Belgian producer Alex Lustig has had a monumental output in 2018. Dropping nine releases, comprised of two EPs and a whole load of singles, the Young Thug and French Montana collaborator has spent the year making a name for himself in his solo work. After releasing his most recent single, “Under Pressure,” early this December, the track may be getting a boost after gaining some viral attention.
Coincidentally, Lustig has caught the eye of another act that had a massive 2018. Korean pop group BTS recently uploaded a video of themselves practicing MMA, with Lustig’s track playing in the background. With users in the comments clamoring for the track ID, this may be just another boost to round out Lustig’s solid 2018.
If there is one thing Steve Aoki has undoubtedly mastered, it’s the ability to entertain. Whether through a live show or a video, the producer has the unparalleled ability to capture the attention of millions. His latest collaboration with Korean pop sensation BTS, titled “Waste It On Me,” is yet another example of this, with the track debuting at No. 1 in more than 60 countries.
The official music video for the track stars none other than The Hangover‘s Ken Jeong, who falls in love with a woman he is serving at a club. The video features an exclusively Asian-American cast, with heavy-hitters including Aoki’s half sister and supermodel Devon Aoki and Thirteen Reasons Why stars Ross Butler and Jamie Chung. Aoki spoke about the video, and the track’s impact on him that inspired the Asian-American cast in the first place.
“When I found out that ‘Waste It On Me’ was the No. 1 song in the world on Apple Music, I realized that this track represented more than just me and BTS,” said Aoki. “It’s bigger than music, and we hope to show other Asians they are also a part of the global commercial musical landscape. I feel so deeply about the Asian footprint in music culture that I wanted the music video to have an entirely Asian cast and director. The video tells the story of ‘Waste It On Me’ in an incredibly funny, witty, and clever manner.”
We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”
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.
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.
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
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.
Slushii‘s burst onto the EDM scene has been felt in waves, and the Los Angeles based producer shows no signs of slowing down. With a debut album — Out Of Light — released in August, massive performances at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, & EDC Orlando, and a plethora of incoming original releases and remixes, the ascendant producer is hitting the ground running into 2018.
On his newest remix to “MIC Drop,” Slushii injects his own carbonated blend of EDM ear candy into the hip hop original, forsaking its ominous overtones for bubbly, anime-inspired tones. The track’s invigorating synths will surely impact the dancefloor during the upcoming festival season.
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.
Steve Aoki remixed one of the hottest acts in the world, Korea’s omnipresent boy band BTS.
The Chainsmokers have linked up with K-Pop group, BTS, for a melodic house number that exemplifies the Korean group’s vocal talent, while reminding Chainsmokers fans around the world that the American duo still has a sharp ear when it comes to studio productions.
“We became acquainted with The Chainsmokers when we met them at a waiting room during the Billboard Awards after they invited us,” ‘Rap Monster,’ a member of BTS revealed. “We kept in touch after the that and talked about working together.” And so “Best of Me” was born, with Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart credited as the song’s producers. In classic Chainsmoker style, Best of Me couples an insanely catchy beat with a radio friendly yet EDM-esque drop.
Steve Aoki has had an interesting few months following his ‘rebranding’ campaign of sorts that found him attempting to move away from the EDM typecast. After teasing his latest collaboration with Migos during a live show in Austin, the Dim Mak head honcho seems ready to further diversify, this time with the seemingly unlikely pairing with BTS.
Sharing a recent picture on Instagram, the producer seems to be working on a collaboration with acclaimed K-pop group BTS, fresh off their Billboard Music Awards success. The Korean outfit appears to be the next collaborative outlet Aoki has his his scope fixed on. Currently, details about the collaboration remain under wraps, but with a simple and concise “Coming soon” caption, you can bet this inbound new joint product is soon bound for inevitable commercial success.