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08 Aug 2023
  • Deezer’s half-year financial results show a major decline everywhere but in its home territory of France. (DMN) Its ARPU rose by 14.9% mainly due to the improved geographical mix of its partnerships. 
  • Believe generated €415.4m in H1 2023, representing growth of 17.9% YoY. Discounting acquisitions made this year, revenue grew 17.5% YoY. (MBW)
  • Reservoir Media generated $31.8m in Q2, up 31% year on year including acquisitions and 21% YoY “organically”. (DMN)  
  • DJ Mag's Best of North America awards 2023 winners announced.  
  • The City of Amsterdam pledges €2.2m to new measures to boost night culture. (DJMag
  • Games publisher Amanotes announced a global partnership with Reactional Music, which will allow Amanotes to "pioneer realtime music personalisation and in-game music purchase for gamers". (RotD
  • Twitter/X has assumed control over the @Music handle. (DMN
  • Amazon Music has announced a new merch integration with global concert-discovery platform Bandsintown.  (MBW
  • Spotify has expanded its personalised AI guide DJ to now be available in 50 markets around the world. (Spotify
  • TikTok has launched a “global music competition” for unsigned acts. (TikTok) The rules emphasise that all Submissions will “become the property of” TikTok, which is developing a music-creation AI.  
  •, a music AI company with B2B and musician-facing applications, announced the launch of two new features that allow artists, labels, and entertainment professionals to create and detect end-to-end AI-generated voice synthesis. (RotD
  • UK-based ticketing platform DICE laid off at least 30 members of staff across creative and marketing during a recent round of redundancies. (RA
  • Electronic music-oriented online music store Beatport is raisng its prices for the first time since its launch in 2005. (Beatport) In the UK, general catalogue will be £1.14, new releases £1.30, exclusives £1.86 and lossless fees 75p. 
  • Dequency has expanded its blockchain-based music licensing marketplace to cater for more digital media types. (RotD)  
  • Monthly NFT sales fell for fifth consecutive month to $495m in July, down 23% from June. (TechCrunch) The figure was the lowest level since April 2021, before the boom begun. However, transaction levels have remained high. 
  • Four ways the metaverse and Web3 will transform music. (Forbes
  • Meta has announced a new tool that can generate high-quality, realistic audio from text prompts. (TechCrunch) AudioCraft, the code for which is available in open source, provides a collection of sound and music generators plus compression algorithms that can be used to create and encode songs and audio without having to switch between different codebases. 
  • Homobloc has announced the full line-up for its 2023 edition ahead of the festival’s return to Depot Mayfield on 4 November. (DJMag
  • Amsterdam Dance Event announces speakers for 2023, including DVS1, Darude and more. (Mixmag
  • Music streaming services are on the cusp of major structural change. (GoldmanSachs
  • Super fans may not be super enough. (Midia
  • How Serato plans to sustain its beat after AlphaTheta’s acquisition. (DJTechTools
  • PLX-CRSS12: Pioneer DJ finally made a hybrid turntable + motorized DVS controller (DJTechTools
  • Playlist of the Week: Baby T (Beatportal)
  • Plugin Boutique are offering iZotope Neutorn 4 Elements or Excite Audio Lifeline Console Lite free with any purchase during August. (PluginBoutique)
  • Label of the Month: Garage Shared (Beatportal)
  • Nine of the Best AI-Focused Plugins on Plugin Boutique (PluginBoutique)
  • Beatport DJ is your ideal source for music digging (Beatport)
  • Eliza Rose and The Martinez Brothers unite on “Pleasure Peak” (Beatportal)
  • Ibiza:
    Charlotte de Witte, Deborah De Luca, Jamie Jones, and more are set to perform at Amnesia closing party on 15 October. (DJMag
    The Beat Hotel has announced a 5-day Ibiza residency. (RotD)
  • Amsterdam's CLUB RAUM to open in October. (RA
  • London club Werkhaus is closing next month. (RA
  • London collective DAYTIMERS will hold down a month-long residency at Brixton club Phonox this month.  (RA
  • Selections: Wu-Lu (DJMag
  • The Sound Of: All Centre (DJMag
  • Joel Corry picks his favourite things to do on Ibiza. (IbizaSpotlight
  • Honest playlist: Sister Bliss (Guardian
  • Read a Q&A with Ed Gillett, author of new dance music book Party Lines. (RA
  • Parties, protest and police: the neglected histories of UK dance music. (Dazed
  • Why optimizing for followers on Spotify is a fundamental mistake. (Medium - Austin Staubus)  
  • EX.672 Dorian Electra (RA
  • How Area51 is changing the fabric of Vegas nightlife with the world's most immersive adult playground. (EDM
  • Conjuring a vibe with Anthony Naples. (DJMag
  • With superstar DJs drawing generations of party people to Pacha’s dance floor, the legendary Ibiza venue hasn’t missed a beat. (Telegraph
  • The demons of DJ Koze, summer anthem genius. (Guardian
  • Thomas Bangalter looks back on Daft Punk’s first-ever show, why they began wearing the helmets, and why they took them back off. (6Music
  • 8 of the best AI tools for music production. (Mixmag
  • Five ways AI has already changed the music industry. (Billboard
  • AI and the future of music distribution: A conversation with TuneCore CEO Andreea Gleeson. (Synchtank
  • fabric had tapped Helena Hauff for the next instalment in its 'fabric presents' mix series. (DJMag
  • A church in Harlow that appeared on a Chemical Brothers album cover has been granted protected status. (Guardian
  • Danny Tenaglia has announced that he will be completing his Global Underground trilogy with a new compilation, ‘GU45: Brooklyn’ (Mixmag
  • Jaguar’s UTOPIA Talks podcast returns for third season featuring Helèna Star, Pretty Girl, and more. (DJMag
  • David Guetta has bought a $69m mansion in Miami. (EDMTunes
  • Reinier Zonneveld broke the Guinness World Record for the longest electronic music live set after playing 11 hours and 11 minutes at the Karren Maar Festival in the Netherlands. (EDM
  • Stevie B-Zet, trance producer and Sven Väth collaborator, has died aged 62. (RA
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