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04 Jun 2021
  • Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer appeared at an investor relations event, saying “During the past fiscal year, we generated nearly $400m in these areas (social, gaming and fitness revenues), and expect this to become an even more material part of our revenue base over the mid-range planning period”. (MusicAlly
  • Believe has scaled back the size of its IPO its initial plan to raise €500m and said it would raise €300m instead. Feedback from investors was that they preferred a staged approach in which it would wait until later to raise funds for acquisitions from 2023 onwards. (Reuters
  • 99 techno artists, including Marcel Dettmann, DJ Nobu, and DJ Rush, have contributed new and unreleased tracks to a new compilation from Planet X which aims to spread awareness about police brutality and violence during Colombia's anti-corruption movement. (DJMag
  • The Welsh government have decided that live music events can continue in Wales, with restrictions. (Mixmag)
  • The Association of Independent Music in the UK has published its first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit and committed to follow it up every year to measure its progress in creating real and positive change. (RotD
  • For the first anniversary of Blackout Tuesday, IMPALA has called on independent businesses to help build a picture of the sector’s diversity across Europe and map best practices for the future. (RotD
  • The Netherlands has now announced its third wave of rule relaxations, with the country's latest round of updates including a green light for ticketed concerts and festivals to return on 5 June. (EDM
  • More than 600 artists sign #MusiciansForPalestine letter refusing to perform at Israel's cultural institutions. (RA)
  • Ibiza will hold a 2,000-capacity clubbing event in the coming weeks. (RA
  • Discotech app aims to provide partygoers with real-time resources in a post-pandemic world. (DA
  • Monad: a better deal for artists? (iDJ) New artist-oriented streaming service launches
  • Amnesia Ibiza in collaboration with Hipworth, the digital artist behind the famous Carl Cox portrait, and Heart of Bone, a boutique jewellery workshop, will be the First Ibiza brand to launch a collection of NFT digital artworks. (RotD)
  • Music NFT and DeFi platform Opulous has announced plans to create and release NFT collectibles on the Binance NFT Marketplace. (RotD
  • Blond:ish is releasing a series of eco-friendly 'Chakratastic' NFTs on new marketplace called Metaplex, which is built on Solana's Proof of Stake blockchain. The blockchain is seen as far more sustainable than popular blockchains solutions used for NFTs. (Yahoo)
  • Throughout Pride Month, Spotify is encouraging the queer community to "make noise, make their presence known, and make their own rules with a single rallying cry: Claim Your Space". (Spotify) Apple Music has unveiled a Pride page to shine a light on the LGBTQ+ community. (RotD) Amazon Music will debut new Amazon Original songs, playlists, charitable contributions, live streams, Alexa features, music videos, and more from LGBTQIA+ artists. (RotD) YouTube is hosting a month-long series of celebrations. (YouTubeDeezer has launched its 'Queer Culture' channel, featuring music, podcasts and audiobooks from the queer community and to bring attention to queer artists and creators. (RotD
  • In a blog post from Lyor Cohen, YouTube announced it has generated $4bn for artists, songwriters and rights-holders on YouTube in the last 12 months. Over 30% of came from user generated content. It noted more paid members were added in Q1 of 2021 than in any other quarter in YouTube's history, and 2+bn users watched music videos monthly. The post also highlighted features including direct-to-fan products such as ticketing, merch, memberships, paid digital goods and virtual ticketed events. (MusicAlly
  • Kygo has announced a headlining set at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater on 24 June. (EDM)  
  • Boiler Room plans hybrid festivals in London, New York and Barcelona. (RA)
  • Slander announce new curated music festival, Starbase, to take place in Charleston, South Carlina this October. (EDM
  • Global Dance Festival announces red-hot lineup featuring Illenium b2b Said The Sky b2b Dabin, plus Excision, Kaskade, and more. (DA
  • Club Glow plots Echostage’s grand reopening - Zedd, Alesso, David Guetta, and more to perform. (DA)
  • Coachella has announced dates for its 2022 festivals, with the event set to run across the weekends of 15-17 and 22-24 April next year, in Indio, California. (DJMag)
  • DJs - Don't avoid playing 2020 pandemic era tracks in upcoming sets. (Magnetic
  • Blockchain will underpin fanbases and the way artists build careers, teams, and engage with industry infrastructure. (MusicX - Bas Grasmayer) Can you put a fanbase on the blockchain? 
  • How can memberships and tips economies work for musicians? (MusicAlly
  • Loopmasters are proud to present Darius Syrossian’s second Real House Collection. (Loopcloud)
  • Playlist of the week - Eli & Fur (Beatportal)
  • Nur Jaber talks about found sounds and recordings in Techno. (Loopcloud)
  • Beatport announce LINK integration with Traktor Pro 3 BETA. (Beatport)
  • Mad Decent and Anna Lunoe host Beatport’s LINK101 DJ workshop. (Beatportal)
  • Beatport's Definitive History of House. (Beatportal)
  • Brighton’s historic venue - The Arch - has announced a refurbishment and a full summer line-up to go alongside it. (Mixmag)
  • Teksupport announces the summer series BACK to start on 4 July in Brooklyn with The Martinez Brothers headlining. (EDMTunes
  • New York’s governor has announced that almost all public venues will be allowed to operate at full capacity without masks or social distancing, as long as those within can provide proof of vaccination. (Mixmag)
  • Ninja Tune is to release, promote and distribute ODESZA's record company Foreign Family Collective’s catalogue worldwide. (RotD
  • Sentric’s electronic music publishing service, Black Rock, has added producers ANNA, Felix Da Housecat and Archie Hamilton to its roster, under exclusive songwriting agreements. (RotD
  • Producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones announced the launch of his record label WUGD, in partnership with long-time manager Dan Stacey of Loving Alliance, and Polydor Records. (RotD)  
  • DT744 – Rendher (DT
  • RA.782 Jossy Mitsu (RA
  • In session: Spinall (Mixmag
  • Ambient Meditations Season 2 - Vol 43 - The Orb (Magnetic
  • Luca Agnelli live for Guendalina, Italy as part of The #Top100Clubs Virtual World Tour (DJMag)
  • DJ Boring | Boiler Room x Lost Sundays (BoilerRoom)
  • The Face | Mix 40 | Sama' Abdulhadi (Face
  • The 15 best house tracks of May 2021 (Magnetic
  • Making Waves: Co-Accused (iDJ
  • Renegade Riddims: Dedman (DT)
  • Selections: Roman Flügel (DJMag
  • Deconstructed: Prodigy's Out of Space (Attack
  • Full On, Non Stop, All Over is Matthew Smith's new book of rave photography. (RA)
  • The music industry's TikTok obsession is another form of fast fashion. (Clash
  • He’s preachy and pretentious – but does Moby deserve to be the most hated man in pop? (Telegraph
  • The freewheeling hippies of 1967 and the British ravers who embraced acid house and ecstasy in 1988 define moments in time when youthful utopian hedonism burst free. Kevin E G Perry tracks down an original Merry Prankster and a Haçienda DJ to find out if the ingredients are there for a Third Summer of Love. (Independent
  • Supernovas 005: John Martin had his sights set on rockstardom, but dance music had other ideas. (DA)
  • 32 years ago this week, Quentin ‘Tin Tin’ Chambers, Jeremy Taylor and Anton Le-Pirate put on their infamous rave, ‘Energy’ at the Westway Film Studios in London, an event that has since gone down in rave history. Quentin who now owns music and arts platform Openlab talks about those crazy days of summer 1989. (Attack
  • Tope Olufemi meets Pamcy, the Filipino who combines two of the best things in life: good food and sumptuous house music. (Mixmag)
  • Mathew Jonson on his “Freedom Engine Academy”, new projects, and what’s to come. (DJTechTools
  • Marketing music: livestreams, premieres and listening parties. (MusicAlly
  • Making change in diversity as a woman in music. (MBW
  • A year since Blackout Tuesday, has equality in music improved? (Guardian
  • Is The NFT market a new frontier for independent artists or just another tech bubble? (Okayplayer
  • Are NFTs going to revolutionise the music industry and give artists a creative new income stream? (MusicAlly
  • How Marshmello altered reality for his UEFA Champions League Final performance. (Billboard)
  • Marshmello talks about playing the Champions League final, his next album, and putting feuds to rest. (GQ
  • A new book on Daft Punk's Discovery album coming in 2021. (RA)
  • London's legendary De Underground record store has received a heritage plaque for contributions to 'UK hardcore, jungle and drum & bass music'. (DJMag)
  • Chicago house pioneer Rodney Baker has died. (RA) The veteran producer wrote house music patterns for Roland's drum machines in the late 1980s, and ran the label Rockin' House.
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