It’s one thing for a DJ to hit a home run with a timely placed solo single, but according to Billboard’s Electronic/Dance charts of the decade, it’s the collaborations that hit the grand slams over the course of the 2010s.
In fact, the list’s top five slots are comprised entirely of collaborative singles. Landing on the list are The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, whose cushy, melodic “Something Just Like This” reigned supreme for 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 2017, with ZEDD, Maren Morris, and Grey earning a stop in the top ten with everyone’s guilty pleasure “The Middle.” The late Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” which features the uncredited vocals of Aloe Blacc and Major Lazer’s joint with DJ Snake “Lean On” round out the decade’s top tunes, painting a vibrant picture of what’s delivered the heat in the 2010s.
In the scope of full-length LPs, it was Lady Gaga who took gold, as her debut LP, The Fame, logged a total of 62 weeks at the top of the charts during the 2010s. Daft Punk’s decade-blurring Random Access Memories and David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat took the two and three spots, arguing that traditional DJs are capable of more than hit single after hit single.
Felix Cartal has released an impactful new video project in collaboration with Jacob Crawford titled “Right Now.” Within the visual, the Canadian DJ/producer tackles an issue that nearly all artists struggle with at some time or another, feeling stuck in a creative rut. To encourage his peers to prevail during creatively challenging times, Cartal took a trip to Los Angeles and recruited some industry friends for insight into what has helped them when they struggle with artistic vision.
The video opens to the text, “As an artist, I often feel insecure about my own work and look for ways to stay motivated. I love talking to friends in these moments… so I went to LA for one week, and asked some friends about their creative process. This is the result. Maybe it can help you too.”
The video shows clips of Cartal speaking with artists spanning Zedd to Anna Lunoe to Kaskade. He also speaks to songwriters Lights, K.Flay, Phoebe Ryan and many more. With such an expansive pool of participants, the visual is free to jaunt through a number of creative corridors. A number of notable artists, including Galantis and Steve Aoki, also opted to send in clips sharing the galvanizing message: “Don’t Wait, just do it right now.” The video itself concludes with Cartal sharing some reflective insight on his career thus far.
Cartal writes in an official release about his intentions for releasing the project, “I’ve always wanted to make a video to help inspire artists who are just getting started. Sometimes it feels like being stuck is something that only happens to you. It’s not true. Everyone feels that way sometimes. This video has been over a year in the making, and I’m so proud of it finally coming together. TO EVERY SINGLE ARTIST, CREATOR, OR HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN STUCK. THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!”
Zedd reported this week that the Chinese embassy has banned him from entering and thereby performing in the country, noting his liking of a South Park tweet as the source of the controversy.
The hit Comedy Central animated cartoon and cultural satire phenomenon was recently placed in hot water with the Chinese government after the show’s “Band In China” episode, of which the central theme was Chinese authoritarian censorship. South Park was subsequently wiped from the Chinese internet entirely.
The Chinese Twitter disdain thickens, as Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets General Manager, last week posted a since-deleted pro-Hong Kong resistance tweet in contention with the Chinese government. The Chinese telecommunications company, Tencent, then announced they will hereby not be airing Rockets basketball games as a result. Similarly, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s report, a Marriott worker was last year fired from his job for liking a Tibetan separatist’s tweet on behalf of the company’s Twitter account.
Yesterday, Zedd maintained via Instagram that his claims are of the utmost sincerity—though no visual evidence has yet to materialize from his camp to confirm. Dancing Astronaut reached out to Zedd’s team to validate the reports, but representatives have yet to comment.
“Just to clarify. This is NOT a joke. The government informed our promoters that if they don’t cancel my scheduled shows in China they would pull their cultural permits,” writes Zedd.
There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness, and it’s the former that Zedd and Kehlani collaboratively celebrate on “Good Thing.” The emblem of a radio-driven pop-electronic hybrid, “Good Thing” has a mid-tempo, synth-reliant structure that supports Kehlani’s immediately recognizable vocal. The vocal hook is alluring in its sing-along potential, causing Zedd and Kehlani to check off one of the key constructive boxes for a commercially successful dance-pop record.
“Good Thing” is noticeably different in sound from the Katy Perry-assisted, four-on-the-floor house stomper,”365.” Although Zedd took a brief break from the vocal-centric, genre-crossing pop-electronic style that he showed off on “The Middle” and “Happy Now,” “Good Thing” reaffirms that this approach remains one of Zedd’s strongest sonic suits—and he’s still here to play.
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.
Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”
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.
It’s 2019, and Zedd’s ability to crack the charts remains ultimately unquestioned, but how about his ability to crack an egg?
The German-born producer-turned-sous-chef hits the culinary decks alongside cooking royalty Gordon Ramsay to put his surprisingly sophisticated spin on the breakfast sandwich (featuring bacon, goat cheese, shallots, and chives, for clarity’s sake). In addition to a first-hand lesson from Ramsay himself, Zedd offers fans insight into how his creative process has changed over the years and details his upcoming tour.
The Orbit Tour takes off on the west coast as of Sept. 13 and is scheduled to touchdown in Europe in early November.
Leave it to the Las Vegas club circuit to keep things hot, even as summer begins to wind to a close. Following a hefty Labor Day Weekend billing, Hakkasan has delivered its September lineup, consisting of some of the hottest dance acts in the world, from Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and many more.
Between Hakkasan, OMNIA, 1 OAK Nightclub, JEWEL, and the dayclubs, WET Republic and LIQUID, the Strip is the place to be as autumn gets underway. Expect appearances from Borgeous, 4B, Crankdat and more at Hakkasan, while OMNIA boasts ZEDD, Gryffin, and Nicky Romero. What’s more—Loud Luxury, Illenium, Party Favor, and more are also scattered across Hakkasan’s blistering September lineup, bringing the most electronic star power to one place over the next month.
The Las Vegas-based entertainment giant is blending top-notch dance and hip-hop throughout the month, with rhymers like Tyga, J.I.D., and Playboy Carti rubbing shoulders with Illenium, Nervo, and Party Favor across multiple stages in the four clubs, Wet Republic Ultra Pool, and LIQUID Pool Lounge. Hakkasan’s consistently well-rounded and tightly curated lineups continue to push through the hot summer months, and August might be the hottest month on the Strip yet.
Electronic music lovers in San Diego know to look no further than Hakkasan Group‘s OMNIA night club. The multi-level club is revered for its opulent finishes and impeccable production. Known for securing a vast variety of acts, OMNIA will be kicking off perhaps its most heavy-hitting 2019 month yet this summer, thanks to forthcoming shows from Zedd, Porter Robinson, Chantel Jeffries, and more.
Zedd will be heating things up next month, indeed, with a Fourth of July celebration at the venue. July will also feature the debut of a new club night concept entitled Wild At Heart: sure to prove a tempting catalyst for the rowdier crowds to come out to play. Guests will enjoy a lengthy variation of themes, a robust talent roster, and an overall vivacious party atmosphere. Crankdat and Deorro will be making hotly anticipated appearances later in the month. Find general information on OMNIA, the club’s event schedule, and tickets available here.
On Wednesday, June 5, Matthew Koma took to Twitter to issue a contentious statement around his work with Zedd, and how he felt he’d more-or-less been given the short hand and pushed under the rug as Zedd grew in star power. Koma’s statement alleged that he’d been publicly discredited on watermark hits like “Clarity,” and that it’d even taken him years to receive pay on the 2012 anthem “Spectrum.”
Zedd issued a brief response on June 8 rebutting these claims, and has since released a more extended statement on the issue. He tackles each claim one-by-one, beginning by announcing his eternal pride in having worked with Matthew in the past and reiterating once more that he gave credit where credit is due. He also addressed the “Suitcase” falling out, advising he’d backed out of the unfinished project over artistic differences. The story ended with a desire to be able to “sit down as friends” with Koma and an apology that he felt underappreciated throughout their time as collaborators.