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Skip, Replay, Repeat, Hip Hop + Donald Trump, and #SaveNelly: Liv Buli’s Week in Music and More

image from www.hypebot.comAnother Friday, another Liv Buli Weekend Reading List. Buli, the data journalist for Pandora's Next Big Sound, often sees what matters before the rest of us do and shares it with us lesser beings on Hypebot .

By Liv Buli of Pandora's Next Big Sound




Whatever Nelly, pay your own bills dude. 

So some pretty big announcements coming out of the mothership this weeklabel deals and our Flex product, which allows listeners to skip more, replay tracks, and probably most importantly, listen offlinesubway commute FTW!

I also just don’t know what to say about this weird cartoon of Tim and Jeff Bezos. First of all that’s not even how you spell music.

Nelly didn’t pay his taxes and apparently we all feel really bad about it. Just to be obnoxious, I’ll point out that none of these calculations/guesstimates of how many times we’d have to stream Hot In Herre to help cover his debt actually account for him paying taxes on that revenue, so….

The latest Nielsen 360 report is out. According to the survey, we spend more money on live, but isn’t that just a natural (in other words not at all surprising) consequence of concert tickets costing more than say a streaming subscription service?

I love. LOVE. LOVE!!!! this piece from Allison McCann at 538. Definitely one of the coolest music data stories I have seen all year. I am totally jelly.

Emily Blake had a chance to chat with Awsten Knight of pop punk outfit Waterparks this week, about snagging a spot on Pandora Predictions.

It has been 20 years since Tupac died (crazy I know!!!!), and he is still one of the most popular artists on Pandora two decades later.

If you can’t be bothered to read the article cause you don’t care about me that’s fine I totally don’t understand or forgive you, here’s the spike for him compared to MJ, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana/Kurt Cobain, and Whitney Houston on the anniversaries of their passing this year.

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I wanted to share this with you because it is an interesting example of how visualizing data should have a big influence on how you tell a story. My first version of this article talked about a spike for Tupac, and how this was standard practice. Once I graphed Tupac’s spike next to everyone else, I realized I had a slightly different story on my hands.

Anyway. Since we’re on the topic of Tupac, let’s watch this:


Happy weekend!

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