Avicii Invector game launches in his memory

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Avicii Invector game launches in his memoryAvicii Tim

Avicii’s dream and vision to spread positivity and joy through music has been carried on by friends, family, and colleagues, with yet another one of the artist’s unfinished projects coming to final fruition.

First hitting gamer radar’s in 2015, Avicii’s Invector game has officially launched on Xbox One, PlayStation4, PC platforms, and will be available on Nintendo switch in 2020. The game features 25 of the prolific artists’ tracks. Players navigate through different landscapes to the beat of the music.

Tim’s father, Klas Bergling, has been a strong advocate in carrying on his son’s legacy. Knowing how much Tim’s art meant to people around the world, Bergling recently said he hopes that “this rhythm game – with more than two dozen of Tim’s songs – will give joy to his fans.”

All of the game’s net proceeds will be donated to The Tim Bergling Foundation, which aims to strike the stigma surrounding discussions of mental health and recognizing suicide as a global health emergency. Tim’s devotion to his art and his fans lives on in many ways, and Avicii’s Invector is another way to honor the late artists’ life mission.

The Chemical Brothers share emotional tribute to Keith Flint at Glastonbury

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The Chemical Brothers share emotional tribute to Keith Flint at GlastonburyThe Chemical Brothers Headlining Antibes Festival Credit Giles Smith

Glastonbury’s triumphant 2019 edition brought a number of highlights, including Stormzy‘s history-making performance, styled to the nines with a custom vest designed by Banksy. Though, the landmark UK festival went on this year with palpable sadness in the air with The Prodigy‘s absence following the death of frontman Keith Flint. The legendary British dance group were scheduled for their fourth Glastonbury performance since 1995 prior to Flint’s passing. Instead, another venerated UK electronic outfit dedicated a moment of their highly anticipated Saturday night performance to the late Flint.

The Chemical Brothers, playing their 12th performance at Worthy Farm, closed their performance with hallmark hit “Block Rockin’ Beats,” behind them Flint’s iconic, toothy smile stamped on the LEDs, captioned, “In memory of Keith Flint 1969-2019.”

Following Flint’s shocking death, The Chemical Brothers spoke to NME about the beloved rave factotum, saying, “The Prodigy were always kind and supportive. They’d managed to make their band encapsulate that feeling that connected us to dance music; escape and abandonment. Keith embodied this spirit. What he represented was so indestructible and he was just this complete life force, but on the inside he was really hurting.”

H/T: DJ Mag

The entire Mac Miller benefit concert is now available to stream [Watch]

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The entire Mac Miller benefit concert is now available to stream [Watch]Mac Miller Benefit Concert Live Stream

The Mac Miller: Celebration of Life benefit concert hit ears and feels on October 31, as the rapper’s loved ones and fans converged on the Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre for a live-streamed tribute performance. The event benefited the recently created Mac Miller Circles fund, supporting art programs for underserved youth.

The performing lineup included Miller collaborators and friends SZA, Vince Staples, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott, and many more – with highlights including a high-energy set from Chance The Rapper and a bluesy cover from John Mayer of Miller’s “Small Worlds.” Between artist sets, personal footage of the artist played on screens. The night ended hair-raisingly with an audio clip of the rapper wishing the audience goodnight, as a single spotlight shone down on a mic.

Vicetone time travel with triumphant Avicii tribute, ‘South Beach’

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Vicetone time travel with triumphant Avicii tribute, ‘South Beach’Vicetone South Beach Avicii Tribute

By any measure, Vicetone has the secret formula for festival and club smashing EDM anthems down cold. The dutch duo have garnered tens of millions of streams on the strength of hits like “Neveda” and “Astronomia.” Now, Vicetone delivers something special with “South Beach,” a track the group have dubbed their own musical tribute to Avicii.

“South Beach” is an instant uplifter, opening on an infectious synth hook that primes listeners for impact. Drums engage beneath a wall of beaming chords before landing in a swelling, string powered breakdown. The track’s finale is triumphant and joyful, and instantly transports back to late 2000s dance music nostalgia. Although the crisp and melodic production comes Vicetone standard, the origins of the track’s throwback feels become crystal clear from the duo’s backstory posted to social media.

The song was among the first they ever made, and management advised them not to release it given the clear influence of their reverence for Avicii in the track. When the legend passed away in April, Vicetone managed to find that song on an old hard drive and finally finish it. Nine years later, the song has taken on new meaning as a tribute from the duo to one of their musical heroes. “South Beach” is an impactful, time-traveling reminder of just how much Avicii affected today’s biggest EDM stars.




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Hundreds grieve the loss of Mac Miller in Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park, the namesake of Miller’s debut album, as his recent LP ‘Swimming’ jumps to no. 1 on streaming charts

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Hundreds grieve the loss of Mac Miller in Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park, the namesake of Miller’s debut album, as his recent LP ‘Swimming’ jumps to no. 1 on streaming chartsMac Miller Pittsburgh Vigil

In the wake of Mac Miller‘s sudden passing, a local Pittsburgh record label organized a public vigil scheduled on September 11. Fans and peers alike poured in their own tributes, thoughts, and condolences in the days following the rapper’s death. Through everyone’s collective grief, one thing has been unanimously agreed upon — Miller’s journey in hip-hop was just getting started, and the music world is still grappling with the loss of the bright young star.

The vigil took place in Blue Slide Park, the namesake of Mac’s mainstream breakout debut album in 2011. The park’s slide was reportedly freshly repainted for the event, and artists in attendance were encouraged to paint, draw, or create their own tributes for one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved musicians. Since his death, Mac Miller’s final album shot up streaming charts and currently holds the top spot on Apple’s US chart. The LP initially debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in early August of 2018.

Photo Credit: G L Askew II.

Mark Ronson celebrates Michael Jackson’s 60th with ‘Diamonds Are Invincible’ medley mix

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Mark Ronson celebrates Michael Jackson’s 60th with ‘Diamonds Are Invincible’ medley mixMichael Jackson Mark Ronson 60th Birthday

Mark Ronson has released a five-minute mini-mix of Michael Jackson‘s most iconic dance floor smashes titled ‘”Diamonds Are Invincible,” celebrating what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday. The project is a direct collaboration with Jackson’s estate, and features multiple hits including “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Billie Jean.” The super producer’s contribution is just a piece of the celebration taking place August 29. Festivities include a special performance of the “Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, followed by a bash at Daylight Beach Club. Appearances from Jackson’s children Paris and Prince, as well as brothers Jackie and Tito and a surefire grip of celebrity guests are expected.

Ronson is no stranger to pop royalty, as the architect of hit records for artists from Adele to Bruno Mars – but the task of tributing Jackson’s unparalleled legacy was still a daunting task for the Silk City producer. In a statement, the seasoned hit maker explained his mindset when undertaking the project. According to Ronson,

“It was such an amazing, awe-inspiring and insanely intimidating task to put this together, although you’d need hours and hours to fit all of Michael’s classic tunes into one track. I wanted this to feel like being on the dance floor at a sweaty, wild NYC club getting down to as much MJ as possible in five minutes. And I can’t wait for you to all hear the extended version coming soon.”

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

Iconic drum and bass ‘lifer’ Spirit has passed away

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Iconic drum and bass ‘lifer’ Spirit has passed awaySpirit Drum And Bass Rip

Spirit, an iconic pillar in the UK’s drum and bass scene, has passed away. The producer, real name Duncan Busto, had previously gone into cardiac arrest on August 13, according to reports, and eventually his family was informed he had suffered irreparable brain damage. For drum and bass musicians and fans, the loss marks the end of a lasting legacy. The news prompted tributes and respects from artists including Andy C and Ben UFO.

Busto’s career as a standard bearer of drum and bass began when he took a job at Redeye Records, a record store in Ipswich. His love of bass music quickly took hold, compelling him to put his own stamp on the scene. By the late ’90s, his self-taught skills as a bass music producer were making noise on labels like Timeless and C.I.A, and receiving support from genre stalwarts like Goldie. By the year 2000, Busto was spreading the gospel of drum and bass full time as both a respected artist and label boss of Inneractive Music.

In an interview with UKF from 2017, Busto labeled himself a “Drum & Bass Lifer” –  and a truer assessment couldn’t be made. The producer contributed over two decades of music to his genre, all the way up to his final solo release Murderer / Cold Call through is own label this past April.


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Mike Shinoda enlists Reading Fest crowd in moving Chester Bennington tribute

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Mike Shinoda enlists Reading Fest crowd in moving Chester Bennington tributeMike Shinoda Reading Fest Chester Tribute

Mike Shinoda paused and took a moment with the crowd at Reading Fest to sing out a tribute for Chester Bennington on August 25. In the midst of his set of solo and Linkin Park material, the MC told festival-goers, “I want you guys to sing it so loud that Chester can hear you.” Standing at his piano, Shinoda launched into a stripped-down version of LP’s emotional 2000 hit “In The End,” a song used often in the last year by artists paying respects to the departed front man. Shinoda rapped the song’s verses, while the emotional crowd belted out the chorus.

The festival stop is only the latest in a packed summer and fall touring schedule for Shinoda’s newly released solo album, Post Traumatic. The rapper spoke about the significance of his new musical chapter, telling the audience, “Getting up here and doing this for me is really fulfilling, and it’s really an accomplishment just to kind of get over my own anxiety about doing it again.” After finishing his own set, Shinoda guested for the last song of Sum 41’s performance, lending his verses to their own cover of Linkin Park’s “Faint.”

H/T: BBC Radio 1

Artists at Coachella and beyond remember Avicii in live tributes

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News of Avicii‘s passing hit the dance music fans hard on April 20, 2018. His time came far too soon, at the age of 28 — just two years after the Swedish producer retired from tour life to recover from physical and mental health deterioration. The tragedy once more brought to light the destructive and draining underside of the music industry, and the burden of starhood at a young age.

In somber times like the present, however, it’s important to recall that the departed is far more than the dark moments at the end of their lives. The joy and good memories Avicii brought to countless people, for example, will be immortalized alongside his impressive song catalog. One way in which this pioneer has been honored so far is through live tributes by his peers in the music industry.

At Coachella, Kygo, Black Coffee, and others embedded his music into their sets and providing heartfelt speeches about their time with him throughout the years. Outside the festival, other singers and DJs have also been honoring him through song.

Keep tabs on this page as we continue to assemble the array of touching memorials as they trickle in.

1. Kygo’s emotional Coachella closer

“Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music so I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him,” an emotional Kygo told his audience as he moved to close his nighttime set. He played out the producer’s newer single, “Without You.”

2. Black Coffee shares intimate moment

During his set, Black Coffee also shared his most recent interaction with Avicii, not long before his passing. He put up a screenshot of a conversation between the two about working together in the future. Shortly after, nostalgia ensued as “Wake Me Up” poured through the speakers.

3. A One Republic Goodbye

Avicii worked with a good deal of artists in genres outside regular dance music. One Republic was one such outfit. Lead singer Ryan Tedder took to social media to make his own remembrance of his time shared with the deceased icon. He strummed out a piano cover of “Wake Me Up” while performing in India.

4. Nick Jonas is a fan too

Nick Jonas was also one of those profoundly affected by Avicii’s loss. A fan himself, he let his sorrows out in an acoustic guitar cover that had his fans melting.