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Rosalía, Andi Mack and Mickaël Pouvin July’s Top 5

Curious about last month’s most-played summer songs? Read about it here, in July’s Top 5. The Spanish Rosalía – a.k.a Queen of the New Flamenco – appears out of nowhere at number one with her hit “Malamente.”    

At the other side of the Atlantic “Being Around You,” from the television series “Andi Mack,” is at number one. Mickaël Pouvin, known from “The Voice France,” takes the lead in the African continent. Te Bote is still at the top of South America’s list, and the Australian band The Rubens stand their ground and are at the same position as last month, third in Oceania.

Check out the top 5 of the most popular songs from all corners of the world and galvanize your repertoire.      

Top 5 Europe

1 Rosalía – Malamente

2 Oasis – Wonderwall

3 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary

4 Ed Sheeran – Perfect

5 Dawid Podsiadlo – Małomiasteczkowy

Rosalía

Top 5 North America

1 Andi Mack – Being Around You

2 Steven Universe Soundtrack – For Just One Day Let’s Only Think About (Love)

3 Way Maker – Spanish

4 Drake – In My Feelings

5 Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

Top 5 Asia

1 Sweety Boy – “ลองคบกันดูไหม” feat. FREEZiE

2 A Love So Beautiful OST – I Like You So Much, You’ll Know It

3 Sweety Boy – ลองคบกันดูไหม Feat. FREEZiE ( Chipmunk )

4 Leeyonk sinatra – Sing Mejudul

5 Janine Teñoso — ‘Di Na Muli

Top 5 Oceania

1 Conrad Sewell – Healing Hands

2 Dean Lewis – Be Alright

3 The Rubens – Never Ever (feat. Sarah)

4 Chronixx – Legend

5 MUNDA JAM – VINEKI MUNDA

Conrad Sewell

Top 5 South America  

1 Te Bote – Nio García, Casper, Darell

2  FMK – Perdóname

3 Alex Rose Ft Rauw Alejandro – Toda

4 Leslie Grace, Noriel – Duro y Suave

5 Jotta A – Muéstrame Tu Gloria

Te Bote

Top 5 Africa

1 Mickaël Pouvin – Éternel

2  Daft Punk Get Lucky Official ft. Pharrell Williams

3 Lose Control By Meddy Ft The Ben

4 Drake – In My Feelings

5 Bro Sammy, Menso Mene Hwan Powerful Worship

Mickaël Pouvin

Introducing music to babies: this is how you strike the right chord

A guest appearance of our friends at Mom Loves Best.

You might already know that music is good for your brain. But how about your babies’? They may not be able to hold an instrument, but music definitely helps the development of your child. Moreover, toddlers like almost everything. You couldn’t wish for a better audience to demonstrate your singing technique, guitar skills or dance moves.

There is not an early enough time to start introducing music to your offspring. Lullabies are a great place to start, but there’s so much to discover. This article will list the most important positive effects of music on an infant’s development. Moreover we’ll provide some nifty tips for you to keep having a nice time as well.     

 

Feeling inspired? Check out the lovely songs for kids, provided by minidisco!

Songs for kids in English

Nederlandstalige kinderliedjes (Dutch)

New albums by Rick Astley, Ariana Grande, Ty Segall and more

Two new marvels from California: all-round instrumentalist Ty Segall is only thirty one years old, and already has countless album titles to his name. In a collaboration with White Fence he supplements this list with a new paragon in musicality. The Internet stirs things up with a powerful dose of neofunk on their album Hive Mind.

On the other side of the Atlantic we find many British artists with new songs. Ariana Grande, Florence + The Machine and the one and only Rick ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Astley, are dominating the list of releases.

Miles Kane wrote the first single of his Coup de Grace together with Jamie T and Lana Del Rey. In conclusion, there’s enough music and fresh chords to tryout and play along to. Happy jamming!

Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Release date: July 20
Single: No Tears Left To Cry
Chords: Am G F C Dm
Tip: Cover this song as a piano ballad or punk it up with some power chords on you electric guitar.

Rick Astley – Beautiful Life

Release date: July 13
Single: Beautiful Life
Chords: Bm E F#m A G# F# B
Tip: You can also play his legendary Never Gonna Give You Up, for nostalgia’s sake.

The Internet – Hive Mind

Release date: July 20
Single: Come Over
Chords: Bbm7 C7 Fm7 Abm7 Db7
Tip: Ideal to practice your funk hand!

Ty Segall and White Fence – Joy

Release date: July 20
Single: Body Behavior
Chords: C D# C# F A# D
Tip: Fast chord alterations in the verses, try to keep up!

Miles Kane – Coup de Grace

Release date: August 10
Single: Loaded
Chords: C G Am Em F
Tip: Catchy chorus with easy chords – what else do you want?

Florence + The Machine – High as Hope

Release date: June 29
Single: Big God
Chords: Dm A# C Am
Tip: Check the video clip, where Florence displays her amazing dancing skills.

Let’s take a road trip to twelve European music festivals

The soundtrack of this summer is in hands of a handful of headliners that stumble from festival to festival. What parties are these anyway? Below, you’ll find a musical road trip that hits all the coolest music event in Europe.

First visitors of Roskilde 2018

We criss cross through the musical landscape to spot the best live-acts and most promising up-and-coming local heroes. Join us on an exploratory expedition from Finland to Portugal by Hungary and Greece, to end up in plenty more beautiful countries with each unique and distinctive music festivals.

Make sure to read the festival guide before you leave, and the follow the Chordify tour guide to jump on the bandwagon for an unforgettable festival trip. Let’s go!

1 Roskilde – Denmark

June 30–July 7, 2018

Roskilde has been around since 1971 and is one of the oldest festival in Europe.

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Gorillaz, Eminem

Local Hero: Nephew – Danish rock band that sings in both their mother tongue Danish, as in English.

2 Ruisrock – Finland

July 6–8, 2018

Ruisrock is special because of its beautiful location on the island of Ruissalo, Turku. Aside from that, this festival has been around since 1970!

Headliners: Dua Lipa, N.E.R.D., The Chainsmokers, Clean Bandit

Local hero: Cheek – Finnish hip-hop with catchy melodies

3 Rockwave Festival – Greece

July 6 & July 19–20, 2018

Extraordinary because this festival was the Arctic Monkeys’ first appearance in Greece.

Headliners: Iron Maiden, Arctic Monkeys, Judas Priest, Alt-J

Local Hero: CORETHEBAND – Well-polished pop-rock from Crete

4 NOS Alive! – Portugal

July 12–14, 2018

This festival started out as Oeiras Alive!, shortly after it became Optimus Alive! Until in 2014 it was renamed to NOS Alive!

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Khalid, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age

Local hero: Jorge Palma – Gorgeous songs by 68-year old Portuguese

5 Exit Festival – Serbia

July 12–15, 2018

Exit Festival sees a very diverse line-up with acts from Mexico, Turkey, Bosnia. Aside form this, the location–a fortress–is very cool and original.

Headliners: David Guetta, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, Martin Garrix

Local hero: Bad Copy – Hip-hop group with wit, self-deprecation, and sharp (Serbian) lyrics

6 Lollapalooza – France

July 21– 22, 2018

Lollapalooza is a world-wide festival with editions in Brazil, Chicago (US), and Argentina, and others.

Headliners: Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, The Killers, Travis Scott

Local Hero: Nekfeu – successful rapper with an acting career on the side

7 Reading – UK

August 24–26, 2018

New Order was the headliner of this festival’s first iteration in 1989.

Headliners:  Fall Out Boy, Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Panic! at the Disco

Local Hero: Dua Lipa – Award-winning artist with global hits

8 Lowlands – The Netherlands

August 17–19, 2018

With the exception of the 2015 edition, this festival has been sold out for the last 13 years.

Headliners: N.E.R.D., Gorillaz, Dua Lipa, James Bay

Local hero: De Staat – Well-oiled and super tight rock shows, with famed circle pits during their hit Witch Doctor

9 Sziget – Hungary

August 8–15, 2018

Sziget is special because of it’s gorgeous location on an island (Sziget) in the river Danube. Additionally, the festival lasts for a whopping 8 days! Together with Roskilde, it’s one of the longest festivals in Europe.

Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons, Fever Ray.

Local Hero: Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra – Hungarian ska with happiness dialed to 11, complete with trumpet, trombone, and sax!

10 Pukkelpop – Belgium

August 15–18, 2018

With 180.000 visitors (yes, you read that right) this is one of the most-visited festivals in Europe, partially because of the large amount of daytickets made available.

Headliners: Arcade Fire, The War on Drugs. Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons

Local Hero: Bazart – Indie group that sells out Belgium’s largest venues

11 Paleo Festival – Switzerland

July 17–22, 2018

In their own words, Paleo is an extraordinary marriage between concert and carnival. Organized without public financing.

Headliners: Depeche Mode, Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, MGMT

Local Hero: Vendredi sur mer – French poetic synthpop of the highest caliber

12 Todays Festival – Italy

August 24–26, 2018

Todays Festival has only been around for a couple of years and is based on the power of ‘now’: “Because the only moment in which the future can be decided is this instant. The present… TODAY.”

Headliners: The War on Drugs, Editors, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, My Bloody Valentine

Local hero: Cosmo – In this Italian electro-pop, you’ll hear all influences of nowadays’ clubculture.

Panic! At The Disco, Dawid Podsiadlo and Daft Punk in top 5 June

Extra! Extra! The top play-along songs of the world are available. Most notable newcomer is the number one hit from Europe: the Polish song Małomiasteczkowy (translation: ‘small-town’) by Dawid Podsiadlo.

Oceania claims the price for most sensual top 5, with a list of heartwarming beautiful songs. For the piano-aficionados among us Panic! At the Disco, crowning North America’s top 5, is certainly worthwhile. Happy Jamming!

Europe

1 Dawid Podsiadlo – Małomiasteczkowy

2 Sublime – What I Got

3 Ed Sheeran – Perfect

4 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary

5 Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do ft. SZA

Dawid Podsiadlo

North America

1 Panic! At The Disco: Dying In LA

2 Juice WRLD – Lucid Dreams

3 King Princess – 1950

4 Jane the Virgin Soundtrack – Jane’s Love Theme

5 Cavetown – This is Home 

Panic! At The Disco

Asia

1 Deen Assalam (LIRIK DAN TERJEMAHAN)

2 DJ Aisyah Ku Jatuh Cinta Pada Jamilah 2018

3 Janine Teñoso — ‘Di Na Muli

4 DENGAN CARAKU – ARSY WIDIANTO Ft. BRISIA JODIE

5 Azhage Azhage En Azhage Tamil Album Song

Oceania

1 Stan Walker – Thank You

2 Mickaël Pouvin – Éternel

3 The Rubens – Never Ever (feat. Sarah)

4 Ziggy Alberts – Love Me Now

5 Fools – Cover by BTS Jungkook and RM

Stan Walker

South America

1 Te Bote – Nio García, Casper, Darell

2 Paulo Londra ft Lenny Tavarez – Nena Maldicion

3 FMK – Perdóname

Te Bote Remix – Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna

5 Axel Catalán: Valer Verga

Africa

1 Daft Punk Get Lucky Official ft. Pharrell Williams

2 Clean Bandit – Symphony feat. Zara Larsson

3 Mickaël Pouvin – Éternel

4 Sipho Ngwenya ft Thinah Zungu – Igama Medley

5 Rak Roots feat Quatuor Squad – Ilay Silako

Eight festival headliners that will mark the summer of 2018

‘Oh, when I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever’

Let’s suppose the summer of 2018 will be just as legendary as the summer of ‘69. Then, who would be our new Bryan Adams? This festival season a few fast-moving, stage-hopping musicians are working hard to provide the soon-to-be nostalgic soundtrack for the summer of 2018.

‘And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always wanna be there’

While we fight off our burnout symptoms with relaxing festival vibes, these festival headliners juggle through dizzying tour schedules. No hangover or sleep deprivation will hold them back. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

With temperatures rising up to a 100 degrees Fahrenheit and sudden summer showers lurking around every corner; the 2018 artist makes her/his way through muddy backstage areas, while they plough through heaps of journalists and groupies to entertain one steaming crowd after another.

‘Those were the best days of my life’

Which names are center stage on this year’s posters? Perusing the lineups of the festivals, we notice some recurring headliners. These 8 artists are the architects of the soundtrack of the summer of 2018.

1 Dua Lipa

Roskilde (Denmark), Ruisrock (Finland), Mad Cool Festival (Spain), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Lollapalooza (France/USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Sziget (Hungary), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (The Netherlands), Reading/Leeds Festival (UK), Electric Picnic (Ireland), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland).

2 Arctic Monkeys

Southside Festival (Germany), Hurricane Festival (Germany), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland), Open’er (Poland), Rockwave Festival (Greece), Rock Werchter (Belgium), NOS Alive (Portugal), Madcool Festival (Spain), Lollapalooza Festival (VS), Osheaga Festival (Canada), OYA Festival (Norway), Way Out West Festival (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Austin City Limits (USA).

3 Gorillaz

Rock Werchter (Belgium), Open’er Festival (Poland), Roskilde (Denmark), Gurtenfestival (Switzerland), Lucca Summer Festival (Italy), Monte Kobetamendi (Spain), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Vieilles Charrues (France), Lollapalooza Festival (France), U-Park Festival (Ukraine), Park Live Festival (Russia), Sziget (Hungary), BoomTown Fair (UK), FM4 Frequency Festival (Austria), Lowlands (The Netherlands).

4 Kendrick Lamar

Øya Festival (Norway), Lowlands (The Netherlands), Sziget (Hungary), Way out West Festival (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Zürich Openair (Switzerland), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Fuji Rock (Japan), Reading/Leads Festival (UK).

5 The Killers

O Son de Camino (Spain), Rock in RIo (Portugal) Open Air St. Gallen (Switzerland), Rock Werchter (Belgium), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland), Lattitude Festival (UK), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Benicassim (Spain), Deichbrand Festival (Germany), Lollapalooza Festival (France), Panorama Music and Arts Festival (USA), Skookum Festival (Canada).   

6 The War on Drugs

Ottawa Bluesfest (Canada), Festival D’ete de Quebec (Canada), Hallifax Jazz Festival (Canada), Forecastle Festival (USA), Sloss Music & Arts Festival (USA), Pitchfork Music Festival (USA), Panorama Music and Arts Festival (USA), XPoNential Music Festival (USA), Sziget (Hungary), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (The Nederlands), Green Man Festival (UK), Open Air (Switzerland), Todays Festival (Italy), Skookum Festival (Canada), Grandoozy (USA).  

7 Fever Ray

Body & Soul Festival (Ireland), Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival (Poland), Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands), Roskilde (Denmark), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Exit Festival (Serbia), Melt Festival (Germany), Øya Festival (Norway), Way Out West (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Sziget (Hungary), Pitchfork Festival (France), Club To Club Festival (Italy).  

8 Travis Scott  

Longitude (Ireland), Benicassim Festival (Spain), Super Bock Super Rock (Portugal), Lollapalooza (France/USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Hard Festival (USA), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Blockfest (Finland), Festival Cabaret Vert (France), Reading/Leeds Festival (UK), Austin City Limits (USA).

Obviously this is just a small selection of all the fantastic music out there. The nice thing about festivals is discovering new acts as well. For more festival inspiration check out the festival survival guide. 

Make Music Day – Musical tips and discount

Today is Make Music Day! The name already suggests that on this day we write ‘making music’ in our agenda, all over the world. The motto is “created locally, connected globally” and everyone is invited to show their best musical side, that includes you! At Chordify we love to contribute to this special day. How? Read on.

Make Music Day is celebrated in more than 800 cities divided over 120 different countries. So, whether you live in Sao Paulo, Seattle, Beijing or Edinburgh; there are initiatives to join everywhere. For example, you can walk into a Street Studio in Budapest or New York, or you can participate in the musical parade through the heart of London’s city center.

Tips from the Chordify community

Chordify embraces all initiatives that foreground making and learning to play music. We will, of course, deliver the chords you need for your gigs on Make Music Day, but we’d like to do more. As a special effort we asked the Chordify community to share their best musical tips. We’ve listed some of the nicest and best tips below.

The ideal age

We asked people at what age they started playing music, on which instrument, what they are playing now, and how often they play during the week. It appears that the average age on which people started playing is fifteen.

The bigger part of our community plays guitar at the moment, but as a starter instrument the piano is most favorable. On average people play eight and a half hours a week, while they would like to play three times as much. Among those questioned thirty two percent regularly plays together with others, for example in a band.   

 

Make Music Day deal

To complete the music fest there is a special Make Music Day 50% discount on a premium subscription for a year, which will be valid up until June 24.

Do you need some inspiration for playing along? Check the Chordify channels. You’ll find loads of songs organized according to genre, era, difficulty et cetera.

Happy Make Music Day!

The best tips on music making from the Chordify community

1 Music is a miracle, be part of it.

2 Never give up! Keep trying! You didn’t learn to walk and talk in a day. Some things in life you have to struggle with to persevere.

3Play songs you like.

4 “Every time you pick up the guitar, play like it’s the last time.” Eric Clapton

5 Keep practicing. Be patient. Have fun!

6 Try to play with musicians who are better than yourself.

7 It’s not about looking fancy or professional, just have fun and express yourself.

8 Keep your instruments out in the open so you play whenever the urge happens.

9 Learn 5 or 6 chords, build up a good catalogue of songs then move onto scales.

10 Slow down until you play it perfectly slowly. Speed up as you improve.

11 First you learn the rules, then you break them!

12 Keep at it; it doesn’t come out right the first time, nor the second. Even after a 51 year hiatus in playing, you can come back and start again.

13 Don’t overthink it. Practice practice practice.

14 Bad ghosts don’t understand art, if you play music they just go away.

15 It is never too late to start and you are never too old to start.  

Make Music Day June 21 – get ready!

Whether you’re young, old, professional or amateur; everyone can celebrate Make Music Day on June 21, the day that’s all about music. It’s a global happening and music lovers from all over the world organize concerts and special events – mostly free!

French roots

To tell the origin story of Make Music Day we’ll travel back to France in 1982. The longest day of the year – June 21 – was dubbed ‘Fête de la musique.’ Festivities where conjured up to encourage musicians of all levels to go out and fill the night with music. Nowadays, the French cultural agenda can not be imaged without this folksonomic delight.       

International appeal

Over the years the festival has spread to France’s neighboring countries and across the atlantic, to all corners of the world. It’s celebrated in more than 800 cities divided over 120 different countries, like China, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Brazil. Australia is one of this year’s newcomers.

When did you start playing?

In the spirit of Make Music Day we’re curious about your opinion! What was your first instrument and at what age did you started playing? Play your part by answering these 8 questions. You might win Chordify Premium for a year! The results of this poll will be announced on Make Music Day, including the tips and advice of your fellow choridfiers.  

Happy jamming!

We at Chordify support all initiatives that encourage music making. That’s why we have a starter song channel especially for beginners, packed with popular songs that are easy to play along. And we will be adding a special Make Music Day discount on a premium subscription. Stay tuned!

New albums by Lily Allen, Johnny Marr, Snail Mail and Chromeo

Calling all brit-pop lovers! Lily Allen is back and Johnny Marr (The Smiths) is releasing a new record. But maybe the biggest surprise of the moment is the debut album of the American artist Snail Mail. And there’s news from Canada, electro funk duo Chromeo is back with a vengeance. So, there are enough new songs to jam along to.

Lily Allen – No Shame

Single: Lost My Mind
Release date: June 8th
Chords: Db Ab/C Bbm Gb Ab Fm Gb/Db Gb/Bb
Tip: Turn up the attitude, grab your keyboard, dye your hair pink, and play!

Snail Mail – Lush  

Single: Heat Wave
Release date: June 8th
Chords: Emaj7 F#m7/A B G#m7 F#m7 E/G# Am6 F#sus4 Asus2 A E
Tip: Recreate that lo-fi sound and start playing.

Johnny Marr – Call the Comet

Single: Hi Hello
Release date: June 15th
Chords: Em D C Bm Am G
Tip: A lot of chords changes and staccato rhythms. Ideal to practice your grip.

Chromeo – Head over Heels

Single: Must’ve Been (feat. DRAM)
Release date: June 15th
Chords: G A Bm D
Tip: Good song to loosen up your wrist and practice that funky rhythm.

Maddie Poppe, Oasis and Stan Walker in May’s top 5

The polls are closed and we can announce last month’s most played songs! In Europe Ed Sheeran has been dethroned by Oasis and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s top 5 entry shows people still like the classics. Meanwhile, the heartwarming song by Maddie Poppe Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up has reached number one in the United States.

In South America a lot of songs that fit Mother’s Day have reached the top 5. The African newcomer Nani Kama Mama matches that trend perfectly. The man with the golden voice, Stan Walker, has made it to first place in Oceania. To sum up, there’s is a great collection of songs waiting to be played along. Happy jamming!

Europe

  1. Oasis – Wonderwall
  2. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  3. Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do ft. SZA 
  4. Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone
  5. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
Oasis

North America

  1. Maddie Poppe – Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up 
  2. Post Malone – Stay
  3. Daniel Caesar – Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)
  4. Fortnite OST – Battle Royal
  5. Dermot Kennedy – An Evening I Will Not Forget 
Maddie Poppe

Asia

  1. Deen Assalam (LIRIK DAN TERJEMAHAN)
  2. Hu Yi Tian – I like you so much, you’ll know it
  3. GuyonWaton Official – Korban Janji  
  4. LIRIK DEEN ASSALAM – SULAIMAN AL-MUGHNI 
  5. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Oceania

  1. Stan Walker – Thank You
  2. SIX60 – Closer
  3. The Rubens – Never Ever (feat. Sarah) 
  4. Sons Of Zion – Drift Away
  5. Jeff Bernat – Changes 
Stan Walker

South America

  1. Paulo Londra ft Lenny Tavarez – Nena Maldicion
  2. Te Bote – Nio García, Casper, Darell | LETRA 
  3. GRACIAS MAMÁ – Natty Blanco 
  4. Jessi Uribe – Gracias Madre
  5. Sebastián Yatra – No Hay Nadie Más 

Paulo Londra ft Lenny Tavarez

Africa

  1. Rak Roots feat Quatuor Squad – Ilay Silako
  2. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth 
  3. Mickaël Pouvin – Éternel 
  4. Roan Ash – If I Ever Saw Heaven 
  5. Christian Bella Ft. Ommy Dimpoz | Nani Kama Mama 
Rak Roots feat Quatuor Squad