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Beatport
Beatport
is an American electronic music-oriented online music store owned by LiveStyle. The company is based in Denver, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Beatport
Beatport
is oriented primarily towards DJs, selling full songs as well as resources that can be used for remixes.[2] Established in 2004, the service was acquired in 2013 by Robert F. X. Sillerman's company SFX Entertainment
SFX Entertainment
for a reported price of slightly over $50 million.[3] In 2014, as part of an effort to widen its audience, Beatport
Beatport
expanded into original content oriented towards fans of electronic dance music, covering EDM news and culture, and offering on-demand music streaming from its catalog and live streaming events. SFX Entertainment
SFX Entertainment
filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on February 1, 2016, and Beatport
Beatport
was subsequently put up for sale. However, in May 2016, SFX suspended its proposed auction of the company, and cut its streaming and original content operations in order to focus on its core music sales business. SFX has since emerged from bankruptcy as LiveStyle. Beatport
Beatport
emerged from the bankruptcy debt free and profitable and continues to operate as an online music store.

Contents

1 History

1.1 2004–2006: Founding 1.2 2007–2008: Beatport
Beatport
Player 1.3 2009–2012: The New Beatport 1.4 2013–2015: SFX acquisition 1.5 2016–present: SFX re-organization, LiveStyle

2 Music catalog

2.1 Digital rights management

3 Awards 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] 2004–2006: Founding[edit] The first version of Beatport's web store, Beatport
Beatport
1.0, was released on January 7, 2004 and consisted of 79 electronic music record labels in its catalog.[4] Half a year later, Beatport
Beatport
was beginning to become recognized after a few collaborations with well-known DJs and partnerships with the technology company Native Instruments.[4] In January 2005, a revised Beatport
Beatport
2.0 was released, with a catalog of over 100,000 tracks supplied by 2,700 signed labels. Beatport
Beatport
was also made accessible through a scaled-down GUI embedded within DJ software: Traktor DJ Studio by Native Instruments. On August 7, 2006 Beatport released Beatport
Beatport
3.0 Fully Loaded, the third version of its original store, which featured improvements to navigation, customized content subscription via My Beatport, and new payment options. 2007–2008: Beatport
Beatport
Player[edit] In February 2007, Beatport
Beatport
launched the Beatport
Beatport
Player, a viral marketing web widget to play back relevant content by Artist, Label, Genre, and Chart. Built using Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash
and HTML, the player gives users the ability to create custom, dynamic playlists from song previews of Beatport's catalog to be embedded into nearly any HTML website. In August 2007, Beatport
Beatport
launched a community-oriented music site, Beatportal, whose stated mission is "...to provide music lovers with up-to-date information about the world of electronic music". Following up on the idea of the community-oriented site, Beatport
Beatport
introduced the Beatport
Beatport
Music Awards on March 18, 2008. Each year Beatport
Beatport
users can vote for the best electronic music artists in an effort to trace the progress of these artists over the years or determine which has the largest growing fan base. The BMAs are broken down into 19 categories, including Best Artist categories from each genre, Best Remix, and Best Single. The nominees for the BMAs are based solely on unit sales at Beatport. 2009–2012: The New Beatport[edit] The third version of the online store, named "The New Beatport", was released on January 21, 2009.[5] Multiple features were added to the site including embedded artwork in purchased music, a new user-preference system named "My Beatport", keyboard shortcuts and sitewide multilingual support.[6] As a newer version of the store, it integrated the use of a Adobe Flex
Adobe Flex
3 web application provided by RealEyes Media.[6] On July 14, 2011, Beatport
Beatport
launched their HTML5 website with new features, designs and a new platform. The annual revenue of Beatport
Beatport
for 2012 was reportedly around $15–18 million, with losses of $2 million.[7] 2013–2015: SFX acquisition[edit] In February 2013, Beatport
Beatport
was acquired by Robert F.X. Sillerman's SFX Entertainment, a conglomerate focusing on EDM properties such as festivals and promoters.[8] Additionally, Beatport
Beatport
announced a partnership with the music recognition service Shazam, which would allow the service to index Beatport's catalog so its songs can be recognized by Shazam's app.[9] In December 2013, the company laid off 20 employees in the Denver
Denver
office and six in San Francisco, reportedly leaving the site's technical infrastructure supported by only a skeleton crew.[10] Under SFX ownership, Beatport
Beatport
began to reposition itself towards the overall electronic dance music culture. On January 6, 2014, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (now known as iHeartMedia) announced that as part of a wider marketing partnership with SFX, it would syndicate a Beatport
Beatport
top 20 countdown show to its major-market contemporary hit radio stations beginning later in the year. Clear Channel staff, including John Sykes, believed that the deal (particularly the Beatport
Beatport
countdown show) would help provide a higher level of national exposure to current and up and coming EDM artists.[11][12][13] In December 2014, Beatport
Beatport
revamped its website to extensively target mainstream fans of electronic music, adding original content (such as news articles), as well as live streaming shows and festival coverage. Additionally, Beatport
Beatport
launched a free music streaming service, which allowed users to stream full-length songs from Beatport's library, as well as curated playlists and charts. Beatport
Beatport
CEO Greg Consiglio and executive creative director Clark Warner explained that only 300,000 of the site's 50 million unique users had actually purchased music from the service, and that the majority of users were using the Beatport
Beatport
store's time-limited samples of tracks for music discovery instead.[14] In March 2015, the site launched a mobile app, featuring the streaming service, and a " Beatport
Beatport
Shows" feature which highlights upcoming events and provides integrated access to ticket purchases.[15] The streaming service is subsidized by Beatport's store, which was re-branded as Beatport
Beatport
Pro (in concert with the service's desktop client software) and remained primarily focused towards professionals.[14][16][17] 2016–present: SFX re-organization, LiveStyle[edit] Beatport
Beatport
incurred US$5.5 million in losses for 2015.[18] In March 2016, as part of SFX's bankruptcy, the company announced that it planned to auction off Beatport
Beatport
and digital firm Fame House (the latter eventually sold to Universal Music Group)[19] to focus more on its live events business.[20] On May 10, 2016, Beatport
Beatport
announced that the auction of the company had been suspended, and that it would instead cut back its operations to focus solely on its music sales business—resulting in the discontinuation of Beatport's streaming, live and original content operations.[21] The company also announced layoffs as it underwent restructuring, with as many as 49 employees departing the workforce.[21] In September 2016, Italian record label Art & Music Recording called for an investigation into allegations that third-parties had artificially inflated the download counts of several of its songs ("juicing") on Beatport, which caused Beatport
Beatport
to remove the songs under policies prohibiting labels from making purchases of tracks to increase their chart performance.[22][23][24] In December 2016, SFX emerged from bankruptcy under new leadership, and re-named LiveStyle. The company's CEO, Randy Phillips (formerly of AEG Live) stated that Beatport
Beatport
had returned to profitability.[25] In October 2017, Robb McDaniels was announced as CEO of Beatport. Music catalog[edit] At launch, Beatport
Beatport
offered tracks from 79 electronic music labels to customers worldwide.[4] Over the years, the company has grown and expanded its music catalog to include more artists and differentiations of the electronic genre such as house, techno, drum & bass, and dubstep.[citation needed] Sales of sample packs and remix stems, in the " Beatport
Beatport
Sounds" section, grew from an annual revenue of $600,000 in 2010 to $39.1 million in 2015.[2] Digital rights management[edit] All tracks on Beatport
Beatport
are provided free of DRM. There are no restrictions on the number of devices to which a purchased song can be transferred nor the number of times any individual song can be burned to CD. Awards[edit]

International Dance Music Awards (IDMA)

2006: Best Dance Music Retailer and Best Dance Music Specialty Retailer[26] 2007: Best Dance Music Retailer[27] 2008: Best Dance Music Specialty Retailer[28] 2009: Best Dance Music Website (awarded to Beatportal.com) and Best Specialty Retailer[29] 2010: Best Dance Music Website (awarded to Beatportal.com) and Best Dance Music Specialty Retailer[30] 2011: Best Dance Music Specialty Retailer[31] 2012: Best Dance Music Specialty Retailer[32] 2013: Best EDM/Dance Music Retailer[33] 2014: Best EDM/Dance Music Retailer[34]

See also[edit]

Juno Records Christou v. Beatport, LLC

References[edit]

^ "Beatport.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved February 27, 2016.  ^ a b "Beatport's Revenue Dropped By $7.5 Million Last Year". Mixmag.net. 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2016-02-18.  ^ Sisario, Ben (26 February 2013). " SFX Entertainment
SFX Entertainment
Buys Electronic Dance Music Site". The New York Times.  ^ a b c "Beatport". Sonic Vista Academy. Retrieved 2012-11-19.  ^ "The new Beatport
Beatport
puts the power back in your hands". Beatport
Beatport
Buzz. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2015-09-29.  ^ a b "Case Study: Beatport
Beatport
Website". RealEyes Media Blog. 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2015-09-29.  ^ " Robert F. X. Sillerman Continues to Grow EDM Empire With Purchase of Beatport". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ Sisario, Ben (26 February 2013). " SFX Entertainment
SFX Entertainment
Buys Electronic Dance Music Site". Media Decoder. The New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2013.  ^ "Beatport's Matthew Adell on Shazam Deal, Why Music Biz Is a 'Disaster Model'". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 21 September 2013.  ^ Cameron, John (2016). "Investigating How SFX Entertainment
SFX Entertainment
Destroyed Beatport". We Got This Covered. Retrieved 2016-04-03.  ^ "SFX and Clear Channel Partner for Digital, Terrestrial Radio Push". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 6 January 2014.  ^ "John Sykes, Robert Sillerman on New Clear Channel, SFX Partnership: 'We Want to Be the Best'". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 6 January 2014.  ^ Clear Channel and SFX Strike Electronic Dance Music Marketing Deal from The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
(January 6, 2014) ^ a b " Beatport
Beatport
Aims to Be the One-Stop Streaming Shop for DJs with New Strategy". Billboard. Retrieved 9 March 2016.  ^ "Dance music service Beatport
Beatport
finally launches an app". The Verge. Retrieved 10 March 2016.  ^ "First Look At Beatport's Free Dance Music Streaming Service". TechCrunch. Retrieved 9 March 2016.  ^ "How Beatport
Beatport
hopes to become the home of electronic music". The Next Web. Retrieved 9 March 2016.  ^ McDermott, Matt (2016-03-01). "SFX to sell off Beatport". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-04-03.  ^ "Universal Music buys digital marketing agency Fame House". L.A. Biz. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2016-08-19.  ^ "SFX to Auction Off Beatport
Beatport
in May, Looks to Sell Fame House". Beatport. Retrieved 9 March 2016.  ^ a b " Beatport
Beatport
Suspends Auction and Shuts Down Streaming, News and Events Divisions". Billboard. Retrieved 11 May 2016.  ^ " Beatport
Beatport
"Juicing" Claims Popup in SFX Bankruptcy". Amplify. Retrieved 10 October 2016.  ^ "Dance Label Wants Beatport
Beatport
to Prove It 'Juiced' the Charts: Report". Billboard. Retrieved 10 October 2016.  ^ "AMR Seeks Probe of SFX Entertainment
SFX Entertainment
Over Digital Music Charts". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 October 2016.  ^ "SFX Emerges From Bankruptcy with a New Name, LiveStyle, and New Leader in Randy Phillips". Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2017.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08.  ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2015 - WMC 2015". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 

Further reading[edit]

"International Dance Music Award Winners". About, Inc., part of The New York Times company. Archived from the original on 21 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27.  "Westword: Regas files suit against Beatport, Beta, and AM Only". Denver
Denver
Westword Blogs. Retrieved 2011-03-10.  "23rd Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Winter Music Conference. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-06.  "26th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Winter Music Conference. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 

External links[edit]

Official website Beatport
Beatport
top tracker

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LiveStyle

Key people

Robert F. X. Sillerman Sebastian Solano

Subsidiaries

AIR Festivals ALDA Events (50% stake) B2S Beatport Disco Donnie Presents Fame House Flavorus ID&T I-Motion GmbH Life in Color Made Event MMG Nightlife (80% stake) Monumental Productions Paylogic (75% stake) Plus Talent React Presents Rock World (40% stake) Teamwork Management Totem OneLove

Festivals

A Day at the Park Amsterdam Open Air Buiten Westen Creamfields Australia Decibel Festival Defqon.1 Festival Electric Zoo Electronic Family Kingsday Life in Color
Life in Color
Festival Mysteryland Nature One Q-dance Ruhr in Love Rock in Rio Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio
USA Sensation Spring Awakening Stereosonic TikTak TomorrowLand TomorrowWorld Valhalla

Business partners

WPP plc Eventbrite iHeartMedia iHeartRadio Syco
Syco
Entertainment T-Mobile US Former: Live Nation Clear Channel Communications

Related topics

Live electronic music List of electronic music festivals

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DJ Award- Special
Special
Award for Outstanding Dedication

Judy Weinstein - (Def Mix Record Label) (2002) Pepe Rosello - Space (2003) Darren Hughes - Cream, Fabric, We Love@Space (2004) DJ Magazine
DJ Magazine
(2005) Brasilio de Oliveira - Ku, (La Troya Asesina) (2006) Jonas Temple - Beatport
Beatport
(2008) Jose Pascual "Mr.Papy" - DJ Awards (Founder) (2009) Ben Turner - (Grap

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