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.
In a statement on Instagram, Halsey called attention to a lack of inclusivity in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on behalf of the LGBTQ community. This post comes a month after the live spectacle with musical performances from herself, Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexha, and The Chainsmokers. After the event, the chief marketing officer for L Brands, Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, Ed Razek was quickly put on the chopping block after stating in a Vogueinterview that transsexuals are not part of the 42-minute fantasy that is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The openly bisexual pop-star used the moment to direct attention to GLSEN, an organization that offers services aimed at protecting LGBTQ youth. She also took time to support the trans community and define her definition of fantasy, which includes “complete and total acceptance.”
Halsey recently collaborated with Illenium, who remixed her number four Billboard chart-topper, “Without Me.”
At long last, Illenium has just let go of his remix of Halsey‘s pop hit “Without Me,” which he first teased during his EDC Orlando set. His take on the release adds numerous of his own elements while still retaining the original’s ethos. The rising producer spoke about the remix, stating, “I’m stoked to finally get this one out to the world. I’ve always been a huge fan of Halsey, so being able to put my own spin on one of her tracks was really fun. Super happy with how it turned out, and I’m really hoping that it connects with both our fans.”
Illenium drops Halsey’s vocals into his signature future bass foundation, creating a more mellowed feeling, and frames them with guitar riffs and cymbal clangs. As the song progresses, the artist pivots from the instrumental layers into a drop meant to send his large audiences into a heartfelt frenzy. He connects the instrumental and future bass sections with building electronic layers, tying the remix together into a dynamic whole.
The next production to bear the “Benny Blanco” stamp will feature Calvin Harris as both artists recently announced in respective social media posts that announced the collaboration to come. Although neither Blanco nor Harris shared the name of the forthcoming track, the new jam is slated for an imminent November 2 release.
“I was always attracted to how much soul and musicality he brought to the table,” Blanco said in praise of Harris’s style.
The collaboration will expectedly tap into Harris’s distinctive ear for feel-good grooves. Already confirmed is the yet-to-be-named track’s impending use of Harris’s talents not only as a beat layer, but as a vocalist–-the “One Kiss” producer seldom sings, even on his own tunes. The song will follow Blanco’s well received Halsey and Khalid feature, “Eastside,” and Harris’s recent work with Normani on her latest two releases, “Checklist” and “Slow Down.”
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.
And yet Firefly’s genre variation failed to impress a handful who decried a lack of gender variation.
“Damn guys come onnnnnn. Where the women at,” Halsey wrote in a Facebook post. “This was one of my favorite festivals I’ve ever played and it’s a shame there’s not more females on the bill.”
Halsey proceeded to identify R&B vocalist, SZA, as an exception to her complaint. An outlier of the male dominated lineup, the “Love Galore” singer is scheduled to appear alongside other top billing acts including ODESZA, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, Alt-J, and more. It’s 2018, do better!!!” Halsey advises festival organizers at the conclusion of her first Facebook post on the matter.
Not long after publishing the initial post, Halsey posted another status in response to fans’ urges for the singer to “go off.”
“Who am I supposed to ‘go off’ on?” Halsey questioned. “Festivals ASK artists to play…I’m just raising a point! So many dope women in music right now!”
Festival organizers have not yet responded to Halsey’s posts.
Plunging beyond mere variation, Governor’s Ball will additionally feature special performances from Diplo and Mark Ronson, the duo slated to debut their new joint project, Silk City, at the festival. The crowd assembled at Randall’s Island can also expect N.E.R.D. to make their return to the New York City performance circuit — the hip hop and rock hybrid band’s Gov Ball booking will be the group’s first performance in the Big Apple since 2010.
Three-day GA and VIP passes to the festival are currently available for purchase at a discounted “announce day” price. Tickets to Governor’s Ball will return to their regular price tiers at midnight on January 4. Those interested in attending Governor’s Ball’s eighth iteration can purchase the specially priced passes here.
Acclaimed trio Autograf has dropped a slow burning remix of Halsey‘s hit, “Bad At Love.” The Chicago-based producers’ dreamy take on the piece features a playful melody contrasted by a deep, fluttering bass line. The artists’ place different layers of Halsey’s flawless vocals together effortlessly, creating a heavenly texture complimented by harp samples.
Autograf has garnered support for their cosmic style incorporating futuristic elements and alluring melodies. Their last original, “Sleepless In NYC” showcased a harmonic medley of bright synths, colorful vocals, and rumbling bass. With Autograf’s latest, the trio flaunts their production skill by creating an otherworldly remix, infused with stylistic aspects unique to their sound.
Charli XCX brought the ’90s back with a surprise cover of the Spice Girls’ smash hit, “Wannabe,” at Lollapalooza this past weekend. To add to the girl power, she brought out forthcoming tour mate Halsey to perform with her. The crowd went crazy for the 1996 cover, especially when Halsey ran out on stage to join Charli XCX. Halsey wasn’t otherwise scheduled to perform at the Chicago festival.
Though both the performers and the crowd clearly had a great time performing the girl power anthem, the backing track and use of autotune held the cover back from what it could’ve been. We know both of these ladies have killer pipes — why cover ’em up?
The talented duo head out on tour together next month. Check out the tour dates here.