Goodbye Serato Scratch Live. Serato DJ With DVS is Here.

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Just announced on Sept 4th, the merging of Serato’s DJ softwares has begun – bringing DVS support to Serato DJ with the launch of a new version of the program, 1.5. The announcement comes in tandem with three new pieces of gear: the Rane Sixty-Four mixer, a Pioneer DJM-900 SRT Serato DJ Edition, and the Pioneer DDJ-SP1 controller.

As many industry experts predicted, developing three different programs (Scratch Live, DJ, DJ Intro) would serve only to frustrate and bog down Serato’s development cycle – and that a unification between them would be inevitable. Today we get to see the complete plan:

October 2013: 1.5 Release – Vinyl and CDJ control added to Serato DJ for the new mixers
December 2013: 1.6 Beta – Beta DVS support for Sixty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Sixty-One, SL2, SL3, SL4
February 2014: 1.6 Release – Full DVS support for above mixers + soundcards
Serato is bringing their trademarked NoiseMap DVS technology from Scratch Live into Serato DJ, meaning that you’re not going to need new timecode CDs/vinyl, and that it will continue to be the same reliable engine that DVS users have grown highly accustomed to performing under pressure.

End Of The Line: Of note, the Rane SL1 and Rane 57SL will not be receiving DVS support – apparently the technology in the soundcards in each is too limiting to be supported in Serato DJ.

Watch Serato’s CEO Sam Gribben detail more information about the future of Serato Scratch Live, Serato DJ, and more in the video below:

Posted by Dan White (Via DJTechTools.com)

Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

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Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1′s Masters of the Mix as a “cut-and-dry copyright infringement case,” but modest trappings aside, there’s a few reasons to pay attention to this one.

The complaint was filed in California on Friday against Je T’Aime Media Group, the show’s producer. Interestingly, VH1 and its corporate parent Viacom are not named as defendants.

Although live DJ music has somewhat been overlooked on the copyright front for many years, the lawsuit takes issue with a reality television program where disc jockeys compete for $250,000 in prize money and the title of vodka company Smirnoff’s official DJ for a year.

Universal Music says the producer of Masters of the Mix properly licensed sound recordings and musical compositions for the first two seasons of the show, but failed to do so for the third season. That season, which aired in 2013, is said to have used at least 93 of Universal’s compositions including songs from Daft Punk, Kanye West and The Roots and 115 of its sound recordings including works by Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani and Nirvana.

“Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works are fundamental to the production and success of the Show,” says the complaint.

Besides seeking up to $150,000 for each copyright infringed, Universal is making common law misappropriation and conversion claims over pre-1972 recordings by artists such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.

In the past year, the record industry has gone after Sirius XM and Pandora over pre-1972 music, and one of the responses has been that rights-holders have long given television broadcasters (as well as other music users) a pass on royalty collection on the older music. No longer, it seems. Until the issue is settled, pre-1972 music is a legally hot one, as the latest lawsuit evidences.

Posted by Eriq Gardner (via Billaboard)


Drake Faces ‘Ultimate Test’ as a Business Mogul

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Sure, Drake dropped the No. 2 rap album of 2013 (Nothing Was the Same) and earned high marks this year for hosting Saturday Night Live and the ESPY Awards. But the Toronto-born superstar, 26, is also an aspiring mogul now facing the ultimate test of his business muscle. Will he be Canada’s answer to Jay Z — who oversees a thriving record label, apparel business and sports agency — or the next Rick Ross, whose Maybach Music Group has seen middling results since its 2009 launch?

The first release from Drake’s label, OVO Sound, is off to a solid start. After just three days of sales in its first week, Majid Jordan’s Place Like This made its debut at No. 31 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Then on July 29 came PartyNextDoor’s PartyNextDoor Two. Both acts are already being primed to follow in the footsteps of The Weeknd, the Toronto-based artist-producer whose early support from Drake led to a lucrative record deal with Republic and two projects that reached No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Next up is this weekend’s OVO Fest (Aug. 3-4), the fifth annual music festival organized and hosted by Drake at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto. The event, which expands to a two-day concert for the first time, is headlined by Outkast, Drake himself and a sure-to-be A-list roster of surprise guests. Four days later, on Aug. 8, he will kick off the 31-city Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour, featuring a first-of-its-kind integrated sponsorship from Capcom that will pit the two rappers against each other in a Street Fighter-like battle. Fans will declare the winner each night.

Drake’s other upcoming ventures include custom designs for Nike’s Air Jordans and Canadian clothier Roots and, according to sources, the extension through 2015 of a lucrative deal with Sprite that was initially inked in 2010.

The bottom line should be impressive: Sources say Drake’s 2014 earnings are on pace to far exceed the estimated $10.5 million he earned in 2013.

A return to acting may also be in the cards for Drake, who got his big break on the Canadian teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation. “After SNL, obviously the phones were lighting up because it introduced him to a whole new demographic,” says OVO partner Oliver El-Khatib.

Future the Prince, who has co-managed Drake since the rapper’s split from the Blueprint Group in 2013, is taking a page from the playbook of manager Scooter Braun, who has helped diversify Justin Bieber’s business portfolio. “There are partnerships and ventures with companies that we haven’t even fully explored yet,” says Future the Prince.

Oh, and he’s already announced the title of his fourth album, Views From The 6, despite not having properly started the recording process. “He’s been trying to rebrand Toronto in the eyes of the youth, since two of the area codes have the number ‘6’ in it,” explains Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s longtime producer and co-founder of OVO Sound. “When he started referring to Toronto as the ‘6,’ fans started tweeting out names and Drake had to be like, ‘Yo, yo, yo, I want to claim my stake on this before someone else does.’”

And although 40 himself isn’t a big fan of the traditional release-date rollout (“no one remembers the day an album was released — if it takes an extra two weeks, so what?”), don’t expect Drake to pull a Beyonce his next time out. “I know Drake, he likes promoting his dates and building anticipation around them. I just get sleepless nights to make sure we deliver the best product possible.”

Posted by Andrew Hampp (via Billboard)


15 Questions With Dillon Francis.

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Club Killers official DJ Yung Jon Que had a chance to catch up with one of the hottest names in dance music recently here in Las Vegas for 15 quick questions to help us understand what Dillon Francis is all about…

1. How did you come up with your name?
I was born with it….

2. Favorite all time 90’s film?
Cant hardly wait

3. An artist out of left field you would like the chance to work with?
Fiona Apple

4. Where do you think music programming in Vegas will be in 2 years?
“I think Vegas will still be PLUR”

5. Who was your DJ role model or favorite DJ growing up?
Hmmm never really had one till i saw daft punk live at Coachella.

6. Your all time favorite record?
Acceptable in the 80′s is one i really love off the top of my head

7. Your go to prime time set record right now?
LRAD by knife party

8. What is your favorite city to DJ in?
Right now I think Seattle because the last party i played there was incccrredddiibblllee

9. What is your favorite city to vacation in?
Cancun

10. Most memorable, craziest, wild party you ever spun at?
the hoxton in toronto on my WURLD TURR with oliver….the party was so crazy and sweaty i thought the floor boards were gonna break

11. Worst memory you have from a gig?
I was playing in philly at the Mad Decent block party and my booth monitors were on but the main speakers weren’t so i was rocking out and the crowd couldn’t hear anything and i didn’t know what was wrong i thought they hated the song or something and it was the worst feeling ever.

12. What was the turning point for your career?
when diplo put out my Westside EP

13. What are your favorite tools for music production?
Ableton live and a bunch of VSTs

14. Who is a young DJ that has caught your eye & we should look out for?
Martin Garrix…i just did a song with him he is gonna blow up quick kid is a genius

15. What advice would would you give a younger you?
Keep doing you and keep practicing and don’t think about anything but the end goal that you want.

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Posted by David Miller


Free Download: Electricity & Drums (DJ Ikon Remix)

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What’s up ClubKillers fam? Wanted to share this official remix with I just finished for Akon, Luciana and Dave Aude. Electricity and Drums just hit #1 on Billboard Top 100 and this version is killing it for me in Vegas right now… ClubKillers style!!!

Posted by DJ Ikon


Will.I.Am rips off Arty and Mat Zo for new single?!?!

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Will.i.am’s fourth studio album, #willpower, indicates strong electro-pop influences with lead singles including the Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello produced “This Is Love” and the Basto written “Scream & Shout.” Other than these collaborators, Will.I.Am had no other EDM producers come to his aid — at least to their knowledge. Today, Will’s VEVO uploaded the fifth track from the album, “Let’s Go” alongside Chris Brown, and the preview has the dance music community up in arms. ”Let’s Go” appears to be a blatant ripoff of Arty and Mat Zo‘s Anjunabeats release, “Rebound,” and not just a sample, the entire track. Listen for yourself after the break…

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Arty, Mat Zo, and Anjunabeats label head Jono Grant have been voicing their own concerns. Arty took to twitter claiming that will.i.am never cleared the rights with Anjunabeats, who owns the rights for “Rebound.” Jono Grant tweeted earlier, “Poor form by Will I am nicking @mat_zo and @arty_music ‘s track “Rebound” without asking the artist or label @anjunabeats ! #dotherightthing” (since deleted). Mat Zo has seemingly deactivated his twitter account in disgust. This isn’t the first controversy to spark behind #willpower. British singer-songwriter Tulisa is currently suing Will for song royalties to “Scream & Shout.”

Stay tuned as this story develops.

Update: ”Bang Bang,” also uploaded today, mimics the exact chord progression from the drop in Sandro Silva and Quintino’s “Epic.” Listen to Will.I.Am’s drop at 2:15 in.

Update #2: Chris Brown pleads ignorance.

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Update #3: Statement from Mat Zo via Facebook:

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Update #4:
Laidback claims song was cleared beforehand, Arty will receive production credit

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Update #5: Arty and Quintino affirm there was no official licensing agreement and these tracks were released without permission.

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Posted by Brett Kernan (via Dancing Astronaut)


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