Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.
Why don’t you just meet Zedd…at the top of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart? He’s been there for awhile–28 weeks, to be exact.
Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey‘s joint hit, “The Middle,” moved into its 27th week atop the Billboard chart, collecting a total of 10.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending August 9, as Nielsen Music reports. The single fronts Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales for the 25th week, selling 8,000 units.
“The Middle” surpasses formidable occupancies at the top of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart previously held by The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” which peaked for 27 weeks in 2016-2017. Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up!” spent a comfortable 26 weeks in the number one slot in 2013-2014. Not far behind, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay‘s collaboration, “Something Just Like This” logged 25 weeks in 2017, while Major Lazer and DJ Snake‘s “Lean On” enjoyed a consecutive 23 week run in 2015-2016.
“The Middle” now becomes the newest record setting track within the context of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart with 28 weeks in its rearview.
Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.
The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.
Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.
Breakaway Music Festival Grand Rapids will also host ODESZA, as well as Borgeous, NGHTMRE, Migos, and many, many more.
As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.
The stars are aligning. After months of radio play Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey’s hit collaboration, “The Middle,” has finally received its highly anticipated live rendition.
On Saturday, April 28, Morris joined Zedd onstage at the OMNIA Nightclub in Las Vegas and absolutely stunned the crowd with her verses, later commenting on Twitter that it was her “first time hearing the song this loud.”
“The Middle” is currently sitting at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been on the charts since its January debut.
When Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey‘s “The Middle” came out at the beginning of the year, it quickly garnered millions of plays and views across platforms. The sugar-sweet dance/pop original featured Morris’ charming vocals over catchy production from Zedd and Grey, making for a surefire hit for all three artists.
Over the months since its release, countless remixes have surfaced on SoundCloud — but perhaps none as heavy as this latest one from drummer Ryan Browne. Browne has been making a name for himself by doing percussion-infused takes on songs like Krewella‘s classic “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” With accompanying videos to demonstrate the hard work that goes into these remixes, Browne’s multi-instrumental skills shine. His remix of “The Middle” is backed by hefty guitar riffs and bass and is led by a fast-paced drum & bass rhythm. He’s taken the tidy pop elements of the original and worked them into a more rugged, passion-packed remix.
After a 2017 led by the smash success of his double-platinum, Alessia Cara-assisted single, “Stay,” 2018 holds high expectations for Zedd. “Stay” held a consecutive six-week residency at the #1 spot on Top 40 radio in the US, and “The Middle” looks primed to be another contender for the top of the charts.
The track also sees Zedd reprise his collaborative efforts with Grey, the electronic duo memorable for their earlier collaborative work with Zedd on “Starving.” In additon, Grammy Award winning country music singer Maren Morris supplies vocals.
With each successive “Z” stamped single released, Zedd further solidifies his stature as one of the biggest stars in popular music. Morris’ vocal contribution serves as the track’s backbone, complemented by a subtle clock ticking that establishes the underlying beat line while keeping rhythm, percussive elements that aid the song’s eventual ascension, and the metallic synth work that have become characteristic of a Zedd single.
A release situated directly within Zedd’s electro-pop wheelhouse, “The Middle” signifies that Zedd long ago hit his stride in the studio, rendering each ensuing release one that hits just the right sonic sweet spot.
Grey have produced a new remix of “One More Night,” a single from rising Japanese group End Of The World. The duo’s uplifting, clean atmosphere is a perfect embodiment of the blithe, engaging sound which Grey consistently delivers. Featuring a relaxing drop, the producers’ therapeutic layering gives a buoyant, fresh feel to the pop-influenced original. For the Tokyo-based EOTW, “One More Night” is the first chapter of what will be an extensive experience for fans.
For Grey, everything changed after releasing “Starving” wit Hailee Steinfield and Zedd last October. “Starving,” which now boasts over 500 million streams, launched Grey into the limelight more firmly than ever before, and the duo has continued to seize the opportunity by going on to work with Lukas Graham, Mike Posner and more.
Stream their remix to “One More Night” in full below, ahead of its official release tomorrow: