Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ named highest-charting dance track of decade

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Avicii continues his legacy with his seminal track, “Wake Me Up” being named the highest charting dance track of the decade. Released in 2013, the track peaked at No. 1 in 22 countries upon its release. Featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” was the lead single from the late Swedish producer’s debut studio album True.

“Wake Me Up” holds the No. 13 position on the official UK Top 100 Singles Chart. Avicii is among other prominent dance acts including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Daft Punk, The Chainsmokers, and Major Lazer that appear on the top chart.

Avicii’s lasting contribution to dance music has continued to be passed on by friends, family, and members of the community alike. The Avicii Vector game was officially launched earlier this month and features 25 of his tracks. The Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness took place in Stockholm on Dec. 5 and saw 55,000 in attendance for a celebration of the late artist’s life and memory. A tribute concert version of Avicii’s posthumous track, “Fades Away” was officially released earlier this week.

H/T: DJ Mag

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Hakkasan taps Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Tyga for New Year’s Eve 2020

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Hakkasan is planning for the 2020 New Year’s Eve ball drop with precision.

The nightlife entertainment authority announced that its 2020 New Year’s festivities will be led by Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, and Tyga, who will appear at the company’s Hakkasan, OMNIA, and Jewel nightclubs December 31.

Aoki attendees will have the opportunity to see one year fall into the next, under The Hakkasan Grid, the self-reported largest kinetic light art installation in the US. Confetti drops will add much-warranted zeal to the momentous drops that Aoki is all too liable to be dishing out that evening. Meanwhile, guests present at Harris’ OMNIA show will have access to the nightclub’s terrace, where they can view Las Vegas’ renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Hip-hop enthusiasts who opt to bid 2019 adieu in the company of Tyga can expect confetti balloon drops and an exhilarating countdown to the year ahead.

Those who aim to ring in the New Year Las Vegas style can snag tickets to each of the three events, here.

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The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

Weekend Rewind: listen to Calvin Harris’ 2008 Essential Mix debut

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In 2008, a Scottish artist by the name of Calvin Harris had just begun hitting his stride and earning notice from the dance community at large. His debut LP offering the year before, I Created Disco, proved a hit and later led to collaborations with Kylie Minogue. He also earned credit on the tour circuit through support for Groove Armada and Faithless. Naturally, Pete Tong took interest in the burgeoning artist as well and promptly slotted him into his Essential Mix series.

We revisit Calvin Harris’ debut Essential Mix just days after its 11th birthday, which immediately places its listeners on a path down into the blog house era from whence it came. Iconic hits of the day like deadmau5′ “The Reward Is Cheese,” Riva Starr’s “I Jack U,” and Harris’ own twist on the DJ Assault hit “Ass N Titties” are featured, with additional flecks of Santagold, Pryda, and Cosmonauts. It’s a nostalgic journey that maintains the same levels of cheery fun that ensued upon its October 2008 debut, and served as another early indicator of the success Harris would continue to reap as he climbed the dance music ranks.

Djakarta Warehouse Project announces phase one headliners Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, and more

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The Djakarta Warehouse Project has announced its return for 2019, revealing the first round of headliner artists for its upcoming edition. Taking place at the capital’s Jakarta International Expo, the festival tops their bill with a smashing selection of high-tier headliners including Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Zedd and Skrillex set to perform over Dec. 13-15.

The phase one announcement follows with a handful of high-energy bookings for the course of the weekend, bringing in fan-favorites like Oliver Heldens, Salvatore Ganacci, and Jeffrey Sutorius performing as Dash Berlin to light up the city. Local festival organizers Ismaya Live have also secured a stage takeover from Barcelona-born party series elrow, as they venture out to Indonesia for the party of the year.

Tickets and more information about the Djakarta Warehouse Project are available here.

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Hakkasan ushers in fall season with stacked September lineup featuring ZEDD, Calvin Harris, Gryffin, and more

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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.

To see Hakkasan’s full September billing or to purchase tickets and tables, click here.

Tiësto enlists Colombian producer MOSKA for Latin anthem, ‘Acordeão’

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Tiësto has teamed up with Colombian producer MOSKA for a new lively new tune, “Acordeão.” MOSKA is the first Latin American producer to sign with Tiësto’s label, Musical Freedom. It’s also his second collaboration with Tiësto, following their remix of Tiësto’s original track, “Century,” featuring Calvin Harris years ago.

“Acordeão” enlists a famous Colombian sample and composition, “Fiesta En Corraleja,” with full support from the original composer, Ruben Dario Salcedo Ruiz. The track’s Latin flair is effervescent and keeps the listener wanting to dance until the very end. Tiësto debuted the release during his set at Tomorrowland in July.

The release is a part of Tiësto’s TOGETHER project, which features a medley of up-and-coming artists with whom Tiësto has been working and helping to develop over the past few years in his continued efforts to discover and mentor emerging talent.

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The Chainsmokers steal Calvin Harris’ spot of ‘Highest Paid DJ’ in new Forbes list

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The Chainsmokers steal Calvin Harris’ spot of ‘Highest Paid DJ’ in new Forbes listgames 5 Galen Oakes

Forbes’ “Highest Paid DJ” list has just come out, and Calvin Harris has officially been dethroned by The Chainsmokers after six years spent at the number one slot.

The Chainsmokers’ have had their biggest year in earnings yet, with the duo taking home a cool $46 million. This comes as no surprise; after all, they’ve been dominating the airwaves over the past couple years with huge pop anthems. They’re also in the middle of a lucrative three-year contract with Wynn Las Vegas; combine that with a myriad of other headlining gigs at major festivals, and one-off private appearances elsewhere, and it becomes clear how they’ve managed to rake in such vast amounts of capital.

Marshmello has also been climbing the ranks, and actually landed in second place this year with $40 million in net earnings. Calvin Harris found himself demoted to the third slot with $38.5 million. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki took home the fourth ranking, largely in part to him playing 200 gigs through the past year and numerous brand deals on top.

Per usual, female DJs are missing from the list.

Full Ranking:

  1. The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
  2. Marshmello ($40 million)
  3. Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
  4. Steve Aoki ($30 million)
  5. Diplo ($25 million)
  6. Tiësto ($24 million)
  7. Martin Garrix ($19 million)
  8. David Guetta ($18 million)
  9. Zedd ($17 million)
  10. Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
  11. Kaskade ($14 million)
  12. Skrillex ($13 million)
  13. Alesso ($12.5 million)
  14. Afrojack ($12 million)
  15. Tie: DJ Snaje, DJ Pauly D, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million)

Photo credit: Galen Oakes

H/T: Forbes

Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump top inaugural FestivalX lineup

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The co-creators of Stereosonic, Hardware and Onelove have partnered with Live Nation to host Australia’s first-ever FestivalX, a touring festival led by Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, and Lil Pump. The inaugural installment of the new event will canvass Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne on November 29, 30, and December 1, respectively. The initial wave of artists features 28 producers, including Anna Lunoe, Cosmic Gate, Alison Wonderland, CamelPhat, Tchami, MK, MaRLo, and more. FestivalX offers attendees a hearty selection of electronic talent, and also caters to those with hip-hop proclivities in its inclusion of rhymers like Trippie Redd, Blueface, and Murda Beatz.

FestivalX organizers had originally intended to launch the event in 2018 to replace Stereosonic. FestivalX was then scheduled to travel to four different cities spanning Australia and New Zealand. The stops were ultimately cancelled due to “unforeseen last-minute changes in artist availability,” according to a joint statement issued at the time.

“As they say, good things come to those who wait,” Richie McNeill, founder of Hardware, said. “Something very special is happening here and we’re super excited about it!”

Frank Cotela, the founder of Onelove echoed McNeill’s sentiment and expounded on the aim of FestivalX, “We hope to create an event that showcases entertainment on the scale we’re known internationally for, with massive artists, epic event production, and a focus firmly on fun.”

Tickets to FestivalX will go on sale on August 1. The OptusPerks pre-sale will begin on July 29. Those interested in attending FestivalX can learn more about the pre-sale, here. The Hardware Presents, One Love, and Live Nation pre-sale will commence one day later on July 31. For more information, visit FestivalX’s official website.

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Pharrell suggests he helped produce Rihanna’s new album

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Rihanna may have shared that her next album would be coming out this year, but the anticipation surrounding the pop culture icon’s long-awaited ninth LP just became more intriguing.

Grammy-winning super-producer, Pharrell Willams, recently hinted he may have worked on the album with a cryptic comment that said, “They ain’t ready,” on an Instagram video Rihanna posted. The video was a clip from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta wherein Karlie Redd is holding polygraph results and proclaiming “it was all lie,” with the caption:

Nobody:
Me: Album coming in 2019
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Williams and Rihanna previously worked together on the most recent N.E.R.D. album, collaborating on “Lemon” which only fortified Rihanna’s immense talent as a rapper. If Williams once again joined Rihanna in the studio, this time with her on the lead, greatness is sure to ensue.

Details about Rihanna’s ninth album, which is being commonly referred to as R9, are sparse yet captivating. She has confirmed it will be a reggae project. Various other artists at or nearing Williams’ level like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Koffee are rumoured to be involved as well.

2019 is more than half-way over. Will Rihanna keep her word and deliver the album before the end of the year? We sure hope so.

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