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:
You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
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 Ferg, T Pain, and more.
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.
As the country’s largest multi-genre music festival, the line-up is packed with high-powered electronic acts from ODESZA, Kygo, REZZ, Barclay 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.
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, thestats 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.