• Facebook Steps Up Efforts to Reach Deal With Music Industry

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    Facebook is stepping up efforts to reach a licensing agreement with the music industry, according to sources who spoke with Bloomberg.

    A deal would allow music to be added to user-generated videos without getting flagged for copyright infringement. It would also potentially open the door for Facebook to obtain more videos from the labels themselves.

    With nearly two billion users, Facebook provides a massive opportunity for the industry. It could mean billions of dollars in revenue. Licensed videos would also benefit Facebook, which wants to dethrone YouTube as the leader in online video.

    Last month, Facebook hired Tamara Hrivnak, a former key music executive at YouTube. Hrivnak now leads Facebook’s global music strategy and business development.

    However, Bloomberg says the talks with Facebook are “complex” and that “a deal could be a couple months away or more.”

    “Facebook must also finish a system to police copyright-infringing material akin to Content ID, the system used by YouTube,” Bloomberg writes. “Videos on the site already feature a lot of music for which artists don’t receive royalties — a major source of tension.”

    The Financial Times reported in January that Facebook is developing a content ID system, but did not say when it would be completed.

    Watch Bloomberg’s report below:

    Related: Facebook Developing Content ID System to Fight Copyright Infringement

  • 2017 Grammy Winners

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    The Chainsmokers (photo credit: Grammys)

    The 59th annual Grammy Awards went down in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Below are the winners of the categories most relevant to DJs. Check the full list on the Grammys’ website.

    GENERAL

    Best New Artist:

    Kelsea Ballerini
    The Chainsmokers
    WINNER: Chance The Rapper
    Maren Morris
    Anderson .Paak

    Album Of The Year:

    WINNER: 25 – Adele
    Lemonade – Beyonce
    Purpose – Justin Bieber
    Views – Drake
    A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson

    Record Of The Year:

    WINNER: Hello – Adele
    Formation – Beyonce
    7 Years – Lukas Graham
    Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
    Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

    Song Of The Year:

    Formation – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyonce)
    WINNER: Hello – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
    I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
    Love Yourself – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
    7 Years – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

    POP

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

    Closer – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
    7 Years – Lukas Graham
    Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
    Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul
    WINNER: Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

    Best Pop Vocal Album:

    WINNER: 25 – Adele
    Purpose – Justin Bieber
    Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
    Confident – Demi Lovato
    This Is Acting – Sia

    Best Pop Solo Performance:

    WINNER: Hello – Adele
    Hold Up – Beyonce
    Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
    Piece By Piece (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
    Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

    RAP

    Best Rap Performance:

    WINNER: No Problem – Chance the Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
    Panda – Desiigner
    Pop Style – Drake ft. The Throne
    All The Way Up – Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared
    That Part – ScHoolboy Q ft. Kanye West

    Best Rap/Sung Performance:

    Freedom – Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar
    WINNER: Hotline Bling – Drake
    Broccoli – D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty
    Ultralight Beam – Kanye West ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, & The-Dream
    Famous – Kanye West ft. Rihanna

    Best Rap Song:

    All The Way Up – Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared)
    Famous – Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West ft. Rihanna)
    WINNER: Hotline Bling – Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
    No Problem – Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
    Ultralight Beam – Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico Donnie Trumpet Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, & The-Dream)

    Best Rap Album:

    WINNER: Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper
    And the Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul
    Major Key – DJ Khaled
    Views – Drake
    Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q
    The Life of Pablo – Kanye West

    R&B

    Best Urban Contemporary Album:

    WINNER: Lemonade – Beyonce
    Ology – Gallant
    We Are King – KING
    Malibu – Anderson .Paak
    Anti – Rihanna

    Best R&B Performance:

    Turnin’ Me Up – BJ The Chicago Kid
    Permission – Ro James
    I Do – Musiq Soulchild
    Needed Me – Rihanna
    WINNER: Cranes in the Sky – Solange

    Best Traditional R&B Performance:

    The Three Of Me – William Bell
    Woman’s World – BJ The Chicago Kid
    Sleeping With The One I Love – Fantasia
    WINNER: Angel – Lalah Hathaway
    Can’t Wait – Jill Scott

    Best R&B Song:

    Come and See Me – J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor ft. Drake)
    Exchange – Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
    Kiss It Better – Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
    WINNER: Lake By the Ocean – Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
    Luv – Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

    Best R&B Album:

    In My Mind – BJ The Chicago Kid
    WINNER: Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway
    Velvet Portraits – Terrace Martin
    Healing Season – Mint Condition
    Smoove Jones – Mya

    DANCE/ELECTRONIC

    Best Dance Recording:

    Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses
    WINNER: Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
    Never Be Like You – Flume ft. Kai
    Rinse & Repeat – Riton ft. Kah-Lo
    Drinkee – Sofi Tukker

    Best Dance/Electronic Album:

    WINNER: Skin – Flume
    Electronica 1: The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre
    Epoch – Tycho
    Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future – Underworld
    Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII – Louie Vega

    REGGAE

    Best Reggae Album:

    Sly & Robbie Presents…Reggae For Her – Devin Di Dakta & J.L
    Rose Petals – J Boog
    WINNER: Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
    Everlasting – Raging Fyah
    Falling Into Place – Rebelution
    Soja: Live in Virginia – Soja

    MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

    Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    Amy – (Various Artists)
    WINNER: Miles Ahead – (Miles Davis & Various Artists)
    Straight Outta Compton – (Various Artists)
    Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) – (Various Artists)
    Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 – (Various Artists)

    Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman, composer
    Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone, composer
    The Revenant – Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
    WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams, composer
    Stranger Things Volume 1 – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
    Stranger Things Volume 2 – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

    Best Song Written For Visual Media:

    WINNER: Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls
    Heathens – Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad
    Just Like Fire – Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass
    Purple Lamborghini – Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad
    Try Everything – Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia
    The Veil – Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden

    PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL

    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

    Benny Blanco
    WINNER: Greg Kurstin
    Max Martin
    Nineteen85
    Ricky Reed

    Best Remixed Recording:

    Cali Coast (Psionics Remix) – Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
    Heavy Star Movin’ (staRo Remix) – staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
    Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix) – Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
    Only (Kaskade & Lipless Remix)- Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
    WINNER: Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix) – André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
    Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix) – Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)

    MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

    Best Music Video:

    WINNER: Formation – Beyonce
    River – Leon Bridges
    Up & Up – Coldplay
    Gosh – Jamie xx
    Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go

    Best Music Film:

    I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Steve Aoki
    WINNER: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years – The Beatles
    Lemonade – Beyonce
    The Music Of Strangers – Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
    American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry – Various Artists

    Related: Winners of the 2016 Grammy Awards

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  • Facebook Developing Content ID System to Fight Copyright Infringement

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    Facebook is developing a content identification system to fight copyright infringement, reports the Financial Times.

    According to a source that spoke with Billboard, the system is similar to YouTube’s Content ID, which identifies videos containing copyrighted music. When the system finds a match, YouTube does what the copyright holder asks it to do with the video: mute it, block it, leave it alone, or monetize it with ads.

    The report follows an increase in copyright enforcement on Facebook, which has resulted in blocked videos and in some cases disabled accounts. Both pre-recorded and live videos have been affected.

    The stepped up enforcement has been a rude awakening for DJs, as Facebook had long been a haven for mixes and turntablism routines. Takedowns and disabled accounts had been relatively rare, compared to YouTube and SoundCloud.

    Facebook’s new content ID system will likely result in a further increase in blocked videos and disabled accounts.

    “[Facebook sees] the huge amount of traffic music content is responsible for on their platform and [doesn’t] want to be on the wrong end of an artist fight,” a music industry source told Billboard. “They also see that there’s a potential opportunity to position themselves as friendly to content creators as opposed to YouTube, so they are working fast to get this right.”

    Billboard also reports that Facebook is currently in talks with major labels to license content, though the Financial Times cited a source saying a deal would not be done before the spring.

    “The reality for Facebook and YouTube is that more and more they are transitioning from tech platforms to media companies,” the source told Billboard. “And the more they look like media companies, the more they are going to have to act like them and respect creators and pay for content.”

    Related: DJ Mixes Are Now Legal on SoundCloud, Says Founder

  • Pharrell Talks Politics and Music Business on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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    Pharrell on The Breakfast Club

    Pharrell stopped by The Breakfast Club show on Monday to talk about his new film, Hidden Figures. The Grammy-winning producer also spoke about politics and the music industry.

    On the current political climate:

    “I personally think that women and millennials will essentially be the larger number that ends up saving us in four years … Women have compassion. They think about the world. They birthed the world. The whole entire world came through the conduit of the woman’s body. Women consider that.”

    On Trump winning the election:

    “This pressure that’s gonna come about is going to make the best art, the best music, the best design, the best fashion. It’s going to be amazing. That’s one of the good things that’ll [come from the election].”

    On the challenges of working in the music business:

    “It’s not like in football where they actually sit down and have you take a course and [teach you] what to avoid and people to stay away from. They don’t do that in the music industry. This is the most abused industry ever … There’s some really nice and brilliant people that are in the music industry right now, but we need more of those people to be empowered so that they can continue to empower the artists.”

    Watch the full conversation below.

    Related: Watch the Video for Kid Cudi’s ‘Surfin” Ft. Pharrell

  • DJ Mixes Are Now Legal on SoundCloud, Says Founder

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    SoundCloud founder Eric Wahlforss has said in an interview that DJ mixes are now legal and “problem-free” on the service.

    Wahlforss told Germany’s Groove magazine:

    “During the negotiations for SoundCloud Go, we achieved agreement with collecting societies like GEMA in Germany, making these problems a thing of the past -– even for users who do not subscribe. This means that DJ mixes are now legal and problem-free on SoundCloud. So this is a very positive news for DJs.”

    SoundCloud was once the go-to platform to host DJ mixes, but many DJs have stopped uploading their mixes in recent years because of increased takedowns for copyright infringement. Some have even had their accounts deleted for repeat violations.

    As a result, many DJs have been uploading their mixes to less popular services like Mixcloud and Mixcrate. However, those platforms have been subject to increased takedowns over the last year, with Mixcrate closing its doors in October.

    While Wahlforss’ comments are encouraging to DJs and fans, it is unclear at this point if all mixes are indeed safe on SoundCloud.

    Related: DJs Should Stop Playing SoundCloud and YouTube Rips

  • 2017 Grammy Nominees Announced

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    The Chainsmokers (credit: Danilo Lewis)

    The nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards have been announced. Beyonce leads with nine nominations, followed by Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West with eight a piece.

    Below are the nominees for the categories that are the most relevant to DJs and producers. To view the nominees for all categories, click here.

    The awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017.

    General

    Album Of The Year:

    25 – Adele
    Lemonade — Beyonce
    Purpose — Justin Bieber
    Views — Drake
    A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

    Record Of The Year:

    Hello” — Adele
    Formation” — Beyonce
    7 Years” — Lukas Graham
    “Work” — Rihanna ft. Drake
    Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

    Song Of The Year:

    Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyonce Knowles, & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyonce)
    Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
    I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
    “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin, & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
    7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard, & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

    Best New Artist:

    Kelsea Ballerini
    The Chainsmokers
    Chance The Rapper
    Maren Morris
    Anderson .Paak

    Rap

    Best Rap Performance:

    No Problem” — Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
    “Panda” — Desiigner
    “Pop Style” — Drake ft. The Throne
    All The Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared
    “That Part” — ScHoolboy Q ft. Kanye West

    Best Rap/Sung Performance:

    “Freedom” — Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar
    “Hotline Bling” — Drake
    Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty
    “Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, & The-Dream
    “Famous” — Kanye West ft. Rihanna

    Best Rap Song:

    All The Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie, & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared)
    “Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West, & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West ft. Rihanna)
    “Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
    No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter, & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
    “Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West, & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, & The-Dream)

    Best Rap Album:

    Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
    And The Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
    Major Key — DJ Khaled
    Views — Drake
    Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
    The Life Of Pablo — Kanye West

    R&B

    Best R&B Performance:

    “Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ The Chicago Kid
    Permission” — Ro James
    “I Do” — Musiq Soulchild
    “Needed Me” — Rihanna
    Cranes In The Sky” — Solange

    Best Traditional R&B Performance:

    “The Three Of Me” — William Bell
    “Woman’s World” — BJ The Chicago Kid
    “Sleeping With The One I Love” — Fantasia
    “Angel” — Lalah Hathaway
    “Can’t Wait” — Jill Scott

    Best R&B Song:

    Come And See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham, & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor ft. Drake)
    Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
    “Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass, & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
    “Lake By The Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
    LUV” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin, & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

    Best Urban Contemporary Album:

    Lemonade — Beyonce
    Ology — Gallant
    We Are King — KING
    Malibu — Anderson .Paak
    Anti — Rihanna

    Best R&B Album:

    In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
    Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
    Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
    Healing Season — Mint Condition
    Smoove Jones — Mya

    Dance/Electronic Music

    Best Dance Recording:

    “Tearing Me Up” — Bob Moses
    Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
    Never Be Like You” — Flume ft. Kai
    Rinse & Repeat” — Riton ft. Kah-Lo
    “Drinkee” — Sofi Tukker

    Best Dance/Electronic Album:

    Skin — Flume
    Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre
    Epoch — Tycho
    Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld
    Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega

    Pop

    Best Pop Vocal Album:

    25 — Adele
    Purpose — Justin Bieber
    Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
    Confident — Demi Lovato
    This Is Acting — Sia

    Best Pop Solo Performance:

    Hello” — Adele
    Hold Up” — Beyonce
    “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber
    Piece By Piece (Idol Version)” — Kelly Clarkson
    “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

    Closer” — The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
    7 Years” — Lukas Graham
    “Work” — Rihanna ft. Drake
    Cheap Thrills” — Sia ft. Sean Paul
    Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

    Reggae

    Best Reggae Album:

    Sly & Robbie Presents Reggae For Her – Devin Di Dakta & J.L
    Rose Petals — J Boog
    Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley
    Everlasting — Raging Fyah
    Falling Into Place — Rebelution
    Soja: Live In Virginia — SOJA

    Production, Non-Classical

    Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:

    Are You Serious — Tchad Blake & David Boucher, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Andrew Bird)
    Blackstar — David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen, & Tony
    Dig In Deep — Ryan Freeland, engineer; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (Bonnie Raitt)
    Hit N Run Phase Two — Booker T., Dylan Dresdow, Chris James, Prince, & Justin Stanley, engineers; Dylan Dresdow, mastering engineer (Prince)
    Undercurrent — Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Sarah Jarosz)

    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

    Benny Blanco
    Greg Kurstin
    Max Martin
    Nineteen85
    Ricky Reed

    Best Remixed Recording:

    “Cali Coast (Psionics Remix)” — Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
    “Heavy Star Movin’ (staRo Remix)” — staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
    Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)” — Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
    “Only (Kaskade & Lipless Remix)” — Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
    “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)” — André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
    “Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix)” — Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)

    Music Video/Film

    Best Music Video:

    “Formation” — Beyonce
    “River” — Leon Bridges
    “Up & Up” — Coldplay
    “Gosh” — Jamie xx
    “Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go

    Best Music Film:

    I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead — Steve Aoki
    The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years — The Beatles
    Lemonade — Beyonce
    The Music Of Strangers — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
    American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry — Various Artists

    Related: Winners of the 2016 Grammy Awards

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  • Mixcrate Closes Down After 6 Years

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    DJ mix platform Mixcrate is shutting down after six years, according to a message posted on its website. The California-based company has been one of the leading services to upload and discover DJ mixes since 2010.

    In the message, Mixcrate said it had received a letter from a “respected entity in the record industry.” The company did not disclose the contents of the letter.

    Mixcrate added that it does not believe its website “violates any laws” but does not “have the means to operate under current conditions.”

    Based on that statement, it is possible that the industry entity had ordered Mixcrate to pay royalties or change the functionality of its website.

    Read the company’s full message below:

    “We started Mixcrate in Spring 2010 with the ambition of building a community site where DJs can discover and connect with other DJs and their fans. It has always been our goal to provide a welcoming home for all levels of DJs – influential and up-and-coming. As a result, we built one of the most supportive DJ communities in the world.

    Mixcrate has been a side project built by a handful of individuals just as passionate as the DJs we served. We have been a self-funded website – working during our free-time, balancing life while supporting our other personal endeavors.

    Unfortunately, Mixcrate received a letter from a respected entity in the record industry. While Mixcrate does not believe the site violates any laws, we do not have the means to operate under current conditions. It’s with deep regret that we must shut down the website.

    Thank you for the support through the years. If you have enjoyed and discovered new DJs through our site, please continue supporting them and the art of DJing.

    The only time a goodbye is painful is when you know you’ll never say hello again, so we’ll just say, we’ll see you guys later.”

    Related: SoundCloud Versus the Alternatives

  • Diplo Talks Early Days As Producer and Decline of EDM

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    Diplo recently stopped by the Philadelphia chapter of The Recording Academy for an interview with journalist Dan DeLuca. The Mad Decent chief discussed his early days as a producer and vinyl dealer, the decline of EDM, his advice to artists, and other topics.

    On the development of his sound: “I was finding these kind of crevices and things that people weren’t doing. I don’t think I was ever that great at the music I was making, but I kept finding things that people weren’t doing and like just doing them, like you know and trying to do my best at taking up that space.”

    On the decline of EDM: “Some of these [artists] are great that are part of [EDM] and make great music but for the most part you already see that it’s in decline. . . . There hasn’t been a dance song on the radio except Calvin Harris and Rihanna this whole year. I think people have moved on. They’ve moved on to hip-hop again . . .”

    On his advice to artists: “You should always be an artist for yourself first. Do what you want to do. Never adhere to this genre or whatever. There was [once] a young DJ that played me his demos that were kinda cool, they different than what he made. But he was like, ‘I can’t release this because all my fans expect [that].’ I’m like, ‘Man, that’s the worst attitude ever.’ What if David Bowie thought that? He always was the guy who was changing the game. He was always the guy who decided to do something against the grain and always made records that were were forward thinking and ahead of the time. That’s what any artist should pursue.”

    Watch the conversation below.

    Related: Diplo Remixes M.I.A.’s New Single, ‘Bird Song’

  • iHeartMedia Launches New Latin Division, iHeartLatino

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    Enrique Santos (via Facebook)

    iHeartMedia and Hispanic radio personality Enrique Santos have launched a new Latin music division, iHeartLatino. According to Billboard, “this would be the first time a mainstream radio company — in this case the biggest radio company in the country — creates a Latin division.”

    Santos will serve as chairman and CEO of iHeartLatino and will anchor iHeartMedia’s new Spanish-language station, TÚ 94.9. The station will be the new home of his weekday morning show starting in October. In addition, Santos will be responsible for developing new Latino-focused programming and content, as well as identifying new talent. He will also play a role in iHeartRadio Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

    Santos told Billboard:

    “Words cannot describe how ecstatic and how proud I am for the future of Latinos in radio. We have a media group that respects Latins and is giving us, in a very special and historic moment in history, this super highway to create, to elevate and to pave the path for our music our people and culture.”

    Santos was born in Illinois to Cuban parents and has been on the air for 20 years. He was previously at Univision Radio, where he hosted the nationally syndicated Enrique Santos Show for nine years.

    Related: Roc Nation Launches Roc Nation Latino, Names Romeo Santos as CEO

  • World’s Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts of 2016

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    Diddy (via Instagram)

    Forbes has released its 2016 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, and Diddy took the crown for the second year straight by earning an estimated $62 million. Holding the number two spot is Jay Z, followed by fellow mogul Dr. Dre in third. Another notable entry is Kanye West, who ranked seventh in 2015 but didn’t make this year’s top 10.

    Take a look at the full list below.

    1. Diddy $62 million
    2. Jay Z: $53.5 million
    3. Dr. Dre: $41 million
    4. Drake: $38.5 million
    5. Wiz Khalifa: $24 million
    6. Nicki Minaj: $20.5 million
    7. Pitbull: $20 million
    8. Pharrell Williams: $19.5 million
    9. Kendrick Lamar: $18.5 million
    10. Birdman: $18 million
    11. Kanye West: $17.5 million
    12. DJ Khaled: $15 million
    13. A$AP Rocky: $14.5 million
    14. J. Cole: $14 million
    14. Lil Wayne: $14 million
    14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: $14 million
    17. Snoop Dogg: $12.5 million
    18. Eminem: $11 million
    19. Swizz Beatz: $10.5 million
    20. Ludacris: $10 million
    20. Rick Ross: $10 million

     
    Here’s how Forbes came up with the ranking:

    “We consider pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2015 to June 2016 and based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, Bandsintown, the RIAA and from interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and a handful of the artists themselves.”

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