Zedd reconvenes with Grey for first single of 2018, ‘The Middle’

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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.

Grammy Awards to pay tribute to Vegas shooting victims

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Last October’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas left 59 people dead, marking it the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

On Jan. 18, the Recording Academy announced that they will pay tribute to those killed at the festival in a unique way. During this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony Jan. 28 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, three of the performers from the October festival will play during the awards show. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, and Eric Church will pay tribute victims of gun violence with performances during the televised event.

Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow noted the uniting power of music in the announcement.

“Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music,” he says. “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.”

H/T: NME