If you weren’t happy with the five official remixes of the Stafford Brothers’ “Hello,” you now have your chance to do even better. Beatport Play is now accepting submissions for remixes, so break out your DAW of choice, lock your doors and get working because the contest ends April 15th. Winner gets $500 cash, $1000 in gear from Sushi Radio, and their remix released on CHM Records. What are you waiting for?
You’ve probably heard by now that Beatport was bought out by Robert Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment for a reported $50 million earlier this week. It’s a major move for a company that has acquired several key electronic music promotion and live event companies over the last couple of months. Beatport, however, is the first stake SFX has claimed in the realm of digital music sales and other media-focused ventures.
For the first time in thirteen years global sales in the music industry have risen, according to a study reported by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The increase was meek — 0.3% — but the trend in an important indicator for the future of the music industry. Once seen as the gravedigger for record companies, it is of course digital music that is leading this slow road to recovery.
Back in 1999, when many of us were still making mix CDs off our colored iMacs, Napster was skyrocketing the popularity of mp3s to untold heights. For years, the titanic corporations trying to drum up legal digital music business models could simply not find ways to compete with explosive rate at which a new generation was downloading and sharing music illegally. This plague has now turned to profit — subscribers to services like Spotify and Rhapsody grew by 44 percent last year, and sales from iTunes have not slowed either.
According to the New York Times Media Decoder, SFX Entertainment has just purchased Beatport for “a little more than 50m.” The move is just another step in CEO Robert Sillerman’s plans to build a billion dollar EDMpire. With a history of acquisitions like Disco Donnie Presents and Life In Color as well as his recent investments into Miami nightlife and the festival circuit, the move comes as little surprise;
“Beatport gives us direct contact with the D.J.’s and lets us see what’s popular and what’s not,” Mr. Sillerman said in an interview. “Most important, it gives us a massive platform for everything related to E.D.M.”
Beatport’s chief executive, Matthew Adell told the Times that he believes SFX can help Beatport expand by tackling live events, especially in booming markets like India and Brazil.
“We already are by far the largest online destination of qualified fans and talent in the market,” Mr. Adell said, “and we can continue to grow that.”
With Ultra around the corner set to kick off what has become known as “festival season,” Beatport News has ranked the 20 most anticipated dance music festivals of 2013. The list includes events from around the globe ranging from America to Spain to Germany to Argentina. Beatport‘s ranking comes with quite a few surprises; Tomorrowland didn’t crack the top 10 and American events have surpassed long lived international ones. Can you only guess which festival is slotted in at number one? Jump below the break to find out.
Last year, Dim Mak front man Steve Aoki joined forces with Indonesian wiz kid Angger Dimas to bring us an electrifying single that sent some pretty intense shivers down our spines. On my end, I’m fairly convinced that the two have managed to condense an actual lightning bolt into .mp3 form, but, unfortunately, the hard evidence still remains to be seen.
Although Aoki teased us towards the end of last year with a preview of this killer track, we’re excited to say that the full song is now officially available for purchase via Beatport. Featuring razor sharp synths that intertwine perfectly with My Name is Kay’s scintillating vocals, “Singularity” is an explosive electro house release that erupts even more viciously than Mt. Vesuvius laying the smackdown on Pompeii. A consistent headbanger from start to finish, this high energy release is 128 BPM of glory and may just take your breath away if you’re not careful.
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Good news dance music junkies: Shazam-ing just got easier. According to the New York Times Media Decoder blog, the popular song identification app has struck a deal with Beatport that will expand its current database by 1.5 million songs. Shazam currently boasts 275 million users (175 million more than its strongest competitor, SoundHound), and the company’s director of music and content, Will Mills, explained to the NYT that dance music continues to become more and more popular on the app, making up for 31 of the 100 most tagged songs in 2012.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
With 10 million unique visitors a month, Beatport is the largest online resource for dance music in the world. As fans and artists, we use the platform religiously to buy, sell, and find new music. In other words — Beatport is our Beat-Bible. As such, we all share the same stake in Beatport’s underlying issue; the current limited arrangement of genres hinders music discovery, profit potential, and more. Let’s unify as fans and artists to ask Beatport to take on a more fair and avant-garde understanding of genres. This antiquated system is just not cutting it.
The rapidly rising producer known as Seven Lions has been establishing himself with a deep and distinct sound ever since joining Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint. Undeniable talent aside, his career catalyst was his epic win of Beatport’s 2011 remix contest for his Above & Beyond rework, “You Got To Go.”
One year later, Seven Lions is giving upcoming artists the same life-changing opportunity that he was blessed with, launching a remix contest for the lead track off his recent EP, “Days To Come.” The winner of the contest will receive a grand prize package from Beatport and will have his or her remix release by OWSLA. Submit your remixes before the contest ends on November 26th, and don’t forget to watch the video for “Days To Come” below the break .
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