The release has all the makings of a glorified crowd-pleaser, including a dance-heavy beat under the original’s catchy vocals and dropping into some pounding electronics. It’s easy to picture how the remix would play out live, providing the perfect backbone for some killer graphic visuals and light schemes.
His Heldeep imprint has been a driving force in summer 2018, taking over stages at some of the world’s most renowned festivals that saw Heldens as the headliner. In addition to a jam-packed Ibiza schedule, he’ll continue to move through the extensive tour schedule, hitting festivals such as Ultra Japan and Imagine Music Festival. Heldens will also continue to showcase the Heldeep brand, stopping in NYC for a massive Heldeep at Sea show featuring Black Caviar and more.
Marshmello and Anne-Marie‘s friend-zone anthem, “Friends,” has gone platinum. The platinum plaque recognizes 1 million units sold in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which are distinguished by single digital sales or 150 streams on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Those these numbers are nothing to turn one’s head at, however, it is important to look at other locations where this catchy anthem is consumed. Take YouTube, for example, where the melodic and unflinching track amassed nearly 600 million plays between Marshmello’s playful animated lyric video and the official music video as of Aug. 23. “Friends” peaked on Billboard Hot 100 at No. 11, but it’s clear the core of this song has a continuing resonance that isn’t slowing down.
Marshmello collaborations have again and again proven to be hits. In a press release announcing the platinum certification, Anne-Marie expressed her feelings about working with the masked master track-maker stating, “I love Marshmello…Working with him was so much fun and I can’t wait to work with him again. Talented, humble, lovely human…..I mean, Marshmello.”
On Aug. 20, with the continued enthusiasm and momentum associated when a track turns anthem, Anne-Marie accepted RIAA’s framed plaque right before performing a sold-out show at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. Of course, Marshmello isn’t slowing down either having recently announced a collaboration with Juice WRLD. Who knows what these tastemakers will do next.
David Guetta is gracing radio stations across the world again, thanks to pop collaboration with Anne-Marie, “Don’t Leave Me Alone.” In true industry fashion, a variety of artists have tried their hand at remixing the track, including Lenny Kravitz, R3HAB, and Guetta himself. Sidney Samson is the latest to join this list with his club-ready twist of the original.
Samson has all but entirely replaced the drop, with big room chords driving the bassline at a heightened BPM. Anne-Marie’s vocals still shine through, weaving in and out of the hectic drop to promote a danceable experience in any place it’s played in. Samson’s take on the track definitely gives the song a perfect spin for live performance, and there will be no surprises if Guetta decides to drop this version during his next set.
deadmau5 is in good company at Kobalt Music. The where’s the drop?producer recently inked a contract with Kobalt’s AWAL imprint, rendering AWAL the platform for ensuing installments in deadmau5’s developing mau5ville EP series. David Guetta is the latest electronic act to pen a deal with the publishing company, recently inking his own worldwide contract with Kobalt. The organization will provide publishing administration for Guetta’s extensive catalogue, including global synch and creative support services.
“David’s track record speaks for itself,” said Kobalt CEO and founder, Willard Ahdritz. “He’s a rare breed — a global superstar who’s worked with the world’s biggest artists and created hit after hit. David and his business manager, Jean-Charles, have built an amazing collection of great music over the past 15 years and it will continue to live on for years to come,” Ahdritz added, “It’s an honor to represent his music as part of the Kobalt family.”
Guetta is engrossed in the production of his seventh studio album, due later this year. For now, fans can get a taste of what the veteran French mega-producer has underway with Guetta’s most recent single with Anne-Marie, “Don’t Leave Me Alone.”
David Guetta has pulled out all of the stops this week. First, the French dance veteran remixed a seasoned talent from the rock spectrum, Lenny Kravitz, taking on “Low” from Kravitz’ eleventh studio LP, Raise Vibration. A matter of hours later, Guetta then followed up with a new collaborative piece alongside one of 2018’s most sought after new pop artists, Anne-Marie. “Low”is Lenny Kravitz’ entire brand in a song — alluring, groovy, and physical. It’s a track that might not an obvious candidate for a Grammy-winning dance music artist to remix, but when Guetta works his magic, it manages to complement Kravitz’ style exceptionally well.
David Guetta’s work of course is not done there. Coming through with one of the biggest electronic releases of the week, the “Flames” producer delivers a new original work titled, “Don’t Leave Me Alone,” anchored to Anne-Marie’s love struck vocals. The track sees both artists lend their understanding of pop music to an upbeat, electro-pop summer treat. “Don’t Leave Me Alone’ is bound for deserved radio play, and Anne-Marie, coming fresh off of collaborations with Rudimental and Major Lazer and Marshmello, absolutely delivers in top form.
Rudimental and Major Lazer have released their new music video for “Let Me Live.” The feel-good, inspirational single is about controlling destiny. With the help of Anne-Marie, Mr. Eazi, and a colorful dance team, the music video is just as uplifting as the audio. Throughout the video, vibrant colors are contrasted by industrial scenes that represent society, and the discussion of controlling destiny is shown through the colors donned by all individuals in the project.
The UK singer, who previously worked on Marshmello‘s “Friends,” is shown traveling from London to South Africa. Directed by South Africa’s Chris Saunders, the video features local dance troupes from Johannesburg with additional vocals from the five-time Grammy-winning South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Rudimental’s third album, TOAST TO OUR DIFFERENCES, comes out Sept. 7. “Let Me Live” is a featured single off their upcoming album. To celebrate, the English band invited Anne-Marie, J Hus, David Rodigan and more to join them on their weekly summer residency at Ibiza Rocks.
The remix holds short ties with the original bassline house anthem, ensuring that the drum & bass percussion assets are still there, yet takes the tempo up a notch and drops some rapid synths, wobbling bass, and some buzzing modified distortion. The edit is the first of a nine-track remix package dropping in July, which will feature the likes of Gentlemens Club, LICK, and more.
Sikdope will hit the decks at numerous festivals this summer, including Stereo Sunday in the Netherlands and Moonrise in Baltimore come August.
Major Lazer cemented themselves as the deliverers of chart-topping summer tracks with their 2015 track “Lean On,” which recently hit its 1 billionth stream on Spotify. On their latest, they’ve teamed up with UK group Rudimentalto deliver another summer heater, titled “Let Me Live.” Both parties have proved themselves collaborators extraordinaire — with Major Lazer working with every artist from Ariana Grande to Travis Scott to Ellie Goulding, and Rudimental with Ed Sheeran and Macklemore — and “Let Me Live” continues that legacy.
Enlisting vocals from Anne-Marie, an artist Rudimental helped launch into now full-on pop stardom, as well as Nigerian singer-songwriter Mr. Eazi, “Let Me Live” is a reggae-pop crossover track that isn’t trying to impress for radio play, but might accomplish just that with its laid-back demeanor. Also featuring vocals from the iconic South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Let Me Live” is world music on a true global stage.
Few acoustic versions of electronic tracks retain quite the same energy and pizzaz as the original. Surprisingly, Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s acoustic cover of their hit track “FRIENDS” is quite close to the original, and it is certainly an impressive acoustic take. This is likely thanks to Anne-Marie’s polarizing vocals being the center piece of the song, but that won’t stop anyone from giving Marshmello the credit he deserves for playing the guitar chords perfectly with his peripheral vision undoubtedly thwarted by his Marshmallow-themed helmet.