Beatport will again deliver its Annual Report during the Brighton Music Conference. This will be taken place Thursday 26th April at 3pm in Seminar Area 3. If you are going BMC and would like to attend the summit please complete the following form; Label Summit Registration Label Worx also have an exclusive discount code for Label Worx clients. This gives you a 30% discount off the price of a pro ticket using code bmc18_pro_30_lw at the checkout.
We are pleased to welcome Reece Sheppard to our Label Management team. Reece has a keen eye for impeccable data management as well as a phenomenal knowledge of all things from house and techno, to jungle & D&B. Reece will be joining Connor, James, David and Nathan to ensure your labels, releases and day to day support are handled as quickly and efficiently as possible. Welcome to the team Reece!
Label Worx is delighted to announce that we have entered into a deal with Facebook to work with, develop and implement a rights management and royalty payment/reporting system. During the first phase, Facebook will not report royalties but will be developing products which cover personal & non-commercial use of sound recordings within user posted videos and live user streaming within the Facebook network. Facebook is not launching an on-demand music service comparable with e.g. YouTube, Spotify, Apple or Amazon Music and the above products are subject to various limitations. Important : Whitelisting Label Worx need to provide details of all artist and label Facebook / Instagram accounts that they wish to whitelist. Artist Page Whitelisting To whitelist your artist pages, within the Label Worx LMS please go to; 1. Artists > Artist List 2. Click on the Artist name you wish to update 3. Scroll down to 'Social Networking Links' and enter the links 4. Click Apply Label Page Whitelisting To whitelist your label pages, within the Label Worx LMS please go to; 1. Labels > Record Labels 2. Click on the Label you wish to update 3. Scroll down to 'Social Networking' and enter the links 4. Click Apply Please note: Whitelisting will prevent any videos uploaded to these pages, containing licensed content, from being claimed by the rights holder (i.e. this will prevent artist/label uploads from being blocked). Uploaded content will be subject to Facebook's standard terms and conditions. This is a really exciting development and we are looking forward to working with Facebook.
I do hope you didn't eat too much chocolate over the Easter break. Because the music biz is going to need to find some room for popcorn as we watch Spotify's IPO unfold this week. The prospect of the world's biggest music streaming service going public holds lots of potential ramifications for the industry, as our report in the latest issue of Music Week illustrates. But Daniel Ek and co aren't the only ones who should be pondering the future this week. Because how the biz distributes its dividends from the Spotify float will do an awful lot to frame its relationships with artists in the years to come. All three majors and Merlin have pledged to share any windfall from selling their equity stakes with their artists and label members, and some companies have also pledged to pass on money to distributed labels. So far, no one is saying when, or even if, they plan to actually sell those stakes. Timing will, of course, be pretty crucial; with a potential $20 billion+ valuation, selling too early or too late could conceivably cost those artists a small fortune. But that's not even the trickiest part. The basis on which money is distributed will be enough to test the finest strategists (and accountants) in the biz. Do you divvy up the cash on the basis of current performance, or over the entire time that the stakes have been held? How do you compensate a newer artist with a few streaming megahits versus a heritage act with a vast catalogue that ticks over nicely? And so on. No one's expecting it to be easy, but it's going to require a whole new level of transparency and cooperation from labels. After all, this is a process that not only needs to be done, but needs to be seen to be done. Pass the popcorn, please.
Over the last couple of year. Brighton Music Conference has grown into the UK's premier, industry conference for music junkies and Britains finest dance music acts, label owners and performers. We will be attending on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th of April. You can also catch our VP of Artists, Content & Labels 'Dom Kerley' speaking on the 'Streaming - Best practices & how to make it work for you' panel on Friday at 13:15 in the Professional Theatre.
Last week Traxsource announced we would be updating our prices, and we are very happy to report that we have just completed that update today. Here is what they had to say... First, we want to say a massive thank you for your amazing feedback. We recognize that the success of Traxsource is tied directly to the success of each and every label, product and artist we represent and our goal is always to ensure the best result for our Content Partners. Overwhelmingly the feedback we received was positive and thoughtful and we appreciate your support so thank you very much. We would like to take this opportunity to announce an adjustment based on your feedback and to provide a clarification: 1- The 'Classic' price tier has been adjusted to be effective on releases more than 90 days old. Thank you for your feedback, we heard you and agree that 36 days is too soon so we have changed this to 90 days. This will extend the premium valuation for your new products with the automatic price reduction to the 'Classic' tier on a more appropriate timetable. 2- The 'Package Prices' refer to Releases, Albums, Compilations etc & not our 'Bundles'. Some of you expressed concerns over our DJ Charts and other 'Bundles' at the package prices we outlined. To clarify - every single DJ chart, Essentials List, or any other bundle created by Traxsource does not offer any price breaks - no matter how big the track listing is. The 'Package Prices' apply only to Singles, Albums, EPs and Compilations as delivered to us by you. We hope this clarifies the 'Package Price' columns. Finally, we want to alert you that as of today, our official 'Online Exhibit C End-User Price List'has been updated to reflect the new prices outlined last week. You may view the revised Exhibit C within the Label & Content System. Thank you, The Traxsource Team
At Label Worx we are always developing new features to help our labels streamline their processes, which is why we have introduced a 'Copy' tool. This tool essentially duplicates a release in your release list. With the rapid growth of streaming services over the past few years, it has become common practice for labels to tailor their releases for different stores and markets. For example, original and extended mixes can be sent to the download stores whilst radio edits are sent to the streaming services.
You may have noticed that recently Beatport have started building playlists on Spotify and driving fans to them. So why is Beatport on Spotify i hear you ask? Here is what they had to say; 'Streaming is the new normal, and not just for consumers. We regularly hear from our DJ customers who use Spotify to discover and preview new music at full-length before making a qualified, high-quality purchase on Beatport. Beatport-curated Spotify playlists are a value-add to our close relationships with independent labels, showcasing the best new music that's hit the store. Each week, our dedicated curation team handpicks the must-hear tracks out now across Beatport's various genre categories. We're building the most reliable, up-to-the-minute place to discover the latest and best dance music on Spotify. Sales and streams complement each other. Curated playlists are part of an ongoing mission to improve the Beatport experience for our customers, while ensuring the best new music gets the attention it deserves.' Beatport playlists are fully editorial and when pitching for a feature on Beatport this will now be considered for their Spotify playlists. Follow Beatport of Spotify
Traditionally if you wanted to create bespoke clothing and other merchandise for your label, you've probably baulked at the costs involved, or been intimidated by the minimum runs associated with printing a t-shirt emblazoned with your carefully designed label logo. Well, we're happy to say that the days of forking out serious cash to get some label gear sorted are behind us, as we've teamed up with Everpress to bring freedom to your merch needs. Everpress offers you a simple way to create quality - and potentially profitable - merchandise worldwide, making it super easy to connect with fans, promote your brand and sell beautiful custom products instantly, with no upfront costs. The process is extremely straightforward: once you have your design you can send direct to Everpress or upload it yourself to their campaign builder. Next, choose your garments, how much you want to sell them for and launch your campaign, which is effectively a pop up shop). Then share the link with your social audience and collect pre-orders for the duration of the campaign, which can run anything from 1 to 30 days. As the sales roll in, you can view the live sales statistics and your projected profits in your dashboard. Then at the end of the campaign, Everpress print all the orders in one batch and ship directly to your fans worldwide. Best of all, the minimum run is just five items, so there's no risk of sinking a load of money into stock you may struggle to shift. Profits are paid seven days after the campaign finishes, and if there are any customer service questions or issues with delivery fans come directly to Everpress, so you won't have to spend any time fielding queries from your customers. Two types of printing are offered: screen printing or DTG Printing, the latter of which is highly recommended for full colour designs and intricately-detailed images. There's a huge range of garments to choose from, including long and short sleeve t-shirts, vests, sweatshirts and hoodies, while Everpress also give you helpful guides on how to make sure your artwork is print-ready, and even offer marketing tips on how best to promote your range.
We've teamed up with the new radio tracking service to offer all users a 10% discount. One of the biggest challenges faced by independent labels is actually keeping track of who's playing your music globally. You might be able to check the odd tracklist here or there, or have a good enough relationship with a few DJs than they let you know when they've given your latest release a spin, but with thousands of radio stations across the world potentially having access to your releases, it can often be an impossible - or incredibly expensive - task. WARM is a new Danish initiative set to shake up the industry by tackling exactly this challenge. With WARM, artists at any level can now easily get detailed insight into when and where their song is being played around the world, the website and app providing accurate real-time data, detailed downloadable reports and clear geographical maps displaying gathered info on radio airplays. By pinpointing exactly in which territories a song is being played, artists and their teams can use the increased transparency to improve their royalty collection as well as their overall marketing strategy, including optimizing social media and radio promotion, enabling geographically targeted tour booking and targeting fans and followers in other countries and cities. WARM - an acronym for World Airplay Radio Monitor, - launched in April 2017 in Denmark. It's founder, Jesper Skibsby, is a veteran of the Danish music industry and heads up the team in Copenhagen, with WARM currently monitoring more than 23.000 FM, DAB and online radio stations in 130 countries: approximately 70% more stations than the three biggest rival services combined. WARM envisions a more democratic music industry and is working towards this by offering affordable access to airplay data for independents, levelling the playing field in an area of the industry where previously information was only accessible to the major players. WARM is the first company to offer monitoring of radio airplay on specific songs on a truly global scale. It delivers information in real time and at a price that any bedroom artist can afford. Using WARM is as simple as buying a subscription, uploading a song and you're good to go. The first song a user uploads is free for the first month and after that the price is just
London based duo Tough Love have rapidly risen through the ranks of the house scene over the last few years. Their distinct productions together with energetic and bass-heavy DJ sets have created a cult following of hard-core fans across the UK and beyond. Tough Love's Alex & Stef have been championed for their remixing ability and their penchant to make fun, '90s inspired house records. Support has already come in from the dance music tastemakers over at BBC Radio 1 - with the likes of Danny Howard and Annie Mac both labelling Tough Love as an act to look out for in the coming year.
Apple Music's paying subscriber base has surpassed 36m worldwide - a figure which remains about half the size of Spotify's equivalent premium audience. The news means that Apple has slightly increased its average month-on-month net subscriber additions over the past quarter. The last semi-official announcement from Apple Music arrived when Jimmy Iovine confirmed the service had topped 30m subscribers at the end of September last year. Today's update, care of the Wall Street Journal, means that platform has since added 6m subs in under five months - just over 1.2m every four weeks. That still lags slightly behind Spotify's recent average. Daniel Ek's company announced it had reached 70m paying subscribers last month. That meant that it had added an average of 2m subscriber per month across an unbroken 10 month period. However, according to the WSJ, it's s a different story in the US - where Apple is set to overtake Spotify's total subscriber base this summer. Apple's subscriber-account base in the U.S. has been growing about 5% monthly, versus Spotify's 2% clip, reports the newspaper. This is all good news for artists and record labels, of course - but, then again, perhaps not as good as they might argue it could be. If every subscriber in Apple and Spotify's most up-to-date combined subs base (106m) were shelling out the US standard $9.99-per-month price, the two services combined would be turning over a whopping $12.7bn across a 12 month period. Sadly for rights-holders, it doesn't work that way. Not only do territorial differences greatly affect prices, but Apple and Spotify have recently both used discounted packages such as student and family prices to lure customers in the quest to quickly ramp up their subscriber bases. Because of discounts like these, MBW discovered last summer that the average global Spotify subscriber in 2016 was paying around $5 per month - half the standard $9.99-per-month cost many people reference when referring to subscription on-demand streaming. That equated to an average annual spend from 2016 Spotify subscribers of just $61 - some $30 cheaper than the equivalent average Spotify subscriber was paying as recently as 2013.
As one of the 90's most iconic releases, 'My Name' needs no introduction - flipping such a classic R&B anthem into a modern day Dance record bears a weighty burden, thankfully Enhanced debutants Maxim Schunk and Raven & Kreyn's take with the talented BISHOP on vocals delivers an undeniably infectious rework. Bringing crisp, layered piano leads around taut pads & punchy percussion, 'My Name' is completely transformed into a rolling, dancefloor-ready anthem brimming with the iconic Original's rousing energy whilst injecting modern Dance characteristics, extracting a contagious dose of 90's nostalgia.
The music streaming giant stated in a blog post that remixers will now receive credit for their remixes by having the streams count towards their monthly listeners. While this only applies to remixes that were published post-2015, this is a major change for the platform. The remixers can also appear in Popular and Latest Releases sections on their respective profiles. This is a feature that launched last October but has remained exclusive to the original artists - not remixers. In the same blog post, Spotify spoke with Little Louie Vega about this major change. He stated, 'I don't think the normal person gets it. But somebody in the dance scene or the hip-hop scene, they understand what a remix is. But even then I don't think most people realize how much would go into creating a remix. The perfect way to show somebody - let's say one of my family members said, 'what do you do when you remix a record?' So I'll say, 'Listen to the original and now listen to my remix. What you hear right here, that's not in the original. That's what I did.' Remixers will also gain much deeper insights. The quick result for remixers is a deeper focus on where their music is being played, and how their fans are engaging with their music. The move comes just months before Spotify goes public. Or even, the streaming giant could debut within a month, depending on how the winds blow. In late December of 2017, Spotify filed its private registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to the New York Times, Spotify is pursuing a direct listing for its shares - meaning no money is raised or new stocks are issued. But investors and insiders are able to freely trade on a liquid exchange. The alternative would save the company millions in underwriting fees - though experts are torn on whether this is genius or stock exchange kamikaze. Let's see how big of a thud this makes. The New York Times goes on to state that this 'would be the most prominent music-related listing since Pandora Media's public offering in 2011 and would recognize Spotify as a transformative force in the music industry.'
LA-based DJ, producer and Label Worx client Latroit has been awarded a Grammy for his remix of Depeche Mode. With three years of A-list DJ, Radio, and Playlist support under his belt, the Detroit born multi-instrumentalist is evolving naturally into the upper echelon of Electronic Music Producers. The recent Grammy win for his work with Depeche Mode - remixing the venerable Electronic Pop pioneers' song 'You Move' - is a truly rare and revered honour for any artist. To find out how he was feeling in the wake of this very highest of accolades, we caught up with him for a quick chat.
Earn commission as an official representative of an industry leader Since 2007 Label Worx has been the leading provider of digital services for dance music record labels, providing unrivalled tools and services. Our passion for the dance music industry and an addiction for impeccably accurate data management is what sets Label Worx apart from the rest. Now as the business continues to expand, we're recruiting passionate, experienced people to officially represent Label Worx. If you're already familiar with us, love what we do and find yourself recommending our services to other people, Label Worx Represent may be the perfect way to gain experience, further widen your contacts and earn money at the same time by helping us grow our family of incredible labels. There are different structures of commission for bringing in new clients, based on label turnover, deal and duration agreed, with bonuses paid after 6/12months if agreed projections are met. And as Label Worx grows, there may also be full-time positions available for representatives who excel. See first-hand what It's like working with the planets biggest dance music distributor: It's time to Represent
Do you love Dance and Electronic Music? Looking to start a career in the music industry, if yes a job with Label Worx could be perfect for you. We are expanding our team and currently looking for hardworking people who have a passionate interest in Dance music and club culture to join our growing team at our Hull based headquarters. Internal training is provided where required and there are opportunities to progress further within the company. Since 2007, Hull-based Label Worx has specialised in providing leading, cutting-edge digital tools and services to independent records labels worldwide. Working with more than 8000 record labels in 144 countries, Label Worx is the biggest dance music distributor on the planet. Please note. you MUST live within commuting range of our Kingston Upon-Hull Headquarters to apply for this position.
New year, new start: an opportunity to implement the many changes that are going to transform you into a fitter, happier, more productive person. At least that's what you tell yourself for the first month, before falling back into the same old habits that got you to this point of self-reflection in the first place. For the more motivated among us, however, these changes can have a lasting positive effect that completely transforms you into a shadow of your former self. The same theory can be applied to your label. The year stretching out ahead of you is a blank canvas to really make a name for yourself in the industry, as long as you know where to focus your attention. So with that in mind, here at Label Worx we've put together a handy guide for best label practices for 2018. Or in far less wordy terms, here are our 10 Ways to Kill It in 2018. 01. Plan ahead We cannot overemphasize the importance on this one, which is why it's first on our list. The biggest single thing that hampers a label's success - after the quality of the music itself - is not giving yourself enough time to properly set up your releases. Why spend a year negotiating, tweaking and perfecting your label's big release of the year only to fire it out a couple of week's after it's been delivered? Always have the next three months worth of releases planned out, giving yourself, artists, PRs and anyone else involved enough space to really get behind the releases. That's not to say that if someone drops a shit hot record in your lap you can't move things around to accommodate it, but setting a schedule - however loose - will pay dividends. 02. Keep It Consistent This is especially important for brand new labels. The industry is now flooded with so many labels, that to establish yourself properly and get yourself noticed you need to employ a certain level of consistency in the music you release. This is the surest way of building a loyal fanbase who will hopefully come back every time you release a record. That's not to say you have to put out half a dozen carbon-copies of the first record in the same year, but establishing yourself with a certain sound, or within a particular niche gives you an identity, which can be invaluable. Even established labels that release varied music have some consistent thread running through their catalogue, so for labels breaking into the market tt's an absolute must. 03. Now, Streaming It's now 2018, and any semblance of an argument against getting on board with streaming has disintegrated. Embrace it even more than ever: your audience is almost certainly using streams as their main method of listening to music. The vast majority of Beatport, Traxsource downloads come from DJs, and if you just relied on them for your music sales, you would be in trouble very quickly. And make sure you