Live Nation settles Songkick lawsuit for $110-million

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Live Nation’s Ticketmaster subsidiary has settled its two-year legal battle with Songkick, the ticketing start-up that began out of a Brooklyn loft, despite the fact that the case’s trial was set for later this month in federal court.

Live Nation has subsequently agreed to pay Songkick’s owners $110-million in exchange for the company’s remaining assets.

The settlement’s closing arrives two years after the original legal battle began between the two companies, in which Songkick’s argument originally hinged on their rights to ticket sales. They’d believed Live Nation’s blocking of presale tickets and demanding fees on the sale of tickets was anti-competitive behavior. Eventually, Live Nation countersued, arguing they had given respective venues the right of determining how presale block tickets were to be sold.

The case only continued to deepen over time, wherein Songkick accused Live Nation of antitrust violations. Allegations arose when news leaked that a former Songkick employee was hired by Ticketmaster to monitor Songkick’s internal business, sales, and clients. Court documents reportedly show that Ticketmaster did indeed view Songkick as a competitive threat and stated: “that the company could possibly disrupt the exclusivity system in North America that allowed Ticketmaster to have a dominant marketshare.”

While it’s unsure at the moment what the direct ramifications of this settlement will be, Ticketmaster’s acquisition of Songkick could lead to a major shift in the current landscape of their ticketing commerce platform, as the company has gained access to Songkick’s anti-scalping algorithm, their API applications, and patent portfolio.

H/T: Billboard

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Bassnectar reveals new Naux Faux EP is set for tentative Valentine’s Day release

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Despite incessant rants from a few vocal minorities across his cult following, Lorin Ashton continues to shower his spoiled fanbase with new gifts — in the form of a throwback Naux Faux side project. Bassnectar has officially revealed by way of Twitter that his psychedelic downtempo EP under the shared moniker with Sayr is in the works for as early as Valentine’s Day. Naux Faux harpoons back to Ashton’s early 2000s sound aesthetic circa his Mesmorizing The Ultra LP, which is characterized by ambient, pulsating melodies, break beats, and lo-fi synth work. No word on whether the EP is self-titled, although one remixed track, “Psyopia,” has already been released as apart of Bassnectar’s Reflective Part 2 EP.

 

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to reunite with Hardwell & Afrojack in surprise live show December 23, stream live

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It’s no secret that Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are keen on surprises. In the past, the two have welcomed Lost Frequencies, Steve Angelo, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, and more, in surprise stage appearances. Now, the duo has two surprises up their sleeves which will surely come as a shock to longtime fans: Hardwell will reportedly be joining DM&LM on stage December 23 at their Antwerp, Belgium show, with Afrojack joining the duo the night before.

Hardwell’s reunion with the duo marks an official burial of the parties’ longtime feud. The feud dates back to 2015 when DM&LM dethroned Hardwell in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ poll with the use of questionable methods. The two were said to have hired workers to wander festival grounds with iPads, asking attendees for their help in attaining the top spot in the poll.

Considering DM&LM’s relationship with Tomorrowland, the parties’ hatchet burial may also signify that Hardwell will see an inclusion in the upcoming line-up. Nonetheless, it’s an exciting development and display of integrity from two of electronic dance music’s hardest working purveyors.

It’s also been reported that Hardwell and the duo will debut a new track in during the show, and while its official release timeline has yet to have been confirmed outside of the show, if the live reunion hadn’t already signified, the new track surely points to a mended relationship between all parties.

DM&LM’s show with Hardwell on December 23 will live stream via the DV&LM YouTube and Facebook channels or here.

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Tiesto is engaged!

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Those who follow Tiesto have become accustomed to his 21-year-old girlfriend Annika Backes popping up in his posts and stories as the two travel the world. The American model has been on the road with Tiesto for almost two years now, and yesterday the producer made it official that she will be joining him on the road for the rest of his life. Tiesto popped the question in the Maldives, and the two are now engaged!

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Everyone from festival organizers to artists themselves have taken to social to express their congratulations to the couple. Oliver Heldens has even gone as far as to prompt fans to retweet him 5,000 times so that he can make a Tiesto and Annika meme account.

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A big congrats from Dancing Astronaut to the newly engaged couple.

Photo: Tiesto’s Instagram

 

 

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Facebook to test ‘breaking news’ tag for select news publishers’ posts

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Facebook will soon offer a select list of news publishers access to a “breaking” designation for their articles. The scarlet tag of distinction will appear below the post’s image, displaying the amount of time that has passed since the piece’s publication. The publishers with the breaking tag at their disposal will have the ability to apply the tag for anywhere between 15 minutes and six-hours, but can only use the breaking classification once every 24-hours.

Facebook’s implementation of the tag seeks to show its users the most significant, recent news, designed to add urgency to the platform’s non-chronological newsfeed organization. The tag, however, will not be weighted differently in Facebook’s algorithms — for now.

A spokesperson for Facebook has indicated that initial use of the breaking tag will function as a measure of whether or not breaking news stories should be algorithmically favored over other newsfeed posts. If use of the breaking tag is met with a positive reception, posts with the tag might later receive preferential temporal ordering.

While Facebook has not released the full list of media entities cleared to use the breaking tag, ABC News and Vox Media will be permitted to use the exclusive tag.

H/T: engadget

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Untold Festival reveals aftermovie, 2018 ticket details

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After celebrating a groundbreaking third iteration, Romania’s largest festival UNTOLD has finally released its 2017 aftermovie, along with details for Chapter 4.

Shot in 4k, by over 120 people across 75 terabytes, the fifteen-minute aftermovie is brimming with magical moments from across the four-day extravaganza. The clip perfectly encapsulates the unparalleled spirit and heart of a festival that has fast become one of Europe’s biggest musical highlights. With over 330,000 attendees from across the world flocking to Cluj-Napoca to witness a lineup packed with over 200 international acts across 10 cutting edge stages, it’s easy to see why UNTOLD has become an international phenomenon on the festival circuit. Including spine-tingling performances from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Hurts, John Newman, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Sven Väth, and Andy C among others, the aftermovie effortlessly captures the unrivalled atmosphere of UNTOLD and will leave fans desperate for more.

To coincide with the release of its 2017 aftermovie, UNTOLD festival has announced the first batch of 4 day passes for Chapter 4 are now on sale. Only fans who have registered via the official website will be able to purchase the first wave of tickets. All those registered will receive a unique link that will be activated at the time of sale and fans will be able to purchase up to 4 tickets. Pre-registry is available here.

Um..’s break-up was actually a Halloween hoax, announce new music is on its way

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When the LA production team um.. — made up of Ben Bruce and Dylan Gold — released a cryptic video titled “this is our last song” on October 19, fans and critics took it as a break-up announcement and subsequently skeptical questioned why such a promising rising talent would be parting ways so soon. As it turns out, um..‘s new (and apparently last) release was a media stunt all along. The eccentric bass music duo has just announced over their socials that the whole thing was a Halloween trick.

The guys disclose in a rather bumbling Facebook video that they were simply participating in a round of “trick or treat,” beginning with the trick of breaking up. Their treat to fans is that new music is officially out now. Um.. also go on to allude to their Pay Attention EP in the video, followed by an awkward joke session.

Tricked you, we’re getting back together. It was a trick and we’re back. If you didn’t see that coming then you haven’t been paying attention, gotta say. We saw it coming…and we’re not even paying attention. Also, if you were sad, sorry that you were sad but we’re back so…we didn’t mean for you to be sad. But also, don’t forget to be sad sometimes. It’s totally on-brand for us to say that, so embrace the sadness.”

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Marshmello whips up chocolate mice in his new cooking video

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Everyone’s favorite enigmatic candy-pop producer has just tackled some uncharted territory in the world of cooking entertainment. In his YouTube upload on Oct. 31, “Cooking With Mello: Chocolate Mice,” Marshmello doubles as a kitschy Halloween cook, all the while promoting of few of his recent single releases.

But that’s not even the best part.

While Martha Stewart may not have too much cause for concern, Joel Zimmerman could take issue with the video’s (perhaps not so) subtle jabs at his deadmau5 project. It’s no secret that deadmau5 and Marshmello have had some back-and-forth professional beef in the past, the most potent of which was Marshmello’s reference to a caged mouse in one of his music videos. In the above video, however, Marshmello takes it one step further. Perhaps there’s a new king of trolling in town.

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BREAKING: DnB legend Apex has reportedly committed suicide

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The drum & bass community has suffered a heartbreaking loss today as beloved UK producer Apex has allegedly taken his own life. Prior to his solo career résumé, chock full of drum & bass gems like “Inner Space,” “Nowhere To Run,” and “Just One Second,” Robert Dickeson was also the producer and DJing member of Unknown Error. Not many details have been provided into the legendary figure’s death other than social media posts from industry producers and friends across the web. Though anyone from Apex’s camp has yet to confirm the news, sources close to the producer have alleged that Dickeson’s death was the result of suicide.

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BREAKING: Volcano at Lost Lands Festival catches fire, festival resumes

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Excision‘s inaugural Lost Lands may be the most lit festival on the horizon after all, as one of the volcanoes next to the main Prehistoric Paradox stage caught fire Saturday night during Destroid.

Around 11 PM a small fire began at the top of the volcano, where Destroid played their first live show together since Ultra 2016. Personnel acted quickly and the situation was handled in a number of minutes. Dancing Astronaut was on the scene and captured the footage below.

After a brief closure of the main stage and subsequent approval by the fire marshal and sheriff, the festival resumed with Zeds Dead. Albeit, the volcanos were then dormant. No word has been given on whether the awe-inspiring pyrotechnics will resume. Luckily, zero injuries were reported as a result.

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