Breakaway Festival promises multi-genre experience with 2019 festival series

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Breakaway Music Festival returns this summer with an extensive litany of hip-hop and electronic acts alike. Facilitated by Prime Social Group, one of North America’s rising festival promoters, the company has seen increasing success over the years, expanding Breakaway from its flagship event in Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time in 2018. Breakaway also recently branched into Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, amassing some 65,000 attendees in 2018 alone.

The latest run of Breakaway shows kicks off in Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium August 23-24, and boasts an impressive bill including Future, Young Thug, Matoma, Louis The Child, Bassnectar, TroyBoi, Christian French, and more. The upcoming Columbus edition also promises an enticing Silent Disco experience, with a variety of DJs wiring tunes to headphones throughout the weekend. Breakaway’s Michigan edition in Grand Rapids takes place the same days, with Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Gigantic as a few headliners. It hits Charlotte, North Carolina in October, and returns to Nashville the following week.

2019 has proven another promising year for Prime Social Group organizers, who have produced over 800 events around the globe. General on-sale tickets for each of the festivals are available here.

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Lil Nas X enlists Mason Ramsey and Young Thug for latest ‘Old Town Road’ remix, looks to secure longest-running #1 single of all time

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The cross-over hit “Old Town Road” has been breaking records left and right and now. As it celebrates its 14th week as the #1 song in the country, Lil Nas X has unveiled a brand new remix of his viral single. Billy Ray Cyrus returns on the latest edition of “Old Town Road” which sees newly-added features from Mason Ramsey and Young Thug. The release may be the final push that “Old Town Road” needs in order to make pop-chart history; “Old Town Road” only needs to hold its #1 position for two more weeks before it ties both Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” as the most successful single of all time.

The latest “Old Town Road” remix welcomes Mason Ramsey —the yodeling kid who has seen his own streak with virality—as well as fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug. The uncanny pair make perfect sense as recruits for Lil Nas X’s hit song —with Ramsey using his virality to catapult a country career by signing a label deal and even performing at Coachella, and Young Thug pushing boundaries with fashion as a vehicle.

Lil Nas X released his debut EP 7 at the end of June. The second track “Panini” has already enjoyed popularity.

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Ed Sheeran releases star-studded album tracklist with Skrillex, Travis Scott, Cardi B, and more

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To say Ed Sheeran has become one of the most successful artists in the streaming era in an understatement. He is the number one most streamed artist on Spotify with over 61 million listeners a month, with the number one most streamed song, “Shape Of You,”—the only song with over 2 billion plays. Sheeran has four songs with over a billion plays, and from the looks of the roster on his upcoming No. 6 LP, he’s rearing for more.

Featured collaborations on the newly revealed tracklist include Skrillex, Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Stormzy, Yebba, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, JHUS, Ella Mai, Paulo Londra, H.E.R., Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bruno Mars, and Chris Stapleton. This is also leaving out the two singles on the album that have already been released—”Cross Me” featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock and number 2 Billboard chart-topper “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber. In an eclectic variety of collaborators, the British singer/songwriter has blanketed his album with a smorgasbord of artists in almost every pop genre.

The album, No. 6, is set for release July 12.

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Young Thug, J.Cole, and Travis Scott team up for ‘The London’

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Three of hip-hop’s established stars just released what could be one of the most exciting singles of 2019. “The London” by Young Thug with stalwart guests J. Cole and Travis Scott on features is an upbeat club-rap anthem that displays the versatility of its credited artists.

Beginning with a hook using Scott’s cruising auto-tune, the verses from Cole and Thug that follow (in that order) represent the ability of both artists to adapt their vocal work. Fans of each would note that Cole and Thug’s respective flows are often the inverse of each other, with Cole known for his smooth and heartfelt lyricism, while Thug is harsher and choppier. For this track, however, the two have found a middle ground that complements their different styles and enhances the track overall.

Cole revealed earlier this year that he is executive producing Thug’s upcoming album, GØŁDMØÜFDÖG, and it would not be surprising if this single is included on the LP.

Tomorrowland continues with lineup release: DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland, and more in newest wave of artists

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Tomorrowland has been keeping everyone on their toes by dropping a few names from their 2019 lineup every day per its usual antics. The full lineup is expected to be released by the conclusion of the week, and so far, the artists that the festival has announced do not disappoint. Fans of every genre, including hip hop, will have an act to see as artists like Young Thug join the 2019 iteration of the festival.

In addition to spanning new genres, the festival is set to debut a new live show from Eric Prydz, and speculation is circulating around whether Swedish House Mafia will be taking Martin Garrix‘s place as the closing headliner of the festival. Newly announced acts span everyone from DJ Snake and Alison Wonderland to DJ Diesel (Shaq) and Yves V.

The festival is set to take place over two weekends beginning on July 19-21 and subsequently, July 26-28. Tickets are still available here.

Tomorrowland third and fourth wave artists listed alphabetically: 

  • Afrojack
  • Alison Wonderland
  • Ben Nicky
  • Cosmic Gate
  • Da Tweekaz
  • Dax J
  • DJ Diesel
  • DJ Snake
  • Don Diablo
  • Eric Prydz
  • Ferry Corsten
  • Fjaak Live
  • Maceo Plex
  • Martin Solveig live
  • Mike Williams
  • Nina Kraviz
  • Oliver Heldens
  • Pan-Pot
  • Roger Sanchez
  • Salvatore Gannaci
  • Stephan Bodzin Live
  • Steve Aoki
  • Sven Vath
  • Timmy Trumpet
  • W&W
  • Young Thug
  • Yves Deruyter
  • Yves V
  • Zatox
  • Zeds Dead

Young Thug taps Elton John, 6LACK, Jaden Smith & more for ‘On The Rvn’ EP

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Young Thug‘s released the highly anticipated On the Rvn EP.

Despite its fair share of setbacks and Thugger’s arrest earlier this year, the rapper’s managed to nab a who’s-who of artists for the work, creating an experimental roster that spans generations and genres while putting diehard fans at ease.

This is Thugger for the radio. With features from 6LACK and Jaden Smith and even a starry-eyed Elton John appearance on the project’s final track “High” — Thugger’s own homage to John’s seminal Honky Château hit “Rocket Man — the EP’s Thugger’s most left-of-field pop star self-positioning to date.

He seamlessly transitions from rapping and singing on the terrifically terrible, and yet beautiful ambient crooning of the EP’s standout “High.” And although the Elton John track initially leaked in August, fans are finally invited to absorb Young Thug’s imperfectly autotuned “I’m a rocket man” croons in full. The rapper’s somewhere out in the stratosphere on “High,” channeling a level of brevity and experimentation that feels grounded solely in its nonexistence, and it’s a theme that runs the entire work.

One record label has managed to stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire year

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing just pulled off an especially difficult feat in the highly-competitive global music space — one that deserves a good old-fashioned tip of the hat and a pat on the back. As of yesterday, May 7th, the publishing house reached a milestone 52-week run of having published or co-published songs that reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S.

As the world’s leading music publisher, Sony/ATV’s uninterrupted chart-topping streak comes as artist/songwriter Drake enters his fourth week at No. 1 with “Nice For What,” in a sequence dating back to May 2017.

The year-long sequence began in record-breaking fashion when Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber‘s “Despacito” enjoyed 16 weeks ruling the chart from May to September of 2017. The span of time also equated to the longest stay at Billboard‘s No. 1 spot in the near six-decade history of the Hot 100.

The chart-topping run also involves some of Sony/ATV’s most popular and successful songwriters in Taylor Swift (“Look What You Made Me Do,” three weeks at No. 1), Ed Sheeran (“Perfect,” six weeks at No. 1), Post Malone (“Rockstar,” eight weeks at No. 1), and Cardi B, who had just then been signed to the company with her debut hit single, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”

Drake then rounded out Sony/ATV’s monumental year dominating the Billboard Hot 100 as he achieved back-to-back chart-toppers with “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” which has placed the Canadian rapper at No.1 for the past 15 weeks and counting.

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier, released a press statement upon the label’s accomplishment:

“This is an incredible accomplishment by our worldwide A&R team. At Sony/ATV we strive to be successful creatively on a global basis and the fruits of our labor are shown by the diversity of our songwriters who have been No. 1 on the Hot 100 over the past year.”

Sony/ATV Music & Publishing headquarters in New York City, NY. 

Here is a week-by-week breakdown of Sony/ATV’s year-long stay at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100:

“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber (Sony/ATV writers Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender) – 16 weeks at No. 1
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” – Cardi B (Cardi B, Jorden Thorpe) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Rockstar” – Post Malone feat. 21 Savage (Louis Bell, Tank God) – 8 weeks at No. 1
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran) – 6 weeks at No. 1
“Havana” – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug (Camila Cabello, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Pharrell Williams) – 1 week at No. 1
“God’s Plan” – Drake (Drake, Harmony Samuels) – 11 weeks at No. 1
“Nice For What” by Drake (Drake, Lauryn Hill, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) – 4 weeks at No. 1

Via: Broadway World, H/T: YourEDM

Childish Gambino makes impassioned return with new music

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Donald Glover‘s made an impassioned return into the musical sphere, despite an announcement that his forthcoming Childish Gambino LP would be his last.

Citing an eventual departure from music as an important step toward progress, Glover’s latest is a sociopolitical reckoning, and his first new material since 2016’s neo-soul pastiche, Awaken, My Love! On the heels of a widely buzzed Saturday Night Live appearance, in which Glover hosted, performed, and even made a playful jab at Migos with a segment dubbed “Friendos,” Glover’s now shared the new music video for his latest track, “This Is America.”

“This Is America” is a politically steeped directional piece by Hiro Murai, who’s also directed several episodes of Gambino’s television show Atlanta, and features background vocals from Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, and an appearance from SZA.

A-Trak & Young Thug drop off vintage skate demo-inspired music video for ‘Ride For Me’

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Recently A-Trak and Young Thug linked up for a throwback to the Low Pros days, dropping off their grinding new collaboration, “Ride For Me,” via Zane Lowe on Beats 1. The track was met with equal parts surprise and praise, with Young Thug delivering one of his most aberrantly eccentric vocal performances in recent memory, complemented by rising rapper 24hrs’ tempered contribution, all wrapped up and packed tightly into a slow-burning A-Trak trap beat.

The pair have now released an official video accompaniment that ties together genres, styles, cultures, and even generations. Thugger and A-Trak rope in a heavy dose of 90’s nostalgia, linking with renown skate video director and Zoo York founder Eli Morgan Gesner for “Ride For Me‘s” one-of-a-kind concept.

The video clips together Gesner’s archived footage of legendary NYC skaters from two decades ago with cuts of A-Trak and Thug revisiting the same spots in the present day, filmed with the same Hi-8 camera, making the clips of 1994 and 2018 nearly indistinguishable. The feature’s visual aesthetics, which A-Trak describes perfectly as, “both nostalgic and post-modern,” play right into the track’s sonic appeal, juxtaposing a retro snapshot of life in the urban underground with a soundtrack of futuristic, new wave hip-hop.