JONAS ADEN LAUNCHES ‘ADEN AWARD’, OFFERING MUSICIANS A CHANCE TO WIN $10,000!

Apply now: jonasaden.com/aden-award/ Jonas Aden is an artist who places utmost importance on building a close connection with his growing community of likeminded music makers and fans, who benefit from his somewhat unconventional willingness to openly share his prized production tips and tricks and high quality sample packs, all driven from an immense gratitude for the support he receives. Jonas…

EDM mogul Robert Sillerman dies, aged 71

Sillerman presided over EDM’s boom years in the early part of the decade. Robert F.X. Sillerman, the controversial mogul and founder of EDM company SFX Entertainment, has died at the age of 71 of a respiratory illness, Billboard reports. Sillerman, who was born in New York in 1948 and worked in the music and media…

Black Friday Deals for DJs and Producers 2019

DJ gear and many other music-making accessories. So many in fact, we’ve decided to round up the best of the rest deals for you to empty your bank balance on studio and DJ goodies. ARTURIA – V COLLECTION FOR €299 Those French fancies Arturia – creators of high-quality soft synths and hardware – are knocking…

TIKTOK CROSSES 1.5 BILLION DOWNLOADS

TikTok has surpassed 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store and Google Play, according to new stats released by mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The new stats also reveal that TikTok is currently the third most downloaded non-gaming app in 2019, behind WhatsApp (707.4m) and Messenger (636.2m). Facebook and Instagram come in at No. 4 and No. 5…

DANIEL EK: 3 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE SPOTIFY BOSS IN HIS LATEST INTERVIEW

Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek doesn’t do many interviews. So when he does, it’s worth paying attention to what he has to say. Ek has just committed some thoughts to a microphone, within the boundaries of a podcast – the very listenable Invest Like The Best – on which he is questioned by host, Patrick O’Shaughnessy. The…

Luca Lush & Lil Texas Release Hard-Hitting Gabber Track “Sucker Punch” on Carnage’s Heavyweight Records

Luca Lush and Lil Texas join forces for their hard-hitting, gabber influenced new single “Sucker Punch” on Carnage’s Heavyweight Records. The track draws upon the hardest sounds in electronic music, from stabbing basslines and intense percussion to video game-esque sound effects, to create a jarring and chaotic experience that is definitely not for the faint of heart (or eardrums). Lil…

STEPHANIE KARTEN JOINS ARMADA MUSIC AS U.S.-BASED A&R DIRECTOR

With their sights set on building out their presence across North America, Armada Music have added a prominent name to the team operating from their New York office. As of today, Stephanie Karten will take on the role of A&R Director, bolstering the U.S. squad of the biggest independent dance music label in the world….

KAREN HARDING SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH ULTRA MUSIC

“Karen Harding is on a mission to be the Whitney Houston of house music” – NOISEY   “A classic soul voice that feels right at home in house and garage rhythms”   – HUNGER TV   “R&B vocal traditions with contemporary, garage-flavored house” – FACT   “Sizzling vocal, all sass and soul” – CLASH Leading global dance music…

SPOTIFY’S TOP 5 GLOBAL ARTISTS IS AMERICAN, AS J BALVIN CLIMBS TO NO.1

The Colombian artist has officially become the biggest act Spotify in terms of total monthly listeners, having just overtaken long-time No.1, Drake. As of today (June 26), Balvin has 48,199,671 monthly listeners on the platform. (This number is monitored each day on a rolling monthly basis.) Drake, meanwhile, has 47,764,878 monthly Spotify listeners. This is…

Empire Music Entertainment launches new own label: Karia Records

Determined to build a legacy that will stretch on for many years, Ozgur Timucin with Empire Music Entertainment have joined forces definitively to assemble a create ‘Karia Records’ After so many succesful releases and a few co-owned labels its time for Ozgur Timucin to become new Label. Not only to create a closer relationship between…

Live Nation’s Reports Best Quarter Ever With $3.8B Revenue

Live Nation is estimating another record-setting financial year after its third quarter earnings report shows an 11 percent increase in revenue, reaching $3.8 billion. The company’s Q3 financial results released Thursday (Nov. 1) also show 16 percent jumps in operating income and adjusted operating income (AOI) to $234 million and $386 million, respectively. From July…

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SIGNS MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT INTO LAW

President Donald Trump has just taken the long-awaited step of signing the Music Modernization Act into US law. The news comes after the bill was unanimously voted through both the US House of Representatives and the Senate. The Music Modernization Act reforms mechanical licensing through the creation of a Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), paid for…

SOUNDCLOUD TEAMS WITH PANDORA TO RIVAL SPOTIFY FOR ADVERTISING SALES IN THE US

SoundCloud has partnered with Pandora as its exclusive US advertising and sales representative. Launching in 2019, the agreement will enable advertisers and brands to purchase SoundCloud’s US ad inventory directly through Pandora, leveraging the company’s direct sales capabilities, targeting data, and its recently launched audio programmatic product Pandora, which currently has around 70 million monthly…

APPLE’S BUYOUT OF SHAZAM: 5 REASONS IT COULD CHANGE MUSIC STREAMING FOREVER

Apple is in a music-streaming arms race. It’s getting closer to 50m paying music subscribers worldwide, but remains approximately 39m behind Spotify’s premium global user-base. Does Apple’s acquisition of Shazam hold the potential to help launch it towards pole position? The significance of the $400m buyout was meaty enough for European Commission regulators to launch an in-depth investigation in…

Empire Music Entertainment Announce Brand New Label “empireXstream”

Ready to push forward an enticing new addition to the evolving musical landscape, Empire Music Entertainment imprint unveils a fresh new sub label titled empireXstream. Showcasing diverse styles reaching across difference shades of hip hop, empireXstream looks set to provide listeners with material ranging from hip hop & rap grooves. Keeping Empire Studio Records at…

ARMADA MUSIC AND RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP PARTNER UP FOR SYNC REPRESENTATION IN THE U.S.

CONCURRENTLY, RIPTIDE LAUNCHES ‘ROYAL SHARX’ LABEL UNDER THE WING OF ARMADA MUSIC WITH FIRST RELEASE ‘RIOT’ BY LYLOH Amsterdam 7 August, 2018 – Riptide Music Group (Riptide), a leading synchronization, rights management and creative company that provides music to advertising, movie trailers, TV programming and promos, major motion pictures, video games and multimedia productions, has joined forces…

Warner Music Group purchases Uproxx Media

Uproxx, the media company behind men’s lifestyle site BroBible, entertainment news site HitFix and sports site Dime and in addition to its namesake website, is being sold to Warner Music Group. The sale marks a moment for the music label giant as it embarks on a new venture to both publish music and be a player…

David Guetta signs worldwide publishing deal with Kobalt Music

deadmau5 is in good company at Kobalt Music. The where’s the drop? producer recently inked a contractwith Kobalt’s AWAL imprint, rendering AWAL the platform for ensuing installments in deadmau5’s developing mau5ville EP series. David Guetta is the latest electronic act to pen a deal with the publishing company, recently inking his own worldwide contract with Kobalt. The organization will provide publishing administration for…

SOUNDCLOUD TO INCORPORATE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

SoundCloud is up to something big. The company has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in collaboration with MaestroProject to help develop blockchain technology in music industry. The capabilities of blockchain technology are endless and it sounds like a perfect fit for the streaming service, which enables its users to upload, promote, and share their original music, production work…

SONY BUYS 60% STAKE IN EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING FOR $2.3BN

Sony Corp will soon own 90% of EMI Music Publishing, following a $2.3bn cash deal with Mubadala Investment Company. The two parties have inked a legally binding memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) for the sale of a Mubadala-led consortium’s 60% equity interest in EMI Music Publishing to Sony Corporation of America. The deal values EMI Music Publishing…

LIVE NATION SETTLES SONGKICK LAWSUIT FOR $110-MILLION

Live Nation’s Ticketmaster subsidiary has settled its two-year legal battle with Songkick, the ticketing start-up that began out of a Brooklyn loft, despite the fact that the case’s trial was set for later this month in federal court. Live Nation has subsequently agreed to pay Songkick’s owners $110-million in exchange for the company’s remaining assets. The settlement’s closing arrives two…

FACEBOOK SIGNS MULTI-YEAR LICENSING DEAL WITH SONY/ATV

The news comes just two weeks after Universal Music Group announced that it had inked an agreement with the social media giant, which draws more than 2bn users every month to its core platform. Sony ATV’s multi-territory, multi-year deal covers a catalog of more than 3 million songs, including those by frontline clients such as Taylor Swift,…

YouTube solidifies deal with Sony and Universal, moves closer towards paid service launch

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that YouTube‘s music streaming service could arrive as early as March. The service, which has tentatively been titled Remix, has been experiencing delays in its launch due to its failure to negotiate agreements with major music publishers. Negotiations with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group have been ongoing for quite some time, and until now…

Music creation platform Splice announces artists have earned $5 million in revenue

Over the last four years, music creation and collaboration platform Splice has aimed to connect artists and producers with world-class production tools, creative assets, and a global community of potential collaborators. Now, the artist hub has announced payouts of $5 million to its participating acts, which is an enormous win for the artistic community. Splice’s announcement also comes with…

SoundCloud’s CFO leaves company for TuneIn position

SoundCloud’s chief financial officer has departed from the music streaming platform. The service’s first-ever CFO Holly Lim, has migrated to TuneIn — a radio streaming platform that will host Lim as its own CFO, as announced by TuneIn this week. Lim leaves behind an extensive history at SoundCloud, joining the streaming entity five-months after it unveiled SoundCloud…

MIXCLOUD SIGNS MILESTONE LICENSING DEAL WITH WARNER MUSIC

London-born streaming startup Mixcloud has inked a milestone deal – a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music – which will enable it to start building new subscription products. SoundCloud rival Mixcloud attracts around 17m monthly users. It hosts 12m radio shows, podcasts and DJ sets which have been uploaded by more than a million ‘curators’…

Feeling Guilty About Pirated Music? This Study Suggests You May Not Have To

Feeling a bit guilty for filling your library with pirated songs? A study done by an organization out of the Netherlands called Ecorys, suggests you may not have to any longer. In 2013, the European Commission ordered an approximately $430,000 study regarding how piracry affects sales of media, including music, in the EU. The commission hadn’t released…

3 MYTHS ABOUT STREAMING… AND 3 TRUTHS ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY TODAY

You hear a heck of a lot talked about streaming and its impact on the music industry these days. So how much of it is worth listening to – and how much is complete hogwash? That, essentially, was the question tackled by Warner Music Group’s Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Business Development, Ole Obermann,…

HOW STREAMING MUSIC PLATFORMS CAN LAST AND GROW

Nikhil Shah, Co-Founder and Commercial Director of Mixcloud (pictured). MixCloud connects listeners to new music and ideas through radio shows, DJ mixes and Podcasts uploaded by over 1 million curators. Here, Shah discusses how streaming music services can build their businesses in a sustainable and financially sensible way… There’s been much discussion of late about…

CARLIN AMERICA TO BE SOLD IN NEAR-$250M DEAL TO ROUND HILL MUSIC

Here comes the music business’s latest nine-figure sale. Historic independent publisher Carlin America Inc. is to be sold to Round Hill Music in a deal approaching $250m. The news was first reported by Bloomberg and has been corroborated by MBW sources. The agreement – thought to be for a likely sale price between $240m and $250m –…

MARTIN GARRIX WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST SPINNIN’ RECORDS

The Dutch DJ’s battle with his former label finally comes to an end… For many up-and-coming and big-name DJs, Spinnin’ Records has been a forceful and compelling source for the artists to progress in the EDM industry. In the past, the legendary Martin Garrix has collaborated with the well-known Dutch record label in order to assist with his rise…

New Industry Figures reveal music delivers £4.4bn boost to UK Economy

UK Music chief Michael Dugher hails “excellent” figures – but calls on tech giants to fairly reward music investors and creators to “end the free ride”. Latest survey also shows that half of people in the music industry fear Brexit will have a “negative impact”. Download the 2017 Measuring Music report here. The UK music industry…

THE FUTURE OF RADIO

Michael Huppe (pictured), CEO & President of US-based digital performance licensing organization SoundExchange – which has paid out nearly $5bn in royalties to recorded music rightsholders since being founded in 2003. TIME FOR BROADCASTERS TO EMBRACE DIGITAL Radio’s relationship with the music industry has changed dramatically in a few short years. In its prime, radio…

Insomniac Releases Single-Day Tickets For Halloween Festival, Escape: Psycho Circus

Escape: Psycho Circus – Single-Day Tickets Sale – Today, Insomniac announced that single-day tickets for its Halloween celebration, Escape: Psycho Circus, are now available! North America’s largest Halloween music festival will haunt the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA on Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th. Purchase Tickets Here Those that dare to enter the Psycho Circus will experience sinister sounds…

WARNER BUYS SPINNIN’ RECORDS IN $100M+ DEAL

MBW told you back in May that some of the business’s most powerful companies were battling to acquire Dutch dance label Spinnin’ Records for mega-money – and now, we have a victor. Sources in Europe tell us that Warner Music Group has officially acquired Spinnin’, whose YouTube channel boasts over 18m subscribers. As predicted, we’re told that…

Facebook is offering hundreds of millions of dollars for music rights

With the growing popularity of video content on Facebook, the website is attempting to step up its game and allow its users to legally include songs in the videos they upload. Facebook Inc. has offered major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so its users can use songs legally. Currently, rights holders…

Spotify closes final label deal in preparation to go public

Spotify has just renewed its licensing deal with Warner, the last crucial component needed before its public offering in late 2017 or early 2018. The deal is likely identical to what was struck with Universal in April, which included the option to initially hold back new albums from Spotify’s free tier and a break for Spotify in royalty payouts…

THIS IS HOW MUCH APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY AND YOUTUBE PAY PER 1,000 STREAMS

Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube, arguably the most important ways to get music heard– but which platform is paying its artists the most? Thanks to RIAA-backed research via Nielsen, BuzzAngle, and MiDIA, we have a very simple breakdown via Digital Music News. Here are the dollar amount that music creators make fore every 1,000 streams on these leading streaming…

SoundCloud’s new investors want to replace its current CEO

The uncertainty that enveloped SoundCloud’s fate mostly diminished last week once reports surfaced that the music streaming service was salvaged by two “angel investors.” The winged investors have since been confirmed to be The Raine Group and Temasek Holdings, two respective entities in the platform’s purchase. Seated atop a controlling stake in SoundCloud’s equity thanks…

AI Is Learning How To Compose Music

Songwriters and producers know how much work and practice goes into the craft of writing music. However, artificial intelligence may soon change that. AI music is a quickly-expanding field with many projects and companies developing revolutionary new means of music composition. The famous Abbey Road Studios, known for hosting legendary bands such as the Beatles and Pink Floyd as well…

FORBES RELEASES ITS LIST OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST-PAID DJS FOR 2017

Forbes has released its annual list of highest paid DJs, and there are a couple of surprises this year. First off, Calvin Harris has dropped significantly from last year’s pay day of $63 million to only $48.5 million this year. This could be contributed to a weaker touring schedule and an album that, while it performed well,…

Angel investors purchase controlling stake in SoundCloud for $150 million

As anyone even moderately attuned to recent news knows, SoundCloud has tread uncertain territory for the past month or so, the longevity of the music streaming service was called into question once reports surfaced that the platform only possessed enough cash flow to stay afloat for a brief fifty-day period. While the extent of Chance the Rapper’s involvement in SoundCloud’s salvation…

Spotify Scores New Licensing Deal With Sony

Spotify has reached a licensing agreement with its second major label this year, Sony Music Entertainment, after months of negotiations. Billboard reports that the new deal follows the music streaming giant’s multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Groupannounced back in April. The agreement terms allowed for Universal’s artists to limit new album releases to paid subscribers only for two weeks, marking a change from…

Apple Working to Fix Bugs Before New iPhone Launch

Engineers and designers at Apple are frantically working to fix bugs that might cause production delays for the highly anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone. The name of the new device has yet to be announced and will be revealed this fall along with specifics about updates for the iPhone. Apple is adding several new technologies and the team is…

SPOTIFY ACCUSED OF CREATING SONGS TO PAD THEIR OWN PLAYLISTS

For a lot of people, Spotify is the king. At over 140 million monthly users, it’s quickly become the dominant form of music streaming, and discovery, for a lot of people around the world. Spotify’s strongest tool at its disposal is their army of playlists – both human-curated and algorithmically programmed – that drive streams…

Kanye West reportedly leaving TIDAL due to millions in unpaid earnings

It appears as though hip-hop’s golden era of The Throne is officially behind us. Jay Z and Kanye West once co-ruled rap music’s highest echelon together, though over the last several years, the two recording giants’ relationship has reportedly deteriorated. The unfolding public conflict, which included Kanye’s controversial on-stage rants during last year’s The Life of Pablo tour, seemingly culminated with Jay’s long-awaited…

Spotify valued at $13 Billion ahead of stock market listing

Spotify has disrupted the way people consume music, and now the streaming platform will also be disrupting the stock market. It was announced yesterday via Reuters that Spotify could be the first major company to directly list itself on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) when it goes public later this year or early next year. According…

GOOGLE AND TRADE BODIES CLASH OVER GOOGLE-COMMISSIONED STUDY ON YOUTUBE PAYOUTS

YouTube has been the dominant music discovery social platform for about as long as the social media era has been in effect but that doesn’t mean its current positioning within the music business hasn’t come at a cost. Having constantly come to gripes with performance rights organizations, songwriters, and publishers for low royalty payouts and…

TWO MAJOR LABELS REPORTEDLY IN DISCUSSIONS TO ACQUIRE SPINNIN’ RECORDS

According to trusted sources of Music Business Worldwide, ownership of indie dance label powerhouse Spinnin’ Records is supposedly up in the air. Sources also revealed that both Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are currently in contention to acquire the Dutch record label. Private equity organizations are also said to be in the mix at this point in time but don’t…

Why Google Looked To Burning Man To Find A New CEO

Google already has a great reputation for being a strong team of innovators. After bringing us the world’s largest Internet search engine they have brought us even more technology to make life easier like Google Maps, Google Play for music and Pixel, the Google cellphone. They are trying to take over the world – and they…

Is Facebook About To Become A Music Streaming Powerhouse?

Facebook may be giving Spotify a run for its money in the very near future. Multiple vacancies in the social media giant’s new music task force strongly indicate that Facebook will be launching a ‘comprehensive music strategy’ soon. Uh-oh, Spotify – you might want to keep an eye on this movement. To put this into…

Dubset Announces $4 Million Funding Round

Dean Chalkley David Guetta Dubset Media is getting an injection of funds as it attempts to solve one of dance music’s most frustrating issues. The company, led by CEO Stephen White, announced this morning (Feb. 27) it had completed a $4 million round of Series A funding led by Boston-based equity firm Cue Ball Capital. In…

FACEBOOK SEEKS TO POSITION ITSELF AS YOUTUBE ALTERNATIVE FOR THE INDUSTRY

For a long time now, YouTube has been the dominant social media platform for music discovery across the major social networks. According to industry sources, it looks like Facebook is gaining a piece of the pie with deals that would “govern user-generated videos that include songs.” As of now, Facebook doesn’t currently have any deals in place with…

WARNER MUSIC JUST JOINED THE $1BN STREAMING RECORD COMPANY CLUB

Warner Music Group is now a proud member of the $1bn streaming club. The company announced today that its recorded music operation generated $311m from the likes of Spotify and Apple Music in the three months ending December 31 last year. That figure, up 47% year-on-year, was enough to take calendar year 2016 streaming revenues…

SONY MUSIC EARNED $1.2BN FROM STREAMING PLATFORMS IN 2016

Sony Music Entertainment generated 134.83bn Yen ($1.24bn) from streaming music in calendar 2016 – and 40.65bn Yen ($372m) in the three months to end of December alone. That means Sony’s recorded music division is now earning approximately $124m every month, $31m every week, $4m every day and $167,000 every hour from the likes of Spotify and…

Madison Square Garden Buys Majority Stake in Nightlife Company TAO Group

Seth Browarnik Nas performs at TAO Nightclub Sundance on Jan. 19, 2013 in New York City. The Madison Square Garden Company has acquired a majority stake in nightclub and restaurant operator TAO Group, the companies announced on Wednesday. MSG paid $181 million for a 62.5 percent interest in the hospitality group, which operates 19 dining and…

Michael Lynton Exiting Sony to Join Snapchat as Chairman

Michael Lynton Exiting Sony to Join Snapchat as Chairman Michael Lynton photographed on Nov. 7, 2016 in New York City. Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position as CEO of Sony Entertainment, the film, television and music conglomerate, to join social media power Snapchat. The move will happen in…

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING PURCHASING SOUNDCLOUD

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING PURCHASING SOUNDCLOUD Though rumors of a Spotify buyout were recently squashed, it seems that tech giant Google is the latest to look into buying Soundcloud. According to Music Business Worldwide, Google is reportedly considering purchasing the streaming platform for half of its $1 billion asking price. Last year, Soundcloud made major inroads with the…

3 OMINOUS PROBLEMS THE UK MUSIC BUSINESS MUST OVERCOME IN 2017

3 OMINOUS PROBLEMS THE UK MUSIC BUSINESS MUST OVERCOME IN 2017 The UK’s music sales figures for 2016 are in. And while on the surface there’s good news, there are some serious warning signs for the British industry to take into account. We’ll get to that in a minute. First, the annual lancing of self-evident…

‘FACEBOOK MUST STRIKE A DEAL WITH MUSIC PUBLISHERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE’

‘FACEBOOK MUST STRIKE A DEAL WITH MUSIC PUBLISHERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE’ The careers of unsigned artists are being caught in the crossfire of an increasingly aggressive copyright assault on Facebook by music publishers. Performers began to publicly complain about covers of popular tracks being pulled down from Facebook in October, following a spate of…

SFX TO BECOME LIVESTYLE INC.

SFX TO BECOME LIVESTYLE INC. SFX has returned from its bankruptcy announcement with LiveStyle Inc. SFX Entertainment has come out from bankruptcy and has rebranded itself as LiveStyle Inc. It will go on with President and CEO Randy Phillips at the helm. The company continues to operate music properties like Life in Color, Mysteryland, and LIV…

SoundCloud vows to begin paying more artists

SoundCloud vows to begin paying more artists The tide appears to be turning for SoundCloud. Back in October, the platform announced that its annual revenue was up 43% to nearly $28 million — catalyzed by both the introduction of its premium tier, SoundCloud Go, and a rampant increase in advertisements. Having finally achieved a glimpse of…

JUDGE APPROVES SFX ENTERTAINMENT REORGANISATION THAT CUTS DEBT BY $400 MILLION

JUDGE APPROVES SFX ENTERTAINMENT REORGANISATION THAT CUTS DEBT BY $400 MILLION SFX Entertainment has reportedly had a plan to reorganise the business approved by a judge, which will cut the company’s debt by $400 million (£320m). The Wall Street Journal reports that the decision will see the company recover from nine months of bankruptcy. SFX…

MINISTRY OF SOUND RECORDINGS SOLD TO SONY MUSIC UK

MINISTRY OF SOUND RECORDINGS SOLD TO SONY MUSIC UK Leading UK indie Ministry of Sound Recordings today announced its sale to Sony Music UK. While this is undoubtedly another case of a big major swallowing up a smaller indie, there is a much more important angle to this – surviving in the streaming era. Ministry…