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Pure Bliss Meltdown
Steel City Dance Discs
"It's coming from a man called Loods. It's called the Pure Bliss Meltdown and this man goes from strength to strength. It's this week's Essential New Tune from Loods."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 36.15 here.
Label: Steel City Dance Discs
Live: Ninkasi 
01 May 2020
  • Ticketmaster has furloughed hundreds of employees - representing a quarter of its workforce - across multiple offices in North America. (Billboard)
  • Universal Music Publishing has unveiled UMPG Music Solutions, combining its worldwide networks of sync and custom music offerings for film, television and advertising. (Variety
  • The Public Investment Fund (PIF), the sovereign wealth fund of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has taken a 5.7% stake in Live Nation for just under $500m. The investment is passive, and was purchased on the open market. (IQ)
  • YouTube earned over $4bn during the first quarter of 2020, up by 33% on Q1 2019. (MBW) YouTube’s Music category accounted for just 5% of total content volume in 2019, but music videos attracted 22% of all views.
  • In the three-months ending 31 March, Spotify grew its user base by 6m to 130m paid subscribers and 286m total monthly active users. The figure is up by 30m year-on-year. Total Q1 revenue was €1.85bn, up 22% year-on-year. It recorded an operating loss of €17m. (BBC)
  • Amoeba record store in Hollywood is to remain closed until it moves to its planned new location this autumn. (Billboard)
  • NTS Radio to host 24-hour fundraiser takeover, REMOTE UTOPIAS, this Saturday. The online event will feature more than 50 artists, including Four Tet, Erykah Badu and JME. (RA
  • A pandemic-proof rave suit has been designed by Los Angeles creative studio Production Club amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. (DJ Mag
  • Under Live Nation's new Ticket Relief Plan, fans will be able to request a refund for shows that haven’t yet got a new date, from 60 days after the postponement was announced. (Billboard)
  • Concerts in California will be on hold until a vaccine or other therapeutic treatments for Covid-19 are developed, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. (LATimes)
  • Record Store Day will no longer take place on 20 June, but instead, the titles on the RSD 2020 official list will be available from independent record shops on one of the three following RSD "Drop" Dates: 29 August, 26 September and 24 October. (RotD)
  • Venues in Spain may be able to reopen in May under the government’s exit plan, yet capacity reductions and other restrictions could prove a headache for organisers. (IQ)
  • Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced a new campaign #saveourvenues, aimed at artists, music fans and the wider music industry. It aims to raise both money and awareness. (RotD)
  • PRS for Music announced the PRS Emergency Relief Fund has raised over £2.1m to help its members severely financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. (RotD)
  • PRS for Music strengthens its promise to the electronic music community through new membership of the Association for Electronic Music. (RotD
  • Facebook’s hiring spree points to bigger plans in music, as it explores ways for artists to monetise their lockdown live streams. (IO)
  • Facebook: "we plan to add the ability for Pages to charge for access to events with Live videos on Facebook – anything from online performances to classes to professional conferences”. (MusicAlly)
  • Instagram is opening up its Live feature to allow users to create a fundraiser initiative where 100% of the money raised will go to a nominated cause. (MusicAlly
  • Fortnite ‘Party Royale’ social mode includes ‘main stage’ concert venue. (MusicAlly)
  • TikTok has launched Donation Stickers, a new in-app donation feature that creators can include in their videos and livestreams to raise funds for the charities and causes they care most about. (RotD)
  • TikTok has been downloaded more than two billion times globally. (Verge) India accounts for 611m of the total, followed by China (197m) and the US (165m). 
  • Bandcamp is once again offering to waive its share of revenue generated for music sales on its site on the first Friday of May, June and July. (Billboard)
  • EDC Las Vegas has announced a virtual festival to take place instead of the event on 15-17 May. (DJ Mag
  • Live Nation releases refund plan for canceled and rescheduled events. (DA
  • Defected Records' Glitterbox 2.0 Virtual Festival has started today (1 May) and will feature sets from Armand Van Helden, Fat Tony, Roger Sanchez and more. 
  • World On Pause, a 3-day virtual fundraising event is set to take place this weekend from today till Sunday, featuring the likes of Arty, Felix Jaehn, Lost Frequencies, Sofi Tukker and more. (EDMTunes
  • Anjunadeep London - Open Air Evolved has been postponed to July 2021. (We Rave You
  • Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is to launch 3-Day livestream this month. (Billboard
  • What makes a great DJ is still the same as it ever was. (Magnetic)
  • UTA IQ, UTA's data and analytics group, has compiled a study titled Media and Entertainment in the Time of Coronavirus. (RotD) The study shows that less than half of fans who miss going to concerts say they will return to even an intimate or small concert within a month of eased restrictions.
  • Boosting growth in Europe through music and culture: a roadmap to sync with the EU Recovery Plan. (IMPALA)
  • Streaming saved the record business, not artists. (David Turner)
  • Spotify’s new “tip jar” won’t save the industry – but it asks us to consider music’s value. (NewStatesman)
  • Spotify’s Daniel Ek talks churn, fan funding and why Covid-19 ‘might be a much better time to release music’. (MusicAlly)
  • Will the coronavirus dim Ibiza's music scene? (Billboard
  • Mixcloud's new live streaming platform is a gamechanger for DJs – here's why (DJ Mag
  • AFEM Membership: New AFEM members for April include - Dance Television, Eleatics Records, GoodCopBadCop, Frills. Please contact if you would like to know more about joining. (AFEM)
  • Bright Music Conference - Live Radio Special: AFEM conference partner BMC teamed up with Data Transmission Radio to produce a special live show giving a taste of this year’s postponed event. Hosted by Wax Worx, the show features FatBoy Slim, Paul Hartnoll from Orbital, Derrick May, Danny Howard and Carl Cox. Listen here.
  • Mixcloud LIVE - an interview with Mixcloud Co-Founder Nico Perez: AFEM spoke with Mixcloud's Nico Perez to ask about industry response a week since launching their new platform, Mixcloud LIVE, and what creators, and fans, should expect from the service as it grows. Read the interview here.
  • AFEM Health Group Update: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the AFEM Health Group is focused on supporting the mental, physical and emotional health of the electronic music community. AFEM Health Group Chairs - Tamsin Embleton, Tom Middleton and Christine Brown - have developed a series of tips, referencing the recently launched Guide to Anxiety Relief & Self Isolation by the MITC (Music Industry Therapists Collective). The tips will be shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    Download MITC's Guide to Anxiety Relief & Self-Isolation
    Download AFEM's Electronic Music Industry Guide to Mental Health

  • AFEM COVID-19 Emergency Calls:  Since early March AFEM have hosted a number of emergency discussion group calls to bring members from the Live Sector together and calls for the Rights & Recorded Music Sector for global dialogue to help navigate a path to support the chain of businesses in electronic music through the COVID-19 crisis. For more information please email
  • Serato has made their DJ software Play free until the end of May. (DJ Mag
  • Cautious optimism in China as nightlife resumes after lockdown. (RA
  • A number of clubs in Seoul reopened this weekend as South Korea relaxed its social distancing measures. (DJ Mag
  • Berlin club [ipsə] has been damaged in an arson attack. (RA
  • Bristol club Lakota is closing. (RA
  • London venue Studio 338 has revealed its reopening programme for whenever the coronavirus crisis is over. (RA
  • DT692 – Lubelski (DT
  • RA.726 NDRX (RA)  
  • Magnetic Mix 094: Simon Field (Magnetic
  • Podcast 642: Sama (XLR8R
  • Fatboy Slim - Lockdown Mixtape (Fatboy Slim
  • United Through Music - Week 5 with Dom Dolla, Solardo, Ryan Marciano & Laidback Luke (Tomorrowland
  • Peggy Gou | Boiler Room: Streaming From Isolation (Boiler Room
  • The 15 best progressive house tracks of April 2020 (Magnetic
  • Renegade Riddims: Mc Fly Dj (DT)
  • Get to know: Lizzy Jane (EDM Identity
  • In Session: Matt Karmil (Mixmag
  • The sounds that shaped me: Trutopia (DT
  • Selections: More Time (DJ Mag
  • Music at Home: Claptone (beatportal
  • Riot Ten: "You're going to hear some of the heaviest music I've ever produced. (
  • Laidback Luke and Steff Da Campo talk about their new collab. (DMNW
  • Ark Patrol on mining his way to "Geode" by overcoming cancer and quarantine. (
  • How architecture transforms the clubbing experience. (Electronic Beats
  • Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager's new club Sunset is bringing the spirit of the '60s back to LA. (Mixmag
  • Club Matryoshka: The Manila-based virtual nightclub that predates coronavirus. (RA
  • Amid censorship, Tehrani dance music emerges from the shadows. (Electronic Beats
  • Interview with Cheat Codes (OneEDM
  • Demarkus Lewis: "First and foremost, I'm a house music fan" (iDJ
  • Doc Scott: Original junglist on lockdown (iDJ
  • Girl Talk on how he avoided getting sued for sampling: 'We believed in what we were doing' (Billboard
  • Duke Dumont: "an album is the worst business decision you could make as an artist". (ABC)
  • Hodge: another green world (DJ Mag
  • The multiplicity of Nicolás Jaar. (RA
  • Remembering Mike Huckaby: Ten tracks and one mix (RA
  • Staying in with: Musicians RÜFÜS DU SOL (LA Magazine
  • As Special Request, Paul Woolford is happily destroying dance music’s dividing lines. (beatportal
  • Simian Mobile Disco's Jas Shaw is releasing a new album in collaboration with Bas Grossfeldt on 5 June. (RA)  
  • Odesza has unexpectedly revealed a collaborative LP, BRONSON alongside Golden Features. (DA
  • Photek has started teasing new music on social media. (Mixmag
  • Groove Armada release new single Get Out On The Dancefloor and confirm new album. (Mixmag
  • Halsey joins forces with Marshmello on new single Be Kind. (Billboard
  • Pioneering disco musician Hamilton Bohannon has died at the age of 78. (RA
  • Detroit deep house legend Mike Huckaby has died aged 54. (DJ Mag
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