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Spotify reveals South Africans’ top streamed songs over the Summer

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It’s confirmed! The most streamed track by South African audiences over the recent summer holiday season was Sunflower by Post Malone featuring Swae Lee. The track is taken from the new Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse movie soundtrack.

ALSO READ: Top 15 South African Songs Of 2018

In the lead up to the 2018/19 South African Summer, Spotify asked fans to reveal the songs and artists that would be topping their summer playlists.

Offering suggestions based on global trends and the streaming favourites of the local audience, Spotify predicted that artists like Drake, with the past success of popular tracks God’s Plan and In My Feelings, or Nasty C, the most streamed local artist by South African audiences at November 2018, would make it onto the list. Fan responses showed they were loving local tracks and artists, with suggestions for summer playlist hits including the likes of Nadia Nakai, Cassper Nyovest, AKA and Major League DJz.

Spotify can now reveal the most streamed artists and songs by South African audiences between November 2018 and January 2019.

According to streaming data, Drake has been knocked off the top spot with singer, songwriter Khalid taking the crown as the most streamed artist by South African audiences over the summer period. However Drake wasn’t too far behind, taking second place with XXXTentacion making it into the third spot. The most streamed local artists by South Africans included Black Coffee, Nasty C and Mlindo the Vocalist.

South Africans remained consistent in their listening patterns as many of last year’s top streamed artists remained on the list and the songs that gained traction towards the end of the year surged up the list. New on the list were Ariana Grande, which may be attributed to the release of her new album, electro-pop singer Halsey and Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee. EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers made it onto the list at number 15 as fans anticipate their appearance at Ultra South Africa coming up in March.

The top streamed song over the period went to Post Malone ft Swae Lee with Sunflower, followed by Halsey’s Without Me. On the most streamed local artists tracks list – AKA’s Fela In Versace continued to remain popular and was joined by Lady Zamar’s Collide, Mlindo The Volcalist’s AmaBlesser (featuring DJ Maphorisa) and Black Coffee’s Drive (featuring David Guetta).

See the full list of the most streamed artists and tracks below. To enjoy the tracks that proved popular over the South African Summer, head over to Spotify.

The top 10 artists most streamed by South African audiences this summer:

  1. Khalid
  2. Drake
  3. XXXTentacion
  4. Post Malone
  5. Ariana Grande
  6. Eminem
  7. Imagine Dragons
  8. Halsey
  9. David Guetta
  10. Swae Lee

The top 10 local artists most streamed by South African audiences this summer:

  1. Black Coffee
  2. Nasty C
  3. Mlindo The Vocalist
  4. Snotkop
  5. Sjava
  6. GoldFish
  7. AKA
  8. Fokofpolisiekar
  9. Lady Zamar
  10. Jeremy Loops

The top 10 tracks most streamed by South African audiences this summer:

  1. Sunflower (Spiderman Soundtrack) – Post Malone ft. Swae Lee
  2. Without Me – Halsey
  3. Happier – Marshmellow ft. Bastille
  4. Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande
  5. Eastside – Benny Blanco ft. Halsey, Khalid
  6. Better – Khalid
  7. Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
  8. In My Mind – Dynoro ft. Gigi D’Agostino
  9. Sicko Mode – Travis Scott
  10. Drive – Black Coffee ft. David Guetta

The top 10 local tracks most streamed by South African audiences this summer

  1. Drive – Black Coffee ft. David Guetta, Delilah Montagu
  2. Banomoya – Prince Kaybee ft. Busiswa
  3. Fela in Versace – AKA
  4. Collide – Lady Zamar
  5. Monate Mpolaye- – Cassper Nyovest ft. Veties, Thebe, DJ Sumbody
  6. Vur Vai – Kwesta
  7. Eyadini – Manqonqo ft. Dason, Saviour Gee
  8. Malwedhe – King Monada
  9. Huku – Sho Madjozi
  10. Amablesser – Mlindo The Vocalist ft. DJ Maphorisa

Data was ranked based on number of streams, on Spotify, over the period 1 November 2018-31 January 2019.

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Manu WorldStar’s Nalingi surpasses 1 million streams

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The proof is in the pudding for rising African breakthrough artist, Manu WorldStar, whose single Nalingi dominated radio airways last year. We can now deduce that not only radio loved the track, but the general public, who in their personal capacities have streamed Nalingi over 1 million times across various digital platforms.

ALSO READ: Manu WorldStar’s Nalingi Music Video Now Live On YouTube

“I’ve received so much love with my single Nalingi, but I never imagined that in just 7 months my single has been streamed over a million times! It’s so surreal! Thank you to every radio station that supported my single and got the country singing along. And a huge thank you to my team, we’re going to do the most in 2019!” shares Manu WorldStar.

Manu WorldStar’s Nalingi music video has also just hit a milestone of 200 000 views.

You can watch the Nalingi music vide here:

“We are extremely excited for Manu WorldStar and this significant milestone that he has achieved. It couldn’t have come at a better time as we prepare to release his next single and know that we have the heart and ears of listeners not only around the country but globally,” shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season.

Manu WorldStar received over 20 number #1 spots on key radio & TV charts in territories such as the UK, Nigeria, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa; earned an endorsement from Trace TV as an artist Bout To Blow (BTB); and made numerous lists as having one of the best songs of 2018 and as an artist to watch out for in 2019.

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DJ Cleo claps back at Boity over Brickz ‘defence’ and drags Nomzamo Mbatha

DJ Cleo and former kwaito star Brickz

Local DJ and music producer DJ Cleo, found himself in hot water after he posted photos of himself together with convicted rapist and former kwaito star Brickz.

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Taking to Twitter, DJ Cleo posted a collage of pictures with Brickz captioning it: “We all run our own races, he fell along the way….but the race is not over (sic).”

The social media post angered many South Africans including the “Wuz Dat” rapper Boity, who then asked DJ Cleo why he is “defending” a rapist.

The Goodbye hitmaker, did not appreciate Boity Thulo’s criticism very lightly. He immediately clapped back and say he he will not be bullied, he stands by his words. The DJ also dragged Nomzamo Mbatha who was recently criticized for taking a photo with Arthur Mafokate.

“Bakae bo @Boity to motivate our sisters in prisons? Bakae bo mrapper-Sangoma when bo @NomzamoMbatha take pics le bo Arthur…(I’m sorry to drag u into this Sisi Nomzamo). If only u @Boity were as #woke then as u r now, instead of trying to ridicule me (sic),” – DJ Cleo tweeted.

The DJ insisted that his initial tweet was misinterpreted but he “stand by his word”.

“My initial tweet was not about sympathising with a rapist, but supporting a brother and father who was convicted & now serving his sentence. I sympathize with all victims out there. But…I will not be bullied or told how and when to love a brother. I stand by my words (sic),” – Cleo wrote.

Cleo continued to say he has partnered with the correctional services and few other stakeholders to contribute to the positive rehabilitation of similar inmates. If that’s deemed as condoning and supporting criminals then so be it. I refuse to entertain any negative spin to my good deeds.

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Benny Mayengani continues to use #FillUp concept after Cassper trademark drama

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The award-winning Xitsonga musician Benny Mayengani is set to #FillUp Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane despite being accused of stealing the popular phrase by local rapper Cassper Nyovest.

ALSO READ: Rapper Cassper Nyovest Says He Owns #FillUp Concept

Last year, Cassper Nyovest accused Mayengani of stealing his “trademarked” concept. Benny was also threatened with legal action surrounding the trademark rights of Fill Up. However, an independent investigation by TshisaLIVE found that Cassper did not own the trademark and could not take legal action against him at the time

This comes after Benny advertised his Fill Up Giyani Stadium concert using the hashtag made popular by Cassper.

Despite all the drama, Tsonga musician continued to fulfill his dream by filling up the 20000-seater Giyani Stadium, topping the venue’s capacity with 4000 extra fans.

This year April, Benny Mayengani continues to use the phrase and plans to fill up the 46, 000 seater Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Benny plans to fill up Peter Mokaba Stadium with the help from Zodwa Wabantu, Vuyelwa, Mashabela, DJ Tira and Winnie Mashaba.

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Rapper Chad da Don breaks his silence on his split from Kelly Khumalo

Kelly Khumalo and Chad Da Don

South African hip-hop record producer, songwriter and rapper, Chad da Don, whose real name is Donovan Chad Mansoor, has broken his silence on his break up with singer and actress Kelly Khumalo.

ALSO READ: Kelly Khumalo And Chad Da Don Spark Marriage Speculations

Speaking to DRUM Magazine, the rapper said that they are just different people with different beliefs. Rumours of their split first surfaced at the end of January after fans noticed that all their loved-up photos together had been deleted from their social media accounts.

Chad told DRUM that Kelly was the best thing that had ever happened to him but that sometimes things just don’t work out.

“We split up but there are no bad vibes. Her husband-to-be is out there somewhere and I will also find my wife one day. I’ve been through a lot and Kelly’s love was medicinal … My heart feels sore but there is no pain God cannot cure. Kelly and I had a good run. We were blessed with a great time but now it’s over,” he told the publication.

Sources told Sunday Sun that Kelly’s ancestral calling could have been a reason for the parting.

“I’ve always had time for my spirituality and religion. That’s what brought Kelly and me together and that’s also what separated us,” – Chad hinted that the couple had “different beliefs”.

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Zedd and Katy Perry ‘365’ New Single & Video Out!

Zedd and Katy Perry

Multi-Platinum, Grammy award-winning artist, DJ and producer Zedd and global superstar Katy Perry team up on the new single, “365,” which was released today (Interscope Records). The two wrote the song together, with Zedd producing.

ALSO READ: US Megastar Katy Perry Is Coming To South Africa

In tandem with the song’s release, Zedd and Katy shared the official music video for “365” today. Directed by Warren Fu (The Weeknd, Daft Punk) and conceptualized by Katy, it asks the question: could an AI learn to love? The video tells the poignant story of an android Katy Perry, who yearns to be human, as she attempts to make a genuine connection with Zedd.

“Katy and I have known each other for a while now and while on tour together in Australia last summer, we starting working on some music,” shares Zedd, “After we got off tour and with our musical value systems even more aligned we continued working together and that’s when 365 started to take shape. As it all came together, we knew we had something special. I love how Katy sounds on this record. I’m so excited to finally share this with our fans.”

Watch Zedd and Katy Perry 365 music video below:

“I was really excited for Zedd to join my WITNESS: The Tour last year, and in our down time, we started vibing on music, which led to this special song,” says Katy, “Happy to collaborate with such a talented and down-to-earth human being.”

“365” is Zedd’s first single of 2019. The release comes after a massive 2018, which included teaming up with Shawn Mendes for the “Lost In Japan” remix, “Happy Now” with Elley Duhé, and his monster smash “The Middle” with Maren Morris and Grey. Zedd earned his second #1 at Top 40 Radio and three GRAMMY nominations for “The Middle,” making him a five-time GRAMMY nominee in addition to his 2014 win for Best Dance Recording.

ABOUT ZEDD: Multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd made his debut with Clarity after signing with Interscope in 2012 and has been breaking down barriers surrounding music genres ever since. Last fall, Zedd teamed up with Shawn Mendes for a remix of “Lost In Japan” from Shawn’s latest album. The remix is the follow up to Zedd’s 2018 singles, “Happy Now” with Elley Duhé and his monster hit, “The Middle” with Maren Morris and Grey.  Zedd released “The Middle” in January 2018, which earned him his second #1 at Top 40 Radio. “The Middle” held the top spot at Top 40 Radio for seven weeks, was #1 at Hot AC Radio for five weeks, and spent 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Digitally, the song has amassed over 1 billion streams. In December, Zedd received three GRAMMY nominations for “The Middle,” including nominations for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Pop Duo or Group Performance. The three nominations make Zedd a five-time GRAMMY nominee.

In 2017, Zedd released “Stay” with Alessia Cara, which held the #1 spot at Top 40 radio for six consecutive weeks and earned Zedd his second GRAMMY nomination. In 2015, Zedd released True Colors, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Throughout his career, Zedd has worked with a diverse range of artists to create hits, including Hayley Williams on platinum hit “Stay The Night,” which racked up more than 400 million streams, and Selena Gomez on platinum track “I Want You To Know,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

ABOUT KATY PERRY: Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010). PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Roar,” “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold including song sales and streams, Katy became the first artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. Witness was Katy’s third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It set the record for the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. Witness, which contained the hit singles “Chained,” “Swish” and “Bon Appetit,” topped the iTunes Albums chart in 46 countries. Globally, it has achieved more than 2 billion cumulative streams and sold more than two million adjusted albums.

In her 10 years with Capitol, Katy has racked up a cumulative 18+ billion streams alongside worldwide sales of nearly 40 million adjusted albums and 128+ million tracks. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter and was the first to reach 100 million followers. Katy is the only female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Roar” and “Dark Horse” have surpassed the two billion mark.

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Soweto Gospel Choir Win their Third Grammy Award

Soweto Gospel Choir Grammy Award

Multiple award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir have won the Best World Music Album Grammy for their collection of songs titled ‘Freedom’.

ALSO READ: Chance The Rapper Features Soweto Gospel Choir

The awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles and were hosted by Alicia Keys.

This was the group`s fifth nomination in this category and they have now won the prestigious award a total of three times.

Receiving the award on behalf of Soweto Gospel Choir were album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane, Mary Mulovhedzi and Mulalo Mulovhedzi whose late father David Mulovhedzi co-founded the group with producer/director Beverly Bryer 17 years ago.

The Grammy Award winning album Freedom was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group’s tribute to the 100 years of Mandela celebrations. It features a selection of South African struggle songs including their scintillating version of Johnny Clegg’s poignant Asimbonanga.


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Rapper Shonaman Tells His Story Through Music

Mike Tinhidzai aka Shonaman

Of late, the hip hop circles in both Zimbabwe and South Africa have come to familiar terms with the name Shonaman. His work has been beautifully impressive, and it is worth mentioning. His name and his music simply cannot go unmentioned and unnoticed.

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Shonaman, real name Mike Tinhidzai, is a Zimbabwean rapper who is based in South Africa. The rapper, who has just recently released his new single called Gbalaga, was born in Gutu, Zimbabwe, which reveals openly humble beginnings.

Listen to Gbalanga below:

When the Zimbabwean economy plunged and the turmoil was having its biting toll on many Zimbabwean families, Shonaman’s family relocated to South Africa in 2006, and this marked the genesis of Shonaman’s amazing story in the rap game. This occurrence, though not what they wanted, set in motion the beginning of Shonaman’s success.

Part of Shonaman’s inspiration was heavily influenced by the marriage institution he grew up in. He grew up in a polygamous marriage and such a congested environment somehow propelled his musical life, as he felt his voice had to be had, and life experiences had to be echoed. Life was not rosy for Shonaman when his family moved south of the Limpopo, conditions which were an antithesis to high expectations. After working as a handyman at the age of 16, Shonaman thought everything was crumbling when he dropped out of high school. It seemed as if things had lost meaning that the centre could no longer hold. Much was coming along the way, Shonaman was born for success.

The hurdles that Shonaman has met in life have proved as if they are too high to surmount. But with sheer determination and motivation, Shonaman has braved it all. Just when all hope was oozing out, he met Tfox, who would become his longtime friend. His friend introduced him to some of Hip Hop’s icons who include Lil Wayne, Frank Edwards and Eminem. This moment was very pivotal in carving out his passion for hip hop and the subsequent hip hop career. Thy both got into music, although they authored rhymes that never made their way into studio. But as the old adage goes, Rome was not built in a day.

Since Shonaman’s friend was going to school, Shonaman decided to go to school. However for him, school was a form of escapism. He wanted to get as far as he could from the responsibilities that were choking him back home. For him school was a time pusher. Interestingly, it school that gave him a platform to fully realize his potential and maximizing it. It was at school that the name Shonaman originated from, since he was a Zimbabwean living in South Africa who always rapped in Shona at cyphers.

In 2011, Shonaman met Mgeezy, who introduced him to studio for the first time. He recorded his first song, a heartfelt tribute to his brother who had unfortunately passed away after sustaining gruesome injuries from boiling water. The producer though the song was not good enough and told Shonaman to leave, and never coming back again. They kept on preserving, and Mgeezy introduced Shonaman to another studio, 9 km from where Shonaman lived. The team at the new studio were marveled by Shonaman’s music and decided to work with him free of charge. He became part of a new crew called Maltown Flavour led by Janfirst Recording under Try Me Records.

While at university, he released his first mixtape with Janfirst in 2014. He went on to wonderfully release more singles after the mixtape which include the Dum Dum remix from American Christian rapperTeddush. It is of no doubt that this resounding success motivated him to incline towards religious music, aided by the experiences he has also gone through in his life. His flair for rapping has also been enhanced getting invitations to perform at functions in his home Limpopo, making his name when he successfully performed at the I am women foundation first anniversary. He has also impeccably represented Zimbabwe at the University of Pretoria international student day celebrations.

Shonaman had planned to release an album in 2015 but pressure from university studies saw that failing to come to fruition. In 2016 he met the Zimbabwean producer Kumbitronix. He collaborated with Tizzy on a song titled My Life Before My Lord, which was immediately followed by a video release. The video was aired on the DStv channel One Gospel. It was also nominated as the best music video of the year at the LIMHOP Awards. 

In May 2017, Shonaman announce that he would be releasing an EP titled Rebels, which was then released in July 2017. From the EP he shot two music videos, which have had a reverberating effect across all social media platforms and many popular Christian sites and hip hop blogs. His music video High Five has had a warm reception. His works have been featured on blogs such as The Zimbabwe Sphere, Venrap Radio Magazine, and Perdeby. He says his music is distinct because he sings Christian rap music which reflects his deepest beliefs.

On talking about his latest EP titled Rebels, he had this to say, “Whenever you do something, people have the tendency to place you in a box. They assume that you are just like every other rapper. I make music for those that are out there that want to learn more about Christianity. And that’s what Rebels is all about. It’s about me redefining what the church expects of me and in the process educating others about it.” Shonaman is one talent to watch. His rap is motivating, uplifting, and very meaningful. His music is worth listening to.

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Tbo Touch set to release an album

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Media entrepreneur Tbo Touch whose real name is Thabo Molefe, has announced that he will be dropping an album soon.

ALSO READ: Tbo Touch To Make Screen Debut In New Movie

From producing a film, his own alcohol range and now radio boss Tbo Touch’s next chapter is music.

Tbo Touch took to his social media to reveal to fans that he is going to release a 48-track album.

Taking to Twitter, Tbo Touch said he is bringing everything luxurious.“It’s officially I’m dropping a 48 track album! I think the time is right to detox Hip Hop. I’m bringing all currencies, super cars, mansions, jets, Blessers & Blessies In all videos. We own studios, we own the best film & cinematography facilities red cameras (sic)”, he tweeted.

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PASCAL & PEARCE new single

Friday, 8 February 2019 sees the release of a brand-new single from PASCAL & PEARCE entitled I GOT YA BABE, featuring LOCNVILLE. The release also features an extended version of the track.

ALSO READ: Rapper Boity Thulo Set To Drop Second Single Titled ‘Bakae’

An upbeat, funky number with a pulsing beat and catchy hook, the instrumental for the track started in 2018 by PASCAL & PEARCE. It went through a few stages before they came up with the final sound for the track. The inspiration behind it was to create another great collaboration with LOCNVILLE, which the duo felt was way overdue.

“We’re very pleased with the result of this track. Having a finished song that we’re happy with is what we aim for, whilst still progressing with our music, so creating a song that makes others happy too is the trick. The only difference is that we’re always working at bettering our music with every song.” – Pascal & Pearce.

“I Got Ya Babe is about that first time attraction when you meet someone new. We’re kind of setting that scene and the beat that Pascal & Pearce came up with represents that beautifully. We’ve worked with Pascal & Pearce many times and the results are always hits. I think our love and respect for electronic music gives us a good working relationship.” – Andrew Chaplin, Locnville.

“I Got Ya Babe for me is more about setting a scene than telling a story. When I heard the beat, it gave me an edgy feeling and the thought of turning that into a couple rolling around the city in an old convertible seemed fun. Working with Pascal & Pearce is always a pleasure, they’re amazing producers and always manage to create a great track.” – Brian Chaplin, Locnville.

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