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We're pleased to Welcome Michael to the Label Worx team.

Our News   /   March 15th, 2019

We're pleased to Welcome Michael to the Label Worx team.

We are pleased to welcome Michael Allison as our Content & Support Assistant. Michael has 5 years experience in digital marketing, planning and optimising YouTube, Bing, Facebook, Google Adwords and Display campaigns for well known UK brands such as Amazon, Coop and the NHS. Michael will be helping the support team with upcoming releases, helping manage YouTube content disputes + claims as well as approving labels and releases. Welcome to the team, Michael!

Microsoft Drives One Final Nail Into Its Groove Music Streaming Service

Industry News   /   March 22nd, 2019

Microsoft Drives One Final Nail Into Its Groove Music Streaming Service

Groove Music has been on life support ever since Microsoft ended the Groove Music Pass in 2017. Today, Microsoft put the final nail in the coffin on its Groove Music service. The company officially announced that Groove Music OneDrive streaming will end on March 31st. Microsoft posted a new FAQ page on its support site, stating that OneDrive music streaming in Groove Music will be retired at the end of the month. Tracks stored in OneDrive can still be played using the web player, but you can no longer stream them from the cloud in Groove Music.

Masterminding Marshmello: How do we turn this into the next Disney?

Industry News   /   March 21st, 2019

Masterminding Marshmello: How do we turn this into the next Disney?

MBW's World's Greatest Managers series profiles the best artist managers in the global business. This time, we speak to Moe Shalizi, manager of hugely successful DJ, Marshmello, and founder of The Shalizi Group. The World's Greatest Managers is supported by Centtrip Music, the FX and banking solutions provider - which helps artists, managers and music businesses obtain an optimum currency exchange deal.

Silly Music: Anti-establishment artists are reclaiming dance music's funny side

Industry News   /   March 19th, 2019

Silly Music: Anti-establishment artists are reclaiming dance music's funny side

Artists are using humour to fight back against monotony in music and beyond. For all its pretentious tendencies, UK dance music was formed with an air of silliness to it. Prodigy anthems took us to outer space with a 'boing' and The KLF mocked music industry absurdity to acid house. The Illegal Rave mixtape series gave us Olympic-themed, Madonna-sampling hardcore in Dry & Roasted's 'It's Like a Dream', and as compiled by Ian McQuaid in 'TV Themes In The Rave', everything from choir boy anthems (X Project's 'Walking in the Air') to the Emmerdale theme tune (Hardcore Rhythm Team's 'Ragga Clash') were made hardcore throughout the '90s.

We're pleased to Welcome Laura to the Label Worx team.

Our News   /   March 12th, 2019

We're pleased to Welcome Laura to the Label Worx team.

We are pleased to welcome Laura Holness as our Social Media and Marketing Assistant. Laura has recently graduated from university with a marketing related degree. Whilst she has also worked within social media and marketing for a couple of years, having gained valid experience. Keep your eyes on all our platforms as Laura will be bringing a fresh look to Label Worx. Keeping you up to date with all label related news as well as entertaining and exciting new projects. Welcome to the team, Laura!

Spotify will come pre-installed on millions of new Samsung devices

Industry News   /   March 12th, 2019

Spotify will come pre-installed on millions of new Samsung devices

Spotify will come pre-installed on millions of new Samsung mobile devices starting (March 8).

Never too much?: The secret DJ on how to avoid burnout

Industry News   /   March 11th, 2019

Never too much?: The secret DJ on how to avoid burnout

Dear Secret DJ. I'm aware of the risks of burning out but I'm having some success in getting bookings right now and I just can't bring myself to say no to gigs. It's not that I'm greedy for money (I don't think so, anyway) but I feel like, 'what if this demand doesn't last'? How many gigs are too many? Is it OK to say no, and how do I learn to say it? M, Miami

Ask yourself, are you really ready for Press & PR?

Industry News   /   February 28th, 2019

Ask yourself, are you really ready for Press & PR?

So, you've signed a huge track, the artwork is on point and you've got the release set up to hit every store and streaming platform - that's the easy part. The million-dollar question is how do you make it a success? Of course, there is no easy answer (otherwise we'd all be millionaires) but there are plenty of things you can be doing to help market your music and brand. One of the things we often get asked about is whether investing in a PR campaign is a good idea and if so, how do you make the most out of it?

The Label Worx Guide to Miami Music Week!

Industry News   /   February 28th, 2019

The Label Worx Guide to Miami Music Week!

In case you hadn't realised, it's almost time for the entire electronic music industry to descend on Miami for what is one of our favourite weeks of the year. The Winter Music Conference (WMC) and Miami Music Week (MMW) take place at the same time and are an opportunity to get yourself out there and actually meet people. It's easy to forget that there's an entire world beyond the email inbox, but we can't emphasise just how productive it can be when you're meeting people face-to-face (and hitting the odd pool party too, obvs). If you've thought ahead, you should have your flight booked and somewhere to stay planned - what next? We've done our fair share of Miami trips so here's a few tips on how to make the most of your week.

Tony Pike, founder and legend of Pikes Hotel Ibiza, has died.

Industry News   /   February 25th, 2019

Tony Pike, founder and legend of Pikes Hotel Ibiza, has died.

Tony Pike, Ibiza icon and founder of the infamous Pikes Hotel, has died. He was 85 this year. Pike passed away over the weekend following an ongoing fight against prostate and skin cancer.

Have you registered for Beatport Hype?

Our News   /   February 15th, 2019

Have you registered for Beatport Hype?

WHAT IS BEATPORT HYPE? Beatport Hype is the ultimate promotional platform, enabling you to grow your label and get it maximum exposure. If your label earns less than $10,000 a year, you are entitled to sign up for Hype. Some of the main benefits of this include: - Charting in the HYPE Top 100 will sustain your label's growth. - More sales increase your Beatport followers. - Potential selection of banners & release tiles for your tracks. - Supported Marketing and Social Media campaigns. - Monthly newsletter with tips & tricks from Beatport label team. Beatport Hype costs just 9.99 USD / 9.99 EUR / 14.99 AUD / 7.99 Per month, once your free trial expires. You can cancel at any time.

Great A&R... The key to a successful label

Label News   /   February 14th, 2019

Great A&R... The key to a successful label

A&R (or artists & repertoire) might sound like something that you only associate with major labels and movies - you know, the cliche smooth-talking guy in a suit that turns up and offers a life-changing record deal to save the day. In real life though, A&R is much more than this, it is the backbone of your label and getting this essential element right will lay the foundations for a successful business. First things first: what exactly is A&R? In layman's terms, it's the process of finding, signing, managing and promoting your label's catalogue. But that's the easy part - the tricky part is to do it well. Our head of A&R, Simon Birkumshaw, has shared a few key things to keep in mind when signing music: - Have a plan (and stick to it) - You need to work out what your brand is - your sound and your image are important and the music you sign needs to represent that in every way - Do your research - Has the artist released on other labels? What is their social media presence like? Will They help work the release with you? What can they bring to the table? - Take your time - You don't need to sign everything you get sent as soon as you hear it. A track might sound different tomorrow or after a few listens - if you're not getting the same buzz about it a week down the line, is it really right for your label? - Think about the future - Once the track has been released, is there potential to exploit it in other ways away from your usual market to turn it into a valuable asset in the long-term? This could mean anything from licensing the track for use on other mediums, or simply creating shorter edits so that it is more appropriate for streaming platforms. - Data is king - When was the last time you checked the back end of Label Worx? You have access to a wealth of information about the sales and streaming figures for your releases which is updated daily - why not use it in your A&R process? Did that marketing campaign that you paid out for have an effect on sales? Which artists have done well on streaming sites and could be worth a follow-up release? There's a lot of potential if you apply the information to the bigger picture. - Be organised - You will potentially have a lot of demos to deal with, and each of those submissions will require an amount of your time to research and respond appropriately We know that people like to send labels music in all sorts of ways, and it can be hard to keep track of everything you're being sent across 8 different channels. So, to streamline this process, we have a service called Demo Worx which provides a single portal for you to manage and respond to demos from your laptop and even your phone. We'd be here all day listing every single feature, but. - You can set essential information that people need to include with submissions in a simple form, to save you time researching previous releases, social media presence etc. - You can mark off tracks you like to come back to later, and you can reply to submissions you don't like with pre-written replies to save time. - You can even share potential demos with team members to get second opinions and leave notes on tracks. And this all can be merged seamlessly into your website and social media channels. We understand the A&R process better than anyone and our Demo Worx tool was built from the ground up by A&R specialists to make the process easy for everyone involved. If it's something you think you might improve your label, please contact one of the team who will be able to provide some more information.

Tidal lets users mute artists and tracks

Industry News   /   February 13th, 2019

Tidal lets users mute artists and tracks

TIDAL has become the latest streaming company to allow users to block artists. The company's announcement follows last month's news that it was adding a block feature its platform. According to TIDAL, specific artists and tracks can now be muted in its 'algorithmically curated' playlists, My Mix (which was launched in December) and Artist and Track Radio. To remove specific content from the playlists, users can press a block icon that will appear on the 'playing' page. Once the block icon button is selected, either the specific track can be blocked or users can choose to mute the artist's entire catalog. Playlists will then skip the current track, and remove the content from all Artist and Track Radio and My Mixes playlists immediately. Blocked content can be reviewed in TIDAL's settings, where blocked artists can be unblocked.

Giorgio Moroder: 'I do not like being called the Godfather of electronic music'.

Artist News   /   February 12th, 2019

Giorgio Moroder: 'I do not like being called the Godfather of electronic music'.

Giorgio Moroder has given a wide-ranging interview ahead of his first-ever live tour, which is due to begin in April. Speaking to The Guardian, he revealed that he doesn't like the tag of 'the godfather of disco and electronic music' that he's picked up over the years. 'It's better than being called the grandfather, but I still don't like it,' he added. He also reveals in the interview that he was never particularly a fan of going to clubs or dancing. Speaking about the 1977 hit 'I Feel Love' that he made with Donna Summer, he claims that it's not an ideal track for dancing to. 'Can you dance to it? I don't even like dancing, but my wife dances quite well a lot,' he says, before offering that he makes good club music precisely because he doesn't go to clubs. Giorgio Moroder will embark on his first ever live tour on April 1st.

Apple's HomePod accounts for just 6% of installed smart speaker use in the US

Industry News   /   February 7th, 2019

Apple's HomePod accounts for just 6% of installed smart speaker use in the US

Apple's HomePod makes up just 6% of all smart speakers installed in the US. Amazon Echo, on the other hand, has a 70% share of the installed base, with Google Home at 24%. That's according to a new report published today (February 5) by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP). CIRP analysis indicates that the US installed base of smart speaker devices is 66 million units, up from 53m units in September 2018 and 36m units in December 2017. The number of owners with more than one smart speaker has also increased significantly in the past year with 35% of owners of all smart speakers as of the December 2018 quarter owning more than one, compared to 18% in December 2017. CIRP bases its findings on its survey of 500 US owners of Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, surveyed from January 1-11, 2019, who owned one of these devices as of December 31, 2018. Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP said: 'Holiday shoppers helped the smart speaker market take off again. 'Relative market shares have remained fairly stable, with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod accounting for consistent shares over the past few quarters. 'Amazon and Google both have broad model lineups, ranging from basic to high-end, with even more variants from Amazon. 'Apple, of course, has only its premium-priced HomePod, and likely won't gain significant share until it offers an entry-level product closer to Echo Dot and Home mini.' Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP added: 'Amazon and Google have succeeded in selling multiple units to a single household. 'Their strategies appear to include persuading owners to use smart speakers in multiple rooms, which helps create more active use of the voice platform. And, Google has mostly caught up to Amazon in this strategy. 'A year ago, almost twice the percentage of Amazon Echo users had multiple units as Google Home users. Now, about one-third of both Amazon Echo and Google Home users have multiple units.'

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