Zedd’s ‘The Middle’ smashes Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart record for most weeks at No. 1

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Why don’t you just meet Zedd…at the top of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart? He’s been there for awhile–28 weeks, to be exact.

Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey‘s joint hit, “The Middle,” moved into its 27th week atop the Billboard chart, collecting a total of 10.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending August 9, as Nielsen Music reports. The single fronts Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales for the 25th week, selling 8,000 units.

“The Middle” surpasses formidable occupancies at the top of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart previously held by The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” which peaked for 27 weeks in 2016-2017. Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up!” spent a comfortable 26 weeks in the number one slot in 2013-2014. Not far behind, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay‘s collaboration, “Something Just Like This” logged 25 weeks in 2017, while Major Lazer and DJ Snake‘s “Lean On” enjoyed a consecutive 23 week run in 2015-2016.

“The Middle” now becomes the newest record setting track within the context of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart with 28 weeks in its rearview.

H/T: Billboard

Calvin Harris and friends celebrate Labor Day weekend with Hakkasan

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Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is known for its worldwide hospitality, five-star restaurants and top-of-the-line night clubs which span from the eponymous Hakkasan, Omnia, and beyond. The brand’s organizers have been hard at work preparing their institutions for Labor Day festivities around the corner, and are finally ready to reveal the supremely-stacked bill of guest talent to headline throughout the weekend of August 30 to September 3.

Calvin Harris, Tïesto, and Martin Garrix are just a few names participating in the festivities, along with hip-hop phenomenon Lil’ Jon, who is no stranger to Hakkasan Group’s events. It’s hard to resist spending the holiday weekend among such legendary, chart-topping artists. Not to mention, no matter then venue, each performance is guaranteed to be accompanied by Hakkasan production standards, which include top class lighting and visuals, sound, and layout.

Omnia’s Vegas branch at Caesars Palace kicks off its Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 31 with Calvin Harris, and Generic and DJ Dash as his opening acts. Zedd and DJ Lucky You take over on September 1. Finally, Martin Garrix closes out the weekend with DJ Bamboozle on September 2.

Jewel Nightclub, situated in the Aria Resort & Casino, has its share of talent as well. Playboi Carti opening festivities there on August 31. Tyga comes through on September 1, with the cake-throwing talent Steve Aoki closing out on Sunday, September 2.

Get ready to scream “HEY!” And “OKAY!” With Lil Jon at Hakkasan on Thursday, August 30. Hardwell swings by with Kill the Buzz on August 31. Tiesto headlines with Dzeko and DJ Five on Saturday, September 1, with an encore performance by Calvin Harris and Generik on Sunday, September 2. 1OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino celebrates the end of summer with the “Panda” singer, Desiigner on Friday, August 31st, along with O.T. Genasis on September 1st. 

Pool parties during the day time hours are set to bring an oasis from the heat in the funnest of fashions. Wet Republic will be starting off its afternoon festivities Tïesto and Dzeko at the helm, with Steve Aoki and Kaskade joining the fray on September 1. Martin Garrix makes plays a daytime cameo alongside Justin Mylo on September 2. Liquid Pool Lounge at will be hosting the likes of Scooter & Lavelle, DJ E-Rock, DJ Drama, BRKYLN, DJ Buza. Last, but not least, partiers can also enjoy Greg Lopez, G-Squared, Zsuzsanna, and DJ Que at the Bare Pool Lounge in The Mirage if none of the previous events mentioned don’t fit their fance. On that note the Barekini Contest with DJ Flow on Monday, September 3 is set to be a fun cap off for the weekend. All in all, Hakkasan is gearing up to close out festival season in style.

 

Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performances

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Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago, and Dancing Astronaut is hosting a live stream of the music festival.

With headliners such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Travis Scott, the festival’s 27th year in existence should be one for the ages. After changing to a four-day event in 2016, Lollapalooza is easily one of the top-attended music festivals in the United States.

Below are 12 of the most anticipated Lollapalooza performances from an electronic music perspective.


REZZ

“Space mom” is a must-see for any festival. She’s performing Thursday at 7:15 p.m. CDT, and her new album, Certain Kind Of Magic, comes out Friday on mau5trap. REZZ was just featured on the cover of DJ Mag‘s August issue.

ODESZA

After killer sets at Red Rocks and Panorama, ODESZA looks to bring their massive live-electronic show with their big synths, drum line, and stellar light show. The duo is the headliner of EDM at Lollapalooza, and there are rumors of a potential Foreign Family festival in 2019.

Rusko

After beating cancer, the British dubstep pioneer is back in action. He dropped his Has Made Five More Songs EP, this year, and the flag-bearer of contemporary dubstep knows how to throw down, recently coming off supporting Zeds Dead in London. Dubstep whomps at 6 p.m. CDT Friday? Yes, please.

Billie Eilish

The 16-year-old from California had her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, rank on Billboard‘s top 200 list. The distraught yet swagged-out teen recently had a tarantula emerge from her mouth for the new single, you should see me in a crown. Imagine what the eclectic and eccentric young trendsetter will bring to the stage.

Dillon Francis

The budding actor, director, and TV writer is also one of the most sought-after festival DJs. With six releases from his upcoming WUT WUT album on Francis’ new IDGAFOS imprint, working with Comedy Central on Living The Dream, his own show Like & Subscribe, and One Deeper Talks with DJ Hanzel; EDM’s funny man has been busy this summer.  Playing Friday at 8:30 p.m. CDT, Francis’ live set will be a perfect way to start the weekend shenanigans.

Tycho

Cool your jets to the easy-going electronic ambiance of Scott Hansen aka Tycho. The musician, composer, producer, songwriter, photographer, and designer is a true embodiment of an artist. With a variety of genre’s at Lollapalooza, Tycho will be a nice escape into the serene 9 p.m. CDT on Thursday.

Post Malone

With one of Billboard‘s top albums for the past two months, beerbongs & bentleys, Malone is a must-see. His happy-go-lucky attitude, infectious smile, and daydreaming vibe will create an ambiance of love, partying, and good harmony.

Illenium

Future bass maven, Nicholas D. Miller, will put on a beautiful set with big synths 7:15 p.m. CDT Saturday. He’s been diving into harder productions, recently teaming up with Excision on their new track, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Shallows. Last month, Illenium released a massive 15-track remix package for his 2017 Awake album.

Chromeo

Having released their fifth studio album, Head Over Heals, this summer, the veteran FUNKLORDZ look towards filling the electro-funk void. After cancelling shows earlier in July due to mental health issues, the duo is back in action and will not disappoint fans of funk, dance & hip-hop.

Tyler, The Creator

He just released a new music video with A$AP Rocky for their single, “Potato Salad.” The Odd Future fashion, lifestyle, and content icon finally received critic recognition on his Flower Boy album last year. His set is sure to be one of a kind.

Galantis

The live electronic duo from Sweden will keep spirits uplifted with melodies and drops a-plenty. According to their Twitter, they’ve also got something special planned for Lollapalooza.

Zedd

Germany and pop music’s EDM headliner and Billboard chart-topper will not disappoint. He’s playing at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday. His newest song is “Happy Now” featuring Elley Duhé.

Honorable mentions: Petit Biscuit, Malaa, Lykke Li, Goldlink, What So Not, Excision, Logic, The Weeknd, Khalid.


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Zedd taps Elley Duhé for distinctive new single, ‘Happy Now’

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Originally debuted during Zedd‘s performance at his inaugural Zedd in the Park event at Los Angeles’ State Historic Park on July 3, “Happy Now” now gains a full-fledged release.

The latest single to emerge from Zedd’s studio, “Happy Now” represents yet another sonic step in a direction opposite the high-powered electro constructions of earlier foundational singles like “Clarity” and “Stay The Night.” Zedd further gravitates toward vocal-centric pop/electronic hybrid song stylization on “Happy Now,” a medium that worked particularly well for the crossover conceptualist on both “Stay” and “The Middle.”

A supportive yet subtle guitar melody underlies rising artist Elley Duhé’s alto range vocal contribution. Whimsical, multi-toned synths cascade in mid-tempo, mellifluous breakdowns that serve as the song’s working ‘drops,’ the descents noticeably more minimalist in their arrangement in “Happy Now” than in “Stay” or “The Middle.”

While the mass success of Zedd’s prior two singles render “Happy Now” prone to commercial comparison, when it comes to sonic organization, “Happy Now” is distinctively different in its sound, emblematizing the evolution of Zedd’s electronic artistry.

Zedd takes over episode #149 of Night Owl Radio [Stream]

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Zedd fans who couldn’t make it to “The Middle” producer’s headlining Zedd In The Park event at L.A.’s State Historic Park on July 3 will nevertheless find themselves in luck, given Insomniac‘s upload of Zedd’s Night Owl Radio takeover.

A one-hour occupancy of episode #149 of the radio series, Zedd’s cameo is a high energy collection of Zedd classics, electronic flips, and pop inclusions, making for a diverse mix that only further exhibits Zedd’s ingenuity in the studio.

NMF Roundup: Keys N Krates remix Diplo, Zedd releases ‘The Middle’ remix package, and many more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Kyle Watson adds a low-toned, mystery-filled house beat to ZHU and Tame Impala‘s seminal “My Life.”

Swedish producers Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman know festival season is in full force as they deliver anthemic-feeling “Phantom.”

The Aston Shuffle give ‘everything they’ve got’ on piano driven house heater, “Everything I Got.”

Inverted alien embellishments make for an eerie take on house, as Malaa returns with new single, “Bling Bling.”

Airy synth work leads to a saxophone climax on Spencer Brown‘s “waves.wav,” taken from Brown’s Illusion of Perfection EP pt. III.

Mandy Jiroux effects rhythmic bliss on vocal-centric new single, “Running Out Of You.”

Autograf add an electronic vibe to Family of the Year’s “Hold Me Down” with their laidback rendition of the original.

Bondax tap vocalist Andreya Triana for this soulful, groove-filled original.

Fabian Mazur leans into future bass-style production in this smooth offering, featuring Nevve on the vocals.

The remixers got the message, and now, on this New Music Friday, they’ve met Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris in “The Middle.” The remix pack for “The Middle” sees revamps from Maliboux, Curbi, and more.

Spinnin’ Records heavyweights Merk & Kremont add a layer of infectious funk and a heightened bpm count to Addal’s original, “Lies,” making for a spirited rework.

Pucker up, Benny Benassi and Sofi Tukker fans: the two dance music dynamos link up on new single “Everybody Needs A Kiss.”

This Birdfeed Exclusive will have all streamers wondering “Who’s That?” The same-titled EP arrives courtesy of Floridian producer and long time Dirtybird fan, C.H.A.Y.

It’s a good week to be a progressive house fan as Grum and Fehrplay co-release “Spirit” on Anjunabeats, an atmospheric tune that melts from one second into the next.

Diplo, Lil Yachty, and Santigold‘s viscous collaboration “Worry No More” gets the Keys N Krates treatment as the Canadian electronic trio release a chilled-out take on Diplo’s original. Keys N Krates hit sonic sweet spots with a beat swap and the occasional yet effective percussive addition.

Stripped down sonic seduction materializes in mellifluous form on smle‘s debut EP, Love Notes, released on Lowly Palace.

House music fans will find J. Worra‘s Mark The Beast collaboration, “Hourglass” to be a tasty, groovy treat.

As part of Afterlife Recordings’ latest vinyl and digital offering, Italian trio Agents Of Time have crafted “Paradigm,” an ethereal techno original.

Re-envisioning a Markus Schulz production is a formidable feat, but Giuseppe Ottaviani rises to the challenge in his “Safe from Harm” remix, a take that plays the original’s soaring vocal off of the track’s quintessential trance beat.

Vulpey gets electronically experimental on “Recovery Quest,” a track defined by its disjointed construction and resulting edge.

Funky Craig puts forth a trippy take on psytrance in aptly titled new release, “WestPSYde.”

 

Ramon Tapia puts a dark, driving spin on Midmood’s “Sely Ho,” transforming the original into a certified techno thumper with rumbling percussive accents.


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Zedd announced as support for Katy Perry on final WITNESS Tour performances

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Zedd announced as support for Katy Perry on final WITNESS Tour performances

Two of pop music’s most venerable forces are teaming up for a short run of shows, as Zedd joins Katy Perry‘s final shows on WITNESS: The Tour. Zedd, who’s commanded his own international touring itinerary, often times with multiple supporting acts billed beneath him, joins Perry as a special opening guest as her tour reaches Australia, capping nearly a year of consecutive touring for the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer. With Zedd’s high energy performance style warming the stage for Perry’s larger-than-life live production, fans in Australia are in for a treat.

Zedd is slated to open the Sydney and Brisbane stops, with Perry also roping in additional star power from vocalist Starley on a number of final tour stops as well. Zedd’s trip down under is hardly the first time major pop stars have employed the support of the world’s top DJs while out on tour though. Madonna’s 2012 MDNA tour included support from Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, and of course Avicii among others. Martin Garrix and Justin Bieber have shared tour dates, and 2016 even found Skrillex opening stops for Guns N Roses.

Zedd – Illusion ft Echosmith (Marcus Schossow & Years Remix)

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That Zedd gravitates towards vocal centric song constructions is hardly a secret—listeners can look of late to the producer’s collaboration with Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle,” or can alternatively trace back to 2012’s “Clarity” with Foxes.

Zedd released his second studio album, True Colors, back in 2015, an offering that concluded with the Echosmith assisted number, “Illusion.” A formidable closing track to the 11-song offering, “Illusion” centered lead singer Sydney Sierota’s vocals in a lush and intricately arranged bed of piano driven synth work.

Now, the album standout gets a rework from Marcus Schossow and Years, who collectively amplify the cinematic quality of the original with their addition of atmospheric tones at the song’s onset, and festival progressive synths that climactically build just before each drop.

Listeners can stream the private track, here.

Calvin Harris, Zedd, Tiësto & more: Don’t miss the full Hakkasan Group Memorial Day Weekend recap

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It’s certainly no secret that the Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is the crowned owner of esteemed nightlife destinations. 2018’s Memorial Day was no exception, with fervorous performances from fellow 2020 residency holders Calvin Harris and Tiësto, to hip-hop heavyweights all the way down the strip. Hakksan brought their A-game and this year DA‘s here to wrap up the highlights, so you don’t miss a beat, and maybe next year might even manage to catch it in person.

OMNIA Nightclub

Photo Credit: Mike Kirschbaum

The Caesars Palace nightclub kicked off its electrifying three-day weekend celebration with none other than the king of the strip, Mr. Residency 2020, Calvin Harris.  Harris, fresh off his tune of the summer, “One Kiss,” played all of his chart-topping hits for a sold-out crowd. Following the firey Harris deliverance Friday night, Fellow Grammy Award-winning Zedd kept the party going Saturday night with an equally exuberant performance that kept guests dancing until the early hours of the morning. Unfortunately, the revelries had to come to a close Sunday evening, but who better to do the honors, than the unparalleled hitmaker himself, Martin Garrix.

Hakkasan Nightclub

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Hakkasan Nightclub, inside the esteemed MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, treated partygoers to an exclusive four-night affair, kicking off Thursday, May 24 with a Memorial Day Weekend edition of Lil Jon’s “About Last Night” party. One can imagine just how the shots were flowing as the “Turn Down for What” hitmaker took over the turntables, making for an unforgettable night at the jam-packed venue. Friday evening, Tiësto played for a sold-out crowd, even bringing out the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds. The long-weekend festivities continued Saturday, with Steve Aoki, who brought the noise with a sick celebrity entourage made-up of singer Akon and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. The nighttime hot spot welcomed back resident Calvin Harris Sunday, May 27, as the legendary artist treated partygoers to an expectedly exhilarating set.

JEWEL Nightclub

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Located inside the ARIA Resort & Casino, JEWEL nightclub pulled out all the stops this Memorial Day Weekend as the premier venue was also celebrating its two-year anniversary. Clubgoers flocked to the nightspot as hip-hop artist Playboi Carti, fresh off his new LP Die Lit, andgave an unbelievable live performance as part of “The Good Life Fridays” on May 25. The celebratory weekend continued with a live performance by Lil Uzi Vert the following night, as resident DJ Steve Aoki closed out the commemorative weekend May 28 for the “Flawless Mondays” anniversary event. Aoki had plenty of the usual (unusual) surprises in store for his guests, as he brought out Desiigner to perform his breakout hit “Panda” in the middle of his unparalleled set. Additionally, because why not, Lil Jon made a guest appearance where he jumped atop the DJ booth and pumped up the partygoers, making for an absolutely unbelievable night.

1 OAK Nightclub

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The Mirage Hotel & Casino club brought forth a jam-packed celebration for Memorial Day Weekend which kicked off Wednesday, May 23 with DJ Mike Attack. The festivities continued Friday, May 25 as hip-hop legend YG performed live for a sold-out crowd. Adding to the excitement, R&B artist Miguel. Saturday night welcomed chart-topping artist Tory Lanez as he led the party with an equally high-energy live performance.

The Bank Nightclub

The Bellagio Resort & Casino kept guests partying all weekend long with a lineup that included DJ Que Friday, May 25, DJ Mike K Saturday, May 26, and Kid Conrad Sunday, May 27.

WET REPUBLIC Ultra-Pool at MGM Grand

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Electronic dance legend Armin Van Buuren kicked things off at the storied assortment of Memorial Day Weekend Events Friday, May 25, at the MGM Grand WET Republic party. The champagne-filled celebration continued with Tiësto Saturday, May 26. Chart-topping artist Martin Garrix took over the turntables Sunday, May 27 as Zedd closed out the celebrations with an unforgettable performance Monday, May 28.

LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA

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Even ARIA’s LIQUID Pool hosted its own jam-packed week. Kicking off with DJ E-Rock Thursday, May 24. Poolgoers returned for an energetic set by DJ Turbulence Friday, May 25, as DJ Drama packed the venue Saturday, May 26. The daytime hot spot concluded the celebrations with DJ duo BRKLYN Sunday, May 27, and DJ Nova Monday, May 28.

Pool Lounge at The Mirage

The Mirage’s European-style dayclub welcomed partygoers with an exclusive lineup featuring Greg Lopez Thursday, May 24, MK Friday, May 25, Zsuzsanna Saturday, May 25, Alex Madden Sunday, May 27, and Joseph Gettright who headed the “Barekini Contest” Monday, May 28.

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WATCH: Zedd and Maren Morris finally perform their hit ‘The Middle’ together for the first time

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The stars are aligning. After months of radio play ZeddMaren Morris, and Grey’s hit collaboration, “The Middle,” has finally received its highly anticipated live rendition.

On Saturday, April 28, Morris joined Zedd onstage at the OMNIA Nightclub in Las Vegas and absolutely stunned the crowd with her verses, later commenting on Twitter that it was her “first time hearing the song this loud.”

“The Middle” is currently sitting at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been on the charts since its January debut.

2:30 a.m. vibes. @Zedd , you throw a damn good party! : Joe Janet

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