The Chainsmokers announce abrupt name change—now known as JuulSquad

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Amidst a rising nationwide concern in growing smoking behavior among young adults, The Chainsmokers have announced a name change to JuulSquad. It is still unclear how the name change will affect the duo’s popularity and whether fans will be resistant to the cross-over into new releases under the moniker.

The Chainsmokers have come under fire for perpetuating an underage smoking culture with their name. In an interview with Billboard, the pair explained the origin of their name and the rationale behind the sudden decision. “We actually met each other while we were both taking a smoke break outside so it was serendipitous that we ended up adopting The Chainsmokers as our name”, Alex Pall said. Drew Taggart admitted he thought the name sounded cool at the time and that he “thought it would impress hot chicks.”

“We realized it’s time for us to be role models for all our young fans out there. We can really make a difference,” Taggart said.

Both of the members hope that their new name will steer fans away from smoking and instead to juuling—as vaping has an already become popular smoking alternative. Whether they are aware of these new implications of stigmatizing vape culture in the younger generation is unknown. The duo will commence touring and releasing music under JuulSquad immediately as of April 1st, 2019. They have also hinted at an exclusive JuulSquad x Juul collaboration.

Diplo tapped as executive producer on LeBron James’ debut album ‘King’

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With LeBron James‘ move to LA, his introduction to Hollywood was inevitable. While the 15-time All Star will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, his itinerary remains packed with a handful of new entertainment ventures via his production imprint, SpringHill Entertainment. First came the announcement that the mythical, long-awaited Space Jam 2 is finally underway, and now LeBron has announced his debut rap album, King, is landing this fall, executive produced by none other than Diplo.

LeBron’s foray into the rap world makes sense—he’s made a habit of previewing massive rap cuts on his Instagram stories, he’s been known to break out a quick Milly Rock while rubbing shoulder’s with hip-hop’s top dogs, and he actually served as A&R on 2 Chainz well-received Rap or Go to the League earlier this year. His link to Diplo also makes sense. The Mad Decent head honcho is one of the most in-demand pop producers of the moment with credits working alongside Beyoncé, Madonna, Justin Bieber, and more.

Diplo has kept tight lipped about working with the Lakers forward, though he recently commented,

“Being the LeBron James of EDM is hard work, but someone’s got to do it. But when the real LeBron called and asked if I could make rap beats, I figured I might as well try. It’s been really silly in the studio and Bron’s also been teaching me how to dribble with my left hand—pretty rad.”

Look for James’ debut album, King to hit streaming platforms later this year. See the full tracklist below.

King Tracklist:

  1. Akron’s Favorite Son
  2. Rings, Bitch (ft. Adele)
  3. Chris Bosh Swag (ft. Big Shaq and Oliver Tree)
  4. April Fool’s Day (prod. Diplo & Kenny Beats)
  5. They Don’t Want This Smoke
  6. Ty Lue The Truth (ft. Kevin Love)
  7. Free Throws
  8. Cleveland Come (ft. J. Cole and Future)
  9. David Stern’s Ferrari (ft. Stephen A. Smith)
  10. In My Bag

BREAKING: Swedish House Mafia scrap upcoming reunion, cancel all live performances

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What the Mafia giveth, the Mafia taketh away. 

The painstakingly slow pace with which Swedish House Mafia individually announced each of their upcoming 2019 performances contrasts with the unanticipated rapidity of the supergroup’s cancellation of all upcoming shows—effective immediately. Swedish House Mafia have been a highly sought lineup inclusion since their landmark reunion at Ultra Music Festival in 2018. The “Greyhound” producers recently topped Ultra Europe‘s 2019 lineup, as well as Ultra Korea, Lollapalooza Berlin, and Creamfields’. Now, instead of “Save The World” at festivals across the globe, Swedish House’s unexpected and incredibly swift cancellations presents these festival organizers with a new challenge: “Save The Lineup.”

Swedish House Mafia have also backed out of their singular headlining shows. Axwell, Ingrosso, and Angello were slated to take the decks in a number of cites worldwide, ranging from Mexico City to Stockholm. Swedish House Mafia jointly broke the news of the cancellations during an interview on BBC Radio 1.

“You know what they say, three’s a crowd. We found that to be true as we plotted our comeback tour,”

Steve Angello said. The Size Records figurehead confirmed that he will continue to solo produce and release music.

While each member of the Mafia stated his regret that the reunion effort will not in fact come to fruition during the interview, Axwell and Ingrosso also expressed their optimism for the future. The pair previously shared their plan to press pause on their Axwell ^ Ingrosso project, in order to devote the full scope of their focus to the revival of Swedish House Mafia. “We will now, in fact, be taking our old project off the shelf. We thought about doing a countdown to a bunch of new dates for Ax and I, but we thought the idea seemed kind of unoriginal” Ingrosso said during the BBC Radio 1 interview. Further along in the interview, Axwell, who mainly kept quiet during the discussion, coyly mentioned that he believes all of life is a simulation and he’s a big fan of April Fool’s jokes.

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Ja Rule and Andy King unveil plans to produce new Fyre Festival concept—Fyre 2.0

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Ja Rule and Andy King unveil plans to produce new Fyre Festival concept—Fyre 2.0Culture FyreFestival3

The line between ambitious and foolish is a fine one, but trust Ja Rule—once credible 2000’s rapper turned “bamboozled” event producer —to walk it. That’s because today the embattled rhymer and fellow former Fyre Festival executive, Andy King, unveiled plans to produce, “the greatest festival that never was,” but for real this time—Fyre Festival 2.0. That’s right, while Billy McFarland, the nucleus behind the most monumental fail in the internet’s still-infant influencer age, languishes in federal prison for the grand-scale finagling he tried to pull off in 2017, his former business partners are hoping to build a real luxury festival experience from the ashes of the first Fyre.

The second, or, rather first real iteration of Fyre Festival, will take place this summer on the Caribbean Isle of Tortuga, once the boisterous pirate blow that was used to be a frequent stop for the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow and other infamous sailors. Fyre Festival 2.0’s talent roster for this year’s event features Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Hardwell, Paris Hilton (DJ set), and Paul Oakenfold drunkenly reading nursery rhymes over a microphone.

King, the hero of the first Fyre Festival fiasco, who famously prepared to fellate law enforcement officials for access to clean water for festival goers, expressed in a statement,

“We’re thrilled to actually be making Fyre Festival a reality. Without having to blow anyone, we were able to produce a festival this time around that actually brings a lot more than just American cheese on white bread. This festival is going to be bananas, ya heard.”

Look out for more details on tickets, VIP packages, and cabana bundles as they become available. See the full lineup for Fyre Festival 2.0 here.