When Career Artists Score A Freak Pop Hit

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One-hit wonders are a common phenomenon in the music business, and most of them have a fan base that insists their other songs are just as good. It’s rarer, though, to see a well established band break through with a surprise pop hit more than a decade into its career, “She Don’t Use Jelly” style. More »

VMAs Performers Include Miley Cyrus, Lorde, The Weeknd

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MTV has announced its initial lineup of performers for this year’s Video Music Awards. In addition to host Katy Perry, the slate includes Miley Cyrus, whose last two VMAs performances (grinding on Robin “Beetlejuice” Thicke in 2013 and surprise-releasing her album with the Flaming Lips in 2015) were extremely memorable. Also on deck is our … More »

Katy Perry Will Host The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

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Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Last year’s ceremony didn’t have an official host as tradition dictates (though Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele did MC), perhaps due to the fact that Miley Cyrus was pretty terrible when she helmed the event back in 2015. In addition to hosting, Perry will … More »

Katy Perry taps Valentino Khan for official ‘Swish Swish’ remix

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Katy Perry‘s Witness has already undoubtedly been one of the most polarizing records of 2017, scoring Perry her third Billboard number one album, though met by mixed reviews across the board. Witness rolled out behind singles with Migos, Skip Marley, and Nicki Minaj, with Duke Dumont and Promnite hopping on production duties for the album’s inescapable Nicki feature, “Swish Swish.” Now, Promnite and Dumont’s original composition is being taken on by Valentino Khan, who’s shows off his own house-leaning sensibilities on his official remix of “Swish Swish.”

No stranger to pop production, having previously produced work with T.I., Bruno Mars and others, Khan plays upon his signature hunker-down-low brand of club-primed house music, complementing Perry’s ubiquitous summer single with a bouncy setlist igniter. Weaving Minaj’s bars and Perry’s pitched down hook into a punching, metallic break, the “Slam Dunk” producer posts up with an aggressive new rework, complete with a trap-polished half-time break.

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Every song on Calvin Harris’ feature-filled ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1,’ ranked

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Calvin Harris has taken the latter part of the decade to solidify himself as one of dance music’s crossover kings. From dominating the progressive house scene into radio, to becoming Coachella’s first-ever Sunday DJ headliner, the Scottish producer is certainly at the pinnacle of mainstream electronic music. For his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, Harris decides to continue looking for the next frontier of dance-pop and lands in a space that converges funk, disco, urban, pop, and dance all in one.

The album recruits a plethora of radio champions like Nick Minaj, Katy Perry, and Migos; rap royalty like Future, Snoop Dogg, and Schoolboy Q; as well as rising newcomers Khalid and Jessie Reyez. Overall, this album screams moods of summer and, for many, could be the album of the summer, but here is a ranking of each track on the LP.

10) Prayers Up (feat. Travis Scott, A-Trak)
Upon first listen, Calvin Harris’ only dance collaboration, “Prayers Up” with A-Trak and Travis Scott, has two overarching problems that lands it at the bottom of the list. Fist, Calvin Harris and A-Trak’s production is not any better than any of the other tracks on the album if not below in standard. Second, Travis Scott’s verses rely on taboo rap lyrics to try and be relatable but miss the mark.

9) Heatstroke (feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande)
As the sophomore single off the album, “Heatstroke” represents Harris’ effort to flex in his ability to attract A-list stars with Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande, however, the overall product does not live up to the hype behind the four names. While Young Thug may hold his own and the production is solid, Pharrell’s hook is trying too hard to be a summer pop anthem and Ariana’s lyrics seem lackadaisical.

8) Hard to Love (feat. Jessie Reyez)
For “Hard to Love,” Calvin Harris strides in shining a light on Jessie Reyez’s sonic identity as well as creating a great acoustic pop instrumental to showcase his calculated yet creative production abilities. However, the track will seem to steer a little too pop for dance fans.

7) Faking It (feat. Kehlani, Lil Yachty)
“Faking It” is an incredibly well produced R&B-meets-pop track with impressive appearances by Kehlani and Lil Yachty, however, it doesn’t bring more to the table than any of its fellow pieces.

6) Skrt On Me (feat. Nicki Minaj)
“Skrt on Me” earns its spot in the top 5 for its ability to still embody the aura of the entire album whilst leaving the disco elements at home for more a more island-leaning ensemble. Nicki Minaj does an unexpectedly stand up job at not trying to go over the top, and overall, this track will be rinsed its fair share through the summer.

5) Holiday (feat. Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Takeoff)
The best choice Calvin made with this record is having Snoop Dogg as the introductory voice to flood listeners with nostalgia right when they press play. Had John Legend played a bigger role and really brought his A-game, this track could have cracked the top 3.

4) Rollin’ (feat. Future, Khalid)
For “Rollin,’” Calvin Harris taps one of rap’s hottest commodities at the moment, Future, and one of R&B’s fastest rising star, Khalid, to produce a smoothly cruising piece of California ear candy. Instead of trying to be a hit, the song brings together two of music’s top talents for a great piece of funk, landing it towards the top of the pack.

3) Cash Out (feat. Schoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, D.R.A.M.)
“Cash Out” is probably the most urban-leaning cut from album with SchoolBoy Q instilling an edgier atmosphere right out of the gates and PARTYNEXTDOOR bringing a likable hook to the table. “Cash Out” is the type of track many will call a favorite but its fate on radio is still yet to be decided.

2) Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean)
“Feels” is what “Heatstroke” attempted to be in by uniting three hit-level singers for an undeniable radio-ready combination. Pharrell shines in operating as the bridge between Katy Perry’s short but sweet hook, Harris’ reggae-inspired instrumental, and Big Sean’s applause-worthy appearance.

1) Slide (feat. Frank Ocean, Migos)
The lead track of Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, “Slide,” not only marked an introduction to the Scottish trailblazer’s sonic pivot, but it also set the tone for the star-studded cast he would be employing for the album with Frank Ocean and Migos as collaborators. Whether the listener is in it for Ocean’s unexpected appearance on the track or Migos’ smoother than velvet verses, “Slide” is engineered to be a summer hit and Harris made the right call leading the charge with it.

Every song on Calvin Harris’ feature-filled ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1,’ ranked

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Calvin Harris has taken the latter part of the decade to solidify himself as one of dance music’s crossover kings. From dominating the progressive house scene into radio, to becoming Coachella’s first-ever Sunday DJ headliner, the Scottish producer is certainly at the pinnacle of mainstream electronic music. For his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, Harris decides to continue looking for the next frontier of dance-pop and lands in a space that converges funk, disco, urban, pop, and dance all in one.

The album recruits a plethora of radio champions like Nick Minaj, Katy Perry, and Migos; rap royalty like Future, Snoop Dogg, and Schoolboy Q; as well as rising newcomers Khalid and Jessie Reyez. Overall, this album screams moods of summer and, for many, could be the album of the summer, but here is a ranking of each track on the LP.

10) Prayers Up (feat. Travis Scott, A-Trak)
Upon first listen, Calvin Harris’ only dance collaboration, “Prayers Up” with A-Trak and Travis Scott, has two overarching problems that lands it at the bottom of the list. Fist, Calvin Harris and A-Trak’s production is not any better than any of the other tracks on the album if not below in standard. Second, Travis Scott’s verses rely on taboo rap lyrics to try and be relatable but miss the mark.

9) Heatstroke (feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande)
As the sophomore single off the album, “Heatstroke” represents Harris’ effort to flex in his ability to attract A-list stars with Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande, however, the overall product does not live up to the hype behind the four names. While Young Thug may hold his own and the production is solid, Pharrell’s hook is trying too hard to be a summer pop anthem and Ariana’s lyrics seem lackadaisical.

8) Hard to Love (feat. Jessie Reyez)
For “Hard to Love,” Calvin Harris strides in shining a light on Jessie Reyez’s sonic identity as well as creating a great acoustic pop instrumental to showcase his calculated yet creative production abilities. However, the track will seem to steer a little too pop for dance fans.

7) Faking It (feat. Kehlani, Lil Yachty)
“Faking It” is an incredibly well produced R&B-meets-pop track with impressive appearances by Kehlani and Lil Yachty, however, it doesn’t bring more to the table than any of its fellow pieces.

6) Skrt On Me (feat. Nicki Minaj)
“Skrt on Me” earns its spot in the top 5 for its ability to still embody the aura of the entire album whilst leaving the disco elements at home for more a more island-leaning ensemble. Nicki Minaj does an unexpectedly stand up job at not trying to go over the top, and overall, this track will be rinsed its fair share through the summer.

5) Holiday (feat. Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Takeoff)
The best choice Calvin made with this record is having Snoop Dogg as the introductory voice to flood listeners with nostalgia right when they press play. Had John Legend played a bigger role and really brought his A-game, this track could have cracked the top 3.

4) Rollin’ (feat. Future, Khalid)
For “Rollin,’” Calvin Harris taps one of rap’s hottest commodities at the moment, Future, and one of R&B’s fastest rising star, Khalid, to produce a smoothly cruising piece of California ear candy. Instead of trying to be a hit, the song brings together two of music’s top talents for a great piece of funk, landing it towards the top of the pack.

3) Cash Out (feat. Schoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, D.R.A.M.)
“Cash Out” is probably the most urban-leaning cut from album with SchoolBoy Q instilling an edgier atmosphere right out of the gates and PARTYNEXTDOOR bringing a likable hook to the table. “Cash Out” is the type of track many will call a favorite but its fate on radio is still yet to be decided.

2) Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean)
“Feels” is what “Heatstroke” attempted to be in by uniting three hit-level singers for an undeniable radio-ready combination. Pharrell shines in operating as the bridge between Katy Perry’s short but sweet hook, Harris’ reggae-inspired instrumental, and Big Sean’s applause-worthy appearance.

1) Slide (feat. Frank Ocean, Migos)
The lead track of Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, “Slide,” not only marked an introduction to the Scottish trailblazer’s sonic pivot, but it also set the tone for the star-studded cast he would be employing for the album with Frank Ocean and Migos as collaborators. Whether the listener is in it for Ocean’s unexpected appearance on the track or Migos’ smoother than velvet verses, “Slide” is engineered to be a summer hit and Harris made the right call leading the charge with it.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris Has Arrived: Listen

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It has been one of the most anticipated releases in years but finally the Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 stream is here. Calvin Harris has promised music that will make you feel absolutely spectacular and we are happy to say – he has delivered. After months of waiting you can now listen to the compilation

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We Are Entering A Golden Age Of Pop Posse Cuts

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Who knew the Moulin Rouge-era “Lady Marmalade,” which pointed to the past in so many ways, would become such a prescient harbinger of the future? The year was 2001, and to promote his long-awaited followup to Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann rounded up a pop-star Avengers of sorts to sing a 27-year-old disco hit that … More »

Watch This: Calvin Harris releases ‘Feels’ music video

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Tropical pop hit “Feels” by Calvin Harris featuring Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Big Sean takes on a retro beach vibe in recently released the music video. The video begins by panning to a blonde Perry in the grasslands, Williams standing in a row boat, and Big Sean sitting in a jungle with a parrot — perhaps one of whom gave a glimpse at Harris’ album? — on either side of him. The video alternates between the three in their respective locations, with the bass-playing Harris appearing intermittently throughout. The video culminates with the camera panning out to reveal that everyone was placed around the same pond. The video was directed, unsurprisingly, by Emil Nava, Harris’s right hand man when it comes to music videos.

“Feels” is the eighth track on Harris’s upcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, to be released June 30th.

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Calvin Harris Drops Music Video for ‘Feels’ ft. Big Sean, Pharrell, & Katy Perry – Watch

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Calvin Harris is ready once again to create all of the hit songs for summer. Over the past few months, Calvin Harris has been releasing new singles off of his new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 that will drop at the end of this week. Over the weekend, Calvin Harris began to share pastel

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