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07 Aug 2015
  • SoundCloud has hired DeJuan Wilson as Vice President Of Global Marketing And Brand. (MusicWeek)
  • Rumours suggest that more senior staff at Tidal, including SVP Label and Artist Relations Zena Burns, have quit. (Hits)
  • Robert Sillerman’s SFX is facing a potential $100 million lawsuit from former business partner Paolo Moreno. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • A judge denied Robert Sillerman's request for summary judgment in the lawsuit filed last year by three men claiming Sillerman took their idea and work toward building SFX Entertainment before cutting them out. (Billboard)
  • Labels and artists who sell their work through Beatport received a letter telling them their money is "trapped" within the corporate structure of SFX, the parent company. Creators were told they would be paid "in the next few weeks" by the service. (BillboardMBW) Reports suggest it has paid 'trapped' royalties to majors, but indies left high and dry. (Music Week) Small labels have raised cash flow concerns, as the payment covers April-June payment. Anyone who uploads to Beatport's UGC streaming platform only receives 5% of income, or 10% on the Beatport Mixes platform.
  • In the UK, following the Chemical Brothers' new No.1 album Burn In Echoes last Friday, they now claim the most No.1 studio albums for a dance act in Official Chart history. (OCC)
  • Two teenage girls died of suspected drug overdoses at last weekend’s HARD Festival in Los Angeles. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Instagram has banned the #EDM hashtag. (Fact)
  • Los Angeles County is contemplating a ban on raves due to concerns about illicit drug use and unsafe environments. (Fact)
  • After two drug-related deaths on the opening night of Hard Summer music festival at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend, festival organisers, city officials and dance music fans continue to debate the best ways to prevent such tragedies. (LA Times)
  • Ben Bowler and Valerie Lee named as IMS Visionaries competition winners for young industry leaders. (RotD)
  • IMS Ibiza has released a limited amount of super early bird badges for 2016, a great saving if you buy now. (International Music Summit)
  • Insomniac, one of the leading EDM events brands, has generated over $3bn for the US economy in the last five years. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Wired magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the digital world across Europe includes Daniel Ek of Spotify at 9, Oliver Schusser of Apple at 39 and Alexander Llung and Eric Wahlforss of Soundcloud at 100.
  • You can now listen to all Beats 1 radio shows through Apple Music’s Connect service. (Fact)
  • …and lots of folks are getting quite excited about it. (Thump)
  • Pioneer DJ’s have launched a teaser trailer for their new Battle mixer and Rekordbox update. (XLR8R)
  • YouTube is forgoing the 301+ freeze for a system that only counts views that they're "confident only come from real people". (Engadget)
  • Facebook debuts new live event stream at Lollapalooza. (WSJ)
  • Mixcloud have announced updates to their iOS and Android apps. (Data Transmission)
  • Stems, a multi-track digital audio format that lets DJs and remixers control individual parts of a track, has gone on sale on popular dance music stores. (Engadget)
  • Beatport will now allow anyone to create an account, upload and monetise their original tracks and mixes on the streaming music service, but they'll earn just 5-10% of revenue. (Hypebot)
  • Corona Sunsets Festival returns to Ibiza Thursday August 13. (Ibiza Spotlight)
  • Italy’s famous Cocorico club has announced it will close for four months following an ecstasy related death. (Mixmag)
  • Lollapalooza was forced to end early due to severe weather warnings in Chicago. (Mixmag)
  • New London club Phonox has just announced Jasper James as their resident DJ. (Thump)
  • Decentralised events: how live streaming revolutionised live music. (Hypebot)
  • ‪Why is the live music business living in the last century? (Medium - Cortney Harding) While the recorded music biz has started to embrace big data, the live space lags far behind.‬
  • Inside Spotify's plan to take on Apple Music. (FastCompany)
  • Always on, crammed full of superstar DJs and with Zane Lowe at the helm, Apple Music’s flagship station Beats 1 presents itself as the future of radio. But how is it faring so far? (DIY)
  • Some insight into the reasoning behind Instagram’s decision to ban the #EDM hashtag. (Thump)
  • Coachella, Tomorrowland, Bonnaroo and more: How top music festivals use social media. (Hubspot)
  • Sources claim SoundCloud’s ‘negotiations’ with Universal and Sony have "devolved into arguments, with monstrous upfront payment and equity demands peppered with the spector of equally massive lawsuits". (DMN)
  • The week in radio: Night Shift; Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom. (Observer - Miranda Sawyer)
  • More than 20 years into their career, the UK’s Idjut Boys are still going as strong as ever. (XLR8R)
  • A video of David Guetta DJ’ing properly in the late 90’s has surfaced online, and it shouldn’t be surprising. (Thump)
  • Synth legends John Carpenter and Jean-Michel Jarre discuss their collaboration for Jarre’s upcoming E-Project album in this video. (Resident Advisor)
  • DJ/producer Jillionaire of Major Lazer tells all in this insightful Q&A. (Forbes)
  • EDM and hip-hop's bad bromance needs an intervention. (Guardian - Ben Westhoff)
  • Gerd Janson’s label Running Back is prepping a pair of new 12”s for upcoming release, including a Tensnake remix EP. (XLR8R)
  • Arca has unveiled a late fall release date for his highly-anticipated second album Mutant. (Thump)
  • Hudson Mohawke has shared a remix of Pusha T’s Amen featuring Kanye West and Young Jeezy. (Fact)
  • Tiesto and 7UP’s DJ talent show, Your Shot USA, has launched its first episode. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Kygo has unveiled latest single Nothing Left. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Disclosure have released the full tracklisting for upcoming album Caracal, featuring collaborations with the likes of Lorde, Sam Smith and The Weeknd. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Avicii took to Instagram last Friday to call out Deadmau5 on his relationship with the EDM community and musical prowess. (Your EDM)
  • Swedish House Mafia’s SoundCloud silence has ended after uploading their first ever Essential Mix from 2007 to the page. (Your EDM)
  • Julio Bashmore has shared She Ain’t, the latest selection from upcoming album Knockin’ Boots. (Resident Advisor)
  • Duke Dumont is due to release a new EP titled Blasé Boys Club Part 1 via Virgin EMI on October 2. (Mixmag)
  • Steve Aoki have offered up a blunt explanation for his remix of the Titanic theme. (Mixmag)
  • Disclosure have revealed their full North American touring schedule. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Legendary trance artists Aly & Fila will be celebrating their 400th radio show by DJing a special set at the Pyramids of Giza. (Your EDM)
  • Deadmau5 has responded to Noel Gallagher’s criticisms of EDM. (Mixmag)
  • Book: Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs and Music Venues (Times - Mark Ellen)
  • Skepta – D.I.Y, Brooklyn (NY Times – Jon Caramanica)
  • Lollapalooza - Friday (Billboard)
  • Lollapalooza - Saturday (Billboard)
  • Lollapalooza - Sunday (Billboard)
  • BBC Proms/ Radio 1 - Albert Hall, London (Telegraph - 3* Bernadette McNulty, Times2 – 4* Neil Fisher)
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