Kygo and Sandro Cavazza pay homage to Avicii on ‘Forever Yours’ [Stream]

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Not every rough cut work-in-progress played on a tour bus actually sees the light of day. But when Sandro Cavazza played Avicii an early version of something that he was working while the two were en route to Bayfront Park for Ultra Music Festival in 2016, Avicii heard something special and converted Cavazza’s draft just before he took the main stage in Miami. Almost four years after the ID’s debut, “Forever Yours,” which was one of ten new productions that Avicii debuted that night, has now officially received its shining moment.

Shortly after Avicii’s death in 2018, Sandro Cavazza expressed that idea of completing the Avicii co-venture, but only if he found the proper producer to do so. He found that match in Kygo, whom he had previously worked with a few months following the loss of Avicii on “Happy Now.” Says Cavazza,

“This version of ‘Forever Yours’ is a tribute to Tim that me and Kygo have put together to honor what he has meant to both of us. The music we made together has changed my life and my perspective of music. He was Kygo’s biggest Idol and biggest inspiration and that’s what has made this tribute possible.”

In a behind the scenes video of how this tribute version exactly came about, Kygo explained that collaborating with Avicii was always a dream of his, so “Forever Yours” is an endearing compromise for famed tropical house producer. While this rendition may not have resulted in a note-for-note copy of the unfinished 2016 demo, Kygo and Cavazza manage to maintain the original’s genuine, sincere essence.

All proceeds from the release of “Forever Now” will be donated to the Tim Bergling Foundation in support of mental health awareness.

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Diplo, BTS, Mason Ramsey to join Lil Nas X on Grammys stage for live rendition of ‘Old Town Road’

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Diplo, BTS, Mason Ramsey to join Lil Nas X on Grammys stage for live rendition of ‘Old Town Road’Billy Ray Cyrus Lil Nas Diplo Old Town Road

Lil Nas X’s inescapable breakthrough record, “Old Town Road,” will be performed live at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The chart-topping single has been selected for a “Grammy Moment” performance, during which Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus will collaboratively deliver a live rendition of the viral hit. Along with some help from friends.

BTS, Diplo, and Mason Ramsey, each of whom submitted their own reworks of “Old Town Road” last year, will also take the stage alongside both artists, in addition to surprise special guests. Diplo led the pack of remixers, releasing his revamp of the twangy fan-favorite in April 2019. BTS followed suit with their take, the cleverly titled “Seoul Town Road,” as did Mason Ramsey, whose version featured rapper Young Thug. Both productions landed in July 2019. 

“Old Town Road” is not only the focus of what promises to be a momentous live appearance; the track is also up for Record of the Year. Fellow nominees include Bon Iver‘s “Hey Ma,” Billie Eilish‘s similarly year-defining “Bad Guy,” “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” by H.E.R., Khalid and Disclosure‘s “Talk,” Lizzo‘s breakout “Truth Hurts,” and “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee. The Grammy Awards will broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26

Calvin Harris returns with two new singles, ‘Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)’ and ‘CP-1’ [Stream]

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Calvin Harris returns with two new singles, ‘Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)’ and ‘CP-1’ [Stream]Calvin Harris Coachella 2016 Credit Billboard

It’s officially Calvin Harris SZN.

The Scottish hitmaker has spent the last few weeks teasing a long-awaited return, and now, we finally have two fresh new singles, hot off the press from their BBC Radio 1 premiere—”Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)” and “CP-1.” The pair of singles were named Annie Mac‘s Hottest Record in the World, rolling out Harris’ new Love Regenerator1 project. The two new originals mark the first from Harris in a year, since he linked with Rag’n’Bone Man on “Giant.”

Harris has promised fans a new sound in the lead up to a run of major festival appearances this spring, including a return to Coachella and a second consecutive headlining slot at Creamfields. The “One Kiss” producer has one of the year’s most anticipated records up his sleeve and now we’ve finally gotten the first inside look at what to expect from Calvin Harris in 2020. Stream “Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)” and “CP-1” below.

Martin Garrix seems in fighting shape again as he heads back to Sziget Festival

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Martin Garrix seems in fighting shape again as he heads back to Sziget FestivalMartin Garri Ultra

Martin Garrix recently returned to Budapest’s Sziget Festival after a few years away. In the latest edition of his biographical web series, he and his team prepare for the performance with excited anticipation. Fellow Dutchman and producer pal Julian Jordan makes a brief cameo, where he highlights a track he and Garrix have been working on.

Garrix does his (now) routine ankle icing before the show, as he works meticulously with his team before the performance, making sure all cylinders are firing. After a stellar performance, Garrix reflects on how lucky he is to be able to travel the world with friends and do what he loves. He also endures a landmark moment at Sziget, where he jumps from the DJ booth for the first time post his ankle surgery.

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RÜFÜS DU SOL have a live album in their back pocket

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While 2019 brought news of twin Grammy nods and an ARIA (Australian music awards) nomination trifecta for RÜFÜS DU SOL, fans were met with near radio silence on the original release front for the year. But that doesn’t mean the group isn’t still set on driving their release train to dance music superstardom this year. The avant-garde Aussie outfit’s 2018 LP, Solace, was lauded near and far, “Underwater” and above water, for its poignant and pensive approach to melodic dance music. But it seems the group isn’t done with the work just yet.

In a recent interview with Variety, Jon George, the trio’s keyboardist shared that, a recent trip to California’s picturesque Yucca Valley wound up proffering a fully loaded live album.

“We recorded a live album out there late last year,” George told Variety. “… But, we loved it so much out there we thought that we need to come back on our next writing trip and set up here for a couple of weeks and really dig into some ideas.”

This will be the first live release from the group to date. There’s no drop date in the books yet, but time has proven the trio is isn’t afraid to take their time polishing finished work.

Those who’ve seen RÜFÜS live know the ensemble’s synergistic capabilities onstage. Their visceral performances allow listeners to live in the happy medium between live music and synth-driven ecstatic energy. A live album from the RÜFÜS camp seems just what our ears ordered for 2020.

GRiZ orchestrates two-day phone-free show in Brooklyn

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GRiZ orchestrates two-day phone-free show in BrooklynGriz Live Credit Chloe Kinally Charlotte Sessions

GRiZ is back in Brooklyn for an intimate “no phones” experience that will leave attendees dancing ’til dawn. Avant Gardner will be hosting the two-day event and will work on capturing old-school warehouse vibes with no distractions. These sold-out shows are set to take place on April 3-4.

These low-key, personal Brooklyn shows were surprise-announced on GRiZ’s Instagram. He wanted to arrange a show where the stage is in the crowd so that it is up close and personal with the audience. GRiZ encourages these shows to be as raw as possible, where all jams are freestyle. However, he mentions that a saxophone will still be played throughout the night. Fans can expect a close, private event, where it is just the artist and the audience. GRiZ will be in the middle of the madness, but will play out tunes that keep the crowd moving all night. 

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Marco Carola’s Music On Festival returns to Amsterdam with Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, and more

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Marco Carola’s Music On Festival returns to Amsterdam with Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, and moreJamie Jones Miami Music Week

It’s never too early for the summer events season to start heating up. Marco Carola‘s Music On Festival is primed to usher in the summer vibes with a stacked billing for the event’s 2020 return to Amsterdam. Havenpark will host the May 9 – 10 event, named after Carola’s long running weekly Ibiza party, with some of the day’s top techno talent. This year’s lineup includes Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna, Danny Tenaglia, tINI, Solardo, Stacey Pullen, Benny Rodrigues, Lauren Lane, and more.

Gearing up for its fourth run, Music On Festival is pulling techno haymakers from across the world—from Detroit and New York to France and Italy—for one of the most anticipated two-night events of the summer. See the full Music On 2020 lineup below.

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The Weeknd releases new ‘Blinding Lights’ music video, performs live on Jimmy Kimmel [Watch]

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The Weeknd releases new ‘Blinding Lights’ music video, performs live on Jimmy Kimmel [Watch]TheWeekndHeartlessVideo

The Weeknd’s saga continues in the sequel to his “Heartless” music video in the crooner’s follow-up single, “Blinding Lights.” Following the aftermath of his Las Vegas escapades in a the “Heartless” video, the new Anton Tammi-directed visual for “Blinding Lights,” finds The Weeknd taking a joyride through the city before meeting his maker.

“Heartless” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts while “Blinding Lights” peaked at No. 11, with nearly double the streams from its predecessor on Spotify.

The Canadian R&B heymaker’s new project suggests vastly contrasting images of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde proportions. Another peek into the upcoming LP was offered by the reuniting Neptunes, noting in a recent interview with with Clash that the duo had linked with The Weeknd in the studio. The Weeknd also took his new visual for “Blinding Lights” to Jimmy Kimmel Live!—see the new music video and live performance below.

Eric Prydz is bringing his HOLOSPHERE live show to Tomorrowland [Watch]

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Eric Prydz is bringing his HOLOSPHERE live show to Tomorrowland [Watch]Epic Holosphere 9 1

Tomorrowland is steadily releasing more information about the 2020 iteration of the festival. Global Journey packages are now on sale, and stage hosts for the festival have officially been announced. Now, the event’s latest announcement reveals Eric Prydz will be bringing his boundary-pushing HOLOSPHERE to Boom, Belgium for this year’s festival.

Last year, Prydz debuted his EPIC 6.0 Show at Tomorrowland, so introducing new concepts and debuting major shows at the festival is not a new practice for the veteran producer. The weekend Prydz will be bringing HOLOSPHERE to Tomorrowland this year has yet to be announced. In addition to Tomorrowland, Prydz is set to play his only 2020 show in London at Printworks. Worldwide pre-registration for all Tomorrowland tickets and Dreamville packages is open now.

SVDDEN DEATH plots VOYD performance at famed experiential venue The Caverns

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SVDDEN DEATH plots VOYD performance at famed experiential venue The CavernsTheCaverns Pelham Grundy

There’s something to be said about seeing a show in a special venue. It’s what makes events like FORM Arcosanti, Friendship, Your Paradise, and others some of the most sought-after boutique events of the year. Now, the Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee, will be the next unique site to host an electronic show, welcoming SVDDEN DEATH for one of his coveted VOYD performances on March 6. For the uninitiated, picture Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater…deep underground.

SVDDEN DEATH’s upcoming VOYD show will be the first electronic event to ever take place at the Caverns. The performance only features the bass afficionado’s reserved live catalog, set to a tightly curated audio/visual experience, and this time, the whole event will take on an additional otherworldly quality with bassheads descending into a prehistoric underground cave to enter the VOYD. Tickets to SVDDEN DEATH’s upcoming VOYD performance at the Caverns are available here.