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Since the launch of PromoBox, over 15,000 DJs are now using it to sort and manage their promo's on a daily basis. We are tirelessly working alongside some of the world's most renowned DJs to develop the online, iOS & Android apps. Over the last couple of weeks our development team have been working on new ways to make it even easier to get to your favourite music. With the addition of 'Subscription Page Sorting', you can manage your subscriptions quickly and effectively. Sorting your subscriptions by 'Beatport Followers or Chart Success' helps you decide which labels you want to favourite, ultimately to show up at the top of your promo list. This will help you get to the hidden gems quickly. We have also added sort by A-Z & Z-A for viewing your subscriptions in alphabetical order.
SoundCloud are excited to announce the launch of Stations on the SoundCloud app for iOS and Android. Stations will allow users to discover tracks they can't find anywhere else, letting them tune in, sit back, and discover. It takes their previous 'Related Tracks' feature and brings it further, simplifying the functionality and making the recommendations even better. A station can be started from any track, search term, content stream or your Collection. Pull up the menu from any one of those four and select the 'Start Station' option. SoundCloud pull from the 100 million plus tracks on the platform to bring you an endless stream of awesome audio. Stations can be accessed at any time via your Collection, along with Likes and Playlists, within your Android or iOS SoundCloud App which is available from the App store on your device.
Yesterday SFX announced their bankruptcy, but this doesn't mean everything is over for Beatport. Here is their official statement to put your mind at ease... 'Yesterday, news broke that our parent company SFX Entertainment introduced a financial reorganization plan that includes both new financing and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. All Beatport users, customers, and partners should rest assured knowing that this action will have no impact on our ability to continue offering the most complete electronic music experience available. Around here, it's business as usual. That means the entire Beatport platform is fully operational without restriction. The store remains open. The streaming service continues uninterrupted. New releases are being added every day. New videos are being scheduled and filmed. Payments to labels and suppliers are ongoing in their usual manner. In fact, Beatport is expanding. Just last week we launched a version of Beatport customized for the Dutch market, our first foray into operating a fully localized service, and we will be introducing several new features to our News and Video sections over the course of the coming weeks. For 12 years, Beatport has served all facets of the electronic music community DJs, artists, labels, and fans alike and that's not going to change anytime soon. From the beginning we've committed ourselves to the long haul, ignoring the mainstream trends, fads, or bubbles that only serve to distract and divide. We remain focused on the music and will continue to reinvest in the creative community every step of the way. We have a lot of exciting plans for the year ahead, and can't wait to show everyone what's next. Until then... The beat goes on.'
This week on LW Live we welcome ONEFOLD records and ONEFOLD Digital as this week's Label Spotlight Guests. With 60 minutes of non-stop House, Tech and Techno, to get you through your Friday afternoon. The weekend begins NOW! If you missed this weeks show you can catch it again anytime on Chew.TV, Beatport, YouTube or listen again on Evermix. Tracklist:- F.Gazza & Juan de la Higuera - Interjump (Original Mix) Moises - Turn Off The Lights (Original Mix) Perel - Charles Manson (Original Mix) HR & SKI - AVEJA (Original Mix) Robbie Rivera & David Tort - In My House (Original Mix) John Acquaviva, Olivier Giaoomotto, Thomas Gande - Machine (Kiko Remix) Dachshund - Pressure (Original Mix) Bruno Furlan a. Kile Dawld - Get Behind (Golf Clap Remix) Lost & Found - Modern Prometheus Tempo Elektrik, Pkay Feat. Martin Carr - Going Out (Original Mix) Sweet LA, Michael Murica, Jolene - Wrong Laibert, Siren Gene - Paradise (Original Mix) Rodriguez & Salgado - Faction (Original Mix) Slszek, Dubz - Sweet Release (Original Mix) Engelhart - Freakin' Girl (Origlnal Mix) EVO & RST, Ed Case Feat. Cassandra London - Fantasy Of Love (Original Mix) ALBT - Higher & Higher (Original Mix) All tracks are available on Beatport, iTunes, Traxsource and all of your favourite download stores.
Dutch native Alex van der Meijden AKA 'Man Without A Clue' is a young DJ/producer with a real passion; his love with music has been an on-going affair from an early age and has cemented his unique house sound. He has also established himself by working with house music heavyweights such as Todd Terry, Kenny Dope & Roger Sanchez. Alex has released music for several imprints like Dopewax, Of Unsound Mind,,Get Twisted Records and Love & Other to name a few; his biggest hit so far was undoubtedly his debut EP on DFTD 'When I Play This Record' suggested as the 'biggest underground record of Ibiza 2014' by DMC. 'I love everything, from soul to blues to rock and more. I got into house music quite late...' Since then 'MWAC' shows no signs of slowing down, in 2015 he launched his own label 'Clueless Music' and with his forthcoming EP 'Bless Her Soul' on Defected Records; we decided to catch up with him find out more about how his musical taste has been shaped, his production methods and what plans he has for the future.
Raoul Chatterjee has joined the team at SoundCloud as a Director of Content Partnerships based out of London, as of January 18. Raoul comes to SoundCloud from 7digital Group where he served as SVP of Music, and he previously ran the commercial division of Warner Music UK as their SVP of Commercial. Raoul will be act as a key part of SoundCloud's growth efforts as we roll out our monetization efforts globally and continue to expand On SoundCloud - our partnership program for creators that represents over 25,000 labels via partnerships with key players, including Merlin, Warner Music Group and most recently, Universal Music Group. His key responsibilities will include: * Setting strategy and priorities for the content partnerships group * Monitoring the competitive landscape to inform strategic thinking and planning * Creating analytical deal negotiations frameworks * Developing and analyzing business models to support deal negotiations * Leading deal negotiations with potential partners Another positive step forward for the recently under-fire SoundCloud.
SFX Entertainment's financial saga took a couple turns this week when the company followed up a loan default with the announcement of new financing. The troubled EDM promoter revealed Friday it raised $20 million 'for itself and certain of its operating subsidiaries, obtaining capital for its working and general corporate purposes.' Those were the only details released. More information will be given in an SEC filing that had not been released by midday Friday. SFX Considering Bankruptcy, Debt Restructuring and Asset Sales Friday's announcement followed SFX''s announcement on Wednesday it had defaulted on a $10.8 million loan because it missed a $3 million interest payment that was due on January 4. The entire amount of the loan, plus interest that is now accruing at 10 percent per year, is due immediately. We are keeping a close eye on this story and will update where possible.
It's easy to think that records suddenly appear in shops, isn't it, arriving via some kind of stork fresh from a stint down at Oval Space, that a tune zips from a hard drive to Hard Wax just like that. We let ourselves believe that myth because, well, it's easier than thinking about all the hard work that goes into someone's dream becoming a physical, or digital, reality. The guys over at Label Worx treat things a little differently and given that they oversee everything from worldwide distribution to pre-release promo campaign tools and royalty management software for independent labels like Richie Hawtin's Minus, that's not surprising. We asked the guys behind the service to whip us into shape as we enter 2016 feeling a little flabby. 1) Aim to Achieve that Dream Physique : 'First things first, your social media is your storefront and it's the first thing people will check out when looking to sign a record with you. Look busy and, most importantly, look professional - use targeted posts to reach your fans with original content. If all your branding is on point, it will translate into sales and more fans. Hopefully.' 2) Don't Forget to Warm Up : 'Everyone thinks they can smash out a marathon straight after waking up, having a fag, a bacon roll and a coffee, but honestly, it is important to warm up. Plan ahead - like any good fitness regime, it's important that you work out exactly what you're going to be doing, and how. It's easy to get in the habit of putting a release out two weeks after its been signed just to fill a gap; this is one of the worst ways of running a label and your music will be lost in the thousands of releases that appear on stores and streaming platforms daily. Aim to work three to six months ahead and ensure you have your artwork, press write ups, marketing plans and press strategies all in place weeks before. This will give you time to approach your distributor who can inform the stores that you're working on a well thought out release. If you do all that properly you're much more likely to get a feature and have the store's support this way. We like to think we've got a pretty good grasp on all that. Even if we do still enjoy a coffee and a bacon roll.' 3) Get a Solid Routine Going : 'Account on time, even if your label earns very little money. Artists love to receive a royalty statement on time, even if it has little or no money owed to them. It shows you're on top of your game and work professionally. This gives artists another reason to sign their music to you. There are plenty of ways to get ahead with your royalty accounting and you've got to get on top of it early.' 4) Don't Forget Leg Day : 'It's easy to concentrate on the newest tracks that sit at the top of the release list, but try not to forget about those releases propping everything else up. It's a great idea to recycle your old catalogue so that your older releases don't get forgotten. We have a tool called the mighty 'Bundle Builder' which allows you to re-use your catalogue and create new releases. Your fans love compilations featuring 10 or more tracks, complete with a continuous mix for the gym (perfect for getting yourself in shape whilst you're getting your label in shape). Keep the price reasonable to entice your customers. After all, one sale of £6 or £7 is better than one sale of 99p.' 5) Stand Out from the Crowd With Some Hi-Vis Gear : 'It might seem less important than the music itself, but you need to have decent artwork. If you want people to listen to your music, you need to look good visually and stand out from everything else on a storefront. A lot of people go online to buy something from an artist they know and they'll know what they are looking for. Do something different and stand out from the rest with some clear, bold artwork; it also helps if you can easily change designs between releases whilst still being recognisable as a brand.' 6) Always Warm Down : 'It's easy to think that once you've done all the hard work, like picking the music and getting it to stores, that you can relax and let things work out by themselves. This is bad practice - make time for your label, your record label is your business. Make time to get things done and add tasks to your calendar. Whether it's daily or weekly, there are a whole bunch of housekeeping tasks that need taking care of all the time, whether that's demo checking, social media management, gathering feedback, uploading releases, admin work... the list goes on.' Do all that and you, and your label, will look a little like Arnie. Maybe. Hopefully. Possibly...
In 2015, overall US music consumption tracked by Nielsen Music grew 15.2 percent to 549.4 million track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums, a 93% increase. The UK now follows an increasingly familiar European narrative of strong streaming growth helping bring total markets back to growth. Sales revenue increased 3.5% to reach £1.1 billion while total streams increased by 85% to reach 53.7 billion, with audio stream representing 49.9% of that total. Crucially for those in the music industry, this rapid increase in streaming doesn't come without a cost. While streams increased by 257% between 2013 and 2015, download sales decreased by 23%. And of course the vast majority of that streaming volume came from free streams, not paid. There are a number of theories. One from MusicWatch's Russ Crupnick claims about 50 million of the 120 million people using music audio and video streaming sites won't pay to stream - the remainder will be difficult to reach.
Dance music has grown faster than any other genre in the world of streaming, industry figures show. According to the Official Charts Company and BPI, audio streams are double what they were last year. It is thought acts like Disclosure and Years & Years along with heritage artists like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers are responsible for the trend. As well as sales, the survey shows general habits of dance fans. The research from January to October 2015 shows that UK acts now account for half of all dance music (albums, singles and streams) consumed in the UK for those 10 months. Meanwhile, Radio 1 has just added some new names to its Residency dance music programmes. Music producers Steve Angello, Oliver Heldens, Nina Kraviz, Dub Phizix & Strategy and Kode9 are among the names joining the team. The BPI says that house and garage music combined accounted for almost half (48%) of digital and physical singles sold in the first 10 months of 2015.
Apple has raised the prices for handheld devices in Germany following a deal between the tech industry and content producers that will benefit musicians, actors and pornographic filmmakers. The California-based company confirmed in a statement Sunday to The Associated Press that the price increase affecting iPhones and iPads is linked to the new copyright levy. Apple, Samsung and others agreed last month to pay 5-7 euros ($5.50-$7.70) for each smartphone or tablet imported to Germany. The money will be distributed among creative professionals, including a group representing 'creators, producers and acting artists of erotic and pornographic films.' The agreement is based on a 1965 German law that allows consumers to make private copies of sound, images or texts in return for a small levy on the device.
Our SoundCloud upload tool has proven to be an essential tool for a huge amount of labels that we work with. We have now added another update to this tool which allows you to schedule when a track sample is uploaded and available for preview on your SoundCloud. Adding scheduling features to our tools has allowed you to lower your admin time. Scheduling your promo sends, YouTube video uploads and now SoundCloud sample uploads at the time of uploading your release for promo or distribution will leave less room for error and free up more of your time to sign quality music.
DJ Live stream and Label Worx partner Chew.tv have launched a campaign on Seedrs. The campaign is designed for lovers of their brand to buy shares into their unique business model. Using Chew, Bedroom DJs can share their mixes, while building and engaging a global fanbase. They can also learn from the professionals who are using Chew to broadcast from studios, educational facilities and events across the world. Find out more here...https://www.seedrs.com/chew
Traxsource have put together their own chart of they deem the top 100 house DJs on Traxsource and we are very pleased to say a big well done to all the artists involved, especially to the artists featuring on releases handled by Label Worx this year, AM2PM, Man WIthout A Clue, Vanilla Ace, Roger Sanchez, Bronx Cheer, The Deepshakerz, Dirty Secretz, Demarkus Lewis, Rae, DJOKO, Ben Delay, Kenny Dope, Electronic Youth, Robosonic and finally Purple Disco Machine who took 1st place. Head over to Traxsource and see who mate the cut this year.
Since it's launch in November last year, Demo Worx has rapidly become an essential service for hundreds of independent labels worldwide. Many high profile labels such as Cr2, Sleazy Deep, Toolroom and Vicious have all got on board recently, and with our Demo Track tool are easily managing thousands of demos each week. The simplicity and features allow them to quickly preview & reply to artists who submit demos much quicker than before, whilst finding those hidden gems fast to sign! At Label Worx we have always listened to customer feedback and in response have just introduced some great updates & new features to make Demo Worx even better. SoundCloud Link Support - It is now possible for artists to submit demos via sending just a SoundCloud link. This feature can be turned on or off at a labels discretion, but when enabled a full SoundCloud player will appear directly in the Demo Tracker tool when an artist sends a link. You can listen, review, comment and reply to the artist as normal. Force Private SoundCloud Links - Some labels who want to receive SoundCloud links want to ensure that those links are private. If this setting is enabled (completely optional) then when we check and validate the SoundCloud link, we will only accept those that are private. This stops artists sending you links to tracks that have been in the public domain and already heard by many listeners online. Email Export - The Email Export feature turns Demo Worx into a powerful data collection tool, allowing you to export the email addresses of anyone who submits a demo. After all, these artists are part of your target audience for newsletters, label updates and other information. Beatport Verified - When an artist submits a demo and includes a link to their Beatport Artist page, this will flag up in the Demo Tracker. This gives you the ability to look at a list of demos and easily see those demos which come from artists with a proven track record. We hope you like this batch of updates, more updates will be coming shortly.
Beatport have put together a collection of playlists featuring the most popular dance tracks across all genres and it's great to see some of our labels appear in these playlists. We would like to say well done to Enhanced, Minus, Definitive, Exploited, This Ain't Bristol & Chapter 24 who have featured across these playlists.
The Toolroom Academy is a new suite of online production courses launched in conjunction with Faderpro. One of the reasons they have decided to launch the Academy is because over the years, one thing they've done successfully well is nurture talent. As a record label, they have always prided themselves in developing quality artists - they've been instrumental in developing artists like Dave Spoon (Shadowchild), Fedde Le Grand, Funkagenda and Hardwell, from the early days in their careers. More recently they've been busy building the new generation of Toolroom talent - the likes of Adrian Hour, Weiss, Rene Amesz, Prok & Fitch. 'Nurturing talent is what we do best, so we're ready to translate and pass on some of this A&R knowledge with the Toolroom Academy', Says Mark Knight. Toolroom know that there are already a thousand online production tutorials that exist online. But theirs are going to be different in a number of ways. Firstly - you're only going to be taught by real artists - producers who have actually made successful records, released with big labels, who have really seen success in their careers. Secondly, they are going to get really granular with their courses. They are going to be in-depth, advanced and crucially based around the sound Toolroom is known for. If you want to learn how to make the kind of music Toolroom stands for and release, this is the place to come. Finally, They know making music is not just about technical proficiency. It's about creativity, it's about the person - so they're also going under the skin of some of their artists, to really find out how they get creative inspiration.
Google is facing a never-ending flood of takedown requests from copyright holders, breaking record after record. The company currently processes a record breaking 1,500 links to 'pirate' pages from its search results every minute, which is a 100% increase compared to last year. In recent years copyright holders have flooded Google with DMCA takedown notices, asking the company to delete links to pirated content. The number of requests issued has increased dramatically. In 2011, the search engine received only a few hundred takedown notices per day, but in the same period it now processes more than two million 'pirate' links. This translates to 1,500 links per minute, or 25 per second, and is double the amount being handled last year around the same time. The graph below illustrates the continuing increase.