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Jean-Michel Jarre talks creativity, tech and music’s AI future

Jean-Michel Jarre has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music and reimagining what live concerts can be since the 1970s.

The French composer and producer’s one-off spectaculars – for example Place de la Concorde in Paris in 1979; Beijing and Shanghai in 1981; Houston in 1986; and London’s Docklands in 1988 – broke attendance records and changed the visual architecture of live music.

Jarre is also a genuine DIY artist, literally building the studio he used to record the blockbusting ‘Oxygène’ album in 1976 (total sales: 12m), and bringing experimental music and new sounds to a truly global audience, having studied under Pierre Schaeffer – the key figure in the development of musique concrète – at the end of the 1960s.

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Apple Music exclusive sees Ministry of Sound de-list (but not delete) Spotify playlists

Reports earlier this week of an exclusive playlists partnership between Ministry of Sound and Apple Music have now been confirmed.

“All Ministry of Sound playlists and the monthly Ministry Mix – only on Apple Music,” explains Ministry’s curator profile on Apple Music.

15 playlists are currently featured on the profile: Dance Nation, R&B Mixtape, Ibiza Anthems, Rap Mixtape, Slowjamz, Garage Heads, Party People, House Sessions, Chilled, Fitness Freaks, Weekend Warmup, Track Of The Week, Saturday Night, and Grime Heads.

Posted inNews boss talks livestreams, big-tech platforms and ‘exploding’ Mexico was founded in 2008 as a livestreaming website specialising in electronic music. Since then, it has seen a number of competitors emerge, as well as watched various business models come and go.

Through it all, and despite rapidly-growing audience figures, founder and CEO Ray Smith is convinced that the pay-per-view model is inherently doomed.

“It’s all sponsorship,” he says of how his company makes money, citing major brands like Corona, Bud Light, Smirnoff and energy-drink Burn as among those willing to pay to reach the audience.

“I don’t necessarily believe in the pay-per-view model. We have tried it plus we have seen other people try it and fail miserably. You have to be quite creative in this world in terms of how you make money.”

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Universal mines vintage dance remixes for digital release

Amazing music-industry job of the week: digging through crates of 80s and 90s vinyl for forgotten dance remixes, then gathering them for digital re-release in 2016.

That’s what Universal Music’s UK Catalogue team has been up to in the last 18 months, working with the Association For Electronic Music to uncover more than 300 tunes that the label says were often only available as limited-edition vinyl at the time of their release.