Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ named highest-charting dance track of decade

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Avicii continues his legacy with his seminal track, “Wake Me Up” being named the highest charting dance track of the decade. Released in 2013, the track peaked at No. 1 in 22 countries upon its release. Featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” was the lead single from the late Swedish producer’s debut studio album True.

“Wake Me Up” holds the No. 13 position on the official UK Top 100 Singles Chart. Avicii is among other prominent dance acts including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Daft Punk, The Chainsmokers, and Major Lazer that appear on the top chart.

Avicii’s lasting contribution to dance music has continued to be passed on by friends, family, and members of the community alike. The Avicii Vector game was officially launched earlier this month and features 25 of his tracks. The Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness took place in Stockholm on Dec. 5 and saw 55,000 in attendance for a celebration of the late artist’s life and memory. A tribute concert version of Avicii’s posthumous track, “Fades Away” was officially released earlier this week.

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The tribute concert version of Avicii’s ‘Fades Away’ surfaces

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Now that the Tim Bergling Foundation has concluded the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness, the industry is reeling from the emotional performances put on by a 30-piece band and multitude of singers from his biggest releases, including Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, Rita Ora, and more. The tribute concert version of “Fades Away” featuring Costa Rican singer MishCatt now steps into the spotlight as a source of affecting reverie.

“Fades Away” is the final song on Avicii’s posthumous album release, TIM. The original version of “Fades Away” features vocals by Swedish singer/songwriter, Noonie Bao. MishCatt re-recorded “Fades Away,” performing the single accordingly at the Tribute Concert. The track is the product of a collaborative all-star cast of producers, including Carl Falk, Joe Janiak and Joakim Berg, and Tim Bergling himself of course.

Berg speaks in an official release about the making of the original studio cut at Avicii’s side.

He states, “It may now come across as a sad song, but for us in the studio, writing it, we felt it was uplifting and light hearted. We wrote it in a bright mode, sort of carefree, and there were lots of laughing and joking, so for me ‘Fades Away’ will always be a positive song, a simple message about accepting changes, the passing of time and making the best of what you have.”

Produced by The Tim Bergling Foundation, all net profits from the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness are going to supporting organizations which address mental health needs and suicide prevention for young people. The 55,000 seats at Friends Arena sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale in September.

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Tim Bergling Foundation set to live-stream Avicii tribute concert for mental health awareness on December 5

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Tim Bergling Foundation set to live-stream Avicii tribute concert for mental health awareness on December 5Avicii

The Tim Bergling Foundation announced that on December 5 an Avicii Tribute Concert for mental health awareness will take place at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Headlining the event is a 30-piece band performing a two-hour set alongside 19 of the original singers on Avicii’s biggest songs, including Aloe Blacc, Rita Ora, Adam Lambert, Dan Tyminski, and other surprise guests. The headlining set will be live-streamed globally on Avicii’s official YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages from 9:00 – 11:15 p.m. CET (3:00 – 5:15 p.m. EST).

All net profits will go to organizations that support mental health and suicide prevention for young people. Concert goers will see sets from David Guetta, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero. The benefit concert went on sale in September, and the 55,000 seats arena sold out within 30 minutes.

Klas Bergling, Tim’s father, passed along some words in a press release, stating “We are grateful that [Avicii’s] friends, producers, artists and colleagues are coming to Stockholm to help. They have all expressed a sincere interest and desire to engage in efforts to stem the tide of mental illness and lend their support to our work with the Tim Bergling Foundation. We are very much looking forward to this evening, which will be a starting point for the foundation’s work going forward.

Every year around 1,500 people take their own lives in Sweden and globally up to one million. It is a tragedy that affects families, communities and with long-term effects on relatives who live on in grief. It is a global crisis and the second most common cause of death among young people aged 15-29 [according to the Worldwide Health Organization]. We want this concert to help put the topic on the agenda and pay attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people.”

David Guetta and Morten team up for collaborative trifecta, ‘Make It To Heaven’

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David Guetta and Morten team up for collaborative trifecta, ‘Make It To Heaven’DAVID GUETTA MORTEN At Ushuaia BIG 24 June 2019

Fans of David Guetta know that the producer has been spending a lot of time with Danish DJ and Producer Morten. Guetta has brought Morten out for various festival appearances including EDC Las Vegas, and they have now come together for their third joint release of the year with new single, “Make It To Heaven” featuring Raye.

The single opens with Raye’s ethereal vocals. A melodic note progression subtly builds until it becomes front and center for a club-worthy drop featuring a pulsing drum line and laser-like arpeggios yielding a polarizing techno-infused backdrop. The track is on trend with Guetta’s 2019 sound design, which has grown progressively darker as the year’s gone on.

Morten and Guetta previously came together for, “Never Be Alone,” featuring Aloe Blacc, as well as the pair’s remix for Avicii‘s “Heaven.” Their string of releases prove that the duo in the studio together are a force to be reckoned with. “Make It To Heaven” is out now via What A Music Ltd.

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NMF Roundup: Laidback Luke remixes Knife Party, Jason Ross and Dabin team up + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

After the release of their Lost Souls EP earlier this year, Knife Party have tapped Laidback Luke for a groovy remix of “Death & Desire,” and Jason Ross, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew team up for “One That Got Away.” Wave Racer has released a new single, “This N That” with LunchMoney Lewis, and Martin Garrix links with Dean Lewis for “Used to Love.” Walker & Royce tackle Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco,” and Hot Since 82 takes it one deeper on “Tilted.” Arty lends his spirited hand to Gorgon City and MK’s “There For You,” and Axwell remixes Halsey’s “Graveyard.” Four Tet’s dingbat-riddled moniker unveils new content, and Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and Amba Shepherd collaborate on “Dynamite.” REZZ and Malaa take no prisoners on “Criminals,” and Golf Clap deliver their iteration of “Let It Go” by Hood Rich and BRUX. NGHTMRE flexes on an interpretation of Habstrakt’s “The One,” and Herobust cranks up the intensity on “Smoke.” Chime keeps the Halloween spirit alive with “Haunted,” and Modestep sound the “Alarm” on their new single.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Gryffin solidifies two years of preparation with his 16-track debut LP, ‘Gravity’

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It’s been more than a two-year odyssey for Gryffin since the groundwork for his freshman full-length effort, Gravity, was initially set into motion during the fall of 2017. The project’s aggregate roll-out, which constituted a formal five-track EP release last December, as well as close to a dozen official singles, has decisively come full circle following its lead single introduction with “Nobody Compares To You.”

From bubbling beneath the charts with unofficial SoundCloud remixes to formally producing music in tandem with an abundance of Grammy-nominated acts, Gryffin has navigated a meticulous avenue to his current feat: Gravity out in its entirety, containing a track list that spans 16 sublime titles.

While there are more than a modest number of never-before-heard Gryffin productions to briskly dive into, the 11 previous singles from Gravity cannot be forgotten, including hits like “Remember” with Zohara, “Tie Me Down” with Elley Duhé, “All You Need To Know” with Slander, “OMG” with Carly Rae Jepsen in addition to a myriad of others.

In preparation for the album’s forthcoming release just over the past month, Gryffin unwrapped two final gifts as he continued to exemplify that there would not be a single mediocre listing on Gravity with “Baggage” alongside Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge, and most recently, “Body Back.” In terms of brand new music from Gryffin, perhaps the most enticing listen from the unbeknownst album designations is his long-awaited union alongside Seven Lions, which was debuted during the very first GRAVITY II LIVE spectacle in Brooklyn this past August.

Comprehensively, Gravity is engulfed with transcendent productions that encompass further collaborations with DROELOE, a reunion alongside Zohara, and a duet between MARINA and Model Child. For those fortuitous enough to be in attendance for any of Gryffin’s live performances this past summer, he treated fans to his ethereal drumline-induced introductory piece as the project’s commencing piece that provides the cherry on top to one of the year’s most remarkable dance music bodies of work.

Stream Gravity in full below, and purchase tickets to any of Gryffin’s forthcoming GRAVITY II LIVE shows during the remainder of this fall and winter.

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Flight Facilities go indie pop in new single with Aloe Blacc, ‘Better Than Ever’

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Flight Facilities go indie pop in new single with Aloe Blacc, ‘Better Than Ever’Flight Facilities Aloe Blacc

Flight Facilities are out with their newest single “Better Than Ever” featuring Aloe Blacc, and the song marks the duo’s continued experimentation with genres as they stray away from electronic and into soulful pop.

“Better Than Ever” is a feel-good tune that fuses vocoded sound effects, encouraging claps, and stimulating guitar riffs into a cathcy, radio friendly base. Blacc’s mesmerizing vocals captivate from the track’s outset, proving why he has been a highly coveted collaborator with electronic music acts. Flight Facilities allow Blacc’s voice to remain the highlight of the release, foregoing an electronic drop and choosing to use choir-esque elements as a complement to the track’s key elements.

The Flight Facilities duo comment on “Better Than Ever” in an official release, stating, “We try to explore all genres with our music, and ‘Better Than Ever’ may be as close to pop as we’ve ever been.”

Along with the new single, the artists have put out an eccentric music video featuring an itchy man on a bus. His itch can seemingly never be scratched, until a woman with long nails comes to scratch him as well. Then the entire bus joins in before the video plummets into a darker fantasy of ways the man’s itch can be scratched. “Better Than Ever” is out via Future Classic / Glassnote Records.

NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + moreValentino Khan 3 White Rabbit

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 112

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here


Netsky and Aloe Blacc‘s “Snitch” came out swinging in July, thrilling listeners with wobbling synths, powerful bass, and forceful lyrics. Since it’s Netsky, it was only a matter of time before a drum ‘n’ bass iteration made its debut, and the world is treated to just that via Toronto Is Broken‘s remix. This “Snitch” remix is packed with energy from start to finish.

Matrix & Futurebound are slowly unraveling sets of remixes for Mystery Machine on Viper Records. In the latest set, Flite, T & Sugah, and Glitch City lend their production talents to the April LP. Flite takes on “Believe,” which was initially released last October. He gives the dreamy drum ‘n’ bass track a rougher edge, introducing a drop and following rhythm that are more vigorous than the initial track they’re derived from.

The release of Fox Stevenson‘s debut album, Killjoy, is only a week away. He’s been steadily drumming up excitement by revealing some of its components, including the latest, “Headlights.” Stevenson’s songwriting and production shines in this tune, as his vocals soar over a delicate introduction before he kicks it up a notch in the chorus.

Who doesn’t love “Million Voices” by Otto Knows? The tune is nearly at 30 million YouTube plays and has soundtracked countless parties since its release in 2012. Win & Woo have put their signature slow-burning-yet-groovy take on this beloved song after it was well-received by festival crowds over the summer. “We made it for our Lollapalooza set & loved it so much we knew we had to put it out,” the duo said in the song’s description.

A R I Z O N A‘s ASYLUM album has been two years in the making, and it finally made its full debut on Oct. 11 via Atlantic. The nine-track LP includes tunes like the previously released “Nostalgic” and “Freaking Out,” along with several new cuts like “Where You Are.” The New Jersey trio have a special knack for tapping into listeners’ emotions, and their retro instrumentals complement lead singer Zach Hannah’s vocals impeccably.

NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + moreDillon Francis Gerald Rave Jungle

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Dillon Francis pumps his fans up this NMF with a remix of Saweetie’s “My Type,” and Mat Zo reveals his long-anticipated “Emotion Sickness.” Lane 8 showcases another brilliant single in “Sunday Song,” and Lost Kings, Sevyn Streeter and Luh Kel get the party started with “LA & The Parties.” Matt Lange and Kerry Leva reveal their blissful collaboration, “Every Word,” and Vincent and Naderi waste no time on their new powerful single, “Wasted Time.” Spooky dubstep returns for October in Figure and Dubscribe’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Chris Lorenzo tries his hand at drum ‘n’ bass production in “Take Me as I Am.” MitiS and RUNN craft a gorgeous soundscape on “Shattered,” and Chrome Sparks remixes Whethan and The Knocks’ “Summer Luv.” Dash Berlin shines on a new remix of Myon and ICON’s “Cold Summer,” and Morgan Page, Matt Fax, and Lissie take “The Longest Road To The Ground.” TroyBoi gets intense on his new single, “The Truth,” and Armin van Buuren and Cimo Frankel offer a dreamy trance collaboration, “All Comes Down.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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