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Drake Signs $10 Million Dollar Deal For Las Vegas Residency

Drake plans to rack up millions with his new residency at one of the biggest nightclubs in Las Vegas.

According to the The Blast (Jan. 15), sources close to the deal confirm that Drizzy signed a $10 million contract for a residency at XS Nightclub inside the Wynn Las Vegas. Drake had previously hinted at the residency during a performance inside the nightclub.

Vegas! When I came back, I thought itd be back at T-Mobile Arena or some (stuff), Drake said during his 30-minute set at the Wynn last Thursday (Jan. 10). But Ill be back here at XS all year. Youll have a lotta chances to see me.

The 32-year-old artist reportedly received a $2 million paycheck for his 30-minute appearance at XS Nightclub, a spot that can hold 1,600 people inside the club and another 3,200 patrons in its outdoor pool area. Throughout the sold-out event, the Toronto native performed a medley of hits like "In My Feelings."

The news of Drake's new residency in Las Vegas comes after the launch of Mod Slection, which is a new luxury champagne he's started with the help of California-based entrepreneur Brent Hocking. This comes just a little over two years after Drake launched his Virginia Black Whiskey in 2016.
Although he hasn't announced the residency himself yet, Drake did post a photo of his recent performance at XS with the caption "New home." Congrats to Champagne Papi for securing million-dollar bags with his new gig in Sin City.

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Fyre Festival Documentary Is Now Streaming

Last week, Netflix teased their upcoming "tell-all" about the Fyre Festival debacle with a trailer, but the streaming platform has been edged out by competitor Hulu, who have released their take on the failed music destination festival by releasing Fyre Fraud today.

Originally announced in April of last year, Hulu's multi-episode documentary promised to feature interviews with locals, vendors, investors and festival attendees that were left stranded in one of the most outrageous festival fails of all time. According to the trailer, organizer-at-large Billy MacFarland even sat down for an interview - likely before he received his six year sentence to prison and settling with the SEC for $27.4 million of fraud charges.

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Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower: Video

Post Malone and Swae Lee struck gold with their hit song "Sunflower," and now they want to show fans how it was made. They do so by including in-studio footage in their new music visual for the track.
After releasing an animated video for the song, Posty and Swae drop off a fresh new visual for their song on Wednesday night (Jan. 9). Throughout the black-and-white video, the "Wow" rapper and Swae are seen recording their popular verses as the room fills with smoke. The video also features scenes from their onstage performance of the lead single off the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack as well as footage from the premiere of the film.

This visual comes a short while after Post Malone was added to the lineup for the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. He's a headliner for the festival, which is taking place in Manchester, Tenn. The fest also will also see Cardi B and Childish Gambino hit the stage. Other acts include Brockhampton, Juice Wrld, Gucci Mane, Lil Dicky, Saba, Tyla Yaweh, Little Simz and more.
On the Swae Lee end of things, the rapper who acts as one-half of Rae Sremmurd is just a couple weeks removed from dropping off his holiday-inspired tune "Christmas at Swae's." Produced by Swae and Mike Will Made-It, the visual, which was directed by both Niall OBrien and Mike Will, finds Swae walking out to a Christmas tree farm where a piano waits for him. It was a dope visual, too.

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Technics Introduces The SL-1200MK7

Las Vegas, NV, United States, 7 January 2019
Technics today unveiled the new SL-1200MK7 Direct Drive Turntable. The new model inherits the traditional design of the same series and maintains the same operating ease, reliability and durability, while newly adding a coreless direct drive motor and other sound-enhancing technologies. It also features new DJ play functions, such as reverse playback. The SL-1200MK7 is launched as the first new standard DJ turntable in approximately nine years.

About the Technics 1200 Series
The SL-1200 was launched as a popular direct drive turntable in 1972, becoming a best-selling model with cumulative sales of 3,500,000 units for the series. It was supported by powerful torque, easy operation, and high durability. It became greatly admired by both audio enthusiasts and DJs who helped to unleash the DJ culture in areas such as electronic dance music. The series is still highly acclaimed by DJs worldwide today.

Panasonic curiously discontinued the SL1200 eight years ago just as interest in vinyl was starting to pick up. The release of crazy high-end versions of the turntable in the proceeding years was a slap in the face to enthusiasts and DJs who turned to the wild and woolly second-hand market, or cheaper knock-offs.

Pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

posted by David Miller (via panasonic)

Chris Brown Reunites With Scott Storch For New Single 'Undecided'

Chris Brown has set 2019 in motion with the melodic "Undecided," released Friday (Jan. 4). The bouncy track teams the R&B savant with veteran producer Scott Storch, who previously worked with Brown way back in 2005 on his breakout hit "Run It."

The 29-year-old opens up about the strains of his current relationship and the impact it has had on his mental state. "No, I don't say it often/ And I probably shouldve told you I hurt this bad, I know/ And I probably shouldn't want this so bad/ It's weighing, weighing on me/ Dont wanna wake up in the morning," he croons over the Shanice "I Love Your Smile" sample.

Breezy also delivered the super natural visual to "Undecided" on Friday (Jan. 4). The fun clip stars singer-actress Serayah in the role of Brown's love interest, as the pair dance the night away while playing games and riding rollercoasters on the boardwalk.

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Latin Music Is Now More Popular Than Country & EDM In America

2018 represented another year of the Latin-music scene growing in significant and mainstream ways, and a new year-end report puts into perspective just how competitive it is among other top music genres.

Data company BuzzAngle, which tracks music consumption, released their findings from Dec. 29, 2017 to Dec. 27, 2018 with a sunny outlook for the industry's past year sharing overall music consumption posted a second year of double-digit gains, fueled by audio streaming where an increasingly more diverse amount of titles being streamed. Across all metrics, hip-hop music led the way by album consumption (defined as traditional album sales plus track-equivalent albums plus streaming-equivalent albums), song consumption (song sales plus song streams) and music video streams, but Latin music earned big numbers to make it and its artists an undeniable and possibly previously underrated player in the U.S.

When it comes to album consumption, Latin took a 9.4% share of 2018 market as the fifth-biggest genre examined. Hip-hop led the way (with 21.7% of all LP consumption) and was followed by pop, rock and R&B music. But Latin music now ranks ahead of country, which has a 8.7% share of the market, and EDM albums, with 3.9%.

Latin music scored even better in song consumption, earning a 10.8% of the market. Hip-hop came out on top (owning nearly a quarter of the market), once again, followed by pop, rock and R&B. Country music had an even smaller piece of the pie here, with just a 7.9% share, while EDM posted a 4.3% share.

It should be noted that it's not entirely clear what BuzzAngle considers as "Latin" in its reportswhether major hits like Camila Cabello's "Havana," with its salsa-inspired sound were considered, or Cardi B's bilingual "I Like It" with J Balvin and Bad Bunny were included or if it only recognized fully Spanish-language songs, regardless of the actual genre. There are other vague genre terms including "urban" music and "world" (which doesn't seem to include a K-pop mega-seller like BTS despite the act ranking in Billboard's year-end world charts) in the report too.

Still, streaming's democratization of the music industry is showing how Americans are actively choosing Latin music more and more. Latin music can arguably be considered the fifth-most popular genre in America thanks to streaming and seeing its steady rise above the nation's other long-standing power-genres like country and EDM doesn't feel like an quick trend or industry play, but a better representation of actual listener habits. And based off the positive growth for the music industry at large, Latin music's growth is only making better business for everyone.

posted by David Miller (via Forbes)

4.2 Million Records Sold In The UK During 2018

A total of 4.2 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK over the past year, a 1.6% increase over 2017 reports the BBC.

Despite the steep decline in CD sales, and slowing of vinyl sales growth, physical sales (including CD and vinyl) still accounted for nearly 2 billion in the UK.

Even HMV (who has recently gone into administration) has sales still of a quarter of a billion pounds, so thats not a small business, explains im Bayley of the Entertainment Retailers Association.

Artic Monkeys took the number one spot, with 38,000 copies sold of their album Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, The Greatest Showman Soundtrack took second place followed by Fleetwood Macs Rumours at number 3.

Of the ten top selling vinyl albums, only three were new LPs Artic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, The Greatest Showman soundtrack and George Ezras Staying At Tamaras.

The reason vinyl sales are at a 25-year high is because people are rejecting this part of modern society where everything is immediate and nothing means anything, shares Banquet Records Jon Tolley

Top selling vinyl albums in the UK 2018

1. Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino (38,000 copies)
2. Various Artists The Greatest Showman (32,000 copies)
3. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (32,000 copies)
4. Queen Greatest Hits (31,500 copies)
5. Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon (26,000 copies)
6. George Ezra Staying At Tamaras (24,000 copies)
7. Nirvana Nevermind
8. Oasis (Whats The Story) Morning Glory
9. David Bowie Legacy
10. Amy Winehouse Back To Black

posted by David Miller (via thevinylfactory)

Technics Rumored To Unveil New SL-1200 This Month

Renowned audio equipment company Technics is rumored to unveil a new turntable in its iconic SL-1200 series at an event this weekend in Las Vegas.

Taking place January 7 during the annual CES trade show, Technics is hosting an event at Club Hyde in the Bellagio Hotel called Technics7th. According to the company, "the event will focus on the SL-1200 Series with performances by globally renowned DJs who are also fans of the legendary series," including Kenny Dope, Derrick May, Cut Chemist and DJ Koco.

What prompts vinyl enthusiasts and DJs to speculate on rumors of a new SL-1200 turntable is the heavy branding revolving around the number seven. The last DJ and budget friendly SL-1200 turntable to reach the market was the SL-1200MK6 (pictured), released in 2007. Which means a SL-1200MK7 could be next in line, following the Technics relaunch in 2016 with a model that was heavily criticized for its 1,299 price tag.

While this news is exciting for vinyl DJs, a new DJ-friendly turntable would be contrast to what the creative director at Technics, Hiro Morishita, told the New York Times in 2017. He expressed that the companys focus is MORE centered on general listening consumers: "DJs are fine, too, but as a marketing target its problematic. We dont want to sell the 1200 as the best tool for DJing. The 1200 is the 1200.

While no official word from Technics or its parent company Panasonic have been shared, the public can look for the rumors to be addressed in the coming days.

posted by David Miller (via mixmag)

Getting Started With Rekordbox DJ

Learn how to get started importing and managing your music library with Rekordbox DJ. No matter what compatible DJ controller or equipment you own this is a perfect beginners guide to Rekordbox DJ software.

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Technics Conducts a Live Streaming Event in Las Vegas "Technics7th"

The Technics-sponsored club event, Technics7th, will be held on January 7, 2019, at 20:00 PST in Club Hyde of the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, U.S.A.
The event will also be simultaneously streamed worldwide on the online music broadcasts, "BOILER ROOM" & "DOMMUNE".

Technics SL-1200 Series turntables, launched in 1972 and shipped a cumulative total of 3,500,000 units worldwide, serve as the de facto standard even today in many clubs all over the world. The event will focus on the SL-1200 Series with performances by globally renowned DJs who are also fans of the legendary series.

Performing DJs,

January 7, 2019,
Simultaneous worldwide streaming. Technics Presents "Technics7th."

Club Hyde in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.
* With simultaneous worldwide streaming over the Internet by the online music broadcasts, BOILER ROOM & DOMMUNE.

posted by David Miller (via benzinga)

Avicii's Parents Continue To Keep Their Son's Memory Alive

The untimely death of Avicii (aka Tim Bergling), the Swedish DJ who pioneered the EDM revolution and died of an apparent suicide at age 28 in April of 2018, has had lasting effects on the dance music community that can still be felt to this day.

Bergling failed to leave a will before taking his life and according to Swedish law, his fortune - which amounts to over $25 million - will be inherited by his parents since he was not married nor did he father any children.

His parents have done a phenomenal job in keeping the EDM superstar's memory alive by transforming his website into the Avicii Memory Board - a forum that has served as a touching online tribute to the late DJ-producer.

Avicii's shocking death has created a conversation around mental health in electronic music that continues to this day. He was Google's second biggest trend in 2018 and soon, a controversial documentary, titled Avicii: True Stories is set to arrive on Netflix this month.

posted by David Miller (via mixmag)

Ice Cube Performs 'That New Funkadelic' On Late Late Show

On the heels of hitting the Tonight Show stage last week (Dec. 7), Ice Cube continued his press tour in support of his new studio album Everythangs Corrupt on Monday night (Dec. 10) when the 49-year-old rap legend stopped by Studio 56 for a brief interview and another performance of the single "That New Funkadelic" on The Late Late Show.

First, Cube sat down with host James Corden to recount the time where he and the rest of N.W.A weren't allowed into the listening party for their first album at a swanky Beverly Hills nightclub. "We couldn't get in, we were late because of Eazy," Cube said of late bandmate Eazy E. "He always made us late. We show up and you had to have your Easter shoes. We ended up going to iHop and fussing and complaining about it. It was terrible."

The California native then hit the stage in his signature Dodgers cap to close out the show with a jazzy performance backed by an expansive live band featuring a killer horn section. "You know the funk will linger/ All these motherfuckers wanna smell my finger/ All these motherfuckers wanna fuck my singers/ I don't give a damn," Cube rhymed as the crowd clapped along to the George Clinton-honoring bounce.

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Zedd Is Most Nominated Electronic Act For The Grammys

Over the years, Zedd has no doubt grown to become of the biggest names in the global music industry, constantly delivering chart-topping music and proving time and time again his versatility in the studio and behind the decks when performing live around the globe. The Grammy Award nominations for 2019 are officially out now, seeing some truly memorable productions in with a shot of winning the acclaimed prize.

The nominations saw Zedd rise to the top yet again thanks to his hit single The Middle in collaboration with Maren Morris. The track which has accumulated over 65 million views on YouTube and even more streams on Spotify and Apple Music. The Middle was actually premiered in an epic live performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards, with many fans hoping to see some more music from the German DJ and producer coming soon.

Other electronic dance music acts which have been nominated include Above & Beyond for Norther Soul feat. Richard Bedford, Disclosure for their hit release Ultimatum feat. Fatoumata Diawara, Fisher for his summer hit Losing It, Diplo and Mark Ronsons duo Silk City for Electricity feat. Dua Lipa, and Porter Robinson as Virtual Self for Ghost Voices.. A truly impressive collection of releases which all deserve great recognition for the quality of production and the success they achieved.

The 2019 Grammy Awards will be awarded on Sunday, February 10.

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Club Killers Is Officially Part Of Mixcloud Select

Today we introduce Select, a fan-to-creator subscription layer to Mixcloud that allows listeners to subscribe directly to individual Mixcloud channels, allowing them to directly support the creators they love. Once a listener subscribes, they can enjoy an enhanced listening experience that includes downloading shows to listen offline and viewing upfront tracklists.

Select is about bringing creators and fans closer. Were partnering with 40+ creators from across our community as we work to roll this out to our wider community. Amongst them are internationally known DJs who tour the globe, and others who found their craft from their bedrooms. There are independent online radio stations, record labels and cultural curators.

With Select, audio creators are able to build an inner circle of fans and offer their subscribers a more rewarding experience, whilst earning revenue from their audio content. Mixcloud will collaborate with its first wave of creators to roll out additional new features, and all creators can now register their interest in joining Select in the near future.

This is our pioneering move toward building a fair and sustainable ecosystem that works for audio creators, artists and listeners. We want to enable fans to get closer to the culture and communities they care about, while ensuring that everyone involved in the creative process is recognized and rewarded accordingly. Our unique licensing model, were empowering long-form audio creators like DJs, podcast creators and radio show hosts to join the revenue mix for the first time.

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Ariana Grande's New Video For "Thank U, Next"

Ariana Grande and Big Sean may have broken up a few years ago, but by most accounts they're still pretty cool. That's a point that surfaces in Grande's new video for "Thank U, Next" which includes a playful, flirty nod to her ex-boyfriend.

In the video, which was released last Friday (Nov. 30), Ariana Grande released her new video for and had fans in a tizzy over some of the subliminal references to all her ex-boos in the clip. But fans instantly spotted something pretty interesting. In one scene, as Ari goes through her burn book of ex-lovers, her Big Sean page features a flirty caption that reads, so cute, so sweet and in parentheses could still get it.

Neither Sean or Jhene have made an official announcement about their relationship status. However, the "Bed Peace" singer did have her face tattoo of Sean's likeness covered up by famed tattoo artist Miryam Lumpini in November.
Jhene's new ink now displays a multi-colored galaxy complete with a rocket ship and a planet. The R&B mom has yet explained why she had Sean's face covered but she doesn't have to tell us why at this point.

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The Chainsmokers Share Behind The Scenes From The Studio

One of the most powerful music duos in the world, The Chainsmokers continue to expand their influence worldwide. Last month, the pair released their album Sick Boy Beach House which has proven incredibly popular on a global scale. To celebrate, the pair have released behind-the-scenes footage illustrating the creation of one of the albums most popular tracks.

This Feeling with Kelsea Ballerini has already amassed over 100 million Spotify streams, proving its popularity worldwide. The heavenly vocals provide the perfect focal point of the track, alongside an addictive melody that showcases The Chainsmokers prowess in production. The behind-the-scenes footage illustrates just how much work went into creating the most intricate details of the track, giving viewers an insight into the production process. The end of the clip features footage of the pair performing the track on The Ellen Show with Kelsea Ballerini, showcasing the finished product. The track itself is yet another testament to The Chainsmokers talents as producers, reminding fans exactly why they have reached such a successful level in the industry.

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Documentary: Exploring Sydneys Female DJ Network

Directed, produced, filmed and edited by Higgins, We Share The Language Of Rhythm focuses on the evolution of the close female DJ network in Sydney, as a result of the obstacles presented by both the dying late night music scene, and the inequality and underrepresentation on festival/gig bills in the music industry.

I really wanted the documentary to reveal the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to create inclusive and diverse events for women and minorities, says Higgins. Adding, And give emerging female DJs a chance to be inspired.

posted by David Miller (via mixmag)

Phase Delayed Again

Heres the Phase timeline the world saw the concept and collectively caused the worst case of GAS ever experienced in the DJ world. Subsequent showings and roadshows have seen further proclamations of it being revolutionary, a game changer, and even a needle and Rane Twelve killer. And then the pre-orders came and went, followed by sincere apologies from MWM about delaying Phase until November and wanting to absorb user feedback to make Phase the very best it could be. Obviously, this was met with a small amount of disappointment, but generally goodwill was still intact.

But here we are at the end of November, and this morning MWM wrote to me in somewhat apologetic tones telling me that Phase has hit issues in production and will be delayed until the end of January.

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Swedish House Mafia Announces Four Festival Performances

Heads up Denmark, Norway, Austria and the U.K. Y'all are the latest to be graced by Swedish House Mafia.

The reunited trio confirmed not one but four festivals at which it will play in 2019. A previously-announced Creamfields performance is now rounded out by additional headline slots at Tinderbox, Stavernfestivalen and Frequency Festival. (Creamfields has confirmed its get will be the only SHM performance in the U.K.)

The new shows join standalone tour dates in Stockholm (which gets three, by the way) and Mexico City. More performances and new music are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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LL Cool J Sues Rock the Bells Festival for Trademark Infringement

LL Cool J, who cut his teeth on genre-defining battle raps, has set his sights on the dormant Rock the Bells music festival with a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

In a complaint obtained by Rolling Stone, the rapper alleges that Guerilla Union, Inc., which produces the annual event (last held in 2013), used the phrase Rock the Bells the title of LLs 1985 hit without his permission. He also claims that by using that name, music fans could be confused that he endorsed the festival or served as one of its producers and that by using Rock the Bells in a URL, the festival committed cyberpiracy. Using the name, he alleges, is an act of fraud and counts as unfair competition, for the rapper, who named his branded classic hip-hop channel on Sirius XM Rock the Bells.

The rapper is asking the court to stop the festival from using the phrase in any manner, including printing merchandise with the phrase on it, and alluding to any connection with LL Cool J (real name James Todd Smith). He also wants a judge to recognize his Rock the Bells trademark as valid and order the festival to deliver any unused merch with the name on it to the rapper so he can destroy it and transfer the rights to its URL and social media accounts to him.
Smith is asking that Guerilla Union deliver any and all profits from allegedly infringing on the trademark and three times the amount of compensatory damages and punitive damages, among other claims.

Reps for LL Cool J and Guerilla Union did not immediately return Rolling Stones requests for comment.
Smith released the funky Rock the Bells with its heavy metal guitar stabs courtesy of Rick Rubin on his 1985 album Radio; he was 17 at the time. When it was released as a single, it made it to Number 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The more famous version of the song features no bells at all, though there is plenty on the original version that came out on the songs 12-inch release.

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