Armin van Buuren Breaks Down Each Track On His New Album ‘Balance’, Exclusively On Deezer

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Trance legend DJ Armin van Buuren sat down with streaming service Deezer to chat about what inspired his new album ‘Balance’. The recorded Deezer Originals session was done at ADE, where Armin opened up about the things he’s learned and what makes this album different. “It’s a departure from the trancey Armin van Buuren that

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Is the album antiquated? Many young music consumers have never heard a full album, survey finds

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Is the album antiquated? Many young music consumers have never heard a full album, survey findsAlbum Survey

To any music junkie, giving an hour or so to a truly great album is sacred practice—just think of what it can give back. But the fragmented nature of streaming and playlist culture has certainly obfuscated the value of the record, at least in the classic sense.

A recent survey on adults’ listening habits from French streaming service, Deezer, found that among the 2000 UK-based participants, approximately 15% under the age of 25 have never listened to an album in its entirety. Similarly, only 27% of participants said they like to listen to an album the way the artist intended (chronologically, letting each song play out). Grim news for the traditionalists among us. However the study found that 74% of its sample answered they were more apt to listen to the duration of an album after seeing a band or artist perform live, with 32% opting to regularly listen ahead of the gig.

Deezer’s results attest that just under half of participants (42%) employ sporadic listening methods: putting their digital libraries or playlists on shuffle or shopping around from favorited tracks. Overall, 49% of those surveyed maintain that they’re now listening to less albums in general, attributing the decline to an ill-defined lack of time. But hope is not lost for album auteurs: With vinyl sales swiftly on the rise yet again this year, it seems that people are indeed prioritizing the album.

In light of the UK Music-backed National Album Day (October 12) approaching, Dancing Astronaut asks readers to spend some time with a record this week, full-on. Whether it’s Zeppelin IV, Recess, Sgt. Pepper’s, or A Color Map of the Sun—it could reveal itself as something more than a sum of its parts.

H/t: Music Week

Deezer Launches Dedicated ADE Channel Just In Time For Next Week

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Deezer, the global music streaming service, has partnered with Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) to bring exclusively curated content from the festival’s official lineup, in the run-up to one of the most exciting dates in the electronic festival calendar. Deezer’s brand new ADE channel gives fans access to over 70 exclusive crafted playlists. These include personal

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Amazon prepares to launch high-definition streaming service

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Amazon prepares to launch high-definition streaming serviceAmazon Echo

Shortly after launching its free music streaming service on April 18, Amazon continues its foray into the streaming industry with plans to launch a high-fidelity music streaming platform. The biggest players in high-definition streaming currently are TIDAL and Deezer, both of which offer streams at 44.1 kHz / 16 bit for $19.99 per month. TIDAL additionally offers a “Masters” quality, which encompasses thousands of albums at 96 kHz / 24 bit, made possible by its partnership with MQA.

Reports say that Amazon has already secured the potential licensing from one major record label while in talks with other large music-rights holders. The new tier is presumed to be around $15 per month and expected to launch before the end of 2019. With the entry of hi-def service, Amazon will essentially cover every tier of recorded music in both streaming and physical products like merchandise, vinyl, and CDs. As of now, Amazon’s digital music services include its free Alexa streaming, Prime membership-catalog, and on-demand access via Amazon Music Unlimited. While Spotify and Apple Music have yet to make moves on the hi-def streaming space, Amazon’s strategic ventures into the music space may give it leverage to leaving to compete for a spot as one of the biggest music subscription streaming platforms globally.

H/T: Music Business Worldwide

Steve Angello Takes Over Deezer’s PULSE Playlist

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While Steve Angello has been known for his involvement in Swedish House Mafia, the songwriter, DJ, and producer has recently released his sophomore album Human. As a follow up to his 2016 album Wild Youth, Steve Angello returns with a masterful 21-track album divided into three parts: Genesis, Inferno, and Paradiso. To celebrate the release

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Elon Musk blasts streaming services for “crazy low payouts”

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Music creatives have long gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to music streaming royalties. Once the honey pot is divvied up between streaming platforms and music labels, artists and songwriters walk away with only a small piece of the pie.

Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, is the latest powerful voice to recently speak out on the issue of unequal distribution. The issue is no new struggle in contemporary capitalism, either. The fact of the matter is: when big business is involved, individuals lose out.

But it seems Musk now has a direct stake in the issue considering he’s now dating Canadian singer/songwriter, Grimes. The couple made their first public appearance as a couple at the Met Gala last week in New York City.

The conversation arose over Twitter when Musk was asked about his favorite Grimes song; for which, by the way, he has two:

One conscientious fan tweeted the tech baron wondering which streaming platform fans could engage with in order to most directly benefit Grimes financially.

Musk responded with an infographic showing Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube as the bottom three platforms in terms of gross payout per stream. XboxRhapsody and Tidal are among the top when it comes to artist payouts, with Apple MusicAmazon, Deezer, and Google falling somewhere in the middle.

While the issue of online streaming payouts continues to be a new frontier for the music industry — especially as it converges with tech giants and new platforms who want a piece of the pie — Musk should be commended for bringing the issue into public conversation. At the very least, it is a genuine show of online activism when powerful tech elites raise their voices for unheard, underpaid artistic creatives who often get no say in the matter.

EDM Sauce Is An Official Curator on Deezer

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Deezer is a pioneer in the streaming industry and was launched in 2007 in Paris. In July of 2016, Deezer officially entered into the United States. The global streaming music platform offers 53 million songs to 14 million monthly active subscribers worldwide and is widely available for Web, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Windows,

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Toolroom Records Takes Over Deezer’s PULSE Playlist

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To celebrate their 15 year anniversary, Toolroom Records is celebrating the milestone in a number of ways. One of those ways just so happens to be by taking over Deezer’s popular PULSE playlist with some of the songs that have defined their legacy. “15 years is an incredible milestone for us to have reached. It’s

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International Music Summit finalizes 2018 international speakers programming

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Ibiza’s International Music Summit (IMS) announced the final speaker details for its 11th annual conference, set to take place just as the White Isle’s season kicks off, May 23–25th. Now, in association with Pioneer DJ, IMS brings together over 93 impressive voices from around the world. Twenty-three global artists and industry heavy-weights will bring further insight to the summit, covering every aspect of the diverse and ever-changing electronic music landscape.

Programming for the 2018 event will tackle mental health in the music industry, the landscape of digital media consumption, technology, and much, much more. The house music legend Todd “The God” Terry will speak for the first time at IMS for a keynote interview about his life and career in dance music, including his early years in New York. Honey Dijon will present a discussion on sexual harassment in DJ culture which in an open and frank capacity, IMS hopes to use to confront the realities of this issue in the industry and what we can all do to tackle it.

A full list of the new speakers is listed below. Delegate badges can be purchased here.

IMS Ibiza 2018 New Speakers:

Alexander Holland (Deezer, Chief Content and Product Officer, France)
Andrea Oliva (Artist, Switzerland)
B.Traits (Artist, Canada)
BLOND:ISH (Vivie-Ann Bakos) (Artist, Canada)
Christine Brown (Help Musicians UK, Director of External Affairs & Business Development, UK)
Declan McGlynn (Point Blank, Music Journalist, UK)
Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party, Promoter, UK)
Honey Dijon (Artist, USA)
Jay Jay Revlon (DJ, Host and Cultural Events Curator, UK)
Jon Drape (Broadwick Live, Group Production Director, UK)
Julien Lesaicherre (Workplace by Facebook, Director EMEA, UK)
Katy Ellis (Anglo Management, Manager, UK)
Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM/Nasseric Inc, Founder/Attorney, USA)
Marina Blake (Brainchild Festival, Creative Director, UK)
Martha Pazienti Caidan (Resident Advisor, DJ/Radio Presenter/Producer, UK)
Matt Abbott (Label Worx/AFEM, CEO/Co-Founder and Exec Board, UK)
Matt Smallwood (Toolroom, Label Manager/Head of A&R, UK)
Matthew Adell (Native Instruments, Chief Digital Officer, USA)
Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag, Global Editorial Director, USA)
Pierce Warnecke (Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor, Spain)
Rui Da Silva (Artist, Portugal)
Todd Terry (Artist, USA)
Vicenc Marti (elrow, President and Board Member, Spain)

Amazon Alexa Now Supports Deezer and ‘Never-Ending’ Personal Playlists

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Are you constantly running out of songs to play with your Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo? A new Alexa skill will now tune up your personal playlists with the addition of 53 million songs. Just recently, the Amazon Echo announced the addition of Deezer. While you’ll need a premium membership to access the ‘never-ending’ personal

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