• David Guetta wins American Music Award
• Myspace: “Artists are just looking for a home”
• Watch the Nightmarish Video for the Gaslamp Killer‘s “Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun”
• Watch new Scuba live video
• Labels You Love: XLR8R Readers’ Top 20 Labels
David Guetta wins American Music Award
David Guetta has won the first ever award for electronic music at the American Music Awards.
Taking place last night in LA, the DJ won out against strong competition from the likes of Skrillex and Calvin Harris.
But while the awards ceremony has made some concession to dance music’s enormous current popularity Stateside, the majority of winners on the night were from the popworld.
Justin Bieber was the big winner on the night winning in three categories including artist of the year while Nicki Minaj, Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry also took home awards.
Myspace: “Artists are just looking for a home”
Although at one time it seemed like the social networking site had died a death, Myspace is up and running again and looking to make a comeback.
The now Specific Media-owned company is aiming to perhaps not beat the likes of Facebook and Twitter outright, but offer a more music-focused service much like Spotify and Last.fm.
Chief executive Tim Vanderhook explained: “The promise of discovery and sharing new, good music was never really fulfilled by other services out there. It’s an unfulfilled promise that nobody ever really executed on.”
“Artists are really tired of sending their fans over to one platform to listen to music, another to watch a social stream, and others watch videos, buy merchandise or purchase tickets,” said Vanderhook. “They really are just looking for a home, and we try to be that for artists.”
Could this reincarnation see MySpace coming back to the fore for artists and music lovers alike? Let us know what you think.
Watch the Nightmarish Video for the Gaslamp Killer’s “Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun”
L.A. DJ/producer and Brainfeeder artist Gaslamp Killer‘s got a new video for “Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun”, featuring Dimlite, a track off his debut LP Breakthrough. Shaved heads, mountainscapes, hairless cats, creepy imagery… go forth and decode. Read our recent interview with the Gaslamp Killer here.
Watch new Scuba live video
Labels You Love: XLR8R Readers’ Top 20 Labels
All week long, we’ve been posting features and lists detailing our favorite labels—if you’ve missed any of that, catch up with them all here—but for this year’s edition of Labels We Love, we wanted to do something a little different. Last week, we put out the call for our readers to vote for their favorite imprints, and although it took a while to tabulate the thousands of votes we received from around the globe, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 20 labels, as voted by the XLR8R faithful. Looking at results, one thing is immediately clear: our readers have pretty damn good taste.
5. Tri Angle
7. Friends of Friends
9. Night Slugs
12. Hessle Audio
13. Ninja Tune
16. Dropping Gems
18. Body High
19. Modern Love
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