Kygo releases OneRepublic collaboration and pop-leaning ‘Riding Shotgun’ ahead of album release

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Kygo‘s sophomore album Kids in Love is set for release on November 3, and for a week preceding, the Norwegian producer has been releasing one track a day from the LP. So far, the album is a combination of tropical house and pop with collaborations ranging from John Newman to OneRepublic.

The first three tracks from the album that have been released are the title track “Kids In Love,” “Never Let You Go,” and “Sunrise.” So far, each track has been incredibly different, and the Norwegian producer’s next two releases “Riding Shotgun” and “Stranger Things” continue this trend of diversity.

“Riding Shotgun” opens with Bonnie McKee’s high pitched vocals and then falls into a pop tropical drop. Many of the producer’s recent tracks have leaned pop over electronic, but “Riding Shotgun” has groovy chords and an extended electronic drop while McKee’s catchy vocals are the glue that will appeal to pop lovers.

For his next release titled “Stranger Things,” Kygo partnered with OneRepublic, and the high profile collaboration is almost certainly going to be a radio sensation. The production elements of this track are very subtle with piano and a steady drum beat serving as the backbone of the track while OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder vocals are the focal point.

John Newman and OneRepublic are not new to collaborating with electronic music producers, having previously worked with Calvin Harris and Alesso, respectively. As Kygo continues to roll out tracks ahead of Kids In Love‘s release, it will be interesting to see who else the producer is collaborating with.

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Calvin Harris’ ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ goes gold, announces ‘Faking It’ ft Lil Yachty & Kehlani

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Calvin Harris‘ summertime rotational staple Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 has officially gone gold, ergo it’s sold at least half a million copies. But not only has the record itself earned gold status, its lead single “Slide,” featuring Frank Ocean and Migos, has officially gone double platinum. The tune also stands at over 400 million streams on Spotify.

While the artist took to Twitter to announce the notable achievements, he also unveiled a new project, dubbed “Faking It” featuring Kehlani and Lil Yachty will be out October 20. 

The new project, while it remains to be known whether it’s simply a single or rather an extended project, will be the first release to follow the LP. 

H/T: Billboard

 

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Hakkasan and OMNIA announce ‘monstrous’ line-up for Halloween weekend in Vegas

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Las Vegas can very well be called the USA’s Ibiza, as it consistently brings in the world’s best talent no matter the time of year. However, unlike the rave White Island, the city continues to party all year round with A-list DJs literally flocking in and out of there on a daily basis. The Hakkasan Group have proven themselves as worthy gatekeepers to Las Vegas’ inimitable nightlife time after time with impressive lineups. With a massive, festival-esque benefit show slated for November at OMNIA, Hakkasan has also just announced their extensive line-up for Halloween weekend.

OMNIA will put on its third and final installment of the “Phantom of the Opera” themed trilogy that’s seen massive success over the past two years, featuring performances by Calvin Harris, Zedd, Kaskade and more. If that’s not thrilling enough for the audience, Hakkasan will invite attendees to step “Beyond the Wall” with its second chapter of the medieval themed party, featuring sets by Steve Aoki, Lil Jon, Above & Beyond, and even some tech-house vibes from Hodor himself, Kristian Nairn.

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OMNIA Nightclub:

Friday, Oct. 27

Main Club: Calvin Harris

Heart of OMNIA: Shift

Saturday, Oct. 28

Main Club: Zedd

Heart of OMNIA: Irie

Sunday, Oct. 29| “DESEO Latin Sundays: Haunted Gala”
Heart of OMNIA: DJ Gil Barba and DJ Exile

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Main Club: Kaskade
Heart of OMNIA – “Wild at Heart: Ghosts of Hip Hop’s Past” Mike Attack

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Hakkasan Nightclub:

Thursday, Oct. 26: “Lords and Ladies of Las Vegas”
This celebratory night will honor 40 of the leading men and women in the industry. Keeping with the feudal theme, these industry leaders will be awarded with royal titles.

Main Room: Steve Aoki
Opening Set by Kristian Nairn (also known as “Hodor”)

Friday, Oct. 27:“About Last Night”

Main Room: Lil Jon

Saturday, Oct. 28

Main Room: Kaskade

Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz

Sunday, Oct. 29

Main Room: Above & Beyond

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Calvin Harris donates proceeds from Omnia show to Las Vegas Victims fund

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In this wake of the Las Vegas shooting — officially the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history — the electronic dance community has come together to support victims, their families, and the city itself. Calvin Harris is the latest producer to join a growing list of high profile artists donating in the wake of the tragedy. Harris announced that he would be donating the show fee from his performance at the Omnia nightclub on October 14 to the Vegas Victims fund via an Instagram post.

Other producers to pledge their support include Diplo, Tiësto, Kaskade, NGHTMRE, and Zedd among many others. The tragedy in Vegas has shaken the music industry to its core, and artists and fans alike have come together in a show of strength and support for Las Vegas.

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Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, more among MTV’s 2017 EMA nominees

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MTV’s European Music Awards is ringing its 23rd annual award ceremony on Nov. 12 and is set to be held at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London, UK. The award ceremony typically celebrates the career success of global pop-stars with European crossover appeal.

Among the electronic music category nominees are the mainstays of commercial EDM: Calvin HarrisDavid GuettaMajor LazerMartin Garrix and The Chainsmokers.

Leading the 2017 nominations is Taylor Swift in six total categories, including best artist and best video, followed by Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar with four nods each.

 

Best Song

Clean Bandit, “Rockabye” f. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
DJ Khaled, “Wild Thoughts” f. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” (Remix) f. Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

Best Artist

Ariana Grande
Ed Sheeran
Kendrick Lamar
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Look

Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Rita Ora
Taylor Swift
Zayn

Best New

Dua Lipa
Julia Michaels
Khalid
Kyle
Rag’n’Bone Man

Best Pop

Camila Cabello
Demi Lovato
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Video

Foo Fighters, “Run”
Katy Perry, “Bon Appetit” ft. Migos
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble”
Kyle, “iSpy” f. Lil Yachty
Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do’”

Best Live

Bruno Mars
Coldplay
Ed Sheeran
Eminem
U2

Best Electronic

Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Major Lazer
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

Best Rock

Coldplay
Foo Fighters
Royal Blood
The Killers
U2

Best Hip Hop

Drake
Eminem
Future
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone

Best Alternative

Imagine Dragons
Lana Del Rey
Lorde
The xx
Thirty Seconds to Mars

Biggest Fans

Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Push

Hailee Steinfeld
Jon Bellion
Julia Michaels
Kacy Hill
Khalid
Kyle
Noah Cyrus
Petite Meller
Rag’n’Bone Man
SZA
The Head and The Heart

Photo courtesy of Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images for MTV

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Disciples – Jealousy

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England’s house and deep house production squad, Disciples, is sustaining its momentum from its gold-certified summertime hit “On My Mind” with their newest Warner Music release, “Jealousy.” The trio, made up of Nathan Vincent Duvall, Gavin Koolman, and Luke McDermott, wrote the contagious new track in the same session as their notorious Calvin Harris collaboration, “How Deep Is Your Love,” which currently has more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

“Jealousy” features the well-oiled, sensuous vocals of Disciples’ very own Duvall, as well as a playful female accompaniment. The track’s pumping bassline and addictive hook almost implore the listener to dance off the “jealousy breaking your mind.”

 

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Calvin Harris to grace Omnia with an extravagant NYE performance

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Ringing in the New Year with Calvin Harris is a guaranteed good time. The crossover maverick is known for assembling radio hits as well as large audiences to hear his talent live as he works said hits into danceable sets. Luckily for fans in the United States, Omnia Las Vegas has secured the Grammy-winning producer, and club resident, for what’s shaping up to be an extravagant celebration in one of the strip’s finest clubs to date.

From 8pm onwards on New Year’s Eve, those in attendance will be treated to an intense and enjoyable audio-visual experience brought about by Omnia’s beautiful decor and crisp sound system. We imagine Harris has something particularly special planned to ensure that midnight’s arrival will be truly unforgettable. Furthermore, everyone who buys a ticket to the event will also be gifted with a copy of his new album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. The LP has gained quite a lot of acclaim thus far, given its star-studded list of collaborators and singles like “Slide” that have dominated airwaves as of late.

 

 

General admission and VIP table tickets are available here

 

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Watch Calvin Harris’ second ‘Feels’ video with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean

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Calvin Harris got right up in everybody’s peripheral feels this summer when he dropped Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. As fans rode the record’s wave of funk all summer long, Harris has re-embraced “Feels,” a tune so colorful it’s been done over in video—not once—but twice.

In the video’s second edition Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean team-up to jam out on a ’70’s inspired, neon stage. While the first of the video package featured the three stars in the tropics, this time they’re riding out the track’s funky bass as a glammed-out jam band.

 

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It appears Calvin Harris has a history of porta potty provocation

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Multiple reports now confirm that the world’s highest paid DJ has a track record of finding himself porta potty pickles, most recently reoccurring during England’s V Festival in 2015. Calvin Harris was reportedly barricaded in the bathroom that he was using after reportedly refusing to sign an autograph for a member of Madness, a leading band in the ska revival. Once Harris declined to provide his signature, the band’s saxophone player, Lee Thompson, trapped Harris in the porta potty by lodging a scaffolding pole against the bathroom’s dual entrance/exit.

Harris’s 2015 portable bathroom fiasco would arise as the second instance of porta potty misfortune. Jon McClure, frontman of English rock band Reverend And The Makers, was the first to engage Harris in foul porta potty play in 2009 at Yorkshire’s Bingley Festival, allegedly tipping Harris’ portable stall on its side. Calvin Harris may understandably be nursing a porta potty phobia now that sh*t has gotten real on what appears to be multiple occasions, though only time will tell.

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See where the Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris are most popular in the US

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YouTube has become one of the most popular streaming sites in the music industry within the past several years. Used more frequently by younger people, YouTube generates upwards of 1,000,000,000 plays a day. Now, with the help of YouTube’s geocoded streaming data, analysts have generated a map that shows music popularity and culture in the United States.

Taking into consideration two of the most prominent artists in the dance-pop crossover genre, Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers, the following maps show relative popularity in different parts of the country. If one part of a map is lighter, it doesn’t mean people there weren’t watching the artist’s videos; it just means fans were more likely to listen to a variety of other artists. The darker the map, the more plays.

Below are the maps for both the Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris, listed in order of YouTube views.

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The Chainsmokers have reached an all time high—their hit single, “Closer” has officially been in the top 40 charts for a full year—and are most popular in Northeastern college towns, and in Western states such as Utah.

 

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Calvin Harris has garnered widespread support in 2017 for the release of his latest album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 He has the most plays in southern Florida, the Northeast, and southern California. With collaborations with Frank Ocean, Migos, Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor, and D.R.A.M., Calvin Harris has made a name for himself as one of dance music’s most popular artists for his addictive pop-radio crossover.

 

H/T: New York Times

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