Ever since YouTube launched back in 2005, the streaming website has become a global giant. Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became the first video to break the 2 billion views mark, but now more than 21 videos have since made this accomplishment. Since Psy’s accomplishment, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” became the first YouTube video to
Recent converts to electronic music in the last few years may not realize exactly what has transpired in the last half decade or so. The short of it is essentially a massive worldwide overhaul in dance music’s popularity — one that happened seemingly overnight. Dance music completely transformed from a historically underground network to a colossal entertainment subset that’s raking in nearly $10 billion globally every year, and growing. On a cosmic scale, it all happened in a snap, but a new documentary, What We Started, aims to dive deep into dance music history over the last 30 years and examine exactly how we got to where we are today.
What We Started is set to bow in Miami on March 22, followed by a New York premiere the next day, and finally show on March 29 in Los Angeles. The new feature, co-directed by Bert Marcus and Cyrus Saidi, offers in-depth interviews with industry pioneers including Carl Cox, Tiësto, Moby, and Pete Tong, juxtaposed by the trajectory of bright new torch-carriers like Martin Garrix and discussions with frequent dance music contributors like Ed Sheeran and Usher.
Stitched together by archived footage from the rave scenes of the 1980’s and 90’s, What We Started may provide an important history lesson with informed look back at where this all came from, and perhaps a hopeful look at where we might be going from here.
Who knows how many centuries the fortune under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson went untapped before the Grosh brothers happened upon it. The Pennsylvanian preacher’s sons had become seasoned prospectors during the gold rush years of the mid-19th century, and that experience served them well in Nevada’s Virginia Range southeast of Reno, where in … More »
Late last year, Eminem released his more-or-less unlistenable new album Revival. The album hasn’t spawned a real hit yet, so we knew he would eventually turn the godawful Ed Sheeran collab “River” into a single. The day that we dreaded is finally here. The new “River” video is seven minutes long, and it’s constructed, … More »
You’re going to look at this week’s playlist — it’s 37 songs long — and you’re going to think “no thanks I only have room in my brain for about 18 new songs”. Do not think that. Instead prepare yourself for what is, and we are absolutely serious about this, the best New Music Friday since New Music Friday began in 2015.
That’s not to say it’s packed with pop’s biggest names. You possibly haven’t heard of half these people. Very few of these songs are likely to make a huge impression on global streaming charts. But none of that matters, does it? This week’s playlist is absolutely packed with top notch pop music.
We actually got a bit emotional when we realised how much great stuff had been released today. It’s a real ‘maybe we won’t shut down this stupid website after all’ moment.
RABBII, who we’ve covered a couple of times already on Popjustice, have released a totally beautiful modern pop ballad called ‘Left For Dead’.
CHVRCHES, as we know, are back, but released their new song on a Wednesday, therefore contravening Rule 1 of the New Music Friday Agreement and as a result are denied Single Of The Week status. Rvles are rvles chaps.
Absolutely brilliant US pop duo Magdalena Bay have chucked out another extraordinary single. Are they signed yet? Can someone at a label please take action in this area? We don’t want to take matters into our own hands and given the shambles that ‘ensued’ the last time Popjustice launched a record label you probably don’t want that either. ‘The Bay’ are really fantastic though.
THE RAE MORRIS ALBUM IS OUT TODAAAAAAAAY.
There’s loads of brilliantly eccentric pop out this week, including the Kiesza and Chris Malinchak song, Let’s Eat Grandma‘s brave and long overdue foray into being halfway listenable, and Millie Turner‘s extraordinary The Shadow, whose spoken word second verse will totally blow your head off.
V promising big-things-t0-come singer of song Sasha Sloan has released two (1 + 1!) songs today and they’re both brilliant.
Always nice to hear new Streets stuff, right?
Why Don’t We‘s Ed Sheeran-‘penned’ Trust Fund Baby (‽) sounds like it’s just being sung by Ed Sheeran. It is, like a lot of (BUT NOT ALL) Ed Sheeran songs, literally very good.
And finally, brace yourself for this one. Kim Wilde — KIM WILDE OUT OF THE 80s — has a new single out today. It’s called Pop Don’t Stop. If you think that title sounds slightly over the top you’re really only 8% of the way to comprehending the pop wrecking ball that’s about to smash its way through your brain. Pop Don’t Stop is the sort of song that exists far beyond our normal comprehension of things like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ but we can state now with some certainty that this song is destined to become a 5pm-on-a-Friday office playlist favourite for many, many Popjustice readers.
UPDATE: It’s now 38 songs because we forgot about the brilliant new ionnalee song.
Fall Out Boy have always been a lot. God gave singer-guitarist Patrick Stump indestructible musclebound vocal cords that cannot be contained, and he fully indulges their powers. Musically, his songs tend to be big and bold, often dispensing with conventional notions of good taste in their pursuit of stadium-sized glory. As a lyricist, bassist Pete … More »
Here’s the thing about Justin Timberlake’s “Supplies” video: It’s fucking hilarious. The little kid telling us to die? The guy with the collar made out of guns? The wall of TV screens, all of them showing vague bad things, being shorted out by the mere presence of Timberlake? It’s the clumsiest possible attempt to … More »
“New Rules” is a great song. Using the ingredients of the moment — nimbly tapped tropical-house keyboards, complex but airy drum programming indebted to Africa and the Caribbean, a morphing stylistic terrain that veers from booming rock-indebted bridges into surging dance-infused choruses — it serves as a contagious canvas for 22-year-old British pop singer Dua … More »
Warm melodies and breezy percussion arrangements complement singalong-primed vocal work and an infectious hook that’s destined for near immediate air wave domination this spring. Cashmere Cat and company navigate their way through a relatively formulaic surefire hit without sounding like there are too many cooks in the kitchen.
Paired with a serene lyric video to accompany the release, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez, and Cashmere Cat find mass appeal harmony on “Miss You.”