Saturday Night Session 021: Elephante opens up about being a vocalist on more music moving forward and gives fans a look into a day in his life

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Saturday Night Session 021: Elephante opens up about being a vocalist on more music moving forward and gives fans a look into a day in his lifeElephante

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Every artist has a unique story when it comes to their foray into music. Some come into notoriety carrying out their lifelong dream of becoming an artist and others stumble into the career accidentally. Tim Wu, who is more popularly known as DJ and music producer Elephante, found himself sitting alone in a music studio at 25 through neither of these paths. He admits that, would he have been able to go back and tell his 16-year-old self that he would end up becoming a DJ and music producer, he wouldn’t have believed it.

Wu grew up an avid John Mayer fan, which ultimately inspired him to play in bands and write songs that he would perform on the acoustic guitar at local showcases in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Music has always been an incredibly big part of his life, but Tennis ultimately landed him at Harvard University where he played and locked in a career in consulting after graduation. When he wasn’t at his consulting job, Wu discovered electronic music production, and he became hooked. The more he produced music, the more miserable he became at his job to the point where he quit. He was so concerned about his parent’s reaction that he spent over a year lying to them about the decision to became a full time musician.

He reminisces on telling his parents he had stopped working as a consultant to pursue music, stating, “I think they were mostly confused, and obviously worried. Like what do you mean you’re gonna be a DJ? Can you get healthcare doing that? But at the end of the day, I think they knew how unhappy I was and that it was something I had to do, and were mostly just hoping I didn’t get hooked on heroin or something. I mean, can you imagine moving to a different country, working your ass off your whole life to give your kids a better life, and then having said kid tell you they were quitting their job to be a DJ? I would have murdered me. Now though they are super stoked – I brought them on stage for a couple shows and fans were asking for pictures with them and stuff, so I think they get a kick out of it. My mom still reminds me every time we talk not to do heroin though.”

The rest is history with Wu’s production career, although those who are familiar with the producer’s music would hardly be surprised to learn that Wu’s artistry grew out of his love of songwriting as a teenager. In a world where commercial crossover releases dominate the charts, Wu has found a way to bring vocals front and center in his releases without producing a stream of three note drops that leave the vocals and vocals alone to differentiate one track from the next. His body of work spans for folky “Come Back For You” featuring Matluck to beautiful “Catching On” featuring Nevve.

Wu recently released his own cover of “Shooting Stars,” which is the second release he has put out with his own vocals. Wu speaks about the decision to utilize his own vocals on his music, noting, “I was a singer-songwriter before I started producing music, so I’ve been singing for forever. But it was really important that my voice was the right one for the song, and I wasn’t just singing it for vanity’s sake. If someone else could sing it better, I’d have them do it instead.”

Those who have seen Wu perform live will recognize his rendition of the track, which has been cut in and out of his live performances since he made the cover in 2014. Now that he has begun to release music with his own vocals, Wu has developed a stream of covers that he will be putting out over the next few months.

Wu gives fans insight into his decision to utilize his own vocals, which is a decision more producers have seemingly been making over the past few years thanks to artists like Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers singing on their own original releases. He states, “Especially after The Chainsmokers had so much success with Drew singing – there were a bunch of DJs who were like ‘oh I can sing too,’ and some really can, and others were like… should you though? And I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just doing it for the sake of it. Producing the songs I sing feels somewhat different, just because I know I always can go back and change the line.”

2019 will be a big year for Wu, who notes he has multiple projects in the pipeline. For now, he is still inducing euphoria through his live sets and original releases, including a high energy and genre-bending Saturday Night Session that takes listeners through a dynamic journey. When asked what kind of a Saturday night the mix is going to get listener’s ready for, Wu states, ” The best Saturday night of their life!!! You were planning on taking it easy, but instead you listen and are inspired to go out and you meet the love of your life and go get pizza with them and on a whim buy Powerball tickets and you win a billion dollars. That kind of Saturday night.”

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Where do you draw inspiration from when you sit down to produce music? Can you give us some insight into your creative process?
Honestly, sounds and melodies and lyrics kinda just pop into my head at random times, sometimes in the shower, when I’m about to fall asleep in a hotel, when I’m listening to music or reading or whatever. I have no idea where exactly it comes from though. I’ve learned to write down or record a voice memo any time one of these little moments strikes, so by the time I’m sitting down in the studio I have a bunch of ideas that I’m excited to work on. Once I’m there, it’s all about just really diving in an exploring that idea – I’m always asking myself what comes next? What would be cool with this? I try to work away from the computer as much as possible – playing piano, jamming on guitar, writing/drawing in notebooks, whatever. And I just try to keep finding that next little cool moment, that next little sound, and then on the good days I come to 8 hours later and something exists that didn’t before. On the bad days the voices in my head are silent, and it’s like well, guess I’ll try again tomorrow.

“Glass Mansion” was your first time singing on one of your songs, and rumor has it you’ll be doing this more often moving forward. Were you nervous at all to jump into also being a vocalist? Does producing a track with your own vocals feel different than producing a track with someone else singing on it?
I was, but for different reasons than you’d expect. I was a singer-songwriter before I started producing music, so I’ve been singing for forever. But it was really important that my voice was the right one for the song, and I wasn’t just singing it for vanity’s sake. If someone else could sing it better, I’d have them do it instead. So it took a long time for me to write a song that I knew I absolutely had to sing, and really feel confident in that, and “Glass Mansion” was the first time I was like, ‘I have to do this.’ Especially after The Chainsmokers had so much success with Drew singing – there were a bunch of DJs who were like ‘oh I can sing too,’ and some really can, and others were like… should you though? And I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just doing it for the sake of it. Producing the songs I sing feels somewhat different, just because I know I always can go back and change the line, or change the phrasing or whatever, which can actually be kind of a negative. But over the years I’ve gotten better at understanding what works and really building the song around the vocals, whether it’s me or someone else, and not just slapping a beat over an acapella.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Yes, eating almond butter out of the tub. I’m doing that right now actually.

When you aren’t touring, what does a normal day in your life look like?
Ideally I’ll play some pickup basketball in the morning, then eat and hit the studio. I fucking love the studio. It’s what I’d want to do even if I wasn’t making a living doing it. You know how when you’re a kid you have things that you had to finish your homework before you can do, and that’s the thing that gets you through the day? That’s making music for me. It’s so much fun I’m still kinda baffled that I get paid to do it. 

You have a really interesting story- you went to Harvard, got a consulting job, and then quit to pursue music full time. You didn’t tell your parents that you quit for a while though. How did they react when you first told them, and how do they feel about your career as a musician now that you’ve become so successful?
I think they were mostly confused, and obviously worried. Like what do you mean you’re gonna be a DJ? Can you get healthcare doing that? But at the end of the day, I think they knew how unhappy I was and that it was something I had to do, and were mostly just hoping I didn’t get hooked on heroin or something. I mean, can you imagine moving to a different country, working your ass off your whole life to give your kids a better life, and then having said kid tell you they were quitting their job to be a DJ? I would have murdered me. Now though they are super stoked – I brought them on stage for a couple shows and fans were asking for pictures with them and stuff, so I think they get a kick out of it. My mom still reminds me every time we talk not to do heroin though.

What is one thing your fans don’t know about you?
I’m allergic to bees? And dogs and cats and horses and pretty much anything with fur. Which sucks cuz I love dogs. Can’t have it all.

What kind of a Saturday night is your Saturday Night Session mix going to get listeners ready for?
Best Saturday night of their life!!! You were planning on taking it easy, but instead you listen and are inspired to go out and you meet the love of your life and go get pizza with them and on a whim buy Powerball tickets and you win a billion dollars. That kind of Saturday night.

New Tyler, the Creator and Calvin Harris albums will drop this summer, according to Sony report

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New Tyler, the Creator and Calvin Harris albums will drop this summer, according to Sony report1 Cred Conor McDonell

A supplemental financial report by Sony released on April 26 reveals that both Tyler, the Creator and Calvin Harris have new music in the works presumably set to drop before June 30—end of the second financial quarter.

Both artists have yet to make an official announcement regarding an album release. Tyler’s last album, Flower Boy, came out in 2017; since then, he has kept fans engaged with music projects including his soundtrack work on the animated re-make of The Grinch and an EP inspired by it, a series of loosies including “GELATO,” “435,” “PEACH FUZZ,” and “PUFF.” Harris also put out Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 in 2017. The superstar shared a remix package of his 2009 track “I’m Not Alone” featuring remixes by Camelphat and Thomas Schumacher on April 5. He also released single “Giant” with Rag’n’Bone Man.

Harris’ and Tyler’s names are found under a subsection titled “Noteworthy projects for the quarter ending June 30, 2019” in the report along with Bruce Springsteen, Mark Ronson, and Chris Brown, although no project titles are listed. Among other artists with albums already announced or released include Khalid’s Free Spirit, DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd, BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona, and more.

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Calvin Harris to deliver exclusive Hakkasan Nightclub set during EDC Week 2019

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Calvin Harris to deliver exclusive Hakkasan Nightclub set during EDC Week 2019Calvin Harris Hakkasan

During EDC Week, Hakkasan Nightclub will be the only place to see Calvin Harris. The singular show will take place on Saturday, May 18. Hakkasan Group is throwing a grip of electronic parties along the Vegas strip to complement Insomniac’s concurrent 2019 iteration of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. Hakkasan’s EDC Week events will occur across the brand’s Sin City holdings, ranging from Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand, to their three-story OMNIA Nightclub, where Harris has his residency.

Harris is slated to play with his protégé, Australian DJ, Generik, who regularly opens for Harris in Vegas. Other acts playing Hakkasan Nightclub include Illenium on May 15, Tiësto and Jonas Blue on May 16, Steve Aoki on May 17, and Lil Jon on May 19.

Aside from The Hakkasan Nightclub, The Hakkasan Group’s venues include JEWEL Nightclub, OMNIA Nightclub, Liquid Pool Lounge, and WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool. Other artists slated to play these spots during EDC Week include Martin Garrix, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Nicky Romero, Party Favor, Cash Cash, NGHTMRE, Modern Machines, and more.

Full lineup and tickets can be purchased, here.

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Saturday Night Session 017: Generik reveals his mom came up with his DJ name and talks about his craziest night in Ibiza

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Saturday Night Session 017: Generik reveals his mom came up with his DJ name and talks about his craziest night in IbizaGenerik Press Shot

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Driving down the Las Vegas strip, one may see the face of Generik gracing billboards promoting upcoming shows at Omnia and Hakkasan nightclubs. As a resident of Hakkasan group, he has landed the opening slot for Calvin Harris‘s club nights, and he headlines his own shows when he’s not opening for Harris. As one of premiere club circuits in the world, making it in Las Vegas is the mark for many as true success in the DJ world, but for Generik, it’s not a milestone he grew up dreaming of, or even really thinking about.

Born Tyson O’Brien, the Australian admits he wasn’t particularly interested in electronic music growing up thanks to his affinity for bands. After seeing 2manydjs blend dance music and bands, his interest was sparked, and his love for the genre took off from there. When he decided to start producing and DJing, he consulted with his mom about what his DJ name should be. She aptly told him to ‘make sure his DJ name wasn’t too generic!” A simple “c” swapped with a “k” later, and O’Brien’s moniker was born.

Known for his ability to enliven a club, Generik’s original productions embody just that, and latest release “Tony” has cool tech house vibes juxtaposed with silky vocals that easily get the listener’s energy up. The track is out via You Do You, the producer’s own imprint that he just recently started.

Generik explains, “Tony is just a feel good club record, something to dance to, and I dare you to try and figure out the lyrics. I’ve got a bunch of music coming from myself and also on the label that I can’t wait to share!”

When it comes to his new imprint, he explains that finding new music has always been an outlet for him. Instead of keeping the music for himself, he can now sign it and put it out. As the label’s name suggests, You Do You is all about “No boundaries, no rules, just quality music!” per Generik.

“Tony” is one of the club-ready tracks featured in Generik’s Saturday Night Session mix, and when asked what the hour long set will get listener’s ready for, he answers, “My mix is going to be full of grooves! It’s something you can put on when pre-gaming. Then once you’re home, put it on for your after party!”

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How did you choose your DJ name? Were there any other potential DJ names in contention?
My mum actually chose it kind of accidentally. I asked her what it should be and she said, ‘nothing too generic!’ So I changed a ‘c’ with a ‘k’ and yeah! At the time there weren’t any others. I guess using my real name would have been a smarter idea.

Was music always what you were going to do? Was there a point in time where your life direction looked pretty different than how it ended up now?
I was never really into dance music growing up, I was more into bands. Then I saw 2manydjs blend bands & dance music, and it all kind of clicked. I never thought I’d be a DJ when I was younger, let alone playing in Ibiza and having billboards in Las Vegas!

What is your favorite and least favorite part of this career?
Favourite part is seeing people have a good time. Looking out to a bunch of people smiling and dancing is an amazing feeling. Least favourite part is the lack of sleep, but that can also mean you’re having a great time so maybe its all good??

You recently started record label ‘You Do You.’ What inspired you to start a record label? Also, what does the name of the label encapsulate?
I’ve always loved discovering new music and I figured that instead of just keeping bomb records for myself, I should sign them and put them out! The label name is exactly what you’d think, its about the artist doing what they do! No boundaries, no rules, just quality music!

How would your friends describe you?
Always happy, the life of the party, a shit golfer and a great friend.

Wildest fan story or the story of your wildest night?
First time I went to Ibiza I ended up at this after party with a nightclub carved into a mountain called “The Kave.” It was a mental party with Ricardo Villalobos DJing. PS- always take sunglasses when going out in Ibiza you never know when you’re going to go home again hahah.

You recently released your new single “Tony”. What was the inspiration behind the single? Can we expect more music from you soon?
Tony is just a feel good club record, something to dance to, and I dare you to try and figure out the lyrics. I’ve got a bunch of music coming from myself and also on the label that I can’t wait to share!!!

Favorite and least favorite thing about living in LA?
LA is a melting pot for creativity. There are so many people flying in and out that you can work with! Least favourite is traffic. My god the traffic.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session mix going to get us ready for?
My mix is going to be full of grooves! It’s something you can put on when pre-gaming. Then once you’re home, put it on for your after party!

The Chainsmokers, Zedd, & Calvin Harris nominated for Billboard Awards

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The Chainsmokers, Zedd, & Calvin Harris nominated for Billboard AwardsCardi B DJ Snake

The nominees for Billboard Music Awards’ 2019 have surfaced, with quite a few of the usual EDM suspects making their way into mix. A-listers like The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and Kygo unsurprisingly make up the Top Dance/Electronic list, with ODESZA as a notable standout. In the crossover realm, Zedd’s infectious Grey collaboration “Middle” continues to dominate the awards circuit with a nomination for Top Radio Song. “Happier” by Bastille and Marshmello also made this category, along with Top Collaboration.

XXXTENTACION is up for a number of post humous awards like Top R&B artist, while Cardi B sweeps the show with 21 nominations total. Marin Garrix collaborator Dua Lipa is also in the running for Top New Artist and Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

Billboard Music Award Nominees:

Top Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top New Artist:
Bazzi
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Dua Lipa
Ella Mai

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Dan + Shay
Drake
Ariana Grande
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Dua Lipa

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Post Malone
Travis Scott
Ed Sheeran
XXXTENTACION

Top Female Artist:
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Ella Mai
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
BTS
Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Travis Scott
XXXTENTACION

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Ariana Grande
Juice WRLD
Post Malone

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
XXXTENTACION

Top Song Sales Artist:
Drake
Ariana Grande
Imagine Dragons
Lady Gaga
Post Malone

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Ariana Grande
Maroon 5
Post Malone

Top Social Artist:
BTS
EXO
GOT7
Ariana Grande
Louis Tomlinson

Top Touring Artist:
Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
Justin Timberlake

Top R&B Artist:
H.E.R.
Khalid
Ella Mai
The Weeknd
XXXTENTACION

Top R&B Male Artist:
Khalid
The Weeknd
XXXTENTACION

Top R&B Female Artist:
H.E.R.
Ella Mai
Queen Naija

Top R&B Tour:
Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Childish Gambino
Bruno Mars

Top Rap Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Juice WRLD
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Rap Male Artist:
Drake
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Rap Female Artist:
Cardi B
City Girls
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Drake
Travis Scott

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Male Artist:
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
Luke Combs

Top Country Female Artist:
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Shania Twain

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons
lovelytheband
Panic! At The Disco
Queen
Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Tour:
Elton John
The Rolling Stones
U2

Top Latin Artist:
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA
The Chainsmokers

Top Christian Artist:
Cory Asbury
Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tori Kelly
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Marvin Sapp

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”
Drake “Scorpion”
Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”
Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”
XXXTENTACION “?”

Top Soundtrack:
“13 Reasons Why: Season 2”
“A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
“The Greatest Showman”

Top R&B Album:
Ella Mai “Ella Mai”
H.E.R. “H.E.R.”
Khalid “American Teen”
The Weeknd “My Dear Melancholy,”
XXXTENTACION “17”

Top Rap Album:
Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”
Drake “Scorpion”
Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”
Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”
XXXTENTACION “?”

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean “Rearview Town”
Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
Dan + Shay “Dan + Shay”
Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”

Top Rock Album:
Dave Matthews Band “Come Tomorrow”
Imagine Dragons “Origins”
Mumford & Sons “Delta”
Panic! At This Disco “Pray For The Wicked”
Twenty One Pilots “Trench”

Top Latin Album:
Anuel AA “Real Hasta la Muerte”
Bad Bunny “X 100PRE”
J Balvin “Vibras”
Maluma “F.A.M.E.”
Ozuna “Aura”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Clean Bandit “What Is Love?”
David Guetta “7”
Kygo “Kids in Love”
Major Lazer “Major Lazer Essentials”
The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy”

Top Christian Album:
Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
Lauren Daigle “Look Up Child”
for KING & COUNTRY “Burn The Ships”
Hillsong Worship “There Is More”
Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Album:
Snoop Dogg & Various Artists “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love”
Aretha Franklin “Gospel Greats”
Koryn Hawthorne “Unstoppable”
Tori Kelly “Hiding Place”
Jonathan McReynolds “Make Room”

Top Hot 100 Song:
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Post Malone “Better Now”
Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone “Better Now”
Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
XXXTENTACION “SAD!”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Drake “In My Feelings”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
XXXTENTACION “SAD!”

Top Selling Song:
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Drake “In My Feelings”
Halsey “Without Me”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Shallow”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Top Radio Song:
Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Post Malone “Better Now”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Collaboration:
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”
Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho”

Top R&B Song:
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo “No Brainer”
Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
Ella Mai “Trip”
Khalid “Better”
Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown “Freaky Friday”

Top Rap Song:
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Drake “In My Feelings”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone “Better Now”
Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown “Heaven”
Luke Combs “She Got the Best of Me”
Dan + Shay “Speechless”
Dan + Shay “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”

Top Rock Song:
Foster The People “Sit Next to Me”
Imagine Dragons “Natural”
Imagine Dragons “Whatever It Takes”
lovelytheband “broken”
Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes”

Top Latin Song:
Bad Bunny ft. Drake “Mia”
Daddy Yankee “Dura”
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin “X”
Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss”
Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”
Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone “Jackie Chan”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Christian Song:
Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
Lauren Daigle “You Say”
for KING & COUNTRY “joy.”
Hillsong Worship “Who You Say I Am”
Tauren Wells “Known”

Top Gospel Song:
Todd Dulaney “Your Great Name”
Koryn Hawthorne “Won’t He Do It”
Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin “Never Alone”
Jason Nelson “Forever”
Brian Courtney Wilson “A Great Work”

Calvin Harris celebrates 10th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Alone’ with set of remixes

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Calvin Harris celebrates 10th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Alone’ with set of remixes1 Cred Conor McDonell

Calvin Harris is celebrating the 10th birthday of his iconic “I’m Not Alone” from his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, in fine fashion. He’s put together a four-track “repack” of the notable song, and released it via Sony Music.

The compilation includes two fresh remixes from CamelPhat and Thomas Schumacher. CamelPhat puts a subdued, contemplative spin on the track, opting to delve deeper into the song’s message with a steady techno-oriented bassline. Schumacher, too, opts for a techno take on the classic tune, crafting an intense, darker atmosphere around Harris’ recognizable melodies.

Also found on the compilation are two versions of the track from Harris himself: a 2019 edit and a 2009 remaster. Both freshen up the decade-old tune, bringing it roaring into 2019.

When it was first released, “I’m Not Alone” became Harris’ first UK No. 1 as a solo artist and has since become certified platinum in several places around the world.

Photo credit: Conor McDonell

Calvin Harris puts Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale for a cool $5.75 million

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Calvin Harris puts Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale for a cool $5.75 millionCalvin Harris Live

Superstar producer Calvin Harris is making moves—quite literally—having put his luxury recording studio-equipped home on the market just 16 months after buying it. The Hollywood Hills estate has gone through its fair share of owners in the music business, passing through Bong Load Records owner Tom Rothrock to EDM giant Steve Angello, and most recently to Harris, who bought it from Angello in late December 2017. Now, the home is up for sale again, and it’ll only set you back a cool $6 million.

Built in the 1940’s and restored with modern characteristics, the 6000 square-foot two-story space boasts four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and other luxurious living areas including an intricately-decorated living room, wet bar, kitchen, office, and lounge. The living room’s 18-foot ceiling reveals breathtaking views of the city scenery. Other highlights include outdoor pool and shower, and a spacious deck on the main floor. During Angello’s residence, the Swedish DJ converted the second floor into a state-of-the-art recording studio.

Calvin Harris puts Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale for a cool $5.75 millionCalvin Harris Home

Harris is listing his home at $5.75 million or a $25,000 per month lease. Since 2013, the value of the residence has climbed almost $2 million from the $3.9 million that Angello bought it for. The “Giant” producer recently announced a summer residency at USHUAÏA IBIZA and a headlining performance Saturday at this year’s Creamfields, ending a considerable festival hiatus.

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Calvin Harris joins USHUAÏA IBIZA for 2019 summer residency

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Calvin Harris joins USHUAÏA IBIZA for 2019 summer residencyCalvin Harris Live

Friday nights at Ushuaïa Ibiza now belong to Calvin Harris. One of the most iconic names in the electronic game, Harris will kick off his 2019 residency at the Balearic hot spot on August 2. From there, Harris will take the decks of Ushuaïa Ibiza each consecutive Friday evening, until his residency finale on September 6.

The technical team that routinely brings about Ushuaïa Ibiza’s masterful live production, from glittering pyrotechnic displays to striking lighting and visual synchronicity, will man the production of each Harris date for the rest of the summer. Tickets to the “Giant” producer’s summer residency at the open-air club are available, here.

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Audien bursts into 2019 with new Calvin Harris remix

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Audien is back. Twenty-seven-year-old Nate Rathbun ended 2018 on a high, dishing out a 40-minute “XMAS MIX” and joining Dancing Astronaut for a pre-Holy Ship! 12.0 playlist.

In 2019, he’s returned to shore with a fresh new remix of Calvin Harris‘ latest hit, “Giant” featuring Rag’n’Bone Man. The single gained some recent traction after Harris gave a live performance at 2019’s BRIT Awards, with appearances by Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, and Rag’n’Bone Man himself. So, Audien’s rendition is sure to give it another boost.

As his first release of the year, Rathbun steadily maintains the chill elegance of the original, putting emphasis on the keyboard progressions behind Rag’n’Bone Man’s dreamy vocal runs. Yet, the real Audien flare comes in lead synth form, dropping into a horn-filled deep house groove with added pitch vocals.

The Connecticut-born DJ heads to Ravine in Atlanta on March 8, which will be release day for his upcoming single, “Favorite Sound,” featuring indie pop band Echosmith.

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NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + moreArmin And Above Beyond

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Gesaffelstein and Pharrell Williams top this week’s Hot 25 with their new collaboration, “Blast Off.” Audien layers on the nostalgia with a gorgeous remix of Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man, “Giant.” Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren‘s mega-collab, “Show Me Love,” has finally hit the Armada airwaves, and Midnight Kids unveil a melody-packed remix of Gryffin‘s “Bye Bye.” Yellow Claw follow up their 2018 LP, New Blood, with a new single, “Give It To Me,” with Nonsens, and KSHMR joins forces with Krewella and Yves V for “No Regrets.” TOKiMONSTA releases a mellow new single with Ambré, “Strange Froot,” and W&W bring hardcore back with “The Light.” Sullivan King thanks fans for raging with a metal and dubstep-infused cover of Swedish House Mafia‘s iconic “Save The World,” and Fedde Le Grand puts his own spin on Loud Luxury‘s “Love No More.” 3LAU and Justin Caruso tap vocalist Iselin for a sugar-sweet new single, “Better With You,” and Varien covers Bring Me The Horizon’s “Can You Feel My Heart” with Andrew Zink. Fox Stevenson and Feint link on a new remix of Fox’s own “Out My Head,” and Steff da Campo reworks Galantis and OneRepublic‘s “Bones.”

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.