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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
City Lights
Aus Music
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"This week's Essential New Tune comes out of Berlin from Cinthie, who pre-pandemic you would have found in a record shop more often than not. Her music-making skills are getting better and better. Plus, she's had a great lockdown by releasing an album. This is a brand new single, and we love everything about it. This is City Lights."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 36.20 here.
Label, Club & Online: Jodie Ingram, Aus Music 
Publishing: Simple Publishing/K7
Radio: Joe Hamilton 
Live: Laura, On Board Music
07 May 2021
  • New York City-based Tao Group Hospitality has acquired Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group in an equity transaction. The newly merged combined company now operates 61 entertainment, dining, and nightlife venues in 22 markets across five continents. (Billboard
  • Jay-Z's sale of Tidal is complete, selling 80% of the streaming service to Square for $302m. (TMZ) "Sources say 80% of Tidal has a $350m valuation."
  • Warner Music Group posted strong results for the quarter ended 31 March, with $117m in net income on revenues of $1.25bn. (Variety) Total recorded music revenues showed a 16.8% rise to $1.06bn year-on-year. Within that, streaming revenue grew 23.2%. The figure reflected “accelerated revenue growth in emerging streaming platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, and Peloton”. Physical sales were up $24m y-on-y to $118m during the first three months of 2021. Publishing revenue climbed 15.7% to $192m, with digital revenues up $30m within that.
  • More than 30 years of UK rave history is being documented in a new film, Better Days: The Story Of UK Rave. (RA
  • The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) in the UK has called for "urgent intervention" to save the festival season, saying most could be scrapped without the safety net of government-backed cancellation insurance. (BBC)
  • Future1000, a new national training programme to get more young women into the music industry by equipping under-18s with skills, launches today, led by Radio 1 DJ Jaguar and in-school music education platform FutureDJs. (RotD)
  • Dance producer Pierce Fulton has died aged 28 after “tragic struggle” with mental health. (Billboard)
  • Winter Music Conference has released the full line-up for its upcoming virtual event on 20-21 May. Keynote speakers include Twitch Cofounder Kevin Lin, Pandora Cofounder Tim Westergren, N.W.A's Arabian Prince, Droplabs CEO Susan Paley, Raised In Space's CEO Zach Katz and a team from Spotify. Additional speakers include Claude VonStroke, Jazzy Jeff and Junior Sanchez. (Billboard
  • Beggars Group has entered into a partnership with Ben Turner and Simon Astall to launch a new music supervision, licensing and composition company, called Colourbox Music. (MBW)
  • David Guetta has partnered with Danish beer brand Tuborg for the latest Tuborg Open project. He has released 'Get Together' today (7 May) as part of the partnership. (RetailTimes
  • Previously known as Black Bandcamp, Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) has relaunched as a significantly expanded platform, with a number of new initiatives to help people search for, contact and directly support Black artists and Black-owned businesses in the music sector such as record labels. (DJMag
  • Warner Music Group announced a partnership with and investment in virtual entertainment company Wave. (RotD) Wave will develop virtual performances, experiences, and monetisation opportunities for WMG’s global roster.
  • GALA Festival has announced an extra date and a second wave of artists performing at this year's event. (DJMag
  • Barcelona's Primavera Sound music festival is to resume next year over two weekends. (Reuters
  • Porter Robinson has confirmed Second Sky festival line-up for this September. Madeon, Jai Wolf, WAVEDASH, Jyocho, Toro y Moi, Jon Hopkins, Jacob Collier, Knower and himself will be performing. (DA
  • London's Southport Weekender has been renamed the Beautiful People Festival. (RA
  • Sheffield's No Bounds festival has confirmed DJ sets from SHERELLE, Ben UFO, India Jordan, Helena Hauff, Batu, Joy Orbison, Anz, Kode9, Juliana Huxtable and Aurora Halal. (DJMag
  • Armin van Buuren, Adam Beyer and Tale of Us are among the first names confirmed for Tomorrowland's virtual festival this July. (DJMag
  • New York's Governors Ball has secured RÜFÜS DU SOL and Duck Sauce among its performers for its rescheduled September dates. (DA
  • Holy Ship! Wrecked has confirmed it is happening on 3-7 December in Mexico this year.  A-Trak, Madeon, ZHU, Chris Lake, Subtronics, SG Lewis, Seth Troxler, Alison Wonderland, 12th Planet, Valentino Khan, and Nora En Pure have all been confirmed to perform. (DA
  • SIDEPIECE, Excision, Galantis, deadmau5 and more are set to play Freaky Deaky 2021 this October in Houston. (DA
  • Live streaming won’t go away when live music returns. This inquiry into Twitch helps us understand how they may co-exist. (Will Page)
  • Ableton is hosting an online event called Loop Create, a one-day virtual conference for music-makers, on  26 June. (Ableton
  • Label of the Month: Phantasy Sound (Beatportal)
  • LINK Playlist of the Week - Mark Knight (Beatport)
  • Loopmasters are proud to announce Cosmic Electro by TERR (Loopcloud)
  • Why music publishing is important for every artist. (Beatportal)
  • Loopcloud 6 Feature Focus – AI Sound Matching (Loopcloud)
  • Beatport LINK is now available on TRAKTOR PRO 3 (Beatportal)
  • Nightclubs in Scotland have launched legal action against the Scottish government over “no longer justifiable” coronavirus restrictions. (Mixmag
  • London club The Pickle Factory has announced its summer programme. (RA
  • Pariah, Ikonika, D Double E and Scratchclart have been announced to play FABRICLIVE for the London club's first shows of 2021. (RA
  • Pepe Roselló, the original founder and owner of much-loved Ibiza club Space, has said that the venue could return 'before 2022'. (DJMag
  • Eric Prydz has signed with CAA and plans to bring "Holosphere" to the US. (EDM
  • Joel Zimmerman, more popularly known as Deadmau5, has launched Beathau5, a dance music label specialising in providing music exclusively for license to film, television, advertising and digital media. (Variety) Beathau5 is a collaboration between his Mau5trap label and the production library arm of Sony Music Publishing, Extreme Music.
  • DT741 – DJ Chus (DT
  • RA.778 Dengue Dengue Dengue (RA
  • Magnetic Mix 147: St. Germain (Magnetic
  • RA Sessions: Jon Hopkins with Leo Abrahams [video] (RA
  • Josh Butler from Arataki, New Zealand (DJMag
  • Demi Riquísimo in The Lab LDN. (Mixmag
  • Label of the Month: Bosh (iDJ
  • The 15 best techno tracks of April 2021. (Magnetic
  • April's Best Music. (RA
  • Recognise: Mani Festo (DJMag
  • Selections: Mitekiss (DJMag
  • Renegade Riddims: Kleu (DT
  • How It Was Made: Jaden Thompson - Closer (Magnetic
  • An On Bast: modular magic (DJMag
  • How Coil’s ‘Love’s Secret Domain’ reshaped industrial music for the dancefloor. (DJMag
  • A new show at the V&A Dundee looks at how club design around the world has evolved to reflect the ever-changing music we've danced to over the decades. (BBC)
  • TikTok is an emerging artist’s best friend. (IO)
  • "So much bigger than trance": Jeffery Sutorius on mental health and post-Dash Berlin future. (EDM
  • Escapist metaphors: BABii’s fantasy storytelling reflects the darkness and light of reality. (Mixmag
  • Afrojack talks about his track with David Guetta, upcoming Eurovision performance, and more. (EDMTunes
  • How Afrojack's new song with David Guetta could revitalise the lost art of progressive rave music. (EDM
  • Interview: John Digweed (Attack
  • Pioneering DJ Laurent Garnier on documentary about his life and evolution of dance music. (Variety
  • Porter Robinson talks Madeon, Jon Hopkins and other artists he picked to play his 2021 Second Sky festival. (Billboard
  • The fight for the future of Irish clubbing is creating real change. (DJMag
  • How we can work towards safer clubbing in London. (RA
  • How can clubs become more accessible for those with disabilities? (DJMag
  • In the pandemic, nightclubs have been turned into exhibition spaces, switching the craze for museums evoking clubs. It’s throwing fresh perspective on what dancing is even for. (Guardian)
  • Review: Circus, Liverpool - The UK's first club night back was an ecstatic reminder of pre-pandemic life. (Mixmag)
  • Yousef talks about throwing the first club night in the UK for over a year. (Mixmag
  • Behind the scenes at the UK Government's first Covid trial club event at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool. Run by Yousef's Circus Recordings, it featured Jayda GThe Blessed Madonna and more. [video] (DJMagLiverpoolEcho)
  • From leftfield house to the GRAMMYs: Jayda G is taking her sound to another level. (Mixmag
  • Understanding equitable remuneration and music streaming. (MusicAlly - Gregor Pryor and Nick Breen, Reed Smith) 
  • The revolution will be digitized: How RAC is using NFTs to empower artists. (Billboard
  • RIP Pierce Fulton: A magically creative musician lost too soon. (Magnetic
  • Months after her arrest made global headlines, Sama' Abdulhadi is still pushing Palestinian techno. (Billboard
  • Diplo sues ex-girlfriend Shelly Auguste over alleged harassment and revenge porn. (ETCanada
  • Luke Slater’s Planetary Assault Systems is back with Token EP. (XLR8R
  • Gorgon City announces a massive 25-stop Olympia tour in the US, starting this September. (EDMTunes
  • Todd Edwards' entire back catalogue will be digitally available for the first time from 7 May. (RA
  • Porter Robinson is to premiere Nurture Live show at Second Sky festival. (EDMTunes
  • Martin Garrix has collaborated with Bono and The Edge on the official UEFA Euro 2020 anthem. (EDMTunes
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