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Beatport Beats to the Tune of SFX Entertainment

Beatport_logoSFX Entertainment have purchased Beatport, confirming rumours that have been flying around the internet for a while. The man behind SFX Entertainment, Robert F. X. Sillerman, has purchased the digital music retailer as part of a plan to build a Dance music empire estimated to be worth a cool $1 billion. SFX Entertainment have already invested in Miami nightlife and U.S. festivals, and have acquired Disco Donnie Presents and Life In Color.

The purchase of Beatport is just another step towards SFX Entertainment’s planned domination in the Dance market. Explaining the buy-out, Robert said: “Beatport gives us direct contact with the DJs and lets us see what’s popular and what’s not. Most important, it gives us a massive platform for everything related to EDM [Electronic Dance Music].”

But is this a good thing for the Dance music industry? In short: yes, more investment and more money is generally a good thing. What will make or break this purchase is how the takeover will be managed and where the extra investment will be going. For the sustainability of the industry, a quick investment for a quick return will not be doing Beatport or EDM any favours. We’ve worked closely with Beatport for many years now I don’t believe this will be the case. We’ve seen them expand from a download store to a multiple platform service with features like Beatport Sounds, Beatport Mixes, and Beatport Play. I am sure more new and exciting features will be heading our way and Beatport will continue to be a driving force in how Dance music is discovered.

So it’s all change at Beatport, arguably the world’s biggest Electronic music download service, and a very important service for us and our labels. But what does it mean for the labels, DJs and artists that rely on the store for support, EDM knowledge and the revenue it brings? In the immediate term nothing will change as Beatport moves into a new phase of its life. But moving forward as SFX Entertainment start to implement its plan I am sure we will see changes — personally I believe for the best. Change is always perceived to be frightening as we look to keep hold of what we already have! But in the digital world change is a daily incurrence as the industry continues to move and evolve at a lighting pace. But what the changes are, only time will tell.

Beatport CEO Matthew Adell said: “We already are by far the largest online destination of qualified fans and talent in the market, and we can continue to grow that.” I think growth is key here — more local currency services available and maybe even territory-specific stores to meet the needs of local territories. Will we see beatport.co.uk, beatport.br, beatport.in and so on. I’m sure emerging Dance music markets such as India and Brazil are high on the agenda as well as how Beatport will look to service those territories.

As the Dance music explosion continues, I am sure there will be more moving parts within the industry — companies being brought, mergers, investments and so on. There will no doubt be some key moves by key players that will take the industry on to new heights. Let’s just hope we can sustain these new ventures and that in turn, artists, DJs, labels, companies and most importantly the consumers all reap the benefits!

What’s New, UK?

itunes rdio we7 emusicLots of services are looking to start in the UK — and others are undergoing some interesting changes. Consider this your quick and dirty update:

The US streaming store Rdio has (finally) launched in the UK and several other EU territories. We will have more news for you in the coming weeks but we are looking forward to working with the team at Rdio and helping them make their store a success in the EU.

iTunes GB & IE now have a New Artist page which showcases debut releases from new artists. We are seeing some great successes for UK and Irish artists with several features for our content.

Napster has now launched its new store (powered by Rhapsody) and has a spanking new layout for you to play with. eMusic is about to launch its Android app and will be updating the service to a HTML5 mobile-optimized site. Sony Music Unlimited is now available pre-loaded on Sony Vita Handheld devices globally. 7Digital has refreshed its platform and has added an updated app (Android and iPhone only initially), and figures released recently show over 2 million mobile customers among which 800,000 are Android alone. Beatport has launched DJ pages allowing artists to coordinate their DJ charts and releases on a single page.

The UK streaming music service we7 has launched a new iPhone app: we7 Free Music Radio. It’s another move towards its personal radio service, streaming people’s stations to their phone and allowing them to download tracks and stations for offline play, while sharing details to Facebook, Twitter and email. we7 says it will be adding exclusive radio stations and audio content from artists and festivals, starting with Metronomy.

That’s it for this month. I told you it’d be quick and dirty…

Seamless Recordings and Beatport ‘Live The Dream’ DJ Contest featuring Boy George and Robert Owens

June 10, 2010 Artist News 1 Comment

Fancy yourself a bit of a DJ? Have visions of yourself hob-knobbing alongside the world’s biggest and best superstar DJ’s in no less than the clubbing paradise that is Ibiza? Keep reading… we have just the ticket for you!

Seminal UK house music label, Seamless Recordings, has teamed up with leading online dance music portal, Beatport, to help you ‘Live The Dream’. One lucky, budding DJ superstar will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to DJ alongside Boy George and Robert Owens at the uber chic Sands Beach Club in Ibiza in September. The winner will be flown out from their home country to play the event and the VIP after party Hotel Es Vive before returning home as not only an international DJ legend in their own right, but also as the latest addition to the Seamless Recordings artist roster. That’s right, this lucky person will also be recording their own full length DJ mix album for Seamless which will be released exclusively on Beatport.

So, what do you need to do to enter?! It’s simple really. Head over to beatport.com and purchase the cracking new single “The Making of You (featuring Robert Owens)” and work this into your own 30 minute epic, floor filling DJ mix!

You gotta be in it to win it! For more information and full competition terms and conditions, please head over to:
http://www.beatportal.com/feed/item/seamless-live-the-dream-competition/

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