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.

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The genealogy of a hit: the complex crafting of Zedd’s ‘The Middle’ [Watch]

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From his Grammy-nominated Alessia Cara feature to his comparatively more recent release, “The Middle,” Zedd makes music production look easy. The mastered singles that infiltrate radio air waves, though, bespeak layers of complexity that are not immediately perceptible to listeners. “The Middle’s” seamless amalgamation of Maren Morris’ vocals with chord progressions outside of Morris’ country aesthetic effects a smooth pop listening experience that has resonated with many listeners, even those who normally eschew electronic music. Yet the fluidity of “The Middle” masks an intricate developmental process leading up to the single’s official release, one that notably almost never reached conclusion.

In what might arrive as a surprise to fans of the Zedd/Morris collab, “The Middle’s” origins extend well beyond Zedd’s studio. “The Middle” that listeners both know and belt in perfect synchronicity today was originally conceived as a demo by the Monsters and the Strangerz, a Los Angeles studio group and 23-year-old songwriter, Sarah Aarons. Aarons’ name doesn’t appear alongside Zedd or Morris’ on the track, but it was Aarons who would type out the lyrics and melody to “The Middle” on her iPhone. She then headed into the booth to record the demo of the song, which would later fall into the laps of electronic, silver haired duo, Grey. Adding what they call a “medieval axe whipping noise” to the demo — in other words, the sound that you hear in between the lyrics “baby” and “why don’t you just meet me in the middle?” — Grey would then forward the still unfinished track to Zedd.

“They played it for me they were like what do you think, and I thought if done right, this could be a huge smash,” Zedd said of the demo. To be “done right,” the track necessitated the right vocalist, and tracking down the choice voice for the song was quite the feat.  “There were months where we almost gave up, because we couldn’t a vocalist,” Zedd revealed. 14 demo vocalists later, including the likes of Bebe Rexha and Demi Lovato, “The Middle” had found its vocal match in Maren Morris. “I had never heard her music until I heard her demo,” Zedd noted, “I was like who’s Maren Morris? She sounds really good.”

“The Middle” currently enjoys the success that an approximate year of production effort, and a team of “no fewer than eight collaborators” warrants, but as the making of “The Middle” video clearly conveys, crafting a hit single is anything but simple, and oftentimes requires some meeting ‘in the middle.’

Via: The New York Times

Technology meets nature in Zedd’s new music video for National Geographic’s ‘One Strange Rock’

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When Anton Zaslavski was tapped to score National Geographic’s new documentary, “One Strange Rock,” the German-Russian producer known as ZEDD was shocked and intrigued. Although the project would take a very different avenue from a traditional ZEDD release, the classically trained musician took on the challenge to get back to his roots.

Now comes the music video inspired by the documentary’s leading track, “One Strange Rock,” in which ZEDD sits over a grand piano in a mysterious cave looking out to it’s walls in awe. Technology and nature collide in this mystical cave, where natural forces like gravity have no pull here. As the sequence leaves the cave and into the human imagination, images of the earth and supernovas abound, for a artistically intelligent depiction of the universe as we know it today through the study of astrophysics. The two universal languages — math and music — are two powerful themes in this visually stunning display.

“One Strange Rock” is a 10-part series hosted by Will Smith and directed by Darren Aronofsky, which chronicles the history of the universe.

Zedd, Yellow Claw, and KillaGraham produced songs on Thirty Seconds to Mars’ new album

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Five years after their last LP, Thirty Seconds to Mars have released their fifth studio album, America. The rock band has teamed up with a variety of big names to round out the album, and fans will find production credits from Zedd, Yellow Claw and KillaGraham on the LP.

At the beginning of 2018, Thirty Seconds to Mars released “Dangerous Night” — a track written by Jared Leto and Stevie Aiello and produced by Zedd. KillaGraham lends a production hand in the album’s third track,”Rescue Me,” and Yellow Claw worked with Leto on “Hail to the Victor.”

This isn’t the first time Thirty Seconds to Mars has stepped into the electronic music realm.

“We’ve been exploring electronic music from our very first album, so this isn’t something new for us,” Leto told USA Today. “But we break some rules as well for ourselves and tread upon new ground, which is exciting.”

The 12-track album also features collaborations with A$AP Rocky and Halsey and is out now on Interscope.

Zedd gives tour of his $16 million Beverly Hills home [Watch]

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The quality of a Zedd production would suggest that the “Stay” hit-maker sleeps in the studio. Yet as the Grammy Award-winning artist’s recent interview with Architectural Digest affirms, this, of course, is not the case.

The collaboration between Zedd and the magazine has resulted in a near 10-minute video tour of the artist’s 9,400-square-foot Beverly Hills residence, led by none other than Zedd himself. The video offers fans a glimpse of the many facets of Zedd’s private domain: his predilection for a modern aesthetic, symmetry in design, and the involvement of natural, outdoorsy elements in his home’s interior.

Unlike many celebrities, Zedd doesn’t use an interior designer, but rather relies on his own abilities. “I follow a bunch of architecture sites [that] I get inspiration from,” Zedd notes. “I have really specific taste and I’m okay with it taking awhile and therefore being more personal and [characterized by] stuff I actually like.”

Zedd’s preference for hand selected items reflective of his own decorative taste is similarly reflected in the art pieces that bedeck the walls of the property, all of which have been produced by Zedd’s creative friends. “Every piece of art [is] from somebody I know, nothing [is] random, so I’m trying to keep that,” Zedd explains. “The value is whatever it’s worth to me — I just want to look at art and be happy, so I’m not an art collector in the traditional sense.”

With a house like Zedd’s, who wouldn’t want to ‘Stay the Night’?

Read the full interview here.

Photo Credit: Architectural Digest

H/T: Architectural Digest

Zedd writes score for new National Geographic documentary, ‘One Strange Rock’

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From M&Ms commercials to the cover of Forbes, Zedd’s career continues to surge ahead with undeviating momentum and unsurprising versatility.

The Grammy award-winning artist’s latest endeavor figures Zedd as the writer of the cinematic score for National Geographic’s new documentary, “One Strange Rock.” Hosted by recent Ultra 20 surprise guest Will Smith and directed by Darren Aronofsky, “One Strange Rock” is a 10-part series that chronicles the history of the universe.

“I got an email basically saying that Nat Geo is looking for a musical piece to be composed by me that doesn’t necessarily sound like me,” Zedd said. “It was about me composing a piece for something that Aronofsky directed, and I’m a big fan, so immediately I saw that name and I was like [yes]…I was really interested.”

Zedd’s partnership has additionally allowed the “Stay” hit-maker to tap into his classical roots. “It is very different [from a traditional Zedd release],” Zedd added. “I come from classical music, so this is much more in line with what I used to do 20 years ago.”

“One Strange Rock” premiered on March 26. Fans can sample Zedd’s cinematic sound via “One Strange Rock’s” official trailer.

H/T: ET Online

Ryan Browne smashes remix of Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey’s ‘The Middle’

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When Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey‘s “The Middle” came out at the beginning of the year, it quickly garnered millions of plays and views across platforms. The sugar-sweet dance/pop original featured Morris’ charming vocals over catchy production from Zedd and Grey, making for a surefire hit for all three artists.

Over the months since its release, countless remixes have surfaced on SoundCloud — but perhaps none as heavy as this latest one from drummer Ryan Browne. Browne has been making a name for himself by doing percussion-infused takes on songs like Krewella‘s classic “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” With accompanying videos to demonstrate the hard work that goes into these remixes, Browne’s multi-instrumental skills shine. His remix of “The Middle” is backed by hefty guitar riffs and bass and is led by a fast-paced drum & bass rhythm. He’s taken the tidy pop elements of the original and worked them into a more rugged, passion-packed remix.

It’s nearly impossible to sit still for this one.

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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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.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

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.

The complete iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Winners List

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Hosted on March 11, iHeartRadio‘s annual music awards show saw dance floor dominators The Chainsmokers and Zedd leave more decorated than they’d arrived.

Up for awards in three respective categories, The Chainsmokers secured their first victory for “Best Collaboration” for their Coldplay single, “Something Just Like This,” and their second for “Dance Artist of the Year.” The superpower duo would go head to head with Zedd for “Dance Song of the Year,” a category that landed Zedd the award for his Alessia Cara feature, “Stay.” The full list of award winners across the musical spectrum appears below.

Song of the Year:

“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran (WINNER)
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Female Artist of the Year: 
Alessia Cara
Halsey
P!nk
Rihanna
Taylor Swift — WINNER

Male Artist of the Year:
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran — WINNER
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5 — WINNER
Migos
Portugal. The Man
The Chainsmokers

Best New Artist:
Cardi B — WINNER
Niall Horan
Luke Combs
Christian Nodal
Judah & the Lion
Ozuna
Khalid

Best Collaboration:
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay — WINNER
“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Best New Pop Artist:
Camila Cabello
Julia Michaels
Liam Payne — WINNER
Logic
Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“Believer”  – Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man — WINNER
“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
“Walk On Water” – Thirty Seconds To Mars
“Wish I Knew You” – The Revivalists

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Cage The Elephant
Imagine Dragons — WINNER
Judah & The Lion
Kings Of Leon
Portugal. The Man

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
Greta Van Fleet
Judah & The Lion — WINNER
K.Flay
Rag’n’Bone Man
The Revivalists

Rock Song of the Year:
“Go To War” – Nothing More
“Help” – Papa Roach
“Run” – Foo Fighters — WINNER
“Rx (Medicate)”” – Theory of a Deadman
“Song #3” – Stone Sour

Rock Artist of the Year:
Foo Fighters
Highly Suspect
Metallica — WINNER
Papa Roach
Royal Blood

Country Song of the Year:
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt — WINNER
“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi
“Hurricane” – Luke Combs
“Small Town Boy” – Dustin Lynch
“Unforgettable” – Thomas Rhett

Country Artist of the Year:
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett — WINNER

Best New Country Artist:
Brett Young
Jon Pardi
Kane Brown
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs — WINNER

Dance Song of the Year:
“It Ain’t Me” – Kygo and Selena Gomez
“No Promises” – Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato
“Rockabye” – Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie featuring Sean Paul
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara — WINNER

Dance Artist of the Year: 
Calvin Harris
Cheat Codes
Kygo
The Chainsmokers — WINNER
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Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 
“Bad and Boujee” – Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Rockstar” – Post Malone
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller — WINNER

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
DJ Khaled
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar — WINNER
Migos

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
21 Savage
Cardi B — WINNER
GoldLink
Lil Uzi Vert
Playboi Carti

R&B Song of the Year:
“B.E.D.” – Jacquees
“Location” – Khalid
“Love Galore” – SZA featuring Travis Scott
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars — WINNER

R&B Artist of the Year: 
Bruno Mars — WINNER
Childish Gambino
Khalid
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist:
6LACK
Kehlani
Kevin Ross
Khalid — WINNER
SZA

Latin Song of the Year: 
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee — WINNER
“El Amante” – Nicky Jam
“Hey DJ” – CNCO
“Mi Gente” – J Balvin featuring Willy William
“Súbeme La Radio” –  Enrique Iglesias

Latin Artist of the Year: 
CNCO
J Balvin
Luis Fonsi — WINNER
Nicky Jam
Shakira

Best New Latin Artist:
Abraham Mateo — WINNER
Bad Bunny
Danny Ocean
Karol G
Ozuna

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
“Adios Amor” – Christian Nodal
“Ella Es Mi Mujer” – Banda Carnaval
“Las Ultras” – Calibre 50 — WINNER
“Regresa Hermosa” – Gerardo Ortiz
“Siempre Te Voy A Querer” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 
Banda Carnaval
Banda Los Recoditos
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
Calibre 50 — WINNER
Gerardo Ortiz

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:
Christian Nodal
Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey
El Fantasma
Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Producer of the Year:
Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder
Andrew Watt
Benny Blanco
Justin Tranter
Steve Mac

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” – Shawn Mendes
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
“Slow Hands” – Niall Horan — WINNER

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

“All We Got” – Shawn Mendes

“Bad Liar” – HAIM

“Issues” – Niall Horan

“Lost” – Khalid

“Say You Won’t Let Go” – Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly

“The Chain” – Harry Styles (WINNER)

“Touch” – Ed Sheeran

“The Tribute Song” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Fan Army Presented by Taco Bell *Socially Voted Category

Arianators – Ariana Grande

Beliebers – Justin Bieber

BTS – BTS (WINNER)

Camilizers – Camila Cabello

EXO-L – EXO

Harmonizers – Fifth Harmony

Lovatics – Demi Lovato

Mendes Army – Shawn Mendes

Mixers – Little Mix

Selenators – Selena Gomez

Smilers – Miley Cyrus

Swifties – Taylor Swift

Best Music Video *Socially Voted Category“Bad Liar” – Selena Gomez
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“I’m The One” – DJ Khaled
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
“Malibu” – Miley Cyrus
“New Rules” – Dua Lipa
“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran
“Sign Of The Times” – Harry Styles (WINNER)
“Sorry Not Sorry” – Demi Lovato
“Swish Swish” – Katy Perry
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” – Shawn MendesSocial Star Award: *Socially Voted CategoryAndrew Huang
Anitta (WINNER)
Christian Collins
Conor Maynard
dodie
Gabbie Hanna
JoJo Siwa
Mariah Belgrod
Max & Harvey
RoomieOfficial

Cutest Musician’s Pet: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

Batman – Demi Lovato
Bear Rexha – Bebe Rexha
Nugget – Katy Perry
Olivia Benson – Taylor Swift
Pig Pig – Miley Cyrus
Toulouse – Ariana Grande (WINNER)

Best Boy Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

AJR
BTS (WINNER)
CNCO
In Real Life
PRETTYMUCH
The Vamps
Why Don’t We

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category

Camila Cabello
Harry Styles
Liam Payne
Louis Tomlinson (WINNER)
Niall Horan

Best Remix: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

“Bon Appétit” – Katy Perry, Migos and 3LAU
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“do re mi” ” – blackbear featuring Gucci Mane
“Friends” – Justin Bieber and BloodPop with Julia Michaels
“Havana” – Camila Cabello and Daddy Yankee
“Homemade Dynamite” – Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone and SZA
“May I Have This Dance” – Francis & The Lights featuring Chance The Rapper
“Mi Gente” – J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé
“Reggaetón Lento” – CNCO and Little Mix

H/T: Billboard

Watch: Zedd shares gorgeous piano melodies

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