A few months ago we announced we had entered into a deal with Facebook to work with, develop and implement a rights management and royalty payment/reporting system. We are now entering the next phase of this deal and will commencing deliveries to Facebooks Audio Library. The Audio Library is the central hub which Facebook will be exploring many different ways to bring music to the Facebook community. So far these include; Share Videos with Music on Facebook Facebook are working to enable people around the world to include music in their videos on Facebook, opening up more options for creativity and sharing memories with friends and family. Facebook are testing this in several markets currently. Lip Sync Live Facebook are starting to roll out Lip Sync Live, which lets you lip sync to songs.To try it out, choose the Lip Sync Live option when starting your Live video. After selecting a song from the song list, you can also add a description and customise your video with masks or a background. When broadcasting with Lip Sync Live, friends will see the artist and song highlighted on the video and can tap to follow the artist on Facebook. Instagram Music Stories Similar to adding emojis/GIFs, users will now have the option to add music by tapping on the sticker icon - searching/browsing for a song, selecting the best segment to match their story - and posting. When friends watch the story, they'll hear the clip the user chose playing over their photo or video. They'll also see a sticker with the song title and artist name. IMPORTANT Facebook are rolling out these features out over a period of time - starting with iOS, with Android following in the coming weeks. Additionally, they will be adding more songs on a regular basis and, as such, you may not see your titles included right now. Facebook have assured us that they are working hard to activate Audio Library feeds and match recordings with publishing data, prioritising top performing content. There is no defined time-line, however, more content will be made available in the near-future as this product is rolled out further. For more information please contact the Label Worx team.
ELEVATE - a label started by Pig&Dan focuses on releasing music to make the listener feel just that - 'elevated'. Since its inception in 2012, its seen a stream of hits climb the Beatport charts, featuring artists including Amelie Lens, Monika Kruse and Julian Jeweil. Not forgetting the smash hit No.1 techno track from Aitor Ronda with 'Tweezer' in 2017, which helped firmly put ELEVATE on the map in terms of the labels to watch out for going into 2018. Mark Reeve collaborated with the guys back in 2015 and this June we see the second project come to form with their 'Give' EP which stands as the labels landmark 100th release.
Movement and music production platform Splice are teaming up to share the sample libraries of the Detroit festival's artists. The sample pack, Sounds Of Detroit, is based on field recordings made by Detroit artists Shigeto and Waajeed at various locations around the city. Musicians from Movement's 2018 lineup were then invited to High Bias recording studios to edit and transform those recordings into samples and loops. Sounds Of Detroit includes contributions from Andres, Mark Flash, Ectomorph, Blake Baxter, Shady P, Delano Smith, Black Noi$e, Kweku Saunderson, Antenes, Marco Shuttle, MGUN, Chuck Daniels, Milan Ariel, Gene Farris, The Saunderson Brothers, Marshall Applewhite, Mija, Jon Dixon and Chris Koltay.
Apple is already rumored to be planning a news and magazine subscription service for next year, and the company is reportedly considering bundling it with the video content it's been acquiring at a rapid pace. A new report in The Information echoes an earlier story from The Wall Street Journal that said Apple could bundle its original video programming - like those coming from its multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey - with news content, magazines, Apple Music, and iCloud storage. The timing, however, isn't yet known. Apple is likely still in the process of deciding the details of how to package, price, and sell all these services, whether together or separately. Previous video experiments like Planet of the Apps were unceremoniously shoved into iTunes and Apple Music. We'd have to expect that there'll be a more coherent plan in place for the new shows that Apple is sinking billions of dollars into.
We are pleased to announce our new 'Traxsource Stats' tool. This enables you to check your releases features, chart positions & DJ chart inclusions on Traxsource. The tool can be accessed by going to 'Reports -> Traxsource Stats' from the top menu. If your release is featured, we encourage you to share this good news on your socials in an effort to help cross-promote the store. More information on how to use the tool can be found here.
Yep, that's right: we're already halfway through 2018. One minute you're lost on a New Year's Eve dancefloor somewhere promising yourself that THIS will be the year that you finally get all that label admin stuff in order, the next it's June and you're thinking: how the hell did that happen? Fear not though: it's never too late to start getting the most out of your label, to ensure you're running a tight, professional imprint that artists will flock to, safe in the knowledge that the people running it know EXACTLY what they're doing. With that in mind, here are some of Label Worx's top tips on what you should be focusing on over the next six months so that you can end the year on an all-time high. If you're already doing all this - 5 gold stars! If not, the next five minutes reading could be the most rewarding thing you do all year.
Today, Beatport has launched a new and innovative site feature called 'Hype Charts'. The music platform announced the new feature back in May during the International Music Summit in Ibiza. Beatport has introduced Hype Charts to its website in order to 'strengthen its commitment to developing independent music and labels', give smaller labels 'greater visibility' and make it easier to identify unique and upcoming music from all over the world. Beatport's Chief Product Officer, Terry Weerasinghe says that the new feature will give 'top billing to those shining gems that may have previously gone under the radar' and will help 'encourage the DJ community to dig deeper in the store.' Put together by Beatport's world-class curation team, 'Hype Picks' will be assigned to each of platform's top 10 genres and will be updated weekly. In addition to this, the overall Hype Top 10 will be featured on Beatport's home page.
Do you have content that would fit in with our Instagram and Facebook stories? Such as a video of your label's track being played at a festival or club, or a photo of a magazine feature of your release? If so we want to feature it on our social media channels!
Label Worx are excited to announce a partnership with one of the leading global music promotions companies, Your Army. We are really excited by this and as part of our deal, we get to pass on heavily discounted campaign rates where you as a label can see up to a 50% discount on their standard rates. Please find below bullet points for what both the Your Army US & UK Club services provide: FULL USA CLUB SERVICE + UK CLUB SERVICE - Tiered targeting of their full global network of thousands of headline, tastemaker and club resident DJs, ensuring maximum impact - Optional up-front VIP mail-out if timeline permits - Plugging of key worldwide dance charts, such as Music Week 'Cool Cuts' and 'DMC Buzz Chart' - Servicing through our digital delivery system for potential reviews at key dance magazines - Ongoing senior team input into artist plot and promotional strategy and planning - The UK / US club package includes an eight-week campaign service, with six joint reports over this time. (Reports will land in weeks 1-4, 6, and 8 of a campaign) In addition to servicing top-tier globetrotting Tastemaker DJs, Your Army's complete database includes thousands of 'Resident DJs' around the world including, but not limited to, American markets like Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, plus UK & Worldwide cities including London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Bristol, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza, Milan, Turin, Rome, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Moscow, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Dubai, Cape Town, and many more.
Label Worx's Matt Abbott has been invited to be one of the panellists at the International Music Summit's (IMS) this year, joining a number of industry professionals on the Annual Digital Debate. The Annual Digital Debate this year brings in speakers from the artist side - managers and label heads representing the likes of Armin van Buuren and Fatboy Slim. In addition to Matt, the full list of panellists include Alexander Holland (Deezer), Chris Manning (The Orchard,) Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud) Jonathan Barnes (Pandora), Katy Ellis (Anglo Management), Matthew Adell (Native Instruments), Maykel Piron (Armada Music) and Robb McDaniels (Beatport).
The new YouTube music subscription service - previously codenamed 'Remix' - has been confirmed and will launch in five markets next Tuesday (May 22). The audio-visual platforms actually relaunch of the YouTube Music brand, as an app and desktop player which offer 'streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube'. There is both an ad-supported free tier and a $9.99-per-month package called YouTube Music Premium. Current Google Play Music subscribers will get a YouTube Music Premium membership thrown into their current deal, and have been reassured that 'nothing will change'. '[If] you use Google Play Music, - you'll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always,' said Elias Roman, Product Manager - YouTube Music, In addition, YouTube has announced that will soon re-brand its premium subscription YouTube Red service as YouTube Premium, which will include access to all YouTube Originals as well as YouTube Music for $11.99 a month. (The price paid by current YouTube Red subscribers won't change.) YouTube Music will launch in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea next week (although, in South Korea, the service will only offer the YouTube Premium membership, not YouTube Music Premium). YouTube Music will also 'soon' be launching in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, said YouTube. YouTube confirmed in its blog post that: 'More than 1 billion music fans come to YouTube each month to be part of music culture and discover new music.' The service's Elias Roman commented: 'The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over. Whether you want to listen, watch or discover, it's all here. 'YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube's tremendous catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can't find anywhere else - all simply organized and personalized. For the first time, all the ways music moves you can be found in one place.' Roman added: 'YouTube Music's personalized home screen dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on people's listening history, where they are and what they're doing. At the airport? We'll recommend something relaxing before the flight. Entering the gym? We'll suggest some beats to get the heart-rate going. 'Thousands of playlists built to help you discover new music. That means no matter what kind of music you like, where you are, what you're doing, or what mood you're in, you can easily find the right playlist for that moment.'
We're very excited here at Label Worx HQ about the new release on Yoshitoshi Recordings, Yoshitoshi: The Acapellas. The Classic series has already brought us some amazing remixes from some of today's most innovative artists, including Nicole Moudaber, Red Axes, Sharam, Matador and many more. Now, Yoshitoshi want to be able to give back to the fans and release this very special DJ Tool package. We caught up with the Yoshitoshi Recordings team to discuss this a bit more How do these parts and acapellas compare to the original ones? Have you edited or processed them in any way? We have. Our main goal with this pack was to create highly functional DJ tools that anyone can easily mix into their set without worrying too much. We tried to keep them as close to the original as possible in terms of arrangement, but there were some parts that were just begging to be looped a bit more. We also added some very subtle reverb to some of the vocal parts that sounded really dry without any music behind it. In the end it was mainly the product of a lot of testing, and what we ended up settling on felt like the right balance between sticking to the original and creating something functional that DJ's would have fun playing. What makes these different than your standard acapella pack? One of the main differences is we've actually included sixteen bars of drums from the original tracks before the vocals or parts come in. The idea was that it will make the parts easier to use; first, obviously, by providing drums to lead the track in, but also by giving beat-detection algorithms in programs like Traktor and Rekordbox something that will make analysis quick and painless. Too often, things like acapellas or even just older records don't play nicely with beat-detection. So we've made sure that even if your software doesn't accurately pick up the BPM (and it did in almost all of our tests), you can just set the 1, type in the bpm manually, and boom. How did you select the tracks for this release? All the acapellas featured here are from the Yoshi 20th anniversary remix packages. The modern remixes are all amazing, but on the other hand it's important to celebrate the original material, the hooks that make those records truly memorable. We wanted to bring some attention to them while also presenting them in a new and forward-thinking format for DJ's. Is there a plan to do more of these? Absolutely, and we don't just want to limit ourselves to classics. The second volume will also be mainly hooks from the classic records, but we also want to dig into the newer vocal records. Modern DJ gear has made it so easy and fun to play around with parts and really do live remixes of material, so we want to give the DJ's that love our records the option to do that.
Our friends at IMS Ibiza have kindly offered all Traxsource label partners a huge 50% discount on Delegate and Delegate Plus tier badges. You'll be able to access panels and keynotes, networking events, the IMS Dalt Vila finale party and much more during the three-day summit, running May 23-25
We're proud to launch the all-new 'Social Worx Academy'. Designed for absolute beginners to the more advanced users. Teaching you the best practices on how to post using Social Worx and handle your social media. Social Worx is our new, agency grade tool for handling all aspects of your artist or labels social media. With the ability to find content, schedule posts, connect with your SoundCloud, YouTube and Spotify accounts, run campaigns, plus tons of other features allowing you to manage your socials efficiently and effectively. Social Worx is the perfect social media management tool for the dance music industry.
Do you have 3-5 years or more experience in the Dance Music Industry and based in London? We're looking for the right person to fill the role of 'Head of Label Acquisitions & A&R' for the UK. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Artists, Content & Labels, the Head of Label Acquisitions and A&R will be responsible for securing new label clients, maintaining relationships with existing clients and leading the A&R policy of the business. Since 2007, based in Hull. We have specialised in providing digital tools and services to independent records labels worldwide. Working with more the 8000 record labels in 144 countries, we are one of the largest dance music distributors on the planet.
Sony Music sold approximately 50% of its shares in Spotify during the streaming company's first month on the New York Stock Exchange, MBW has learned - generating in the region of $750m as a result. The major record company owned 5.7% of Spotify's stock - a total of 10,164,560 shares - before the streaming platform went public on April 3. Sony then sold 17.2% of these shares on the New York Stock Exchange during Spotify's opening 24 hours of trading - generating $260m. Today, an update: MBW has learned that, ahead of its earnings announcement last Friday (April 27), Sony cashed in a further chunk of shares. Read more here...