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24 Jul 2015
  • Azealia Banks has announced that she has split with her management company Prospect Park Management after less than a year together. (Billboard)
  • Flipagram, the photo, video and music sharing app, has closed a $70m funding round and announced global licensing deals with top record companies, distributors and music publishers, giving users access to millions of short music clips to use. (Hypebot)
  • SFX Entertainment has promoted Greg Consiglio to president and CEO of Beatport. (SeekingAlpha) SFX is also "pushing more of our operations to the local and regional levels around the world."
  • A new study on festival wristbands has revealed some serious hygiene concerns. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Copying music for private use is once again illegal in the UK. (Fact)
  • Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg has been found dead at his Florida home at the age of 28. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • London record store Vinyl Pimp recently stumbled upon a collection of 24,000 records charting the evolution of dance music between 1983 and 1993. (Fact)
  • The island of Ibiza is looking to stop a forthcoming MTV Jersey Shore spinoff titled Ibiza Shore from becoming a reality. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • More than 14.7m millennials (18-34-year-olds) attend at least one music festival ever year. And with $1.34bn spent on live music and festival sponsorships in 2014 alone, they’re more receptive than ever to marketing - albeit done the right way. (Billboard)
  • An artist invited by One Direction to remix one of their tracks as part of a competition has been hit with copyright infringement complaints after it was uploaded to Soundcloud. (TorrentFreak)
  • Berlin-based record label 50Weapons is set to close its doors for good. (XLR8RBenjamin Damage’s new album Obsidian, to be released on 25 September, will be the last from the label
  • Australian MPs want the country to decriminalise drug use. (Mixmag)
  • Electronic pioneer Dieter Moebius has passed away at the age of 71. (Thump)
  • Google's Q2 2015 financial report shows a $17.7bn revenue for YouTube - an 11% increase over Q2 of 2014. Advertising revenue, much of it from mobile search, was also up 11% year-over-year at $16bn, and mobile viewers averaged more than 40 minutes on the site. (BillboardTubeFilterPaid clicks were up 18% while cost-per-clicks, the average price of its ads, fell 11% from the same period last year.
  • In the US, the Federal Trade Commission is said to have launched a formal investigation into Apple’s dealings with competing music streaming services in its App Store, targeting Apple’s 30% fee charged to subscription services who sign up new users through the App Store. (Verge)
  • A poll of 17,500 Apple users found that only 17% planned to stop using the Apple Music service when their free trial was over. (Hypebot9to5Mac)
  • Guitar amp manufacturer Marshall has unveiled a new Android-based smartphone called London, specifically aimed at music lovers. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Spotify have launched their new Discover Weekly feature, which builds playlists based on your listening habits. (Fact)
  • A new artist to fan app, Bkstg, will be launched later this year following investment from the likes of Live Nation, Modest! Management, Three Six Zero Group and Scooter Braun Projects. (Billboard)
  • New iOS app Songtree allows you to make music collaboratively through a branching tree interface. (Fact)
  • Collaborative music listening app weeSPIN is set to join forces with Downtown Project. (Data Transmission)
  • The Warehouse Project has just announced its full 2015 lineup, with appearances from Jamie xx, Hudson Mohwake, Four Tet and Manchester legends New Order confirmed. (Thump)
  • James Murphy and 2ManyDJs’ soundsystem is coming to London’s Roundhouse this September. (Fact)
  • Diplo has been announced as the opening act for Madonna’s Rebel Heart World Tour. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Transylvania’s Untold Festival has launched its Pay-with-Blood campaign; offering free tickets in exchange for blood donations. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • The Great American Techno Festival has revealed the complete lineup for its final edition. (Resident Advisor)
  • Ultra Festival has revealed the line-up for its Singapore event. (Mixmag)
  • Last weekend, London’s Lovebox festival showcased the current stronghold of dance music over the UK mainstream. (Thump)
  • How 'New Music Friday' fails to benefit consumers and independent record stores. (Medium)
  • How music magazines are changing to stay alive. (Billboard)
  • Does the Reddit revolt foretell a similar uprising for the music business? (Forbes)
  • Why is water in Ibiza clubs so expensive? (Mixmag)
  • How playlists are curating the future of music. (Pitchfork)
  • DJ Broadcast rundown their top 10 resident DJs of all time. (DJ Broadcast)
  • Photos: Nudity, cross-dressing and the open-air hedonism of Ku Ibiza in the '80s. (Pulse)
  • 10 essential Dettmann and Klock records. (Pulse)
  • Seven DJs reveal how they spent their summers as Ibiza workers before they were famous. (Mixmag)
  • Harangue the DJ: Flight Facilities (Guardian Guide)
  • How to run a record label. According to ten artists going it alone, from Janelle Monae to Dre Skull. (Fader)
  • If Beats 1 radio isn’t your thing, here are 15 alternative internet radio stations to check out. (Fact)
  • Welcome to the new age disco: The untold story of London techno, 1989-1997. (RedBull)
  • Crossing the line: The unwritten rules (or not) of sampling. (Boilerroom)
  • Justin Farrar explains how Prostitutes’ “no trends electronics” have been making all the right noises. (Resident Advisor
  • Detroit DJ and Bunker resident Mike Servito discusses his lofty ambitions for the future and the difficulties of being a non-producing DJ. (XLR8R)
  • Armin Van Buuren says that UK crowds live and breathe dance music. (Sun – Mark Gwinnett)
  • Len Faki says: 'less selfies - more dancing'. (Pulse)
  • Annie Nightingale: the pioneering DJ with golden ears still going strong on Radio 1 at 75. (Guardian)
  • The Chemical Brothers on the changing face of electronic music, working with Beck. (TripleJ)
  • A tribute to longstanding NYC promoter Rob Fernandez (Mixmag)
  • Nicolas Jaar has announced plans to celebrate the 100th issue of his Other People imprint with a collaborative effort amongst some of its favourite artists, titled Other People's Imaginary Feast. (XLR8R)
  • Alice Glass, the former front-woman for the 8-bit group Crystal Castles, has released a new song called Stillbirth on social media. (XLR8R)
  • Mark Barrott, founder of International Feel, will launch a Drip streaming service from Monday July 20 to tie in with the release of his Sketches from an Island 3 EP. (XLR8R)
  • Disclosure premiered a new track Moving Mountains on Tuesday night. (Thump)
  • Aphex Twin fans are voting for their favourite tracks for possible release from Richard D. James’ massive SoundCloud dump earlier in the year. (Fact)
  • Hudson Mohawke aired his first Beats 1 mix over the weekend. (Fact)
  • Deep house duo Dusky premiered new single Squeezer on Annie Mac’s show last week, and now have announced a 5-date North American tour for this September. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Jack U, Chet Faker and Flying Lotus are among the nominees at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • James Blake has revealed collaborations with Kanye West and Bon Iver on his upcoming LP Radio Silence. (Your EDM)
  • Deadmau5 has hinted at a new album dropping in early 2016. (Your EDM)
  • Tiesto and DJ Fresh are not impressed by Simon Cowell’s Ultimate DJ TV show. (Fact)
  • Bassnectar has aired his views on AviciiJustin Bieber and EDM. (Your EDM)
  • Flying Lotus has been revealed as the house DJ on Hannibal Buress’s new Comedy Central show. (Resident Advisor)
  • Lovebox - Victoria Park, London (Guardian - 3* Tshepo Mokoena, Standard - 3* David Smyth)
  • Citadel festival - Victoria Park, London (Guardian - 4* Stevie Chick)
  • Solomun and Sven Vath - Cocoon, Ibiza (Pulse)
  • Kapp Futur Festival 2015 (Pulse)
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