WAVO

The Social Network for Music

October 20, 2014

How we deal with cheating at wavo

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One of the big ideas behind Wavo is that a robust community of music lovers can help surface great music and artists more quickly than traditional labels, media and radio.  And then after we can help connect those trending artists directly to industry to take them to the next step.

We do this by letting our community vote up the tracks they like so that they trend and reach a wider audience on our platform.  We call it crowdsourced music discovery.

Over the past year Wavo has grown to have more crowdsourced music charts and opportunities for emerging artists than any other service on the planet. Our communities have helped thousands of new artists get tracks signed, play the largest festivals in the world and break their tracks across our site and others.

In trying to build the most democratic platform for music distribution, one thing we take very seriously is manipulating voting by any means: manual, mechanical, or otherwise. This forbidden vote manipulation can include (but is not limited to):

  • Using fake or multiple accounts, voting services, or any other software to increase votes on Wavo
  • Spamming Wavo communities asking for votes
  • Participating in a ‘voting ring’ – a group of people who share links to their submissions with the expectation of “vote for my track and I’ll vote for your track.”

Briefly, an individual voting on a track should be doing it because he or she likes the music.

Having said that, marketing is a key tool in any emerging artist’s toolbox.  We are absolutely cool with artists marketing their tracks.  For example, asking your fans on other networks (Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, Reddit, etc) to vote for your track is fine.  Marketing is not cheating.

Unfortunately, as we’ve grown, we’ve had to deal with some users try to game the system and we wanted to make clear how we deal with cheating:

  • Wavo has automated systems in place to detects various kinds of suspicious activity using multiple different signals.

  • When suspicious activity is detected, the team is notified.  In cases where the vote manipulation is clear and obvious, the artist that submitted the track will be notified as well and will receive a message like the one below:Wavo-cheating

  • We investigate each instance of cheating manually and take action when warranted.  These actions can include anything from votes being removed to a user being banned.  We also reserve the right to notify contest partners of vote manipulation.

  • When a contest ends, we will again manually check each track for cheating.

Often we get messages from users reporting suspicious activity. That is awesome, it helps keep the site clean and we look into every report we get.  But we also want to make clear that in most cases we are already aware of the issue — we just wait until we have manually checked all of the votes, so that we don’t make any mistakes.

Cheating or attempting to manipulate voting will result in your votes being removed, money you spent wasted, your account being banned, and in some cases your reputation taking a hit with exactly the people you want to impress.  So don’t do it.

Let’s all work together to make Wavo the one place on the web where music breaks for one reason and one reason only — because the people love it.

- The Wavo team

 

October 1, 2014

[PREMIERE] Feel the Robot on New Ryan Playground Track

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This new Ryan Playground is named well. The beats made to sound robotic with a trippy synthesized instrument and a background drum beat.  Ryan says “We all feel robotized at some point which is why the beat is kinda robotic in itself too… And i did that beat in summertime i was in that party mood so the track has also a kinda party vibe in it cause we all need to kinda let it go in that turning to robotic society”. We think the drums are particularly noteworthy. Genevieve Ryan Martel, AKA Ryan Playground, began playing drums when she was 5 and the practice shows.

September 30, 2014

Free Tragically Hip Concert in Toronto

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The Tragically Hip are kicking off this years NHL season with a bang, literally. The home opener between Toronto and Montreal (7:00 p.m. ET) and earlier today, the group announced they’re playing a free concert that stats at 6:30 at Yongue and Dundas square. They just got started working on a new album recently which means its possible they’re debuting some new music. If you don’t want to miss anything live you can also or toon in on Sportsnet in Toronto or on TVA Sports’ in Montreal.

The Tragically Hip are also giving away a signed Hockey Jersey to someone who downloads their new Hip App.

September 29, 2014

Watch Crowd go Wild after Zhu Drops “Faded” at his First Ever Live Performance

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For the past few months Zhu’s been a mystery. He blew up after rumors spread that he was a relative of Disclosure and he’s been hot on our radar ever since. Still, he managed to keep his air of mystery by not playing any public shows. This lasted until now when footage surfaced from his first live performance at the Listen Out festival in Sydney, Australia. He must’ve wanted to wait until his audience numbered in the thousands to play live. Even more impressive is that the entire crowd sing along to the track in the video, his smash hit “Faded”.

September 29, 2014

Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Collaborate on New Album

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The duo that brought us smash hits like “Beautiful” and “Drop it Like it’s Hot” are back in the studio together. Snoop announced the news in an interview with MTV that Pharrell helped make his upcoming album “from top to bottom”. Big news for Snoop since Pharrell is the mastermind behind some of the most popular tracks of the past decade. “It’s completely different than anything we’ve ever done. It feels good, sounds good, looks good.”, according to Snoop. “Snoop’s album is better than mine”, said Pharrell is an interview with LA’s Power 106 back in June.

We’re really looking forward to see this tape drop, even more so after we found out there was feature from both Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder as well as production by Symbolyc One. The release date is still unknown.

 

 

September 28, 2014

Rising Artist Spotlight – Nebbra

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It’s always nice to see artists start to break out and start to have their music heard internationally. We heard about Nebbra today, a rising producer from Paris. He was signed to Golden Ratio a few months ago and has been dropping beautiful chillwave remixes with flawless vocal edits. Feel the vibes on his new track.

September 28, 2014

[HEADLINE] Jay Rock is now 100% with Top Dawg

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It’s official. Tech N9ne announced it in an interview with Mr. Wavvy that dropped today. Jay Rock is now with the rest of his Black Hippy family. This is a massive step for Jay Rock with his new album release just around the corner. Strange Music set him up perfectly. “You better murder it Jay Rock” said Tech N9ne and we agree.

Tech N9ne also goes into more detail about what happened leading up to Kutt Calhoun leaving the label in the interview.

September 27, 2014

Watch man propose to his girlfriend in TommorowWorld crowd

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Bassnectar was playing “You & Me” at TomorrowWorld. Friends were all around filming. The bride to be was dressed up as a skeleton. Out of nowhere, Charles Bruce III brings out a ring and proposes to his girlfriend Jessica Moldenhauer. The best part of the video is when Jessica yells “Nobody put anything on Facebook yet”. We guess she wanted to be the one to upload the video. All in all, the perfect moment to seal the deal with a significant other.

September 27, 2014

Watch man with awesome beard make live OutKast remix

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This is probably the most awesome remix of OutKast we’ve ever heard. It starts out slow with some beat-boxing that left us completely unprepared for the awesomeness that happens when he starts to play the French Horn. The mans name is Fhorn Patrick and he needs to make more of these.

September 27, 2014

So this happens at TommorowWorld

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You meet all kinds of people at music festivals. Some people go for the music, others for a good time. Some people dance in front of the stage and others hangout on the grass. Some people wear clothes and others take them off. It’s all part of the festival experience.

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