Moby throws shade at Kanye on Twitter

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After a wave of Tweets demonstrating continued support for Donald Trump, Kanye West was sure to rankle some on social media. Among them is Moby, the world-famous electronic producer and known activist who, as of late, has largely advocated against the U.S. President.

In response to a number of West’s tweets, Moby utilized the same platform to send him message:

According to Pop Crave, West’s comments created a negative ripple among other artists with significant influence, including Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more, who have recently un-followed him on Twitter.

West hasn’t taken to the platform in regards to Trump, though his erratic tirade of Tweets continues. Here’s a few of West’s pro-Trump Tweets below:

 

Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

The Weeknd releases angsty official video for ‘Call Out My Name’

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The Weeknd has released the official video for his hit song “Call Out My Name,” and it is about as angsty and emotive as the track itself.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, belts out the lyrics as the scenery switches throughout the video around him. Instead of telling the story of the song verbatim, the video cascades through different visuals that makes the viewer feel as if they are jumping from this world to parallel universes throughout.

Prepare Accordingly: The Coachella 2018 live stream schedule is here

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Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival is nearing its 19th edition this weekend, Apr 13–22, 2018, in Indio, California, headlined by BeyoncéThe Weeknd, and Eminem.

As the country’s largest multi-genre music festival, the line-up is packed with high-powered electronic acts from ODESZAKygoREZZBarclay Crenshaw, Illenium, and The Black Madonna, to name only a few. Additional top line R&B/hip-hop talent comes in the form of SZA, Tyler, The Creator, Post Malone, Migos, and Kardi B. The Goldenvoice-produced event always delivers on its promise to bring fans the biggest musical acts of the year — with artist sets that include live guest appearances, never before heard singles, and many more surprise announcements along the way.

While those lucky enough to attend the event in person will almost assuredly face some of the year’s most grueling set time conflicts, fans at home can count on Coachella’s live stream to hop from set to set in real time. The California mega-festival is set to stream a number of performances over their official YouTube page with a total of 4 channels — one more than last year. The newest fourth channel addition will include a VR 180° live stream across the main stage and the desert stage. Another new feature includes a schedule built in to the stream’s YouTube.

Below you can find the first weekend’s set times along with acts confirmed for the live stream, with all times Eastern, and don’t miss check Dancing Astronaut‘s top ten must-see acts at Coachella 2018.

Friday, April 13th:

  • Moses Sumney (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Los Ángeles Azules (6:35 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Pvris (7:10 p.m., 2)
  • Elohim (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • Skip Marley (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Slow Magic (7:30 p.m., 3)
  • SuperDuperKyle (8:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Whethan (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • Greta Van Fleet (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • The Neighbourhood (8:55 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Léon (9:10 p.m., 3)
  • Kali Uchis (9:20 p.m., 2)
  • Whethan (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • Bleachers (9:50 p.m., 1)
  • Alan Walker (10:00 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Daniel Caesar (10:05 p.m., 2)
  • Vince Staples (10:40 p.m., 1)
  • Black Coffee (10:55 p.m., 2)
  • Deorro (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • The War on Drugs (11:35 p.m., 1)
  • Kygo (11:45 p.m., 2 + VR)
  • Dreams (12:00 a.m., 3)
  • St. Vincent (12:30 a.m., 1)
  • Perfume Genius (12:40 a.m., 2)
  • Deorro (12:40 a.m., VR)
  • Belly (12:50 a.m., 3)
  • TroyBoi (1:30 a.m., 3 + VR)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre (1:30 a.m., 2)
  • The Weeknd (2:25 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Alison Wonderland (2:25 a.m., 3)
  • Jamiroquai (2:40 a.m., 2)
  • Rezz (3:25 a.m., 3)

Saturday, April 14th:

  • Marian Hill (6:35 p.m., 1)
  • Wizkid (6:35 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (7:15 p.m., 1)
  • Chloe x Halle (7:15 p.m., 2)
  • Ekali (7:20 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic (8:10 p.m., VR)
  • Flatbush Zombies (8:15 p.m., 3)
  • First Aid Kit (8:20 p.m., 1)
  • Angel Olsen (8:30 p.m., 2)
  • Party Favor (9:05 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • BØRNS (9:10 p.m., 1)
  • BROCKHAMPTON (9:15 p.m., 2)
  • Snakehips (10:00 p.m., 3)
  • Chromeo (10:05 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • MØ (10:10 p.m., 2)
  • Alina Baraz (11:00 p.m., 3)
  • Tash Sultana (11:00 p.m., 2)
  • Tyler, the Creator (11:05 p.m., 1)
  • Louis the Child (11:45 p.m., 3)
  • Benjamin Booker (11:50 p.m., 2)
  • Haim (12:15 a.m., 1)
  • Alvvays (12:35 a.m., 2)
  • Blackbear (12:40 a.m., 3)
  • Post Malone (1:10 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • David Byrne (1:20 a.m., 2)
  • Jungle (1:25 a.m., 3)
  • Fleet Foxes (2:10 a.m., 2)
  • Beyoncé (2:10 a.m., 1)
  • Highly Suspect (2:20 a.m., 3)
  • alt-J (3:05 a.m., 2)
  • X Japan (3:05 a.m., 3)

Sunday, April 15th:

  • Noname (6:35 p.m., 3)
  • Magic Giant (6:40 p.m., 2)
  • Lion Babe (6:40 p.m., 1)
  • San Holo (7:10 p.m., VR)
  • THEY. (7:20 p.m., 3)
  • Nothing But Thieves (7:25 p.m., 2)
  • LANY (7:40 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • San Holo (8:05 p.m., 3)
  • Dej Loaf (8:10 p.m., 2)
  • Vance Joy (8:45 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Aminé (9:00 p.m., 2)
  • Petit Biscuit (9:00 p.m., 3)
  • Jessie Ware (9:30 p.m., 1)
  • Petit Biscuit (9:30 p.m., VR)
  • French Montana (9:50 p.m., 3 + VR)
  • FIDLAR (9:50 p.m., 2)
  • Aurora (10:35 p.m., 2)
  • Jacob Banks (10:35 p.m., 3)
  • Portugal. the Man (11:00 p.m., 1 + VR)
  • Kamasi Washington (11:20 p.m., 2)
  • Illenium (12:15 a.m., 3)
  • 6LACK (12:25 a.m., 2)
  • ODESZA (12:55 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Soulwax (1:10 a.m., 2)
  • Ibeyi (1:15 a.m., 3)
  • Migos (2:05 a.m., 1 + VR)
  • Kamaiyah (2:15 a.m., 2)

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Apple Music outpaces Spotify with The Weeknd’s ‘My Dear Melancholy,’

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Many of us spent Easter weekend crying in the mirror to The Weeknd‘s My Dear Melancholy, many times over. According to data from the record’s issue date however, a staggering 88% of U.S. listeners did so on Apple Music, despite Spotify’s considerable promotional advantages leading up to the release. In the first 24 hours, Apple Music listeners absolutely devoured The Weeknd’s latest, racking up 26 million streams, 6 million of which came by way of the Nicolas Jaar-assisted “Call Out My Name.” Comparatively, Spotify listeners added another 3.5 million streams to The Weeknd’s addictingly morose, brooding R&B/pop concept, but with nearly 120 million more subscribers paying for Spotify than Apple Music, the stats point to what could be a considerable shift in the digital streaming platform landscape, specifically in the U.S. market.

Not only does Spotify have strength in subscriber numbers, but the Swedish streaming titan also had two exclusive music videos from the EP, and it’s also where The Weeknd directed followers to stream the project upon release. Despite the tilt towards Spotify, Apple Music dominated the initial Melancholy traffic, and it isn’t the first time this has happened. Post Malone‘s inescapable “Rockstar” fared better on Apple Music in it terms of first week streams, along with last year’s More Life from Drake — by a whopping 33 million streams more than Spotify produced.

As of 2018, hip-hop has become the most widely-consumed genre in America, and with Apple Music having seemingly figured out the formula to fan engagement in the hip-hop arena, their campaign to outpace Spotify’s U.S. subscriber count this year could materialize as a direct result.

H/T: The Verge

 

Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, Skrillex assist on The Weeknd’s new album

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The Weeknd’s surprise release of My Dear Melancholy marks the vocalist’s first full-length production since 2016’s Starboy, The Weeknd’s widely acclaimed third studio album. The considerable commercial success of Starboy could be credited in part to The Weeknd’s collaboration with Daft Punk on two tracks of the album, “I Feel It Coming,” and the album’s namesake, “Starboy.”

The interplay of The Weeknd’s and Daft Punk’s musical acumen figures again on My Dear Melancholy, where Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo receives a production credit on the six-song project’s fifth track, “Hurt You.” Techno visionary Gesaffelstein and Skrillex are likewise represented in terms of authorial credit — Gesaffelstein appears as both a featured artist and a producer on “I Was Never There,” and “Hurt You.” Skrillex’s influence in the making of the album’s third listing, “Wasted Times,” is apparent in his production credit thereon.

H/T: EDM Sauce

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

Coachella releases 2018 lineup

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Coachella has released their lineup for 2018 featuring The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem. The lineup is the festival’s 19th edition.

Notable undercard acts on the bill include ODESZA, Kygo, Soulwax, Illenium, Jamie Jones, Motor City Drum Ensemble, The Black Madonna, and Maceo Plex, among a plethora of other diverse artists. Beyoncé was scheduled to headline the festival in 2017, but chose to forsake her performance due to an impending pregnancy.

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The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and more are nominated for the MTV VMAs 2017

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It looks like it’s that time of the year again: the nominations are in for the 2017 MTV VMAs. The lucky bunch were unveiled via Instagram Live this afternoon, and voting has since begun.

Kendrick Lamar tops multiple categories, and unsurprisingly so, given the massive wave of success that ensued after the release of DAMN. Electronic music dominated last year, but a few of our favorites still made the 2017 list. Dance music dons The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and a few others are spread throughout the nominations.

Video of the Year:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Alessia Cara “Scars To Show Your Beautiful”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller”Wild Thoughts”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

Artist of the Year:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Arianna Grande
  • The Weeknd
  • Lorde

Best New Artist:

  • Khalid
  • Kodak Black
  • SZA
  • Young M.A.
  • Julia Michaels
  • Noah Cyrus

Best Collaboration:

  • Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”
  • D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey “Closer”
  • Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean “Feels”
  • Zayn and Taylor Swift “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

Best Pop Video:

  • Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better”
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”
  • Harry Styles “Sign of the Times”
  • Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane “Down”
  • Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley “Chained to the Rhythm”
  • Miley Cyrus “Malibu”

Best Hip Hop Video:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Big Sean “Bounce Back”
  • Chance the Rapper “Same Drugs”
  • D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
  • Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne “I’m the One”

Best Dance Video:

  • Zedd and Alessia Cara “Stay”
  • Kygo and Selena Gomez “It Ain’t Me”
  • Calvin Harris “My Way”
  • Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ “Cold Water”
  • Afrojack featuring Ty Dolla $ign “Gone”

Best Rock Video:

  • Coldplay “A Head Full of Dreams”
  • Fall Out Boy “Young And Menace”
  • Twenty One Pilots “Heavydirtysoul”
  • Green Day “Bang Bang”
  • Foo Fighters “Run”

Best Fight Against The System:

  • Logic “Black SpiderMan”
  • The Hamilton Mixtape “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
  • Big Sean “Light”
  • Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”
  • Taboo featuring Shailene Woodley “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
  • John Legend “Surefire”

Best Cinematography:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
  • Ed Sheeran “Castle on the Hill”
  • DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels “Nobody Speak”
  • Halsey “Now or Never” 

Best Direction:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
  • Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley “Chained to the Rhythm”
  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

Best Art Direction:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Katy Perry featuring Migos “Bon Appetit”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

Best Visual Effects:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • A Tribe Called Quest “Dis Generation”
  • KYLE featuring Lil Yachty “iSpy”
  • Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley “Chained to the Rhythm”
  • Harry Styles “Sign of the Times”

Best Choreography:

  • Kanye West “Fade”
  • Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj “Side to Side”
  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Sia “The Greatest”
  • Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane “Down”

Best Editing:

  • Future “Mask Off”
  • Young Thug “Wyclef Jean”
  • Lorde “Green Light”
  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey “Closer”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

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The Weeknd (Feat. Daft Punk) – Starboy (K?d Remix)

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In his short, yet momentous tenure, K?d has appeared to embrace a duality in his style. The majority of the young artist’s tracks tend to veer in either a dark, industrial direction (ie. “Vindicta” and his REZZ collaboration, “Fourth impact“) or a celestial blend of electronica and future bass elements (ie. “Glitch Boy” and “Lose Myself“). In his newest release, the producer blends both of these elements in a noteworthy fashion.

Arguably, K?d’s breakthrough was solidified with his remix of Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right” in May of last year. Now, he once again has paid homage to the French robots with a remix of their 2016 hit with The Weeknd, “Starboy.”

In his interpretation of the track, K?d backs Abel Tefasye’s vocals with brooding bass-lines during the verses, giving a noticeable nod to Daft Punk through his vocoder use in the second verse. Throughout the instrumental breaks of the choruses, however, the producer opts for a more melodic direction, effectively showing off his two most treasured stylistic traits in a single production.

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