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Was Spotify Hacked? User Credentials Leaked Online

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A list of Spotify account credentials for hundreds of users was leaked to the website Pastebin in what seems to be either a security breach or a leak from the inside. These details include usernames, passwords, emails, and other account info – a number of users are reporting that their accounts were targeted as a result. Some cited changes to their music preferences, while others claimed they were unable to log in to their accounts as their passwords had somehow been changed.

As an anonymous victim reported In a statement to Tech Crunch, “I suspected my account had been hacked last week as I saw ‘recently played’ songs that I’d never listened to, so I changed my password and logged out of all devices.”

This would neither be the first nor the second breach that Spotify has encountered thus far, so we can’t be 100% sure whether the data come from a new breach or was previously acquired and just leaked recently. Either way, it is definitely be possible that there are many more account credentials that may be leaked in the future.

Asked about the incident, a spokesman denied allegations that Spotify was attacked :

“Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords.”

The page with the leaked information is dated April 23, although statements from many affected users indicate that the issues began last week. Some also said they received emails on Sunday, telling them that their passwords had been changed. As another user explained, “I was definitely hacked and later tried googling ‘Spotify hack news’ last night to no avail… I noticed it last night when I opened Spotify on my phone and saw someone was using my account somewhere else.”

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In order to protect the victims, we must refrain from posting a link to the Pastebin page to protect the victims (as many other sources have done). However, we will post a screenshot with all personal data censored out. Please remain on high alert if you notice that your account has been suspiciously accessed, especially if you’ve linked Spotify with your social media pages or you use the same password to log in to other websites. Several users have even reported suspicious activity on their Skype, Facebook, Uber, and even bank accounts. Even if your account was not tampered with, we highly recommend that you change your password immediately – better safe than sorry!

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Apple, Dubset Partner Up To License Streaming Mixes

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As the world of streaming becomes increasingly competitive, largely due to market saturation and legal action on behalf of artists and labels, each company is looking for a leg-up to bring in paid subscribers. It seems as if Apple Music will be taking the metaphorical cake for the time being; the company has just entered into a partnership with Dubset Media Holdings, which will allow Apple to stream unlicensed DJ mixes and bootleg remixes. Launched in 2015, Dubset has developed and refined their MixBank technology,which analyzes tracks and mixes to identify the samples and songs used, for the purpose of distributing royalties to the (often multiple) copyright owners. MixBank also allows copyright holders to blacklist certain tracks or set limits on how often they can be used.

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“You’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars,” Dubset CEO Stephen White explained in a statement via International Business Times. “This is a huge day not only for the music industry, but also for DJs across the globe. We’re very, very proud to be able to support that community.” This is a big day for DJs and producers alike – the former can have their mixes heard without fear of takedowns or legal action, and the latter can finally be compensated for their works that have always been sampled left and right.

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Soundcloud: ‘Time For Everyone To Pay Up’

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The days of SoundCloud as a free music sharing and listening service are coming to an end, and have been for quite some time. The service, which boasts millions of users (both fans and musicians) and a nearly unlimited stream of music, has been plagued by several issues recently. Firstly, new licensing deals with major labels require enormous monetization, but the company has quickly been bleeding cash. Allison Moore, an “experienced digital executive,” has been brought on board as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) in the weeks leading up to a much-dreaded paid launch. Fresh off a General Manager position for NBC-Universal’s TV Everywhere streaming service, Moore has also held upper-management positions at HBO and Cablevision. In a recent statement, Alex Ljung, CEO and co-founder of SoundCloud, announced that:

“Alison is an innovative and strategic leader with a proven track record of building consumer business strategies that drive new revenue growth across multiple platforms. Most importantly, she has an understanding of both the complexities of SoundCloud’s business, and the content and entertainment industries, having spent the majority of her career building businesses, products and experiences that deepen consumer engagement with extraordinary content. We’re thrilled to have Alison heading up what will become a monetization engine of global scale.”
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TIDAL Facing Another Lawsuit Over Royalties

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TIDAL, Jay-Z’s streaming service, which launched in 2015, is fighting yet another legal battle. This time, Yesh Music and John Emanuele have filed a $5 million class-action suit, alleging that TIDAL has been streaming 116 songs by The American Dollar (Emanuele’s band), neglecting to pay any royalties. According to documents that Entertainment Weekly has obtained, the plaintiffs (Yesh and Emanuele) allege that TIDAL “created its now 25 million track library by dumping all of the music from independent artists into the TIDAL Music Service without serving NOIs.” An NOI, or Notice of Intent to Obtain Compulsory License, must be filed by any business looking to distribute music. Additionally, they claim that TIDAL’s dealings hav e“diluted the paid per-stream rate for royalty payments by up to 35 percent.” Last year, Jay-Z promised that his company would pay a 75% royalty rate, by far the highest in the streaming industry. In a recent statement, a spokesperson insisted that

“TIDAL is up to date on all royalties for the rights to the music stated in Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele’s claim and they are misinformed as to who, if anyone, owes royalty payments to them. As Yesh Music, LLC admits in their claim, TIDAL has the rights to the Master Recordings through its distributor Tunecore and have paid Tunecore in full for such exploitations. Their dispute appears to be over the mechanical licenses, which we are also up to date on payments via Harry Fox Agency our administrator of mechanical royalties. The entire catalogue in question streamed fewer than 13,000 times on TIDAL and its predecessor over the past year. We have now removed all music associated with Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele from the service. This is the first we have heard of this dispute and Yesh Music, LLC should be engaging Harry Fox Agency if they believe they are owed the royalties claimed. They especially should not be naming S Carter Enterprises, LLC, which has nothing to do with Tidal. This claim serves as nothing other than a perfect example of why America needs Tort reform.”

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Yesh Music is a  publishing company operated by Emanuele and Richard Cupolo, another member from The American Dollar. In the past, the two have seen much attention for lawsuits filed against Lakewood Church and Grooveshark. Recently, TIDAL has featured a noteworthy catalog of exclusive releases, featuring the latest albums by Rihanna and Kanye West, as well as Beyoncé’s new video.

 

Electronic Music Awards and Foundation announces nominees

The Electronic Music Awards & Foundation has released the inaugural list of nominees. As this is the event’s first year, it’s huge to see such a fantastic list of electronic artists and events finally gaining the attention they deserve – both well-known and underground. The nominees spread across seven categories, with five nominees in each.

It can be expected that the widespread popularity and commercial success of more mainstream artists will gain recognition, but other noteworthy names from the house and techno community include DJ Harvey, Carl Cox, and Dixon for DJ of the Year, as well as Amnesia, Fabric, and LA’s own Sound being nominated for Club of the Year. You can see the full list of categories and nominees below.

The event will happen at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles April 14, with a broadcast to follow on FOX on Saturday, April 23.

For more info, check out the Electronic Music Awards and Foundation website.

Single of the Year

Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep is Your Love

The Chainsmokers – Roses (feat. ROZES)

Galantis – Runaway (U & I)

Kygo – Stole the Show (feat. Parson James)

Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)

Album of the Year  

Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Urban Flora

Calvin Harris – Motion

Disclosure – Caracal

Galantis – Pharmacy

Jamie xx – In Colour

Radio Show of the Year

BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

BPM with Geronimo – Sirius XM

Danny Howard – BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems

Diplo and Friends – BBC Radio 1Xtra

Jason Bentley – Morning Becomes Eclectic – KCRW

Festival of the Year

Creamfields – Daresbury, England

Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, USA

Sonar – Barcelona, Spain

The BPM Festival – Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Ultra Music Festival – Miami, USA

DJ of the Year

Carl Cox

Diplo

Dixon

DJ Harvey

Skrillex

Best New Artist

Bob Moses

DJ Snake

Jauz

KSHMR

Kygo

Best Club of the Year

Amnesia

Fabric

Omnia

Sound LA

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Sonos Speakers, Meet Apple Music

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Apple Music can now officially be played on Sonos Speakers; although the streaming service has been available since June, until now, it did not have the ability to play through the hugely popular, internet-enabled speakers. Sonos had already integrated many other streaming services, most notably Spotify, Apple Music’s primary competitor. Unlike platforms such as Apple’s AirPlay, Sonos can only play music through its own app, rendering it impossible to stream from services that have not been integrated. To play your favorite tunes, just click the “Add Music Services” button, select Apple Music, and log in.

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Maceo Plex To Launch New Residency “Mosaic” at Pacha Ibiza This Year

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 10.03.39 AMTech house producer Maceo Plex will launch a new artist-led residency titled Mosaic at Pacha Ibiza this May. From May 24 to October 4, Maceo Plex will head the party series on Tuesdays alongside the famed Flower Power party, bringing a new perspective to the club scene in Ibiza.  Read more

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Apple: Bye Bye iTunes Radio, Hello Subscriptions

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As of this weekend, Apple‘s iTunes Radio, once an entirely free, ad-supported streaming platform, has ceased to exist in its original incarnation. Earlier this month, Apple announced that the channels would be integrated into Apple Music, the company’s subscription-based streaming platform. Sadly, that day has come and gone, and the stations are officially no more. Anyone logging into the iOS Music app or iTunes on their computer will encounter a message prompting them to purchase an Apple Music subscription. However, Apple continues to offer the Beats 1 station for free, seemingly an attempt to further the “Beats” brand  that the former acquired in 2014. Upon the 2015 launch of Apple Music, iTunes radio (launched in 2013) was deactivated in regions where the latter service was available, with the exception (until this past weekend) of the US and Australia. While this is surely a major bummer for cash-strapped listeners, the silver lining is that Apple Music will include a number of features belonging to iTunes Radio, such as generating playlists based on a single artist/song and music discovery. From a business perspective, this move makes financial sense for the company at the expense of the consumer, just one of many controversial moves that Apple has made since 2011, when co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs suffered an untimely death brought on by pancreatic cancer.

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Amazon Prime: A British Invasion

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As we plunge deeper into the streaming era of music, the number of choices available has drastically increased, giving listeners the option to utilize services such as Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Google Play, and, Amazon’s Prime Music service. The last of these options, however, was initially restricted to the United States when it launched in June 2014. Finally, after many industry negotiations, and much anticipation, users in the UK can now stream their favorite records, ad-free, on Amazon’s Prime Music a very reasonable £79 per year. Although the service is priced lower than its competitors, the catalogue is less robust than Spotify and Apple, reinforcing an age-old trope – “you get what you pay for.”

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Richie Hawtin Announces New Project with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix

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It’s been a busy 2016 for Richie Hawtin already, with DJ sets at BPM and Los Angeles, along with the news that ENTER will not return to Ibiza this summer. The technology aficionado continues to make headlines with the announcement of ‘Play Differently‘ – a collaborative partnership with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix.

The news was announced at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, with Hawtin stating that “the ethos of Play Differently is to create products that will magnify the individuality and expand the creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs . We hope to encourage and inspire creatives to PLAY differently.”

Play Differently has apparently been in development for two years, and with gear mogul Allen & Heath in the mix (no pun intended), Play Differently will certainly be one of the major talking points of NAMM. Stay up to date with more information as more is revealed regarding the vague, yet exciting concept from Richie Hawtin.

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