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12 Aug 2016
  • Black Rock City, LLC, the organisation that owns Burning Man, bought seven parcels of land in Gerlach, NV. (Mixmag)
  • Former business partners SFX and Viagogo will lock legal horns this month as secondary ticketer Viagogo seeks $1.6m+ for alleged breach of contract. (IQ)
  • Ministry Of Sound’s General Counsel and General Secretary, Marcel Apfel, has become a director of the company. (MBW)
  • Sony Music Entertainment UK has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ministry of Sound Recordings. (RotD) It has acquired the label outright, including its artists, back catalogue and compilations business.
  • YouGov research has shown the age range of the majority of vinyl buyers to be between 45 and 54, with 18 to 24-year-olds least likely to buy their albums on wax. (Fact)
  • New ecstasy pills found in Ibiza might be strongest ever tested. (Pulse)
  • NYC collective Discwoman head to Berlin in order to provide DJ workshops for women and LGBT groups. (Mixmag)
  • Kiko Deal, one half of Mexican house duo Climbers, has reportedly passed away. (Pulse)
  • BitTorrent is offering up to $100,000 in cash grants for artists and musicians. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • New research suggests turnover of the top 100 nightclub companies in the UK fell by 9% last year to £340m, the third year in a row of falling sales. (Times)
  • London nightclub Fabric will be closed this weekend (August 12-14) following the recent deaths of two 18-year-old men from drug overdoses. (RA)
  • A man has died from burns injuries after a fire broke out and destroyed popular London club Studio 338 this week. (BBC) Investigations into the cause of the blaze continue. (Mixmag)
  • Play the most accurate version yet of an in-browser TR-808 drum machine. (Mixmag)
  • Roland and V-Moda have announced plans for their partnership. (Magnetic Mag)
  • A new tool to come out of The Science of Music Hackathon at Spotify's New York offices helps users organise all of their saved music on the platform by genre. (HypeBot, Spotify)
  • Spotify has announced Release Radar - a weekly personalised new releases playlist individual to each user. (RotDVergeBillboard)
  • TheWaveVR, a music-focused virtual reality platform, has secured $2.5m in seed funding before its launch later this year. (IQ)
  • NextVR, a developer of live virtual reality broadcast technology, has raised $80m in Series B funding. (Variety) Earlier this year the company announced a pact with Live Nation to deliver hundreds of live performances in virtual reality worldwide.
  • Sonos has added SoundCloud Go to its list of supported apps. (CNet)
  • Bristol's IN:Motion announced its line-up for their 10th festival, here are the 10 acts not to miss. (Pulse)
  • Australia's Strawberry Fields announces yet more artists for its 2016 event. (Mixmag)
  • Baltimore-based Moonrise Festival responds to concertgoer accounts of extortion by security. (Billboard)
  • Tomorrowland has broken its social media records with 175m unique views. (Billboard)
  • Ibiza boat parties have been subject to a crackdowns this summer with inspections looking for drugs or other violations of the law. (Pulse)
  • Torrentz has died, but it won’t take torrenting with it says Brian Barrett. (Wired)
  • The ridiculous concept of the 'value gap' in music services... and how it could harm both the tech industry and the music industry. (Techdirt)
  • Goodbye MP3, we hardly knew ya... (Forbes - Bobby Owsinski)
  • The Sony Music/Ministry of Sound acquisition has digital implications. (MusicAlly)
  • A core group of "superfans" are the bedrock of the UK's festival scene, attending four or more events a year, Eventbrite research suggests. (BBC)
  • Why raising the festival attendance age to 21 is not the answer and will probably just make deaths from drugs worse. (eFestivals)
  • Why Ministry of Sound had to sell (and why Sony couldn’t resist it). (MBW)
  • Will Sony's Ministry buyout result in compilations dominance? (Music Week - Daniel Gumble)
  • David Balfour examines the reasons why Ministry may have chosen to enter the Sony family. (RotD)
  • Quick take: Sony Music UK buys Ministry Of Sound Recordings. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Room two of Fabric has had its Martin Audio rig replaced by a Pioneer Pro Audio setup. (RA)
  • A film chronicling the history of legendary New York disco and proto-house club Paradise Garage is currently in production with Jonathan Ullman set to direct. (Mixmag)
  • Independent label R&S Records has signed a deal with distributor and services provider BelieveDigital. (RotD)
  • Harangue the DJ: Josey Rebelle. (Guardian)
  • Label of the Month: Lucky Me. (RA)
  • Q&A: Scroobius Pip. (Observer)
  • Six artists you need to check out this month. (Mixmag)
  • 15 house releases you need to hear this August. (Mixmag)
  • Listen to Carl Cox's Essential Mix recorded at Space Ibiza. (Pulse)
  • Five minutes with Dutch bass head Icicle. (Pulse)
  • The top 10 tracks and artists to make an impact at Dekmantel Festival. (Pulse)
  • Kowton explains to thump why Dekmantel is the 'DJ's festival of choice'. (Thump
  • Asia in focus 28: Red-I. (Pulse)
  • Asia’s finest underground music exports. (Pulse)
  • Video: Between The Beats: The Black Madonna. (RA)
  • Peter Mannerfelt takes Resident Advisor to his Stockholm studio to discuss his career to date. (RA)
  • Moko Shibata makes music as Powder, Resident Advisor traveled to Tokyo to speak to her in depth. (RA)
  • Founder and CEO David Porter shares reflects back on his eight years running the user-curated internet radio/social networking site 8tracks. (Hypebot)
  • Dutch DJ and producer Joey Daniel talks about his early influences and plans for the future. (Pulse)
  • The 10 remixes that changed John Rundell's life, A&R and label manager of Carl Cox's Intec. (Pulse
  • Chicago-native Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being, celebrates unconventional mixing in the latest instalment of the mix series by Thump. (Thump)
  • Marquis Hawkes chats to Mixmag about his eclectic sets at Fabric, his career so far, and the plans he has for the future. (Mixmag)
  • Zeds Dead talk genre-hopping Northern Lights album and Deadbeats label. (Billboard)
  • Spotify has launched a cartoon to teach you about music and the first episode is all about EDM. (Engadget)
  • If you like your dance music weird, get to know Baseck and his modular synths. (LA Weekly)
  • David Gtronic: "There's nothing better than playing a small room". (Pulse)
  • Giorgio Moroder talks scoring new Queen of the South TV Series and Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale film. (Billboard)
  • Ghost-producing has come back under public scrutiny of late. Ashley Wallbridge opens up about the 10 No.1 Beatport tracks he's ghost-produced so far, discussing the pros and cons. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Ex-ghost producer Ashley Wallbridge speaks out on the issue. (Billboard)
  • Ron Morelli’s imprint L.I.E.S is set to release four new EPs this month. (RA)
  • Breakout French techno Antigone act are Mix Of The Day. (RA)
  • MikeQ shares archival collaboration with house vocalist Romanthony in new release Get Sum via his label QweenBeat. (Thump)
  • German deep house imprint Dirt Crew has reached 100 releases. (Mixmag)
  • The Gaslamp Killer has announced a brand new EP called Instrumentalepathy. (Mixmag)
  • Telephones explores Norway’s dance music culture on debut album Vibe Telemetry. (Fact)
  • Boys Noize announces Autumn tour and a Reddit AMA. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Listen to three rumoured tracks from the forthcoming new Cirez-D release from Eric Prydz. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Dutch pair Steffi and Martyn will step out under their Doms & Deykers guise to release a debut album at the end of October. (Mixmag)
  • The Orb announce new album, COW / Chill Out, World! (RA)
  • Block9 unveils NYC Downlow digital archive, making the past sets available to stream online for free. (Mixmag)
  • The Weeknd and Cashmere Cat are working together. (Billboard)
  • The lengthy Facebook post from Jauz this week admitting to pre-planning his sets has caused lengthy debates within the industry, with Jauz suffering a fairly large backlash. Read all sides here. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Hieroglyphic Being (FT - 4* Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Observer - 4* Kitty Empire)
  • Dekmantel Festival - Amsterdam (Thump)
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