Monstercat announces split into two imprints: Instinct and Uncaged

Canadian label Monstercat has started 2018 off with a bold
step in a new direction.

After seeing exponential growth in 2017 encompassing a broad
spectrum of music, the 2017 DA Label of the Year has
announced a massive change in the label to cater to its wide
fan base.

Going forward, the label will be split into two imprints
— Instinct and Uncaged — to represent the music
classified under each. Instinct will represent the
“pop-infused faction of music” under the Monstercat name, while
Uncaged will represent the “heavy-hitting and bass-fueled side”
of the label.

The Monstercat team also announced that Owl
and Didrick will be releasing under the
Instinct brand in 2018, and Gent & Jawns and Darren Styles will be joining the Uncaged side
this year. 2018 will also see releases from Pegboard Nerds, Modestep, Stephen and Conro.

The two videos below give a quick snapshot of what listeners
can expect from both sides of the label in coming months.

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Monstercat announces split into two imprints: Instinct and Uncaged

Eminem producing satirical rap battle film, ‘Bodied’

In 2002, Eminem‘s semi-autobiographical
movie 8 Mile came to the big screen.

Now, 15 years later, the rapper is once again bringing rap
battles to theaters.

He’s produced a satirical rap battle film
called Bodied, which is set to debut at the
Toronto International Film Festival next month. Eminem teamed
up with music video director Michael Kahn and former rap
battle champ  Alex “Kid Twist” Larsento bring the concept
to life.

The cast includes Hollywood stars like Anthony Michael Hall,
Debra Wilson, Charlamagne tha God, Alter Perez, Rory Uphold,
Jackie Long, Callum Worthy and Shoniqua Shanda, and will also
feature underground acts like Loaded Lux, Dizaster,
Dumbfounded and Hollow Da Don.

Check out the trailer above.

H/T: Mixmag

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WeTransfer offers laid-off SoundCloud employees $10K to ‘start something’ new

WeTransfer is offering up more than just its two cents to help
the music streaming industry.

With the announcement that SoundCloud laid off nearly 200 employees at the
beginning of the month and closed its offices in London and San
Francisco, the file sharing company WeTransfer saw an
opportunity in those 173 former SoundCloud employees and
decided to offer them $10,000 to continue their work in
music streaming innovation instead of just ‘getting a job.’
After overwhelming support from other employees at WeTransfer,
the company’s president, Damian Bradford, wrote to the 173
people and pitched his idea and vision.

“[W]e’d like to prevent you from just simply ‘getting a job.’
Why? What’s wrong with a job? Nothing. It’s just that you
might stray from your original mission to change the way we
consume or create music – an endeavor that made SoundCloud
unique in the world of tech. So we’d like to make you an
offer. $10,000 to start something. This is not a loan or
equity exchange. What we would like to see is a proposal for
something you could design, build or manage that could be the
new mail-order record club, SoundCloud or iTunes. This is not
an investment. I hear you – 10k is a modest amount – but we
started small too, and it could act as a runway. Or it could
pay for the lights on a runway. Somehow, it could help you
get off the ground.”

Read Bradford’s full letter and comments here, and the FAQs about the deal here.


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Taste your favorite song with this innovative juicer

Japanese company Nomura has developed an insane piece of
technology: a juicer that creates drinks based off of a song.

The juicer, dubbed Squeeze Music, analyzes waveforms of a
song for different moods: happy, exciting, romantic,
sentimental, and sad. These characteristics are then converted
into five flavors: sweet, sour, astringent, salty, and bitter.
Happy songs make sweet drinks, while sad songs will have a more
bitter taste.

Akinori Goto, a developer of Squeeze Music, says he sees
endless possibilities for an invention like this one.

“At a music festival, for example, you can enjoy the experience
to have a drink blended according to a song while listening to
it at the gig,” he says. “Moreover, we can mix alcohol so it
could be served as cocktails in a bar if people want to try
that out.”

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Electric Forest releases statement on “severed finger” photo

“Not everything on the internet is real.”

“Not everything on the internet is real.”

Repeat until it sinks in.


Following the first weekend of Electric
, a mysterious photo made its way around Reddit and
various social networks of a seemingly severed finger on the
ground. The photo, clearly pulled from Snapchat, featured a
ridiculously realistic-looking finger, complete with blood,
dirt and nail polish, in the grass. During campground clean up,
someone found the finger, and rumors that the police were
involved swirled all over the internet.

Lucky for all involved, the finger turned out to be a hoax. The
festival sent out a statement that Michigan State Police found
that it was just a very realistic looking finger, and no one is
missing a digit.


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LCD Soundsystem announce comeback album, headline slot at Warehouse Project

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for.

LCD Soundsystem‘s big comeback albumAmerican
, will be released on Sept. 1. The band has also
announced a headlining slot for Manchester’s Warehouse Project,
which takes place Sept. 16 and 17, just a few weeks after the
album’s release.

Over the past several weeks, band frontman James Murphy has
made announcements about the album being done, drumming up
continued excitement for its release.

The band has already teased two singles from the forthcoming
album, “American Dream” and “Call the Police.” The 10-track
album will be the first from the band since
2010’s This is Happening.

Accompanying the comeback album will be a world tour, with
stops in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, Glasgow,
Manchester, London, and multiple stops in North America.
Tickets for the tour go on sale June 21 and can be purchased on
the band’s website.

Photo courtesy of Gary Miller/FilmMagic

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Calvin Harris ranks as highest-paid electronic music artist in Forbes list

In the past year, the world’s 100 highest-paid
celebrities pulled in $5.15 billion.

Forbes’ annual list of top celebrity earnings puts Diddy at the very top of the list with $130
million, followed by Beyoncé with $105 million and Harry
author J.K. Rowling with $95 million. In the
electronic music world, the top-earning artist appears slots in
at #40: Calvin Harris with an income $48.5
million. He’s the only electronic artist in the top 50,
though producers such as Tiësto ($39 million) and The Chainsmokers ($38 million) appear in the chart
in spots 60 and 65, respectively.

Forbes notes that the annual list “ranks the top-earning
front-of-camera entertainers on the planet by pretax income
from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.” Fees for agents,
managers and lawyers were not deducted for the list. The study
states that estimates are based on figures from Nielsen, NPD
Bookscan, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick, D’Marie and
IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and some of
the stars themselves.

Check out the full list below, and visit Forbes’ website to read more.

Rank, Name, Earnings (Category, Country)

1. Diddy, $130 million (Musician, U.S.)

2. Beyoncé, $105 million (Musician, U.S.)

3. J.K. Rowling, $95 million (Author, U.K.)

4. Drake,
$94 million (Musician, U.S.)

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million (Athlete, Portugal)

6. The Weeknd, $92 million (Musician, Canada)

7. Howard Stern, $90 million (Personality, U.S.)

8. Coldplay, $88 million (Musicians, U.K.)

9. James Patterson, $87 million (Author, U.S.)

10. LeBron James, $86 million (Athlete, U.S.)

11. Guns N’ Roses, $84 million (Musicians, U.S.)

11. Rush Limbaugh, $84 million (Personality, U.S.)

13. Justin Bieber, $83.5 million (Musician,

14. Lionel Messi, $80 million (Athlete, Argentina)

15. Dr. Phil McGraw, $79 million (Personality, U.S.)

16. Ellen DeGeneres, $77 million (Personality, U.S.)

17. Bruce Springsteen, $75 million (Musician, U.S.)

18. Adele, $69 million (Musician, U.K.)

18. Jerry Seinfeld, $69 million (Comedian, U.S.)

20. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million (Actor, U.S.)

21. Metallica, $66.5 million (Musicians, U.S.)

22. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million (Actor, U.S.)

23. Roger Federer, $64 million (Athlete, Switzerland)

24. David Copperfield, $61.5 million (Magician, U.S.)

25. Kevin Durant, $60.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

26. Garth Brooks, $60 million (Musician, U.S.)

26. Elton John, $60 million (Musician, U.K.)

26. Gordon Ramsay, $60 million (Personality, U.K.)

29. Ryan Seacrest, $58 million (Personality, U.S.)

30. Chris Rock, $57 million (Comedian, U.S.)

31. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million (Actor, U.S.)

32. Paul McCartney, $54 million (Musician, U.K.)

32. Red Hot Chili Peppers, $54 million
(Musicians, U.S.)

34. Louis C.K., $52 million (Comedian, U.S.)

35. Jimmy Buffett, $50.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

35. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million (Actor, U.S.)

37. Andrew Luck, $50 million (Athlete, U.S.)

37. Rory McIlroy, $50 million (Athlete, U.S.)

39. Jackie Chan, $49 million (Actor, China)

40. Calvin Harris, $48.5 million (Musician, U.K.)

41. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million (Actor, U.S.)

42. Steph Curry, $47.3 million (Athlete U.S.)

43. Dave Chappelle, $47 million (Comedian, U.S.)

43. Judy Sheindlin, $47 million (Personality, U.S.)

45. James Harden, $46.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

46. Lewis Hamilton, $46 million (Athlete, U.K.)

47. Kim Kardashian West, $45.5 million (Personality, U.S.)

48. Drew Brees, $45.3 million (Athlete, U.S.)

49. Taylor Swift, $44 million (Musician, U.S.)

50. Simon Cowell, $43.5 million (Personality, U.K.)

50. Phil Mickelson, $43.5 million (Athlete, U.S.)

52. Tom Cruise, $43 million (Actor, U.S.)

53. Kenny Chesney, $42.5 million (Musician, U.S)

53. Steve Harvey, $42.5 million (Personality, U.S.)

55. Luke Bryan, $42 million (Musician, U.S.)

55. Celine Dion, $42 million (Musician, Canada)

55. Jay Z, $42 million (Musician, U.S.)

58. Sofia Vergara, $41 million (Actor, Colombia)

59. Kylie Jenner, $41 million (Personality, U.S.)

60. Bruno Mars, $39 million (Musician, U.S.)

60. Tiësto, $39 million (Musician, Netherlands)

62. Russell Westbrook, $38.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

63. Sebastian Vettel, $38.5 million (Athlete, Germany)

64. Damian Lillard, $38.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

65. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million (Actor, India)

65. Jennifer Lopez, $38 million (Musician, U.S.)

65. The Chainsmokers, $38 million (Musician, U.S.)

68. Novak Djokovic, $37.6 million (Athlete, Serbia)

69. Amy Schumer, $37.5 million (Comedian, U.S.)

70. Tiger Woods, $37.1 million (Athlete, U.S.)

71. Salman Khan, $37 million (Actor, India)

71. Neymar, $37 million (Athlete, Brazil)

71. Bill O’Reilly, $37 million (Personality, U.S.)

71. Dolly Parton, $37 million (Musician, U.S.)

71. Ed Sheeran, $37 million (Musician, U.K.)

76. Dwayne Wade, $36.2 million (Athlete, U.S.)

77. Fernando Alonso, $36 million (Athlete, Spain)

77. Sean Hannity, $36 million (Personality, U.S.)

77. Rihanna, $36 million (Musician, Barbados)

80. Bon Jovi, $35.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

80. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million (Actor, India)

82. Billy Joel, $35 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Dr. Dre, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Florida Georgia Line, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Toby Keith, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Jordan Spieth, $34.5 million (Athlete, U.S.)

87. Derrick Rose, $34.2 million (Athlete, U.S.)

88. Usain Bolt, $34.2 million (Athlete, Jamaica)

89. Gareth Bale, $34 million (Athlete, U.K.)

89. Conor McGregor, $34 million (Athlete, Ireland)

89. Britney Spears, $34 million (Musician, U.S.)

92. Kei Nishikori, $33.9 million (Athlete, Japan)

93. Fletcher Cox, $33.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

94. Clayton Kershaw, $33.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

95. Chance The Rapper, $33 million (Musician, U.S.)

95. Katy Perry, $33 million (Musician, U.S.)

97. Carmelo Anthony, $32.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

98. Jason Aldean, $32.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

98. Kevin Hart, $32.5 million (Comedian, U.S.)

100. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $32 million (Athlete, U.S.)

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Parisian military base will host “world’s largest techno rave”

What is being marketed as the “world’s biggest techno rave”
will take place June 30 to July 2 at
Bretigny-sur-Orge military base station in Paris.


Area 217 Festival will bring together 25,000 people for three
days of live music and entertainment on the base’s
tarmac. More than 75 artists will perform on six stages,
including Dave Clarke, Perc, Ben Sims, Tommy Four Seven, dOP (live), Om Unit, and many

According to the festival’s website, Area 217 Festival will be
a “strong and immersive visual experience, highlighting new
technologies: a musical and artistic festival with the
participation of designers, visual artists, digital artists,

A three-day pass to the festival costs €89 (just shy of $100).

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U.S. Air Force troops threw a rave in a Norfolk Airbnb

Sara Bear thought she was renting her converted barn in
Norfolk, England to a servicewoman who was looking
for a quiet weekend.

She was mistaken.

Bear and her partner received a phone call in the early hours
of the morning from their neighbor back home, telling them they
needed to return as soon as possible. When they got there, they
found more than 50 servicemen crammed into the two-bedroom
rental home.

“When I walked around the holiday let it was just rammed,” Bear
told the Eastern Daily Press. “They had brought
smoke machines, their own sound machine, disco lights and
tables. I called the police and we started asking people to

The attendees were members of the Royal Air Force Lakenheath,
the U.S. Air Force’s only F-15 fighter wing in Europe. Bear
said most of them were respectful and left when asked to. One
of the servicemen, however, punched Bear’s partner, who
suffered cuts to his cheek and mouth. In addition, minimal
damage to Bear’s kitchen was reported

Norfolk police are investigating the assault,
and Lieutenant Elias Small, public affairs officer at RAF
Lakenheath, said they are working with the authorities in the

“We are aware of the alleged incident involving an airman from
[Lakenheath] and are cooperating fully with the investigation
being conducted by police authorities,” he said.

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Eight things we learned from Illenium’s Reddit AMA

Coloradoan producer Illenium has been making a name for himself over
the past few years with his innovative style of melodic beats,
massive collaborations and his debut album, Ashes.
This summer, he seems to be on almost every major festival
lineup, with stops at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, EDC,
Firefly, and more. In preparation for this
ambitious set of summer dates, he’s been releasing new music
and even took the time to do an AMA on Reddit. Here are eight
things we learned from his Q&A session on May 9.

1. He started producing five years ago in GarageBand
after he saw Bassnectar at Red Rocks.

2. His collab “Rush Over Me” with Seven Lions was done via email.

4. He’s hoping to bring some live vocalists for his EDC

5. We can expect a new Illenium album by late

6. We’ll see an Illenium x Zeds Dead collaboration at some point.

7. Like most kids who grew up in the ’90s, he loves
Land Before Time.


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MGMT tease new album

Though they have plenty of festival plans this summer, MGMT hasn’t put out any new music since 2013.
However, the rumors of a 2017 comeback seem to be
true, as the band took to social media to announce the title of
their upcoming album, Little Dark Age.

The album has been in the works for years. In an interview with
HitFix in 2015, Will Berman, who’s part of the live show,
said the group had been “taking a little break.”

“We’ve been at it for years at this point,” he said. “There’s
more to come.”

Two years later, the world is finally be getting more
MGMT. On May 7, the band posted a clip on social media outlets
that contains “making of” snippets from the new album.

“We want you to be excited,” the band said in the post.

Oh, we are.


Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns via Getty

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Fyre Festival offering 2018 VIP passes in lieu of refunds

In the days since the Fyre Festival meltdown, the Bahamian festival’s
colossal failure has consumed headlines across the globe.

Attendees, who paid thousands of dollars to attend, were
promised the “unparalleled best in music, cuisine, design and
hospitality on a private island in the Exumas.” When they
arrived, however, they were met with the total chaos of a completely underprepared

Founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule have been on a damage
control mission since the event’s meltdown on April 27,
promising makeup dates at a different location in 2018 and
refunds for all guests.

The festival has already been hit with a $100 million lawsuit, which
claims the festival’s “lack of adequate food, water, shelter,
and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation
among attendees – suddenly finding themselves stranded on
a remote island without basic provision – that was closer
to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella.”

Despite all of this, the event’s founders seem determined
to repair the festival’s in-shambles reputation. In a
questionnaire issued to those who attended the flop of a
festival, 2017 attendees are being offered double the amount of
VIP passes for 2018 in lieu of refunds.

In a statement issued on the festival’s website, organizers
have promised to add more “seasoned event experts” to the
festival staff, along with noting that the 2018 festival will
take place on a United States beach instead of in the Bahamas.



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