Welcome to the weekly INDUSTRY INSIDER – created by IMS and RECORD OF THE DAY. We've teamed up to create a digest of global electronic industry news, across the full spectrum of the genre, to help you get straight to the stories that matter. INDUSTRY INSIDER will follow the template of Record of the Day but focus on what’s relevant for this genre and demographic…  
  Top Headlines  
  • IMS annual report on the dance music industry shows worth of $6.9bn.
  • The International Music Summit, currently being held in Ibiza, has published its annual report on the Electronic Music Industry.  (IMS - pdf) The worldwide industry is estimated to have grown 12% year-on-year to $6.9bn.
  • Amsterdam club night Les Enfantes Terrible have launched their own label. (Fact)
  • Kaskade and Los Angeles management company Little Empire Music announced they had obtained a minority ownership stake in Miami management firm Super Music Group. (Billboard)
  News & Features  
  • Spotify’s contract with Sony Music, signed in 2011, has been leaked. The agreement included a Most Favored Nation Clause and required Spotify to pay Sony up to $42.5m in advances over a maximum three year term. Sony was given $9m in ad space that it was entitled to resell for profit. $15m in discounted ads were also available for Sony to purchase. (Verge)
  • All of Starbucks’ 150,000 US employees have received a complimentary Spotify Premium subscription to prepare for a planned autumn in-store music programme that will give customers access to exclusive playlists and the opportunity to play their own favourite tracks in-store. (RotD, Billboard)
  • Giorgio Moroder is collaborating with Novation on a new limited edition synth called the MoroderNova. (xlr8r)
  • Martin Garrix is the latest artist to have his own tracks taken down by SoundCloud after his collaboration with Usher disappeared for no reason. The track has now reappeared. (YourEDM)
  • Madeon has criticised on Sony Music's decision to remove all its distributed content from SoundCloud, which will mean many artists seeing their hard-build presence on the platform slashed. (YourEDM)
  • Calvin Harris took home the award for Best Electronic Artist at this year’s Billboard Awards, with DJ Snake and Lindsey Sterling also winning big. (Forbes)
  • Steve Aoki is being sued for breaking a fan’s neck after jumping onto a raft in the crowd during a show in San Diego in 2012. (Mixmag)
  • The AQA Exam Board is calling for DJ’ing to be included as part of GCSE Music courses. (Mixmag)
  • The world’s first-ever ecstasy shop has opened in Amsterdam (of course). (Mixmag)
  • Some labels and PR firms have been trying to game the rankings on Hype Machine, with the site now saying "While blogs are an integral part of music marketing in 2015, we want to support bloggers, labels, and PR agencies that operate with integrity”. (HypeM)
  • MixRadio, the radio music service that was transferred from Nokia to Microsoft and then bought by messaging app company Line last year, is finally available for iOS and Android. (TechCrunch, Billboard)
  • Why is SoundCloud focusing on Brazil? (Billboard - Andrew Flanagan)
  • Six alternatives to SoundCloud for hosting DJ mixes. (Fact)
  • Instagram is taking its first steps into the world of music with @music. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Ministry of Sound’s Lohan Presencer has criticised Spotify before, but he’s just as angry at Universal Music Group and its rivals for their approach to digital music. (Guardian)
  • Kraftwerk have added a German leg to their 3D concert tour to go along with the rest of their European and US dates. (Fact)
  • Electric Zoo keeps adding to its already impressive lineup. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Defected has graduated to a summer-long residency at Amnesia Terrace at Ibiza this year. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Live Nation and Festival Republic have announced details of a new urban festival, Community, to take place at various unusual venues around the Shoreditch area of London later this year. (RotD, NME)
  • Outbreak Festival, due to be held at Donington Park in the UK this weekend, has been postponed "amid rumours that there could be reprisals following a stabbing in Coventry last year." Sven Vath, EZ, Gorgon City, Amine Edge & Dance, Katy B were among the performers. (Coventry Telegraph, eFestivals)
  • The Arches' board of directors are to take legal advice with a view to appealling the decision to close the Glasgow club. (Thump)  
  • Five months after being shut down by the city, TBA Brooklyn re-opened on May 16. (ResidentAdvisor)
  • Thanks to lucrative fees for DJ sets and the ever-increasing popularity of EDM, DJs are becoming the new rock stars. (Forbes)
  • Australia’s EDM scene is finally getting some well-deserved love thanks to the success of indie label Future Classic. (Billboard)
  • Rudimental, four lads from east London, have worked with Bobby Womack and George Clinton — but their new aim is to turn the band into a college, they tell Will Hodgkinson. (Times2)
  • Hot Chip's Guardian edit. What happens when you give one of Britain’s best-loved pop bands the freedom to commission their own content? An interview with David Byrne, gaming with Peter Serafinowizc and nerding out over synths…(Guardian)
  • How does Fatboy Slim, a 51-year-old family man, keep the plates spinning as a superstar DJ? (Independent)
  • Steve Aoki’s life is becoming a metaphor for the excess of EDM. (Thump)
  • The organisers behind Amsterdam's electronic-arts-and-music festival FIBER. (xlr8r)
  • Noel Gallagher, somewhat surprisingly, discusses his love of House music. (Vice)
  • Alesso discusses his evolving musicianship, transcending electronic music and what he really thinks about mainstream cynics. (DJMag)
  • A fascinating look at the golden era of New York radio from 1980-1988. (DJBroadcast)
  • The Top 10 need-to-know festivals of 2015. (DJBroadcast)
  • Zedd has been pulling out all the stops on his True Colors scavenger hunts across the US, giving fans the chance to be whisked away to a secret location to hear a track from his new album. (YourEDM)
  Artist News  
  • Deadmau5 has unveiled a 7-minute collaboration with Grabbitz. (YourEDM)
  • Bassnectar apparently has 17 new tracks on the way. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Bjork’s recent set from Tri Angle’s birthday party has got a lot of people talking. You can check it out in full here (Mixmag)
  • Cash Cash and Tritonal have joined forces for latest release Untouchable, and are planning to tour together this fall (Billboard)
  • FKA twigs - Brooklyn Hangar, New York (Guardian - 5* Lanre Bakare)
  • Hot Chip (Standard – 4* Andre Paine, Weekend FT – 4* Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Times – 4* Will Hodgkinson, Observer – 4* Kitty Empire, Sunday Times – Lisa Verrico, Independent - 3* Andy Gill)
  • Shamir (Observer – 3* Kitty Empire, Sunday Times – Dan Cairns)
  IMS is an educational and motivational thought-leadership platform dedicated to electronic music primarily through the presentation of three global summits.
  • IMS Ibiza takes place this week at the Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza
  • IMS Asia-Pacific takes place on December 10-11 at the W Hotel Sentosa-Cove, Singapore
  • IMS Engage takes place on April 13 at the W Hollywood, Los Angeles

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’s BBC Radio 1 show is on air this Friday at 10pm (GMT) with a One Big Weekend Special.
  • Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix is on air this Saturday at 4am (GMT) with David Guetta.
  • The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong is on air weekly via the I Heart Network.

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