DJ Khaled taps Calvin Harris, Travis Scott and Jeremih for new track

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DJ Khaled’s new album, Grateful, is completely star-studded. Khaled brings big names like Calvin Harris, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper into his new album, guaranteeing it’s a sure summer hit.

“Don’t Quit” with electronic music’s top-earner Calvin Harris also features contributions from Travis Scott and Jeremih. The feel-good summer jam steps back from Khaled’s usual intense rap and hip-hop vibes and takes the listener poolside instead. With its catchy melody and smooth beats, “Don’t Quit” is sure to be a standout from the album’s 23 tracks.

Khaled has been making headlines this week, but unfortunately, most of them aren’t for the new album.

Following multiple set issues at EDC Las Vegas, Khaled claimed Insomniactried to sabotage” his set. He reportedly came out 20 minutes after his set was supposed to begin and was met with sound and production problems. In videos from the set, EDC attendees could be heard booing the artist as he tried to recover from the issues. Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella released a statement attempting to quell the rumors and backlash from fans, saying Khaled arrived on time, but equipment issues delayed and affected his performance.

Lucky for Khaled, this stacked new album is sure to whisk away the lingering EDC resentment and usher in news of the album’s epic collaborations. Grateful is Khaled’s 10th studio album and is out today on his record label, We the Best Music Group and Epic Records.

 

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Rihanna – Desperado (3lau Remix)

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Rihanna’s eighth studio album, ANTI was widely acclaimed by critics as one that pushed the boundaries of R&B — one of the main factors that helped it reach double platinum status since it bowed in early 2016.

One of the standout tracks of the genial album, “Desperado” has now received the remix treatment by talented American producer 3LAU, to great effect. 3LAU has cleverly left the original vocals practically unblemished, though he has increased the tempo and added a powerful beat to the remix, making it significantly more danceable than the soulful original track.

The producer has also borrowed certain percussive elements from future bass and trap, making for a unique and energetic build-up which melts into the bass-heavy, almost Dyro-esque electro house drop.

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Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers will headline the 2017 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix

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The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will return to Marina Bay Street this September, and The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris have been named as headliners for the entertainment portion of the event. This is the 10th iteration of the Singapore Grand Prix, and The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris will join the ranks of many high profile artists who have previously performed at the event such as Queen, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.

Harris is the last headlining artist to be announced, alongside 2017 performers OneRepublic, Duran Duran, Ariana Grande, and Seal. The Chainsmokers will headline the Padang stage on September 16, while Harris will headline the Padang stage on the 17th. The event is set to take place September 15-17. Tickets are available here.

Featured Image via Bryan van der Beek/AP.

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Calvin Harris lands another video with 1 billion views

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Earlier this month, Calvin Harris joined YouTube’s coveted Billion Views Club with the music video for “This Is What You Came For,” becoming only the third EDM song ever to reach such a lofty milestone. The Rihanna-assisted smash joined the same ranks as Major Lazer‘s “Lean On,” and “Wake Me Up” by Avicii. Now, for the second time in under a month, the Scottish hit-maker is breaking back into the billion bracket with 2014’s inescapable “Summer.” The track becomes just the 36th video to ever claim the achievement.

2016 has been an incredibly successful year for Harris, who also received a diamond certification for his first Rihanna collaboration, 2011’s “We Found Love.” The tune was the first piece of dance music to ever receive diamond certification from the RIAA. With the addition of two videos accumulating over a billion views each in the same year, it’s safe to say Calvin Harris still incontestably rules mainstream pop’s intersection with dance music.

Calvin Harris’ ‘This Is What You Came For’ becomes third EDM track to hit 1 billion views

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In September, Calvin Harris‘ first collaboration with Rihanna, 2011’s “We Found Love,” was certified diamond by the RIAA. With this feat, not only could Calvin Harris celebrate the fact that the hit that helped bring electronic music to the mainstream sold a staggering 10 million copies, but the producer also became the very first EDM artist to receive diamond certification.

Now, with just over two months passing, Calvin Harris can already add one more seminal victory under his belt. The music video for “This Is What You Came For,” yet another collaboration between the producer and none other than Rihanna, has hit 1 billion views on YouTube.

The video is only the third EDM track that can claim such an achievement, joining the company of Major Lazer’s “Lean On” and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” This milestone for “This Is What You Came For,” which skillfully combines sounds of contemporary EDM and pop, does not come as too much of a surprise. The track was one of the hits of summer 2016, peaking at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Don Diablo delivers official remix of Rihanna

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Snapchat is quickly becoming a popular vessel for artists to tease their fans by dropping hints about new projects, releases and partnerships. Yesterday, DJ and producer Don Diablo used the medium to share an image of him and Rihanna, not so subtly announcing an upcoming project with the star.

The image was quickly screenshot and posted to Reddit, where it incited a slew of differing opinions from fans, ranging from excitement at the prospect to flat-out accusations that Don Diablo has officially become a sell-out. A day later, the project has surfaced as an official remix of Rihanna from Don Diablo. The Dutch producer transforms Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” into a club-savvy trap piece, once again proving his mastery of multiple genres.

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Calvin Harris receives diamond certification; first EDM artist to do so

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Calvin Harris‘ first collaboration with Rihanna, 2011’s “We Found Love,” has been certified as diamond by the RIAA to signify that it has sold 10 million copies. As the first single from the sultry singer’s sixth album Talk Talk Talk, the song proved to be a massive crossover hit and kicked off a string of collaborations between Harris and Rihanna.

“We Found Love” is joined by 9 other digital singles to have reached diamond certification, though it is the first EDM track to do so. Other diamond-certified hits include Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” Justin Bieber‘s “Baby,” and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” Gaga’s “Poker Face” was the last addition to the list, making its debut in January.

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