The main takeaway from The Chainsmokers and Illenium‘s most recent YouTube activity? Their collaboration of the same name is on the way.
A short, 15-second clip billed as the Official Video Teaser for the track surfaced on Columbia Records’ YouTube page on July 18, effectively drumming up anticipation for the forthcoming release. The camera follows Andrew Taggart, Illenium, and the single’s featured vocalist, Lennon Stella, as they tread the area that surrounds New York City’s recently erected landmark, Vessel, and weave their way through the multi-tiered structure. Heavily pored over on Instagram, Vessel opened in March of 2019 and was established as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. The locale provides a fitting backdrop for what will invariably become a resounding radio-acquainted release.
This past May, Illenium disclosed the fourth and arguably most prosperous offering from his third studio LP, ‘Ascend‘ with “Good Things Fall Apart” alongside Jon Bellion. In an unprecedented sighting earlier this week, the Godfather of dance music himself,Tiësto, was revealed to be the single’s first official adapter.
The rendition serves as a shining complement to Illenium’s original breakup ballad, as the Dutchman pores over progressive synths while still maintaining the emotive epicenter of Bellion’s sultry lyrics. Fan expectations remained wary upon the remix’s initial announcement as it seemed improbable to do justice to one of 2019’s most colossal dance releases, but Tiësto has proven over time that doubt only emboldens him. With Illenium’s forthcoming studio album slated to hit shelves August 16, subsequent remixers will be hard-pressed to eclipse an offering of this caliber.
With a third album on the way, a coinciding North American tour, and a jam-packed summer festival schedule, wherever electronic dance music is housed through the rest of 2019, Illenium will likely be near.
The Ascend Tour (named for the impending album) will kick off this September in Pittsburgh and continue through year’s end, with the current roster closing with a stop at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The tour also includes a three-day run at Red Rocks in October, capped off with a “throwback” set on October 12. The Denver-based bass-fielder ignited Illenium battle cries earlier this week with the announcement of a third LP in the works, scheduled to land August 16.
Fans who pre-order Ascend will receive priority access to pre-sale tickets to for the tour. Pre-sale begins June 19. More information on the tour and forthcoming record is available here.
Illenium just released an emotive anthem in his John Bellion collaboration “Good Things Fall Apart”—but that’s not all the prolific future bass producer has up his sleeve. The artist surprised fans on social media with an announcement that he’d be releasing a third album, ASCEND, before summer’s end. ASCEND will release on August 16, with more information “coming soon,” stated Illenium is his Tweet sharing the news.
There’s a fair chance that his past two singles, “Good Things Fall Apart” and “Pray” might be a part of this new project’s tracklist, as well as his mystery collaboration with The Chainsmokers that was roadtested at Ultra Miami. Ultimately, that remains to be seen. Other than new music, Illenium has maintained a robust touring schedule that saw him headline New York’s Madison Square Garden for the very first time.
ASCEND, my third album, will be coming out on August 16th! HUGE tour announcement and album pre-sale information coming later this week pic.twitter.com/wkodoyj6nL
In a refreshing change of pace, Illenium and Jon Bellion star in their music video for recent breakout single “Good Things Fall Apart.” The duo promoted the video in costume on Twitter earlier in the week, and the full video is out now.
The video begins with the world coming to an end, and the camera pans in on Illenium and Bellion standing within a ship that has catapulted them into the galaxy and away from the dying planet. Illenium showcases his guitar playing abilities juxtaposed with Bellion’s svocals as the flight takes a chaotic turn. The duo perform the song mid-flight in between action-packed vignettes of the ship’s crew attempting to regain order in the cockpit. The video ends with a heartfelt message, “To those who have the courage to change the course we are on.”
Both the track and the music video are out now via Astralwerks.
Illenium takes a step closer to commercial crossover territory with new song,”Good Things Fall Apart”—featuring pop vocalist Jon Bellion. It’s these artists’ first time collaborating, and the outcome is the perfect combination of Illenium’s signature style with Bellion’s enamoring vocals that take center stage in the release.
“Good Things Fall Apart” features a simple guitar backdrop laying the framework for Bellion’s vocals to shine through amidst percussion and a crossover friendly electronic note progression pumped with euphoria. Bellion writes on Twitter that the collaboration with Illenium is “one of his favorite things he has worked on.” He also writes “The 2003 me is mood boarding furiously.”
The track is an angsty break up ballad that showcases the best from both artists, and they will be speaking more about the track today at 3P EST on Instagram Live if fans want to learn more about how the track came to be. “Good Things Fall Apart” is out now via Astralwerks.
The two-day Moonrise Festival at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course will return for its sixth installment Aug. 10-11 with a wave of diversity in its lineup.
Streaming services are breaching new territory on the genre side of things, with viral charts becoming largely saturated by hip-hop acts. This festival season is starting to reflect these changes, with a prime example in Moonrise Festival. The genre-led ripple effect brings rappers 21 Savage and Smokepurpp, among others, to a largely electronic-based lineup at the race track’s infield.
Back for its third year in the running, Lost Lands officially revealed its full lineup for 2019. Packed with fan favorites as well as fresh talent, the Excision-curated festival returns to Legend Valley, Ohio for three days of headbanger heaven Sept. 27-29.
Since Lost Lands’ inception, creator Excision has continued working to improve the festival experience for attendees. Some focus points promised for this year’s iteration include introduction of Wednesday early entry, reformatting of the “Dino Den” area to include three camping options, relocation of late-night sound camps to the main venue, and stop additions to the long haul shuttles.
YOUR 2019 LINEUP IS HERE!! @Excision has pulled out all the stops this year! Get ready to headbang with the most legendary names in Bass and discover the freshest sounds from the underground. Tickets, camping and payment plans are on sale now at https://t.co/LWSQGOkUfApic.twitter.com/WNaRvXAj6U
Ultra Music Festival 2019 has come to an end, and with that, endless IDs have surfaced, giving the electronic music community plenty to anticipate in the months to come. The Chainsmokers were among the artists to debut new music after an unexpected announcement that the duo linked up with none other than Illenium for a forthcoming track in the middle of their set.
The new release was debuted at the 42-minute mark of The Chainsmokers’ Ultra set, and it’s a recognizable blend of the artists’ styles. The vocals are undeniably catchy, as one would expect in a Chainsmokers’ track, but Illenium’s signature echoed layering of the vocals transports the listener to another realm. The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart also sings on the song, which falls into a chilling future bass drop.
Alex Pall and Taggart noted that this is the first time they’ve ever debuted a track at Ultra Music Festival. They did not announce when fans can expect the track to be released, but given they recently announced another full-length album in 2019, it would not be surprising if the track is set to be featured on the compilation in the year to come.