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10 Jul 2015
  • LANDR has secured $6.2 million in a new round of funding, with investors including Warner Music Group, Pete Tong and Tiga. (Billboard)
  • Doppler Labs, who launched the Dubs mechanical ear plug and the Here Active Listening system, has announced a $17m round of funding, with investors including Live Nation, Universal and Warner. (TechCrunch)
  • David Guetta is facing a $6 million lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Much-loved New York nightlife promoter Rob Fernandez reportedly dead. (Mixmag)
  • While Facebook will expand its trial to music videos soon, the social network is also planning to follow that with the launch of an audio music-streaming service, MusicAlly reveals. Rollout is expected to happen in the next few months.
  • Paul Van Dyk’s new album has been banned by Arab States for its Israeli collaborations. (Mixmag)
  • Finnish music fans are now eligible for gig refunds, so long as the general consensus agree that the concert was sub-standard. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • These experts think you should be able to buy MDMA over-the-counter. (Pulse)
  • In the week since Apple Music launched, Spotify has spent five consecutive days in the top 10 most downloaded apps list. (Bloomberg)
  • In wake of Apple Music, SoundCloud update focuses on music discovery, better user experience. (TechCrunch)
  • Rebel Sound, Shy FX, Chase & Status with MC Rage and David Rodigan, will be presenting a fortnightly two hour show for Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music. (RotD)
  • Automated mastering service LANDR has just upgraded its mastering tool. (Resident Advisor)
  • Yamaha has officially launched its new Reface line of synths. (Fact)
  • Akai has announced three new, feature-packed drum pad controllers to be available this summer. (XLR8R)
  • DJs and music collectors have been warned not to download iTunes 12.2 due to several glitches in its tags, artwork and more. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Spotify streaming is set to be affected by Chicago’s new 9% “cloud tax” on digital services. (Fact)
  • Rdio has responded to Beats 1 with its own stations curated by the likes of DFA, XL Recordings, Blue Note, and more. (Fact)
  • Microsoft’s Xbox Music service is re-branding as Groove, set to launch alongside Windows 10 later this month. (Fact)
  • SoundCloud have rolled out further customisation improvements to profiles. (Fact)
  • Watch: Pulse's 7 best live techno sets of 2015 so far. (Pulse)
  • Aussie DJ and Triple J radio tastemaker Nina Las Vegas has curated the next installment of her NLV Presents series. (Mixmag)
  • Hundreds of people managed to break through the gates at this year’s Wireless Festival. (Your EDM)
  • TomorrowWorld is giving up-and-coming DJs the opportunity of a lifetime with a competition to DJ at this year’s festival. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Verboten will launch their StageONE Festival this Friday in New York, with the line-up including the likes of Sasha, Scuba, Gui and Joris Voorn. (XLR8R)
  • Dixon joined Solomun +1 at Pacha in Ibiza for a night of melodic German house. (Pulse)
  • Are club nights with rules trying to force us into having fun? (Thump)
  • Freebooting’ is an obstacle to Facebook music ambitions. (MusicAlly
  • Sony Music has a noteworthy response to claims it is enriching itself at the expense of artists by taking a stake and advertising income from Spotify in lieu of negotiating fair-market royalty rates. (Billboard)
  • The cost of independence: economics and labour in DIY music. (Bandwidth)
  • In the US, industry pros are asking if Nielsen botched radio ratings — and inadvertently forced stations off the air. (538)
  • A post about the professionalisation of the internet, and how it could help Spotify win the streaming war. (David Emery)
  • Artists should take on record labels, not streaming services. (FT - Jonathan Ford)
  • July 5 2015: The new release day when everything changed. (Popjustice)
  • A breakdown of the acts to watch out for at this year’s EXIT Festival. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Interview: John Acquaviva, Fund Manager, DJ and Serial Entrepreneur. (Encore)
  • 20 incredible photos from Space Ibiza in the '80s, '90s and '00s. (Pulse)
  • Julio Bashmore discusses the process behind his upcoming album Knockin’ Boots, with fried chicken playing a surprising role. (Thump)
  • 3LAU and Z-Trip’s heated debate at this year’s EDMbiz has opened up a discussion on the true role of the DJ. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Alan Fitzpatrick on the secrets of a killer remix. (Pulse)
  • A Swedish insurance company have spoofed the KLF. (Thump)
  • British production duo LV have signed with Brownswood and released new track Jump And Reach. (Data Transmission)
  • Hardwell will attempt to set a new world record for the World’s Biggest Guestlist at a charity show in Mumbai later this year. (United We Are Foundation
  • Martin Garrix and Matisse & Sadko have unveiled the official video for their track Dragon. (Billboard)
  • PC Music affiliated producer Sophie’s track Lemonade is being used to soundtrack a new McDonald’s ad for, you guessed it, lemonade. (Resident Advisor)
  • David Guetta thinks it’s time to just embrace piracy. (Your EDM)
  • Disclosure are set to put other EDM acts to shame with their new live setup. (Your EDM)
  • Major Lazer claimed the top spot on last week’s Dance/Electronic Album chart. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Veteran Canadian producer Scott Monteith, aka Deadbeat, will put out his first full release for Visionquest later this week. (Fact)
  • Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor in the series, has released his first dance track, Up. (Thump)
  • Deadmau5 has made an intentionally horrific parody of Justin Bieber and Jack U’s Where Are U Now, using only Vengeance samples, an out-of-key recorder and recordings of his cat. (Thump)
  • Helios will release his new album, Yume, this September via his Unseen Music imprint. (XLR8R)
  • Ninja Tune’s singles label, Technicolour, will release the latest EP from Florian Kupfer on July 24. (XLR8R)
  • Oliver Heldens has launched his own record label, Heldeep Records, as well as revealing himself as the mastermind behind HI-LO. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Indian acid house innovator Charanjit Singh has passed away at the age of 75. (XLR8R)
  • Aphex Twin will return to his AFX moniker for his first vinyl release in 10 years. (XLR8R)
  • Aero Flynn (Sunday Times – Mark Edwards)
  • Four Tet (FTWeekend - 4* Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Observer – Kitty Empire)
  • Arca and Jesse Kanda - Halle St Peter's, Manchester (Guardian - 4* Dave Simpson)
  • Awakenings Festival (Pulse)
  • ENTER. at Space Ibiza opening party (Pulse)
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