Whether it was the surprise Hilary Clinton cameo or the lack of the most-popular music in the main show, the 2018 Grammys dropped significance amongst viewers. Regardless of the actual reason, the 60th annual Grammy Awards lost its ratings and viewers this past year. According to a report at Deadline, the 2018 Grammys saw 19.81
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards took place in both Los Angeles and New York City tonight. The televised ceremony was on the west coast while the lesser awards were announced in a private ceremony on the east coast. Overall the awards went about as expected. Big winners on the night were Bruno Mars and Kendrick
Grammy-winning artists The Chainsmokersare currently mid-way through their Memories… Do Not Open Worldwide Arena Tour. With 71 stops in total, their tour has sold out venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Marking the release of their new studio album Memories… Do Not Open, the worldwide run of shows has included YouTube sensation Matt McGuire, a drummer who gained notoriety after posting drum remixes of several Chainsmokers anthems to the social sharing platform. Their successful new tour builds on the success of their early 2017 EP, Collage, for which the American duo won a Grammy Award.
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London-based duo Tough Love have been rapidly rising through the ranks over the past few years, from winning “Best Single” in the Bass Music Awards in 2015 to being nominated for “Best Breakthrough Act” at the DJ Mag Awards just last year. Their tracks “So Freakin’ Tight” and their housey rework of Ginuwine’s renowned “Pony (Jump on it)” gained major headway in nailing Top 40 radio spots in the UK. They’ve also seen support from dance music tastemakers such as Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and Danny Howard.
“Closer To Love” may prove to be their biggest hit to date, released off Island Records and teaming up with Grammy Award-nominated recording artist A*M*E, who rose from the ashes of her mother’s burnt down hair salon in Sierra Leone to become one of the most highly-regarded voices in house music. Alex and Stef create a perfect fusion of retro 90’s house and the more recent, upbeat “future house” sound, with feel-good piano riffs and riveting deep synths under A*M*E’s elegant vocals that make for an impeccable club track.
Circle Talent Agency, the largest independent music talent agency in America, has recently announced that they are taking on all the booking responsibilities for the legendary Kaskade.
Kaskade has been a prominent fixture in the electronic music community for literal decades. His performances range from the mainstages of the biggest festivals to the most intimate of club settings. The producer’s recent announcement of his REDUX tour led to each date selling out in a matter of seconds. Kaskade will be making a stop in Boston, New York City, Detroit, Austin, and many more for his REDUX tour.
The Australian-born, Los Angeles-based producer has had a wild past year and was nominated for Best Remixer in 2017 with Kaskade for their remix of RY X‘s “Only.” The mysterious producer says he comes from “a place exceeding perception of the physical realm, a place that connects an entirely existential level through music,” according to his Facebook page.
However unidentifiable he may be, Lipless’ skills are clearly visible. This year so far, his releases include the Maroon 5 remix and collaborations with vocalists Georgi Kay and Gabrielle Current. Though aspects of his style are distinguishable in each track, what sticks out more is Lipless’ versatility as a producer. “Where Do We Go” is a bouncier, groovier take on his smooth production, whereas “Sticks & Stones” has a more mellow, chilled-out vibe.
“Brilliance” fits somewhere in the middle of the two. The new track has a catchy bassline and summery guitar riff, making gearing up perfectly for the holiday weekend.
Last year, the entire music community petitioned the Recording Academy to consider streamed music as eligible work for the Grammys, and it worked; Chance The Rapper spearheaded the movement after receiving seven nominations under the new regulations.
Moving forward, free music is eligible for a Grammy, as long as said music is offered on a pay-optional service like Spotify. However, now Chance The Rapper is assuming authority on the topic, and has announced a serious game changer.
It’s not an official statement, so don’t prepare your trophy case just yet, but if this does become true, SoundCloud could see renewed value in their service. Considering the platform’s role as a proving ground for bedroom producers and aspiring artists from all over the world, the chance to now be considered for music’s highest honors will give even more validation to free downloads that might otherwise be written off by the Recording Academy.
Armada Music has just kicked the new year off right with the release of “I Need You,” a super-producer collaboration with Fernando Garibay and Armin Van Buuren. Garibay, a Grammy-winning and world renowned producer who has worked alongside superstar names like Whitney Houston, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, and U2, has collided with legendary Trance sensation Armin Van Buuren and rising vocalist, Olaf Blackwood to set the precedent for house music in 2017. Equivocally written and emotional, Olaf Blackwood’s smooth-as-silk vocals are carried over a vibrant beat topped with Trance-like plucks and a head-bobbing groove. “I Need You” is a true showcase of Van Buuren’s relentless power to break through all genre bubbles, and has the potential to land both producers back on the Billboard Top 100.