Tiesto is engaged!

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Those who follow Tiesto have become accustomed to his 21-year-old girlfriend Annika Backes popping up in his posts and stories as the two travel the world. The American model has been on the road with Tiesto for almost two years now, and yesterday the producer made it official that she will be joining him on the road for the rest of his life. Tiesto popped the question in the Maldives, and the two are now engaged!

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Everyone from festival organizers to artists themselves have taken to social to express their congratulations to the couple. Oliver Heldens has even gone as far as to prompt fans to retweet him 5,000 times so that he can make a Tiesto and Annika meme account.

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A big congrats from Dancing Astronaut to the newly engaged couple.

Photo: Tiesto’s Instagram



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Facebook to test ‘breaking news’ tag for select news publishers’ posts

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Facebook will soon offer a select list of news publishers access to a “breaking” designation for their articles. The scarlet tag of distinction will appear below the post’s image, displaying the amount of time that has passed since the piece’s publication. The publishers with the breaking tag at their disposal will have the ability to apply the tag for anywhere between 15 minutes and six-hours, but can only use the breaking classification once every 24-hours.

Facebook’s implementation of the tag seeks to show its users the most significant, recent news, designed to add urgency to the platform’s non-chronological newsfeed organization. The tag, however, will not be weighted differently in Facebook’s algorithms — for now.

A spokesperson for Facebook has indicated that initial use of the breaking tag will function as a measure of whether or not breaking news stories should be algorithmically favored over other newsfeed posts. If use of the breaking tag is met with a positive reception, posts with the tag might later receive preferential temporal ordering.

While Facebook has not released the full list of media entities cleared to use the breaking tag, ABC News and Vox Media will be permitted to use the exclusive tag.

H/T: engadget

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Untold Festival reveals aftermovie, 2018 ticket details

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After celebrating a groundbreaking third iteration, Romania’s largest festival UNTOLD has finally released its 2017 aftermovie, along with details for Chapter 4.

Shot in 4k, by over 120 people across 75 terabytes, the fifteen-minute aftermovie is brimming with magical moments from across the four-day extravaganza. The clip perfectly encapsulates the unparalleled spirit and heart of a festival that has fast become one of Europe’s biggest musical highlights. With over 330,000 attendees from across the world flocking to Cluj-Napoca to witness a lineup packed with over 200 international acts across 10 cutting edge stages, it’s easy to see why UNTOLD has become an international phenomenon on the festival circuit. Including spine-tingling performances from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Hurts, John Newman, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Sven Väth, and Andy C among others, the aftermovie effortlessly captures the unrivalled atmosphere of UNTOLD and will leave fans desperate for more.

To coincide with the release of its 2017 aftermovie, UNTOLD festival has announced the first batch of 4 day passes for Chapter 4 are now on sale. Only fans who have registered via the official website will be able to purchase the first wave of tickets. All those registered will receive a unique link that will be activated at the time of sale and fans will be able to purchase up to 4 tickets. Pre-registry is available here.

Um..’s break-up was actually a Halloween hoax, announce new music is on its way

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When the LA production team um.. — made up of Ben Bruce and Dylan Gold — released a cryptic video titled “this is our last song” on October 19, fans and critics took it as a break-up announcement and subsequently skeptical questioned why such a promising rising talent would be parting ways so soon. As it turns out, um..‘s new (and apparently last) release was a media stunt all along. The eccentric bass music duo has just announced over their socials that the whole thing was a Halloween trick.

The guys disclose in a rather bumbling Facebook video that they were simply participating in a round of “trick or treat,” beginning with the trick of breaking up. Their treat to fans is that new music is officially out now. Um.. also go on to allude to their Pay Attention EP in the video, followed by an awkward joke session.

Tricked you, we’re getting back together. It was a trick and we’re back. If you didn’t see that coming then you haven’t been paying attention, gotta say. We saw it coming…and we’re not even paying attention. Also, if you were sad, sorry that you were sad but we’re back so…we didn’t mean for you to be sad. But also, don’t forget to be sad sometimes. It’s totally on-brand for us to say that, so embrace the sadness.”

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Marshmello whips up chocolate mice in his new cooking video

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Everyone’s favorite enigmatic candy-pop producer has just tackled some uncharted territory in the world of cooking entertainment. In his YouTube upload on Oct. 31, “Cooking With Mello: Chocolate Mice,” Marshmello doubles as a kitschy Halloween cook, all the while promoting of few of his recent single releases.

But that’s not even the best part.

While Martha Stewart may not have too much cause for concern, Joel Zimmerman could take issue with the video’s (perhaps not so) subtle jabs at his deadmau5 project. It’s no secret that deadmau5 and Marshmello have had some back-and-forth professional beef in the past, the most potent of which was Marshmello’s reference to a caged mouse in one of his music videos. In the above video, however, Marshmello takes it one step further. Perhaps there’s a new king of trolling in town.

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BREAKING: DnB legend Apex has reportedly committed suicide

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The drum & bass community has suffered a heartbreaking loss today as beloved UK producer Apex has allegedly taken his own life. Prior to his solo career résumé, chock full of drum & bass gems like “Inner Space,” “Nowhere To Run,” and “Just One Second,” Robert Dickeson was also the producer and DJing member of Unknown Error. Not many details have been provided into the legendary figure’s death other than social media posts from industry producers and friends across the web. Though anyone from Apex’s camp has yet to confirm the news, sources close to the producer have alleged that Dickeson’s death was the result of suicide.

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BREAKING: Volcano at Lost Lands Festival catches fire, festival resumes

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Excision‘s inaugural Lost Lands may be the most lit festival on the horizon after all, as one of the volcanoes next to the main Prehistoric Paradox stage caught fire Saturday night during Destroid.

Around 11 PM a small fire began at the top of the volcano, where Destroid played their first live show together since Ultra 2016. Personnel acted quickly and the situation was handled in a number of minutes. Dancing Astronaut was on the scene and captured the footage below.

After a brief closure of the main stage and subsequent approval by the fire marshal and sheriff, the festival resumed with Zeds Dead. Albeit, the volcanos were then dormant. No word has been given on whether the awe-inspiring pyrotechnics will resume. Luckily, zero injuries were reported as a result.

Lost Lands festival concludes tomorrow with Space Jesus, Liquid Stranger, REZZ, Illenium, and more. 

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New iPhone X leaked ahead of release — biggest spoiler in Apple history?

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The golden master version of iOS 11 appears to have leaked yesterday evening, shedding some very early light on products and features Apple plans to announce at their unveiling event on Sept. 19 at 10am PST. Apple blogger, John Gruber, has referred to the spoiler as the biggest for an Apple product to date: “More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history.”

Two most of the most controversial rumors were confirmed in the leak last night, which had been evidently sent to tech blogs 9to5Mac and MacRumors by a “rogue” employee. The first was the removal of the home button so as to enhance the overall full screen experience. Second, rumors were confirmed over Apple’s new facial recognition software. Face ID appears to be the official marketing name for the facial recognition features, which will likely replace the Touch ID fingerprint recognition feature.

The leak also solidified rumors that Apple’s newest device would be called the iPhone X. According to sources, Apple has chosen to name the OLED version of the new model to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. The two LCD models will be named iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.


There even appears to a lot more fun in iOS 11 than rumors previously anticipated. One particular feature, referred to as Jellyfish, appears to be 3D, animated versions of emoji characters for iMessage. Dubbed “Animojis,” the characters will use facial tracking and your voice to create expressive animated messages.

There are also references to AirPods 1, 2, which may be a revised version of the wire-free headphones Apple first introduced last year.

Perhaps one of the most exciting features of the newest software is an integrated camera feature called Portrait Lighting, which will produce dSLR-like shots by using depth by simulating different lighting effects. The new feature will supposedly work with the flash on the device, offering up Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light, as well as provide a new range of video recording options like 1080p HD at 240 fps.

Finally, a selection of colorful new wallpapers are said to look impressive on an OLED display. There are stills of the earth and moon, several floral images, a selection of retro-style rainbow wallpapers, and one wallpaper that’s plain black.


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[BREAKING] Zedd & Alessia Cara take first dance music VMA, more results to follow

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MTV hosted the 2017 edition of its annual Video Music Awards ceremony this evening, doling out Moon Men to the winners of a variety of categories ranging from “Best Collaboration” to “Best Cinematography.” With its host Katy Perry kicking off the star studded ceremony with her inimitable brand of giddy humor, the VMAs honored artists working across a variety of genres.

On the dance music end, Zedd and Alessia Cara arose as the victors of the “Best Dance [Video]” award for their collaboration, “Stay.” Fellow nominees for the award included Kygo and Selena Gomez for “It Ain’t Me,” Calvin Harris for “My Way,” Major Lazer, [ft. Justin Bieber and ] for “Cold Water,” and Afrojack [ft. Ty Dolla $ign] for “Gone.”

The Chainsmokers are up for “Best Editing” and “Best Collaboration,” where they will compete alongside Calvin Harris for the evening’s best collaboration. Harris is nominated for his Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean feature, “Feels.”

UPDATE [8/28/2017 12:08 AM ET]: Wyclef Jean took the VMA for “Best Editing,” while Zayn and Taylor Swift left with the VMA for “Best Collaboration” for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” The Chainsmokers presented the award for “Best New Artist” to frequent EDM feature, Khalid.

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Shambhala to officially shut down early amid surrounding wildfires [BREAKING]

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Earlier today, August 12, Shambhala organizers issued a pre-evacuation alert for the festival. The surrounding McCormick Creek wildfire has been spreading rapidly, jumping the Salmo river to inch close to festival grounds while adding toxicity to the air.

Risk of endangerment has ultimately led the iconic festival to proceed with an “early closure,” per a PSA on its social media pages and websites that was erected initially at 3pm PST. According to Shambhala’s statement, Saturday evening will continue as planned, but the closure will begin afterward. They also requested guests to begin packing up their campsites accordingly to prepare for a smooth exit.

Sunday’s programming is completely cancelled, though guests don’t necessarily have to be out that morning — they simply have to be prepared to leave in the worst case scenario. Shambhala clarified later on in the comments of their Facebook announcement that “This is not an evacuation, it’s an early closure. We begin egress as we normally would Monday tomorrow morning.”



This post will be updated as the story develops.


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