Newcomer Ampzer releases striking original, ‘Phere’

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The ingenious newcomer Ampzer readily displays some clever, unique talents when it comes to fusing disparate styles with contemporary electronic sounds. Beginning with astounding classical piano progressions in his latest release, “Phere,” Ampzer showcases intricate skill and mastery of delicate yet invigorating technique. As the piece builds, the breathtaking piano riffs abruptly cease and ominous, weighty waves of unrelenting bass and synth blare in shocking juxtaposition. The complexity of “Phere” showcases Ampzer’s talent for experimenting with a style that is extremely rare in the dance music realm.

As a mainly underground act, Ampzer has officially released only a couple of tracks. However, these works are quickly amassing support for their unique flavor and colorful vibe. His other piece, “Lotus” varies dramatically from “Phere” as Ampzer flexes his ability to layer different textures in a tasteful medley, resulting in intense builds contrasted by laid back interludes. Nevertheless, with “Phere,” Ampzer shows the scene what’s in store for the future in his very own blend of classic and contemporary sounds.

Dancing Astronaut’s Youtube hot picks: Trap Channels

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Looking for new music? Then you’ve come to the right place. Dancing Astronaut will be highlighting YouTube channels every dance music fan needs to know about. From drum n’ bass to melodic trap, we’ve got something for you. Make sure to subscribe to Dancing Astronaut’s YouTube for the best dance music news in the galaxy.


“Your Favorite Music You Haven’t Heard Yet.”

Started in 2009, Proximity has become a staple channel for the EDM scene for both artists and fans. As one of the largest YouTube music channels, Proximity has racked up over 2 billion views and 5.6 million subscribers. From mashups to original premieres to the ZHU x Proximity exclusive, Proximity has listeners covered for all their dance music needs. Recent track postings from Proximity include Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Galantis, and Cash Cash, among others.

Trap and Bass

If you’re looking for your fill of bass music look no further. Created in 2012 as an outlet for up and coming talent, Trap and Bass has secured a cool 804,000 subscribers. On their channel you’ll find a mix of trap, hybrid, future bass, and bass house. Bringing the channel from irl to url, Trap and Bass has also hosted events and been a part of sponsorships worldwide. Recent track postings from trap and bass include DJ Snake, Oski, and UZ, among an up-and-coming roster of trap producers.

Run the Trap

With the intention of bringing 808 and trap music out of the shadows, Run The Trap was built in 2012 to create A New Order for Underground Culture. With 147,000 subscribers its obvious they know how to curate their music. From heavy trap to atmospheric future bass and with features like the newest Ekali x ZHU release, RTT has your deepest bass desires covered. With recent postings of tracks from Flosstradamus and Louis Futon, its no surprise that Run the Trap is one of YouTube’s most heralded channels for electronic releases.

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Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber are the latest to join YouTube’s billion views club

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Perhaps there was a brief moment of skepticism when it became obvious that Skrillex and Diplo would be instrumental in resurrecting Justin Bieber‘s career. In 2014, Bieber was unanimously hated by every living human over the age of 11, and simultaneously, EDM’s perennial cool guys were riding converging waves into the massive swell that became Jack Ü.

In spite of seemingly divergent paths, the combination materialized anyway, the product was, of course, “Where Are Ü Now,” and the rest is history: over four million units moved, four platinum certifications earned, and a Grammy Award to boot. Any fleeting skepticism washed away as the song came to define the year and dominate the airwaves, and now, the blockbuster collaboration has reached another considerable milestone, as it is the latest to join YouTube‘s billion view ranks.

Coincidentally enough, of less than 50 inductions, none of these artists are strangers to the Billion Views Club, with Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo each already earning previous spots in the club. Seeing a pattern here? The track’s undeniable appeal was also matched with a creative video concept which sourced fan art from admirers around the world. “Where Are Ü Now” joins sweeping hits from Taylor Swift, Adele, The Chainsmokers and more as the past decade’s leading pop hallmarks.

YouTube solidifies deal with Sony and Universal, moves closer towards paid service launch

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Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that YouTube‘s music streaming service could arrive as early as March. The service, which has tentatively been titled Remix, has been experiencing delays in its launch due to its failure to negotiate agreements with major music publishers.

Negotiations with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group have been ongoing for quite some time, and until now had been stunting the new service’s launch. Now, Bloomberg reports that both of the music labels have signed long-term agreements with YouTube.

Sony and Universal’s contracts set an aggressive policing of user-uploaded copyrighted songs. Additionally, the deal means that both companies set the royalty rates for music video rights holders. Ultimately, YouTube will now be able to move towards a Spotify-like subscription model. The paid service will also feature content under a paywall, akin to Spotify’s premium subscription.

Historically, YouTube’s believed to have inadequately policed the misuse of copyrighted material. Many believe their failure to do so has held back the music industry’s growth, and while the Universal and Sony partnership will see out that the paid service is able to launch quite soon, it’s still unclear just how long the contracts are for, or how another new streaming service from a mogul like YouTube will affect the industry.

Source: Bloomberg

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YouTube record label NoCopyrightSounds hits milestone $1 million in sales despite free downloads

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In 2011, Billy Woodford established a unique UK-based record label and music organization known as the YouTube channel NoCopyrightSounds. Since then, NCS has transformed into a global music label with millions of listeners and more than 13 million YouTube subscribers.

NCS is a unique service in that it provides the option for listeners to enjoy music for free, but at the same time, users are presented with the ability to support artists through paid services. By giving away the music for free, creators are able to easily access more material for their work. Free downloads also mean new audiences will discover more music through easy access.

Despite the free download option, NCS has just announced it’s reached more than $1 million in record sales. This unique milestone is good news for the electronic music community as it cements the opportunities labels have in the channels they are monetizing for their acts. Companies like NCS have access to an entire generation of artists and can possibly alter the state of musical communication altogether.

“The demand for fresh original music from Creators is enormous and growing daily,” asserts Woodford. “I believe the music we support on the label compliments all types of content, from the Make-up and Beauty community through to the vlogging and gaming world. The fans of these content creators from each community are discovering NCS artists, and that is translating into traditional sales.”

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YouTube seeks to debut a new paid streaming service by March

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YouTube will look to launch its own music streaming service come March. Tentatively titled “Remix,” the paid service will offer video clips directly sourced from YouTube, as well as on-demand music streaming.

Remix represents Google’s third attempt to introduce a music streaming platform that can contend with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. Google released its audio-only streaming service, Google Play Music, in 2011. 2014 would see the development of YouTube Music Key, a subscription based service that coupled ad-free music streaming and music video viewing on YouTube for a ten-dollar monthly fee. In 2015, YouTube Music Key became YouTube Red. YouTube Red maintained all of YouTube Music Key’s original features, adding offline video viewing. YouTube Red also enabled subscribers to listen to videos even when their phone screens were turned off.

Warner Music Group has already signed a licensing deal with YouTube in support of Remix. YouTube currently remains in talks with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. The inception of Remix is said to hinge on YouTube’s ability to negotiate agreements with major music publishers.

YouTube will remain on the offensive as its contract with Vevo becomes subject to renewal in early 2018. Jointly owned by Sony and Universal, Vevo holds a “majority share” of music video rights. YouTube, however, might find some of its industry relationships to be tenuous given the record industry’s general distaste for YouTube’s reportedly thin payouts to labels and artists. The third time might indeed be the ‘charm’ for Google, but only time will tell if Remix can emerge as a formidable contender in the music streaming market.

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Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Juliander perform ‘All Falls Down’ live at YouTube [WATCH]

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In celebration of hitting the 10 million subscriber mark, Alan Walker performed his new single, “All Falls Down,” alongside Noah Cyrus and Juliander live from YouTube. This marked the first time that the trio has performed the track live together.


The performance featured Walker on a midi controller and pad and Juliander and Noah Cyrus singing,  accompanied by a drummer and a keyboardist.

“All Falls Down” was initially released on Oct 27 via Sony Music Sweden/RCA Records and features co-production by Digital Farm Animals.

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Slushii releases comedic new track to accompany Drone Vlog

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Watch Slushii experiment with a drone in his new Vlog and accompanying song titled “Drone Song.” The producer, real name is Julian Scanlan, films as he tries to make a drone fly in a parking lot. He produced a song to accompany the video, and while “Drone Song” certainly won’t be winning him a Grammy, it does have a certain unforgettable appeal.

On Twitter Scanlan writes “New Vlog on YouTube. I dare you to watch the full thing and not get the song stuck in your head.”

The song is out on Soundcloud and mixes synthesized vocal chants with a groovy backdrop. The full Vlog includes the track, and takes viewers on Scanlan’s struggling drone flying journey. Applause to Slushii for acknowledging the true purpose of this creation with “Drone Song’s” genre on Soundcloud tagged as #comedy.

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Interscope Records releases HELIX dance compilation and launches own YouTube channel

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While its legacy may be rooted in the 90s hip-hop scene and pop acts like Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani, Interscope has become one of the most influential major record labels behind some of dance music’s biggest acts. With a roster that boasts high-profile names like DJ Snake, Zedd, Avicii, and Cashmere Cat, the Los Angeles-based label have been instrumental in aiding the crossover of these acts in addition to releasing major remixes like Cedric Gervais’ remix of “Summertime Sadness” and DJ Snake’s remix of AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It.”

To continue their footprint in the dance and electronic space, Interscope has launched their first ever dance compilation, HELIX, to give a snapshot of releases under the imprint to-date in conjunction with their own YouTube channel. The compilation features a wide range of dance cuts from radio championing singles like Marshmello and Selena Gomez’s “Wolves” and Avicii’s “Lonely Together” to brand new remixes exclusively on the compilation from Grant and Martin Jensen.

Listen to the two new remixes and see the full tracklist below.

HELIX – Volume 1 Track List
DJ Snake & Lauv – A Different Way
Selena Gomez & Marshmello – Wolves
Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low
Lana Del Rey & BloodPop® ft. The Weeknd – Lust For Life (BloodPop® Remix)
Avicii ft. Rita Ora– Lonely Together
OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love
Maroon 5 ft. SZA– What Lovers Do (A-Trak remix)
Louis The Child ft. Ashe – Right To It
Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes (Astronomyy Remix)
blackbear – do re mi (FRND Remix)
Gryffin & Illenium ft. Daya – Feel Good
Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (Grant Remix)
K.Flay – Blood In The Cut (Awoltalk Remix)
Zedd, Alessia Cara & Lophiile – Stay (Lophiile Remix)
Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane – Fetish (Galantis Remix)
Imagine Dragons & Kaskade – Believer (Kaskade Remix)
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Alex Aiono – Does It Feel Like Falling (Martin Jensen remix)
DJ Snake & Tiesto ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Mix)
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YouTube and Ticketmaster launch inaugural ticketing partnership

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Corporate giants YouTube and Ticketmaster have joined forces in what just might be one of the most powerful partnerships of the year. Seeking to streamline the ticket-purchasing process for music fans, YouTube and Ticketmaster have announced their first-ever ticketing partnership, officially in effect as of Nov.15.

As a part of the partnership, YouTube will begin to display artists’ approaching US tour dates on their official music videos, a tactic that will apprise unknowing fans of their favorite artists’ upcoming local tour dates. The newly introduced feature will additionally allow music video viewers to go directly to Ticketmaster’s website to purchase tickets with just one click. The digital connection newly drawn between both entities will simplify the ticket-purchasing process, while effectively connecting new fans to local opportunities to catch their favorites in a live setting.

The partnership will currently limit its tour date notifications to Ticketmaster-supported shows located in North America, but YouTube and Ticketmaster plan to expand the service to include global offerings in the future.


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