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The nominations for the 2019 BRIT Awards have been announced. Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa, who won British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act last year, lead the pack with four nominations each. Lipa is up for both British Single and British Video for two songs, “IDGAF” and her Calvin Harris collab “One … More »
In the age of social media fads develop before we’ve even had the chance to deliberate, as they’re tweeted and retweeted ad infinitum. Culture is reduced to meme format, giving way to some pretty detestable content. The following list rounds up recent music trends that will hopefully be dead by New Year’s Day. More »
Everything’s coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott’s album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for a third week. Meanwhile Astroworld’s big hit, the Drake collab “Sicko Mode,” completed a 17-week climb to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Scott, the … More »
Despite gifting fans earlier this year with a wide selection of music on 7, David Guetta has decided to adorn his fans with a follow up to one of the more prominent tracks from the project. This time, it’s a wild new video for his Bebe Rexha and J Balvin collaboration “Say My Name.” The newest landing is the fourth music video release for the French DJ’s seventh studio album, following “Don’t Leave Me Alone” with Anne-Marie, “Flames” with Sia, and “2U” with Justin Bieber.
Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the video has all the makings of an underground jungle rave, with its outpour vibrant colors, exotic uniforms, and some palm tree-bound Iguanas and Toucans. The party appears to take place in several locations, including an empty, abandoned pool, and what can be perceived as a giant furnace burning behind Guetta and Balvin’s Throne Room.
Guetta’s two-sided 7 saw his darker, club-oriented sound from his more nascent production stages reborn alongside his modernized dance pop signature. 7 is his first album since Listen in 2014, with the former including features from Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and more.
Marshmello performed a medley of two of his biggest hits of the year to help close out the 2018 MTV European Music Awards. Starting out on the piano, the internationally renowned producer soon took to the stage with pop star Anne-Marie, where the two performed an acoustic version of their platinum-certified collaboration “Friends.” This performance follows a recently released acoustic version of the dance-pop crossover track.
As the medley went on, Marshmello moved stages to take up his track “Happier” alongside the band Bastille, as confetti and the collaborators’ characteristically upbeat music closed out the ceremony. Watch the full performance here. This star-studded final performance of the EMAs served as a perfect follow-up to Marshmello’s win for Best Electronic Artist.
Oliver Heldens has been reeling in all the right remixes as of late, reworking the classic Sidney Samson track “Riverside,” as well as Calvin Harris‘ chart-topping hit “One Kiss” featuring Dua Lipa. And now, the Dutch producer continues his end-of-summer tear with a remix of David Guetta‘s latest single “Don’t Leave Me Alone” with Anne-Marie.
The release has all the makings of a glorified crowd-pleaser, including a dance-heavy beat under the original’s catchy vocals and dropping into some pounding electronics. It’s easy to picture how the remix would play out live, providing the perfect backbone for some killer graphic visuals and light schemes.
His Heldeep imprint has been a driving force in summer 2018, taking over stages at some of the world’s most renowned festivals that saw Heldens as the headliner. In addition to a jam-packed Ibiza schedule, he’ll continue to move through the extensive tour schedule, hitting festivals such as Ultra Japan and Imagine Music Festival. Heldens will also continue to showcase the Heldeep brand, stopping in NYC for a massive Heldeep at Sea show featuring Black Caviar and more.
Marshmello and Anne-Marie‘s friend-zone anthem, “Friends,” has gone platinum. The platinum plaque recognizes 1 million units sold in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which are distinguished by single digital sales or 150 streams on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Those these numbers are nothing to turn one’s head at, however, it is important to look at other locations where this catchy anthem is consumed. Take YouTube, for example, where the melodic and unflinching track amassed nearly 600 million plays between Marshmello’s playful animated lyric video and the official music video as of Aug. 23. “Friends” peaked on Billboard Hot 100 at No. 11, but it’s clear the core of this song has a continuing resonance that isn’t slowing down.
Marshmello collaborations have again and again proven to be hits. In a press release announcing the platinum certification, Anne-Marie expressed her feelings about working with the masked master track-maker stating, “I love Marshmello…Working with him was so much fun and I can’t wait to work with him again. Talented, humble, lovely human…..I mean, Marshmello.”
On Aug. 20, with the continued enthusiasm and momentum associated when a track turns anthem, Anne-Marie accepted RIAA’s framed plaque right before performing a sold-out show at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. Of course, Marshmello isn’t slowing down either having recently announced a collaboration with Juice WRLD. Who knows what these tastemakers will do next.
On The Run II is bracketed by a pair of slow dances. OK, technically it’s bracketed by Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” — with Beyoncé taking over Justin Timberlake’s hook duties and thrashing her hair in circles during the Nirvana interpolation — and “APESHIT,” the rousing Migos-powered lead single from the Carters’ new collaborative album Everything Is … More »
David Guetta is gracing radio stations across the world again, thanks to pop collaboration with Anne-Marie, “Don’t Leave Me Alone.” In true industry fashion, a variety of artists have tried their hand at remixing the track, including Lenny Kravitz, R3HAB, and Guetta himself. Sidney Samson is the latest to join this list with his club-ready twist of the original.
Samson has all but entirely replaced the drop, with big room chords driving the bassline at a heightened BPM. Anne-Marie’s vocals still shine through, weaving in and out of the hectic drop to promote a danceable experience in any place it’s played in. Samson’s take on the track definitely gives the song a perfect spin for live performance, and there will be no surprises if Guetta decides to drop this version during his next set.