Diplo announces Major Lazer’s imminent disbandment

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All good things must come to an end — it looks like Major Lazer may be creeping towards a finale.

In a recent interview with Complex, Diplo suggested that Major Lazer will be coming to an end in 2019 after one last album, eleven years after the group was initially founded by himself and his former counterpart Switch. Dishing on a range of exciting topics, the news of the dancehall trio’s disbandment comes when their frontman announces a forthcoming commemorative collection to mark the group’s ten year anniversary that features,

“A bunch of stuff you haven’ t heard like that we made the last ten years. Next year marks our last album, so we got a lot of stuff in between now and then.”

The reason for the split? Simply, Random White Dude Be Everywhere. Diplo’s side projects — the Mark Ronson-assisted Silk City and Labrinth and Sia‘s collaborative LSD — are starting to come into their own as full-fledged projects, and work with a whole new generation of rappers has Mad Decent‘s head honcho busier than ever. Moreover, sometimes it just comes down to knowing when to hang it up. After dominating the charts and cementing their names in the streaming records books, bridging the gaps between pop, electronic, and dancehall, and representing electronic music everywhere from Cuba to Africa to India, there’s not much more for Major Lazer to do.

For now, Diplo, Walshy, and Jillionaire have plenty on the way to look forward to, though it’ll all likely be capped with a deserved 21-gun salute for the Major in 2019.

H/T: Complex

American man, 26, dies after attending Ultra Europe in Croatia

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It’s somewhat counter-intuitive to think of a musical festival, a place for unparalleled celebration, as a place from which one may never return. Nevertheless, year after year, due to exhaustion, overheating, and/or drugs, a small number of festival-goers tragically validate this bleak reality.

As Ultra Europe 2018, held in the Croatian city of Split, came to a close, a 26-year-old American man was confirmed dead after attending the festival. According to local authorities, after falling ill, the man was rushed to the hospital on Saturday, where he eventually died the following day. The U.S. State Department confirmed the death to Daily News, saying, “We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. The U.S. Embassy in Croatia is providing consular assistance.”

The man’s official cause of death is still pending an autopsy.

It’s worth noting that over the weekend, temperatures reached over 86 degrees Fahrenheit in Split, making drug use especially risky, drastically increasing the likelihood of dehydration in any case. Local media reported that, in addition to the singular death, an additional 24 attendees were hospitalized, with 60 additional incidents requiring attention onsite. A whopping 305 individuals were arrested at Ultra, with one incarceration involving a man found with 49 kilograms of marijuana (roughly 108 pounds) on his person.

Via: Daily News

Pierce & 2SCOOPS – SPLIT

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It seems like a good century ago at this point, but dubstep was at the vanguard of sounds that ushered electronic music into the forefront of the musical landscape. Now that the scene has fractured into innumerable sub genres that, rightfully or not, dubstep has somewhat faded from view.

Pierce and 2SCOOPS, however, have teamed up for thunderous new single that harkens back to the days when dubstep reign supreme. “SPLIT” feels fresh in its deployment of crushing sonic waves and detuned vocals. It’s a testament that any sound can be fresh and modern when placed in the right hands.

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Bad Royale down to a trio as fourth member leaves group

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LOUDPVCK is not the only entity dropping a pin in ‘Splitsville’ this week.

Bad Royale is officially down a member, the former electronic group of four members announcing its size reduction in a tweet. “New us, who dis?” the tweet asks, accompanied by an image of three cartoon men.

The missing fourth cartoon member led numerous Bad Royale fans to respond to the tweet, with many questioning what happened to the fourth artist. Bad Royale responded by stating that the fourth and noticeably missing member is “not a part of the group anymore. He’s left to work on his solo career,” the trio wrote.

While Bad Royale did not overtly specify that Maor Levi was the departing member of the group, Levi tweeted thereafter about the slew of “new Maor Levi stuff in the making,” suggesting that he indeed has left the group to pursue a solo career.

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LOUDPVCK split as Ryan Marks departs from the duo

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LOUDPVCK is now a ‘party of one.’

The duo, comprised of Ryan Marks and Kenny Beats will see Marks leave the brand, with Marks highlighting his aspiration to “pursue other things creatively” as the motivator in his decision to depart from LOUDPVCK. Marks notified fans that he would be leaving LOUDPVCK in a message posted to LOUDPVCK’s Instagram account. “I trust in Kenny and our team implicitly to continue delivering amazing music and performances without me. Thank you all for the memories, I can’t describe how much they mean to me,” Marks wrote. Marks has been apart of the LOUDPVCK brand for the past five years.

While Marks begins his independent endeavors, Beats will continue to produce and perform under the LOUDPVCK name.

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