Avicii’s ‘TIM’ LP soars to No. 1 on Billboard’s dance music chart

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Avicii’s ‘TIM’ LP soars to No. 1 on Billboard’s dance music chartAVICII TIM

It’s been just over a year since Avicii, known by friends and family as Tim Bergling, passed away, but the Swedish producer continues to make his mark on fans worldwide as his third full-length album, TIM, reaches the summit of Billboard’s Top Electronic/Dance albums.

Following in the footsteps of 2013’s True and 2015’s Stories, TIM is Avicii’s third LP to hit #1 on the US dance music charts, and with good reason. The rave DJ turned Grammy-nominated producer always had a knack for writing arrestingly heartwarming melodies, but Bergling’s maturation as a musician also came with a great deal of respect and appreciation for his peers, particularly singer-songwriters. True to character, TIM is 12 tracks deep and presents just as many collaborations, incorporating talent from industry goliaths like Imagine Dragons and Aloe Blacc.  

The success of TIM isn’t just a celebration of the life and music of Avicii, but a testament to his values as a creator. With all of the album’s proceeds going to the Tim Bergling Foundation, and further remixes from fellow legends like Tiësto, it’s clear that the beloved Swedish producer’s legacy won’t be fading into darkness anytime soon.

TIM was released on June 5 and can be purchased here.

H/T: Billboard

Tiësto spins a fervent big room remix of Avicii’s ‘Tough Love’

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Tiësto spins a fervent big room remix of Avicii’s ‘Tough Love’Tiesto

Avicii’s posthumous LP TIM may still be on repeat for many, but it should come as no surprise that remixes from the who’s who of dance music are also joining the fray. Tiësto, who’s proven time and time again that he’s as much of a studio slugger as he is a festival trendsetter, just dropped his rendition of the Swede’s “Tough Love,” giving the Eastern-inspired single a club-ready flip.

One aspect of Tiësto’s skillset that’s allowed him to remain so synonymous with electronic music at large for so long is his ability to produce tracks which defy their own existing musical epoch. The Dutchman’s remix of “Tough Love” is no different, finding the delicate balance between fresh and familiar that his fans hold so near and dear. Such a memorable rendition is all the more possible because of the vision and talent behind Avicii’s original, allowing it the aural dexterity for a fierce remix such as this. Few-to-no electronic artists put as much focus into not just quality vocal recordings, but sophisticated and poignant songwriting as Avicii did. Tiësto recognizes this like the invariable veteran he is, creating audible space in the production for Agnes and, Vargas & Lagola‘s heartfelt vocals to carry the weight of the newly transformed club beat.

NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + moreFerry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Ferry Corsten and BT kick off this week’s hottest songs with the release of their hefty new collaboration, “1997,” and Gorgon City take on Local Dialect in a slow-burning remix of “Poseidon.” Sub Focus thrills on a drum ‘n’ bass take on Bring Me The Horizon’s “mother tongue,” and Kaskade and Meghan Trainor join forces on “With You.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Need You Now,” and Yellow Claw and Galantis keep things light and breezy on “We Can Get High.” Tiësto has remixed the late Avicii’s “Tough Love,” and Ducky makes a Deadbeats appearance with “Addicted to Your Distance.” Jason Ross brings an even more emotive atmosphere to Gryffin and SLANDER’s “All You Need To Know,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge follow their recent LP with “Never Before.” Kygo teams up with Store P and Lars Vaular on “Kem Kan Eg Ringe,” and Fox Stevenson continues his slew of 2019 releases with “Killjoy.” Gallant serenades smoothly on “Sharpest Edges,” and Matoma links with MNEK and Kiana Ledé on “Bruised Not Broken.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Photo credit: Getty Images

Tomorrowland to bring ‘Our Story’ curation to Amsterdam Dance Event

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Tomorrowland to bring ‘Our Story’ curation to Amsterdam Dance EventAde

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of one of the most influential dance music festival’s on the planet, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is bringing two days of curation to Amsterdam for the hotly attended and industry-focused ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) October 17-18.

The sweeping thrust of dance music synergy, entitled Our Story, will see performances from Netsky, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, The Bloody Beetroots, Armin van Buuren, and more at the 17,000-person capacity Ziggo Dome.

Catering heavily to industry professionals and avid fans alike, ADE is the largest and most quintessential club/dance music and conference-oriented festival in existence. In 2018, the festival saw its most expansive turn out on record, with 400,000 visitors in attendance through its five-day span.

Tickets to Our Story go on sale June 11, but pre-sale is available now, here. The event will be available to standard ADE pass holders, as well, with limited capacity, however.

Tiësto, Jonas Blue, and Rita Ora strike a pleasing balance on new collaboration, ‘Ritual’

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Tiësto, Jonas Blue, and Rita Ora strike a pleasing balance on new collaboration, ‘Ritual’Tiesto Jordan Lloyd

Tiësto, Jonas Blue, and Rita Ora are here with their highly anticipated collaboration, “Ritual,” and instead of it being a formulaic pop hit, Blue and Tiësto find a way to combine driving instrumental arrangements and a progressive drop into a crowd-pleasing product that’s fit for club floors and radio airwaves alike. The track was teased by all three artists on their socials earlier in the week leaving fans wondering which direction the trio would go with the release. Jonas Blue is known for his feel-good crossover hits, and the genre of Tiësto’s productions are always a surprise.

“Ritual,” leans on a building melody that features a humming backdrop juxtaposed against Ora’s captivating vocals. The break is a progressive highlight that is bound to find its home on the main stage. “Ritual” will almost certainly be yielding Tiësto, Blue, and Ora their next hit, and the release is out now via Universal Music.

NMF Roundup: Madeon returns, Dog Blood release four-track EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Madeon returns, Dog Blood release four-track EP + moreMadeon Photo Cred Rukes

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

At long last, Madeon makes a triumphant return with his first original in years, “All My Friends.” Dog Blood, too, impress with a new four-track EP, Turn Off the Lights. Slander, Said the Sky, and JT Roach concoct brilliant “Potions” in their new release, and Nicky Romero takes on Kygo and Rita Ora’s “Carry On” in a new remix. The Bloody Beetroots and Dr. Fresch prove to be a formidable combo as they deliver their new collaboration, “Fkn Face,” and Yotto puts his own spin on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s iconic “Underwater.” Rinzen brings a touch of magic to Lane 8’s “Visions,” and Deorro eases fans into summer with “Obvious.” Maceo Plex delivers a lengthy, soothing single, “When the Lights Are Out,” and Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper join forces for “We Were Young.” Will Clarke puts a shimmering spin on Phantoms’ “Designs for You,” and Arty brings the “Sunshine” to his newest release. The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha dip between pop and dance music on “Call You Mine,” and Sofi Tukker link with Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo for a tropical number, “Playa Grande.” The latest Chase & Status LP has finally arrived, bringing with it songs like “Shut Up,” and Figure teams up with Hi I’m Ghost for “Intergalactic.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Photo credit: Rukes

Tiësto and Rita Ora announce forthcoming collaboration

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Tiësto and Rita Ora announce forthcoming collaborationTiesto Hakkasan

Tiësto is back with his next high-profile collaboration, linking with Rita Ora for a brand new single. News of the collaboration broke with Rita Ora’s recent announcement on Twitter that she will sing vocals on Tiësto’s next track, “Ritual,” which is produced alongside Jonas Blue. Rita Ora is not new to the electronic music world, having previously been a vocalist for Avicii and Kygo releases.

“Ritual” comes hot off the heels of Tiësto’s recent EP Together, which features a collection of big room and house-leaning releases, as opposed to commercial crossovers.

The “Jackie Chan” producer peaked at 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Post Malone collaboration, so it will be interesting to see how Tiësto’s next major pop collaboration unfolds. “Ritual” is set to be released on Friday, May 31 on Universal Music.

Revisit the cream of the crop from EDC Las Vegas 2019: Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Diplo, + more

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Revisit the cream of the crop from EDC Las Vegas 2019: Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Diplo, + moreEdclv 1

Couldn’t make it out to Sin City this year for the most colorful festival in dance music? No problem.

As the sun has set on another ecstatic chapter of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dancing Astronaut rounded up the extended weekend’s most enticing displays from the May 17-19 festivities. From Alison Wonderland‘s trap-tainted main-stage return, to Tchami and Malaa‘s bombtastic joint takeover of cosmicMEADOW, to Skrillex‘s surprise Saturday guest appearance, there’s no shortage of memorable music to muse over for months to come. The bar for the imminent 2019 festival season has been set exceedingly high indeed.

Moonrise announces 2019 lineup, featuring Tiësto, Illenium, Nora En Pure + more

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Moonrise announces 2019 lineup, featuring Tiësto, Illenium, Nora En Pure + moreMoonrise

The two-day Moonrise Festival at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course will return for its sixth installment Aug. 10-11 with a wave of diversity in its lineup.

Streaming services are breaching new territory on the genre side of things, with viral charts becoming largely saturated by hip-hop acts. This festival season is starting to reflect these changes, with a prime example in Moonrise Festival. The genre-led ripple effect brings rappers 21 Savage and Smokepurpp, among others, to a largely electronic-based lineup at the race track’s infield.

Joining them are some of dance music’s top players, including Tiësto, Yellow Claw, k?d, Illenium, Nora En Pure, and more.

Purchase tickets here.

Photo credit: Alive Coverage

Tiësto remixes Billie Eilish with a heavy house twist

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Tiësto remixes Billie Eilish with a heavy house twistTiesto Ed Sheeran

Tiësto continues to steamroll through releases, adding a hybrid big room, G-house, and Brazilian bass spin to Billie Eilish‘s single “Bad Guy,” off her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The Dutch DJ builds a four-on-the-floor percussion arrangement along with riding open hi-hats that cascade into the haunting melody from the original, hand in hand with a bouncing bass line.

The 50-year-old patriarchal force in dance music proves his production prowess is keen as ever, re-envisioning the 17-year-old prodigy with ease, in turn curating a collaboration that spans generations. Tiësto ended last week by releasing his collaboration with fellow touring musician, Justin Caruso, “Feels So Good,” featuring vocalist, Kelli-Leigh. The track was the ninth song from Tiësto’s recent Together EP, released via his own imprint, Musical Freedom.

Photo Credit: @tiesto/Instagram