UMEK: We’re Changing the Way Music Careers Are Made

Viberate, the Techno pioneer’s music-tech startup, releases a new analytics tool that helps artists and their teams If you’ve ever posted anything online and waited for the likes and views to pour in, you know just how much content you’re competing against. Now imagine you’re an aspiring DJ, looking to get noticed in the sea…

SOUNDTRACK YOUR BRAND RENEWS GLOBAL LICENSING DEAL WITH WARNER MUSIC, LAUNCHES NEW ON-DEMAND STREAMING SERVICE FOR BUSINESSES

Business-to business (B2B) music streaming service Soundtrack Your Brand has renewed its global licensing agreement with Warner Music. The company is also introducing a new on-demand service called Soundtrack Unlimited, which gives business users more control over the music they play to their customers. Today’s news follows the announcement in August that Soundtrack Your Brand…

Google Play to be completely replaced by YouTube Music in December

On August 4, the YouTube Official Blog announced in a post that Google Play would be entirely phased out by the end of 2020. Plans to merge the two platforms together have been public since July 2017, but this announcement is the first to assign an official departure date to the Google Play platform for good. The…

DENON DJ ADD BEATPORT LINK AND SOUNDCLOUD STREAMING TO THEIR PRIME PLAYERS

They’re the first hardware DJ players with Beatport streaming capabilities Denon DJ has added Beatport LINK and SoundCloud GO+ to its Engine OS v1.5 update, the operating system behind its PRIME players and other DJing hardware and apps. The update adds Beatport LINK and SoundCloud GO+ streaming to multiple Denon DJ devices including SC5000 and…

MICROSOFT IN TALKS TO ACQUIRE TIKTOK, SAY REPORTS

Turns out it might be another US tech giant who steps up to acquire the platform. A number of credible reports are emerging today (July 31) that Microsoft is exploring a possible acquisition of TikTok, and is in talks with the app’s owner Bytedance. The New York Times, Bloomberg and Fox Business have all run the story of…

The DJ Revolution Got Even Better – Virtual DJ announces extra updates to brand new version that improves quality of its real time track separation technology

VirtualDJ significantly improves the sound quality of the separated stems. It also gives additional control to the DJs to adjust in real-time a bleeding parameter, and to fine-tune even more the quality of each track http://www.virtualdj.comVideos:http://www.virtualdj.com/press/videos.html Just one month after releasing its game changing new technology, VirtualDJ announces today a new version that significantly improves…

Elon Musk confirms his new Neuralink chip will support music streaming directly to listeners’ brains

In addition to Tesla and SpaceX, another Elon Musk brainchild is Neuralink. Neuralink is best explained on their official website as “An integrated brain-machine interface platform with thousands of channels.” In what Musk believes is meant to help humans compete with advanced artificial intelligence, the technology could initially be used to help those with brain diseases including…

YOUTUBE LAUNCHES NEW REAL-TIME ANALYTICS FOR ARTISTS DASHBOARD

YouTube describes Analytics for Artists as the “most comprehensive and complete view of [an artist’s] audience, global reach and performance” across the platform and promises that it “will equip artists and their teams with the knowledge they need to make the most informed and strategic release plans”. The new service was announced today (July 7 ) and…

Martin Garrix’s STMPD recording studios finishes spectacular renovation

Acquired by Dutch DJ/producer Martin Garrix in 2017, STMPD recording studios has received a spectacular upgrade over the past three years. The outside of the building might not give away much, but once you step inside you are welcomed by a homely feeling in a state-of-the-art studio complex. An inviting space where creatives from various disciplines, whether it’s music, film or advertising, can work optimally with…

JOACHIM PASTOR SIGNS WITH ARMADA MUSIC

AMSTERDAM, June 17, 2020 – Joachim Pastor has always been one to carve his own road rather than walk the beaten path, and that includes venturing in a new direction when the moment is right. Today, the French DJ and producer signed an exclusive recording agreement with Amsterdam-, New York- and London-based record label Armada Music,…

ÖZDEN BORA NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT TURKEY

Sony Music Entertainment Turkey has hired Özden Bora as its new Managing Director Özden will oversee all business activities of the Istanbul, Turkey-headquartered company, effective July 6, and will report directly to by Daniel Lieberberg, President, Continental Europe and Africa, Sony Music Entertainment. Özden’s music industry career started in 1999. Mostly recently, she worked at…

After Massive DMCA Takedown, Twitch Streamers Are Deleting Thousands Of Clips

Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch has become an increasingly useful tool for artists looking to reach their fans in the absence of live music during the COVID-19 quarantine. The past few months have seen Twitch move closer to the music business as a result, highlighted by the appointment of Spotify for Artists product lead Tracy Chan as…

Dancefair launches the biggest free virtual music conference.

Join the world’s biggest online conference for electronic music for FREE Is there still any unexplored territory in the vast landscape of electronic music conferences? Globally renowned music conference Dancefair thinks so as they announce the biggest online music conference the world has ever seen with over 200 program parts, all available for free at…

Songstats announce their latest product update including implementation of Deezer

The team behind 1001Tracklists recently announced the launch of Songstats, a cross-platform music analytics service for artists, labels, and industry professionals. Songstats is a mobile-first data solution that delivers important insights in real time. Currently tracking data from Spotify, Apple Music, Shazam, Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes, SoundCloud and 1001Tracklists, Songstats offers a comprehensive picture of the…

DAFT PUNK’S LEGENDARY ALIVE 2007 STAGE DESIGN GETS LEGO RECREATION

Daft Punk’s iconic stage design for Alive 2007 live show has been recreated by a father and son duo using LEGO, and may get an official release. As part of a new partnership between LEGO and Universal Music, which will see the release of a wide range of new products later in the year, a competition has…

Let’s fight piracy together…

Dear Artists, Labels & Copyright Owners, Please take a moment to learn how you can take this simple and free step to help fight piracy and maintain the value of your art in a new and exciting way. THE TIME IS NOW – With the entire live sector disrupted by current events, it is crucial for us…

Songstats launches a cross-platform music analytics service for artists, labels, and industry professionals

Songstats: Power Your Music – With Moments That Matter http://www.songstats.com Data tracking from Spotify, Apple Music, Shazam, Beatport, iTunes, Soundcloud and more Artist and label dashboard for real time analytics Notifications when tracks are added to playlists Automatically generated custom artwork for social media Graphs show visualizations of track growth Interactive tables for further data…

LIVE NATION SHARES BOUNCE BACK AS LIBERTY MEDIA PAYS OFF $130M COMPANY LOAN

Liberty Media Corporation has today announced that it has fully repaid a Live Nation margin loan using cash. The payment, worth $130m, means that there are now “no margin or other price triggers that could require a sale of the underlying [Live Nation] stock”, according to Liberty. Liberty Media owns approximately 69.6 million shares of…

BRANDO SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RECORDING AGREEMENT WITH ARMADA MUSIC

AMSTERDAM, March 11, 2020 – In between his early-2020 dance anthem ‘Look Into My Eyes’ and a new release with Loud Luxury called ‘Gummy’ (due this Friday), Brando is taking yet another stride forward to further his astronomical rise to stardom. Today, the L.A. singer-songwriter signed an exclusive recording agreement with Armada Music, the label he…

ISLAND RECORDS FORMS DANCE MUSIC PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CROSS RECORDS

Sergio Bienati and Kevin Harris, two of dance music’s biggest operators whose management roster includes Meduza, James Hype, Chuckie, Goodboys and Josh Good, have formed a brand new label The Cross, and entered into a partnership with the legendary Island Records label in the UK and Virgin Records Germany. The Cross, based out of London,…

ID&T and Twitter conclude strategic content partnership

The ID&T group, which covers a number of electronic music festivals such as Mysteryland, Sensation, Defqon.1, Decibel Outdoor, Amsterdam Open Air and Awakenings, has announced a content distribution partnership with Twitter around these events. Premium video content surrounding events is watched by millions of young people and this plays an increasingly important role in the media landscape. This collaboration offers brands the opportunity to connect…

LIKE MIKE LAUNCHES GREEN ROOM LABEL FOR HIS SOLO PROJECTS

After a huge decade of success, culminating in Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s return to the top of the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, Like Mike expands his reach in the music industry with the announcement of his new label Green Room. Mike had an impressive number of self-released solo singles last year, such as ‘Best Friend’, ‘Lies’, and most recently ‘Sinner.’…

THE BRITISH INDIE WITH MAJOR INFLUENCE NCS CONFIRMS 235 BILLION YOUTUBE VIEWS OVER LAST DECADE, LABEL REVOLUTIONISES ‘TRADITIONAL’ MUSIC DISTRIBUTION TEMPLATE

NCS today cemented their position as one of the world’s biggest independent electronic music labels, confirming ‘end-of-decade’ figures that include a whopping 235 billion YouTube streams.  With 24 million subscribers to their YouTube platform, NCS control the third largest YouTube channel in the UK, behind only One Direction and Ed Sheeran. However, their reach extends…

YOUTUBE IS GENERATING OVER $1.5BN PER MONTH FROM ADS – AND BOASTS OVER 20M PAYING MUSIC SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE

YouTube reached over $15 billion in advertising revenues last year. That figure was included as part of the platform’s first ever publicly disclosed advertising revenues (see below), published yesterday (January 3) by parent company Alphabet in its financial results for Q4 and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. It was also revealed yesterday that YouTube’s advertising revenues…

BEATPORT LOOKS BACK AT 16 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS

You can see from the infographic the impact that Beatport has had on the electronic music industry      – 259m downloads to date – $300m paid out to independent label – more than nay there platform – In 2019 alone 7.7k labels have been added with 74k of music being sold by independent imprints – we have discovered that techno has taken over tech-house as…

CLAUDE VONSTROKE AND ARMADA MUSIC PARTNER UP TO CELEBRATE 15 YEARS OF DIRTYBIRD

AMSTERDAM, December 20, 2019 – It’s been an amazing fifteen years since Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird Records first spruced up the dance music landscape, and such an incredible landmark should never go by unnoticed. Looking to celebrate this massive milestone accordingly, Claude VonStroke shook hands with Amsterdam, New York and London-based record label Armada Music to partner…

FLASHOVER RECORDINGS PARTNERS UP WITH ARMADA MUSIC

(From left to right: Xander van der Aa, Jesse Hummen, Harry Fowler, Jeroen te Rehorst, Ferry Corsten, Maykel Piron, Joeri Lodders, Rob van Dongen) AMSTERDAM, December 20, 2019 – As the year of 2019 is entering into its final stages, it seems that Ferry Corsten and Armada Music saved one of the year’s best announcements for…

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…