This Week in Music: 2/20 – 2/27
Welcome back to Unity Travel’s Weekly newsletter! Your source on all things music, pop culture, and current events.
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
Guitar Hero Developers Announce EDM-Heavy Virtual Reality Shooter Game
Harmonix, the creators of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Amplitude, have announced their next venture into the rhythm game world. Audica ditches the musical instrument peripherals and focuses on virtual reality technology.
Audica drops players into a cosmic arena with the task of shooting targets in tune with a song. Players will use both controllers from their VR system of choice to shoot incoming targets from many different directions. With virtual reality technology, players will get a 360-degree view of the futuristic world of Audica. You can read more about the game here.
The first five tracks include:
1788-L & Blanke – Destiny
Alison Wonderland – I Want U
Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Afrojack Remix)
James Egbert – The Space
Savant – Splinter
Soundcloud Hits 200 Million Track Milestone & Unveils Premiere Distribution Feature
This is a big week for the largest open audio platform, SoundCloud as they have reached a massive content milestone in surpassing 200 million tracks uploaded on their site, after 11 years.
They can also now say they are the first streaming platform with built-in distribution services. The company announced artists will be able to upload their music directly to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube, and Instagram using SoundCloud distribution.
Through the music industry’s boom in content streaming in recent years, SoundCloud has remained a hub for music creators. Though it faces competition from other streaming giants, the service’s continued growth is good news for artists looking to share content and build audiences.
SoundCloud’s distribution tool will additionally allow artists to keep 100% of their rights, and all of their third-party royalties accrued on other platforms. Eligible artists will be informed via email when the tool becomes available to them.
ARIANA GRANDE MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST ARTIST WITH TOP 3 SONGS SINCE THE BEATLES
Ariana Grande has achieved something that no other artist aside from The Beatles has ever done. Currently, 3 of her tracks off her new album thank u, next are at the Billboard Hot 100 (for the week of Feb 22) — at spots No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3.
Grande’s track “7 rings” takes the #1 spot for the fourth week in a row, followed by “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” and then the title track, “thank u, next.” Her album thank u, next has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
She’s the first artist to hold the top three spots on the Hot 100 simultaneously since 1964, when The Beatles took over with their hits “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” respectively. At one point the group claimed the top five songs on the chart. #girlpower
Plea Deal May Leave Reduced Sentence for Texashi 6ix9ine & Possible Witness Protection
The 22-year-old rapper, Daniel Hernandez, was facing a minimum of 47 years and a maximum of life in prison after being charged with 9 federal counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses, and narcotics trafficking. Last November, under the terms of his recent guilty plea, he could walk free as early as January 2020.
In exchange for his complete cooperation, including a testimony before a grand jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York has agreed “not to prosecute the defendant for the crimes set forth in Counts 1 through 9…. as well as additional crimes that the defendant has told the government about,” according to a newly unsealed plea deal.
He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges, with his lawyer arguing that his “gangster image” was merely part of his act. “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise,” Lance Lazzaro said.
Ultimately, a federal judge will determine the terms of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s sentencing during a hearing scheduled for January 24th, 2020. However, “should the defendant successfully cooperate, the government agrees that it will file at the time of sentencing a motion… for a sentence below any mandatory minimum,” the plea deal reads.
In exchange for his cooperation, Tekashi 6ix9ine will also be eligible for witness protection. You can read the plea deal here.
POT OF GOLD FESTIVAL PHOENIX
Just added to the already stacked lineup: Ice Qube, Snoop Dogg, Ozuna & Kodak Black at Pot of Gold Festival! This March 15-17 at Phoenix Steele Indian School Park!
Hotel Rooms, Shuttle Passes, Payment Plans & Ticket Packages ON SALE NOW!
Go to www.Unity.Travel/PotofGold for more info!
V2 PRESENTS: GET LUCKY
In the magical month of March, we will unite at the Saltair Castle and find out just how enchanted it will become. The Celtic Palace inside will bring good vibes and the Tent of Gold outside will follow suit. Come donned in your greatest gold & green attire as we discover the end of the rainbow at The Saltair in the magical month of March.
Hotel Rooms, Round Trip Shuttle Passes, Tickets & Payment Plans ON SALE NOW!
Go to www.Unity.Travel/GetLucky for more info!
USC EVENTS: LUCKY FESTIVAL
Follow us to the 8th annual Lucky Festival, a magical land where whimsical creatures roam wild and life blooms with effervescence. Join in the dance of the fairies at Lucky Arena, search for pots of gold in the Leprechaun’s Lair, and experience the blissfulness that comes from finding the End Of The Rainbow, find some extra luck at Clover Park, and so much more!
Hotel Rooms, Solo Traveler, VIP Tables, Tickets & Payment Plans ON SALE NOW!
Go to www.Unity.Travel/Lucky for more info!
ALSO ON SALE
Days on the Green Festival Phoenix
Get ready for the inaugural Days on the Green Music Festival, a 2-day weekend event taking place on April 19 – 20, 2019! Come for the good vibes and chill with the best of reggae, alternative, & punk performances!
Hotel Rooms, Shuttle Passes, Payment Plans & Ticket Packages. On Sale Now! Go to www.Unity.Travel/DaysontheGreen for more info!
EDC Las Vegas
->Book your hotel room for EDC with us at some of the best hotels on the Las Vegas Strip for significantly below market rate! Traveling to EDC Solo? Book as part of our Solo Traveler Program!
Hotel Rooms & Solo Traveler ON SALE NOW!
Go to www.Unity.Travel/ElectricWeekend for more info!
Ever After Music Festival
Ever After Music Festival is an experience for all to share. A fantasy getaway experience with the sounds, the stunning visuals, and high class performances for you to have an unforgettable weekend.
Hotel Rooms, Solo Traveler,Shuttle Passes, QUBE Tent Rentals, Group Camping, RV Camping, Single Camping Passes, Tickets, & Payment Plans. ON SALE NOW!
Go to www.Unity.Travel/EverAfter for more info!
The annual Washington festival at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater returns June 14-15 with what is sure to be another stellar year, and it’s more affordable than ever. Cabanas, Tables, Hotel Rooms, Shuttle Passes, GA wristbands, VIP passes, Camping Passes, and all packages are ON SALE NOW!
Go to www.Unity.Travel/Paradiso for more info!
Imagine Music Festival
The aquatic fairytale comes alive with multiple custom stages, world-class production, and a unique variety of dancers, cirque acts, art, workshops, food trucks and even a giant splash pool!
-Hotel Rooms, Round Trip Shuttle Passes, QUBE Tents, Camping Passes, Solo Traveler, & Tickets. ON SALE NOW! Go to www.Unity.Travel/Imagine for more info!