Pete Tong’s Move To L.a. Shifts Dance Music’s Center West

Concert photos by the L.A. Times

L.A. has been a key reason why this music stayed here, because this is where the big raves were and kids under 21 could get into the music. Unless you had these raves and these clubs, a David Guetta could never have happened here.” There’s a long tradition of English music figures setting out for the good life in Southern California (John Lydon or Morrissey could vouch for its virtues). The move didn’t come without stresses for Tong, a father of four and an icon in his home country now setting out for L.A.’s dance music Wild West. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations But aside from all the usual perks of L.A. weather, food, etc. the global attention on the American dance-music market was too much to pass up. He plans to continue his BBC program and his show on “Evolution,” the dance channel of American digital radio service iHeartRadio. But he’s also working on a film project with Lionsgate and co-founded WME’s electronic music division. “Pete is a terrific influence and authoritative figure,” said Marc Geiger, worldwide head of WME music. “I think he will make all of us better by being around.” Tong’s faith in dance music in L.A.

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“I can’t afford not to be working on music for that long. … I just don’t want to not be able to finish something.” Classically trained as a child and rock ‘n’ roll obsessed as a teen, the German-born Zedd turned to electronic music only recently. But already it’s gotten to the point where he will soon have to say no. Is there any such thing as too busy in the grab-it-now pop music world? “Generally, if you would have asked me that question five years ago, I would have wished to ever be in that spot,” Zaslavski said. “But then when you’re in that spot and you have to say no to things you would actually love to do, that’s a bummer, and a lot of opportunities I’m getting right now are amazing.” With artists such as Justin Bieber and Skrillex on his resume, Zaslavski has caught the attention of the pop music world. His single “Clarity,” featuring Foxes, recently reached No. 2 on the Billboard pop songs and dance/electronic songs charts and is moving in on 2 million in digital sales. And he’s released a new single “Stay the Night,” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore. With that project out of the way, he’s focused on music for Lady Gaga, whom he met through his remix work and joined as the opening act for her tour of Asia.

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Google Music app for iOS to drop in October, says report A native iOS app for Google’s streaming-music service is being tested inside the company and will be released once bugs are worked out, reports Engadget. October 3, 2013 9:47 AM PDT (Credit: Google) Google Music, the search company’s streaming-music service, will be coming to iOS as a native application soon, according to a new report. Google is currently working on its Music app and plans to get it to Apple’s App Store sometime this month, Engadget reported on Thursday, citing people who are familiar with the search giant’s plans. Google Music for iOS is being tested internally right now, according to the report, and still has few bugs to be worked out before its ready for public release. Related stories Google Music adds seven new countries to its roster Google Music is one of what is becoming a growing number of streaming-music services in the industry. Google Music is already available on Android devices and on the desktop, through the Google Music Web app. There are also some unofficial iOS apps that work with the platform. However, Google has yet to bring its native app to iOS, citing its need for Flash use in order to enforce digital rights management (DRM) on its songs. CNET has contacted Google for comment. We will update this story when we have more information. Topics:

Rdio adds free music stations to its iOS, Android apps

An updated and free feature called Stations allows you to listen to music from 20 predefined stations built on songs from different artists. You can also create your own stations based on artist, song, album, or genre. In return, Stations plays random selections based on the station you picked, and lets you listen to an unlimited stream of music. Related stories As Apple lets radio roll, Pandora listener growth tones down Sound familiar? Stations seems to be Rdio’s effort to tap into the online streaming action of iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Spotify. The free service won’t bother you with ads between the songs, according to the Associated Press . However, Rdio is counting on its non-paying users to pony up for a $10-per-month subscription, which includes added features like the ability to pick exact songs and albums they want to hear. Stations is powered by music intelligence company The Echo Nest, which described the feature in a blog posted Thursday. As you listen to stations and songs, the service tries to deciper your tastes to better detemine which music to serve you in the future. The Echo Nest said it’s also working with Rdio to make sure all of the radio stations are DMCA-compliant . Such a move would help avoid any legal skirmishes with the music industry. Stations is available as a feature in the US, Canada, and Australia.