Calvin Harris announces forthcoming Sam Smith collaboration, due Friday

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The August 17 installment of New Music Friday will see Sam Smith re-enter the electronic release ring alongside dance floor dominator, Calvin Harris.

Harris notified fans of the forthcoming single via Twitter, sharing a salmon snapshot of the collaboration’s artwork.

Entitled “Promises,” the joint production signals Smith’s return to electronic features, sonic territory that Smith has not treaded since his work with Disclosure on the duo’s sophomore album, Caracal, released in 2015. Smith originally lent his vocals to Disclosure’s 2013 platinum certified house heater, “Latch.”

Harris remained mum on the specifics of the single’s sound, but listeners can nonetheless expect the song to potently embody the synergy of Harris and Smith’s musical mastery.

H/T: EDM Tunes

Calvin Harris and friends celebrate Labor Day weekend with Hakkasan

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Calvin Harris and friends celebrate Labor Day weekend with HakkasanHakkasan Calvin Harris Photo Credit Joe Janet 1

Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is known for its worldwide hospitality, five-star restaurants and top-of-the-line night clubs which span from the eponymous Hakkasan, Omnia, and beyond. The brand’s organizers have been hard at work preparing their institutions for Labor Day festivities around the corner, and are finally ready to reveal the supremely-stacked bill of guest talent to headline throughout the weekend of August 30 to September 3.

Calvin Harris, Tïesto, and Martin Garrix are just a few names participating in the festivities, along with hip-hop phenomenon Lil’ Jon, who is no stranger to Hakkasan Group’s events. It’s hard to resist spending the holiday weekend among such legendary, chart-topping artists. Not to mention, no matter then venue, each performance is guaranteed to be accompanied by Hakkasan production standards, which include top class lighting and visuals, sound, and layout.

Omnia’s Vegas branch at Caesars Palace kicks off its Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 31 with Calvin Harris, and Generic and DJ Dash as his opening acts. Zedd and DJ Lucky You take over on September 1. Finally, Martin Garrix closes out the weekend with DJ Bamboozle on September 2.

Jewel Nightclub, situated in the Aria Resort & Casino, has its share of talent as well. Playboi Carti opening festivities there on August 31. Tyga comes through on September 1, with the cake-throwing talent Steve Aoki closing out on Sunday, September 2.

Get ready to scream “HEY!” And “OKAY!” With Lil Jon at Hakkasan on Thursday, August 30. Hardwell swings by with Kill the Buzz on August 31. Tiesto headlines with Dzeko and DJ Five on Saturday, September 1, with an encore performance by Calvin Harris and Generik on Sunday, September 2. 1OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino celebrates the end of summer with the “Panda” singer, Desiigner on Friday, August 31st, along with O.T. Genasis on September 1st. 

Pool parties during the day time hours are set to bring an oasis from the heat in the funnest of fashions. Wet Republic will be starting off its afternoon festivities Tïesto and Dzeko at the helm, with Steve Aoki and Kaskade joining the fray on September 1. Martin Garrix makes plays a daytime cameo alongside Justin Mylo on September 2. Liquid Pool Lounge at will be hosting the likes of Scooter & Lavelle, DJ E-Rock, DJ Drama, BRKYLN, DJ Buza. Last, but not least, partiers can also enjoy Greg Lopez, G-Squared, Zsuzsanna, and DJ Que at the Bare Pool Lounge in The Mirage if none of the previous events mentioned don’t fit their fance. On that note the Barekini Contest with DJ Flow on Monday, September 3 is set to be a fun cap off for the weekend. All in all, Hakkasan is gearing up to close out festival season in style.

 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery to display portrait of Calvin Harris [See it]

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery to display portrait of Calvin Harris [See it]Portrait Of Calvin Harris February 2015

Visitors of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) in Edinburgh will soon see Calvin Harris‘ image displayed among the museum’s collection of fine portraits. A portrait of Harris originally taken by English photographer Paul Stuart for GQ Italia in February 2015 is the latest likeness to join SNPG’s extensive collection. Stuart’s snapshot will appear in SNPG’s renowned National Galleries of Scotland.

“Calvin Harris has made a remarkable contribution to music both in Scotland and globally over the last decade and we are absolutely delighted to have him represented in Scotland’s national collection,” said SNPG’s Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture, Christopher Baker. “Few artists can equal the impact he has made on contemporary culture, and Paul Stuart’s portrait is a reflective, exceptional image which the many visitors to the SNPG will now be able to enjoy,” Baker added.

Photo Credit: Paul Stuart

H/T: Magnetic Magazine

Whethan preps sun-drenched Orbit playlist ahead of Splash House 2018 [Exclusive]

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Whethan preps sun-drenched Orbit playlist ahead of Splash House 2018 [Exclusive]Whethan Press Photo 3 Credit Rennie 1

With a number of hit singles under his belt and a forever viral Coachella performance, Whethan is cruising through 2018 at a healthy speed. The most recent additions to his growing discography includes a bootleg of Clairo‘s “Pretty Girl” and a hit single with Oh Wonder entitled “Superlove,” which gained him fast traction for the launch of his “Life of a Wallflower” US tour.

Before he hits the road on September 13, the Chicago-born prodigy will take proctor a poolside party at Splash House‘s second weekend of 2018, a multi-venue festival-style event held at select resorts in Palm Springs. To compliment the upcoming performance, Whethan’s provided us with a selection of songs from his personal rotation that have summer vibes written all over them. The young beatmaker dished to DA regarding his new Orbit playlist,

“I’m super excited for Splash House. I’ve never played before, but I’ve seen videos and I’m looking forward to an exciting weekend. Here are a handful of songs to jam to this summer that I’ve personally had on repeat. Hope you enjoy.”

Whethan’s Orbit series contribution includes a diverse assortment of jams including old school Calvin Harris, the new heater from Childish Gambino, a track from upcoming English vocalist Jorja Smith, of course some music from Whethan himself, and more. This year’s Splash House commences on August 10 — fans can purchase their tickets here.

It’s official: Calvin Harris is richer than Drake & Paul McCartney

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It’s official: Calvin Harris is richer than Drake & Paul McCartneyCalvin Harris Sourced From His FB

It’s common knowledge by now that EDM can be a lucrative field for certain artists, with high earners like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and The Chainsmokers successfully making a crossover into the mainstream and earning tens of millions in the process. Calvin Harris, who’s forged countless number one hits to date and captured the hearts of millions through both his beats and his body (through high fashion campaigns), has dominated the DJ high-earner list for years now, and he’s just unlocked a brand new achievement: cracking the top 50 highest-paid celebrity lists.

In fact, Calvin Harris has raked in more cash thus far for the year of 2018 than “God’s Plan” rapper and Degrassi star, Drake. with an income of $48 million. Drake, and Paul McCartney — who rests at the 51st spot — have both brought in around a million less than Harris. Still, just over a third of the year remains, which could mean that Drake could end up with more by winter’s end.

Harris’ breaking of the top 50 highest-paid celebrities comes as little surprise. Recently, a report came out which discovered that the Scottish superstar more or less earns an average person’s wage in mere hours.

 

Via: Forbes

Photo credit: Facebook / Calvin Harris

Good Morning Mix: Benzi comes through with new summer heat on tenth anniversary ‘Get Right Radio’ mix installment

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Good Morning Mix: Benzi comes through with new summer heat on tenth anniversary ‘Get Right Radio’ mix installmentGRR2018

Your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ is back at it again. Summer time inevitably means a new “Get Right Radio” mix installment from LA-based edit dealer Benzi, and for the 10th anniversary edition of his running mix series, the Girl Trapz proponent has definitely pulled out all the stops. Famous for his endless trove of personal edits, mashups, underground exclusive VIP cuts, and unheard gems that might never see the light of day, Benzi has become the plug for the LA dance scene over the years, but he always finds time to share his goodies with the rest of us.

On this year’s edition of “Get Right,” Benzi whips up a mile-long tracklist of trap, hip-hop, bass, and pop, bringing Drake, Jauz, Calvin Harris, Falcons, Childish Gambino, Nitti Gritti, Zeds Dead, Post Malone, and Outkast to the mix, along with so many more. Spanning nearly 50 tracks, Benzi laces dance music’s top power players with mainstream pop and rap’s most in-demand authorities, all glued together by a slew of Benzi’s famous personal edits. Originally premiered on Benzi’s longtime home of BBC Radio 1, the “Get Right Radio” series continues to age like fine wine, and we’ll undoubtedly be reaching for this mix all summer long. To celebrate this year’s session, Benzi and collaborator Blush have also dropped off a new remix of Youngboy NBA’s “No Smoke” via Atlantic Records. Tune in here.

Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

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Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

Christian Smith, a.k.a. Crankdat became a breakout star through remixes for Zeds Dead, Jaden Smith, San Holo, and more. In addition, he’s added some equally successful originals to the portfolio, with his most recent being “Need Somebody.” Now, it seems this positive traction has caught Diplo‘s attention, as the rising producer has officially made his debut on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends.

Fans are in for a big treat here, as the bass-heavy mix features a wide array of fresh IDs from the Cleveland born DJ. He also blends famed remixes with throwbacks, hip-hop — including tracks by Kanye West and Lil Pump — and dance music anthems such as Galantis‘ “Runaway” and Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” (mashed up with some trap-y goodness). The hour long mix is ever-changing and will make listeners wonder where the time went.

Crankdat is currently on his “Outcast” tour, hitting stops all over the globe leading up to an Electric Zoo 2018 performance come Labor Day Weekend.

 

Featured Image taken from Crankdat’s Facebook

NMF Roundup: Yellow Claw bring the heat, Elephante tugs at heartstrings, SLANDER remix Above & Beyond, and more

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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.


Sydney producer JVLY teams up with the sultry SARAI to create a groovy atmospheric tune full of pulsing synths and clean high hats.

The production trio known as Brohug take the original “Too Good To Be True” and turn it into a vibrant house heater that entices dancing from beginning to end.

Blasterjaxx and Bassjackers perfectly execute a dynamic big room track, with a heavy kick and mesmerizing lead synth. Festival-goers will stand no chance.

If future house is on the agenda for the weekend, then Jay Hardway and Mesto are claiming their spot with a track that bounces with stuttering synths and a catchy repeating vocal, leaving some of us not wanting to be saved.

Building anticipation for their new album on June 22, the Yellow Claw duo release yet another silky tune featuring Rochelle, full of brassy horns and a fat snare.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa sound like a dream duo, until Valentino Khan comes along and puts his spin on “One Kiss,” turning it into a classic house beat riddled with alluring piano.

Elephante taps on the powerfully elegant Nevve to bring “Otherside” to life, that speaks about trying to remember a dream you had and the pursuit of getting back to it.

1788-L creates a literal “CYBERSPACE,” by building an epically cinematic and intricate track full of gritty synths that makes one feel as if they really are in the future.

SLANDER create their own emotional rendition of Above & Beyond‘s “ALWAYS,” that dramatically builds from minimal elements to an all encompassing drop.

Melbourne duo Two Can deliver a melodic beauty “Got Habits” in the form of one knocky wood block, a hypnotizing vocal, and strategic synths.

Delicate guitar riffs ring, as deep bass slowly take over on Tom Budin and Kopa’s splendid new track “Things Change.”

Australian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mickey Kojak, delivers a refreshingly unique tune full of retro vibes from the arpeggiating pluck to the funky bassline.

The mysterious In.Drip. project feels something like driving in the rain. With his crispy yet mellow beats, laden with his effortlessly gentle voice that delivers verse after verse, he makes any drive a pleasant one.

ZAXX pulls on the heartstrings in “Together” with playful xylophones and a huge synth drop, that leaves the listener in a world of their own.

Newcomer OTHER creates a catchy tune from his soulful voice reminiscent of Blackbear and Mike Posner, to the clean guitar and exciting electronic drop.

Report: Calvin Harris earns an average job’s annual salary in as little as three hours

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Forbes2017 report outlined the world’s 100 top-grossing celebrities, who collectively raked in $5.15 billion. Although various artists appeared at the very top of the list—Diddy notably occupied the #1 slot with $130 million—electronic artists too enjoyed representation on the list of the highest-paid personalities, with Calvin Harris then emerging as the highest earning DJ, boasting an income of $48.5 million. Tiësto and The Chainsmokers followed Harris with $39 million and $38 million, respectively.

In January 2018, Oxfam International released its annual inequality report, indicating that “In the US, it takes slightly over one working day for a CEO to earn what an ordinary worker makes in a year.” This claim would be the impetus for Magnetic Magazine to examine the income differentials between the world’s “top musicians and ordinary job workers.”

Magnetic enumerated the median annual salaries of five common jobs: truck drivers ($41,340/yr), elementary school teachers ($59,020/yr), registered nurses ($68,450/yr), real estate brokers ($79,340/yr), and software developers ($100,080/yr). Magnetic set out to determine “how long it would take the world’s best-paid musicians to earn annual salaries in these jobs,” and the mag’s findings, reflected in Magnetic’s infographic, prove astonishing.

Photo Credit: Magnetic Magazine

It would take Harris a little over seven hours to accumulate what a truck driver makes in a year, slightly over ten-hours to collect a teacher’s yearly salary, and just over 12 hours to match the yearly pay of a registered nurse.

Tiësto would garner a truck driver’s yearly salary in nine hours and 17 minutes, a teacher’s in 13 hours and 15 minutes, and a nurses’s in 15 hours and 22 minutes. Hardly far behind, The Chainsmokers would follow suit in nine hours and 32 minutes, 13 hours and 36 minutes, and 15 hours and 48 minutes, when it came to earning the equivalent of a truck driver, teacher, and nurse’s salary, individually, leaving presumably all readers of Magnetic’s report with one question: is it too late to learn how to DJ?

H/T: Magnetic Magazine

Oliver Heldens delivers a deep house remix of Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’

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Calvin Harris dropped three remixes of his most recent Billboard success “One Kiss,” with Dua Lipa. Oliver Heldens, ZHU, and Jauz each had the pleasure of remixing the Scotsman’s production.

Heldens gives the original his signature deep house, murky melodies. The distorted bass creates a stark contrast between Lipa’s optimistic, top-end pop vocals and the body-trembling, low-ends of the hook. With a bed of organ synths, Lipa’s voice produces that giddy anticipation of attraction while the drop pulls the rug out from under the listener, falling deep in love on the dance floor.