Firefly Music Festival will revert to its former four-day glory for its 2020 iteration. Organizers of the Dover, Delaware-based event notably abbreviated Firefly to three days for the festival’s 2019 installment. However, come June 18-21, 2020, Firefly will return to the Woodlands with a wider array of artists in tow than this past year saw, naturally, thanks to its reinstated full format.
“We just couldn’t resist the opportunity for more music,” Firefly marketing director, Kyla Lombardo, told Delaware State News.
Coordinators’ decision to readopt the four-day structure was largely predicated on fan demand, Lombardo said. A limited stock of Firefly 2020 presale tickets is currently available on Firefly’s official website.
With its first iteration landing in 2012, Firefly has contracted a wealth of top-tier sonic cavalry from across the musical continuum. Last year’s edition hosted Post Malone, GRiZ, Alison Wonderland, Travis Scott, and many more.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
In early September Post Malone dropped his third studio LP, Hollywood’s Bleeding, a 17-track compilation that finds the crooner hitting his stride for more of his finest work to date. Among the record’s booming tracklist is “Saint-Tropez,” which now has an opulent visual feature to boot. Saint Tropez is known to be one of the most luxurious destinations along the French Riviera, and the music video fittingly showcases Post Malone enjoying the finer things in life throughout his French escapades.
The video finds Post in a variety of exotic locations. From shots in the mountains showing off expensive jewelry, to flexing in front of a row of high-end cars with champagne, the video is the perfect dose of beautiful, wandering escapism, giving an apropos visual backdrop to a standout offering from Hollywood’s Bleeding.
Post Malone‘s third LP is a collaborative party of reputable rappers, such as Future, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, and Swae Lee, all of whom make cameos on Hollywood’s Bleeding. Hip-hop outliers include Halsey, SZA, and Ozzy Osbourne, who assist on “Die For Me,” “Staring At The Sun,” and “Take What You Want,” respectively. As on past Malone productions like 2018’s Grammy-nominated beerbongs & bentleys, Malone intersperses collaborations with high-profile fellow artists with his own solo songs.
Of the 17 new cuts that come courtesy of Hollywood’s Bleeding, 10 feature solely the verbal talents of Malone himself, accounting for the majority of the track list. Previously released singles like “Wow” and “Sunflower” resurface on the album. When streamed as a cohesive whole, Hollywood’sBleeding shows Malone’s style to be consistent with that of his past LPs: a mix of cool self possession that contrasts with vulnerability and ponderous romantic reflection, all lyrically expressed as the instrumentation rolls in the background. Hollywood’s Bleeding has both the heart and radio appeal that will presumably cement Malone’s latest extended effort in the cultural mainstream following its release.
Post Malone has revealed the release date and title of his long awaited new LP. The pop crooner announced his North American Runaway tour this past July, leading fans to believe this will be the name of his impending LP, though now fans have the record’s official name—Hollywood’s Bleeding. What’s more, Post assured fans the album is coming sooner than most thought.
A new album will follow the rapper’s 2018 album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which was nominated for album of the year at the Grammy’s and after racking up massive streaming records on Spotify—achieving 47.9 million streams in the US and 78,744,000 streams globally on the music service within 24 hours. With Hollywood’s Bleeding now officially on the way, chances of a repeat for Post seem high heading into the fall.
Tiësto is back with his next high-profile collaboration, linking with Rita Ora for a brand new single. News of the collaboration broke with Rita Ora’s recent announcement on Twitter that she will sing vocals on Tiësto’s next track, “Ritual,” which is produced alongside Jonas Blue. Rita Ora is not new to the electronic music world, having previously been a vocalist for Avicii and Kygo releases.
“Ritual” comes hot off the heels of Tiësto’s recent EP Together, which features a collection of big room and house-leaning releases, as opposed to commercial crossovers.
The “Jackie Chan” producer peaked at 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Post Malone collaboration, so it will be interesting to see how Tiësto’s next major pop collaboration unfolds. “Ritual” is set to be released on Friday, May 31 on Universal Music.
Life is Beautiful returns to Las Vegas later this year, taking over 18 blocks of the city to host a multi-day festival of today’s biggest names. For its seventh edition, the festival boasts a multi-genre set of talent, with some of EDM’s hottest acts topping the bill.
Post Malone is back with a new hip-hop heater before the year’s end, as promised. The “Sunflower” collaborator announced that he would drop a song “before the year ends” on December 13, and now makes good on his claim with his final offering of 2018, “Wow.” The mellifluous single taps into the Post Malone technique that has long ensnared listeners: smoothly delivered verses, half-rapped half-sung, that float with finesse above the track’s catchy background beat.
Malone’s latest is a chilled out joint that bumps with tempered but perceptible energy. “Wow” arrives with an animated music video that featured a cartoon Post Malone, complete with face tattoos, and in the spirit of the holiday season, a Santa hat. The Christmas-themed video offers a festive visual for the single, which comes not out of Santa’s workshop, but Malone’s wheelhouse.
For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.
Tiësto and Dzeko‘s collaboration with Post Malone and Preme, “Jackie Chan,” proved itself to be a particularly pervasive summer anthem, as the star-studded hit single worked its way through playlists and radio airwaves. Although the glow of festival season and its accompanying warmer temperatures have long since faded, the sun-soaked personality of the feel-good number continues to shine through the winter months, as evidenced by the song’s newfound platinum certification status. As per certification standards, the “platinum” title indicates that “Jackie Chan” has been purchased or streamed 1 million times since its arrival in May.
“Jackie Chan” follows a number of previously released platinum productions from Tiësto, including 2014’s “Red Lights” and 2010’s “Feel It In My Bones.” The platinum certification of “Jackie Chan” is as much a credit to Tiësto’s ear for electronic tunes that will resonate — and have consistently resonated — with listeners as it is a watershed moment in Dzeko’s progressing career as a solo producer.