SoundCloud Pro users can now distribute original music to rival streaming platforms

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SoundCloud Pro users can now distribute original music to rival streaming platformsSoundcloud Artist Agreement Raw Deal

Since current CEO Kerry Trainor joined SoundCloud in 2017, the company has evolved into a multi-service platform for independent artists. In late 2018, they announced SoundCloud Premier monetization, which allows artists to receive monthly royalty payments in-house, as well as a new Serato DJ integration feature. However, it seems the company felt these additions weren’t enough for creators, as their new distribution service is now in beta.

This new feature allows SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited users to place original music on major streaming platforms. These platforms include Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Instagram, Tencent, and more. SoundCloud will distribute music directly to these platforms pending an artists eligibility, which, according to the press release, consists of the following: “has original music, and owns or controls all applicable rights, 18 years old or age of majority in their country, no copyright strikes at time of enrollment, at least 1,000 plays in the past month from countries where SoundCloud listener subscriptions and advertising are available (US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, etc.).”

In addition, artists will “keep 100 percent of their rights, keep 100 percent of their distribution royalties from third-party services, and at no additional cost.” This creates some market disruption for third-party distribution services such as TuneCore or CD Baby, who require a flat fee or royalty cut. Also, it combats the late 2018 Spotify For Artists announcement, allowing users to upload and distribute music directly through the Swedish entity.

“Creators can now spend less time and money jumping between different tools, and more time making music, connecting with fans and growing their careers first on SoundCloud” Trainor adds.

SoundCloud increases revenue to more than $100 million after shaky few years

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SoundCloud increases revenue to more than $100 million after shaky few yearsSoundcloud Artist Agreement Raw Deal

A platform that has launched the careers of artists in a variety of genres, Berlin-based streaming service SoundCloud had a rough start to 2017, laying off a large portion of their staff and facing severe financial instability. However, after the 2017 overhaul, the company increased their revenue by more than 80 percent to approximately $102 million, and are only looking forward from here.

Examined by Music Business Worldwide, SoundCloud has turned around their financial situation in 2017 by drawing in more revenue from subscriptions (which are up 89 percent), and advertising (up 53 percent), while lowering its annual operating loss to $27 million. With a complete reorganization coming from their newly appointed CEO, former Vimeo executive Kerry Trainor, the company seems to be making good use of their $170 million funding round while renegotiating contracts, getting rid of debt, and cutting expenses.

While the information is not currently available, SoundCloud claims to have continued their growth throughout 2018, surpassing their initial plan. In a rapidly changing streaming environment, SoundCloud is looking to continue their focus on being a tool for artists while enhancing their listening experience.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Lost Kings showcase some of their best work with new surprise release ‘Quit You X Sunflower’

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American DJ duo Robert Abisi and Nick Shanholtz, more popularly known as Lost Kings, have started the year strong with the full release of their Paper Crowns EP. The six-track compilation was finally released in full earlier this month, so to celebrate, the pair have gifted fans a bonus song on their SoundCloud. The release is called “Quit You X Sunflower” which they note is “a little present for their fans.”

While their EP balances commercial crossover and hip-hop, “Quit You X Sunflower” submerges the listener into an electronic paradise with luscious vocals dancing around euphoric notation. Although the song is not on Paper Crowns, it certainly rivals their strongest works. Fans will luckily be able to see them play it live on their Paper Crowns tour, and lose themselves in the process.


Photo Credit: Tyler Church

Good Morning Mix: A-Trak and Claude VonStroke drip in finesse on episode 177 of Night Owl Radio

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Insomniac CEO by day, electronic musician matchmaker by night, Pasquale Rotella has long been bringing dance music’s most dynamic DJs together under the Night Owl Radio umbrella–the most recent installment of the late-night serial not withstanding.

A credit to Rotella’s curative expertise, episode 177 of Night Owl Radio sees Rotella purvey two musical masterminds, A-Trak and Claude VonStroke, for a two-hour show that coalesces the freshest tracks of the moment. The satiating live mix is dead-set on feeding the speakers of all who tune in. Hot off their recent performances at Holy Ship! 12.0, A-Trak and Claude VonStroke prove they’re warmed up and ready to galvanize Night Owl Radio listeners to groove from the moment they each hop in the cut.

First up is A-Trak, who rounds up the records that comprise his Up All Night picks, before passing the sonic baton to Claude VonStroke. VonStroke steps in approximately an hour and a half into the installment, only to lay down a house-driven guest mix that is anything but tired. Listeners left wanting more can catch both A-Trak and Claude VonStroke at EDC Mexico, slated for February 23-24.

Luca Lush releases flip of Skrillex and JOYRYDE’s ‘AGEN WIDA’

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Luca Lush is capping off the year by taking on Skrillex and JOYRYDE‘s massive collaboration, “AGEN WIDA.” He has been teasing the collaboration for weeks, and his flip of the track is finally out now exclusively on SoundCloud. After playing with the BPM, Luca Lush initially slows down the track and draws out the notes with an added bass layer behind them. In true Luca Lush style, he then adds cutting synths and takes the track in a new direction for the second half of the lift, which ends with an increased tempo and hectic drumlines.

The producer gave fans food for thought in the track description, where he wrote, “did u know that the time machine in doc’s delorean from back to the future was actually just the world’s first vape. happy holidays from ya boy.” He will be kicking off his Another Life tour beginning in January of 2019, and fans can purchase tickets here.

SoundCloud introduces Serato integration

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SoundCloud has expanded not only its functionality but its appeal to DJs with the introduction of Serato integration. SoundCloud’s newfound utility with Serato will allow DJs to browse SoundCloud and play music from the streaming platform during their live sets.

“Today’s launch is the first time DJs can mix and stream SoundCloud’s massive catalog directly in professional-level DJ software,” said SoundCloud CEO, Kerry Trainor.

SoundCloud’s recent integration with Serato is the first development in SoundCloud’s broader effort to merge SoundCloud’s catalog with high-grade DJ software. SoundCloud intends to integrate Native Instruments, Mixvibes, Hercules, Virtual DJ, and DEX3 in the months to come.

Those interested in using SoundCloud with Serato will need to subscribe to SoundCloud’s Go+ package, at a cost of $9.99 per month. SoundCloud is now compatible with Serato DJ Pro 2.1 and DJ Lite 1.1, meaning that DJs will need either version of the software to mix and stream SoundCloud offerings. DJs will also need a stable Wi-Fi connection, as SoundCloud does not currently support offline Serato pairing.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Introducing Lunar Lunes: DA’s new weekly SoundCloud playlist

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s Lunar Lunes is highlighted by 25 new tunes from artists like Wolfgang Gartner, i_o and No Mana, CURBI, Luca Lush, and many more. Win and Woo channel warm summer days in their latest, “Satisfied.” Black Coffee and Aquatone have remixed AGORIA’s “Embrace” to craft a mellow, peaceful environment. Melodic dubstep aficionado Au5 tackles Celldweller’s “Eon” in an interesting turn of events. Justin Caruso taps Jake Miller for a pop-friendly original, “Don’t Know You” on Big Beat Records. Ephwurd teams up with ATRIP to sample Beastie Boys’ iconic “Ch-Check It Out” in a bass-laden house track. Jaenga melds dubstep and elements of drum & bass in his take on Zeds Dead and 1000 Volts’ “Kill Em.”

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

SoundCloud’s updated artist contract is seriously troubling for music creators

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SoundCloud’s updated artist contract is seriously troubling for music creatorsSoundcloud Artist Agreement Raw Deal

It’s been a rocky couple of years for SoundCloud to say the least. The platform is an undisputed facet of dance music’s rise and directly helped bring exposure and breaks to artists too numerous to name. Despite this, there were whispers the streaming giant was on the ropes last year, before they thankfully put them to rest. With Spotify quickly rising to the forefront of the streaming economy, the onus has been on SoundCloud to reinvigorate its status as a service built for music creators. Despite a flurry of shiny new updates like Instagram stories integration, the fine print in the platform’s recent artist contract reveals some deeply troubling pitfalls for unsuspecting musicians.

The two largest black marks in the usual mountain of legalese can be boiled down to two wince-worthy truths. First, although SoundCloud touts its revenue split as the strongest in streaming, they can change pretty much anything they want in terms of when, how, and how much artists get paid at their discretion – which leads worryingly into the second bombshell. Regardless of the non-exclusive nature of the artist agreement, artists taking part effectively sign away any ability to ever take legal action against the Soundcloud. The combination essentially grants SoundCloud the freedom to change anything and everything they want about the contract in the future on the fly, even if it’s an exceedingly raw deal for artists, and guarantee zero repercussions. The situation is a troubling one for the wide array of creators who continue to find their footing in the SoundCloud ecosystem.

H/T: The Verge

SoundCloud introduces Instagram Stories integration

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SoundCloud has been working to become the No. 1 platform for music discovery for years, though users note that their mobile app has often left much to desire. Making a major move toward social media integration, SoundCloud has now announced the ability to share tracks via Instagram Stories.

Similar to the feature that Spotify rolled out earlier this year, users will now be able to share Instagram Story posts that include the album artwork, the name of the track, and a link to take their followers directly to the track on the SoundCloud app. Artists seem to be excited about the feature, with Bob Moses noting that “when creatives are able to share their songs via Stories it allows fans and followers to get the information instantly. Instead of dm’ing and commenting, they can easily click through to be taken directly to the track.”

For all the serial music sharers out there, check out the feature’s functionality below.

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Good Morning Mix: Ekali gives unknown Soundcloud producers a platform in newest episode of Awakening Radio

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The third session of Ekali‘s SiriusXM Insomniac Channel’s radio session called Awakening Radio has just landed, and this session is particularly unique. The Canadian producer states he hand selected most of the releases for the session from producers who have little to no SoundCloud following, yet are releasing fantastic music. For those who like discovering unknown and up and coming producers, this radio session is just the place.

The mix features a variety of ear-perking remixes and mashups of mainstream tracks with a side of enamoring originals. He of course sprinkles in releases of his own — aptly-timed, considering he’s currently on his Crystal Eyes tour in honor of the release of his full album of the same name. The next stop of his tour will be in Denver, Colorado, where he has two back to back shows on the 23 and 24. Ekali has been dropping unreleased OWSLA ID’s on his tour, most recently dropped Skrillex‘s collaboration with JOYRIDE before its full release.