Snapchat strikes licensing deals for new in-app music feature

Snapchat strikes licensing deals for new in-app music featureSnapchat Phone

The battle between social media platforms and labels wages on. With major and independent labels owning the rights to the majority of popular music today, it can be a challenge for social media platforms to negotiate and agree to licensing deals with labels just to integrate music features into their platform.

Snapchat is the latest platform to see its parent company, Snap Inc., ink a licensing deal with a major label, Warner Music Group, as well as major publishing companies Warner Chappell Publishing and Universal Music Group Publishing regarding music usage for a new feature within the app. The Venice-based company also managed to come to similar terms with 200 partners of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and around 300 members of independent digital rights agency Merlin, of which AWAL, Distrokid, and more independent distributors fall under.

The music-focused feature will now allow Snapchat’s 350+ million users to soundtrack their videos—similar to competitors like TikTok—to songs that fall under any of the aforementioned labels that will be featured on a carousel to encourage artist discovery. Users that receive Snapchats with music in them will be able to swipe up and be directed to the Spotify and Apple Music links for that song. This new feature is currently being preliminarily rolled out in Australia and New Zealand first, but it is expected to be available globally this fall.

Snap Inc. has not revealed the status of their negotiations with the other major labels, Universal Music and Sony Music Group, nor Sony’s publishing arm, Sony ATV Publishing.

Dillon Francis partners with Malibu Rum for COVID relief campaign, shares new trap remix of viral hit, ‘The Coconut Nut’

Dillon Francis partners with Malibu Rum for COVID relief campaign, shares new trap remix of viral hit, ‘The Coconut Nut’Hs19a 080

From the rebirth of DJ Hanzel to his maiden drum ‘n’ bass performance during the recent Isolation virtual festival, as well as all of his musical efforts in between, there’s been no stoppage to Dillon Francis’ quarantine activity. To cap off a long summer without the festival circuit, Dillon Francis has partnered up alongside Malibu Rum for a trap renewal of the viral 2010 hit, “The Coconut Song (Da Coconut Nut).” 

To help piece together the visual for the release, Dillon Francis is recruiting fans to learn and submit a video of the track’s associated dance, choreographed by Matt Steffanina, using the hashtag #TheCoconutChallenge. For every video shared until August 24, Malibu has pledged to match $1 up to $250,000 to provide aid to businesses in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which follows the company’s $150,000 donation to the National Urban League. Francis expanded on his involvement in the campaign, stating:

“The Coconut Nut is a perfect lighthearted anthem for summer vibes, so I hope my new Malibu remix and #TheCoconutChallenge can provide a moment of reprieve while everything in the world still seems so uncertain.”

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Digital members club for womxn in music tech launched by Saffron

Saffron have launched a Patreon digital members club. 

Saffron is a non-profit organisation working to support and champion female-identifying and non-binary people (womxn) in music technology, challenging the current climate of the industry and offering training in music production, sound engineering and DJing, as well as artist mentoring and development.

Previously running long-term partner projects with the likes of the Arts Council, British Council, PRS Foundation, Red Bull music, Ableton, Spitfire Audio and more, Saffron now present their latest independent project: Saffron Members.

Speaking about the members club, Saffron shared: “The ongoing repercussions of COVID-19 compelled us to look at more concrete methods of supporting our global community of women and non-binary people (womxn) in music tech, as well as ways to ensure a sustainable future for our organisation. 

“We were inspired by the learning and togetherness found in the 3 online Tech Dissect sessions we hosted in partnership with Ableton in May and June, with sign-ups from hundreds of folks in over 30 different countries and amazing guest hosts Emmavie, object blue and Yazzus. We felt we had to find a way to continue… and so began the creation of Saffron Members.

“Saffron Members is a tiered digital club on Patreon, providing year-round tools and opportunities for womxn to connect, learn and grow in music tech. Monthly subscriptions are available for womxn to purchase for themselves, or for anyone to purchase as an anonymous ally and ‘pay it forward’. A number of free bursary subscriptions have also kindly been made possible by Abbey Road Studios and Ableton.”

You can find out more about Saffron Members, and join the digital club, here.

In 2018, EQ50, co-convened by Indra Khera (Mantra) & Natalie Wright (DJ Flight), alongside organising members Natasha Harber (Sweetpea), MC Chickaboo & Alicia Bauer (Alley Cat), launched to support aspiring womxn in the drum & bass scene. In July this year, they launched a 12-month programme to place five womxn producers with an EQ50 mentor, and assign the mentee with one of EQ50’s partner record labels, which include Shogun Audio and Ram Records. During the scheme, successful applicants will recieve regular A&R sessions, production classes with label affiliates, practice DJ sessions in clubs, booking agency masterclasses, and more.

Hudson Mohawke releases unreleased fan favourites in new collection, ‘B.B.H.E’: Listen

The artist has released a string of tracks previously only available on YouTube and radio rips

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – 15:53

Hudson Mohawke has released a new album.

Announcing the LP on Twitter last night (3rd), the Glasgow-born, LA-based artist shared his new 14-track album, ‘B.B.H.E’, via Warp Records. Comprising of unreleased material, the drop follows an EP of old R&B bootlegs from HudMo last month.

“Back at start of lockdown I decided I was gona release some music of mine that I’d just rediscovered after thinking it was lost,” HudMo said. “some that had appeared in radio rips/Reddit/YouTube etc that I continually get asked for but has never been available officially.”

The album includes tracks like ‘100HM’ and ‘Liquid Heat’, as well as ‘Monte Fisto’, which featured on an Adidas advert back in 2013.

You can purchase ‘B.B.H.E’ now via Bandcamp.

Watch: DJ Snake and Malaa’s back-to-back set, ‘Best Of Both Worlds’

Watch: DJ Snake and Malaa’s back-to-back set, ‘Best Of Both Worlds’Dj Snake Malaa Photo Credit Jonathan April

While dance music fans have been treated to a flurry of livestream performances, coveted collaborative sets have been few and far in between. Not so, however, on July 30, DJ Snake and Malaa when treated fans to a top-notch back-to-back livestream by the name of “Best Of Both Worlds”. The two French stars brought their A-game, delivering a fiery house set complete with immaculate set design and visual effects that reflected the raw power of their electronic cooperation.

Now, the duo has uploaded the set to SoundCloud for fans to relive the kinetic live experience. Jam packed with loads of remixes and IDs, it’s a predictably alluring mix from two artists at the peak of their careers.

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Doja Cat, J Balvin, BTS to perform at 2020 MTV VMAs

Doja Cat, J Balvin, BTS to perform at 2020 MTV VMAsJ Balvin

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the show must go on. That’s the ethos behind the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which will proceed in accordance with social distancing guidelines and other pandemic-specific safety measures. The VMAs will be held at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on August 30, and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Of note, the VMAs, approved by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be the first event to be held at the Barclay’s Center since New York enacted its quarantine. Although the safety details to be enforced at the event have not been announced in full, Cuomo has stated that there will be either a “limited” audience or no audience at the event. Further, all elements of the awards ceremony that can be presented virtually will be digitized, and select performances are also slated to be delivered at “various iconic locations” throughout New York.

Following MTV’s June announcement that the VMAs were still on, the network has since disclosed the first performers slated to appear at the 2020 event: Doja Cat, J Balvin, and BTS. This will mark BTS’ first-ever guest appearance at the VMAs.

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LSDXOXO releases massive edits pack featuring Rihanna, SZA, Ariana Grande, more

LSDXOXO has shared a massive edits pack featuring Rihanna, SZA, Ariana Grande and more.

Berlin-based DJ/producer LSDXOXO, who featured on a PDA compilation alongside Arca and Klein last year, has announced the release of a huge edits pack, which will be available exclusively via email.

“Can’t release any new music before my EP,” the artist wrote on Twitter, “so instead of participating in the next Bandcamp Friday, I’ve decided to privately sell a package of some of my nearest and dearest unreleased edits. Payments will be accepted via PayPal, and it WILL be worth the coin!”

Alongside edits of Rihanna, SZA, and Ariana Grande, there also looks set be edits of Kali Uchis, Sampha the Great, and Madonna. LSDXOXO said any interested parties should “send an email to with ‘YOUR MUSIC SUCKS’ in subject line.”

Check out the tweet featuring the club edit names below.

Creamfields to share previously unseen performance footage during virtual festival event

Creamfields to share previously unseen performance footage during virtual festival eventCreamfields Featureimg

Following in the steps of its festival counterparts and peers, Creamfields has announced a virtual event to take place in lieu of its 2020 iteration. Set for the same weekend as the cancelled event on August 28 – 30, the digital endeavor will feature performances from more than 40 artists with a spotlight on those from recent years. The livestream will also unveil never-before-seen headlining sets, pulling from Creamfields’ massive archive.

Following this year’s cancellation due to COVID-19, Creamfields organizers have acted to bring the festival’s return in 2021, touting an expansion to the lineup programming. Among those added to the roster include Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, MK, Tchami, and FISHER. The iconic UK festival’s storied history has welcomed the likes of world-class talent, from Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, and Eric Prydz, to Alesso, Tiësto, and numerous others.
More details regarding the virtual event will be shared in the coming weeks.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano deliver summertime special, ‘Life After You’

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano deliver summertime special, ‘Life After You’Sunnery James Ryan Marciano

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have the capacity to take over radio airwaves with their new single, “Life After You,” featuring singer-songwriter, RANI. A radio-friendly vocal opens with a simple crossover backdrop accented by driving piano notes that lure in the listener. The song takes a surprising twist when a fusion of electro and house notes drop into a dance-inducing beat, giving the release the ability to appeal in a live performance setting.

Marciano and James discussed the single in a press release, stating,

“The message behind this record is that you’ve got to get happiness out of yourself no matter what happens in life, and RANI’s amazing vocals perfectly reflect that message. It probably sounds really cliché, but we were honestly blown away by her talent and by how professional she is. We’re super happy with how the record turned out and she played a big part in that.”

The producers are known for their one-of-a-kind live performances, and “Life After You” will certainly add a unique dynamic once their performances resume. “Life After You” is out now via the producers’ SONO imprint.

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