It’s one thing for a DJ to hit a home run with a timely placed solo single, but according to Billboard’s Electronic/Dance charts of the decade, it’s the collaborations that hit the grand slams over the course of the 2010s.
In fact, the list’s top five slots are comprised entirely of collaborative singles. Landing on the list are The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, whose cushy, melodic “Something Just Like This” reigned supreme for 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 2017, with ZEDD, Maren Morris, and Grey earning a stop in the top ten with everyone’s guilty pleasure “The Middle.” The late Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” which features the uncredited vocals of Aloe Blacc and Major Lazer’s joint with DJ Snake “Lean On” round out the decade’s top tunes, painting a vibrant picture of what’s delivered the heat in the 2010s.
In the scope of full-length LPs, it was Lady Gaga who took gold, as her debut LP, The Fame, logged a total of 62 weeks at the top of the charts during the 2010s. Daft Punk’s decade-blurring Random Access Memories and David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat took the two and three spots, arguing that traditional DJs are capable of more than hit single after hit single.
Halloween is here, and everyone is getting in the spirit, including the mistress of the mad, the fraulein of freak, Lady Gaga. While Gaga dons Halloween-level costumes day in and day out, she still goes the extra mile for national spook day in various ways, most recently through the ever-traditional pumpkin carving.
On Oct. 30, Gaga posted a picture on her Twitter of her fruit-mutilation session. The pumpkin did not feature any sort of intricate design—just a knife sticking out of the top and the words “FUCK THIS” painted across the hull.
In the bottom left corner of the picture there is an iPhone playing a song titled “Stupid Love.” This would not be the first song with this name. Jason Derulo and Dan + Shay have produced songs with the same title. But based on a few clues such as that the title was listed in all capitals, there was no artwork or artist information, and there have been rumors of a new Gaga song with that name circulating around the internet for quite a while now, new music may be incoming.
Is there new Gaga material just around the corner? See for yourself below.
It was only a matter of time before international pop icon Lady Gaga made her foray into the beauty industry. Gaga introduced her new beauty brand HAUS LABORATORIES earlier this month on July 9 with the help of electronic producers Boys Noize, Blood Pop, and Tchami. The gender-neutral makeup line launched Monday, July 15 during Amazon‘s Prime Day event, which takes place over two days this year.
Prime members can pre-order the HAUS LABS collection during Prime Day and non-Prime shoppers will have the chance to purchase products later this month. The first units will ship in September. Amazon will be the exclusive global retailer for HAUS LABS. All products are certified-vegan and cruelty-free. Although Gaga teamed up with Amazon for the purposes of making her products as inclusive and accessible as possible, the partnership has seen some backlash by fans who expressed disappointment at Amazon’s working conditions for its employees.
Gaga has used HAUS LABS to send empowering messages to consumers, relaying her own experience with beauty through social media.
“I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be,” says Gaga. “Sometimes beauty doesn’t come naturally from within. But I’m so grateful that makeup inspired a bravery in me I didn’t know I had. I’ve come to accept that I discovered my beauty by having the ability to invent myself and transform. They said I was just weird, but really, I was just Born This Way.”
Lady Gaga has been a creative tour de force since her emergence on the over a decade ago. She’s dominated the pop circuit, forayed into film, and now, she’s dipping into the beauty game with the launch of her new HAUS LABORATORIES brand. To introduce the new line of beauty products, available for pre-order on Amazon starting Monday, July 15, Gaga enlisted a number of high-profile electronic producers including Boys Noize, Tchami, and Blood Pop.
Gaga’s HAUS launch finds her reuniting with Blood Pop and Boys Noize—Blood Pop being the main architect behind 2016’s hit LP Joanne alongside Mark Ronson, and Boys Noize having previously pulled production duties on Gaga’s mind-bending ENIGMA residency in Las Vegas. Now the two, along with Confession label boss Tchami, are the credited producers behind HAUS sonics, featured in a new video released on social media platforms on July 9.
On May 28, the internet was thrown into a buzz with the promise of upcoming new material from Madeon—dubbed the producer’s “good faith era.” While the roll out of a new project is currently upon us, not much more is known about “good faith” or the project’s complexion. However, as cryptic messaging from the French wunderkind continues to trickle out ahead of an official release, an Instagram account, @goodfaith.world, has really set the rumor mill ablaze.
The Instagram account has posted the blank lead image of Madeon’s impending new project a number of times, though, its the tags on each image that may paint the actual picture. While the social media profile seems nondescript and unofficial, tags on the images point to possible collaborations with Lady Gaga, Porter Robinson, Lemaitre, and more, and while there isn’t a ton of factual authenticity to go on as of yet, something about a stellar cast of superstar collaborators on whatever this project actually is seems highly likely. Nothing is confirmed as of yet, but you can see the screenshots below and decide for yourself.
As a myriad of artists including Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga, and Celine Dion, pull their productions with R. Kelly from streaming platforms in response to sexual misconduct allegations made against the R&B crooner, Skrillex doesn’t think that JAY-Z needs to follow suit. “You know, I don’t think he needs to do so,” Skrillex told TMZ cameramen when asked if he felt that JAY-Z should remove his songs with R. Kelly from streaming services. JAY-Z and R. Kelly co-released “Best of Both Worlds” in 2002, and “Unfinished Business” in 2004. “It’s hard,” Skrillex added, “It’s like, look: there’s a word. It’s called ‘occhiolism.’ It’s the awareness of the smallness of your own perspective. If JAY-Z wants to keep [the] music because it’s music he made a long time ago, it’s part of the archives, it’s part of history, that doesn’t mean he’s a bad person. That doesn’t mean he supports bad people.”
Skrillex, however, did vocalize his support of Sony‘s decision to nullify R. Kelly’s record dealer with the Sony owned imprint, RCA Records. “I think everyone in their own sort of private world should make their own choices, but I support that,” Skrillex said. Sony has yet to release an official statement regarding R. Kelly’s departure from RCA, which would provide insight on the nature of R. Kelly’s divorce from the label, specifically, whether Sony and R. Kelly mutually agreed to void the vocalist’s deal.
R. Kelly remains at the center of sexual misconduct speculation following the release of Lifetime’s six-part docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly. Surviving R. Kelly chronicles R. Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse of several women who were reportedly underage at the time of their sexual encounters with the artist. R. Kelly has since denied all such allegations of sexual misconduct.
Lady Gaga‘s new Las Vegas residency has been one of the most anticipated entertainment events in the country since its announcement over the summer. The show, known as Enigma, is a high-tech production launching at MGM’s Park Theater on Friday December 28. Earlier this year, rumors broke that Boys Noize and the Joanne vocalist were collaborating, and now with Enigma’s debut, Berlin’s favorite son took to Twitter to tease his involvement in the show’s production.
In the tantalizing Enigma teaser posted on Instagram, an animated female figure is whisked through a celestial transformation, ending with a chill-inducing “Hello, Gaga” at the end of the short clip. Boys Noize posted the video as well, suggesting that he’s adding to his already spectacular rap sheet in 2018 as his presumed collaboration with Lady Gaga is likely starting to reach the surface. Gaga will perform for the first time at the Park MGM a decade after the New Yorker skyrocketed into super stardom with her debut album, The Fame.
It’s been 9,705 days since the last body of work from Nile Rodgers & Chic. But the 26-year wait is over, and It’s About Time is here.
The seasoned disco group have been working for years on their latest album and began teasing singles from it earlier this year. They wowed the world with the release of “Till The World Falls” in June, teaming up with Mura Masa, Vic Mensa, and Cosha for a spirited collaboration on Jools Holland’s show on BBC Two. The remainder of the summer months went by without any additional releases, but early September brought a teaser of what was to come just a few weeks later with “Sober.”
It’s About Time saw its full debut on September 28, featuring an arsenal of star-studded collaborations. Over the course of its 10 tracks, the album sees the group tap artists like Lady Gaga, Elton John, Emeli Sandé, and many more.
After Rodgers revealed that Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars would also be involved in the album, It’s About Time may leave fans wondering where their songs are. Fortunately, only a few months remain until the group’s next album, coming February 2019, where the collaborations will hopefully see the light of day. There’s also a possibility Rodgers’ work with Avicii may be released at some point in the future, as the two were reportedly working on 10 tracks before Avicii‘s death in April.
When it comes to big room trance, Andrew Rayel is one of the first artists many would think of when it comes to the subgenre. The Moldovan DJ and producer has gone a completely new direction, however, with “Last Summer,” which sees him sharing the studio once more with “I Need You” collaborator Garibay.
The opening chords immediately sweep the listener into summer with tropical accents and an airy melody. The song centers around pop vocals by Jake Torrey, lending the track the ultimate radio crossover appeal.
“Last Summer” ultimately leans tropical and commercial house, which is a divergence from Rayel’s previous Trance releases. Garibay has a long history in the pop music industry having worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue, so the collaboration’s pop-leaning fabric have certainly been aided by Garibay’s proven style. The track is out now via Armada Music.
SOPHIE released her debut album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES, earlier this year in June, to widespread critical acclaim. Since the record’s release, she’s been looking forward to new music, including a confirmed collaboration with Lady Gaga. In a recent interview with Spanish-language media outlet Mondosonoro, the Scottish singer/songwriter and producer said she has enough music to release – count it – three more long form releases, all of which she hopes to deliver sometime in 2018. But as to whether they’ll be albums or EPs, SOPHIE elaborates,
“A mix. I do not know what a damn album is! The barrier between the EP and the LP is becoming more diffuse, that’s why I can not define it. It is not something that I care about. It will be four releases. This is what I want to do right now.”
SOPHIE is perhaps on one of the most prolific streaks of her career thus far, hot off the heels of a collaboration with GAIKA, “Immigrant Sons (Pesos & Gas).” Beyond that, in an interview withLenny Letter, SOPHIE also reveals to have work with Bibi Bourelly, Charli XCX, and more on the way.