As usual, Billboard kept music obsessives up to date on every ebb and flow in the world of popular music in print, on this website and beyond -- including places like Spotify, where listeners made official Billboard playlists the most popular in the world for 2013.
This year, when new stars like Lorde, Baauer, and Macklemore shared the spotlight with Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and Katy Perry, Spotify listeners made official Billboard playlists the most popular in the world for 2013. Billboard's Hot 100 playlist received more total streams this year than any of the 1 billion+ playlists in the Spotify ecosystem and the Billboard 200 playlist was the world's most shared on social networks.
Corporate restructuring is rarely pretty, and the layoffs that often follow, especially when those layoffs hit during the holiday months, can get downright ugly. Tim Crowhurst, president of SFX entertainment, knew that when the company recently made the decision to layoff multiple teams of software engineers at Beatport, the influential electronic music portal the company bought in March.
Watch our interview with SOHN, in which the mysterious electro-soul singer talks about why he used to be embarrassed by his voice, the inspiration behind latest single "Lessons" -- and separating himself from other people while writing his album.