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Beatport and Loopmasters Enter Partnership

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Loopmasters
Source: Beatport

Beatport, the leading online music store for DJs, has sold its Beatport Sounds business to Loopmasters, the leading online store for sound packs and plugins. The deal includes an investment in Loopmasters by Beatport.

Launched in 2003, Loopmasters includes a download store for sound packs, a cloud-based subscription service called Loopcloud, and the Plugin Boutique.

Over the next year, Beatport will integrate Loopmasters’ product suite into its website.

Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels said:

“Our partnership with, and investment in, Loopmasters illustrates Beatport’s commitment to delivering the best products to our loyal customers and the global DJ/producer community. Loopmasters’ long history of delivering a world-class product and customer experience is going to be a valuable asset for Beatport’s more than 36 million annual visitors for many years to come.”

Loopmasters’ Founder and CEO Matt Pelling said:

“We are thrilled to integrate the Loopmasters product suite into the Beatport site, enhance our sound library with their licensed sounds catalogue and gain access to the amazing artist and label relationships they have cultivated over the last 15 years. The combination of these two great companies will surely create an unparalleled product offering for emerging and established producers around the world.”

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Katy Perry Loses ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Lawsuit


Katy Perry performs at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (Credit: Douglas Mason)

After a week-long trial, a California jury has decided that Katy Perry‘s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” unlawfully borrowed elements from another song.

Christian rapper Flame, a.k.a. Marcus Gray, claimed that the hit song copied the beat of his 2008 track “Joyful Noise.” Perry and Dr. Luke, who co-produced “Dark Horse,” both insisted that they had no prior knowledge of Flame’s song.

The jury has yet to decide on how much Perry and her collaborators, who also include featured artist Juicy J and co-producer Max Martin, owe Flame in damages.

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‘MikiDz Podcast’: Club Residencies: Cash vs. Comfort

Would you leave a comfortable, steady gig for one that offers more money? MikiWAR, DJ Dainjazone, and DJ Rell discuss the pros and cons on this episode of the MikiDz Podcast. The crew also talks about knowing your worth as a DJ, and how to increase it.

Watch the MikiDz Podcast above. It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Mixcloud, and Spotify.

In related news, Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire will perform on the MikiDz Show tonight. Watch it at 7 p.m. PT on DJcity’s website.

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Review: Denon DJ Prime 4 Standalone DJ System

Tips and Tricks

In March, Mojaxx provided a first look at Denon DJ’s Prime 4 standalone DJ system. Now, following a firmware update, Mo has returned with a full review.

Watch above on this week’s Tips and Tricks.

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DJ Butch Discusses LA’s Extravagant Bottle Service Scene on ‘R.O.A.D. Podcast’

DJ Butch

On this episode of the R.O.A.D. Podcast, the crew talks to veteran club DJ and promoter, DJ Butch. The Carson, California native discusses Los Angeles’ current bottle service scene and the extravagant presentations at some of the high-end clubs.

Butch also talks about his transition from being a battle DJ to becoming a successful club DJ and promoter, and how DJs who struggle with getting booked can jump-start their careers by throwing their own parties.

Watch an excerpt above and the full episode here.

Follow the R.O.A.D. Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Drake, SiriusXM, and Pandora Announce Partnership

Drake

Drake
Drake (Source: Instagram)

Drake, one of the world’s biggest stars, and SiriusXM, “the world’s largest audio entertainment company,” have announced an extensive creative partnership.

The partnership, which will start rolling out later this year, will include a dedicated station, curated music, and collaborations with creative talent.

The deal will mark the first major artist collaboration between SiriusXM and Pandora since the companies merged earlier this year. The partnership is also the largest agreement both brands have signed with a major artist to date.

With the addition of Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the US, SiriusXM reaches more than 100 million people with its audio products.

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