Source close to Skrillex suggests that new music might arrive sooner than expected

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 Skrillex‘s OWSLA label blows out the candles celebrating seven years this month, and if the collective’s seventh anniversary is expected to impart any luck, then new Skrillex music might be on the way — and sooner than fans expect. Venerated audio engineer Randy Urbanski, whose credits include Skrillex, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry, took to social media to pay tribute to OWSLA in a way that may have implied that Skrillex is eyeing his impending return to the release ring, perhaps as early as October, 2018. Urbanksi included an image of Skrillex performing at XS in 2015 and captioned the visual with a particularly cryptic caption.

“Time flies when you’re having fun. And this year was slow. Can’t wait till this guy is back changing the game next month.”

Fans will remember Diplo spilling the beans on a new record in the works from the OWSLA head honcho earlier this year. Beyond that, the “Parachute” producer’s recent bookings at New Year’s Eve events, Snowta and Decadence, and an annual trip to Burning Man, signal the producer’s return to the festival circuit, a comeback that would naturally coincide with the release of new music, perhaps even a fleshed out project. For now, it seems the waiting game may be nearing an end though.

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Hannah Wants reveals her fight against breast cancer

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Hannah Wants has revealed to fans that she has been battling breast cancer in a lengthy statement on social media. The international DJ heroine has gone public with her diagnosis after 18 months, detailing to fans how the life-changing discovery actually wound up being a transformative experience. She describes the music industry’s toll and the impacts that her demanding touring lifestyle had on the cancer diagnosis, and how her holistic approach to a cure has now resulted in a more balanced and healthy way of life. A reduced touring itinerary and a spiritual focus have been key in Hannah’s battle as well. The post ends on a reassuring note, as it seems the UK house force is on the road to recovery.

Read Hannah Wants’ full statement below:

*SWIPE RIGHT* Pt. 2

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The Weeknd is working on new material with Gesaffelstein

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The Weeknd is already back in the lab following the March release of his acclaimed extended play My Dear Melancholy,. The project featured a brooding, cerebral brand of R&B, crafted by contributions from Skrillex, Nicolas Jaar, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk, and Gesaffelstein‘s sinister electronic production sensibilities. Now the “Call Out My Name” crooner has confirmed he’s already working on a Melancholy reunion of sorts, enlisting Gesaffelstein for fresh, new material.

me and this dude got another one 🔥

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The pair previously put together “I Was Never There” and “Hurt You” and now it appears The Weeknd has once again tapped the elusive “Pursuit” producer for another likely dark, moody collaborative piece, confirming the news on social media. No specific release details exist yet for their new project, though with his last release, The Weeknd kept tight lipped and subliminal in his messaging leading up to the EP’s roll out. Gesaffelstein famously hung up his live performance chops in 2015 with a run of high-profile final performances. While there’s no indication he has any plans to return to performing, he has a track record of prolific work alongside hip-hop’s top creators and it looks like he may be adding to it with another Weeknd feature.

GRiZ breaks silence with another beautifully-crafted spoken word poem

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GRiZ breaks his silence with another spoken word poem called “No Signal.” With a cryptic photo post that read “incoming transition,” fans were left on the edge of their seats, having wondered if the plight of GRiZ was at an end after his first spoken word poem, “til next time… take care.”

Grant Kwiecinski is now back with another commentary on the toxicity of social media today, surrendering a bit more context as to why he wiped his socials clean and has been quiet for six months. Even during the last two days, he’s been clearing out his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Is GRiZ getting ready to drop an album soon? His cultish fan base is certainly on the edge of their seats, and this spoken word content is an alleviation from the silence.

Kwiecinski describes his reality versus life on the computer by toting, “I could hang out with you without even needing to say hello. The one person who truly knows me best is my browser history, but I quickly delete that because I’m embarrassed about its honesty.”

GRiZ is known for throwing down amazing productions and live performances, and this form of content rounds out his versatile artistry. Curiously awaiting to see what’s next.

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Instagram looking to take a bite out of YouTube with new 1-hour uploads feature

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Instagram announced they will allow users to upload videos up to an hour long, a significant increase from previous one-minute limit. The Facebook-owned social media platform looks to compete with the media megalodon, YouTube, owned by Google.

These videos will be housed on IGTV, currently accessible in the top-right hand corner of the Instagram homescreen on mobile. IGTV is also available as a stand-along app on iOS and Android, featuring the most popular videos from internet celebrities.

CEO Kevin Systrom mentioned that it’s time for video to evolve and move forward. On the new platform, anyone can be a curator, not just celebrities. Currently, new and smaller accounts will not be able to upload hour-long videos. Users have the option to scroll through recommended videos, popular videos, curators they’re following, and continue watching previously started videos. Curators also have the option to add links in the descriptions of their videos to drive traffic elsewhere.

There are no ads on IGTV…yet. Instagram also isn’t paying it’s curators, unlike its parent company’s failed Facebook Watch video hub. With over 1 billion users on Instagram, IGTV certainly has leg to stand on. eMarketer predicted Instagram will earn $5.48 billion in U.S. ad revenue, without IGTV.

As younger generations are cutting the chord and looking towards various mediums to consume content, Instagram now has an opportunity to take over TV on mobile.

H/T: Tech Crunch

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Don your spacesuits: Dancing Astronaut is hiring

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Dancing Astronaut is looking to bring in fresh talent to help take our company to the next level. Take a look at the opportunities below and email your resume and a short paragraph detailing your qualifications to jobs@dancingastronaut.com

Senior Writer / Editor

Time expectation: 2-3 hours / day

  • COMMUNICATION
    • Develop and manage relationships with publicists, labels, artists, and industry professionals
    • Maintain strong channels of communication both internally and externally
    • Develop strong, hands on communication with writing/editorial/social staff to facilitate the daily production of content
    • Reach out to industry contacts for show requests for people / fill out festival apps
  • WRITING & PUBLISHING
    • Strong writing background with the ability to quickly turnaround news posts
    • Journalism background is a plus/preferred
    • Publish partnership content/agreed upon posts with PR/MGMT on time and in good order
    • Edit and publish blog posts for quality, clarity, and factual accuracy
    • Monitor social posts for copy accuracy/errors, push priority stories when necessary
    • Produce both long and short term content ideas and oversee them through execution, post-publication follow up with contacts, and push to DA’s social networks
  • NEWS CYCLE
    • Stay on top of current news (RSS feeds, social media, email) to inform the daily content thread
    • Oversee the coverage of breaking news from when it breaks to when it is published on the web and socials

Social Media Coordinator

Time expectation: 1 hour / day

  • Source content to be shared across verified social channels with over 1 million followers
  • Actively comment on other posts and engage with fans of Dancing Astronaut
  • Respond to and engage with the broader dance and electronic music community
  • Create shareable content pieces using photo or video editing apps
  • Listen to the community and help the internal team shape its social voice and presence
  • Provide coverage for social media account leads when they are busy

Partnerships Coordinator

Time expectation: 1-2 hours / day

  • Assist with the execution of our advertising partnerships and sponsored content
  • Develop relationships with external advertising partners
  • Serve as liaison to the internal organization so they know what partnerships we are engaged in, as well as the requirements of those partnerships
  • Write copy for use in articles and social media promo
  • Create necessary documents to send to partners

Don your spacesuits: Dancing Astronaut is hiring

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Dancing Astronaut is looking to bring in fresh talent to help take our company to the next level. Take a look at the opportunities below and email your resume and a short paragraph detailing your qualifications to jobs@dancingastronaut.com

Senior Writer / Editor

Time expectation: 2-3 hours / day

  • COMMUNICATION
    • Develop and manage relationships with publicists, labels, artists, and industry professionals
    • Maintain strong channels of communication both internally and externally
    • Develop strong, hands on communication with writing/editorial/social staff to facilitate the daily production of content
    • Reach out to industry contacts for show requests for people / fill out festival apps
  • WRITING & PUBLISHING
    • Strong writing background with the ability to quickly turnaround news posts
    • Journalism background is a plus/preferred
    • Publish partnership content/agreed upon posts with PR/MGMT on time and in good order
    • Edit and publish blog posts for quality, clarity, and factual accuracy
    • Monitor social posts for copy accuracy/errors, push priority stories when necessary
    • Produce both long and short term content ideas and oversee them through execution, post-publication follow up with contacts, and push to DA’s social networks
  • NEWS CYCLE
    • Stay on top of current news (RSS feeds, social media, email) to inform the daily content thread
    • Oversee the coverage of breaking news from when it breaks to when it is published on the web and socials

Social Media Coordinator

Time expectation: 1 hour / day

  • Source content to be shared across verified social channels with over 1 million followers
  • Actively comment on other posts and engage with fans of Dancing Astronaut
  • Respond to and engage with the broader dance and electronic music community
  • Create shareable content pieces using photo or video editing apps
  • Listen to the community and help the internal team shape its social voice and presence
  • Provide coverage for social media account leads when they are busy

Partnerships Coordinator

Time expectation: 1-2 hours / day

  • Assist with the execution of our advertising partnerships and sponsored content
  • Develop relationships with external advertising partners
  • Serve as liaison to the internal organization so they know what partnerships we are engaged in, as well as the requirements of those partnerships
  • Write copy for use in articles and social media promo
  • Create necessary documents to send to partners

Datsik cancels tour, steps down from Firepower and social media in wake of sexual assault claims [UPDATED]

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If you thought the #TimesUp movement was confined to the highest circles of Hollywood’s elite, you’re dead wrong. The movement that’s sparked the long-overdue call for a cultural shift in how we approach sexual harassment is gaining traction in schools, workplaces, and on social media by the day — moving toward a state of real accountability for wrongdoing.

Now, Datsik‘s time appears to be up. News recently broke of the Canadian DJ, born Troy Beetles, alleged sexual misconduct on tour. The initial allegation was quickly corroborated by numerous women on social media all over the country, detailing instances over the span of more than four years worth of touring. Less than 24 hours after the accusations surfaced, Datsik has disappeared from the electronic music scene. Here’s the timeline of events that have essentially wiped Datsik off the map indefinitely.

March 14, 2018  —  News breaks

Beetles’ life, as he knew it, rapidly began deteriorating after tweets from user PortersWorlds began to go viral. The tweets alleged a history of sexual misconduct, replete with damning screenshots from the accused, that multiple women began to corroborate with their own personal accounts. Accusations are just that, and, as of publication, Datsik has yet to be charged with any crimes stemming from the allegations.

What’s irrefutable, however, is at this point a pattern of behavior has been identified and corroborated many times over. Claims that female meet and greet guests were given access credentials that say “TULSA” — allegedly so as to spell out “a slut” when viewed in a mirror — began cropping up, and claims of rampant drug use and unwarranted physical advances on multiple tour stops started to mount.

As social media activity picked up, Datsik’s tourmate on his current Ninja Nation tour, Space Jesus announced he was pulling out from the remainder of the tour until his team has the opportunity to investigate the claims made by a growing number of alleged victims. Scrambling to add his own perspective to the burgeoning story, Datsik released a statement via social media, a move that turned out to be considerably more damaging. The statement flatly reads, “there have been recent allegations against me for things I have not done,” adding that “[being out on] tour is a safe and fucking rad zone for us all.”

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March 15, 2018  —  Ninja Nation Tour, Firepower, social media lockdown

Following the Twitter storm that ignited these allegations, and the subsequent loss of one tourmate, Beetles’ team released a second statement that the remainder of the Ninja Nation tour is now canceled, gutting the final 16 dates that were slated for the summer. Shortly after the announcement, Firepower Records, founded by Datsik in 2012, announced it would be parting ways with Beetles in light of the accusations brought against him, transferring creative direction responsibilities to label manager Sharra Grace.

 

After losing the endorsement of his own imprint, Datsik’s own Twitter account went private — notably, this means previous tweets, a number of which were, to say the least, troublesome, will no longer show up in search engine results.

Circle Talent Agency and Deckstar announced they have severed ties with the artist as well.

“In light of recent allegations that have come forth, we have decided to sever our relationship with Datsik at this time,” Deckstar said in a statement. “Although we lack concrete information to confirm or deny these allegations, the nature and volume of the accusations demand swift and decisive action. We have always held ourselves and clients to the highest standards and believe that at this time it is in the best interest of our company and staff to move on.”

It is worth reiterating that accusations are not charges. It is not the purpose of this post to speculate on innocence or guilt. But silence is complicity, and the music industry may wind up experiencing its own “Weinstein Effect” in the coming months. In the last six months alone, Nelly, Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles, The Gaslamp Killer and many more have been embattled in similar legal situations, and while Beetles deserves the opportunity to speak his side of any story, as of now we can conclusively say Datsik is indefinitely done.

March 15, 2018  — Bais Haus releases statement that Datsik will no longer be apart of Ephwurd.

 

Twitter writes off its $70 million investment in SoundCloud from 2016

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As SoundCloud struggles to keep a sinking ship above water, Twitter has written off the considerable chunk of change the social media giant invested in the music streaming platform less than two years ago — a cool $70 million to be exact. That figure, however, could have been a much heavier blow, as many will remember that Twitter was just about 140 characters away from purchasing SoundCloud outright back in 2014 for just over $1 billion. When the dust from the failed purchase settled, Twitter injected SoundCloud with a much-needed round of funding in the summer of 2016, in hopes of leveraging massive pop stars like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna‘s thriving social followings as direct-to-user music distribution networks. Less than two years later and Twitter is facing the music — they’ll likely never recoup those funds, or if they do, it’ll take much longer than they’re willing to wait.

Moving on because the funds are, “not expected to be recoverable within a reasonable period of time,” the sizable write-off shouldn’t really be more than a speedbump for Twitter this year. By the end of 2017, reports revealed that the platform had raked in nearly $2.4 billion in revenue, and another $4.4 billion short-term investments.

Meanwhile, SoundCloud continues a seemingly never-ending cycle of survival measures, pivoting away from their $10 monthly subscription model to a more affordable $5 subscription as well as a renewed emphasis on a plan provided to music producers and other prosumers. Spotify and Apple Music may be putting up healthy numbers in 2018, but Twitter’s write-off proves that the digital music marketplace is still very much an uncertain and shifting landscape.

Facebook and Universal Music Group strike music licensing deal allowing users to share videos

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As if constant sharing wasn’t exasperating enough, Facebook and Universal Music Group have struck a deal regarding music licensing that will make is easier for music enthusiasts to bombard family members with videos of the latest Gorillaz album or the newest Martin Garrix single.

The two companies have officially announced a global, multi-year agreement allowing Facebook users to share videos containing music licensed by UMG. “In time,” states a press release regarding the partnership, “functionality will expand to enable access to a vast library of music across a series of social features.” In the past, Facebook has worked to remove videos containing content from UMG licensed artists. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the joint press release.

The move comes fresh off the heels of Universal’s deal with Soundcloud back in 2016 and, more recently, their global agreement with YouTube a mere week ago.

Their deal with Facebook licenses music and publishing catalogs for video and social platforms, including Instagram and Oculus.

“There is a magnetic relationship between music and community building.” says Tamar Hrivnak, head of music business development and partnerships at Facebook “We are excited to bring that to life on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger in partnership with UMG. Music lovers, artists and writers will all be right at home as we open up creativity, connection and innovation through music and video.”

The deal addresses major copyright issues around music licensing, and its tumultuous relationship to social media. While the agreement is only the first step in solving the enigmatic relationship between social media and music licensing, Facebook states that it will work with UMG to launch “music based products” on its platforms, including a music based messenger app.

“Together, Facebook and UMG are creating a dynamic new model for collaboration between music companies and social platforms to advance the interests of recording artists and songwriters while enhancing the social experience of music for their fans,” Michael Nash, Universal’s Vice President of digital strategy states in the joint press release. “This partnership is an important first step demonstrating that innovation and fair compensation for music creators are mutually reinforcing — they thrive together.”

Barring the duo’s joint press release, neither Facebook nor Universal provided information regarding their digital product strategy.

“As with our deal with Spotify earlier this year and our license renewal with YouTube,” said UMG’s Chief Executive Officer Lucian Grainge in an internal company memo, “our deal with Facebook leverages the experience we’ve gained and the wealth of data we’ve amassed to win both greater flexibility as to how our music is offered to the public as well as fairer compensation for our artists — as we continually refine the balance between direct promotion and monetization.”

Universal is the first label to sign an agreement with Facebook, but the Verge reports that they are also in talks with Warner Music Group and Sony regarding licensing deals.

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