SuperM, Summer Walker, And The Eternal Struggle To Measure Music’s Popularity

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SuperMSuperM are objectively a big deal. The seven-man ensemble brings together members of several prominent K-pop groups: EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, WayV’s Lucas and Ten, and SHINee’s Taemin. That makes them a supergroup, and they flexed their commercial superpowers this week by landing their debut EP SuperM: The 1st Mini … More »

SHAED’s “Trampoline” Is The Latest Pop Hit Smuggled Through Rock Radio

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SHAEDBecause my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »

Music industry shows its support in light of recent mass shootings

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Music industry shows its support in light of recent mass shootingsKacey Musgraves Lollapalooza

The first weekend of August, two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left more than 31 people dead in the span of 14 hours.

The first shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 3 took 22 lives. Another nine people were killed in Dayton, Ohio. The two shootings are the latest in a dangerously common trend that have led to a toll of 255 U.S. mass shootings in 2019 as of today. The number of mass shootings has outpaced the number of days in the year.

In wake of the recent tragedies, the world has shown an outpouring of support and condolences for the communities affected. Artists and music industry figures, from Mija to Khalid to Lana Del Rey, and Bebe Rexha used their platforms to express their grief and provide comfort for those affected.

Mija, Khalid, and Riot Ten took to social media to announce their respective benefit concerts while Lana Del Rey wrote a song, “Looking for America” with Jack Antonoff in light of events. Meanwhile, Bebe Rexha urged her followers to talk to their senators to make changes against gun violence.

J.I.D. and Kacey Musgraves used their Lollapolooza slots to address audiences. The rapper dedicated a moment of silence to victims before his set, while the country singer addressed her concerns during a performance of her song, “Rainbow.”

“I can’t even believe that we’re having to process the s–t that’s happening in the last 24 hours, much less everything that’s happened in the last two-hundred and f–king fifteen days in America. I don’t know what the answer is but obviously something has to be f–king done,” Musgraves urged. “Maybe somebody will hear us if we all yell together to say, ‘Somebody f–king do something.”

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Watch The Chainsmokers perform ‘World War Joy’ cuts live from New York City

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Watch The Chainsmokers perform ‘World War Joy’ cuts live from New York CityGames 6 Galen Oakes

The Chainsmokers continued to flaunt their status as certified crowd pleasers from the TODAY plaza, where the duo convened with some of their recent collaborators to perform for the Today Citi Summer Concert Series. Ty Dolla $ign and bülow joined Drew Taggart to deliver a live rendition of their recent single, “Do You Mean.” The Chainsmokers also linked with Bebe Rexha. The versatile songstress stopped by to vocalize The Chainsmokers’ latest World War Joy offering, “Call You Mine.”

While The Chainsmokers’ set was primarily presently leaning in its focalization of the producers’ newer material, the duo nevertheless issued a nod to a celebrated catalog classic, “Paris.” Today’s 2019 programming touts a number of blockbuster artists, including Aloe Blacc, Lizzo, and OneRepublic, among others, all of whom are slated to perform later this summer. Watch The Chainsmokers’ Today set, here.

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Miley Cyrus Can’t Stop Getting In Her Own Way

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Miley CyrusCan you believe it’s been less than 10 years since Miley Cyrus released “Party In The U.S.A.”? The song, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her bridge from the Disney Channel to a grownup mainstream audience, feels like it has existed for several lifetimes. It was in fact released in August … More »

The Chainsmokers reunite with Bebe Rexha for ‘Call You Mine’ from upcoming sophomore LP

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The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha are a pairing that haven’t shared a title together in nearly a half-decade, although both acts’ status have greatly shifted since their last collaboration. The EDM duo initially began their ascend to superstardom with frequent remixes, offering their vision on a handful of music’s most notable releases at the time. One of those profile-building remixes was The Chainsmokers’ illustrious spin on Rexha’s “Drinking About You” and nearly six million streams later, it has remained a fan-favorite in the duo’s lengthy catalog. Fast forward five years to 2019 and the trio is officially reuniting for a proper collaboration as the fourth single from The Chainsmokers’ upcoming sophomore LP ‘World War Joy‘ with “Call You Mine.”

The new single serves as another compelling sucess as The Chainsmokers maintain top form during the front half of 2019, following up on their recent Ty Dolla $ign and bülow-assisted single, “Do You Mean.” Now, “Call You Mine” automatically draws likeness to The Chainsmokers’ inescapable smash hit with Hasley, “Closer” as Bebe Rexha’s indelible lyrics are consolidated alongside the duo’s intricately-designed future bass instrumental. Over time, Rexha has become an inspirational figure to The Chainsmokers, with the duo expressing,

“Just want to leave a note that Bebe Rexha was one of the first artist we ever met. We were both basically nobodies at the time but always were there for one another offering advice and supporting and now here we are 6 years later with a massive song together! We love you Bebe!”

The music video for “Call You Mine” may be the most enticing element of the release as Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have their lives abruptly taken at the hands of Bebe Rexha.

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NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + moreArty Press Shot E1555682005545

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.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

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.

Lizzo Really Is The Whole Damn Meal

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Lizzo“HAVE U EVER SEEN A BITCH PLAY FLUTE THEN HIT THE SHOOT?” It was a reasonable question. It was also a relevant question because it accompanied footage of the woman who posed it doing just that: first busting out an accomplished flute solo and then breaking into 2018’s biggest viral dance craze with her backup … More »

Billie Eilish’s Time Is Now

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Billie Eilish - When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go?“I have taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album!” Billie Eilish announces at the outset of her debut album. The 17-year-old singer then collapses into hysterical laughter with a male cohort — presumably her older brother, a fellow musician named Finneas O’Connell who’s been her close collaborator ever since … More »

Sigrid’s Debut Album Will Knock You Out

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SigridSometimes an album title is exactly right. More »