Dance music at its core is no better than the beat that drives the song, and a list compiled by Cloud Cover Music calls out the most popular dance music songs of the decade that have the least amount of unique lyrics.
Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is none other than Martin Garrix‘s “Animals,” which uses an average number of five unique lyrics throughout the track. Garrix makes the list twice, with his collaboration “Like I Do” with David Guetta and Brooks landing the No. 8 spot. “Harlem Shake” by Baauer takes the runner-up position, followed by “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.
Frequenters on the compiled list are highly accomplished dance music artists, such as Calvin Harris and the beloved late Avicii. ZHU, Coldplay, San Holo, and Daft Punk also make the list.
Minneapolis’ snow-capped NYE festival is back, returning this year for its fourth annual installment. Snowta 2018 featured Skrillex in his return to the festival circuit alongside acts like NGHTMRE, Chief Keef, Subtronics, EPROM and to name a few. With a stacked lineup, the festival’s third production was packaged with an array of extreme sports, including Snowboard Rail Jam and Freestyle Motorcross.
However, midwestern bass heads are in for a real treat this time around, as the full NYE 2019 roster includes a rumbling concoction of 1788-L, Big Wild, Dion Timmer, Zomboy, Juice WRLD, and more. Other festival ammenities have yet to be announced, but if attendees are looking to hit the slopes for a bit, there’s a variety of options in the Minneapolis area.
Forbes’ “Highest Paid DJ” list has just come out, and Calvin Harris has officially been dethroned by The Chainsmokers after six years spent at the number one slot.
The Chainsmokers’ have had their biggest year in earnings yet, with the duo taking home a cool $46 million. This comes as no surprise; after all, they’ve been dominating the airwaves over the past couple years with huge pop anthems. They’re also in the middle of a lucrative three-year contract with Wynn Las Vegas; combine that with a myriad of other headlining gigs at major festivals, and one-off private appearances elsewhere, and it becomes clear how they’ve managed to rake in such vast amounts of capital.
Marshmello has also been climbing the ranks, and actually landed in second place this year with $40 million in net earnings. Calvin Harris found himself demoted to the third slot with $38.5 million. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki took home the fourth ranking, largely in part to him playing 200 gigs through the past year and numerous brand deals on top.
Per usual, female DJs are missing from the list.
The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
Marshmello ($40 million)
Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
Steve Aoki ($30 million)
Diplo ($25 million)
Tiësto ($24 million)
Martin Garrix ($19 million)
David Guetta ($18 million)
Zedd ($17 million)
Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
Kaskade ($14 million)
Skrillex ($13 million)
Alesso ($12.5 million)
Afrojack ($12 million)
Tie: DJ Snaje, DJ Pauly D, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million)
Epic Games’ highly anticipated Fortnite World Cup took place at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium from July 26-28. The event saw tens of thousands of attendees gather to watch the best Fortnite players in the world descend upon a single place to compete for over $30 million in prize money. In addition to the Pro competition, which resulted in 16-year old player ‘Bugha’ taking home $3 million for winning, Epic brought back its popular celebrity Pro-Am tournament. The Pro-Am features celebrities and professional Fortnite players paired as ‘duos’ to compete together. The game involves 100 players being dropped onto an island and competing until there is one person remaining.
The Fortnite Pro-Am took place for the first time in 2018 at E3 in Los Angeles, which resulted in Marshmello and Ninja stealing the number one spot. Electronic music artists continue to rise to the top during the Pro Am, with none other than RL Grime and pro Fortnite player Airwaks taking home the Pro Am prize for their second time in 2019. The duo first won at Fortnite’s Summer Block Party, and they have now won again at the World Cup. Although neither RL Grime or Airwaks were the last standing during the Fortnite World Cup celebrity Pro-Am, they won due to a combined 52 points from scoring kills.
Thanks to their win, $1 million dollars will be split between two charities or RL Grime and Airwaks’ choosing. RL Grime has chosen the American Civil Liberties Union as his recipient, and Airwaks has chosen World Wildlife.
Veteran electronic producer ARTY is suing Marshmello, claiming one of the masked producer’s biggest hits, the Bastille-assisted “Happier,” is actually plagiarized. The terms of the suit claim that Marshmello and Bastille used remixed elements of ARTY’s 2014 remix of “I Lived” by OneRepublic.
This particular lawsuit is unique, in that the legal dispute is mainly anchored to the song’s beat and other components, as opposed to the underlying composition. While ARTY’s remix was an undoubted success in 2014, “Happier” managed to claim the top spot on the dance music charts for 31 consecutive weeks in 2018, and grab a double-platinum certification as a result.
îleSoniq has commemorated their sixth anniversary with the anticipated reveal of their phase one lineup, giving festival-goers an idea of the explosion of artists in store. As previous years have found success in fusing the hip-hop and electronic music spheres together, the 2019 edition returns to parc Jean-Drapeau over Aug. 9-10 for the return of the annual event.
Headliners Above & Beyond and Marshmello are scheduled to close out festivities throughout the weekend, and will be accompanied by main stage selects Alesso and Kaskade to light up the weekend, in addition to by sets from fan-favorites across the electronic spectrum. For the first time in îleSoniq history, attendees can expect to be immersed with the sounds of its inaugural underground house and techno stage, complete with sets by Nicole Moudaber, Lane 8, Yotto and Claptone.
World domination has always been in Marshmello‘s cards. Aside from his attention-grabbing masked getup, the business-savvy producer’s fluffy take on future bass, and later, sweetened pop collaborations made him accessible to an extremely wide base of music consumers. A tried-and-true formula doesn’t always equate to longevity, however, which is why it’s often crucial to diversify one’s sound to maintain relevance and mass interest (at least if the goal is to stay at the top).
Enter “Sell Out,” Marshmello’s newest collaboration with dubstep up-and-comer SVDDEN DEATH. First, a couple things before we dive into the track—one, ‘mello seems like a nice guy, and it’s always lovely to see A-listers helping elevate others’ careers with collaborations such as this one. Second, we know that Marshmello does enjoy a good dubstep tune or two based on his prior history.
With all the star power on “Sell Out,” however, one would expect the result to be original and refreshing. Simply put though, this track is neither. In fact, it sounds like it was thrown together on Ableton in under an hour with immensely cookie-cutter construction. “Sell Out” begins pleasantly enough, with euphoric melodies often present in a Marshmello production. Things only get increasingly bland from there, with a stereotypical sped-up build, and tacky vocals prompting preparation for the drop. What’s next? The usual cacophony of robotic synths and wild screeches that sound like they could have been taken from one of the innumerable pre-existing sample packs on the market. “Sell Out” feels long removed from the days when acts like Skream, Mount Eden, Rusko, and others took the dubstep sound into more avant-garde directions.
If Marshmello is truly interested in diving deeper into dubstep, authenticated success will require the bucket-headed producer to put more effort into thinking outside the box in order to really wow consumers, which, given his undeniable ability to produce hits, shouldn’t be asking too much. “Sell Out” comes off like an easy cop-out to increase variety and maintain Marshmello’s hold over the EDM world at large—perhaps his next foray into bass lands better.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.