GDD™ Morning Update: Pretty Lights, Classixx, Serato, Universal Music

Pretty Lights hits US charts despite downloads
• Watch new Classixx video featuring Nancy Whang
Serato Releases Remote iPad App
Universal Music To Revive Vinyl Catalogue Through Crowdfunding Service

 

Pretty Lights hits US charts despite downloads

Right now you can go to Pretty Lights’ official website and download his new album ‘A Color Map Of The Sun’ for free, legally, and without any DRM.

However, that apparently hasn’t stopped people from going out and actually buying the album.

‘A Color Map Of The Sun’ cracked the US Top 30 this week, debuting at 24.

Additionally, vinyl sales of the album were high enough to make it the number one LP in the country, bringing an end to Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ six-week number one run.

Pretty Lights’ sales success with an album that can be downloaded legally for free is unusual, but not entirely unheard of. In 2009, Nine Inch Nails released their album ‘The Slip’ for free via their website, but physical and digital sales of the album were still strong enough for the album to debut at number 13 on the Billboard charts.

Perhaps both instances show that when an artist has a big enough following, their fans will go out of their way to support them with their wallets.

Buy or download it over on his website.

(via Mixmag)

 

Watch new Classixx video featuring Nancy Whang

The Los Angeles production duo, Classixx have released a new video for recent track ‘All You’re Waiting For’, featuring DFA Records’ Nancy Whang (pictured) on vocals.

Urban Outfitters sponsored the making of the video, which shows Whang living a life of leisure aboard a yacht, playing with puppies and guzzling martinis. Whang was a part of LCD Soundsystem’s live touring act and has also done a load of vocal collaboration with The Juan Maclean.

The Classixx boys make a brief appearance as part of the ship’s crew in the video about two minutes in.

Check out Mixmag’s review of the debut album from Classixx, ‘Hanging Gardens’, out now.

(via Mixmag)

 

Serato Releases Remote iPad App

Today, Serato has unveiled an application which allows Serato Live and Serato DJ users to gain addtional control of their performances using the touch of an iPad. Released for the asking price of $19.99, Serato Remote refits many existing Serato features conveniently onto the iPad surface, allowing users to control loop points, load tracks (and instantly copy playing tracks to another deck), creatively control Serato’s FX, and trigger samples, among other things. The app can also be connected wirelessly, or—for extremely low latency—connected via USB to the laptop running Serato. Serato Remote is currently availible viaiTunes and can be seen in action in the demo video below. (via Resident Advisor)

(via XLR8R)

 

Universal Music To Revive Vinyl Catalogue Through Crowdfunding Service

As with all things in music, by the time something reaches the attention of the major labels, it’s probably been around for a while, and definitely here to stay. Universal Records have announced that they will be re-releasing classic material on vinyl – as long as there is a demand for it.

Universal’s vinyl branch, UVinyl, will be launching a “crowd-funded vinyl service”, working on a similar vein as Kickstarter crowd funding, to release rare and deleted vinyl accompanied by new, personalised art work as well as digital download redemption codes.

According to Complete Music Update, Universal are already considering releasing classic pop hits such as The Jackson 5′s “ABC,” and Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.

Get involved at the official UVinyl site here.

(via Pulse Radio)

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