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Sam Gellaitry
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"This week's Essential New Tune comes from Sam Gellaitry, a 24 year old artist and producer hailing from Stirling in Scotland. It's taken from his highly anticipated EP 'Four' on ffrr. It's the first taste of a project where Sam's own vocals are used. He's taken a bit of a hiatus to evolve his sound and he's back to claim his first ENT."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 25.30 here
Label: Andy Daniell, ffrr/Parlophone
Management: Tyler Goldberg & James Hadid, Jet Mgmt 
Publishing: Warner Chappell
Radio: Grace ONeill (National), Jason Bailey (Commercial), Nana Muyovwe (Community) & Dave Rajan, Parlophone
Club: Andy Daniell, ffrr/Parlophone
Online: Imran Malik, ffrr/Parlophone
TV: Becky Williams, ffrr/Parlophone
Live: Claudio Lillo, CAA
21 May 2021
  • Sony Music Entertainment announced it has reached an agreement with Kobalt Music Group and completed the acquisition of AWAL, as well as Kobalt Neighbouring Rights. Now, however, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is officially investigating the buyout. (DMN)
  • Vivendi is considering the sale of an additional 10% stake in Universal Music Group to a US investor. (HR)
  • Joe Kentish has been promoted to President, Warner Records UK, effective 1 June. Phil Christie has chosen to leave the label toward the end of 2021, after five years in the role. (RotD)
  • A licence for Equinox, a limited one-day event Glastonbury festival in September, has been approved. Up to 50,000 attendees will not be able to camp overnight. (Guardian)
  • Holding mass events without masks and social distancing can be as safe as going to a restaurant or shopping centre, UK government trials suggest. A government source said the results from the trials had been encouraging and further test events were planned for the coming weeks. “It will help make the case that these large events are not inherently more risky than other parts of the hospitality sector. It shows that there are things that you can do to make these settings as safe as other daily activities." (Times p8) 
  • Nightclubs are not being given enough time to prepare to reopen if the UK government confirms the end of lockdown, industry leaders say. (BBC)
  • Stockholm's Ericsson Globe has been officially renamed Avicii Arena: Operated by ASM Global, the 15,000-capacity venue will also be used as a hub for suicide prevention initiatives by the Tim Bergling Foundation. (Billboard
  • Paul Oakenfold and Runway unleash a world’s first in 3D NFT. (PRNewswire
  • Monstercat returns for its second-ever NFT drop this week, featuring work from comic artist José Delbo and Grammy-nominated producer RAC. The collections of NFTs, called Ikon and Odyssey, will be sold via marketplace Nifty Gateway. (Variety
  • Apple Music has added lossless mode to its streaming catalogue at no extra cost. (DJMag
  • Amazon Music announced its high-quality streaming tier, Amazon Music HD, will be available to all eligible Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no extra cost. (TechCrunch)
  • Livestreaming has not been a growth category: it’s been an exploitation category’. (MusicAlly)
  • Ticketed events, label partnerships and beat battles: How Discord wants to conquer music. (Protocol)
  • A new online DJ academy app, SeeDJ, has launched. It is a subscription-based "digital acceleration" app that promises to put emerging DJ talent in "direct contact with the leading labels and management agencies, offers downloadable resources, tools for production, feedback from established DJs and many more essentials tips that will help you elevate your game." (DJMag
  • Bob Moses have announced a new show at Los Angeles' iconic The Greek Theatre in May 2022. (EDM
  • Eric Prydz has announced four massive New York shows across two consecutive weekends in winter 2021. (DJMag
  • Factory 93 announces Las Vegas event for 22 May with sets from Avision, Maceo Plex and Testpilot. (EDMTunes
  • Alesso and Insomniac unite for two shows in LA, called Alesso: Together Again, this July. (EDMTunes
  • Burning Man to host a virtual festival for the second year running. (Mixmag
  • Dimensions, Love International and Hospitality On The Beach festivals have all been postponed due to uncertainty surrounding travel and testing in Croatia. (Mixmag
  • Seismic Dance Event in Austin has replaced Charlotte de Witte with Blacklist (Zhu) after her Visa issues. A replacement for Enrico Sangiuliano is still forthcoming. (EDMTunes
  • Tomorrowland has announced the full line-up for this year's virtual festival: Tomorrowland Around The World. (DJMag
  • Riva Starr, Anabel Englund, Rich DietZ, and Chicago house music legend Marshall Jefferson are to perform at the virtual edition of the Winter Music Conference. (EDM
  • Michał Jabłoński takes inspiration from the sound of nature. (Loopcloud)
  • LINK playlist of the week: Pan-Pot (Beatportal)
  • Why music publishing is important for every artist. (Beatportal)
  • RV Samplepacks are proud to present Ambient State from the prolific DJ Trax. (Loopcloud)
  • Chris Liebing live from Teufelsberg Berlin for Beatport x Microsoft’s Game Changers to celebrate the forthcoming release of his 2021 album, Another Day. (Beatportal)
  • Cover Story: Jayda G (Beatportal)
  • Rotterdam nightclub BIT is using crowdfunding to help launch the club in September. (Mixmag
  • Zouk Group have confirmed DJ Snake, Louis The Child, Zhu and more are to play summer residences at Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub in Las Vegas. (EDM
  • Amnesia Ibiza has announced details of its massive closing party, set to take place on October 23 this year. DJs set to play include Jamie Jones, The Blessed Madonna, Adam Beyer, Alfredo, Young Marco, Jayda G, Deborah de Luca, Marco Faraone and many more. (Mixmag
  • Warner Chappell Music France has signed a worldwide deal with urban and electronic producer Ikaz Boi. (RotD
  • Warp Publishing tweeted it is "excited to announce that Loraine James (@LoJamMusic) has joined our roster".
  • Kobalt announced the signing of Norwegian duo Seeb to a global publishing deal, to include a full range of creative, synch, and administration services for their catalogue and future works. (RotD)
  • DT742 – Mendo (DT)
  • RA.780 Alexis Andrews (RA)
  • Magnetic Mix 149: Sun-EL Musician (Magnetic)
  • Podcast 696: Titonton Duvanté (XLR8R
  • Fact Mix 808: LCY (Fact
  • Salute In The Lab LDN (Mixmag
  • Kream DJ Set from Vøringsfossen, Norway (DJMag
  • Renegade Riddims: M. O. B (DT
  • Six emerging artists you need to hear this May. (DJMag)
  • My Studio: Rhode & Brown (Attack
  • EX.558 John Beltran (RA
  • Unclaimed royalties are a huge problem for the music business and the issues have become exacerbated as streaming micropayments become the dominant form of income from recordings and their underlying publishing rights. (Forbes - Eamonn Forde)
  • The music business is booming again, thanks to streaming—and musicians are fighting for a bigger, better piece of the pie. (Slate)
  • Why Ziúr makes music for outsiders. (RA
  • Not 'just about the music': How an artist's appearance disrupts our understanding of their art. (Mixmag
  • Pop, punk, techno and sex: LSDXOXO is now proud to be seen and heard. (Mixmag
  • Hannes Bieger: Mixing it up in Berlin (iDJ
  • Haseeb Iqbal: "DIY spaces are at the root of so many influential music scenes" (Mixmag
  • 20 questions with Afrojack: On Eurovision, his BFF David Guetta and why he wants you to email him. (Billboard)
  • EDM acts often hide their identity. For Asian American star Zhu, that’s always had two meanings. (LATimes
  • How Aloe Blacc is utilising NFTs to keep Avicii's legacy alive. (EDM
  • How the women behind Wakaan amplify female voices in a scene dominated by men. (EDM
  • Jordan Rakei, TSHA, Maribou State and Hodge share their tips for managing your mental health. (Mixmag
  • Brazil's Green Valley club is rebuilding to return better than ever. (DJMag
  • How China's club scenes adapted to return post lockdown. (DJMag
  • How North American clubs and festivals are approaching their return to the dancefloor. (DJMag)
  • Palms Trax launches new label, CWPT. (RA
  • The Prodigy have teased new music with a 15-second clip from the studio, the first publicly revealed project from the band since Keith Flint’s death in 2019. (Mixmag
  • John Talabot and singer Maria Arnal represent Catalonia at the Venice Biennale Of Architecture. (RA
  • Armin van Buuren releases second collaboration with Tom Staar ‘Let Go’ featuring Josha Daniel. (DA
  • Galantis have released a new single 'Heartbreak Anthem' with Little Mix and David Guetta. (EDM
  • Giorgio Moroder, Mark Ronson and Erol Alkan have produced the new Duran Duran album. (RA
  • Kraftwerk have finally been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, after previously being nominated and denied six times. (Mixmag
  • NERVO will release 'Don't Give Up On Us' without Avicii's parts. (EDMTunes
  • Calvin Harris has previewed a teaser of a new song, which he described as a "big banger" on Instagram. (CalvinHarris
  • A film exploring the life of Delia Derbyshire has been released, called Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes. (Mixmag
  • Batu partners with Dr. Martens to launch a community-focused radio studio in Bristol. (RA
  • Marshmello is to perform at the UEFA Champions League Final. (Billboard)
  • LA County Medical Examiner determines natural causes in i_o’s death. (DA)
  • Legendary Italian composer and electronic music pioneer Franco Battiato dies age 76. (RA)
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