Above & Beyond, Anjunabeats and frontline workers team up for charity music video for World Health Organisation: Watch

Trance trio Above & Beyond, members of the Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep family and 70 frontline workers have come together for a charity single. 

Above & Beyond have remixed ‘All In’, a track from Anjunabeats affiliates Fatum, Genix, Jaytech and Judah, with all proceeds from the single going directly to the World Health Organisation’s Solidarity Response Fund, supporting vulnerable communities in nations without a strong health care system.

The remix, titled ‘We’re All In This Together’ (Above & Beyond Respray)’ comes paired with a video featuring 70 frontline workers – including healthcare professionals, delivery drivers and other key workers. 

“It’s something we’ve been hearing so often this past month,” Above & Beyond say in an official statement. “‘We’re All In This Together’. These are powerful words for our time. They are a reminder that we all have a role to play, whether you’re a key worker or isolating at home.”

Watch the video for the track below. You can also stream the track here or donate directly to WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Fund here.

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Spotify introduce ‘tipping’ for artists

Fans can now tip their favourite artists or donate to a worthy cause of their choice

Declan McGlynn

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 14:40

Spotify has introduced a new ‘tipping’ service to the platform. The new Artist Fundraising Pick concept lets fans donate either to worthy causes selected by the artist or to the artist themselves via PayPal.me and Cash App. About the initiative, Spotify said in a blog post: “Given the urgency and impact of the COVID-19 crisis, we’re working as quickly as we can to develop this new product and get it out to as many artists as possible. However, we’ve never built a fundraising feature like this before. We consider this a first version that will evolve as we learn how to make it as helpful as possible for the music community.”

Artist can pin the destination link where they’d like fans to donate to the top of their profile pages. While Spotify has its own COVID-19 fundraising platform, artists aren’t tied exclusively to fundraising for others. Read the full blog post relating to Artist Fundraising Pick here

Project 46 & Linney – Remember You

Project 46 & Linney – Remember YouProject 46 Remember You

Project 46 returns from a 4-year hiatus with a song as formidable as the productions that put the Canadian duo on the map back in 2011. There’s no shaking the cobwebs off for these two, they jump right back in where they left off. Joined by Linney, “Remember You” is a gorgeous vocal single that will transport you back to the early days of electronic music’s resurgence. A blend of delicate melodies and soul-stirring vocals, Project 46 know how to deliver pure progressive bliss, a sound and style that’s been dwindling since the guys took their break back in 2016.  They’ve packed plenty of energy into “Remember You’s” goosebump-worthy drop. If you close your eyes and think hard enough, it might just feel like you’re at the club, not stuck inside.

The boys have more in store for 2020. They’ve been hard at work in the studio and have a slew of singles scheduled for release, including a highly anticipated collaboration with Kaskade.  

It’s good to have two of progressive house’s best producers back in the studio and still at the top of their game.

Berlin record stores reopening as lockdown is relaxed

Elevate, Bikini Waxx and Melting Point are among the stores that have reopened their doors

Eoin Murray

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 14:53

Berlin record stores are opening their doors once again as Germany tentatively relaxes its lockdown measures.

Since Monday morning, shops in Germany smaller than 800 sq m have been given permission to reopen as the country starts to take small steps back to normality in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Popular record stores such as Cinthie’s Elevate, Bikini Waxx and Melting Point are among the stores that are reopening this week, albeit with strict social distancing measures and limited opening times in keeping with the laws put in place by the government. You can see each store’s statement surrounding their opening policies below. 

While this is heartening news to see, it’s a small step in what is likely to be a long process. Clubs, bars and cafés will remain closed for the time being, as chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that people in Germany must remain “disciplined and watchful” as lockdown is eased. She has emphasised that “We must not lose track of the fact that we continue to be at the start of this pandemic and are far from out of the woods”. 

In the UK, initiatives have been set up to support and raise awareness of independent record stores during the pandemic. For instance, an interactive map has been developed to show you what independent record stores are still operating in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and how you can buy from them. Also, 

a campaign, #recordstoreoftheday, has been launched to encourage people to continue supporting their local record stores by ordering online where possible.

Apple Music is now available in 52 new markets, App Store, Apple Podcasts expands to 20 more markets

Apple Music is now available in 52 new markets, App Store, Apple Podcasts expands to 20 more marketsApple Music Interface

While the coronavirus may have everyone stationed in their homes, Apple is seizing the opportunity to expand its reach.

The tech giant announced it will be launching Apple Music in 52 more countries as well as taking the platform’s Beats 1 radio to seven more countries in the Middle East—Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain. Additionally, Apple will be bringing the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Podcasts, and iCloud to 20 additional countries than where it is currently available.

In regards to details around the Apple Music launch, Apple confirmed that it will be offering a six-month free trial in these markets as well as local playlists specific to the countries and territories. This latest endeavor brings Apple Music’s availability to a total of 167 countries and territories, which continues to widen the gap between them and their competitors. See below for the full list of markets.

New Apple Music Markets:

  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia
  • Asia-Pacific: Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar
  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, and Uruguay.
  • Middle East: Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and Yemen.
  • Oceania: Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands.

H/T: Music Business Worldwide

Canada’s 2020 Shambhala Festival canceled due to COVID-19

Canada’s 2020 Shambhala Festival canceled due to COVID-19Shambhala Music Festival

In a move that’s as expected as it is gut-wrenching, Canada’s 2020 Shambhala Music Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. A statement released on the event’s Facebook page explained that the decision comes with “the heaviest of hearts,” but that fans can expect Shambahla 2021 to bring the distinguished electronic festival back to glory.

One of the hot topics following festival postponements and cancellations this year is ticket refunds, to which Shambhala has commented that ticket holders for this year’s event will be granted a voucher to one of the next three Shambhala festivals, citing the FAQ section on the festival’s website that states “all sales are final” for the lack of refunds. For more information regarding this year’s ticket information, visit the events recently updated ticket holder page.

Shambhala is known for its ability to fuze exhilarating electronic genres under the same banner, with their lineup this year including Richie Hawtin, Tycho, deadmau5 as Testpilot, and REZZ.

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Posted by Shambhala Music Festival on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Life is Beautiful cancels 2020 iteration, eyes 2021 return

Life is Beautiful cancels 2020 iteration, eyes 2021 returnLife Is Beautiful

Following in the footsteps of the summer festivals that have either postponed or cancelled their 2020 iterations due to coronavirus health concerns, Las Vegas’ fall event circuit staple, Life is Beautiful, has announced that it will not return for its annual installment this year.

The festival, which had not yet unveiled its 2020 lineup, was slated for September 18 – 20. Life is Beautiful organizers shared the news of the festival’s cancellation in a statement, wherein they noted that the event will “be making a full return in 2021.”

“Nothing would make us happier than to gather with you this September, but given these unprecedented times we can no longer move forward with the Life is Beautiful festival in 2020. We will be making a full return in 2021.”

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Amoeba Records launches GoFundMe to stay afloat amid COVID-19 lockdowns

Amoeba Records launches GoFundMe to stay afloat amid COVID-19 lockdownsAmoeba Records Gofundme

Amoeba Records‘ esteem and landmark status as a staple of music culture extends well beyond the West Coast. Some may have heard stories from the legendary shop, others know Amoeba from their popular What’s In My Bag? series on YouTube. However music fans are familiar, it’s likely the independent record business has made some impact on them. Now, as Amoeba faces it’s hardest financial times to date, ownership is looking for community support to keep the vinyl vault afloat.

Amoeba Records is seeking to raise $400,000 through GoFundMe to help them weather the financial storm brought on by COVID-19. In the first day or fundraising, donors gave over $100,000 to help keep the three Amoeba locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles afloat.

“So, we most humbly ask for your help. We know that this is a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone, and we understand that there are many individuals and organizations in need. If you are in a position to help us, we would be incredibly grateful to receive that support. Any donation to this campaign will contribute to the cash resources we need to deal with the immediate future, to take care of our staff of over 400 Amoebites, and to allow Amoeba to continue operations…

Though, we’re dark now, Amoeba is still there, waiting for the day when our doors can be opened again to welcome everyone back inside to celebrate the joy of what moves our souls the most: Music.”

Marc Weinstein and Dave Prinz, via GoFundme

You can help support Amoeba Records on their GoFundMe page here.

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