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Sony Music Links With Tech Startup Dubset To Legalize (And Monetize) Unofficial Remixes

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The world of unofficial remixes and bootlegs is about to get a lot bigger. As reported by TechCrunch yesterday, Sony Music became the first major label to allow and profit from unofficial remixes that, until now, could only be accessed through SoundCloud.

This development was made possible due to Dubset Media, a startup that’s “creating new mix & remix distribution and monetization opportunities built on transparency, ownership control, and simplicity,” according to their website. According to TechCrunch, the startup is doing this by identifying unofficial remixes and distributing royalties to the original artists from there. This will allow unofficial remixes, DJ sets and other mixes to be uploaded to streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, and will also create profit for the original artists that normally would have been lost.

Sony Music is one of the biggest labels so it will be interesting to see how others will respond. As reported by Music Business Worldwide, they owned 22.4% of the recorded music market share in 2016. Their artists include some of the biggest of all time and the biggest in music today, including SZA, DJ Khaled, The Chainsmokers, Khalid and many, many more. This move means a lot of new user generated content is in our future, and it’ll be accessible on various streaming services. Dubset will no doubt change the way we listen to our favorite remixes, and it remains to be seen how this deal will affect services like SoundCloud moving forward. Enjoy!

ZHU Drops 4-Track 'stardustexhalemarrakechdreams' EP + Video For Relaunch Of Spotify's ElectroNOW As 'mint'

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Suprise! ZHU has just unleashed a new 4-track EP titled stardustexhalemarrakechdreams.

With a style that brings the more ghoulish elements of underground sound to the light, ZHU has captivated listeners around the world since he stepped into the industry back in 2014. Along with his boundary-pushing signature, the mysterious producer has never shied away from making statements through his branding. Just this year he called out a handful of mainstream artists in a video teasing one of his newest singles called “Nightcrawler,” hosted a mysterious Blacklizt warehouse party, shared downright unsettling videos for dark singles “Intoxicate” and “Dreamz” - the list goes on from there. 

Today ZHU is back with another unique music rollout. He and Spotify are teaming up for the re-launch of their popular electroNOW playlist, which will now be known as mint.

"The launch of our flagship electronic playlist, mint, represents the unique pieces of the culture and the global audience that lives and breathes it," said Austin Kramer, Global Head of Electronic. "Electronic music is incredibly diverse and ever-fresh. mint is the condition. Having ZHU a part of this launch was a natural fit as he embodies the culture, and has been introducing undeniable style.  Once you see the videos on mint, you'll get it. There is no turning back now for dance music on Spotify and in the industry." – Austin Kramer, Global Programming Head of mint

"ZHU is a pioneer so it only made sense when Spotify was choosing to rebrand their dance platform that they would come to him to lead the movement. Everything ZHU does is mint." - Jake Udell, ZHU Manager

To go along with Spotify's exciting playlist rebrand, ZHU has dropped his intense stardustexhalemarrakechdreams EP. The producer packs a wide array of sounds into a few short tracks, from the experimental, extraterrestrial “Stardust” to the bass-heavy collaboration with Nero “Dreamz,” which the artist teased nearly two months ago. 

Three vertical music videos accompany the release, available for viewing exclusively via the Spotify app in the Mint playlist. Once again ZHU breaks all of the rules with these visual components. He presents disturbing imagery and stark color schemes that demand attention despite their sinister nature.

In his usual fashion, the producer is keeping details on his next album under wraps. After this, we can’t wait to see what his forthcoming project holds. Check out the EP below and enjoy!

ZHU - stardustexhalemarrakechdreams

Introducing Hip-Hop Therapy; A 74-Track Chill Hip-Hop Playlist

Hip-Hop Therapy

We're incredibly excited to be launching our very first hip-hop playlist via Spotify, and it's starting out with 74 tracks, some brand new and others from the past year. Titled Hip-Hop Therapy, this playlist is full of those perfectly laid-back hip-hop tracks that are great to chill out to and just put you in a great mood. 

The collection of tracks ranges from some more well-known names like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and Joey Bada$$ to plenty of rising up-and-comers from all the place you may or may not be familiar with. With Hip-Hop Therapy we aim to capture the chilled-out vibe highlighting some of your favorites while also introducing you to some talented rising artists.

Sit back, light one up and enjoy this playlist that's been hand crafted by Nick and Jake over here and enjoy yourself some Hip-Hop Therapy. This will be getting updated weekly on Fridays so keep an eye out for our updates. To celebrate launching this exciting new playlist we've decided to give fans a free download to an incredible new track we're premiering by Abhi The Nomad.

This follows up our first Spotify playlist Endless Vibes which was launched last year featuring the best mixture of vibe-filled electronic songs. Enjoy! 

ThisSongIsSick - Hip-Hop Therapy Playlist

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