Comment, Opinion and Analysis

  • Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris? (Guardian)
  • Is this the quiet before the storm for sexual misconduct in dance music? (IbizaVoice)
  • Not just Flume: innovative Australian electronic music surges globally. (SMH)
  • We're no longer running the RA polls. Here's why. (ResidentAdvisor)
  • What London's night czar has done in her first year. (Vice)
  • How German dance music artists came to control the means of vinyl production. (ElectronicBeats)
  • Five things we learned about building a team in dance music from the DJ Mag and PRS for Music Building Your Team panel. (M)
  • Artimage’s Masaji Asakawa talks dance music and digital evolution in Japan. (MusicAlly)
  • SoundCloud has one last chance to monetise — here’s what it should do. (NextWeb)
  • 11 new companies innovating in the music industry. (P&P)
  • After 10 years of booming sales, we asked the industry to share its concerns and ideas about how to create a sustainable future for vinyl. (VinylFactory)
  • Why the music industry gets digital so wrong. (Amber Horsburgh, VP of Strategy at Downtown Records)
  • How Shots Studios plans to take over the music industry. (Billboard)
  • Throwing DJ Parties: Advice from seven successful party promoters. (DJTechTools)
  • A2Live founder Eric Zho tells IQ he is “trying to build a 360° music ecosystem” in a country home to 1.4 billion people – almost 19% of the world’s population. (IQ)
  • Native Instruments just got a $59m investment: what next? (DJTechTools)
  • Mixmag Global Editorial Director discusses the brand's history, direction and future in the current media landscape (Noiseporn)
  • Caribou, Daphni, and dance music’s critical stigma. (405)
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  • Amsterdam Dance Event 2017: Five key performances. (RA)
  • Amsterdam Dance Event 2017: 9 moments to lose sleep over. (Billboard)
  • Nine ways Ibiza will change in 2018. (Mixmag)
  • Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has released the final report and findings of Can Music Make You Sick? and announced three key pledges for the music industry. (RotD)
  • Ecstasy-related deaths are at a record high – but what can be done about it? (Mixmag)
  • A bullet proof guide to this year's Amsterdam Dance Event. (IbizaSpotlight)
  • Amsterdam Dance Event 2017: 13 must-see showcases. (Billboard)
  • Alison Wonderland, Annie Mac and more share their own harassment stories following Weinstein accusations. (Billboard)
  • Stop telling DJs to stay out of politics. (YourEDM)
  • Nicole Moudaber, Pepe Rosello, more discuss the changing face of Ibiza on DJ Mag panels. (DJMag)
  • Progress has been slow in bridging the gender divide within the UK music scene. Here successful musicians, producers and executives offer advice on breaking in. (Guardian - Naomi Larsson)
  • Both the Electronic Music Award's and Goldies fell short in an important way: accurately representing the many talented women at the top of the game. (ElectronicBeats)
  • SoundCloud competitor MixCloud just signed its first major label deal–but is a business model possible? (FastCo)
  • Research by Chinese tech company NetEase claims that the number of Chinese online dance listeners has grown from 197m people in 2016 to 286m now. (MusicAlly)
  • Ben Turner, co-founder of the International Music Summit, explains how the event helps music professionals overcome the challenges of working all over the world. (CITMag)
  • IMS conference report: This year saw business luminaries on the Chinese music scene and electronic music stars present keynotes while Nielsen offered the results of a study it conducted on Asia. (Billboard)
  • How SoundCloud lost its way. (Mashable)
  • More than three quarters of British festivalgoers consider their festival experiences to provide good value for money, reveals a new survey of spending habits. (IQ)
  • Oppose the developers: London is fighting to protect its LGBTQ+ clubs. (Mixmag)
  • Five things we learnt about breaking into dance music from DJ Mag and PRS for Music’s new series of talks. (M)
  • Watch: Ballantine’s x Boiler Room The Future of Sound panel. (XLR8R)
  • IMS Asia-Pacific releases 2017 aftermovie. (YouTube)
  • Nielsen has compiled the Asia Pacific Dance Music Study: a snapshot study of consumer interaction with music in the APAC region. (IMS)
  • China has seen explosive growth of 45.2% in electronic/ dance music listeners, according to the 2016-2017 China Electronic Music Market Research Report presented at IMS Asia-Pacific. (Hypebot, BusinessInsider)
  • Luke Hood, founder and director of UKF, which is now part of AEI Media, says: 'YouTube is a platform where you have to fend for yourself’. (MusicAlly)
  • How EDM insurgents Discwoman are taking on gender discrimination. (RollingStone)
  • From Storm to Ultra, music festivals are growing in popularity in China. (CNBC)
  • Recap: IMS Asia-Pacific concludes successful fourth edition in Shanghai. (IMS)
  • Five calls to action from IMS Asia-Pacific. (IMS)
  • Warner Music's Bart Cools delivers keynote at IMS Asia-Pacific. (MW)
  • Pasquale Rotella talks heat-related EDC date change: 'It wasn’t as comfortable as it needed to be’. (LATimes)
  • On the backs of massive growth in demand for live music over the last 10 years, performers are figuring out new and innovative models to satisfy demand by creating more supply. (TechCrunch)
  • Overcrowding in clubs is annoying and dangerous. So why does it happen so often? (Mixmag)
  • Will a music publishing matrix save the day? (IbizaVoice)
  • How streaming music services could be better for DJs. (DJTechTools)
  • James Palumbo co-founded Ministry of Sound but now prefers politics to partying. The Lib-Dem peer tells Rosamund Urwin about his latest mission, pet rescue. (Standard)
  • Staying in The Loop: the organisation testing drugs, one festival at a time. (NewStatesman)
  • What the hell does it mean to be a producer in 2017? (DA)
  • Is India actually destined to become the ‘next EDM hub’ of the world? (DA)
  • Dance music is still a boys’ club, says Jess Readett. (HuffPo)
  • Ibiza Rocks no more? founder Andy McKay on Ibiza’s ‘impossible’ regulations. (TheIbizian)
  • Changes to the West End are destroying San Antonio in Ibiza. (WhiteIsle)
  • AirBnB have announced that the Balearic economy could lose more than €550m per year under the new tourist rental regulations. (Ibizan)
  • Tickets to festivals are four times more likely to be bought fraudulently than those to sporting events, underlining the importance of IP detection, says Riskified. (IQ)
  • Do bootlegs matter? What Discogs’ new crackdown means for the site’s future. (VinylFactory)
  • Is SoundCloud a business or a community? (NYTimes)
  • Why aren’t there more women working in audio? (Atlantic)
  • Organised fun: Are advance ticket sales ruining clubbing? (Mixmag)
  • Sisters are doing it for everyone: Is female equality still a concern in electronic dance music? (Decoded)
  • Gary Richards, founder of Hard Events, a Live Nation subsidiary, talked to us and then immediately resigned from the company. As this interview went to press, he was in flux. (Pollstar)
  • SoundCloud struggles to turn fandom into hard cash. (FT)
  • SoundCloud survives but it’s bad news for musicians. (TheConversation)
  • Fred Davis, former EMI Vice President, is the “secret weapon” that investors believe will save SoundCloud. (HypeBot)
  • New management must transform SoundCloud into a mature business. (FT)
  • Exciting news and the future of SoundCloud. (Alex Ljung - Chairman, SoundCloud)
  • Is Cocoon still the best techno party in Ibiza? (Pulse)
  • Will virtual reality clubbing make staying in the new going out? (GQ)
  • EDM's $46 million man: How Calvin Harris became the world's highest-paid DJ. (Forbes)
  • Ibiza's obsession with VIP tourism is out of control. (IbizaVoice)
  • Is techno tourism what Detroit needs? (Slate)
  • Pasquale Rotella discusses Gary Richards leaving HARD, big changes on the horizon for EDC brand. (DA)
  • Ibiza: The Broadway musical? ‘It’s possible,’ says dance music trailblazer Patrick Moxey. (Variety)
  • The SoundCloud you loved is doomed. (Pitchfork)
  • How SoundCloud ended up on the brink of disaster. (Billboard)
  • The inside story of SoundCloud's collapse. (Buzzfeed)
  • If SoundCloud disappears, what happens to its music culture? (NYTimes)
  • How do songs end up on Spotify playlists anyway? (Forbes)
  • Who the drugs kill: Young Asian-Americans in southern California’s MDMA- and ecstasy-filled rave and festival circuit are dying in alarming numbers. (Outline)
  • Where do you turn when the music industry skews your mental health? (Noisey)
  • How on-site drug testing at festivals can help save lives. (Fact)
  • An extensive collection of SoundCloud thought pieces. (Redef)
  • How SoundCloud’s broken business model drove artists away. (Verge)
  • Mykonos: Dance music's next Ibiza. (Billboard)
  • Music festivals are booming – but so are allegations of rape and sexual assault. Are organisers doing enough to keep people safe? (Guardian2 - Hannah J Davies)
  • The Streaming Problem: How spammers, superstars, and tech giants gamed the music industry. (Vulture)
  • For The Record: Ibiza needs to stop playing it safe with DJ bookings. (IbizaVoice
  • Why sniffer dogs should be banned at clubs and festivals. (Vice)
  • Four things you can do today just in case SoundCloud closes. (DigitalDJTips)
  • Why SoundCloud rap couldn’t save SoundCloud. (Spin)
  • Nothing good lasts forever, so back up your music. (Thump)
  • SoundCloud says it’s going to survive, but how? (TechCrunch)
  • How music streaming service SoundCloud ended up on the brink of extinction. (BusinessInsider)
  • SoundCloud tries to allay fears, but streaming needs a business model. (CDM)
  • Beyond SoundCloud: Why we share. (NewMusicBox)
  • Music fans and artists and many more have a lot to lose if SoundCloud goes the way of Vine. (FastCo)
  • SoundCloud matters because artists and labels depend on discovery. (CDM)
  • How losing SoundCloud would change music. (TheRinger)
  • NYC is reaching peak European techno, says Michelle Lhooq. (Thump)
  • Does hippy Ibiza actually still exist? (Mixmag)
  • Rave lifers tell us why it's acceptable to go raving aged 37 (and beyond). (Mixmag)
  • 10 things we learned at IMS College – Malta 2017. (IMS)
  • IMS College Malta 2017 highlights. (IMS)
  • Club culture is plagued by sexism and white supremacy. These three women won’t stand for it. (Fader)
  • The potential death of SoundCloud should scare music lovers says Brian Feldman. (NYMag)
  • SoundCloud employee writes about being hired and laid off within a week. (Hackernoon)
  • The GHB Tightrope: What’s really up with this dangerous party drug? (Pulse)
  • Fred Letts founded Percolate in 2012, five years later it boasts a fully-fledged team of seven dedicated music fanatics, plus a long-suffering accountant (who is also a music fanatic). (FestivalInsight)
  • Two years in: What will it take for stems to go mainstream? (DJTechtools)
  • Does a DJ set have to be perfect? (Mixmag)
  • Making music a ‘verb’ again; why the music industry needs computer coders. (Medium - Sam Potts, Head of Radio, Columbia Records)
  • How SoundCloud could transform Deezer’s market narrative. (Midia)
  • A music-lover's guide to tinnitus. (RA)
  • Drug checking won't abolish the risk of taking drugs, but it's still important. (Mixmag)
  • We still need to talk about sexism in dance music. (Pulse)
  • Raoul Chatterjee on SoundCloud's music discovery revolution. (MusicWeek)
  • Stop saying there isn’t a strong female presence in dance music. (Mixmag)
  • IMS: Female DJs deal with gender imbalance. (BBC)
  • What are words worth: we should change the way we talk about dance music. (Mixmag)
  • The Beatport Top 10 has regained its credibility, says Michael Sundius. (DA)
  • Is the future of remix culture mobile-first? (Medium - Bas Grasmayer)
  • Ibiza Report: IMS 2017. (DHA)
  • An insight into the corporate culture at SoundCloud. (JaxEnter)
  • The effect of festivals on music streaming. (Aloompa)
  • Blockchain could help musicians make money again. (HBR - Imogen Heap)
  • Breaking a music artist in America in 2017. (MusicAlly)
  • 'We need fair representation': the rise of female-led record labels. (Guardian)
  • Dancing In The Dark: is club photography really necessary? (Mixmag)
  • Why dance music should be taken seriously: lessons from Ibiza’s 10th International Music Summit. (InTheMix)
  • Would we all enjoy nightlife more if we took it slightly less seriously? (Thump)
  • Dispelling the myths around pressing plant delays with a leading UK vinyl distributor. (StampTheWax)
  • Pete Tong on 10 years of the International Music Summit and why the US dance market has peaked. (Billboard)
  • IMS Ibiza: Day 4 with Dixon and The Martinez Brothers. (IbizaSpotlight)
  • IMS 2017: Examining the state of the dance music nation. (MusicWeek)
  • IMS certifies that the world of electronic music is sexist. (Elmundo)
  • 10 takeaways from the International Music Summit 2017. (DigitalDJ)
  • The Top 10 of IMS Ibiza 2017. (DT)
  • How the UK election could affect the club scene. (RA)
  • Hype Machine is struggling to stay online, and that’s a shame. (Verge)
  • VIP is antithetical to dance music culture, says Ed Priest, Events Promo Assistant for Hospitality in the Park. (FestivalInsight)
  • The top 10 of IMS Ibiza 2017. (DT)
  • IMS Ibiza: Day 1 highlights with DVS1 and Neighbourhood PR. (IbizaSpotlight)
  • Best moments of IMS day 2. (IbizaSpotlight)
  • Four things to watch at this year's IMS Ibiza. (MusicWeek)
  • IMS Ibiza 10: How music industry has changed. (BBC)
  • Five lies In YouTube’s spin on Content ID. (MTP)
  • How the internet financially kills musicians and other artists. (WashingtonPost)
  • Streaming services aren't paying artists enough, says Spotify's global head of creator services, Troy Carter. (RA)
  • Does house have the "exact same formula as EDM" right now? (Pulse)
  • Live concerts are music tech’s next frontier. (VentureBeat)
  • SoundCloud's forgotten advantage, its embeddable feature, could be its secret weapon. (Forbes)
  • How the music industry uses a pervasive secret weapon to keep bands from freely touring. (LAWeekly)
  • Capitalism takes festival culture to the next level, but is it for the better? (MagneticMag)
  • The concert ticket industry is still broken. (Vulture)
  • Fyre debacle shows festivals should be left to the pros. (IrishTimes)
  • DJ Burn One breaks down the issues producers face in a streaming economy. (Pigs&Planes)
  • Dear promoters, it's time to quit overselling your parties. (Pulse)
  • What DJs really earn. (Mixmag)
  • Vinyl fantasy: Is the record boom bad for new music? (Fact)
  • How can I get on Spotify’s playlists? (Medium - Lucie Watson, Platoon)
  • Expensive tickets with backstage access are this year’s festival must-have. But are they really worth it? (SundayTimes - Lisa Verrico)
  • Watch: CBC film Where’d the Night Go?, investigating how artists, promoters, and venue owners survive in the face of rising rents. (Thump)
  • As streaming services boom, SoundCloud strives for relevancy. (Wired)
  • Ross Gardiner and Jemayel Khawaja, co-founders of Black Circle Media, explain why festivals should spend less on PR and more on original content. (FestivalInsights)
  • Crunching the numbers on this year’s biggest summer festivals to determine the most in-demand acts and hardest workers, as well as which fests are the most (and least) unique and diverse. (Pitchfork)
  • New data shows that more people want to access music than own it. (Forbes)
  • Online music is about to experience another MySpace moment. An emerging void signals new opportunity for innovation in digital music. (Medium - Bas Grasmayer)
  • International Music Summit's Ben Turner on whether the EDM bubble has burst. (MusicWeek)
  • The House Of Lords: fighting for the UK's right to party? (Vice)
  • What are privilege and power doing to club culture? (Thump - Tom Glencross)
  • Has the UK’s festival scene reached saturation point? (FT)
  • After 10 years of sharing music, is SoundCloud now going mute? (YourStory)
  • Research analysis: Medical care at electronic dance music festivals. (EMS1)
  • When will electronic dance music make it into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame? (Forbes)
  • How a decade of IMS changed the dance music landscape. (Pulse)
  • Is lo-fi house the first genre of the algorithm age? (Thump)
  • The history of electronic music and how classics still define modern EDM. (DMNW)
  • Asians need more visibility in dance music, argues Greg Scruggs. (Thump)
  • UK promoters, stop using warehouses as a shortcut to authenticity. (Thump)
  • Creatives as victims: Are artists really screwed? (MTF)
  • Event Welfare: more than just ‘the drugs tent’. (FestivalInsight - Corinne Lane is the Senior Co-ordinator of the National Event Welfare Service)
  • Festivals desperately need a content-driven approach to drug safety says Ross Gardiner, founder of Black Circle Media. (FestivalInsight)
  • Lose Yourself: why knowing set times in advance ruins a night out. (Mixmag)
  • Madrid promoters Olivia Morena and Noelia Rodriguez discuss the city’s vibrant electronic scene. (Thump)
  • Why Taiwan is an underrated electronic music hub. (Pulse)
  • SoundCloud cofounder: London was 'crucial to our success’. (BusinessInsider)
  • Vinyl vs streaming: What music industry experts predict for the two platforms in 2017. (Independent)
  • London’s music venues are recovering – but business rate review could stop them in their tracks. (CityMetric)
  • We want freedom: After-hours parties are the beating heart of New York nightlife. (Mixmag - Scott Enman)
  • SiriusXM’s Vice President of Music Programming/Electronic and Dance Formats Jonathan Broth, AKA Geronimo comments that EDM's death has been greatly exaggerated. (MiamiNewTimes)
  • A$AP Ferg, The Chainsmokers' manager and more discuss changing music industry in SXSW 'Digital Revolution' panel. (Billboard)
  • The Chainsmokers' manager Adam Alpert talks release strategy & evolution from DJ duo to arena act. (Billboard)
  • Why Ed Sheeran's Shape of You has become a rare two-week No. 1 on Dance Club Songs. (Billboard)
  • Is dance music's growth as an industry squeezing out the people who throw parties? Angus Finlayson unpacks one of the broadest problems facing dance music today. (RA)
  • How start-up MetaPop is turning illegal remixes into real revenue. (Billboard)
  • Why saying "no" will enrich your life outside of the rave. (Mixmag)
  • Say no to 60 minutes: extended DJ sets should be the industry standard. (Mixmag)
  • North America may have found its own Ibiza. (FestivalInsight)
  • Women in dance music: where are we now? (DJMag)
  • Could Sonalytic help Spotify build, not buy SoundCloud? (MusicAlly)
  • Is vinyl Detroit's latest growth industry? (MetroTimes)
  • What the hell happened to pop house? (Noisey)
  • 11 startups innovating the future of music. (MusicTechFuture)
  • Seven music tech trends for 2017. (Bonafide)
  • Until legalisation, allow users to test for tainted drugs. (HuffPo)
  • A letter to brands who use music: Put the band first and reap the rewards. (TheDrum - Geoff Cottrill, chair of the Grammy Foundation)
  • How to turn yourself into the world's most successful DJ without ever mixing a record - a guide to self-promotion. (Thump - Angus Harrison) 
  • Politics and dance music are intertwined and there's nothing you can do about it, says Patrick Hinton. (Mixmag)
  • Allowing a DJ to perform for three to four hours should be the industry standard. (Mixmag - Funster)
  • “Build bridges over these walls”: How Trump’s travel ban impacts touring musicians. (CoS)
  • Did London have its Berghain moment when Printworks opened last weekend? (DJMag)
  • The Printworks opening party was a new dawn for London clubbing. (Pulse)
  • 30 music startups worth watching in 2017. (MusicAlly) Including: Chew.TV, Dubset, Sonalytic, Vibble and more
  • Dance music is in danger of losing its best minds to the mainstream, says Dave Jenkins. (Mixmag)
  • Morley Dave of Lollop PR and Media gives us insight into making it in music. (MagneticMag)
  • Former Beatport CEO Matt Adell explains his new company Metapop and how everyone can make money on remixes. (NestHQ)
  • HARD founder & CEO, Gary Richards, chats techno, Holy Ship! and more. (Earmilk)
  • In uncertain times, Bandcamp might be the saviour we need, says Chandler Shortlidge. (Pulse)
  • A playbook for pushing the needle on diversity in music. (Forbes)
  • 10 ways Ibiza will change in 2017. (Mixmag)
  • In developing a refreshed home for London's famed Ministry of Sound, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, an architect and partner at Rem Koolhaas's superfirm OMA, imagines a new way to make nightlife safer. (FastCo)
  • A guide to dance music marketing in 2017 PT.1. (Magnetic Mag)
  • The musician’s guide to SoundCloud. (Hypebot Part 1, 2, 3)
  • Eric Wahlforss, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at SoundCloud, on why staffing the company with musicians and music-lovers makes good business sense. (Telegraph)
  • Dance artists react to President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Billboard)
  • Dance music artists react to Women's March protests. (Billboard
  • McCartney, techno and the Spanish civil war – what keeps UK music venues alive? (Guardian)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre identifies the Value Transfer. (MTP)
  • Where Japan’s club culture needs to go in 2017. (Japan Times)
  • Is anywhere safe to party anymore? (Pulse - Jemayel Khawaja)
  • Caught in a web of gentrification, police crackdowns, and dangerous drugs, the UK capital’s once-thriving nightlife scene is in serious jeopardy. (Pitchfork)
  • Annie Mac's new club culture documentary, titled Who Killed The Night?, explores the constant controversies circling around nightlife over the past decade. (Mixmag) Watch on BBC iPlayer here
  • Why some of Canada's music clubs are losing the fight to stay open. (CH)
  • SoundCloud vows growth in 2017, but time is running out; at a crossroads, the company is desperate to turn its massive music platform into a real business. (FastCompany)
  • Seth Troxler defends dance culture ahead of Fabric’s reopening last weekend [Video]. (DA)
  • Analysis of Ministry Of Sound Recordings figures via MoS Group’s full annual accounts for 2015. (MBW) The label turned over £27.1m in 2015, 8% more than 2014. Just 25% of its total recordings sales by volume in 2015 was generated by digital formats.
  • At a crossroads, SoundCloud is desperate to turn its massive music platform into a real business. (FastCo)
  • Has music production been stuck in a nostalgia loop in 2016? (Fact)
  • Real Talk: Eomac on Misogyny in Dance Music - Ian McDonnell addresses the existence and consequences of misogyny in dance music and wider society. (XLR8R)
  • YouTube has already changed entertainment and the internet. Now for YouTube to get to the next level, it has to bridge the canyon between the worlds of TV and the web. No pressure. (Bloomberg)
  • Here's everything that's going to happen in club culture in 2017. (Thump)
  • In Apple-Spotify world, SoundCloud can’t find room. (Bloomberg)
  • Why vinyl isn’t about to save the music business and why albums need rethinking. (Mark Mulligan)
  • The best music marketing of 2016. (AdAge)
  • Testing SoundCloud’s claims that DJ mixes are safe from copyright takedown. (DJTechtools)
  • London night tsar Amy Lamé on the challenges of the job. (Guardian)
  • Mixcloud’s Nikhil Shah and the art of bootstrapping. (FT audio)
  • The future of party culture in Trump's America. (Fest300)
  • Trump on Drugs: Nightmare scenarios looking ever more probable. (Pulse)
  • An open letter to underground party promoters. (Pulse)
  • Less than a week after the fire that killed 36 at a 100% Silk event, there’s evidence that various city governments are cracking down on similar spaces. (RA)
  • Vinyl indignity: record sales are up, but small labels don't see the benefit. (Guardian)
  • Apple and Spotify are generating $7bn a year in streaming music revenue, assuming each subscriber is paying around $10 a month. (Recode)
  • 8tracks, the site where users can listen for free to millions of playlists, explain the issues of running independent radio and the challenges of streaming music. (8Tracks)
  • Secondary ticketing: Days in the life of two tickets traded by a StubHub validated ticket seller. (MusicTank)
  • Is the Disneyfication” of Amsterdam ruining the city for the locals? (Pulse)
  • How technology is powering the music industry… in figures. (Midem - Melina Druga)
  • The labels and publishers’ feel that it should be paying more, YouTube feels it is paying enough. The debate is not about to end any time soon. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Vinyl makes us happy, here's why we're buying more of it. (NewStatesman)
  • Blood, Ket, and Tears: What "The Sesh" can tell us about 2016. (Thump)
  • Why the music industry needs a revamped relationship with artists and entrepreneurs. (Variety)
  • Warehouse party safety: What to watch out for and how to prepare. (Billboard)
  • Are giant music festivals at the end of the road? (TheConversation)
  • Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the biggest EDM music festivals on the planet. So why is it cancelling EDC NYC, one of its largest dates? (DMN)
  • A Nielsen study suggests Instagram is one of the best platforms to reach music lovers. (Music3.0)
  • What is the most influential record label of all time? (The Question - Tony Wadsworth)
  • Chris Price Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra: “I feel strongly that, in order to maintain a diverse and plural culture, radio should be driving the data, not following it. We need powerful, independent editorial voices driven by passion, not data.” (Hits)
  • Spotify’s march to monopolise playlists continues. (Medium - Tom Packer, Motive Unknown)
  • Amsterdam Night Mayor Mirik Milan has offered his thoughts on Sydney's controversial lockout laws. (Mixmag)
  • Will virtual reality raving actually be as good as the real thing? (Mixmag)
  • Is VR technology about to revolutionise the way we experience music? (Fact)
  • What Coachella 2017 will mean for dance music moving forward. (WeGotThisCovered)
  • Ticket touts are ripping us all off on an industrial scale – and ticket companies are letting them get away with it. (Telegraph - Damian Collins)
  • The legacy of David Mancuso. (ElectronicBeats)
  • London after dark: what next for the city’s nightlife? (FT - Henry Mance)
  • What's next for London's club culture? (RA)
  • The pros and cons of the Fabric ruling. (Pulse)
  • Fabric might be saved, but I won’t be going back to the disco. (NewStatesman)
  • Christian Eede looks at why the Fabric’s concessions for reopening might have come at a greater cost than they were worth. (Quietus)
  • 20 music and technology leaders predict how music technology will change the business. (Eventbrite)
  • The British Medical Journal warns: "The war on drugs has failed" (Mixmag)
  • Dance music's political correctness witch-hunt is spiralling out of control. (Pulse)
  • Hieroglyphic Being wants you to know about the racist undertones of 90s rave nostalgia. (Thump)
  • An open letter to the dance music community in the wake of Trump’s election. (Pulse)
  • SoundCloud on acquisition talk: ‘There is a lot of interest in us’. (MusicAlly)
  • Five signs that you might be becoming a jaded raver and how to avoid it. (Magnetic Mag)
  • As streaming takes hold and revenue rises, the industry waits for its vital signs to stabilise - with experts cautiously optimistic that 2016’s numbers constitute a genuine revival. (Billboard)
  • The chart that tells the story of the music business. (Music3.0)
  • London-based independent record label Memphis Industries on direct-to-fan, running an independent label and advice for new artists. (Topspin)
  • A report from the Futuresource Audio Collaboration music conference panel What Does the Music Fan Really Want? (M)
  • Redesigning the Spotify icon suite. (Medium)
  • Is Facebook the musicians friend or a massive infringer? (Hypebot)
  • The part of the US Copyright Act that exempts some small restaurants and bars from paying public performance fees to collecting societies could be costing rightsholders more than $150m a year, according to a study. (Billboard)
  • Carl Cox has spoken about the current state of Ibiza and how he thinks it will cope now Space has closed. (Mixmag)
  • Global clubs are closing at a rapid rate, but out of the ashes a new kind of nightlife experience is emerging. (Protein)
  • Why the music industry needs to dump non-discretionary pricing. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Here’s what we lost with streaming. (Medium - Paul Cantor) Back when MP3-infested music blogs became popular, we had content and context.
  • Is Google trying to end copyrights once and for all? (HeatSt)
  • Whether you’re struggling to get gig tickets or being fat-shamed by an app – AI is calling the shots. Weren’t these algorithms supposed to be on our side, not making thing worse? (Guardian2)
  • Why Brexit is not music to the ears of British bands touring Europe. (Guardian)
  • Rob Hallett talks Essence Festival in South Africa, Brexit and why the live market is in trouble. (Billboard)
  • iPod: How it changed Apple. (Medium - Jean-Louis Gassée)
  • Why it's highly unlikely Apple Music will see a price cut. (Fortune)
  • Apple losing USB is a loss for music. (Pitchfork)
  • Record labels! Beware of fake independence! (Paul Sanders)
  • Ticketing’s distributed future is not only good for fans, it’s already happening. (TechCrunch)
  • Musicians are three times more susceptible to mental illness says new study. (Mixmag)
  • 14 easy ways to make clubbing safer for everyone. (Pulse)
  • Why the music industry needs Facebook to launch its own streaming audio service. (Medium - Darren Hemmings, Motive Unknown)
  • How Spotify can become a next generation “label”. (Music Industry Blog - Mark Muligan)
  • New Gatekeepers: How streaming platforms are taking over the music industry. (Hypebot)
  • Australian music royalties have hit record-breaking highs – but it won't save the industry. (Guardian - Tim Byron)
  • Four futures of the music business. (Medium - Cortney Harding) Contemplating the fate of an evolving industry.
  • Music has been totally disrupted by Silicon Valley, yet it’s still run by the same two moguls - Lyor Cohen and Jimmy Iovine. (Quartz)
  • Michael Huppe, the president and CEO of SoundExchange, discusses his organisation's position in the ever-changing music industry industry as its role in the streaming marketplace continues to expand. (Hypebot)
  • How Space moving to unfashionable San Antonio could revitalize Ibiza. (Pulse)
  • A SoundCloud sale would be bad for fans. (VentureBeat - DJ Skee)
  • Why the tabloid obsession with nightclub fights is so damaging to UK club culture. (Thump)
  • Why does the DJ Mag Top 100 list matter? 3LAU guest editorial. (YourEDM)
  • Full panels from IMS Asia-Pacific 2016: Rising stars, global power players, India & China and more. (IMS)
  • ADE closes and reminds us that Holland is the home of the truly innovative dance culture. (Pulse)
  • Irvine Welsh, writer of Trainspotting, has revealed his sadness over the closure of London club fabric. (Mixmag)
  • How sync licensing might work with Dot Blockchain. (Medium - Benji Rogers)
  • Inside Vevo's plan to beat YouTube and become the MTV of the digital age. (Forbes) Vevo anticipates $500m in revenue this year, much of it from its ad-revenue-sharing deal with YouTube.
  • Creative subjects like art history are vital – just ask engineers. (I)
  • Almost half of the people who do not currently subscribe to music streaming services think they are too expensive, a survey suggests. (BBC)
  • The rise of music streaming services and what it means for listeners and the industry. (ReportLinker)
  • Are streaming services labels-In-waiting? (MusicTank)
  • Australia In Crisis: Watch the IMS Asia-Pacific panel unpack the ripple effect of Sydney’s struggling music industry. (Pulse)
  • Watch more panels from IMS Asia-Pacific 2016: diversity, Japan, Australia, challenges and more. (IMS)
  • With the rise of playlists, is it even worth it to release an album anymore? And how will playlists change the way we listen to music? (Inc)
  • Apps: From your own digital DJ to making a ‘lip-dub’ video, there are lots of inventive new ways to enjoy music. (Observer)
  • Whoever is appointed as London’s night czar, they will need to wade in to policy details, support local campaigns and where necessary, push for legislative change. (MusicTank)
  • Annie Mac: 'Radio definitely isn't a thing of the past’. (Guardian - Peter Robinson)
  • Are VIPs are killing off the club scene? (Sunday Times - Kate Spicer)
  • Is tech's future music's past? Why Silicon Valley is looking to music execs. (Billboard)
  • A review of the Ibiza-based DJ Awards hosted at Pacha. (Pulse)
  • Pandora and Spotify have become so important as sources of revenue for the music industry that they're now "too big to fail," says an analyst. (Investors)
  • How millennials are warping the vinyl industry. (Economist)
  • Should nightclubs be considered sites of high culture? (Economist)
  • The possible Brexit implications for the music industry now that negotiations will begin by next March. (Billboard)
  • Nick McCabe: Hakkasan's club impresario who was once ‘broker than broke’ is a winner in Vegas now. (Standard)
  • Is the era of free streaming music coming to an end? (Pitchfork)
  • Irving Azoff says the “pirates" at YouTube are “really evil”. (Amplify)
  • At Next Radio 2016Ben Bowler from Chew.tv exposes the technological and societal changes which drive today’s young audiences. (YouTube)
  • Lyor Cohen's move to YouTube: Good or bad for the music industry? (Billboard)
  • Watch Skrillex's fascinating panel at IMS Shanghai. (Billboard)
  • Rumoured talks between Spotify and SoundCloud could lead to a mega-music platform that solves problems for both companies. And maybe artists, too. (FastCo)
  • SoundCloud for sale: will Spotify tame the wild west of underground electronic music? (NewStatesman - Emily Reynolds)
  • "Radio is of the past – it’s not relevant,” said Austin Kramer, the Global Head of Dance & Electronic Music at Spotify, during a panel on playlists. (MusicAlly)
  • Thanks to a simple YouTube to MP3 converter, 25-year-old student Philip Matesanz is making millions, and he’s taking on the music and ad tech industries in the process. (OMR)
  • Eric Zho Op-Ed: China is a nuanced new frontier for electronic music. (Billboard)
  • EDM's Big Asia Play: Promoters look to break new market with festivals, conferences. (Billboard)
  • Five major moments from IMS Asia-Pacific 2016. (IMS)
  • Will TheakstonWarp Publishing’s Head of Licensing, on the blossoming relationship between the music and gaming worlds. (M)
  • Spotify may be buying SoundCloud, but who wins? (Mark Mulligan)
  • The Spotify and SoundCloud deal may not happen, but it makes plenty of sense. (Recode)
  • Spotify could out-dance Apple if it does acquire SoundCloud. (TechCrunch)
  • Here are six ways clubs can help reduce sexual assault and harassment. (Thump)
  • The music industry is slightly less doomed thanks to streaming. (Fact)
  • 11 incredibly simple steps that will make every festival so much safer. (Pulse)
  • Jason Swamy, promoter of Thailand's Wonderfruit festival and speaker at IMS Asia-Pacific, shares his experience promoting talent and events, and fundamentals on what makes a successful festival. (MNA)
  • On the eve of IMS Asia-Pacific, Storm promoter and IMS AP partner Eric Zho discusses roadblocks and opportunities in the country’s burgeoning dance scene. (DancingAstronaut)
  • The rise and fall of Gatecrasher. (Thump)
  • Are Britain’s clubs doomed? (Sun)
  • Why Fabric’s next move should be supported by the entire music industry. (RotD)
  • The London nightlife crisis according to Scuba, the last DJ to play Fabric. (Pitchfork)
  • UK: Can nightlife be saved? Live stream panel from Fabric. (Boilerroom)
  • Can Buddy help us beat festival fatalities? (Magnetic Mag)
  • Jamie Nimmo talks to the financial backers behind Crowdmix's £15m failure. (Standard)
  • Alex Chew and Raj Datwani of Ultra Singapore discuss the brand. (AsiaOne)
  • Ultra Music Festival executive producers Alex Chew and Raj Datwani discuss how the brand is breaking new ground in Singapore. (Billboard)
  • BTraits discusses drug use, Fabric and clubbing in general. (Pulse)
  • EU takes a swipe at YouTube’s safe harbour. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Britain’s clubland is shrinking but Fabric had survived the trend – until now. What does its loss mean for the capital’s cultural profile? (Guardian2 - Dorian Lynskey)
  • Nick Sabine and Paul Clement, co-founders of Resident Advisor, discuss the importance of keeping Fabric open, gentrification, starting small and why they have no plans to sell up. (Guardian)
  • Who is killing Britain’s nightlife? (Sunday Times - Katie Glass)
  • The torn fabric of London nightlife. (FT Weekend)
  • Social Fabric: Will the closing of London's great nightclub unravel a scene? (NPR)
  • AFEM’s Mark Lawrence: We are calling for a united dance floor to fight for UK nightlife. (Pulse)
  • To save Fabric and nightlife, dance music culture must unite, says Ben Turner, co-founder of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) and International Music Summit (IMS). (Billboard)
  • Sound System Culture: Fighting for noise in a Sydney subdued. (Pulse)
  • Five years at SoundCloud. Reflections on music, gratitude and vulnerability. (Medium - Jane Shin, Former Senior Artist Relations Manager at SoundCloud)
  • Why I won’t write about EDM anymore. (Observer - Justin Joffe)
  • London’s night time economy. (Market Mogul - Thomas Nguyen)
  • Fabric fans laugh at idea that faster BPMs are dangerous but take #FabricReview hearing very seriously. (Billboard)
  • To be young in 2016 is now even more dull without Fabric. (Time Out)
  • Fabric RIP FAQ: everything you need to know about the club's closure. (Time Out)
  • The loss of Fabric is another blow to London's cultural reputation and the closure of the capital's leading club will hurt more than just music lovers. (New Statesman)
  • 'London will always have places to dance, but Fabric was more than that' - readers share their memories of the club. (Guardian)
  • Make no mistake: if Fabric was a cocaine-plagued members club for the wealthy, it never would have been shut down. (Independent - Coco Khan)
  • Fabric closure: What next for the UK's club scene? (BBC)
  • Even if you don't care about clubbing, Fabric's closure is a saddening blow to British culture. (Telegraph - Alice Vincent)
  • Fabric forever: Remembering one of the best clubs the UK has ever seen. (Mixmag)
  • Reaction: Fabric's closure is a cruel, unjust blow. (Clash)
  • Fabric: Seven things you can do today to protest the club’s closure. (Fact)
  • Fabric’s closure isn’t the end; the fight for UK nightlife starts now. (Thump)
  • Closing Fabric solves nothing. (Resident Advisor - Joe Muggs)
  • Fabric: a nightclub that thrived by taking dance music seriously. (Guardian - Alexis Petridis)
  • London’s mayor has attacked the decision to close Fabric. (FT)
  • Fabric Forever: Remembering one of the best clubs the UK has ever seen. (Mixmag)
  • Don’t blame clubs like Fabric for drug deaths – they don’t sell drugs. (INews)
  • I blame Fabric’s closure on this country’s backward drugs policy. (Guardian - David Nutt)
  • Fair trial or simply a formality? DJ Mag investigates Fabric's hearing. (DJMag)
  • Fabric is closed – so what does this mean for UK nightlife? (Mixmag)
  • Was this the real reason Fabric was shut down? 'Operation Lenor' and a cash-strapped council and police. (Independent)
  • Adam Webb looks at FanFair Alliance’s stand against industrial-scale touting. (RotD)
  • The urgent need for a sustainable music industry and the tech that makes it possible. (Medium - Bas Grasmayer)
  • Spotify's global head of creator services Troy Carter says "exclusives are bad for artists, bad for consumers and bad for the whole industry." (Billboard) Spotify now has more than 39m paid subscribers, up from 30m in March.
  • A combination of factors have gotten Spotify where it is now. Market conditions, bad management, arrogance, stiffing songwriters and getting too big, too fast. Until all those things change to one degree or another, it’s likely that the Spotify IPO myth will remain just that.  (MusicTechSolutions)
  • Save Fabric: our clubs are under threat as never before. (Observer - Bill Brewster)
  • Sasha has expressed his concerns about the future of fabric London and its significance for London's nightlife in an open letter. (Pulse)
  • The story of how ecstasy came to be banned. (Pulse)
  • A girl walks home alone at night from the club – the differences between the end of the night for men and women, and thoughts on how to address them. (Thump)
  • London's clubbing scene is suffering closures, but what can promoters do to be creative in the face of tough times? (Independent - Shaun Curran)
  • Diary of a chronic booth blagger. (Pulse)
  • Dancing should not be a death sentence. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Can Chew be to music what Twitch is to gaming? Find out what it takes to build the world’s largest video platform for DJs. (Medium)
  • Live streaming DJ sets on Facebook Live: Copyright issues? (DJTechTools)
  • A look at how to create electronic music despite disability, using innovative technology. (Electronic Beats)
  • DJ Rupture aka Jace Clayton discusses the impact of the use of auto-tune on the industry. (NPR)
  • Why shutting down Fabric won’t stop drug deaths. (Dazed)
  • Four women have died at Britain's BoomTown Fair festival in five years. A drug policy reform advocate speaks out. (Broadly)
  • The CEO of Ministry of Sound Australia on what the purchase by Sony Music will mean for the company. (TMN)
  • Mixmag, in association with Global Drugs Survey, has launched a campaign to promote safer ecstasy use. (Mixmag)
  • Torrentz has died, but it won’t take torrenting with it says Brian Barrett. (Wired)
  • The ridiculous concept of the 'value gap' in music services... and how it could harm both the tech industry and the music industry. (Techdirt)
  • Goodbye MP3, we hardly knew ya... (Forbes - Bobby Owsinski)
  • The Sony Music/Ministry of Sound acquisition has digital implications. (MusicAlly)
  • A core group of "superfans" are the bedrock of the UK's festival scene, attending four or more events a year, Eventbrite research suggests. (BBC)
  • Why raising the festival attendance age to 21 is not the answer and will probably just make deaths from drugs worse. (eFestivals)
  • Why Ministry of Sound had to sell (and why Sony couldn’t resist it). (MBW)
  • Will Sony's Ministry buyout result in compilations dominance? (Music Week - Daniel Gumble)
  • David Balfour examines the reasons why Ministry may have chosen to enter the Sony family. (RotD)
  • Quick take: Sony Music UK buys Ministry Of Sound Recordings. (Mark Mulligan)
  • From Lollapalooza to Panorama, this is a golden age of festivals. (Guardian)
  • Is this the end of the digital music era? (Midem - Melina Druga)
  • What are streaming services paying artists? (DMN)
  • Live video is exploding, but rising consumer demand for unscripted, real-time performances requires an entirely new skill set for up-and-coming musicians, says Dave Marcello, Head of Growth at Audiokite Research. (Hypebot)
  • David Ireland argues that it's time to take responsibility for our own actions at festivals as deaths are now almost always anticipated. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Pill testing: the cure for music’s drug problem? (IQ)
  • Resident Advisor Editor Ryan Keeling on value of nightclubs and current dance music climate. (Billboard)
  • How SoundCloud functionality is evolving. (CDM)
  • Catherine Hilgers and Discwoman’s Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson discuss how to ‘rave safe’ both as a woman and in light of recent events. (XLR8R)
  • Crowdmix's failure appears to have been managed disgracefully - and that gives all of us in the startup industry a bad name. (Medium - Fred Destin, VC)
  • Could newly launched music discovery platform Orfium finally be the one that gets it right? (Pulse)
  • How pirate download sites are hurting dance music. (Thump)
  • Does touring kill creativity? (Mixmag - Joe Muggs)
  • The rise, fall and possible resurrection of Beatport. (Thump)
  • Where is the next Ibiza? Five contenders - from Croatia to Tulum. (Billboard)
  • Is Ibiza's clubbing reign over? (Pulse)
  • Have Ibiza's glory days as a dance music mecca come to an end? (Billboard - Dorian Lynskey)
  • Can AEG veteran Randy Phillips save bankrupt SFX? (Billboard)
  • The Economist has released a new film about the music industry, investigating how major record labels are being disrupted by the digital revolution. (YouTube)
  • Gender equality at festivals in 2016 – a discussion. (Thump)
  • Project REGAIN looks at the possibility of reversing hearing loss. (Mixmag)
  • Reports of rape in and around London venues has increased by 100% since 2011, stats from the Metropolitan police show. (Mixmag)
  • Why I’ll never be a ghost producer - It’s killing EDM. (Medium -  Collin McLoughlin)
  • Has EDM opened doors or slammed them shut in dance music? (BBC)
  • A network of illegal music download sites are "affecting dance music in a really bad way". (BBC)
  • Ibiza's Department of Tourism head Vicente Torres explains exactly what the tourism tax does, how the island plans on coping with water demands, and what the department think about Ibiza’s busiest year yet. (Pulse) "we have a limited capacity [to cope with increasing tourism] being an island."
  • Will it even be called music? The intriguing future of virtual reality. (Quietus)
  • But who’s buying? A column about the music business. (Stereogum
  • A tech expert explains what Apple’s camera blocking patent means for concertgoers. (Thump)
  • Is streaming helping to bring vinyl back to life? (Pulse)
  • How we can get sexist trolls out of electronic music. (Fader - David Renshaw)
  • The top five music-startup mistakes. (MusicAlly)
  • Crowdmix bites the dust. (Mark Mulligan)
  • In the week of the demise of Crowdmix, David Balfour wonders what the future holds for digital music services. (RotD)
  • Five reasons to make it to IMS Asia-Pacific. (Pulse)
  • Why Brexit is bad news for UK's independent music industry. (Forbes)
  • What are the Brexit legal implications that creative industries need to know about? (Crefovi)
  • How Apple Music and Tidal transformed streaming (and why Apple may be buying Tidal). (Mark Mulligan)
  • Do the growing number of music festivals actually make any money? (Telegraph)
  • Gino Raidy looks at how the private party scene is democratising the dancefloor in Beirut. (Thump)
  • Is live streaming becoming a real business? (TubeFilter)
  • Twitter invests in SoundCloud, but why? (Forbes - Bobby Owsinski)
  • How do we keep venues and clubs safe in the wake of the Orlando tragedy? (Pitchfork)
  • Eight top takeaways from EDMbiz conference. (The Wrap)
  • Dance music visionaries unite at EDMbiz conference & expo 2016. (Magnetic Mag)
  • EDC 2016: A lack of festival deaths bodes well for its future. (LATimes)
  • IMS Ibiza 2016: The making of Pete Tong’s Ibiza Prom. (DataTransmission)
  • A California club bans DJs who use laptops … but why? (Guardian - Ben Beaumont-Thomas)
  • In Light Of Tragedy: To The Weekend And The Dancefloor – Valerie Lee discusses the effect of recent attacks in clubs and encourages defiance in the face of fear. (Mixmag)
  • Haçienda resident Dave Haslam meets music multi-tasker Seth Troxler at IMS Ibiza. (Dummy Mag)
  • Longtime resident Carl Cox, Space Ibiza owner Pepe Roselló and Safehouse Management founder Lynn Cosgrave talk 27 years of Space Ibiza at IMS Ibiza 2016.  (Pulse Radio)
  • The headwinds facing music startups. (Musonomics)
  • After 10 years of movement, Detroit is ripe for a techno takeover, says Devin Culham. (EDM.com)
  • Why Brexit will be a devastating blow to the global club scene. (Pulse)
  • EDM needs an intervention, says Annie Rinsky. (YouTube)
  • Ticketmaster: 10% of Brits will pay £300 to attend Ibiza dance festivals. (IBITimes)
  • SoundCloud’s free “auto-mastering” audio tool is more of an auto-turd. (ARS)
  • The music industry is still struggling to make the internet pay. (Management Today)
  • Banning workers from San Antonio could be disastrous for Ibiza. (Mixmag - Dave Pimbleton)
  • Getting hands-on with Open Source Music: You won’t be needing a message bot, says Warp Records' Head of Digital. (Midem)
  • Are subscription music services a sustainable business model? (MusicClout) “There is significant revenue that can be generated by the services as a whole, but the individual stream payments will remain in fractions of a cent and will only decrease as the services become more popular”.
  • ‘Partying With Depression Turned My Life Upside Down’ – a look at mental health in the club scene. (Thump)
  • Co-founder and former CEO of Beatport from 2002-2010, Jonas Tempel, penned an open letter to the SFX-owned music streaming and digital retail site in response to recent news of the downfall of the site. (EDM.com)
  • The two Spotify charts you need to see. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Chart of Spotify free users compared to global record revenues and YouTube revenues compared to global record revenues. (ArtistRightsWatch)
  • The Blockchain is the new Google. (TechCrunch)
  • Big Festival Brother? What summer music festivals are doing with your personal data. (Mashable)
  • SoundCloud Go: Why the new music streaming service won't work. (TrustedReviews)
  • With the streaming exclusives seemingly here to stay, David Balfour wonders who will be the winners and losers from this strategy. (RotD)
  • After the download: When Apple turns off the iTunes Store. (Mark Mulligan)
  • An alternate history for music, YouTube, and everything else. (David Newhoff)
  • "You (YouTube) have built a business that works really well for you and for Google, but it doesn’t work well for artists," says artist manager Irving Azoff. (Recode)
  • The music industry seems to love YouTube. Why do they keep saying they hate it? (Recode)
  • How the new music moguls write their own rules. (TBI)
  • Streaming services have lost $1bn between them over the last three years. (MBW)
  • Streaming services are saddled with high costs in royalty fees, meaning the likes of Tidal faces steep challenges, making the sale of the company to one of the bigger players “a likely option”, says Mark Mulligan. (FT)
  • Radio's future is mobile and connected - a report from the Worldwide Radio Summit. (Emmanuel Legrand)
  • Eventbrite publish a report on “all the event industry statistics you need to know”.
  • Apple Music is being overhauled? Good - here's what it needs to do. (Guardian)
  • If Amsterdam and Berlin can embrace the night life, why can’t Britain? (Guardian)
  • The lawsuit against Tidal makes it clear that a fumbling ad hoc rollout for Kanye West will never be a net positive. (Wired)
  • Why you shouldn’t subscribe to Tidal, even if you’re a Beyoncé fan: "More than two thirds of music executives believe the service will be dead by the summer." (NextWeb)
  • Digital pioneer, Jaron Lanier, on the dangers of “free” online culture. (Wipo)
  • The simple maths of the new music industry. (Paul Sanders)
  • Matt Everett asks what life is like for an artist making music in the streaming age. (BBC Radio)
  • Inside Pandora's plan to reinvent itself — and beat back Apple and Spotify. (FastCo)
  • After the album: how playlists are re-defining listening. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Spotify is becoming MySpace, while Apple Music becomes Facebook. (9GiantSteps)
  • Fears grow that iPhone’s glory days are over. (FT ) Weak results and a downbeat outlook suggest Apple is living in the shadow of past success.
  • YouTube's dreaming of a $40bn record business. Just a 'fantasy free-for-all'? (MBW)
  • Music creators need to take some responsibility for not getting paid properly. (Auddly - Helienne Lindvall)
  • 72% of Spotify listeners are millennials. Here's how they use the service. (AdWeek)
  • Manager Peter Mensch is the latest to slam YouTube for not fairly paying artists. But there’s more to the online music streaming debate than meets the ear. (Guardian - Eamonn Forde)
  • Who paid for your Coachella ticket? A social experiment gone wrong. (EDM.com)
  • Five takeaways from the IFPI's country-by-country report on the global record business. (Billboard)
  • With artists becoming brands in their own right and brand partnerships becoming increasingly embedded in culture, marketers and talented artists have more influence than ever before. In this round-table discussion, five industry experts explore what this means for the branded communications industry, the possibilities opened up by the power of music to connect with fans. (CannesLions)
  • Facebook might be about to change everything in music using Vertical Reality. (Sammy Andrews)
  • Data can help artists book shows, grow their fanbase, make sales and learn more about how to cater to those who love what they do. So where is it found? And how can it be used to boost careers? (M - Rhian Jones)
  • Governors Ball and Founders Entertainment heads Wolowitz and Russell talk Live Nation and new ventures. (Billboard)
  • We’re sick of reading about the bursting of the EDM bubble. (EDMTunes)
  • Half of consumers say they have listened to an album online before buying a vinyl copy, according to a poll. (BBC) 48% of people who bought vinyl last month admit they have yet to play it and 7% say they do not even own a turntable.
  • 46% of Americans ‘not that into streaming,’ study finds. (DMN)
  • Streaming hits 67.5m subscribers but identity crisis looms. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Will SoundCloud Go burst the streaming music bubble? (DailyDot)
  • How can we save the London club scene? (Dazed)
  • The IFPI and its major-label members are training their fire on a “value gap” between the amount of free, ad-supported on demand streams on services like YouTube, and the money those streams generate for the industry. (MusicAlly)
  • IFPI first take: Declining legacy formats continue to hold back growth. (Mark Mulligan)
  • What do the vinyl charts mean, anyway? (Clash)
  • What's Spotify going to do with that billion dollars? Maybe nothing. (Billboard)
  • Does music television have a future? It may now… Thanks to XITE. (EDM.com)
  • What Spotify's debt means for artists and labels. (Hypebot)
  • Is music streaming killing off the creative musician? (EDM.com - Devin Culham)
  • As Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music raise the bar, here’s how YouTube can stay the course. (Cuepoint - Cortney Harding)
  • Credit Suisse expects revenue from paid streaming services to grow nearly six times from 2015 to 2020. (BusinessInsider)
  • A report by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) suggests 25% of 15-24 year-olds in the European Union have intentionally used illegal sources to get digital content in the last year, while 13% have done so unintentionally. (Euipo)
  • Why getting paid in the music industry is so complicated, and how it can be better. (Billboard - David Balto)
  • What’s happening at Beatport after the SFX bankruptcy. (CDM)
  • SoundCloud shafts its most important people, the musicians that provide great original content and the fans who listen to it, in favour of paying the labels, argues Neal Rahman. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Why we need an Open Source music industry. (Midem - Grant Bussinger, Warp Records' Head of Digital) Has the industry still "not come to terms with the core concepts behind the root of its own disruption?"
  • The best way to prevent drug-related deaths at festivals. (EDM.com)
  • Where are the female record producers? (Star)
  • Spotify’s billion dollar challenge. (Mark Mulligan)
  • What does Spotify’s billion dollars of debt mean for labels and artists? (MTS - Chris Castle)
  • What does Spotify want to buy with a billion dollars? Will it get in to video? (Recode)
  • SFX sinks, Miami Music Week attendance is down, Vegas has had enough and everything is just fine. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Quick take: SoundCloud goes premium. (Mark Mulligan)
  • SoundCloud's next move will change the streaming game (again). (Billboard)
  • Is SoundCloud Go a serious streaming contender? Hands-on with the long-awaited subscription service rival. (Fact)
  • Analysis on what it took to have a No 1 single in 2015. (James Masterton)
  • The mechanics of the rights involved and the revenues paid by YouTube. (MTP)
  • Crowdfunding: what appears as freedom can turn out to be a behaviourist straightjacket. (Ratpie - Paul Sanders)
  • Has the bubble burst for music festival giants? (EDM.com)
  • How much is Sony/ATV worth? A deep dig into the financials of the ATV buyout. (Billboard)
  • Five lessons for creative businesses from the world of music management. (Guardian - Jim Carroll, former UK chair of BBH)
  • Can Big Data discover the next pop star? (FastCo) Online music hub ReverbNation is finding talented artists by mixing data with human curation.
  • The best and worst things about electronic music today. (EDM.com)
  • Streaming is now the recording industry's core, and it's being treated as such. (Billboard)
  • Social media is twice as important as mailing lists for the marketing of nightlife events in the UK and Ireland, reveals new data released by Eventbrite. (IQ)
  • Studies suggest young people have fallen out of love with nightclubs. We asked our readers to tell us whether this is really the case – here’s what they said. (Guardian)
  • What does SoundCloud's deal with Sony really mean? (EDM.com)
  • Is SoundCloud's Sony deal too little, too late? (Inc)
  • A new study from Nielsen is analysing those fans' behaviours to assess Instagram's impact on the music industry. (Billboard) Users spend 42% more than the general population on music, and they are also twice as likely to pay for music streaming.
  • Research claims that 68% of US smartphone owners listen to streaming music on a daily basis, with Amazon’s Prime Music the most popular service in the US. (MusicAlly)
  • Artist and Professor Melissa Ferrick explains why she's suing Spotify. (Billboard) “It’s not that I don’t think it’s a cool way to listen to music, they’re just not legally obtaining the licenses they need for streaming”.
  • Bad data is the worm in the apple for streaming music. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Blockchain: Panacea or pandemic? (Trichordist)
  • Fall of an empire: six things to expect in the wake of the SFX crash. (Mixmag)
  • Dull hipsters in broad daylight – why I’m done with today’s dance music. (Spectator - George Hull, Bloc founder)
  • How streaming services can crack social. (Midem - Dan Griffiths, Director of Interactive Marketing, The Orchard)
  • Algorithmic music curation is hailed as the future of streaming. So what does that mean for DJs and tastemakers? (Pigeons&Planes)
  • Here's why Netflix and YouTube just parked tanks on each other's lawns. (MarkMulligan)
  • Why radio needs music supervisors. (Billboard)
  • David Balfour considers the wider impact of Sony Music’s acquisition of Essential Music. (RotD)
  • The music startup meltdown. It’s going to get worse before it gets better… (Medium - Cortney Harding)
  • The number of physical stores in the UK selling music, video and games has reached an all-time high of more than 14,800, according to latest figures published in the annual ERA Yearbook. (RotD)
  • Is now a good time to talk about gender inequality? (Beatport)
  • A new study has revealed that music pirates tend to be better consumers of music in the long term, spending more on music than the average per capita in the US. (EDM.com)
  • Jonathan Geronimo, head of EDM Programming at SiriusXM Radio, claims the EDM bubble hasn't even come close to bursting. (MiamiNewTimes)
  • Artists should demand revenue-generating platforms work with one another to amplify complimentary offers, says Absolute's Digital Director Adam Cardew. (Midem)
  • Do we actually need to talk about 'female DJs' in 2016? (Thump)
  • A love letter to record companies. (ERA - Kim Bayley)
  • Music’s role in digital content is small and shrinking. (MarkMulligan)
  • How record labels buy social media love from teenage ‘influencers’. (IBTimes)
  • Is the #OscarsSoWhite controversy just as relevant in the EDM world? (EDM.com)
  • How can a country (the US) that allows art to be made available for commercial use without any compensation for the artist be in any way progressive? (DIYMusician)
  • Artists will rise again to being the most valued part of society. (Midem - Grant Bussinger, Warp Records' Head of Digital)
  • Stephen O'Reilly on how to launch a music app - keep it simple, find your niche and launch early. (Storify)
  • Clubbing in crisis: Does anyone still care about nightlife? (Beatport - Katie Bain) As rents rise and fans seek new experiences, clubs struggle to keep their disco balls spinning.
  • Does Spotify need to go after exclusive content? (Verge)
  • The truth behind songwriter royalties: billions of streams pay less than minimum wage. (Auddly - Helienne Lindvall)
  • PewDiePie's YouTube audience dwarfs that of pop's biggest stars. Here's how the music business can catch up. (Midem - Bas Grasmayer, MTN)
  • Announcing Spotify Infrastructure’s Googley future. (Spotify - Nicholas Harteau/VP, Engineering & Infrastructure, MusicAlly)
  • The full video of Vevo CEO Erik Huggers interviewed at the Recode conference. (Recode)
  • One music copyright can be better than two. (Paul Saunders)
  • Is Amazon Prime Music technically the most popular streaming service? (Forbes)
  • Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify, answers questions on Quora about the service and plans. “The big platform companies don’t generally like partnering. We do. This opens up lots of doors.”
  • How BandPage just screwed half-a-million artists. (DMN) YouTube is one of the worst-paying platforms for artists. Now, they own your trusted syndication partner.
  • Bandpage sold to YouTube. All your middlemen are for sale. Let’s do better. (Medium - Jesse Von Doom, CashMusic)
  • The 2016 Billboard Power 100 is dominated by white men born before Elvis had a hit. This isn’t only a problem of representation – it’s also bad for the industry. (Guardian - Eamonn Forde)
  • Artificial intelligence could disrupt the live music space. (Medium - Cortney Harding)
  • Jack Ü’s Grammys performance had nothing to do with dance music, argues Katie Bain. (Beatport)
  • Why tech house needs to just f**k off. (Pulse - Chandler Shortlidge)
  • Thinking about physical media in the digital age. (Thurrott)
  • Will performance royalties create a new class of radio pirate? (RadioSurvivor)
  • So Spotify doesn’t know who to pay? Here’s the simple solution. (Auddly - Helienne Lindvall)
  • About the gender politics of the dance and electronic music scene. (CultureVultures)
  • Former Cooking Vinyl digital marketer Sammy Andrews claims ‘the future of our industry is our artists’ at last week’s FastForward conference in Amsterdam. (MusicAlly)
  • Fast Forward 2016: in praise of positive thinking. (Medium)
  • Young voices tackle the music business: takeaways from Amsterdam's inaugural FastForward conference. (Forbes)
  • Recorded-music spending grew by 11% in the Netherlands in 2015, while live spending rose by 14% – and Spotify says its growth in the country has played an important role. (MusicAlly)
  • Breaking Beatport: examining how SFX Entertainment destroyed a beloved brand. (YourEDM)
  • From the warehouse to the classroom: The academic rise of electronic music. (HuffPo)
  • The sunset of SFX: Where to now? (Billboard)
  • EDM events that restrict free expression are betraying our culture. (EDM.com)
  • “We need to keep artists inspired” (Midem - Adam Cardew, Absolute Label Services' digital director)
  • The YouTube paradox – How YouTube has reshaped the entertainment industry. (4pt5)
  • Spotify’s bridge loan to nowhere is all the rage. (MTP)
  • It's time for Spotify to figure out what it really wants to be. (Verge)
  • PRS For Music CEO Robert Ashcroft discusses challenges and innovations in music royalty collection. (Forbes)
  • Sony Music has for the first time broken down its global recorded music income by format – with streaming comfortably ahead of downloads. (MBW)
  • David Price, Head of Anti-Piracy Research and Analysis at IFPI, says a new paper suggesting pirate downloads help sales doesn't stand up to scrutiny. (IFPI)
  • Is YouTube killing the UK’s live music scene? (BBC - Mark Savage)
  • Touring can’t save musicians in the age of Spotify. (NYTimes)
  • Spotify songwriter lawsuits: what, why and what happens next? (MusicAlly)
  • Worldwide revenue for the top ten music-streaming apps was up 120% in 2015, compared with the previous year. According to app store monitor App Annie’s annual report, Spotify ranks No. 1 in many regions. (Billboard)
  • How artists make more money - a cautionary tale by Jon Webster, President, Music Managers Forum. (MMF)
  • Why SoundCloud will be worth more than Spotify. (TechCrunch)
  • Relive the talks from IMS Asia-Pacific 2015. (IMS)
  • How misguided drug policies are failing the EDM community. (CoS)
  • The practice of discreetly paying for co-production is normal in dance music. Will Lynch argues that it shouldn't be. (RA)
  • Why has Bitcoin failed? (Medium - Mike Hearn, Bitcoin developer)
  • Can there be any defence of EDM? (HuffPo - Jess Melia)
  • SoundCloud's new Universal deal means streaming won't be free for much longer. (Yahoo)
  • Everyone is doomed (except Adele): the cold, hard truth about the Nielsen Music Report. (Stereogum)
  • Deezer's N. American CEO, Tyler Goldman, explains the future of streaming (and those confusing subscriber numbers). (Billboard) "At some point I think these services will have lots of types of audio content and it would only make sense that the rights holder would get paid based on actually what's being consumed of their content, not of others."
  • Is the music industry finally learning to live in a digital world? (Independent - Ben Chu)
  • We need to talk about booking fees. (EDM.com)
  • What exactly is responsible for the death of so many British nightclubs? (Thump)
  • Explore the Asia-Pacific market with AFEM presents developing the eco-system. (IMS)
  • Artist to artist: East meets West at IMS Asia-Pacific 2015. (IMS)
  • Music marketing in 2016: Six key trends. (HybridLanguage)
  • A BBC project used Shazam to look into the music people search for on their phones. (BBC)
  • Independent singer, songwriter and publisher Melissa Ferrick, who filed a $200m lawsuit against Spotify, alleging use of her songs without proper licencing, shares the motivation behind the suit. (Hypebot)
  • Can Spotify pioneer Ken Parks change online TV with Pluto TV? (FastCo)
  • The labels still don’t get YouTube and it’s costing them. (Mark Mulligan)
  • How crowdfunded music festivals are offering an alternative to increasingly corporate ones. (Independent)
  • Mark Davyd, Chairman of the Music Venue Trust: The man fighting to save UK music venues and the culture created within their walls. (Huck)
  • The lights are going out in night clubs all over Europe. (Economist)
  • Why clubs are cranking up the quality instead of the volume. (Guardian - Joe Muggs)
  • Imagining a post-SFX world. (PollStar)
  • Notable talks from IMS Asia-Pacific [video]. (IMS)
  • Kaskade discusses the Asian market in keynote interview at IMS Asia-Pacific 2015. (IMS)
  • The evolving music industry is turning top managers into moguls - operating across media, tech and consumer brands. (Medium - Eric Peckham)
  • How Spotify pays (or doesn’t pay) songwriters. (MTP)
  • From digital disappointment to the end of the app era, here are eight trends for 2016. (TechCrunch)
  • 2016 social media marketing predictions from the experts. (SME)
  • Brands and advertisers are falling over themselves to tap in to the colossal success of EDM, and many of its stars are happy to help the marketing effort – with conditions. (Guardian)
  • Drugs policies and electronic music culture. (RA - Luis-Manuel Garcia)
  • 2015: The year of a million streaming services. All numbers aside, the market just isn’t that huge yet. (Medium - Cortney Harding)
  • 2015: EDM'S end of days. (Mixmag) Dance music's dayglo moment has passed, says Marcus K. Dowling
  • The near-death of raves: The fate of independent music venues in 2015. (Quietus)
  • Barbara Ellen: For Spotify, some artists are more equal than others. (Observer)
  • If Spotify is really preparing to change its policy on Premium-only content, it will be anything but an easy road for the service to navigate, David Balfour suggests. (RotD)
  • Music royalty payments are at an all-time high. So why are artists turning on the streaming companies? (HuffPo - Mike Montgomery, CALinnovates)
  • Calling Deadmau5 a hater is missing the point. (EDM.com)
  • The British electronic music scene is alive and kicking. (HuffPo - Carl Loben, DJ Mag)
  • Why is free water still not mandatory for music events? (Magnetic mag)
  • Two Australian experts on drug use and policy share the real facts about ecstasy. (Thump)
  • The growing role of playlists in the music industry. (MusicAlly)
  • How many more records could you be selling this holiday season if your album wasn’t free streaming? (Trichordist)
  • Why does a record deck beat any digital musical format? Serbian turntable maker Igor Gligorov explains. (BBC)
  • Spotify's Year in Music shows just how little we pay artists for their music. (Verge)
  • After Time Warp's venue troubles, NYC promoters weigh in on the city’s war on dance. (Pulse)
  • Former Epic and Columbia US A&R veteran Ben Goldman discusses how the A&R aspect of the music industry has transformed, as well as providing some advice for artists on what those in his field look for in a band. (Hypebot)
  • This is why giving people access to on-demand music that's 'free all the time' is a problem. (BusinessInsider - Brian McAndrews, CEO of Pandora)
  • No new technology encapsulates the potential for positive change for this suffering music industry more than the Blockchain. (Medium - Benji Rogers)
  • Renown manager Troy Carter talks about the future of technology and music. (Entrepreneur)
  • The rise and rise of headphones: Why the set you buy isn’t just a question of sound quality, but identity. (Independent - Rhodri Marsden)
  • The future appears bleak for companies whose sole business is music streaming. (FT) Ministry of Sound’s Lohan Presencer says that “it’s very dangerous relying on companies whose primary business is not music to subsidise the music industry”.
  • Analysis of Pandora’s business by MusicAlly poses the question: if it costs more than $1bn to develop and market a service that remains firmly unprofitable after six years of such investment, then the economics of streaming music aren’t adding up for the service, let alone creators.
  • Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy’. (Register)
  • Hey ladies: Apple thinks you can't find music without men's help. (EDM.com)
  • Apple’s iTunes is alienating its most music-obsessed users: the collectors. (Wired)
  • Ghost production: it's inevitable and rampant, but not across all genres. (EDM.com)
  • Let's face it: The ad-funded on-demand music experiment has failed. (Herman Verkade)
  • The promoter checklist: how to throw a great party. (Mixmag)
  • How Songkick 2.0 is merging the needs of fans and artists. (FastCo)
  • Apple's iTunes is alienating its most music-obsessed users. (Wired)
  • Pandora is making acquisitions and experimenting with its model to fend off rivals. (FT)
  • Can music be damaging to your mental health? (EDM.com)
  • Are there dark clouds on the horizon for SoundCloud? (Observer - Stuart Dredge)
  • 20 years on, how important is ADE? (Thump)
  • What is the future of London clubbing? (i-D - Joe Muggs)
  • Why Rdio: the inside story. (Verge)
  • Ibiza is evolving from a party destination to a playground for the wealthy elites - and its nightlife is feeling the growing pains. (Thump)
  • Charity Music Releases - Altruistic or Easy Marketing? (EDM.com)
  • “In just the US, songwriters were not paid royalties by Spotify on what appears to be over 14bn monetised streams… It is endemic across most of the interactive services.” (Billboard - Jeff Price, Audiam)
  • ID&T's new CEO is a huge win for EDM...here's why. (EDM.com)
  • Is SoundCloud a good or a bad thing for musicians? (MU pdf - p38)
  • Are superstar DJs the future of pop music? (EDM.com)
  • Even dance music’s most notable DJ’s need vocalists, like Ellie Goulding, to reach radio. (NewYorker)
  • Why EDM is here to stay. (GQ - Dorian Lynskey)
  • Stadium hardcore act Scooter have sold 30m records in their career. Here’s a look at how and why they became so popular. (Thump)
  • Hey famous DJs: wanna prove you don't use ghost producers? (EDM.com)
  • "I believe that curation is an art form,” says Ministry Of Sound's CEO Lohan Presencer, following the launch of a new music service/radio app hybrid - Ministry Of Sound Live. (NME)
  • Dubset's 2015 Mix Transparency Report: Data collected from music’s top 25 streamed mixes. (Dubset) Featuring the 10 most sampled labels, most streamed mixes, artists and tracks.
  • From rave to riot: how Lambeth's illegal 'Scumoween' party turned scary. (Standard)
  • Maybe Spotify isn’t killing the music industry after all. (538)
  • 10,929,203 Streams on Spotify = $56,329.35. (Josh Collum) 'In my world, Spotify is not the problem. I repeat… Spotify is not the problem.'
  • It's a $6.2 billion industry. But how did Electronic Dance Music get so popular? (CNN)
  • Why do people bother whipping their phone out for shot after terrible shot of a DJ in the booth? (Thump)
  • The single biggest impression one gets from BitTorrent's Artist Survey is how outrageously difficult it is to make a living as an artist in the 21st Century. (Billboard)
  • How artists really make money in the cloud – or don't. (Rolling Stone)
  • Spotify broke the law on songwriter licenses, therefore rights holders have to build another database? (Trichordist)
  • Detroit, Chicago and New York created modern Electronic Dance Music, yet no one seems to know that? (Magnetic)
  • Why Ibiza’s new clubbing laws won’t stop the party. (Pulse)
  • Can special task force revive London's ailing live music and club scene? (Pulse)
  • Why Sydney’s lockout laws are failing. (Resident Advisor)
  • Spotify says artist protests are shrinking as more money rolls in. (SMH)
  • Music’s future: Stronger artist/fan connections and less ‘stupid vanity statistics’. (Musically - Lucy Blair, Motive Unknown)
  • Thump address some important and puzzling questions raised by DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2015 List. (Thump)
  • A few of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs give their reasons why more women don’t appear on the list. (Thump)
  • Is electronic dance music inherently sexist? (HuffPo - Carl Loben, DJ Mag Editor)
  • Why DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll is harmful to dance music. (LA Weekly - Liz Ohanesian)
  • Blockchain and the music industry. (Medium - David Galbraith)
  • According to a report, 66% of the 98m US households with broadband connections use a streaming audio service. Of all US broadband households, 40% stream audio using a free service, the report says, while 26% subscribe to paid streaming services. (Billboard)
  • Is EDM about to take off in China? Reports from Shanghai’s first ever edition of the International Music Summit suggest so. (Thump)
  • The uncertain future of EDM. (Forbes)
  • SFX faces its future: five possible outcomes following wednesday's big deadline. (Billboard)
  • Robert Sillerman interviewed about the future of SFX. (NYBJ)
  • Why Rudimental is leading the live performance game in EDM. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Do the Hollywood blockbuster-style festival ‘aftermovies’ really reflect what events are actually like? (Mixmag)
  • US festivals have been on the receiving end of a lot of ill-will recently. Here are 10 possible reasons why. (Thump)
  • Apple Music: the music industry’s three-month verdict. (MusicAlly)
  • Apple Music has failed, thinks Ewan Spence. (Forbes)
  • "Electronic music has never been better" – Bestival and BBC’s Rob Da Bank is enthusiastic about the health of dance music. (M)
  • EDM After The Drop: What a wounded corporate giant, SFX, means for dance music culture. (NPR)
  • The 10 best-selling tracks on Beatport this month. (Mixmag)
  • Australia’s recently introduced "lockout" laws are putting Sydney's club scene under serious threat. (Resident Advisor)
  • Are the DJ Awards becoming dangerously predictable? (Thump)
  • This is how Shazam is shaping the music industry. (BBC)
  • Why Apple Music still falls short of SoundCloud. (Hypebot - Oliver Cox)
  • One billion and counting: Eric Zho on the massive untapped electronic music market in China. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • The current focus within the industry on streaming playlists and ‘playola’ doesn’t show any signs of going away, David Balfour comments. (RotD)
  • The new payola: chart-rigging and scams in the EDM bubble. (Thump)
  • Music Market 2015: On 2014's trends and British global sales. (BPI's Geoff Taylor - YouTube)
  • How can social networks master music? (Medium - Cortney Harding)
  • Apple's $3bn acquisition of the headphone manufacturer Beats may have been more about snaring Jimmy Iovine. (Bloomberg)
  • Will the mainstream success of EDM lead to more adventurous dance music being made? (Thump)
  • Will all this bad EDM be a good thing for dance culture? (Thump)
  • Human curation vs. big algorithm: An interview with Mixcloud's Nico Perez. (Hypebot)
  • The music industry has a huge problem with perceived value. (Forbes)
  • How technology improves the music festival experience. (Forbes)
  • Designing new mobile experiences for the music-loving generation. (TechCrunch)
  • What EMI's six-month sample amnesty means for the music industry. (Guardian - Eamonn Forde)
  • As PRS sues SoundCloud, is the balance of power still tipped towards large tech companies? (Register - Andrew Orlowski) "The problem isn't identification of works, it's the unwillingness to implement the identification technology, as internet companies know the loophole favours them".
  • PRS for Music’s decision to launch legal action against SoundCloud has implications which could reach far beyond those two organisations, David Balfour comments. (RotD)
  • Google's plan to win the music-streaming marketing war: Partner with cool brands. (AdWeek)
  • Spotify is spying on you - but is it really that surprising? (Thump)
  • Is house music headed in a worrying direction? (Thump)
  • Dance music has an elitist problem. (Pulse)
  • Carl Cox revealed he thinks VIP culture is spoiling Ibiza in an interview with Scottish newspaper The Daily Record. (Fact)
  • The fall of SFX: From billion-dollar company to bankruptcy watch. (Forbes)
  • Ten DJs and producers discuss SoundCloud’s future and what will they do if it succumbs to its troubles? (Spin)
  • The saga of SoundCloud, and how streaming may become less and less free. (Fusion)
  • A look at seven streaming platforms that have the chance to become the next SoundCloud. (Thump)
  • An interesting comparison between the money made by modern DJs against musicians from 1969’s Woodstock Festival. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Some believe banning raves in California will make little difference to drug-related deaths. (Mixmag)
  • Why hasn’t the dance community made any progress on the state of its drug policies? (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Why the British nightclub is dying (by a nightclub owner). (Telegraph - Alex Proud)
  • More than half of the UK’s nightclubs have closed in the past 10 years. (Guardian) Sam Wolfson asks, is it down to fun-hating bureaucrats or have our nights out changed for ever?
  • Why is contemporary commercial club music so indebted to lazy sampling? (Thump)
  • What Apple Music’s 11m trialists really mean. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Who’s to blame for the closure of nearly half of the UK’s nightclubs in the last decade? (Thump)
  • A recent study has shown that fans respond favourably to brands that sponsor music festivals. (Your EDM)
  • Not going out: Why Millennials are no longer going to nightclubs. (Independent - Ian Burrell)
  • Why are Britain's nightclubs in such a desperate situation? (Telegraph - Elizabeth Anderson)
  • Has America completely forgotten its roots in dance music? (Magnetic Mag - David Ireland)
  • Brits are still in love with rave culture, says Carl Loben. (HuffPo)
  • SFX founder Robert Sillerman's EDM gamble is facing steep odds. (Billboard)
  • Pay to play, dance music's Payola. (Billboard - Laidback Luke)
  • Decentralised events: how live streaming revolutionised live music. (Hypebot)
  • ‪Why is the live music business living in the last century? (Medium - Cortney Harding) While the recorded music biz has started to embrace big data, the live space lags far behind.‬
  • Inside Spotify's plan to take on Apple Music. (FastCompany)
  • Always on, crammed full of superstar DJs and with Zane Lowe at the helm, Apple Music’s flagship station Beats 1 presents itself as the future of radio. But how is it faring so far? (DIY)
  • Some insight into the reasoning behind Instagram’s decision to ban the #EDM hashtag. (Thump)
  • Coachella, Tomorrowland, Bonnaroo and more: How top music festivals use social media. (Hubspot)
  • Sources claim SoundCloud’s ‘negotiations’ with Universal and Sony have "devolved into arguments, with monstrous upfront payment and equity demands peppered with the spector of equally massive lawsuits". (DMN)
  • What does a SoundCloud subscription mean for music blogs? (HBF)
  • Apple Music nightmare: adding music doesn't work as expected, I lost access to 4,700 songs after turning off the service. (LoopInisght)
  • Debating the merits and authenticity of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. (Your EDM)
  • Do bad DJs deserve to be defended? (Thump)
  • Do these two events signal the end of EDM as we know it? (Thump)
  • The commercialisation of music festivals and the rise of super concerts. (HuffPo)
  • How 'New Music Friday' fails to benefit consumers and independent record stores. (Medium)
  • How music magazines are changing to stay alive. (Billboard)
  • Does the Reddit revolt foretell a similar uprising for the music business? (Forbes)
  • Why is water in Ibiza clubs so expensive? (Mixmag)
  • How playlists are curating the future of music. (Pitchfork)
  • Hi-res streaming will soon be the standard, says 7digital CCO Pete Downton. (WhatHiFi)
  • Is streaming good for music? (BBC World Service)
  • Analysing Beats 1's first week: Most-played songs and every show's tracklist. (Billboard)
  • If the video games industry is having such a good time of it, Thomas Quillfeldt asks: what can the recorded music business learn from games? (RotD)
  • Can SoundCloud be the Facebook of music? (Bloomberg)
  • Are club nights with rules trying to force us into having fun? (Thump)
  • Freebooting’ is an obstacle to Facebook music ambitions. (MusicAlly
  • Sony Music has a noteworthy response to claims it is enriching itself at the expense of artists by taking a stake and advertising income from Spotify in lieu of negotiating fair-market royalty rates. (Billboard)
  • The cost of independence: economics and labour in DIY music. (Bandwidth)
  • In the US, industry pros are asking if Nielsen botched radio ratings — and inadvertently forced stations off the air. (538)
  • A post about the professionalisation of the internet, and how it could help Spotify win the streaming war. (David Emery)
  • Artists should take on record labels, not streaming services. (FT - Jonathan Ford)
  • July 5 2015: The new release day when everything changed. (Popjustice)
  • The digital age has changed the way album covers are created, designed, and thought about. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. (Fusion)
  • Music subscription uptake is low but losing paying users is the real time bomb. (MusicAlly)
  • Why the boom in big outdoor music festivals may not be sustainable. (Economist)
  • Don't believe the hype? 'High-res' music has its skeptics. (SJMN)
  • The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has produced the Forward Into The Night report, which claims that the business of restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs is worth £66 billion to the UK. (Fact
  • Wearing next to nothing at the rave: Is it a feminist issue or a generational one? (Thump)
  • A letter to my daughters and the female EDM community - I have two words for you…… Self respect! (Medium)
  • The dance music community’s responses to recent hateful behaviour from some of its most popular artists has proven that there’s zero tolerance for hate speech. (Thump)
  • Following Matt Zo’s recent rants about the state of the EDM industry, here’s some truths on EDM’s growing use of ghost producers. (Your EDM)
  • Some helpful tips on coping with your post-festival comedown. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Some useful tips on making it through this year’s Glastonbury with your sanity intact. (Thump)
  • Controversy still surrounds Jennie Livingstone's landmark film Paris Is Burning, but is it warranted? (Guardian)
  • Is the manner in which modern EDM is being consumed worrying for its future? (Your EDM)
  • EDM festivals book about 20 times more men than women, and now there's Nielsen data to prove it. (Digital Music News)
  • Brighton Music Conference gets down to business: how digital Darwinism can drive Dance Music. (Decoded)
  • FT Masterclass: DJ’ing with Eric Wahlforss, co-founder of SoundCloud. (FT)
  • Was the Apple Music launch proof that Tim Cook lacks the innovative edge of his predecessor? (FACT)
  • Pandora bought a radio station in South Dakota in a clever plot to pay lower music royalties. (BusinessInsider)
  • It's no longer all about ads — Here's how publishers, streaming sites, and apps are using subscriptions to boost revenues. (BusinessInsider)
  • Across the music business spectrum the reaction to Apple Music has been cautiously hopeful. SoundCloud’s Alex Ljung comments:"The amount of listening happening on streaming is still very small. Apple is going to rapidly increase the market for all of us". (LA Times)
  • MidemSoundCloud founder Alexander Ljung: ‘Freemium vs. premium debate is not helpful’. (MusicAlly)
  • Will Apple Music hurt the live music scene? (Guardian – Michael Hann)
  • The electronic music community needs to do more to ’embrace music streaming’ claims Lee MorrisonBelieve Digital’s General Manager UK. (M)
  • 'I'm not worried': Moog CEO Mike Adams on giving his company to itself. (Billboard)
  • Will .music domains make the internet better or just more of a crowded wasteland? (Diffuser)
  • Listening habits, social media engagement, spending history and more; find out what's unique about electronic music fans. (Midem)
  • SoundCloud edges towards making YouTube the odd one out. (Mark Mulligan)
  • YouTube is in the process of doubling its users, or trying to at least. (Billboard)
  • Some insight into what gives Apple the edge over their competitors. (Forbes)
  • It may only be four years old, but EDMbiz is fast becoming the best conference and expo for aspiring industry players to get their foot in the door. (Your EDM)
  • SoundCloud may be under pressure, David Balfour notes, but how many other platforms can claim such a unique and distinct position? (RotD)
  • How Beatport hopes to become the home of electronic music. (NextWeb)
  • It doesn’t sound like anyone should expect to get rich quick from SoundCloud’s monetization plan. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Music industry failing? Nonsense. Electronic music is doing just fine. (Thump)
  • Ministry of Sound’s Lohan Presencer has criticised Spotify before, but he’s just as angry at Universal Music Group and its rivals for their approach to digital music. (Guardian)

About Mixmag

Founded in 1983 as a monthly newsletter for the nascent DJ scene in the UK, Mixmag has grown to become the world's leading dance music and club culture media brand, including the market leading magazine, YouTube original dance music content provider Mixmag TV, global digital hub Mixmag.net and the Mixmag Media Network.

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About IMS

IMS is an educational and motivational thought-leadership platform dedicated to electronic music primarily through the presentation of three global summits. IMS Ibiza takes place this week at the Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza IMS Asia-Pacific takes place on December 10-11 at the W Hotel Sentosa-Cove, Singapore IMS Engage takes place on April 13 at the W Hollywood, Los Angeles

About RotD

Record of the Day has produced a subscription-based daily publication for the music industry for over 12 years, featuring all the best news and comment, along with an editorially-chosen future hit. Sign up for a free trial here.

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