David Guetta shares full set from Avicii Tribute Concert

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David Guetta shares full set from Avicii Tribute ConcertDavid Guetta Anne Marie Music Video

David Guetta invites fans worldwide to experience his memorial to Avicii in Stockholm earlier this month, sharing the passionate tribute onto his youtube channel in full just days ago.

The French house pioneer joined a star-studded cast of Avicii collaborators and cohorts at the fittingly named Friends Arena to celebrate the life and work of the late producer. Icons from the big-room and progressive house scenes like Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero helped fill the 50,000 capacity arena alongside a handful of the top tier vocalists that Avicii was known to have touched, inspired, and created alongside.

Guetta threw down a set of joint efforts between Avicii and himself, with the highlight being a glimpse at the previously unheard “Before I Could Say Goodbye,” a titanic collaboration between the two and Afrojack (heard at 11:08). With at least 10 tracks in 30 minutes (several of which are mash-ups themselves), the set is juicy to say the least, but is made all-the-better by this context added to the tracks and connection felt when Guetta takes to the microphone.

All proceeds from the Avicii Tribute Concert went to The Tim Bergling Foundation, which advocates for and is known to support science-based organizations focused on the research and prevention of suicide in youth.


EXIT Festival announces David Guetta, ZHU, Tyga, and more in first wave lineup announcement

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EXIT Festival announces David Guetta, ZHU, Tyga, and more in first wave lineup announcementDavid Guetta Anne Marie Music Video

Serbia’s EXIT Festival will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary this summer from July 9 – 12, and the first wave of the lineup has been released in anticipation of the event. A distinguishing factor of EXIT is its 2020 talent roster, which features artists from genres ranging from electronic, rock, and metal all of the way to hip-hop. The first wave of artists who will be playing in the 2020 iteration of the festival include David Guetta, Tyga, James Arthur, Fatboy Slim as headliners. Electronic artists included on the first lineup announcement includes ZHU, Boris Brejcha, and ARTBAT among others.

More artists are expected to be announced in the coming months ahead of the summer event, and the first wave of artists have been announced via the festival’s Youtube channel. EXIT festival is set to take place at the spectacular 18th century Petrovaradin fortress, overlooking the Danube to festival’s hometown Novi Sad. Tickets for EXIT are available here

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

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Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ named highest-charting dance track of decadeAvicii True Stories Documentary Limited Theatrical Run

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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Black Coffee, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, FISHER, and more top inaugural MDL Beast Festival ticket

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Black Coffee, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, FISHER, and more top inaugural MDL Beast Festival ticketMartin Garri Breach

A new addition to Saudi Arabia’s live event circuit, the inaugural MDL Beast Festival will be held from December 19 – 21 in Riyadh. The region’s largest music and culture festival, MDL Beast has curated a global selection of dance acts for its introductory event.

Headliners of the diverse, genre-fluid lineup include Afrojack, Black Coffee, David Guetta, FISHER, J. Balvin, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and Sebastian Ingrosso, among others. Saudi artists such as the country’s first female DJ, Cosmicat, and production duo, Dish Dash, also top the MDL Beast ticket, exemplifying organizers’ commitment to programming that strikes a balance between local talent and international electronic heavyweights. Cosmicat and Dish Dash will be joined by 22 other regional talents.

In a statement, Steve Aoki expressed his excitement, “This summer I got to play in Saudi Arabia for the very first time; it was the most incredible experience that I’ll never forget. When I got the offer to play at the three-day MDL Beast Festival, I was thrilled to become part of it and be back in the region again. 

In addition to singular live sets, MDL Beast will also host a series of noteworthy back-to-back performances. Martin Garrix will take the decks alongside Tiësto, CamelPhat will share the stage with FISHER. However, these are just two of the illustrious joint appearances that will unfold at MDL Beast. 

“I’m so proud of the fact that we’re hosting this festival in Saudi; it’s a great reflection of the Saudi audience being able to experience the music they love, both local and international, right here in Riyadh.

As one of the first female EDM DJs here, I’m excited to be flying the flag and representing women on the scene. I can’t wait to share the stage with some phenomenal global talent and play for the MDL Beast crowd. This is going to be the set of my lifetime,” says Cosmicat.

The multi-sensory, multi-stage festival will pay homage to Saudi Arabia in its Saudi influenced stage design and production, which will be tailored to reflect the architecture of the region. Tickets to the first installment in the newly budding history of MDL Beast are available now, purchase here.

Black Coffee, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, FISHER, and more top inaugural MDL Beast Festival ticketMDL Art Final

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David Guetta and Morten team up for collaborative trifecta, ‘Make It To Heaven’

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David Guetta and Morten team up for collaborative trifecta, ‘Make It To Heaven’DAVID GUETTA MORTEN At Ushuaia BIG 24 June 2019

Fans of David Guetta know that the producer has been spending a lot of time with Danish DJ and Producer Morten. Guetta has brought Morten out for various festival appearances including EDC Las Vegas, and they have now come together for their third joint release of the year with new single, “Make It To Heaven” featuring Raye.

The single opens with Raye’s ethereal vocals. A melodic note progression subtly builds until it becomes front and center for a club-worthy drop featuring a pulsing drum line and laser-like arpeggios yielding a polarizing techno-infused backdrop. The track is on trend with Guetta’s 2019 sound design, which has grown progressively darker as the year’s gone on.

Morten and Guetta previously came together for, “Never Be Alone,” featuring Aloe Blacc, as well as the pair’s remix for Avicii‘s “Heaven.” Their string of releases prove that the duo in the studio together are a force to be reckoned with. “Make It To Heaven” is out now via What A Music Ltd.

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DJ Earworm debuts 100-song ‘Decade of Pop’ mashup [Stream]

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DJ Earworm debuts 100-song ‘Decade of Pop’ mashup [Stream]Ariana Grande Coachella

If 2010 to 2020 was the golden decade of dance, it was also an equally gilded pop span. That’s what DJ Earworm asserts with his “Decade Of Pop 100 Song Mashup.” A three-minute collection of the pop genre’s most noteworthy releases over the past 10 years, the mashup features chart favorites such as Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Drake’s “One Dance,” and Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”—and that’s just scratching the surface. Earworm’s retrospective celebration of pop also shuffles through beloved pop-electronic crossovers; Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” and David Guetta’s “Titanium” are examples.

Although the retrospective mix is sure to spark nostalgia, the strength of its 100 inclusions, particularly those of the latter half of the decade, should also inspire within pop enthusiasts an excitement for the releases to come.

credit: Billboard

Billboard reveals top-performing electronic/dance releases of the decade

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Billboard reveals top-performing electronic/dance releases of the decadeAvicii Live With Guitar

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.

H/T: Billboard

EDC Mexico reveals 2020 lineup featuring Diplo, Tiësto, Knife Party, Madeon, and more

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EDC Mexico reveals 2020 lineup featuring Diplo, Tiësto, Knife Party, Madeon, and moreScreen Shot 2018 11 21 At 9.53.42 AM

Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.

Diplo, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Zedd, and David Guetta are among a few of many DJs gracing the festival’s bookings, as well as comeback artists like Knife Party and Madeon. Other beloved artists including Carl Cox, Vini Vici, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Walker & Royce, and Wax Motif are also slated to perform.

Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.

Martin Garrix brings out David Guetta and Tiësto for a three-pronged ADE-venture [Watch]

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Martin Garrix brings out David Guetta and Tiësto for a three-pronged ADE-venture [Watch]Martin Garri Breach

Martin Garrix may no longer be considered the world’s No. 1 DJ by some, but that isn’t to say that the Dutch-born superstar isn’t still upping his game. Garrix returned home to ADE Oct. 16-20, bringing a two-night showcase back to Amsterdam’s RAI Convention Centre, where he debuted his ANIMA live show this time last year. While the program for Friday night event promised that the world-renowned house producer was planning to “wow the crowd once again,” fans were left wondering what exactly he had up his short, black sleeves.

Garrix’s set gave fans a taste of tracks that are coming down the pipe, with this ID being about as fresh as it gets, but the showstopping moment came when dance music icons David Guetta and Tiësto joined the headlining Garrix for an ultra-rare back-to-back-to-back set among three of the industry’s top main stage acts. As exciting of a moment as it was for fans, it’s also great to see Garrix walking the walk after referencing his mentor Tiësto earlier in the week.

“I really don’t care, the so-called world ranking,” Garrix said. “I don’t need a list to do what I like. I [was] at 1, yes. And Tiësto is very many places below me. That doesn’t make sense, does it? I started playing music through him. I am not a better DJ than him, maybe now I just have a bit more hype around me...”

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Idris Elba’s ‘On Life’ receives Jack Back remix

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Idris Elba’s ‘On Life’ receives Jack Back remixDavid Guetta

Idris Elba‘s latest single, “On Life” has received a fresh rinsing by David Guetta, via his tech house oriented Jack Back alias. Where Elba puts forth a deeper, heads-down mix, Guetta adds a bit more melody to the mix with twinkling synth arpeggios while maintaining the overall structural integrity. One might argue the French producer may be taking cues from artists aligning with the Diynamic/Afterlife sound in current days. Both renditions make for pleasurable additions to the dancefloor, and can be found on Elba’s 7Wallace imprint.

David Guetta’s had a notable year of releases; over the summer of 2019, he and MORTEN had been tapped as official remixers for Avcii’s “Heaven.” Prior to that, he and the aforementioned collaborator paired on their crossover, Aloe Bacc-assisted hit, “Heaven.” Meanwhile, Idris found himself headlining Coachella’s Yuma tent and increasing his DJ profile with gigs at various elrow stops, Creamfields, and beyond. He also took up a residency at David Guetta’s F*** ME I’M FAMOUS! night at Hï Ibiza, making their recent 7Wallace collaboration feel like a natural next step in their relationship.

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