Deadmau5 To Release Remix Retrospective

Five Years of Mau5

Deadmau5 plans to release a retrospective titled Five Years of Mau5, but this isn’t your average greatest hits collection.

According to reports, Mau5 took to his members-only website to reveal the artwork — a mash-up of his previous albums’ covers — and announce the set is actually a remix EP.

What’s more, the Disney-embattled Canadian DJ has some top talent reworking his tunes. Eric PrydzNero, Madeon, Dillon Francis, and Pig and Dan were confirmed by Deadmau5, and it was pointed out Francis’ own remix of “Some Chords” was being played during TomorrowWorld, and that Pig and Dan had remixed tunes by Mau5’s alias, testpilot.

No release date has been announced for the project, and we’re still anxiously awaiting a tracklist and the names of other mix masters involved in the project.

[Via Dancing Astronaut, inthemix, Less Than 3]

Deadmau5 Battling Disney Over Mouse Ears Trademark

Disney Deadmau5

Deadmau5‘s trademark mouse ears may not be trademarked.

TMZ reports that Disney filed papers Tuesday to block the Canadian DJ-producer from trademarking his famous headgear in the U.S., especially a black-and-white logo version that closely resembles Mickey Mouse.

Mau5 apparently has the trademark in 30 other countries, but Disney contests granting him a trademark of the symbol in the U.S. would be bad for its business.

Deadmau5 hasn’t been quiet on the subject, alleging that the company thinks fans are that gullible and will confuse the two, though The Hollywood Reporter takes him to task on that comment, questioning why he would then want to trademark the likeness.

The DJ has vowed to fight the filing.

Eric Prydz Coming to LiFE Las Vegas and Bringing Along Techno Alter Ego Cirez D

Eric Prydz has been on a roll lately. When the Dutch progressive house producer/DJ’s Pryda EP was released on Beatport, it jumped to the top of the charts in merely one day. Then it was announced that for HARD Day Of The Dead, Prydz and Deadmau5 will have their own “Mau5-ville” arena together. The latest triumph though, was an offer of a residency at the highly anticipated LiFE nightclub at the new SLS on the Las Vegas Strip. This is actually his third Vegas residency for the year, starting with Wynn, then moving on to Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub. Now he’ll have his exclusive residence at LiFE, which kicks off on Saturday, September 13th.

Immediately following his debut there as Eric Prydz, LiFE will have him host their inaugural non-commercial EDM music night “Underground Sundays” under his techno alias Cirez D the next day, on September 14th.

In 2002, Prydz launched his label Mouseville, producing techno music under the alias Cirez D. So now Las Vegas will have two big names in the form of one person, doubling the chance to start swaying Sin City from the status quo. You’ve got to like those odds.

Here are some techno jams from Cirez D for you to check out.

Calvin Harris Tops Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid DJs

Calvin Harris

Dance/EDM is big business — look no farther than the continually growing empire of Robert F. X. Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment as evidence. But executives aren’t the only ones raking in cash, as proven by Forbes’ 2014 list of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

Topping the Electronic Cash Kings 2014 ranking is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who pulled in $66 million over the past 12 months and even out-earned rapper Jay Z and country singer Toby Keith, according to the magazine.

Check out the top earners and tallies below, along with their rank from last year in parentheses.

1. Calvin Harris, $66 million (1)
2. David Guetta, $30 million (3)
3. TIE: Avicii / Tiësto, $28 million (6, 2)
5. Steve Aoki, $23 million (11)
6. Afrojack, $22 million (7)
7. Zedd, $21 million
8. Kaskade, $17 million (9 (tie))
9. Skrillex, $16.5 million (9 (tie))
10. Deadmau5, $16 million (5)
11. Hardwell, $13 million
12. TIE: Armin van Buuren / Steve Angello, $12 million (8, 4 (as part of Swedish House Mafia))

Ultra Records Files Copyright Suit Against YouTube Star

Well, this isn’t a good look! Ultra Records has filed suit against Michelle Phan — a YouTube star who has racked up 6.5 million subscribers and more than 150 million views of her videos featuring makeup tips — for using its music without permission, according to TMZ.

Phan is accused by the label of taking “4AM” by Kaskade, among other songs, as well as tunes by Deadmau5, and inserting them into her clips.

According to the gossip site, Phan has been posting videos since 2007, and Ultra wants to know how much she’s earned from the videos and wants all the profits from them, too.

It will be interesting to see what sort of precedent this case sets, as Phan is far from the only YouTuber guilty of “borrowing” tracks from Dance/EDM artists.