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Elton John is 71 years old. He is not young. He has thrived for more than 50 years within the perpetual cannibalistic churn of the music business. He is not dumb. And a few years ago, CNN estimated Elton John’s net worth at $450 million. He is not broke. And yet Elton John … More »
For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.
His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more. The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.
The festival gods have called for “A Music Vacation” in Gulf Shores, Alabama, as Hangout Fest is set to return for its 10th installment mid-2019. Those lucky enough to make it down south this year saw performances by Zedd, Galantis, The Killers, and other memorable, genre-spanning acts throughout the extended weekend.
However, 2019 will take Hangout’s perennially diverse lineup to the next level by including headliners Travis Scott, Khalid, Cardi B, Kygo, and Diplo, with additional support from GRiZ, Alison Wonderland, Jimmy Eat World, and more. Transpiring atop Alabama’s sandy beaches, the three-day festival takes place May 17-19. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, Dec 4 with various travel packages already up for grabs.
Tickets and festival info can be found here.
Khalid fans’ love will surely lie with Matt Medved‘s take on this Normani feature. “Love Lies” exuded a fierce sense of attraction for many artists, including Louis The Child, Snakehips, and Medasin, each of whom submitted revamps of the Khalid-catalogued favorite. Not one to be left standing outside of the remix ring, Medved strides in with a house-inflected flip that lends a velvety homogeneity to the raspy edge of Khalid and Normani’s original.
Seductively situated in deep-house territory, Medved’s version douses “Love Lies” in a noticeable, but unimposing underground groove. The remix relies on a mid-tempo supportive beat that, in characteristic house music fashion, keeps a steady, but unhurried pace. The viscous polish of Medved’s vision of the track seems only to amplify the harmonic refinement of Khalid and Normani’s duets, and much like Khalid and Normani’s vocals when joined, Medved’s effort is blissfully complementary to its predecessor.
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The name Ocasio derives from the Spanish “ocasión,” which means what you think it means: an occasion, a time. According to Ancestry.com, most people named Ocasio are Puerto Rican, in heritage if not in residence, and the word’s “meaning as a surname” is unclear. More »
The next production to bear the “Benny Blanco” stamp will feature Calvin Harris as both artists recently announced in respective social media posts that announced the collaboration to come. Although neither Blanco nor Harris shared the name of the forthcoming track, the new jam is slated for an imminent November 2 release.
“I was always attracted to how much soul and musicality he brought to the table,” Blanco said in praise of Harris’s style.
The collaboration will expectedly tap into Harris’s distinctive ear for feel-good grooves. Already confirmed is the yet-to-be-named track’s impending use of Harris’s talents not only as a beat layer, but as a vocalist–-the “One Kiss” producer seldom sings, even on his own tunes. The song will follow Blanco’s well received Halsey and Khalid feature, “Eastside,” and Harris’s recent work with Normani on her latest two releases, “Checklist” and “Slow Down.”
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Watch Martin Garrix‘s team put together a six room music video shoot in an empty warehouse on a week’s notice in the latest episode of The Martin Garrix Show. The music video they are filming for is for Garrix’s hit collaboration with Khalid, and the shoot is not without it’s momentary downfalls given the short notice. This includes a moment where a swarm of bats descends on the set, however the staff and artist seemingly keep their cool, after all, Garrix knows a thing or two about “Animals” anyway. Zing!
Garrix and Khalid chat about the collaboration, noting that a tweet is what actually spurred the initial idea for the two to work together. A series of FaceTime calls later, and “Oceans” was in motion. The Dutch producer wrote the song initially on a boat with a guitar, and sent the idea to the “Young, Dumb, and Broke” crooner. Khalid responded with “I call dibs,” and Garrix reflects that it even made him upset — he thought Khalid called someone about the track, as he was not familiar with the American colloquialism. The producer speaks about how “Oceans” is an evolution of his sound thanks to its simplistic and instrumental nature. He notes that he will certainly produce more hard hitting electronic tracks in the future, but the variety and experimentation is what currently keeps him interested.