, but also Africa, a continent she has described as the future hub of music and emerging great talents.

In a recent interview with AYO ONIKOYI, Entertainment Editor, VANGUARD, Richardine, who has worked with the biggest record labels in the world like Sony, Universal, Warner and others as either a consultant or a linchpin to music stars expresses her optimism for the future of African music on the world stage. She has also had the pleasure of working with African artists like Davido, specifically on the tour sponsorship side “A Good Time Tour”. She was also involved in Eddy Kenzo’s visit to the US last year, Oxlade, and recently, Chocolate City.

“I think African artists have a unification that American artists don’t seem to have. I like the energy behind the music,” she responded when asked of her opinion of the African music industry.

“It seems to be driven out of love, first. I think African music will continue to blossom and spread into other regions because it is universal, even if you can’t understand the dialect or language. It is harmonious, pure, for the most part, and true collaborations. It’s going to be interesting to see how far and wide it spreads in the US. It’s making its stride into pop culture, more and more by the day with people like Kanye West replaying Davido’s music during his Sunday Service, Cardi B being on a Davido’s song, Megan The Stallion appearing onstage with him, and now, a potential record with Nicki Minaj. It’s happening.

From the way Puffy (or Diddy) embraced Burna Boy on his Instagram Live, and how Naomi Campbell speaks about the music from that region, I believe it is only a matter of time before it makes it way to other genres/markets. And I think the better unification among African music stars is rooted in the way of life of the people and their culture. ” she said with true enthusiasm.

According to her, without any iota of doubt, Afrobeats has made a huge impression on the world stage. When asked what African genre of music would mostly likely attract collaborations with American stars, she didn’t hesitate to mention Afrobeats, backing her claim with some good reasons.

“Afrobeat, Afrobeats and African Jazz. Right now, I think Afrobeats is the most accepted African music genre in the world because it’s reaching across demographics of young and old,” she said.

For more than ten years, Richardine Bartee has been at the forefront of promoting music, particularly of the obscure artistes who stand little chance of being noticed or given a chance but the woman who is a member of many musical societies finds a way to help, regardless of the attendant challenges. Sometimes, one is forced to wonder what she stands to benefit by her passion.

“It is lucrative and beneficial, especially in these times. Most people are working from home. I’ve been working from home, or mobile for a long time. The biggest challenge I’ve had is, when the artists don’t have a follow-up record at all. My mission is to bridge the gap between the Americas, Africa and other continents. To continue to bring obscure/newly discovered to mainstream audiences. And to teach people how to maneuver and manage their (international) brands in the music industry through what I’ve learned through my Recording Academy membership,” she said.

Adding : “I have access to music industry professionals. I get to help change music laws through my activism. I get invited to the Grammy’s. I get aid from MusiCares, enjoy discounts on music-related tools and instruments. I get access to private panels and programming. I can be a GRAMMY U mentor, go to dinners with other women in music, etc.”

Richardine Bartee was born November 15, 1985 in New York City to Liberian parents. She has worked with major American record labels (“The Big 3”). Some of the other labels or imprints include Roc Nation, Group, Interscope Records, Quality Control, RCA, Epic Records, etc., and some international labels to give feedback about their artists frequently. She also used to write for MTV, where she covered international multi-language speaking artists and had a focus on Hip-Hop and EDM. She has also written feature articles for Myspace, The Source and Hot 97’s DJ Enuff, who was Biggie’s DJ.

She is a member of the Recording Academy, a GRAMMY U Mentor, part of Complex Day Ones, which is an exclusive community to help make complex experiences better. She’s also a part of the Female Founder Collective. Her blog “GRUNGECAKE” has been recognized as the number 3 blog to find new Hip-Hop tracks on Hypebot.

– Ayo Onikoyi/Vanguard NGR

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[OUT NOW!] – Record Producer, Kiddominant, Hosts Cassper Nyovest On A New Banger – “eWallet”

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LAGOS STATE – Friday 29 May 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Award-winning and multi-platinum selling Afrobeats producer, Kiddominant has just unlocked his debut single for the year 2020. The new dance track titled “eWallet” and featuring South African artist, Cassper Nyovest, is now available for streaming and download on major digital platforms.

This new single expresses Kiddominant’s newly created genre of South Afrobeats. It is a feel-good bop whose production soundscape is a fine blend of the burgeoning Amapiano template from South Africa and embellished with some good ole Afrobeats flavour. With the help of Cassper Nyovest, “eWallet” gives a complete African sound experience.

The new release is sequel also to the announcement of “Fall,” a track he wrote and produced for global star, Davido to be certified gold in the USA.

Kiddominant will enjoy major support from streaming service, Apple Music who recently announced the launch of ‘Africa Now Radio’ which features Kiddominant on its premiere episode hosted by DJ Cuppy. The show is set to air on Sunday, May 31 at 8am PT / 4pm UK / 5pm SA. In addition to the radio show, Kiddominant and Cassper will be the featured artist for the popular ‘Africa Now’ playlist during release week.

“eWallet” is already gathering momentum as the next big continental hit with positive reviews it has received from first time plays on top radio stations across regions in Africa including Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

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Stonebwoy Releases The Latest Video From His Anloga Junction Album

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GREATER ACCRA – Friday, May 29, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – In April, Ghanaian star Stonebwoy released Anloga Junction, a 15-track album that joins dancehall, high-life, and afrobeats to spread messages of love and unity — something that the world could always use more of.

One of the album’s standouts, “Le Gba Gbe (Alive)”, which is spoken in the artist’s native tongue of Ewe takes on the theme of mental slavery. But the song doesn’t end on a somber note. Its victory is in how Stonebwoy’s chronicles the process of breaking away from that counterproductive state of mind in order to enjoy life at its fullest.

Today, The FADER premiered the song’s video, which follows the track’s message perfectly. At the video’s beginning, Stonebwoy witnesses a massacre which is meant to symbolize the constraint that society puts on its people. As the visual progresses, battles these forces in order to emerge as a symbol of liberation.

“The visuals to this spiritual song means a lot to me and that’s why I was filmed at my ancestral place,” he said of the video in an email. “It carries the important message of staying true to one’s roots.”

– Lawrence Burney/The Fader

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