Apparently due to its parent company SFX Entertainment being currently caught as it is in the transition from public to private company, Beatport have frozen all royalty payments. Specifically, Beatport say that "going private" has "trapped certain earned label payments" — perhaps I'm stupid, but I don't quite understand how. SFX Entertainment floated on the stock market last year but seemed to be floundering the whole time; in fact, they reported a $131 million loss in 2014.

Maybe the partnership the company announced with Spotify last month wasn't done out of sheer pioneering entrepreneurship but something closer to attaching yourself a larger, more successful company who can pay royalties.

The news arrived thanks to a letter to rightsholders obtained by MusicBusinessWorldwide. The payments in question, covering three months from April to June, were due on 30th June, the lateness of it making things all the more frustrating. Also revealed were the paltry royalties from Beatport: DJs who upload mixes to the platform get 10% per download and 5% per stream. Who calculates this?

Morgan Geist aka Storm Queen was not very happy with the unapologetic message the company sent to him:

Beatport can't seem to pay artists or labels on time right now. Couldn't seem to find the word "Sorry" in this...

Posted by Morgan Geist on Tuesday, 4 August 2015

But when will it end? Beatport says: "in the next few weeks, at which time all payments will be able to be made."