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19 Jun 2015
  • EDM promoter SFX Entertainment (which also owns Beatport), is selling $15 million worth of stock to a separate company and another entity related to its founder, Robert Sillerman. (Billboard)
  • Annheuser-Busch, 7UP and T-Mobile are EDM’s biggest-backers, spending millions investing in DJs, festivals and more. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • The US music publishing industry experienced a drop in revenue to $2.14bn in 2014, a loss of 2.5%. (Billboard)
  • Independent label groups have slammed the Apple Music contract. (FACT)
  • PRS for MusicSTIM and GEMA, have been granted clearance from the European Commission to establish a pan-European online music rights licensing and processing hub. (Billboard) The one-stop service will enable faster and simplified rights negotiations for digital music services operating in Europe and will result in faster and more precise payments of royalties to rights holders, say the societies.
  • UK Music's economic study Wish You Were Here 2015 shows music tourism numbers in the UK increased by 34% between 2011 and 2014, with 9.5m people travelling to music events in 2014. These music tourists, attending live concerts and festivals in the UK, helped generate £3.1bn in direct and indirect spend. (RotDBBC)
  • Apple is now facing the prospect of a ‘massive withdrawal’ from a ‘very large group of indie’ artists and labels from Apple Music. (DMN)
  • Drug use, dance music and sweltering heat addressed at EDM Biz panel, just ahead of Electric Daisy. (Billboard)
  • Video: Drug use at EDC topic of dance music panel. (Review Journal)
  • 'What is radio's future role?:' tastemakers discuss listening trends at EDMbiz panel. (Billboard)
  • Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players. (Billboard)
  • Carl Loben has been announced as the new Editor of DJMag.
  • Japan has officially eased its infamous “no-dancing” legislation. (Resident Advisor)
  • Legendary D&B label Renegade Hardware will bring the curtain down on its club events and record label at the end of the year. (Thump)
  • UK-based promoter Sound Channel have bought an island in Croatia, with the sole purpose of hosting festivals and parties. (Thump)
  • Arca and Evian Christ had a friendly but passionate Twitter exchange over excessive branding in live performances. (FACT)
  • A brand new film about France's electronic music scene in the 1990s, EDEN, will hit theatres on 24th July. (DJ Mag)
  • Jamie xx’s new album In Colours debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic albums chart this week. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Sonos Chief Executive John MacFarlane is confident Apple Music will come to Sonos when it is ready to enter the home. (Telegraph - Sophie Curtis)
  • Propellerhead—the company behind Reason, ReBirth, Figure and Take—has announced a new platform that will allow users to easily collaborate and work on music together. (XLR8R)
  • Who are dance's tech titans? The five execs leading the charge. (Billboard)
  • Why Snapchat is the app of choice for DJs. (Guardian2)
  • A year’s support and investment of up to £30,000 is earmarked for DooWapp - an app that lets users attach music clips to messages. Recipients can share the music or buy the song via the app. (Sunday Times)
  • Rdio Select, a bargain-priced music subscription that offers ad-free radio and a limited number of new song downloads per day for about $4 per month, is preparing to launch in Europe. (Billboard)
  • Tidal ‘opened many doors’ for famed music producer Jonathan Hay and Partner Mike Smith. (IB TImes)
  • There’s another new dating app gaining in popularity, and this time it’s specifically targeted at the festival/club crowd. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • This surround sound bed is getting rave reviews, but there are still no plans for commercial release. (Your EDM)
  • SoundCloud announced it will start implementing streaming limits on outside websites and third-party applications, capping 15,000 plays per 24-hour period. (SoundCloudBillboard)
  • Disciple Media launches 'bespoke one stop talent-to-fan mobile channels'. (RotD)
  • A new app plans to make playlists platform agnostic. Soundsgood allows you to list and play playlists no matter what service you are using. (Next Web)
  • We Love Sankeys’ opening lineup will include performances from The 2 Bears, T. Williams and Kidnap Kid. (DJ Mag)
  • Bologna’s roBOt Festival has added 10 new acts to the lineup, including Holly Herndon, Tiga and Lee Gamble. (XLR8R)
  • The Great Wall of China is set to host the epic YinYang festival from June 20-22. (Mixmag)
  • Ultra Music Festival expands its reign to the island of Bali. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Soundcrash is hosting a huge show at London’s Oval Space featuring Clark, Luke Abbott and Randomer. (FACT)
  • Is the manner in which modern EDM is being consumed worrying for its future? (Your EDM)
  • EDM festivals book about 20 times more men than women, and now there's Nielsen data to prove it. (Digital Music News)
  • Brighton Music Conference gets down to business: how digital Darwinism can drive Dance Music. (Decoded)
  • FT Masterclass: DJ’ing with Eric Wahlforss, co-founder of SoundCloud. (FT)
  • Was the Apple Music launch proof that Tim Cook lacks the innovative edge of his predecessor? (FACT)
  • Pandora bought a radio station in South Dakota in a clever plot to pay lower music royalties. (BusinessInsider)
  • It's no longer all about ads — Here's how publishers, streaming sites, and apps are using subscriptions to boost revenues. (BusinessInsider)
  • The world's 10 most influential clubs. (Pulse)
  • Glasgow music venue The Arches has officially gone into administration. (DJ Mag)
  • Is The Arches recent closure part of a larger, nationwide problem between British law enforcement and dance music? (Resident Advisor)
  • Legendary Brixton (London) venue Plan B has closed its doors for good, though it looks as though it will continue to operate as a club under its new ownership. (Thump)
  • A rundown of the 14 Most Powerful Artists in EDM. (Billboard)
  • She’s Radio 1’s champion of new music, the successor to Zane Lowe and John Peel, but she’s also the boss of a booming clubbing brand. We go poolside in Palm Springs to find out: what does Annie Mac know that other DJs don’t? (Guardian)
  • A timeline of pop's biggest producers. (Verge)
  • Breaking down the magic behind All Day I Dream: Lee Burridge weighs in on his sacred space. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Jamie Jones: The UK's biggest house DJ. (Mixmag)
  • Matthew Collin recalls the Berlin Love Parade of 1992 and reveals how it was inspired by the UK’s Summer of Love. (Mixmag)
  • An in-depth look into Binh’s subtly charming sound and his success in moving beyond the insular world of minimal house. (Resident Advisor)
  • Is Sonar Festival getting too big for its own good? (Thump)
  • Note to future Skrillex-interviewers – do your research. (Your EDM)
  • Need a DJ booth with plenty of storage space? Here’s how to build your own using IKEA parts. (Data Transmission)
  • Bangface: Neo-rave utopia. (RA)
  • Leftfield interview: ‘Music used to be about a position’. (Independent - Matt Munday)
  • Chris York of SJM Concerts explains how to get that giant show from initial booking to happy artist playing a packed stadium or park. (Guardian)
  • Bassnectar unveiled 5 new tracks from his upcoming Into The Sun EP earlier in the week. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Nicolas Jaar will release his two-track Nymphs III via Other People on 29 June. (Resident Advisor)
  • Underworld get sentimental with a retrospective look back at their seminal dubnobasswithmyheadman LP. (Billboard)
  • The Lithuanian President has chimed in with his thoughts on Ten Walls’ recent homophobic comments. (Mixmag)
  • Deadmouse the Musical is happening, though the man himself won’t actually be in it. It’s set to launch on 1 July at Toronto Fringe Festival. (Mixmag)
  • Parachute Records are set to launch two new series of Various Artist compilations. (XLR8R)
  • Mike Dehnert's Fachwerk label will celebrate eight years with an album featuring Dehnert and label mainstays Sascha Rydell and Roman Lindau. (XLR8R)
  • Jamie xx’s performance on Late Night With Seth Meyers earlier in the week left people feeling all tingly inside. (Thump)
  • Giorgio Moroder (Standard – 3* John Aizlewood, FT – 2* Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Times – Dan Cairns, IoS – 2* Kevin Harley, Observer – Kitty Empire)
  • Leftfield – Forum, London (Times2 – 4* Ed Potton)
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