ZEDD shines, Marshmello wins big, and Taylor Swift dominates at this year’s American Music Awards

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ZEDD shines, Marshmello wins big, and Taylor Swift dominates at this year’s American Music AwardsReactions Taylor Swift 2018 AMAs Performance

The American Music Awards took place in Los Angeles last night, and if nothing else, it proved that Taylor Swift still rules the world. The artist made her first awards show performance in three years with track “I Did Something Bad.” She proceeded to take home four awards including the award for Artist of the Year, making her the most awarded artist in AMA history. If nothing else, this year’s award ceremony showcased that hip-hop and pop stylings still predominate mainstream music preferences, but electronic music continues to prove it is worth the seat it now has at the table.

Electronic music highlights include ZEDD performing his “Lost In Japan” remix with Shawn Mendes. The “Happy Now” producer played the piano while Mendes captivated the audience with his singing, all supported by a live band in the background. ZEDD was the only electronic music act to perform at the award show. Elsewhere, The Chainsmokers continued their campaign to bring electronic music to the mainstream with their consistent representation at the biggest music industry award shows. Nominated for one award this year, the duo along with “This Feeling” collaborator Kelsea Ballerini were stage hosts presenting Post Malone‘s performance.

One award was dedicated to electronic music, with Marshmello beating out both The Chainsmokers and ZEDD for the Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist award. The full list of awards and winners are listed below.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Drake
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift *WINNER

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello *WINNER
Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa
XXXTENTACION

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana” *WINNER
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

TOUR OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé & JAY–Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift *WINNER
U2

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana” *WINNER
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Drake, “God’s Plan”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS *WINNER
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK
Drake
Post Malone *WINNER
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Taylor Swift *WINNER

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP — POP/ROCK
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Migos *WINNER

FAVORITE ALBUM — POP/ROCK
Drake, “Scorpion”
Ed Sheeran, “÷ (Divide)”
Taylor Swift, ‘reputation’ *WINNER

FAVORITE SONG- — POP/ROCK
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana” *WINNER
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
Kane Brown *WINNER
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood *WINNER

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP — COUNTRY
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line *WINNER
LANCO

FAVORITE ALBUM — COUNTRY
Kane Brown, “Kane Brown” *WINNER
Luke Combs, “This One’s For You”
Thomas Rhett, “Life Changes”

FAVORITE SONG — COUNTRY
Kane Brown, “Heaven” *WINNER
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”

FAVORITE ARTIST — RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B *WINNER
Drake
Post Malone

FAVORITE ALBUM — RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake, “Scorpion”
Lil Uzi Vert, “Luv Is Rage 2”
Post Malone, “beerbongs & bentleys” *WINNER

FAVORITE SONG — RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” *WINNER
Drake “God’s Plan”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B
Khalid *WINNER
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B
Ella Mai
Rihanna *WINNER
SZA

FAVORITE ALBUM — SOUL/R&B
Khalid “American Teen”
SZA “CTRL”
XXXTENTACION “17” *WINNER

FAVORITE SONG — SOUL/R&B
Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse” *WINNER

FAVORITE ARTIST — ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco *WINNER
Portugal. The Man

FAVORITE ARTIST — ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Shawn Mendes *WINNER
P!NK
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST — LATIN
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee *WINNER
Ozuna

FAVORITE ARTIST — CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle *WINNER
MercyMe
Zach Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST — ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
The Chainsmokers
Marshmello *WINNER
Zedd

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” *WINNER
“The Greatest Showman”
“The Fate of the Furious: The Album”

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Tiësto and Post Malone’s ‘Jackie Chan’ gets red hot remix pack

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Tiësto and Post Malone’s ‘Jackie Chan’ gets red hot remix packTiesto Post Malone Jackie Chan Remies

Tiësto‘s summer-ready anthem ‘Jackie Chan’ saw the mega producer bring Post Malone into surefire EDM crossover territory. The track put classic Post verses over a sunny, pop house production made for top down cruising and warm weather clubbing. Now, the streaming smash gets a bag of remix heat courtesy of Lookas, M-22, HUGEL, Sebastian Perez, and the big boss himself. Jackie Chan – Remixes, Vol. 1 (Vol. 2 on the way?!) arrives via Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom imprint.

The head honcho takes the first sing with a “Big Room Mix” that flows like a mashup of radio ready flavors, with hip-hop vocal sections building into bombastic club house drops. M-22 and HUGEL take the song into more aggressive house territory with their reworks, while Lookas weaves the original into ultra distorted festival-ready trap. The remix pack ends with a standout set smasher from Sebastian Perez that manages to maintain the original’s laid back energy.

 

 

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Tiësto is back with electronic music’s next main stage anthem, ‘WOW’

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Tiësto is back with electronic music’s next main stage anthem, ‘WOW’Tiesto1

Those who closely follow Tiësto‘s radio shows and listen to his live sets may find themselves pleasantly surprised by his latest single release, “WOW.” He debuted the track live at Ultra earlier this year, and since then, the veteran DJ has been prominently featuring the tune on air all summer. “WOW” already has found such heavy radio play since its reveal that some might have thought it was already out, though now Tiësto is gracing fans with the track’s official release.

The Dutch mega-producer is known for his ability to create music in a wide variety of genres, and its a definite contrast from recent pop-centric collaboration “Jackie Chan” featuring PremePost Malone, and co-producer Dzeko.  “WOW” is a pulsing big room house piece with an infectious, kicking bass line that makes the track an undoubtable earworm. The single is out on Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom.

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Slip into Silk City’s ‘Especially 4 U Vol 2’ mix [Stream]

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Slip into Silk City’s ‘Especially 4 U Vol 2’ mix [Stream]Mark Ronson Diplo Silk City

Listeners looking to let their ears slip into something silky can look no further than Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s second volume of Silk City‘s Especially 4 U mix series.

The Silk City constituents flaunt the finesse of their disco house domination in the one-hour mix,  a cool caboodle of Silk City edits of recent releases from Drake, Dua Lipa, and Post Malone–among others from DJ Koze and more–and retro, rhythmically indulgent disco flavored delights. Disco ball not included.

Dua Lipa discusses her forthcoming Silk City collaboration, here.

H/T: Billboard

Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performances

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Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performancesLollapalooza Chhicago 2018

Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago, and Dancing Astronaut is hosting a live stream of the music festival.

With headliners such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Travis Scott, the festival’s 27th year in existence should be one for the ages. After changing to a four-day event in 2016, Lollapalooza is easily one of the top-attended music festivals in the United States.

Below are 12 of the most anticipated Lollapalooza performances from an electronic music perspective.


REZZ

“Space mom” is a must-see for any festival. She’s performing Thursday at 7:15 p.m. CDT, and her new album, Certain Kind Of Magic, comes out Friday on mau5trap. REZZ was just featured on the cover of DJ Mag‘s August issue.

ODESZA

After killer sets at Red Rocks and Panorama, ODESZA looks to bring their massive live-electronic show with their big synths, drum line, and stellar light show. The duo is the headliner of EDM at Lollapalooza, and there are rumors of a potential Foreign Family festival in 2019.

Rusko

After beating cancer, the British dubstep pioneer is back in action. He dropped his Has Made Five More Songs EP, this year, and the flag-bearer of contemporary dubstep knows how to throw down, recently coming off supporting Zeds Dead in London. Dubstep whomps at 6 p.m. CDT Friday? Yes, please.

Billie Eilish

The 16-year-old from California had her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, rank on Billboard‘s top 200 list. The distraught yet swagged-out teen recently had a tarantula emerge from her mouth for the new single, you should see me in a crown. Imagine what the eclectic and eccentric young trendsetter will bring to the stage.

Dillon Francis

The budding actor, director, and TV writer is also one of the most sought-after festival DJs. With six releases from his upcoming WUT WUT album on Francis’ new IDGAFOS imprint, working with Comedy Central on Living The Dream, his own show Like & Subscribe, and One Deeper Talks with DJ Hanzel; EDM’s funny man has been busy this summer.  Playing Friday at 8:30 p.m. CDT, Francis’ live set will be a perfect way to start the weekend shenanigans.

Tycho

Cool your jets to the easy-going electronic ambiance of Scott Hansen aka Tycho. The musician, composer, producer, songwriter, photographer, and designer is a true embodiment of an artist. With a variety of genre’s at Lollapalooza, Tycho will be a nice escape into the serene 9 p.m. CDT on Thursday.

Post Malone

With one of Billboard‘s top albums for the past two months, beerbongs & bentleys, Malone is a must-see. His happy-go-lucky attitude, infectious smile, and daydreaming vibe will create an ambiance of love, partying, and good harmony.

Illenium

Future bass maven, Nicholas D. Miller, will put on a beautiful set with big synths 7:15 p.m. CDT Saturday. He’s been diving into harder productions, recently teaming up with Excision on their new track, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Shallows. Last month, Illenium released a massive 15-track remix package for his 2017 Awake album.

Chromeo

Having released their fifth studio album, Head Over Heals, this summer, the veteran FUNKLORDZ look towards filling the electro-funk void. After cancelling shows earlier in July due to mental health issues, the duo is back in action and will not disappoint fans of funk, dance & hip-hop.

Tyler, The Creator

He just released a new music video with A$AP Rocky for their single, “Potato Salad.” The Odd Future fashion, lifestyle, and content icon finally received critic recognition on his Flower Boy album last year. His set is sure to be one of a kind.

Galantis

The live electronic duo from Sweden will keep spirits uplifted with melodies and drops a-plenty. According to their Twitter, they’ve also got something special planned for Lollapalooza.

Zedd

Germany and pop music’s EDM headliner and Billboard chart-topper will not disappoint. He’s playing at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday. His newest song is “Happy Now” featuring Elley Duhé.

Honorable mentions: Petit Biscuit, Malaa, Lykke Li, Goldlink, What So Not, Excision, Logic, The Weeknd, Khalid.


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Tiësto and Dzeko drop animated ‘Jackie Chan’ video [Watch]

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Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme morph into their animated alter egos in the music video for their anthemic collaboration, “Jackie Chan.”

A brilliantly colored projection of the featured rappers as Post Malone and Preme’s Lego-like characters speed forth on spiraling, futuristic roads, the video sees the luminescent silhouettes of Tiësto and Dzeko as the DJs spin the song’s energetic beat from their respective decks. A whimsical landscape reminiscent of a video game setting, the environment of “Jackie Chan’s” official music video translates the tune’s spirited sonic personality into visual form.

Tiësto’s Musical Freedom is giving away his signed DJ equipment and a pair of passes to see Tiesto this summer

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Tiësto's Musical Freedom is giving away his signed DJ equipment and a pair of passes to see Tiesto this summer

Recently, Tiësto teamed up with Dzeko to amp up Preme and Post Malone‘s “Jackie Chan,” into a certified a crossover summer thrill. Now, to commemorate the new release breaking into the Global Top 20 on Spotify, Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint is hosting a giveaway to celebrate, with an absurd grand prize up for grabs.

One lucky fan will receive a set of Tiësto’s personal decks, autographed by the man himself, along with a pair of tickets to any Tiësto show on the planet — including festival appearances. The decks come directly from Tiësto’s home, which have been used to prepare for, and on stage in some of the legendary DJ’s most memorable performances to date. Now, they can be yours.

Enter to win and claim the right to call yourself the “Greatest Tiësto fan in the World.”

Post Malone announces inaugural ‘Posty Fest’

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It’s beerbongs & bentleys, and in Post Malone’s own words, a “blockbuster lineup” for the chart topping rapper’s first-ever “Posty Fest,” a one-day music festival slated for October 28 at Dallas, Texas’ Dos Equis Pavilion. Malone will headline and curate the event, which will proceed with “many surprises in store,” according to Posty Fest’s official press release.

Tickets to the inaugural affair will go on sale on June 15 at Live Nation’s official website.

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H/T: Billboard

Post Malone looks to establish his own record label, write a film for the big screen

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To say that Post Malone’s most recent album has performed well in the weeks since its official release would be somewhat of an understatement. Beerbongs & Bentleys enjoyed the largest first-week debut of an album so far in 2018, surpassing numbers charted by J. Cole’s KOD, Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods, and MigosCulture II, to say the least.

Beerbongs & Bentleys is evidence of Malone’s golden touch, one that the top-selling rapper plans to extend to the establishment of his very own record label. “He’s seen the music business inside out and now he wants to start his label,” Malone’s manager, Dre London, told Billboard. “We’re going to do it how we been doing it from the beginning, and obviously a distributor is going to come along. Let the bidding begin.”

Imprints aside, Malone also intends to transcend music videos to try his hand in film production, as per London. “Post has a movie idea right now and he and well-known writers are going to get together and write it,” London said. “I’ve been begging him to play a role in it because he’s good at acting. I think I’ve just managed to twist his arm enough to play a role — it might come in disguise, or something where we find out it’s him afterwards. We want to do stuff on television, but he wants to do his own stuff, stuff that we own, where a part of that comes from our vision, our creation. Nothing corny, stuff that just fits his brand and his character.”

Malone fans will indubitably have their popcorn ready when it comes time for the artist to make his big screen debut, but for now, champions of Malone’s work can check out his latest single, produced in conjunction with  Tiësto and Dzeko, Jackie Chan.

H/T: Hypebeast

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Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone and Preme turn ‘Jackie Chan’ in the ultimate summer tune

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It seems these days that electronic music and hip-hop have been merging more and more, from festival line-ups that flaunt an array of artists on both sides to collaborations that we might not have ever thought of before.

This is very much the case on the new collaboration “Jackie Chan” between Tiësto and Dzeko featuring Post Malone and Preme. If the title and lyrics sound familiar, you aren’t crazy as “Jackie Chan” was originally released by Preme featuring Post Malone on his album, Light Of Day. 

Tiësto and Dzeko take the minimal hip-hop track and pump doses of summer energy in the form of strumming guitar, a four on the floor beat, and a pinch of house vibes, to turn it into an irresistible dance tune. Some people are going to turn this on and want to not like it, but after Post slides his verse like butter over this lighthearted beat, you too will be melting.

This collaboration comes right in time for EDC where Tiësto and Post Malone will be performing…a coincidence? Well, that’s something our friends at EDC will have to tell us themselves.