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What's New in Serato DJ Lite 1.3.2

Serato DJ Lite 1.3.2 brings Beatgrids, free music and in-app tutorials. Serato DJ Lite is a free DJ software that can be used with a wide range of supported DJ controllers. It’s the best software for learning how to DJ.

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Jay-Z Turns 50

The birthday wishes are pouring in for JAY-Z, who turned the big 5-0 on Wednesday.

Hip-hop figures have taken to social media to celebrate Hov's milestone, as well as salute his indelible contributions to the culture as well as his impressive list of accomplishments, like nabbing nearly two dozen Grammys, dropping 14 No. 1 projects, and selling more than 100 million records.

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Mariah Carey's Trailer For Her New Mini-Doc

It's official: Mariah Carey Is Christmas. At least, that's the title of Mariah Carey's new mini-documentary for Amazon Music, which dropped its first trailer on Wednesday (Dec. 4).

In the clip, the superstar reminisces about writing her iconic holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and looks back on its cultural impact 25 years after its initial release. "I just remember where I was coming from, wanting it to feel like a classic" Carey says earnestly of the song while wearing -- naturally -- a festive, floor-length red gown. "It was an accomplishment for me that I was really proud of."

The mini-doc also features interviews from Carey's longtime collaborator and back-up singer Trey Lorenz, Variety music editor Shirley Halperin, Billboard's own Gary Trust and producer Randy Jackson -- who helmed production on the 1994 Christmas smash and declares in the trailer, "To come up with an original holiday song that becomes a hit? Next to impossible...Mariah Carey is Christmas."

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Kanye West Brings the Kardashians to Wyoming in New “Closed On Sunday” Video

Kanye West’s latest album Jesus Is King finally dropped last month after much delay. Following a charming video for his song “Follow God” starring his dad, which dropped on November 8, the rapper formerly known as Yeezus has returned with a new video for “Closed On Sunday,” his Chick-Fil-A-referencing song from Jesus Is King.

Like the video for “Follow God,” his latest clip opens on plains of Wyoming, looking out onto a caravan of UTV/side-by-side vehicles. West appears with his wife Kim Kardashian-West and kids North, Saint, Chicago, Psalm, nestled peacefully in the state’s rocky cliffs. Eventually, Kris Jenner steps out of one of the vehicles, and a sprawling group of friends and family members join the Kardashian-West household in the Wyoming wildlife. Later in the clip, West is shown by himself on top of a mountain and surrounded by members of his “Sunday Service” performance group, who sing and dance along to the track.

Jesus Is King debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking the rapper’s ninth No. 1 album with 264,000 album-equivalent units. West is currently tied with Eminem for the longest still-active streak of No. 1 albums in Billboard chart history. Last month, the rapper told Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe that he was planning to release a Christmas album called Jesus Is Born sometime soon, though the release date still hasn’t been announced. He also released a documentary film, also titled Jesus Is King, accompanying his latest album last month.

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Is Virtual Reality The Future Of DJing?

With every technological advancement there is both anticipation and fear as to how change will impact one’s life and work. This has always been especially prevalent with the DJ community.

The introduction of digital formats, streaming, and stems has led to apprehension by many but overall acceptance in the long run. At the end of the day, DJing rarely subverts from its basic principles: to mix one or more tracks together in a conscientious flow of rhythms and sounds.

With the introduction of virtual reality technology, we are witnessing the next era of DJ technology, one that exists in a new, interactive online world. But what impact will VR DJing really have, and how it will affect the way in which we interact with DJ culture? DJTT spoke to the proponents of three companies in the field to get more overarching view of if this is something that all DJs should take seriously.

Tom Impallomeni is co-founder of Tribe XR, which launched on Oculus Quest September of last year to great reviews. It focuses on helping aspiring DJs become performers, and ultimately creating a new roster of talent.

“Right now, if you want to become a professional DJ you have to buy hardware, or you have to go and get apps, or go to DJ school,” says Impallomeni. “We recognize that by using VR you can train people on virtualized versions of real equipment. You’re getting access to virtualized versions of equipment worth around $6,000 — CDJ equivalents — for just $20, plus a headset, and headsets are so cheap now.”

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Spotify Announces Launch Of Their Own Award Show, The Spotify Awards

Spotify has announced that on March 5th, 2020, they will host the first annual Spotify Awards in Mexico City. According to the streaming giant, the show’s categories, nominees, and winners will be decided entirely based on user streaming data to “provide a true reflection of what fans are listening to.”

Coming fresh off the heels of the Grammy Award nominations, it seems Spotify is looking to capitalize on sentiments from some music fans that the Grammys may be a bit out of touch in the streaming era. Spotify’s news release regarding the announcement states, “you can get excited for an awards ceremony that actually speaks to what the people are streaming.” Since the Grammy’s peak viewership of 39 million in 2012, viewership has consistently trended downwards. According to Statista, last year only 17.95 million tuned in, not even half of 2012’s mark.

The news also closely follows the announcement of Apple Music’s upgraded musical tracking program, as well as Amazon’ Music’s addition of free ad-supported streaming. Both of these changes cut into features unique to Spotify in the streaming realm, but with the Spotify Awards they’ve reclaimed a perk of their service that no other platform currently offers.

The show will take place in Mexico City, where Spotify has the most monthly listeners. It will be streamed in partnership with Turner Latin America.

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A-Trak Explains How He Made Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" Remix

A-Trak‘s lauded remix of “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is celebrating is 10th anniversary, and as such, the producer took the time to make a video for fans outlining the creative process behind it.
In a short YouTube clip, the Canadian producer talks over a screen recording of his beat lab while showing the progression the song took to its final form.

In addition to explaining how the song was made, A-Trak also gave an anecdote as to why the project was so special for the artist. In a tweet, he remembers seeing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and immediately wanting to get his hands on their version of “Heads Will Roll.” He reached out to band asking to remix it—a process that typically happens the other way around.

After a few long months of working on the track while touring, the label Interscope rejected the release. It wasn’t until the remix circulated and gained popularity that the label eventually asked to release it. A year later, A-Trak’s version of “Heads Will Roll” ended up in the climax scene of the comedic film, “Project X.” From then on, the song was cemented in greatness.

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How To Mix Different Genres & BPM by Point Blank Music School

In this video, DJ Ravine and our DJ Module Leader, Ben Bristow, teamed up to share some of their favourite techniques for mixing with different genres and BPM.

Point Blank is an award-winning music school with courses in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online. Voted 'Best Music Production & DJ School' by DJ Mag, you can learn music production, sound engineering, DJ'ing and much more via our online courses or in our state-of-the-art studios:: https://www.pointblankmusicschool.com

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Kanye West Announces "Jesus Is King Part II" w/ Dr Dre

It looks like Kanye West's got another joint project coming down the pipeline, and it's not Watch the Throne 2 and it doesn't have anything to do with Kid Cudi.

On Monday afternoon (Nov. 18), 'Ye used his Twitter account to announce Jesus Is King Part II, which will feature Dr. Dre. "Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon," Yeezy wrote in the tweet, which includes an image of himself and the good doctor in the studio. For his part, Dre posted an identical message to his Instagram account.

This news arrives one day after Kanye hit up Houston to attend Pastor Joel Osteen's Sunday Service. While speaking to the congregation, Kanye defended Osteen against those who'd deem his worship of God to be excessive.

"There's a lot of people in the Christian community that try to give Joel a hard time because when you turn on the radio, he just keeps telling you how good God is," Kanye said at the time.

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Video: Kanye West - Follow God

Kanye West has shared the music video for “Follow God,” the Jesus Is King song where he raps, “I was screaming at my dad/He told me it ain’t Christlike.” Fittingly, West’s father, Ray West, stars in the video. The visual closes with a message from Kanye West: “My dad came to visit me at one of our ranches in Cody, Wyoming.... It took me 42 years to realize that my dad was my best friend.”

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Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ Professional All-In-One DJ System

Looking for a professional setup for events, a bar or club, or your private studio? The XDJ-XZ is perfect for every scenario. With flexible media support and a layout inherited directly from our club-standard gear, playing on our new all-in-one DJ system feels exactly like you’re using the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2. A host of advanced features are right at your fingertips in this robust unit which produces high-quality sound.

Get creative and animate your sets with 14 professional Beat FX and 6 Sound Color FX taken straight from the DJM-900NXS2 mixer, and trigger software-specific features using the 16 multicolored Performance Pads (8 per deck).

The XDJ-XZ is available now at an SRP of €2,199 / £1,899 including VAT/at an MAP of $2,299 USD excluding sales tax.

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Club Killers Radio #285 - Diplo

This show was 1st in the global edm chart, 1st in the global club chart, 1st in the global party chart, 1st in the global house chart and 1st in the global pop chart.

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Kaos Nightclub and Dayclub at the Palms is closing

Red Rock Resorts is closing Kaos Nightclub and Dayclub at the Palms.
On Tuesday, Red Rock reported a net loss of $26.8 million in the third quarter, down $51.9 million from the same period last.....

While Palms has experienced exceptional growth across both the gaming and non-gaming segments of the business, the expense side of the business has been challenging to date, due in large part to the entertainment and fixed cost structure associated with KAOS. Therefore, we have decided to take some time to reassess the programming and use of those venues going forward. In the interim, we intend to use the venues for private meeting space and special events, in addition to everyday resort pool operations.”

The multi-level 73,000-square-foot club opened in April 2019 as part of the $690 million remodel of the property. The dayclub and nightclub feature two main pools with numerous side pools and was designed by the award-winning design firm Friedmutter Group.

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Club Killers Radio #284 - Digital Dave

This show was 1st in the global edm chart, 1st in the global club chart, 1st in the global party chart, 1st in the global pop chart and 2nd in the global hip hop chart.

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Kanye West's 'Jesus Is King' Arrives at No. 1 Debut on Billboard

West matches Eminem for the most consecutive No. 1 debuts on the chart.

Kanye West returns to a familiar spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his latest release, Jesus Is King, debuts at No. 1. It’s his record-tying ninth consecutive debut at No. 1, matching Eminem’s still-active streak for the longest in the chart’s history.

Jesus Is King was released on Oct. 25 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings and earned 264,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 31, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 109,000 were in album sales, while the rest was powered largely by streaming activity.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Nov. 9-dated chart (where Jesus Is King bows to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Nov. 5.

Of Jesus Is King’s total unit start of 264,000, album sales comprise 109,000, TEA units equal 3,000 and SEA units total 151,000. The latter sum translates to 196.9 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s 11 tracks.

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Club Killers Radio #283 - Frequency X

This show was 1st in the global edm chart, 1st in the global club chart, 1st in the global party chart, 1st in the global hip hop chart and 1st in the global pop chart.

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Rage Against the Machine to Reunite for 2020 Coachella

The year of amazing reunions rolls on with news Friday morning (Nov. 1) that Rage Against the Machine will reunite for a pair of 2020 headlining slots at the Coachella Festival.

An industry source familiar with the festival confirmed the booking to Billboard after the news broke earlier in the day via a post on an unverified Instagram account under the group's name.

That post also noted three other shows, two of which are in towns along the Texas/Mexico border; at press time, Billboard had not confirmed the veracity of those dates.

The source verified the Apr. 10 and 17 Coachella dates, though the festival has not yet announced its 2020 lineup. The three other cities cited in the Instagram post -- which featured the same photo of Chilean protesters taking to the streets to demand politcal reforms posted by guitarist Tom Morello earlier in the week -- are El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Phoenix, which all have arenas and stadiums where the stridently political, outspoken band could potentially play.

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Kanye West Airpool Karaoke

James Corden is desperate for a ride back to Los Angeles and connects with Kanye West, who is traveling with his Sunday Service choir by airplane. Fly along in this 30,000-foot Carpool Karaoke, as James asks Kanye about his church, marriage with Kim Kardashian and what lyric he knew would make him famous. And sing along to "Jesus Walks" and other Kanye West music.

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Club Killers Radio #282 - DJ Dr1ft

This show was 1st in the global edm chart, 1st in the global party chart, 1st in the global mashup chart, 1st in the global latin chart and 2nd in the global club chart.

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Club Killers Radio 281 - Ango

This show was 1st in the global edm chart, 1st in the global pop chart, 1st in the global party chart, 1st in the global club chart and 2nd in the global hip hop chart.

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