On Our Radar (8/25/16)

zipDJ_OnOurRadar-BLOGsizeSam Skilz – Star69 – GaGa Records
Skriim – Don’t Go – Yellow Rhinestone Records
Deorro – Butt Naked – Ultra Music
Years & Years – Worship (Friend Within Remix) – Polydor Records
Luca Debonaire – Blastin – Rawtone
Chicane ft. Bryan Adams – Don’t Give Up (2016 Remixes) – Armada Music
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer – Sony Music Group
Klangkubik – Frischluft – Klangkubik Music
Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals ft. Nelly – Millionaire (Dance Remixes) – Big Beat
Flume – Never Be Like You (Martin Solveig Remix) – Frontside
MNFR – Disco Gun – RNC
Mark Knight – Yebisah – Indie


On Our Radar (8/18/16)

zipDJ_OnOurRadar-BLOGsizeTritonal & Jenaux ft. Adam Lambert – Broken – Enhanced Music
Sin Morera & Mr. Mig ft. Lea Lorien – Reason – Sobel Promotions
The Sneekers – Ghetto Superstar (Dance Remixes) – Indie
CID & Kaskade – Sweet Memories – Big Beat
Dave202 & Angelika Vee – Outta Mind – Sirup Music
Bello Boys ft. Seri – It Ain’t Over (More Dance Remixes) – Radikal Records
Britney Spears – Make Me (Dance Mixes) – RCA Records
Air Supply – All Out Of Love (The Strobe Remixes) – Pro Motion
K?d ft. RKCB – Discover – PRMD Music
Headhunterz ft. Clara Mae – Unique – Ultra Music


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On Our Radar (8/11/16)

zipDJ_OnOurRadar-BLOGsizeDem Danes & TwoKnobs Ft. GC – Only You – Lifted House
Styline ft. Dragonfly – Usual Suspects – Maskade
Kygo – Carry Me – RCA Records
Suncatcher – Clue Is In The Title – Enhanced Music
Tbo & Vega ft. Alex – Teardrops – Sounds United
Moby – Go (Hardwell Remix) – Indie
Vanrip – Music Sounds Better With You – Physical Presents
Felix Cartal ft. Steph Jones – Keep Up – Physical Presents
Axwell & Shapov – Belong – Axtone
Nick Fiorucci – Get Wet – Hi-Bias
Kadian – Superstylin’ 2016 – Vous Records


sonySony Music Entertainment has acquired Ministry of Sound Recordings.

As a result, Sony Music UK has acquired the label outright, including its artists, back catalogue and compilations business. The new relationship brings together one of the most successful UK independent labels with Sony Music, which has successfully introduced domestic acts including Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Calvin Harris across the world.

Ministry of Sound Recordings was launched in 1993 as an extension of the pioneering South London nightclub founded by James Palumbo, now Lord Palumbo of Southwark. It is among the world’s largest dance music recording businesses, with cumulative album sales in excess of 70 million, including 40 UK No. 1 albums and 21 UK No. 1 singles.

Ministry of Sound Recordings’ label arm, led by David Dollimore, houses some of the industry’s most renowned executives, including highly respected A&R Director Dipesh Parmar and award-winning marketeer Nicola Spokes. Over the last ten years, the label has established an exciting roster of contemporary talent, successfully launching the careers of acts including Eric Prydz, Example and Wretch 32, as well as developing exciting new artists such as Jodie Abacus, Louis Berry, MIAMIGO and Moss Kena.

Sony Music and Ministry of Sound Recordings have enjoyed a burgeoning relationship in recent years. The label’s current roster of artists includes BRIT-nominated group London Grammar, whose debut album, If You Wait, sold more than 1.5 million copies globally, as well as DJ Fresh and Sigala. Sigala is licensed to Sony Music internationally and London Grammar is signed in North America through Columbia US.

The new partnership will allow Ministry of Sound Recordings to grow its recorded music offering on a truly global scale. The entire roster will now sit alongside many of the world’s most successful modern day artists including Robbie Williams, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Meghan Trainor, Olly Murs, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams.

Ministry of Sound Recordings curation team, led by Naz Idelji, is responsible for approximately one in every six compilation albums sold in the UK, having developed numerous brands including The Annual, Dance Nation, Trance Nation and Clubbers’ Guide.

Doug Morris, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, stated: “This agreement underscores our ongoing commitment to investing in great artistry and hit music. On behalf of the entire Sony Music family, I’m excited to welcome the wonderful artists and talented team at Ministry of Sound Recordings to our line-up of world-class creative centers. I would like to send my congratulations to both Edgar and Jason.”

Lohan Presencer, Ministry of Sound group chief executive, said: “I’m delighted we have found the right home to grow Ministry of Sound Recordings at a global level while keeping its unique identity. Sony Music is a world-class company that understands our ethos of exceptional curation and developing young talent. Ministry of Sound Recordings had its most successful year to date in 2015. Sony has the scale and strength within the industry to project our artists and music onto an even bigger platform.”

Edgar Berger, chairman and CEO, international, Sony Music Entertainment, said: “Ministry’s success story is exceptional and the acquisition is an important milestone in our growth strategy. We welcome the opportunity to further internationalise the footprint of this legendary British independent record label.”

Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK, said: “Ministry of Sound is one of the greatest brands in music. I’m delighted to welcome one of the most innovative, smart and pioneering labels to the Sony Music family. David and Dipesh’s track record, alongside one of the best curation teams in the business, speaks for itself and the label will be another hugely exciting addition to Sony Music UK’s vision for the future.”

Source: Music Week


soundcloudSoundCloud Ltd.’s owners are considering a sale that could value the German music streaming company at $1 billion as it looks for ways to boost growth and profit from its user base, according to people familiar with the matter.

SoundCloud’s founders and investors, including investment firm Doughty Hanson & Co., are exploring strategic options for the company that could lead to a sale, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are private. While the owners have been thinking about a potential sale for some time, the deliberations are at an early stage and the company may decide against pursuing a deal, the people said.

The owners have had trouble finding a buyer willing to value the company at $1 billion so far, two of the people said. SoundCloud raised $70 million from Twitter Inc. in June, part of a $100 million funding round that priced the company at $700 million, a person familiar with the matter said at the time. SoundCloud is working to generate reliable revenue from its approximately 175 million users, who spend time on the site to record, listen to and share songs. SoundCloud introduced a premium service in March, allowing customers to pay $10 a month for ad-free streaming and increased access to songs. It was a dramatic change to a more mainstream model, favored by larger players such as Apple Inc., and Spotify Ltd., for a company that had found its niche hosting music uploaded by DJs and musicians.

A representative for SoundCloud and a spokesman for Doughty Hanson didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

In 2014, the last year that SoundCloud publicly reported its accounts, sales rose 54 percent to 17.3 million euros ($19 million) from a year earlier. The operating loss at the time was 39 million euros, widening from 21.3 million euros in 2013.

Source: Bloomberg