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Governors Ball photos

NYC is under a heat advisory today, but it was nothing but clear skies and awesome music at Governors Ball last weekend.

Forgot sunscreen? We got you.

Fiona Apple

Major Lazer

Check out more photos of artists playing the Hype Machine stage on our Facebook page.
Photos by Jesse DeFlorio.

BBC Radio 6 Music & Music Blog Zeitgeist

We’ve been big fans of BBC’s music programming for a long time, so we are thrilled to collaborate with them on this week’s program on BBC 6 Music.

The show looks at the first 6 months of most blogged artists in tracks, according to the same method we use for building the Music Blog Zeitgeist each year.

Tune in at 6PM GMT / 1PM ET

Read more about the show


Hype Machine at Governors Ball

Yes! We have a stage at the 2-day Governors Ball Music Festival, June 23-24. Fiona Apple, Chromeo, Santigold, Major Lazer, and many, many more awesome artists are playing. You should come. Find us when you’re there—we’ll have some festival essentials for you.

Listen to blogger picks and the full lineup here.

To win a pair of tickets: link your Hype Machine account to Twitter and tweet “Hype Machine stage @GovBallNYC! Free tickets, pls. #HMStage”

A few more fun things we’ve been working on

“Now playing” notifications in Chrome: Receive notifications when a new track has started playing on the Hype Machine while you are in a different tab. Click “Allow” when the notification prompt appears in Chrome to start getting these.

Follow blogs faster: You can follow any blog from a track by clicking the + sign next to the blog name:

(You can still visit/follow listings by clicking the blog name or browsing the Blog Directory.)

Fast Forward contest winners: Nancy Tsang and Felix Gürtler made killer remixes of our Fast Forward houses and scored some SOL REPUBLIC headphones. Check out their art here in full resolution.

Popular page changes

We love discovering new music (that’s why we started the site, after all). Today, we made a small change to the Popular page to keep everyone finding more new stuff.

Popular keeps track of songs that Hype Machine users are favoriting the most on the site. There are thousands of new reviews posted on music blogs every day, so this is a great filter to see which tracks are catching people’s attention. We used to display this list of 50 songs starting with 1, but now the direction has been reversed, so when you click Popular, you’ll start listening at the 50th most loved track.

Why the change? We wanted to adjust for the cumulative advantage in our charts. Cumulative advantage is the idea that the more popular something is, the more likely we are to choose it, thus making it more popular. (If you’re interested in the research behind this, download “Experimental Study of Inequality and Unpredictability in an Artificial Cultural Market” (PDF) by Salganik et al). The lower end of the chart is more fluid and more open to entry, so you’re more likely to keep discovering something good as you listen all the way down to #1.

UPDATE June 30, 2012: We’ve added a few awesome ways to sort the contents of the popular page. Check them out!

UPDATE July  26, 2012: The familiar 1-50 order is back, but the awesome ways of sorting the Popular page remain. Enjoy!


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