Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna joined forces with DJ Snake to become a veritable Latin-fusion dream team in “Taki Taki.” The club-friendly, bilingual collaboration swiftly ascended to the number one slot on the Hot Latin Songs chart following its release, to set up shop at the top for 13 weeks. “Taki Taki” additionally topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart, and currently reposes at number 18 on the Hot 100 chart.
With its ample chart credit behind it and team of influential featured artists to boot, “Taki Taki” was well positioned to rack up views on its then forthcoming official music video. The accompanying visual has since succeeded in doing just that, seeing that”Taki Taki” now touts a staggering one-billion views on YouTube. That it only took DJ Snake and company a short 16 weeks to garner the illustrious “one-billie” evidences the heat of this collaborative team’s touch—one that continues to sizzle, nearly five-months after the single’s debut.
DJ Snake is not done with his “Taki Taki,” which came out earlier in the fall, just yet. The Latin pop crossover number with Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna was an instant global hit, shooting straight to the top of the charts worldwide. Its accompanying music video was originally premiered and released during the American Music Awards back in October, and it has since become the ninth fastest music video of all time to hit 100 million views.
The artists have now teamed up for a pixelated version of the hit music video. It follows the same story lines and visual concepts as the original, but showcases them through lego-like animated characters. The pixel video has already hit 1.1 million views in less than 24 hours, demonstrating that views will not be in short supply for “Taki Taki’s” animated video sibling either.
Selena Gomez is undergoing mental health treatment after suffering what’s being described as an “emotional breakdown.” The singer has been hospitalized multiple times over in recent with complications stemming from her 2015 lupus diagnosis, and was admitted previously this September for dangerously low white blood cell counts. Gomez is now believed to be undergoing mental health care in an east coast facility.
Gomez had been largely silent after announcing on Instagram that she would be taking a break from social media. The pop star’s mental and physical health battles have been well documented, including a 2014 rehab stint for addiction and multiple breaks from the public eye to deal with her physical and mental health. The singer is the latest in an ever-increasing string of stars seeking treatment, as mental health issues like anxiety and depression continue to rise to the forefront in the music world.
Few tracks have the ability to take over hip-hop, latin music, electronic music and pop radio waves alike. Unsurprisingly though, star-studded collaboration “Taki Taki” produced by DJ Snake featuring Ozuna, Cardi B, and Selena Gomez has done just that. The release has surpassed over 47 million streams on Spotify alone in the first two weeks it has been out, and that number is only going to continue increasing with the drop of the track’s hotly anticipated music video. The video was premiered at the American Music Awards, and all four artists play a major role in the video.
The visuals are clouded in black and red with a dark and sexy motif, panning in on Ozuna under a pile of scantily clad women. He and Snake pan in and out of the picture until Cardi B erupts into focus. The video’s theme stays dark until Selena Gomez takes the later part of the video away, dancing is a bright forest with DJ Snake in the background. The video has no shortage of visual appeal packing in four dynamic artists and intricate set fixtures to amp up what is already the biggest song in the world right now.
The saying goes that “three’s a party,” and with Selena Gomez, Cardi B, and Ozuna each providing features on DJ Snake‘s latest single, “Taki Taki,” the song is a veritable fiesta. The multilingual effort sees each artist deviate from English to submit Spanish speaking verses that pepper the track with lyrical Latin flair. The track’s sultry, sauntering background beat adds a warm reggaetón heat that burns at a slow but club-appropriate tempo. A malleable offering that could sizzle in a set list as it currently stands, “Taki Taki” could just as easily as it could lend itself to a fierce festival flip.
DJ Snake originally announced that the bilingual number would be on its way in August. Each of “Taki Taki’s” collaborators shared pictures presumably taken on the set of the song’s music video to their Instagram pages, further heightening fans’ interest in the then forthcoming mega collaboration. Now that “Taki Taki” has arrived, listeners can expect that an accompanying music video won’t take long to follow.
With last year’s arrival of Marshmello and Selena Gomez‘s hotly anticipated dance/pop crossover track, “Wolves,” it became clear the masked producer was setting his sights on the world of commercial pop. Paired with their live performance of “Wolves” at the 2017 AMAs, fans of Marshmello began wondering if the once-enigmatic bass producer was turning his back on EDM altogether.
Mellogang can rest easy as the producer has just enlisted a bevy of dance music producers to touch up his high-profile collaboration. Included on the official remix pack is Moti, Owen Norton, Said the Sky, Sneek, Total Ape, and a standout Rusko performance that plays as a deep/future house track with hard house elements. Brooding drums, futuristic synths, and interesting vocal edits mark the sonic space of Rusko’s re-imagining of the pair’s single. Wherever the track sits along the dance music spectrum, it’s a surprisingly left-field move for the UK-dubstep producer who is largely credited with popularizing the dubstep movement in the US.
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DA Launchpad Selects: Yellow Shoots – “wild fire (Nick AM) Remix”
Known for his captivating reworks of off-kilter tracks, Nick AM’s arsenal includes takes on tracks like Whethan and Charli XCX‘s “Love Gang,” Kanye West‘s “Love Lockdown,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation,” and more. On its face, “wild fire” may appear to delve too deep into the experimental waters, but expectedly Nick AM rises above. He showcases his keen ability to weave disparate elements together in this smooth lo-fi number and it’s just another testament to the searing potential of a rising New York visionary.
The young talent and most recent Enhanced releasee Villms is on his way to becoming a recognizable force in the progressive house realm. He’s teamed up with ZIIDAN and the two take their melodic dubstep to APEK, MAXR, and Denny White’s hit “Crawl,” transforming it into a euphoric, piano masterpiece.
Thutmose – “Blame (SHADES Remix)”
APEK & MAXR (ft. Denny White) – “Crawl (Villms & ZIIDAN Remix)”
Kygo -” Stargazing ft. Justin Jesso (Atlassius Remix)”
Marshmello & Selena Gomez X Vincent – “Wolves (Crystalize Remix)”
Yellow Shoots – wild fire (Nick AM Remix)
Canadian DJ/Producer Vincent continues on the path that kickstarted his career — his remix of The Chainsmokers‘ “Paris” — by debuting a spin on Marshmello‘s track “Wolves” featuring Selena Gomez that is nothing short of exceptional.
Vincent is sure to “maintain the integrity of the original” (as he indicates in the SoundCloud description), yet puts his own spin on it that gives off positive vibes only. With a similar, slowed tempo and instrumental elements on the verses, he creates a drop that includes synchronized synths and pitch vocals that adds a unique, feel-good take on the hit track.
Much to the surprise of those who predicted a lackluster number from the two based on the cover art of the record, the result is a dulcetly delivered — at times eerily evocative — collaboration.
“Wolves,” originally revealed on Twitter in July, sees out that the downtempo/pop melancholic tendencies of Gomez’s style are met with grace by Marshmello’s production abilities. Considering his propensity for displaying his vast production style, demonstrated in last week’s pop-punk number “You & Me,” Marshmello’s outpouring is a continual display of his keen production variances. Working with Gomez on “Wolves,” Marshmello may be certifying his top-dog status in the EDM realm after all.
Selena Gomez surprised fans yesterday by announcing that a remix of “Fetish” by Galantis would be dropped at midnight. The track was originally downtempo with bass synths pulsing between Gomez and Gucci Mane’s vocals.
Galantis wove in a heavier bass synth drop as well as mixed Gomez’s vocals throughout the track. Their take on the pop track certainly adds an electronic flair that was not there before.