• Mixcloud Signs Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

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    Music streaming service Mixcloud has signed a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group, its first deal with a major record company.

    According to Mixcloud’s press release, the agreement will help enable a new offering in which fans can subscribe to creator channels “for a more interactive listening experience.” The deal will also “help audio creators on the platform monetise their content.”

    Founded in 2008, Mixcloud offers around 12 million radio shows, DJ sets, and podcasts, which are produced by over 1 million creators. However, the platform uses a statutory radio license, which limits the content that creators can use. Some creators have experienced copyright takedowns in recent years, similar to that of SoundCloud and other platforms.

    Nico Perez, co-founder and director of content at Mixcloud, said in the press release:

    “Since the beginning, we have worked with rightsholders to both monetise long-form audio and champion the importance of curation in the streaming industry. As we embark on direct licensing relationships with the major labels, we are committed to doing what is best for artists, curators, music fans, and the industry.”

    Ole Obermann, EVP of business development and chief digital officer at Warner Music Group, added:

    “This deal is a good example of our willingness to experiment and lead in embracing differentiated new business models. As streaming opens up access to a vast universe of music, we are seeing a complimentary rise in fans’ engagement with curated experiences, such as playlists, on-demand radio shows, and DJ sets.”

    Billboard reports that Mixcloud is in discussions with Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and independent rights organization Merlin about striking similar license deals to that of Warner.

    Related: Warner Music Group Buys Spinnin’ Records

  • Sony Music Opens Its Catalog to DJs and Remixers Via Dubset

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    Sony Music blog

    Digital distributor Dubset Media has partnered with Sony Music to allow the use of the label’s catalog in DJ sets and remixes on music subscription services.

    In addition to opening up Sony’s catalog to DJs and remixers, the deal creates a new revenue stream for the label.

    Using its MixBANK rights management platform and Cross Clearance Network, Dubset identifies the underlying musical recordings used within DJ sets and remixes. Once the tracks are identified, the platform determines the label and publishing rights holders and simultaneously clears the DJ sets or remix across all rights holders.

    Although thirty-five thousand labels and publishers have registered with Dubset, Sony is the first major label to get on board.

    Dubset Media CEO Stephen White said in a press release:

    “Hundreds of millions of music fans are streaming DJ and remix content, and labels, publishers, and performance societies need robust solutions for managing the use of their catalogs within this massive category of under-monetized music.”

    Andre Stapleton, senior vp of digital partner development at Sony Music Entertainment stated:

    “We have worked closely with Dubset on a deal that not only protects our artists, but also provides us with the tools to harness new revenues for them, while amplifying the popularity of the original master recordings at the same time.”

    Bob Barbiere, Dubset Media chief strategy officer and svp of global licensing added:

    “Poorly monetized user generated content (UGC) has already cost the music industry billions in lost revenue. DJ sets and remixes, like original music, must be independently registered, tagged, and cleared before entering any subscription music streaming service – which up until now has not been possible. At Dubset we have solved this problem.

    Related: Apple Music Can Now Stream Previously Unlicensed Remixes and DJ Mixes

  • DJ Khaled Talks ‘Grateful’, Snapchat, Working With Kanye & Jay Z, Plus More

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    American record producer, DJ, and recognised personality DJ Khaled talks with UK’s DJ Semtex for an exclusive interview hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra. The footage of the high-profile interview known as “Cloth Talk”, has now been released.

    They go deep into Khaled’s beginnings as a DJ, Drake, his first time connecting with Jay Z, the Asahd effect and much, much more. They also talk about his new album “Grateful”, which features many recognised artists but the interview also reveals his desire to work with UK’s Giggs and Skepta.

    Watch the 68-minute interview above.

    Related: Liam Gallagher Talks Upcoming Solo Album, His Love for Skepta, Possible Oasis Reunion, Plus More

  • Liam Gallagher Talks Upcoming Solo Album, His Love for Skepta, Possible Oasis Reunion, Plus More

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    Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher stopped by BBC 1Xtra on Wednesday for an interview with MistaJam. The 44-year-old rocker discussed his upcoming debut solo album, his love for Skepta, his recent concert in Manchester, a possible Oasis reunion, plus more.

    When asked who he’s listening to right now, Gallagher said his son is a “big fan” of Skepta.

    “Everything good comes from the street,” the singer replied. “I don’t know much about it, but I like the look of that Skepta, man. He looks like an odd cat, which I like.”

    Watch the 10-minute convo above.

    Related: DJcity UK’s Most Downloaded Tracks of April 2017

  • Cash Money Sued Over Missing Drake Profits

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    Aspire Music Group has sued Cash Money Records over alleged missing profits and copyright royalties from Drake‘s first six solo albums, according to court documents reviewed by Billboard. The earnings could end up totaling in the tens of millions.

    The suit cites Cash Money co-owners Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams, and Young Money Entertainment, as defendants.

    Billboard writes: “In the filing, Aspire claims that in 2008, it signed an exclusive recording agreement with Drake, then entered into an agreement in June 2009 with Cash Money Records that would allow Drake to record for the label in exchange for one-third of the net profits of his first six albums and one third of the copyrights of his master recordings for those same albums, as well as monthly accounting and payments.”

    However, Aspire alleges that Cash Money never paid out any profits outside of “a few modest advances” and that Aspire was never registered with a one-third ownership stake on any recordings.

    The court documents specify the albums as 2009’s So Far Gone, 2010’s Thank Me Later, 2011’s Take Care, 2013’s Nothing Was the Same, 2015’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and 2016’s Views.

    The court documents also reveal Cash Money’s alleged fraudulent accounting.

    According to Billboard, “Cash Money sent copies of its payments from distributor Universal and included deductions for recording, marketing and production costs, as well as artist royalties and advances, that had already been deducted from Universal’s payments — effectively making them double deductions. The result was accounting that showed no payments due to Aspire.”

    Aspire is not suing for a specific amount of money. Instead, the company is asking the court to supervise an audit of Cash Money’s books to determine the amount due.

    Related: Ed Sheeran Sued For Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’

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  • DJs and Producers Can Now Earn Revenue From SoundCloud

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    SoundCloud has announced that it has expanded its revenue sharing program to include to DJs and producers.

    The SoundCloud Premier program, as it’s called, enables content creators to earn revenue generated from subscriptions and advertising on the platform.

    According to the company’s blog:

    “Beginning today, DJs and producers who create sets, remixes and other forms of creative works will now be invited to join our SoundCloud Premier program, and earn revenue for the tracks they share on SoundCloud.”

    There’s one catch, though: the program is currently invite-only. However, SoundCloud says that it’s increasing the number of people invited every day.

    Content creators can sign up here.

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

  • Watch DJ Premier’s Epic Interview With The Breakfast Club

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    After years in the making, DJ Premier finally paid a visit to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. The legendary DJ and producer covered his entire career, from growing up in Texas and joining Gang Starr to working with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Nas. The hour-long conversation is a must-watch for fans of classic hip-hop, production, and DJ culture.

    Watch it above and grab his new single with Miguel, “2 Lovin U,” on DJcity.

    Related: DJ Premier Discusses Scoring VH1’s ‘The Breaks’

  • Drake’s Extensive Interview With DJ Semtex on OVO Sound Radio

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    Drake x DJ Semtex

    Drake sat down with UK’s DJ Semtex for an exclusive one-on-one interview covering everything from his relationships with Kanye West and Jay Z, to his beef with Meek Mill, answering many of the questions left behind.

    Drake also goes into detail on his Views album. Talking about how the smash hit “One Dance” came about and how communication broke down between Kanye and Jay Z. Listen to the whole extensive interview below.

    Related: DJ Semtex Talks Music With Skepta

  • 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.


    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)


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

    Benny Blanco
    WINNER: Greg Kurstin
    Max Martin
    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)


    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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