On the first anniversary of the South African launch of Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, the top ten local artists and tracks of the year have been revealed.
Spotify says it received a hugely positive response from South Africa music fans on its launch, who were attracted by Spotify’s depth of catalogue, 3-billion playlists and personalisation features, such as Discover Weekly and Daily Mix.
At its launch, South Africa joined 64 other countries on Spotify, and the number has now grown to 79 countries, encompassing more than 200-million users, and more than 40 million tracks.
Spotify today revealed that the most-streamed local artist by South African music fans since launch is Nasty C. Black Coffee was the second most-streamed local artist in South Africa, closely followed by AKA at number three.
Black Coffee’s Drive (with David Guetta, featuring Delilah Montagu) – which has already amassed over 25 million worldwide streams on Spotify for the radio edit version – was the most streamed local track by South Africans since launch, followed by Collide from Lady Zamar, with Fela In Versace from AKA in
Spotify also revealed that, based on the number of streams in major cities since launch, Johannesburg was the most musical city in South Africa. However, that is hardly surprising, given that it also has the biggest population of any South African city. Spotify also found that Friday 22 February 2019 was the most musical day of the last 12 months, when Spotify saw the most streams by South Africans.
Pop continues to claim prominence as the top streamed genre on local listeners’ playlists. However local hip hop has also had a huge year on Spotify, with the likes of Nasty C and AKA making it onto Spotify’s top lists and playlists throughout the year, which could be attributed to fans wanting to get their hands on the much-anticipated albums Strings and Bling and Touch My Blood, respectively from each artist.
Claudius Boller, Spotify’s Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa, said: “Our first year in South Africa has been extremely exciting and we have been thrilled by the response from music fans. Our launch in South Africa – our first African market – gave us the opportunity to offer local music fans access to a world of new music and genres, as well as giving local artists the opportunity to connect with a global audience of music fans on Spotify.”
Click here for the full list of top ten artists and tracks on Spotify
DemonsAreCrazy hits PC
The action-packed, atmospheric MOBA for PC has left Early Access and is now available as a full Steam release.
DemonsAreCrazy boasts a stunning rendition of Hell, with top-notch character designs, elaborate environments, and multiple gameplay styles to choose. It has players kill mobs and defeat demonic bosses in the “Seven Sins” Player Versus Player (PvP) arenas, specialty Player Versus Everyone (PvE) events, and several boss-hunt campaigns.
In DemonsAreCrazy, the underworld has been ruled by Satan for eons, but Lord Satan goes AWOL and is immediately presumed dead by his demonic cadre. Lord Judge (his second in command) then decides that the underworld must hold its first-ever free elections to choose a new leader – a new Satan. In this election, whoever commits the most outrageous, destructive offences wins, because in Hell, the biggest, baddest demon will rise through the ranks and claim the throne.
To celebrate the launch, both Early Access veterans and newcomers can get their hands on special armour: “BetaCoats” for beta testers with a ranking of 6 or higher and exclusive “Outlaw Coats” for new players – available for a very limited time in the event shop.
Additionally, extremely rare “animas” (equipment) will be awarded to the top 100 players each week as a PvP ranking reward. This special event will end in two weeks, so hurry up!
- Explore a stunningly detailed rendition of Hell.
- Experience an intense, action-packed MOBA with FPS, hack-and-slash, and MMO gameplay choices.
- Build up your political party with 18 playable “Starter Demons” who have customisable skills and equipment.
- Try your hand at different game modes – including the “Seven Sins” PvP arenas, specialty PvE events, and boss hunt campaigns.
DemonsAreCrazy is now available on Steam. The game is free to download and play – and it includes in-game purchases and downloadable content.
Citadel: Forged With Fire shows its creatures
A new trailer for the game has been released, showing off direwolves and dragons, both of which can be tamed by players.
Citadel: Forged With Fire, a magical massive online sandbox RPG, features creatures big and small, real and mythical. Some are friendly, while others are ferocious and formidable in the enchanting world of Ignus.
Game developer Blue Isle Studios has released a new Citadel trailer filled with all sorts of creatures from direwolves to dragons. Players can even enchant these creatures for use as transportation or tame the mighty beasts making them trusted allies, lending their strength and power, protecting against the ravenous enemy creatures that lurk in the deepest of dungeons.
As a newly graduated Wizard apprentice, players find themselves fledgling powers lacking against the magical creatures, both good and evil, that traverse through the unexplored world of Ignus. Players must gather resources, establish bases, practice spellcrafting capabilities and grow their arcane abilities in preparation for the dark dangers that lie ahead.
Citadel is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam on retail and digital later this year.