Demi Lovato’s Overdose Likely Fentanyl-Related: Report

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Demi-LovatoLast month, the pop star Demi Lovato was hospitalized after suffering from an overdose. The initial report was that Lovato had overdosed on heroin. But now TMZ has an even more disturbing story, telling of how Lovato actually overdosed on Oxycontin that was laced with fentanyl. More »

Demi Lovato Shares First Statement Since Reported Overdose

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Late last month, Demi Lovato was hospitalized in LA for a reported opioid overdose. She has since been recovering. Today, she shared her first statement about the incident. More »

A Little Bit Country, A Whole Lot Of Streams: Bebe Rexha Has Cracked The Code

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Bebe Rexha - ExpectationsIf it’s meant to be, it’ll be: Regarding Bebe Rexha’s unlikely takeover of the country charts, this is both the savvy execution and the only explanation. More »

Demi Lovato Is “Awake” After Reported Overdose

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Hours after Demi Lovato was hospitalized on Tuesday (July 24) following a suspected overdose, the songstress is recovering. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” a representative said in a statement to Billboard. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and … More »

Demi Lovato Suffers Apparent Drug Overdose, Rushed To Hospital

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Demi Lovato was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday afternoon after suffering what appears to be a drug overdose, as reported by TMZ. TMZ states that the 25-year-old pop star was found unconscious by paramedics at 1:48 pm PST at her Hollywood Hills house. Law enforcement then told TMZ that Demi was treated

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Demi Lovato Hospitalized For Heroin Overdose: Report

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Demi LovatoDemi Lovato has been hospitalized in LA for an apparent heroin overdose, TMZ reports. According to law enforcement sources, the singer was transported from her Hollywood Hills home just after noon local time Tuesday and is currently being treated. Her condition is unknown at this time. More »

More Like Maroon 5 Seconds Of Summer Am I Right

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5 Seconds Of SummerWhat happens when a pop-punk boy band grows up? They stop playing pop-punk, apparently. More »

Producer Sessions 001: Converse Sample Library

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Producer sessions

Sample Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there.

This week, Splice released the Converse Sample Library, which is a collection of high-quality sounds recorded during 50+ studio sessions at Converse Rubber Tracks studios with industry leading artists such as Com Truise, Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), Soul Clap, Machinedrum, Ryan Hemsworth, members of the Tonight Show Band, and many more.

The pack contains a lot of authentic, live sounds from electronic, jazz, alternative rock, and various percussion recording sessions, great for melody inspiration, ambiance, and a real drum vibe. There are specialty packs for horns, violin, guitar, bass, piano, keys, flute, sax, and plenty of analog synths.

On the vocal side of things, there’s soul, R&B, gospel, funk, blues, indie, rock, and even talkbox funk. Sounds from Australian rock to Ethiopian music make it in this eclectic bundle of sounds from all over the world. For those looking to liven up their audio, using royalty-free samples from professionals isn’t a bad start.

The video below is the creation story of Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry.” It’s about how her producer, Oak Felder, made the main chord progression from an 808 off Splice’s Lex Lugar kit. Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial and start producing like the pros.

Background

A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples. More and more companies like Splice are filling that need. These days, a subscription to Splice is a no-brainer for producers at any level. For $7.99 a month, Splice gives producers access to their entire 2 million + library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets. At that price, producers get 100 credits per month to explore Splice’s massive library, save sounds they like, and download-to-own at a rate of 1 sample per credit.

Producers at the highest levels use Splice to find inspiration because it’s so easy with their massive library and quality partnerships. Some of the most popular sound designers have contributed to Splices’ library, including exclusive packs from KSHMR, Sonny Digital, deadmau5, Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

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Ella Mai & Jorja Smith, New Queens Of UK R&B

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Ella Mai“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »

America’s Pop Mainstream Is Finally Making Room For Languages Other Than English

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J BalvinQuick: Who’s the biggest pop star in the world? Taylor Swift? Drake? Beyoncé? Justin Bieber? Rihanna? Ed Sheeran? These are all viable candidates, but if your list only reaches to the end of the English language, it’s far too limited. More »