In a culture where memes run the world, hip-hop has thrived this year like no other genre has. Well over half of the current Billboard Hot songs are primarily by hip-hop artists, but social media has allowed hip-hop to reach massive success beyond what we quantify as successful on a commercial level. Nowadays, one can go viral with a track without it even being officially released on streaming platforms. The track is currently No. A short clip of Kodak and Travis dancing to the first six seconds of the tropical-themed instrumental went viral and became a meme, amounting huge expectations for the official release.
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In the most troubling of these scenarios, fake releases have actually crept up the streaming charts. Viral 50 chart before being removed. None of the involved artists—Yamane, Carti, Nudy—ultimately saw a dime from streams of the song. Fans celebrated the leaks, which made headlines on Genius and The Fader before being removed the following day. Suspicious bootlegs and fraudulent uploads are nothing new in digital music, but the problem has infiltrated paid streaming services in unexpected and troubling ways.
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Courtesy of flickr user The Celeb Fact. On Oct. With fans expecting a new album soon, excitement stirred around the prospect of new Travis Scott music surfacing. To be fair, the project warrants excitement by giving us unreleased Travis Scott tracks — but all the same, it is not the new album.
The exact moment has been lost to history, but shortly after the first song was uploaded to the internet, the first mislabeled song was uploaded to the internet. Usually comprised of bootlegs, demos, and outtakes, these fake albums have occasionally rocketed up the streaming charts. They are eventually taken down, but not before generating revenue. This leads to a question: Where are the streaming royalties going? Not to the artists, it turns out. In a new report at Pitchfork , writer Noah Yoo details how leakers and fakes are capturing that revenue, which can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.