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SoundCloud SoundCloud Next Wave: Ever-Evolving Funk in Rio & São Paulo

SoundCloud heads to South America in its fourth SoundCloud Next Wave episode, spotlighting the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.

“Visão,” follows the rising stars of the funk music genre, MC Bin Laden, DJ Yuri Martins, MC 2K, MC WM, DJ Polyvox and Kondzilla, as they take the funk scene beyond just a music style and toward a larger movement poised for the international stage. Check out the episode below.

Gaining popularity in the 1980’s, Brazil’s funk music genre, also known as baile funk, funk carioca or favela funk, is ever-evolving and rising, even as it’s faced prejudices by the local government because of its origin.

While lyrically the genre has stayed close to its Brazilian roots reflecting life in favelas, the genre’s sound has evolved and matured to include a rich variety of pockets, sounds and styles, influenced by everything from Miami-bass to trap and rap.

This evolution is in part because of the rise of streaming services like SoundCloud, which offers accessibility to the largest and most diverse library of audio content, and a connected community of creators, listeners and curators. In fact, since 2015, we’ve seen a 52% increase in the number of uploaded tracks tied the Brazilian funk genre on the SoundCloud platform.

The title of the episode, which in English means ‘vision’ and links to the local Portuguese slang phrase ‘passa a visão,’ meaning ‘to share ideas,’ makes a nod to the connections and sharing capabilities streaming offers creators.

SoundCloud Next Wave seeks to highlights the exciting local creator communities propelled by the people-powered platform. Previously highlighted cities in the series include New York City with “Extended Mix,” Toronto with “Northern Stars” and Los Angeles with “Degenerate Generation.”

Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming episodes rounding out the series, set in London and Berlin.

SoundCloud New Playlist Stat Connects Creators and Curators

We know stats are an essential tool for creators, and that’s why SoundCloud’s excited to introduce a new playlist stat, which offers all creators even more ways to understand where their plays are coming from and the people behind them.

The new playlist stat, available on the web and on SoundCloud Pulse, SoundCloud’s creator-focused companion app, shows creators who’s sharing their tracks in a playlist, and how many plays are being generated from the playlist. This means that the 1.2 million creators featured in playlists on SoundCloud, daily, can gain insight on, connect and engage more easily with the incredible curator community on the platform.

Check out what the new stats module, which includes both a ranked list of playlists a track is featured on and the total number of plays, looks like on the web below. The module is also available on SoundCloud Pulse, available for free on iOS and Android.

In addition to a new playlist stat, SoundCloud also recently rolled out a refreshed visual experience for stats on the web. All creators, including SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited users, will find an overall better stats management experience, featuring a more intuitive interface and new look and feel for visualised stats. Some of the stats benefiting from the redesign include top listener and top country, which are now even easier for creators to uncover.

These latest updates are part of SoundCloud’s efforts to continually look at how it can create an even better experience that fully supports creators no matter where they are in their career. Stay tuned to the blog for news on the many exciting things to come for creators on SoundCloud.

SoundCloud SoundCloud Next Wave: Discwoman Driving Diversity in NY Electronic Music Scene

“I think a sense of community is so affirming. If you feel alone in your endeavors, it’s a lot harder to progress. Whereas if you have a few peers supporting what you’re doing, it’s a lot easier to navigate in that world.”

“Extended Mix,” the newest episode from SoundCloud Next Wave, premieres today, featuring the New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency, Discwoman, as well as next-level electronic artist, Bearcat

The episode is the third installment of the mini-docuseries, which aims to shed light on the underground music scenes from around the world that are growing, thriving and driven by SoundCloud’s connected community of creators, listeners and curators.

The episode gives viewers an inside look at the artists’ special relationship to the expansive New York electronic music scene, as well as shares the backstory on the female collective’s rise to becoming one of the pivotal forces in shifting electronic music culture in New York to be more inclusive and diverse.  

SoundCloud Next Wave previously highlighted other exciting local creator communities that have been propelled by SoundCloud’s people-powered ecosystem including Toronto’s more soulful and groovy side with “Northern Stars,” and Los Angeles’ rising goth rap movement with “Degenerate Generation.”

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes featuring scenes from Brazil, London and Berlin.