Sputnikmusic

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Sputnikmusic
SputnikMusicLogo.jpg
Type of site
Music website
Available inEnglish
OwnerJeremy Ferwerda
Created byJeremy Ferwerda
Website sputnikmusic.com
Alexa rankIncrease2.svg 17,237 (August 2018) [1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationYes
LaunchedJanuary 2005
Current statusActive

Sputnikmusic is an American music community website offering music criticism and music news alongside features commonly associated with wiki-style websites. The format of the website is unusual in that it includes both professional and amateur content, distinguishing it from professionally written music websites such as Pitchfork Media and Tiny Mix Tapes, as well as collecting and presenting a wiki-style metadata database in a manner comparable to Rate Your Music and Discogs.

Contents

Over time, the site came to be established as a credible source; it is now among the sources that Metacritic uses to compile "Critic Scores" and is used as a news source by other websites. [2] [3] As a general rule, the staff writers tended to focus on new releases; however, any user was welcome to submit a review of any album that has been officially released. All genres of music were covered by the site, with dedicated subsections for metal, punk, indie, rock, hip-hop, and pop; an 'Other' section also caters to electronica, jazz, reggae, trip-hop, classical music, and soundtracks.

The musical focus of the site's staff had often been on non-mainstream artists, with the likes of Burial, Converge, Kidcrash, Cynic, Kayo Dot, Off Minor, and The Tallest Man on Earth performing strongly in the staff-voted Best of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 features.

History

Sputnikmusic was originally launched by Jeremy Ferwerda as an offshoot from the Mxtabs network, which also included MusicianForums; the reviews that existed on the website on launch day had been imported from the latter's CD Reviews subforum. At this point, the site was simply a source of amateur content; it is also worth noting that due to its association with MXTabs, the site's focus was noticeably skewed toward guitar-based music, notably metal and rock, at this time.

In June 2006, following claims made by the MPA about the supposed illegality of music tabs, [4] MXTabs was closed, later to be acquired by MusicNotes. At this time, Sputnikmusic became its own separate entity, with MusicianForums renamed as the SputnikMusic Forums. [5] It was at this point that the focus of Sputnik began to shift toward providing professional content, with a news page added, and a stratification system implemented for reviewers. As part of this shift, several features have also sporadically been provided by the site's staff writers, including live reviews, interviews, exclusive MP3 streams, and year-end features.

Reviewer stratification

Sputnikmusic has four classes of reviewer identifiers to demarcate whether content should be considered professional or not.

Rating system

Sputnikmusic operates a simple 5-point rating system, starting at 1, that allows .1 intervals for staff writers and .5 intervals for all other users. As a guide to new reviewers, each of these values are assigned a word, ranging from 'Awful' (1.0) to 'Classic' (5.0).

As well as showing the score a reviewer has given to the album, a review page allows the scores given by other individual reviewers, and the average rating given by all users. A bar chart shows how many votes each rating has once it has received at least two and a review.

Staff's top albums by year

YearArtistAlbumTop 5 AlbumsRef.
2010 The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt [7]
2011 Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver [8]
2012 Swans The Seer [9]
2013 Julia Holter Loud City Song [10]
2014 Flying Lotus You're Dead! [11]
2015 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly [12]
2016 David Bowie Blackstar [13]
2017 The National Sleep Well Beast [14]
2018 Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour [15]
2019 Laura Stevenson The Big Freeze [16]

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