Report Reveals Multiple Suicides by Burning Man Employees

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Mental Health has been an important topic in the world today. Surprisingly, it has never been thought that one can face these mental issues when attending or working at a festival. Music festivals are meant to let go of all the issues that you may be facing and just live in the moment. Unfortunately, that

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Report: Calvin Harris earns an average job’s annual salary in as little as three hours

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Forbes2017 report outlined the world’s 100 top-grossing celebrities, who collectively raked in $5.15 billion. Although various artists appeared at the very top of the list—Diddy notably occupied the #1 slot with $130 million—electronic artists too enjoyed representation on the list of the highest-paid personalities, with Calvin Harris then emerging as the highest earning DJ, boasting an income of $48.5 million. Tiësto and The Chainsmokers followed Harris with $39 million and $38 million, respectively.

In January 2018, Oxfam International released its annual inequality report, indicating that “In the US, it takes slightly over one working day for a CEO to earn what an ordinary worker makes in a year.” This claim would be the impetus for Magnetic Magazine to examine the income differentials between the world’s “top musicians and ordinary job workers.”

Magnetic enumerated the median annual salaries of five common jobs: truck drivers ($41,340/yr), elementary school teachers ($59,020/yr), registered nurses ($68,450/yr), real estate brokers ($79,340/yr), and software developers ($100,080/yr). Magnetic set out to determine “how long it would take the world’s best-paid musicians to earn annual salaries in these jobs,” and the mag’s findings, reflected in Magnetic’s infographic, prove astonishing.

Photo Credit: Magnetic Magazine

It would take Harris a little over seven hours to accumulate what a truck driver makes in a year, slightly over ten-hours to collect a teacher’s yearly salary, and just over 12 hours to match the yearly pay of a registered nurse.

Tiësto would garner a truck driver’s yearly salary in nine hours and 17 minutes, a teacher’s in 13 hours and 15 minutes, and a nurses’s in 15 hours and 22 minutes. Hardly far behind, The Chainsmokers would follow suit in nine hours and 32 minutes, 13 hours and 36 minutes, and 15 hours and 48 minutes, when it came to earning the equivalent of a truck driver, teacher, and nurse’s salary, individually, leaving presumably all readers of Magnetic’s report with one question: is it too late to learn how to DJ?

H/T: Magnetic Magazine

Report: New Avicii Album to be Released This Year

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In a report from Swedish entertainment magazine Aftonbladet, Tim Bergling, better known by his moniker Avicii, has a completed album ready to release later this year. The prolific producer had been in the studio for some time working on handfuls of unreleased tracks. During an interview with Variety, Geffen Records president Neil Jacobson spoke of his

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Report: The most commonly used drugs at music festivals

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Over the years, drug and alcohol’s relationship with electronic dance music has heightened its foothold in worldwide festival culture. Music festivals themselves undeniably afford a collective culture of intoxication — a palpable permeation of substance use and abuse that one can sniff out regardless of whether they choose to partake or not. Considering substance abuse’s assimilation, one may find themselves wondering just how deeply drugs and alcohol are intertwined with the modern festival landscape. Is substance abuse worse than it seems, and how is the industry taking responsibility for its needed conversations about these substances and their abuse?

In an effort to gain a better understanding of the how the industry is working through its deeply embedded substance use and abuse, it’s helpful to first try and understand the roles different substances play at festivals. To do so, TickPick — an ever-growing ticketing marketplace — surveyed 1,000 attendees of well-known music festivals about their own intoxicating experiences. Their participants ranged in age from 18 to 74, with a mean of 32.4. In the end, their results revealed not only the common types of drugs at festivals and which events are associated with which substances, but a general synopsis as to what the landscape of American consumption looks like in 2018 and beyond.

Overall substance use at festivals

More than three-quarters of participants reported consuming alcohol while attending a festival, which is roughly double the percentage of participants who had consumed any other substance and almost more than twice the rate of those who consumed marijuana.

Though more than a third of respondents reported smoking marijuana at a festival, a smaller, yet still significant portion of people reported using harder drugs. Thirteen percent of respondents reported using MDMA in some form, with hallucinogens’ use clocking just below at roughly eight percent apiece.

Substances use per ticket type

There remains some debate about the optimal festival experience: dance it up with the raucous crowd, or keep things refined with VIP privileges? Whichever route one takes, TickPick’s data suggests a slightly boozier vibe outside the VIP area. Generally, it suggests that a larger portion of general admission attendees consume alcohol, which may come to a surprise to those in VIP, with the complimentary alcohol some of the VIP experiences entail.

On the other side of the spectrum, the data found that VIP attendees generally were more likely to do a range of drugs than those in general admission. Between marijuana, MDMA, cocaine, and hallucinogens, VIP pass-holders were substantially more willing to indulge than the average festival-goer. A possible explanation for this trend is financial limitations. As VIP experiences can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, one can imagine these individuals can succumb to the use of any substance at their disposal.

Greatest substance prevalence per festival

Though alcohol was the leading substance at all festivals, TickPick’s data brings about some interesting findings on other substances. One might expect Coachella would have the highest rate of marijuana-smoking in the cannabis-friendly state of California, but the data aligns quite well with the bans of the substance on the grounds, despite the state’s recent legalization of weed for recreational use. EDC and Ultra each had high rates of MDMA and cocaine consumption, and ultimately, Burning Man had some of the highest rates of overall drug use around. Perhaps this significant rate of consumption can be pinned on the festival’s “gift economy,” where food, supplies, and even drugs are shared openly as a means of “payment.”

Top festivals for each substance

Ultimately, the final data lends itself to some idea of each respective festival’s consumption demographic. SXSW, for instance, led in rates of alcohol consumption. While cocaine use was the highest amongst Ultra attendees, a finding that may result from a mix of EDM culture and the festival’s deep historical roots for the drug and a recent resurgence in Miami’s cocaine trafficking.

While geographical differences may explain some findings, it is a bit difficult to understand why Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival led others in DMT use, as just one example. EDC was another consumption leader across the different categories, also ranking in the top three for a number of substances. This point ties into the festival’s battle with health and safety concerns with drug use in the past, including more than 1,000 attendees needing medical treatment in 2017. Though there are issues and ambiguity within the self-reported data like TickPick used for this study— including,  but not limited to, selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration — these results do shine a light on the landscape of American substance use, nonetheless. Here’s to hoping some of these findings diminish the blind eye to EDM’s drug abuse, increases awareness, and implements further safety precautions down the line.

Via: TickPick 
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New reports allege Datsik’s management was aware of sexual abuse claims

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Datsik‘s fall from grace is like watching someone trip down an escalator — the tumbles just keeps coming, the fall doesn’t stop. Recently, reports of rampant sexual misconduct and drug use on tour have more than just sidelined the “Monster” producer, they’ve essentially wiped Troy Beetles off the planet, for now. In the wake of multiple claims being corroborated by women around the country over a time period that spans more than four years, Datsik’s entire spring tour has fallen apart, his label and booking agency have distanced themselves from him, and Beetles moved into a full-on social media backpedal in response. His management team also denounced the star DJ, though now their involvement in the case seems considerably more murky.

The latest news to break from the Canadian producer’s emerging sexual abuse scandal indicates that his team at Deckstar Management was made aware of Datsik’s behavior as early as October, 2017, and it seems that measures were taken to subdue those claims at the time. reports they’ve come into possession of emails from one of Datsik’s accusers detailing her experience with the dubstep producer after a show at Fabric in London in 2013. The woman in question, who’s identity has been protected, details a similar pattern of incoherent inebriation followed by a hazy recollection of unconsensual sex in a hotel room with Datsik thereafter. This particular victim however decided to engage in an email exchange with Deckstar Managment in October, 2017, asking only for a simple apology letter from Beetles as settlement.

The exchange apparently went south when an unnamed public relations firm’s crisis management team reached out to the victim within a day of her contacting Deckstar, reportedly asking her, “what is it that you’re looking for?” in regards to going public with her claims against Beetles. According to the woman’s account, she never received any further communication, let alone any apology. According to the PR firm in question, they were never under contract by Deckstar involving this matter and had no involvement in the response to these allegations.

Whether Deckstar was aware of Datsik’s alleged misconduct last year remains unclear at this time, though one thing is certain — if Datsik’s perennial escalator fall continues, he could wind up dragging down a lot more than just his own career with him.


Apple Music set to outpace Spotify as top music streaming platform in the U.S. by summer

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Watching how the digital streaming platforms’ subscribers race has unfolded over the last half decade is a fascinating study in new digital capitalism. Music streaming platforms have to navigate perhaps the most heated online competition to win their consumers, catalyzing moves like partnering with artists for high-profile releases a la Drake‘s Views on Apple Music, or Kanye West‘s The Life of Pablo Tidal exclusive, to deeply discounted student pricing and inventive co-branding ventures. Chief among the DSPs clawing for your business is Spotify, though in the United States, Apple Music is mounting a steady comeback, and reports show Apple could claim the country’s No. 1 spot as soon as this summer.

According to a report by The Wall Street JournalApple’s U.S. subscriber base is growing at a rate of 5 percent per month, well surpassing Spotify’s 2 percent monthly growth. By this summer, Apple will likely close the gap in subscriber numbers completely. Sources even expounded to WSJ that if official numbers included users in trial periods, Apple Music would already have an edge on Spotify’s subscriber count in the U.S. Considering Apple Music’s launch was less than two years ago, compared to Spotify’s July 2011 U.S. debut, the numbers — even just as projections — are quite impressive.

Analysts believe this rapid rise in Apple Music’s adoption rate is due to all Apple technology coming with the digital streaming platform already pre-loaded on all devices, and the upcoming launch of Apple’s home assistant, the HomePod, could likely reinforce another considerable spike in subscribers.

Despite growing competition from Apple, the Swedish music streaming giant still dominates the top spot globally, boasting 70 million users in its most recent report, compared to Apple Music’s 36 million global tally. However, the momentum shift in the U.S. comes at an interesting moment, with Spotify gearing up for their highly anticipated public stock offering.

As the DSP arms race continues to develop, one thing remains certain: competition is fierce, and it seems that this buyer’s market will only continue to get better.

New study finds Justin Bieber’s music is popular among psychopaths

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A new study has found that psychopaths are more likely to listen to and enjoy Justin Bieber. Of course, that might sound a bit extreme.

The recent study was carried out by New York University professors who found that Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” was popular among the 190 NYU psychology students who also happened to score highly on a psychopathy scale.

According to The Washington Post, said study sought to determine a correlation between preferred music genres and psychopathy, a personality disorder characterized by manipulativeness and a lack of empathy. In order to do so, researchers surveyed 190 NYU psychology students and identified near 20 songs that seemed to be particularly popular or unpopular depending on the listener’s level of psychopathy.

On top of Bieber’s “What Do You Mean,” Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” were also among the most popular songs with students who happened to score highly on the psychopathy scale.

While researchers have yet to pinpoint the specific pattern in what music is popular or unpopular with those who score highly on the psychopath scale, their initial hypothesis that psychopaths prefer music without lyrics seems to now have been proven false. And most importantly, for now, it looks like dance music is in the clear.


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H/T: NME | Source: Washington Post

Ibiza airport reports visitors up 6.7% from last year

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Despite an effort by local officials to reclaim beaches and crackdown on nightlife in the island paradise, Ibiza airport has announced the island’s tourism is at an all-time high.

The number of passengers traveling to the island has jumped from over 5.3 million passengers in January-August of 2016 to over 5.6 million passengers in the same months of this year. Over 300,000 more visitors to the island in the last half year alone have allotted a major 6.7% rise in travel.

In just last August, granted that’s typically the island’s busiest month, the airport saw over 1.4 million passengers on arrival and departure.

The rise of travel arrives in contrast to a plummeting hotel occupancy, likely pointing to alternatives like AirBnB and other rentals behind the decrease.

View the report in full here

H/T: DJ Mag

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