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”

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

The Chainsmokers perform new collaborative single ‘This Feeling’ on ‘Ellen’ [Watch]

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The Chainsmokers perform new collaborative single ‘This Feeling’ on ‘Ellen’ [Watch]Chainsmokers This Feeling Performance Ellen

The Chainsmokers brought their pop-forward Kelsea Ballerini collaboration “This Feeling” to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for its debut performance. Both The Chainsmokers and Ballerini brought their A-game to the live rendition, sticking the vocals and bringing some headliner energy to the morning show audience. The song is slated to appear on The Chainsmokers’ forthcoming Sick Boy LP.

Ballerini’s country-tinged vocals blend perfectly with drum, guitar, and vocal backing courtesy of  The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert. The performance marks the first time the EDM crossover duo has appeared on Ellen, despite dominating top 40 charts with sinfully catchy singles for the past three years. For Ballerini, the collab has a precedent of sorts with Zedd & fellow country crooner Maren Morris striking crossover gold with “The Middle.” “This Feeling” has already accumulated over eight million Spotify streams and counting since its September 21 release.

The Chainsmokers release new original, ‘This Feeling,’ duo talk shifting career direction in new interview with Zane Lowe

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The Chainsmokers release new original, ‘This Feeling,’ duo talk shifting career direction in new interview with Zane LoweChainsmokers Side Effects Remi Pack

The Chainsmokers‘ string of releases off of Sick Boy continues with a new sultry tune called “This Feeling.” The release is a stark contrast from the previous track they dropped from the album, which came by way of a style-departing dubstep effort alongside NGHTMRE titled “Save Yourself.”

Vocalist Kelsea Ballerini fuels the track, serving as the focal point of the release with The Chainsmokers’ subtle electronic undertones anchoring the backdrop. “This Feeling” is definitely another radio-ready product from the “Closer” duo, and adds an interesting dynamic to the collection of versatile releases on Sick Boy.

Alex Pall and Drew Taggart sat down with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 slot for Apple Music to discuss the release, and had some interesting insight for fans wondering what the duo’s path forward looks like. Pall notes,

“The fact that we can just write a new song today, and it’s not like ‘Oh shit it doesn’t fit into the album, we have to wait like ten months to put this out or something.’ You know I mean, now we just swap something out swap it around, do whatever. I think what we’re doing right now, and where our music goes, is going be the most challenging part of our career. The world is changing so fast, and trying to find your identity and write something that connects with people, that you’re proud of is right now the most challenging thing.”

Despite playing 200 shows a year, the duo also spoke about a studio session they recently had with emerging emo rapper Juice WRLD, in which they wrote not one but three tracks. “This Feeling” is a dynamic addition to the duo’s collection of hit releases, but it seems that we should be expecting plenty more to come from Pall and Taggart in the near future.

HARBER teams up with dance music veteran vocalist Angel Taylor on ‘Me And My Friends’

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HARBER teams up with dance music veteran vocalist Angel Taylor on ‘Me And My Friends’HARBER Feat Angel Taylor Me And My Friends Cover Art

New York-based producer HARBER has been climbing through the ranks, remixing hit tracks such as “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers and “Don’t Call” by Lost Kings. Now, HARBER — real name, Harry Berman, is starting to show the depths of his production capabilities in releasing his latest original single “Me And My Friends” featuring Angel Taylor. Taylor’s also made a strong name for herself in dance music, with a rap sheet of marquee vocal features alongside Armin Van Buuren, Tritonal, Arty, and more.

Released on PRMD music, HARBER gives the track an uptempo start with light snares and melodic synths, building into a stomping moombahton break, containing looped vocal pitches, precisely layered percussion, and a unique, club floor-ready bass line. The track is an infectious hip-swinger that sounds like it was cropped out of the early Major Lazer canon. Look out for HARBER, something about this new track suggests there’s a lot more like this up his sleeve.

The Chainsmokers ditch pop on new NGHTMRE-assisted ‘Save Yourself’

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The Chainsmokers ditch pop on new NGHTMRE-assisted ‘Save Yourself’The Chainsmokers NGHTMRE Save Yourself Artwork

Call The Chainsmokers output radio fodder, but fans will be hard pressed to call their newest collaboration with NGHTMRE remotely close to the pop music that propelled the duo to megastardom. The track is titled “Save Yourself,” and it is a part of The Chainsmokers’ steady stream of releases, landing as the sixth track on their EP, Sick Boy.

Fans were surprised when NGHTMRE previewed the joint project during his EDC Las Vegas performance, and the full release proves that a live set is the track’s perfect home. “Save Yourself” features a monstrous bassline holding steady through dancing chords that build into cutting dubstep breaks. Drew Taggart is the vocalist on the track, which manages to complement the heavy production without being the focal point of the song.  The Chainsmokers spoke in an official release about how the track serves as a ‘coming home’ for the duo, in a departure of their dominating pop sound.

“We are really excited about this tune. Tyler (NGHTMRE) has been a good friend of ours for sometime and we always talked about how great it would be to work together on a song. We have always been a huge fan of his style of producing and thought that if we came together on a song we could make something really unique and badass, and the idea of making something really gnarly was very appealing… We come from the dance world, those are our roots and we are really excited to release a song that is deeply rooted in that with NGHTMRE.”

The Chainsmokers enlist Riverdale’s Camila Mendes for ‘Side Effects’ music video

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The Chainsmokers enlist Riverdale’s Camila Mendes for ‘Side Effects’ music videoCamila Mendes Side Effects

The Chainsmokers never cease to surprise — this time in the form of Camila Mendes starring in their “Side Effects” music video. Mendes plays Veronica Lodge on the CW’s Riverdale, and is certainly an unexpected choice as the lead for the video. The track itself features Emily Warren, and it was the fifth and final release of The Chainsmokers’ latest EP, Sick Boy…Side Effects.

Mendes plays a hotel worker, and she is told by her boss that she will be working over the weekend. Her frustration turns to conviction as she rips off her hotel uniform and makes the world her dance floor. She dances around the pool, on a security guard, and through the hotel hallways. Racy scenes play in the background of her dancing, and if viewers pay close enough attention, they will see Pall and Taggart of The Chainsmokers make cameos in the video.

Photo credit: The Chainsmokers/Youtube

The Chainsmokers’ summer smash ‘Side Effects’ gets remix treatment from Fedde Le Grand, The Magician, and more

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The Chainsmokers’ summer smash ‘Side Effects’ gets remix treatment from Fedde Le Grand, The Magician, and moreChainsmokers Side Effects Remi Pack

The Chainsmokers know their formula, and they execute it well with undeniable consistency, but their latest single, “Side Effects,” featuring Emily Warren (leading up to their second studio full-length release) felt a little different. Arriving in late July on Disruptor/Columbia Records, the song relies less on the pop-perfect minimalism of past smashes, centered instead around a slap bass groove that would sound right at home in a Bruno Mars record.

Now that mood has been further flipped by an array of top-tier remixers, including Fedde Le Grand, The Magician, Nolan Van Lith, Barkley, and Sly. Outside of Nolan van Lith’s future bass take, the remix pack brings an array of four-to-the-floor interpretations across the spectrum of house. From the laid-back shuffle of The Magician’s take, to Le Grand’s electro-house energy, the collection finds Warren’s infectious vocals finding new feeling in each rework.

The Chainsmokers partner with Wynn Nightlife and Make-A-Wish to help teen’s dream come true

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The Chainsmokers partner with Wynn Nightlife and Make-A-Wish to help teen’s dream come trueChainsmokers Danny Mahoney

Here’s why we love dance music today.

Nevada-native 18-year-old Sarah Hodge has lived with life-threatening Cystic Fibrosis since birth. Recently, Hodge was under the impression that she would be attending a Make-A-Wish event as an ambassador, however she quickly realized this was not the case as she walked into Intrigue Nightclub in Las Vegas and found herself being greeted by none other than Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers.

The famed duo teamed up with Wynn Nightlife and Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada to make Hodge’s dreams of being a producer come true, giving her a brand new MacBook Pro with a suite of editing software installed. Pall and Taggart also gave her a hands on demonstration as to how to use her new equipment during their time together at Intrigue.

The teen spoke with local news outlets about her experience, and what she hopes to achieve in music production. “I walk through the doors and there’s a room full of people including my family,” she says.  “And then I looked the other way and there’s these two guys holding a Macbook Pro which was my wish.  And they’re The Chainsmokers.” She also states that her goal is to be the person behind the scenes producing the music for Billboard top 40 artists in the future.

With a personal tutorial under her belt, and a whole host of new equipment, Hodge can say her dream came true, thanks to the help of The Chainsmokers.

H/T ABC 13

Photo Credit: Danny Mahoney

Tim Gunter flips Loud Luxury’s ‘Body’

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Tim Gunter flips Loud Luxury’s ‘Body’Tim Gunter Press Photo

Texas-born Tim Gunter is giving fans exactly what they want in 2018, following up a Chainsmokers remix with an upbeat, hour-long summer mix. Hailing from Austin, the DJ/producer continues this success streak in flipping Loud Luxury‘s Billboard Top 10 hit “Body.” According to the edit’s SoundCloud description, Gunter’s been ready to drop this one for a while, and now its finally seeing the light of day:

“Made this flip for my sets and people liked it so much I decided to put it out. Shout out to Loud Luxury for making this bop.”

The edit takes all the catchy, melodic elements of Loud Luxury’s original work and elevates them to new heights, with a high-octane, multi-layered future bass drop. The edit was designed for Gunter’s live performances, and as one can imagine, when played for a crowd, the new “Body” remix bound to turn heads. According to Billboard, the original has finally reached Top 10 status on the Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart. This was a slow journey, as Loud Luxury’s hit track had been climbing the charts for 37 weeks. With a fresh perspective from Tim Gunter, expect the track’s charting shelf-life to be extended well into the end of summer.

Could The Chainsmokers be Super Bowl 2019’s half time entertainment?

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Could The Chainsmokers be Super Bowl 2019’s half time entertainment?Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers‘ exclusive one evening only performance at LA’s Hollywood Palladium on July 24  has some wondering whether the DJ duo has ‘something just like this’ in store for fans during the 2019 football season.

A part of Pepsi Co.’s Pepsi Generations Summer Music Campaign, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart’s recent headlining show in The Golden State honored musical icons and past Pepsi commercial stars, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, and Ray Charles. Special guests Kehlani and Max joined The Chainsmokers to deliver renditions of classics from the catalogues of each of the three celebrated artists, and as The Wrap Party Report speculated since, the magnitude of The Chainsmokers’ billing could indicate the pair’s potentiality to be Super Bowl 2019’s half time entertainment.

As The Wrap Party Report proposes, the NFL has selected the artists behind its half time show via a halftime-by-committee process in past years, and could possibly tap The Chainsmokers for the 2019 responsibility if the NFL utilizes this method of entertainment election this year. The NFL customarily reveals the identity of the chosen performer in the opening weeks of the professional football season, meaning that a formal decision is due in the near future.

Dancing Astronaut has reached out to The Chainsmokers for comment, but for now, this is ‘all we know.’

H/T: MSN