N.E.R.D.’s debut album ‘In Search Of…’ to receive deluxe reissue

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In between producing platinum records and collaborating with artists like Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk, and pretty much everyone else who matters in popular music, Pharrell Williams occasionally has time to pursue his own projects. One of the most notable in recent times is N.E.R.D., his rap-rock hybrid project with Chad Hugo and Shay Hayley.

Not much has been heard from the group since the release of their self-titled album back in 2017, but now the album that started it all, 2001’s In Search Of… is getting a deluxe reissue. This new version will include both the original 2001 “electronic” version of the album and the “rock” version which came out in 2002. There will also be a slew of new remixes from the likes of Trent Reznor, Zero 7 and more. Look for the package to purchase on October 25.

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Pharrell suggests he helped produce Rihanna’s new album

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Rihanna may have shared that her next album would be coming out this year, but the anticipation surrounding the pop culture icon’s long-awaited ninth LP just became more intriguing.

Grammy-winning super-producer, Pharrell Willams, recently hinted he may have worked on the album with a cryptic comment that said, “They ain’t ready,” on an Instagram video Rihanna posted. The video was a clip from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta wherein Karlie Redd is holding polygraph results and proclaiming “it was all lie,” with the caption:

Nobody:
Me: Album coming in 2019
Navy in July:

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Williams and Rihanna previously worked together on the most recent N.E.R.D. album, collaborating on “Lemon” which only fortified Rihanna’s immense talent as a rapper. If Williams once again joined Rihanna in the studio, this time with her on the lead, greatness is sure to ensue.

Details about Rihanna’s ninth album, which is being commonly referred to as R9, are sparse yet captivating. She has confirmed it will be a reggae project. Various other artists at or nearing Williams’ level like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Koffee are rumoured to be involved as well.

2019 is more than half-way over. Will Rihanna keep her word and deliver the album before the end of the year? We sure hope so.

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NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + moreArmin And Above Beyond

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.

Gesaffelstein and Pharrell Williams top this week’s Hot 25 with their new collaboration, “Blast Off.” Audien layers on the nostalgia with a gorgeous remix of Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man, “Giant.” Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren‘s mega-collab, “Show Me Love,” has finally hit the Armada airwaves, and Midnight Kids unveil a melody-packed remix of Gryffin‘s “Bye Bye.” Yellow Claw follow up their 2018 LP, New Blood, with a new single, “Give It To Me,” with Nonsens, and KSHMR joins forces with Krewella and Yves V for “No Regrets.” TOKiMONSTA releases a mellow new single with Ambré, “Strange Froot,” and W&W bring hardcore back with “The Light.” Sullivan King thanks fans for raging with a metal and dubstep-infused cover of Swedish House Mafia‘s iconic “Save The World,” and Fedde Le Grand puts his own spin on Loud Luxury‘s “Love No More.” 3LAU and Justin Caruso tap vocalist Iselin for a sugar-sweet new single, “Better With You,” and Varien covers Bring Me The Horizon’s “Can You Feel My Heart” with Andrew Zink. Fox Stevenson and Feint link on a new remix of Fox’s own “Out My Head,” and Steff da Campo reworks Galantis and OneRepublic‘s “Bones.”

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.

Gesaffelstein is joined by Pharrell Williams, HAIM, and The Weeknd on impending ‘Hyperion’ album, reveals release date for new LP

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Gesaffelstein is joined by Pharrell Williams, HAIM, and The Weeknd on impending ‘Hyperion’ album, reveals release date for new LPGesaffelstein Shadow

Gesaffelstein has announced on the official track list and release date to his highly-anticipated Hyperion project, the French luminary’s debut offering on Columbia Records. Surprises include major collaborations with Pharrell WilliamsHAIM, Bronwyn Griffin from Electric Youth, and The Hacker.

After teasing the new comeback album with lead single, “Reset” towards the end of 2018, another hint at the project direction was unveiled with “Lost In The Fire” featuring The Weeknd. Now, there will be eight additional new tracks to follow, landing in full on March 8, opening a new chapter in Gesaffelstein’s canon of dark, brooding techno. See the official Hyperion track list below.

Gesaffelstein is joined by Pharrell Williams, HAIM, and The Weeknd on impending ‘Hyperion’ album, reveals release date for new LPGesaffelstein Hyperion

Swedish House Mafia heads into 2019 with new management after parting with longtime manager Amy Thomson last August

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2019 is the year of Swedish House Mafia‘s return after a five-year hiatus. The trio has continuously made music industry headlines since announcing nine shows in the upcoming year after their momentous reunion at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have announced residencies with Wynn Nightlife, and longtime manager Amy Thomson announced her departure as Swedish House Mafia’s manager with a touching post.

It has now been revealed that Ron Lafitte of Patriot Management will be taking Thomson’s reins in working with the trio moving forward. Lafitte started his career working in heavy metal with the likes of Metallica and Megadeth. He now oversees everyone from Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, to the Backstreet Boys. The dance titans have not announced a label deal as of yet, but it has all but been confirmed that they are working on new music.

 

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Thanks for all the messages I got hit with about this. But I guess now is the time to say that in May this year I told the boys I would be leaving at the end of summer 2018. In this industry people expect you to stay in projects that make you powerful. Ego. Pride. Power. Money. All of that. But for me I have learned that life changes you and what you want to do with that gift is a gift in itself. It was a big decision after 14 years but one I made for myself. I wish them so much joy and happiness and success and I will be watching proudly but the era of me with the boys is at an end. And what an era it was. We changed the game so many times through everything from brave hearts to sheer blindness. What a ride. But for me life’s changed now. The future belongs to a new set of people around them and I wish them luck with all my heart. And I suppose telling people in this way is not very CEO of me. But that’s not who I am. My passion got me here not a boardroom. Thank you to everyone who helped us. Who put up with us. The fans who stayed with us. We made history. But most of all to my daughter who shared me with this crazy ride without ever complaining. We Came. We Raved. I Loved it. Thank you so much. Amy x

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Calvin Harris is the producer behind Donae’o’s newest rap release

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Calvin Harris has long since proven his ability to produce a diverse array of genres. He has released hip-hop collaborations with the top names in Hollywood like Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams and has brought mega-stars like Rihanna and Sam Smith into the electronic music world. Now, he’s continuing to diversify as the producer for North London rapper Donae’o.

The track is titled “Chalice” and is out now on Universal‘s Island Records. “Chalice” melds Latin infusions with a pulsing beat that certainly skews from sounds we have previously heard from the producer. The production takes the listener back to the early 2000s rap era and will undoubtedly get stuck in the listener’s head with its catchy tune. “Chalice” would be at home in both a hip-hop club or on the radio and will likely see similar success to other Harris productions that seem to permeate the airwaves globally.