‘Rolling Stone’ to compete with ‘Billboard’ with introduction of new ‘Rolling Stone Charts’

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Move over, Billboard: editorial icon, Rolling Stone, will soon launch its very own music charts, which will directly rival Billboard’s previously established charts. Rolling Stone will debut Rolling Stone Charts on May 13. The charts will canvas the top 100 singles and top 200 albums in the U.S., and will also embody information on music streaming trends pertinent to the placement of each song/album. Rolling Stone will utilize said streaming information to demonstrate how the chart rankings follow from streams. Analytics from Alpha Data will inform the rankings.

Rolling Stone visualizes Rolling Stone Charts as a streamlined method of tracking rising releases, and a potential driver of further brand pervasion. “PMC’s (Penske Media Corp., the owner of Rolling Stone) strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms,” CEO Jay Penske, said. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular, and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”

Rolling Stone will unveil three charts in addition to the top 100 singles and top 200 albums charts on May 13: the Rolling Stone Artist 500, the Rolling Stone Trending 25, and the Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25. The Rolling Stone Artist 500 will reflect the most-streamed artists, while the Trending 25 will follow the tracks that denote the most rapid chart movement based on metrics. Finally, the Breakthrough 25 will encompass newcomers that enter the charts for the very first time.

H/T: Vanity Fair

Skrillex & Hikaru Utada’s ‘Face My Fears’ hits the Hot 100

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Kingdom Hearts fans have been waiting over a decade for the Final Fantasy-meets-Disney game’s third installment. The second edition, Kingdom Hearts II, was released in December of 2005 on PlayStation 2, and was followed by a whirlwind of spin-offs across several gaming systems—a process spawned from the perpetual push for innovation in the entertainment sector. It wasn’t until 2013 that the franchise developers (Square Enix & Sony) announced III’s release date.

The exhaustive buildup to the third release meant any announcement would generate astronomical buzz, including Skrillex‘s involvement in its theme song. On January 18, following some teaser footage, the famed producer released his collaboration “Face My Fears” with Japanese-American singer/songwriter Hikaru Utada. Since then, the track has reached the masses and—two days before the games official drop date—entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #98.

Now, with Kingdom Hearts III officially on the scene, the track is bound to keep climbing. Give it another listen and, to all those patient fans, happy gaming!

Kasbo shares Billboard remix of ‘About You’ amid ongoing North American tour

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In March of this year, Carl Garsbo released Places We Don’t Know, his debut album as Kasbo. Released via Foreign Family Collective and Counter Records, the 13-track LP acted as an impressive milestone for the burgeoning Swedish producer, further progressing the success he’d already begun to cultivate through prior releases on key imprints such as Monstercat and the aforementioned Foreign Family. Upon the album’s release, Garsbo noted that Places We Don’t Know centers conceptually around “romanticizing a naïve worldview,” because of the beauty inherent in such a perspective.

Perhaps no song off the record is more emblematic of this notion than its mellifluous, wistfully slow single, “About You,” so it’s fitting that he would choose to kick off the second leg of his Places We Don’t Know tour with the release of a re-interpretation of the piece.

Kasbo has bestowed the honor of remixing duties upon Mathieu Lépine, a Montreal native who produces under the name of Billboard. Released earlier this week, Lépine’s take on the track retains similar melodic elements of Garsbo’s original, but converts its doleful sensibilities and pace into an upbeat, future bass-infused offering which, ultimately, acts as a keen contrast.

Stream Billboard’s remix of “About You” and view Kasbo’s upcoming tour dates below:


Thu 11.15 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #

Fri 11.16 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom #

Sat 11.17 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues # *

Sun 11.18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe # *

Tue 11.20 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House # *

Wed 11.21 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown # *

Fri 11.23 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman # *

Sun 11.25 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre # *

Tue 11.27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell # *

Thu 11.29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda # *

Fri 11.30 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine # – early show

Fri 11.30 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine # – SOLD OUT

Sun 12.02 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box #

Sat 1.05 – Cape Canaveral, FL @ Holy Ship!


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EU / UK 2019 TOUR


Wed 1.23 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live

Thu 1.24 – London, ENG @ O2 Academy Brixton

Fri 1.25 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith

Sat 1.26 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgium

Mon 1.28 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller Music Hall

Tue 1.29 – Stockholm, SE @ Berns

Fri 2.01 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks

Sat 2.02 – Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall

3.13-3.16 – Riviera Maya, MEX @ SUNDARA

The Chainsmokers expland on new ‘Paris’-inspired film at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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The Chainsmokers spoke with Billboard on the red carpet at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to talk about their performance for the event, Kelsea Ballerini, and their upcoming film endeavors based around their hit, “Paris,” off their 2017 album, Memories, Do Not Open.

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall expectedly raved about Ballerini, and how her voice carries their production. The duo seemed surprised when asked about their “Paris” film project with Pitch Perfect author, Mickey Rapkin. Taggart went on to explain how Rapkin brought the story to their friend Dan who runs the Chainsmokers’ new production company, Kick the Habit. Parts were re-worked, and the team worked on the project and pitch for about a year. Finally, the major film studio TriStar, a subsidiary of Sony, bought the movie. Taggart went on to explain Kick the Habit has tons more in the works with TV, film, and Internet content. They seemed excited to hone their creative abilities into more than just music, noting creativity should work down multiple avenues.

H/T: Billboard

Steve Aoki recruits K-pop sensations, BTS, for new ‘Neon Future II’ single, ‘Waste It On Me’

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Steve Aoki recruits K-pop sensations, BTS, for new ‘Neon Future II’ single, ‘Waste It On Me’Steve Aoki Press

Steve Aoki has been on a roll this week. First he became the first modern dance music producer to be featured in the Smithsonian, and now, after teasing fans about a big announcement, he’s brought forth a full track list to accompany his Neon Future III album announcement–plus a new single.

The new Aoki heat, “Waste It On Me” is a collaboration with none other than Korean powerhouse group BTS. The track is a momentous one, in that it’s their first song to be released entirely in English. Aoki has been teasing this collaboration for some time now, beginning with him posting a slew of photos with the group this past May; and the release is certainly recompense for the wait.

Featuring bass valleys that ascend into crescendoing vocal highs, the track tells the story of young, capricious love. While definitely a commercial track, Aoki finds a way to organically infuse nuanced elements into the production.

BTS commented on the collaboration, saying, “We’re happy for this meaningful and heart-felt collaboration… We hope this would be a good present for our fans.”

BTS and Aoki began their musical relationship back in 2017, when the latter remixed BTS’s hit single, “MIC Drop” with Grammy-nominated rapper Desiigner. The release went on to eclipse the Billboard US World Digital Chart in 2017-2018, amass over 7 million streams on Spotify, and become the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in US history.

Aoki’s full track list of Neon Future III reveals additional scintillating collaborations, such as tracks with Bella Thorne, Mike Posner, and Bill Nye among others. “Waste It On Me” featuring BTS is out now via Ultra Music.


Track List 

Steve Aoki – Neon Future III (Intro)
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
Steve Aoki – Waste It On Me ft. BTS
Steve Aoki & Nicky Romero – Be Somebody ft. Kiiara
Steve Aoki – Pretender ft. Lil Yachty & AJR
Steve Aoki – A Lover And A Memory ft. Mike Posner
Steve Aoki – Why Are We So Broken ft. blink-182
Steve Aoki – Golden Days ft. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World
Steve Aoki – Our Love Glows ft. Lady Antebellum
Steve Aoki – Anything More ft. Era Istrefi
Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui – All Night
Steve Aoki – Do Not Disturb ft. Bella Thorne
Steve Aoki – Lie To Me ft. Ina Wroldsen
Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo – Azukita
Steve Aoki & TWIIG – Hoovela
Steve Aoki & Don Diablo x Lush & Simon – What We Started ft. BullySongs
Steve Aoki – Noble Gas ft. Bill Nye


BREAKING: Mysterious Gesaffelstein billboards begin appearing around the world

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Is Gesaffelstein teasing a comeback? Just typing the sentence is enough to induce goosebumps. 

Techno’s prodigal son famously hung up his live performance chops in 2015 at the top of his game with a groundbreaking final performance at Coachella. While he’s broken radio silence with a few key production credits over the last three years, there’s undeniably been a void where Gesaffelstein once stood, though now, mysterious new billboards currently cropping up across the globe suggest the suit-clad, cigarette-wielding dark prince of techno may be on his way back.

The enigmatic graphics follow Aphex Twin‘s similar campaign from earlier this year, with the producer’s logo popped up in New York, London, Hollywood and more. While these new billboards don’t reveal any details about the Aleph creator’s next move, though they could likely allude to new music in the near future, or perhaps, although much less likely, a comeback live performance of some sort. It has been a long three years since Gesaffelstein went on hiatus, though it seems he may be coming out of semi-retirement with a statement to make soon.

To hold you over until his return, revisit our Gesaffelstein Halloween homage here.

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ just broke another all time chart record as its singles reach 29 weeks on the Hot 100

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ just broke another all time chart record as its singles reach 29 weeks on the Hot 100Drake Scorpion Album Singles Billboard Record

Whatever feelings fans may have about Drake‘s latest era, his Scorpion LP is unquestionably a monstrous hit. The pop rap juggernaut’s latest album hit stores in late June, and by the end of the summer made the him the first artist ever to cross over the 50 billion global streams threshold. Bolstered by honest-to-god inescapable singles like “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” the smashed the season and racked up records and streams along the way. Now almost three months after the its release, Drake’s latest album has netted him another astonishing benchmark.

By extending their stay on Billboard‘s Hot 100 to 29 weeks, Scorpion’s singles (“God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” and “In My Feelings”) have broken an all-time record set previously by The Black Eyed Peas and Usher. Anyone who tore up middle and high school dance floors to Usher’s Confessions and The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.Dcan appreciate the magnitude of Drake’s latest chart record, breaking the previous tie of 28 weeks. The rapper’s new milestone is a feat that could last for years – or at least until the next Drake double album drops.

H/T: Billboard

Tim Gunter flips Loud Luxury’s ‘Body’

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Texas-born Tim Gunter is giving fans exactly what they want in 2018, following up a Chainsmokers remix with an upbeat, hour-long summer mix. Hailing from Austin, the DJ/producer continues this success streak in flipping Loud Luxury‘s Billboard Top 10 hit “Body.” According to the edit’s SoundCloud description, Gunter’s been ready to drop this one for a while, and now its finally seeing the light of day:

“Made this flip for my sets and people liked it so much I decided to put it out. Shout out to Loud Luxury for making this bop.”

The edit takes all the catchy, melodic elements of Loud Luxury’s original work and elevates them to new heights, with a high-octane, multi-layered future bass drop. The edit was designed for Gunter’s live performances, and as one can imagine, when played for a crowd, the new “Body” remix bound to turn heads. According to Billboard, the original has finally reached Top 10 status on the Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart. This was a slow journey, as Loud Luxury’s hit track had been climbing the charts for 37 weeks. With a fresh perspective from Tim Gunter, expect the track’s charting shelf-life to be extended well into the end of summer.

Zedd’s ‘The Middle’ smashes Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart record for most weeks at No. 1

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Why don’t you just meet Zedd…at the top of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart? He’s been there for awhile–28 weeks, to be exact.

Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey‘s joint hit, “The Middle,” moved into its 27th week atop the Billboard chart, collecting a total of 10.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending August 9, as Nielsen Music reports. The single fronts Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales for the 25th week, selling 8,000 units.

“The Middle” surpasses formidable occupancies at the top of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart previously held by The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” which peaked for 27 weeks in 2016-2017. Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up!” spent a comfortable 26 weeks in the number one slot in 2013-2014. Not far behind, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay‘s collaboration, “Something Just Like This” logged 25 weeks in 2017, while Major Lazer and DJ Snake‘s “Lean On” enjoyed a consecutive 23 week run in 2015-2016.

“The Middle” now becomes the newest record setting track within the context of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart with 28 weeks in its rearview.

H/T: Billboard

BTS’ ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ is first K-pop album to debut at no. 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart

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BTS is sitting pretty.

The K-pop boy band’s third studio album, Love Yourself: Tear has become the first number one chart-topper for the group after debuting atop the Billboard 200 chart, which ranks the most popular albums of a given week in the US as per multi-metric consumption, assessed by traditional album sale counts, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums. Love Yourself: Tear is the first K-pop album to ascend to the first rank on the chart.

The album sold 135,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 24. 100,000 of that 135,000 were in traditional album sales.

Photo Credit: CNN

H/T: Billboard