Luke Combs, King Of The Country Music Average Joes

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Luke CombsThe thing Luke Combs wants you to know about him is that he’s extremely normal, regular, average. Combs, one of the biggest things going in country music right now, just released an album called What You See Is What You Get. He’s a burly, bearded North Carolina native who removes his ballcap about as often … More »

Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump top inaugural FestivalX lineup

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Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump top inaugural FestivalX lineupArmin Van Buuren Press Shot Bart Heemskerk

The co-creators of Stereosonic, Hardware and Onelove have partnered with Live Nation to host Australia’s first-ever FestivalX, a touring festival led by Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, and Lil Pump. The inaugural installment of the new event will canvass Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne on November 29, 30, and December 1, respectively. The initial wave of artists features 28 producers, including Anna Lunoe, Cosmic Gate, Alison Wonderland, CamelPhat, Tchami, MK, MaRLo, and more. FestivalX offers attendees a hearty selection of electronic talent, and also caters to those with hip-hop proclivities in its inclusion of rhymers like Trippie Redd, Blueface, and Murda Beatz.

FestivalX organizers had originally intended to launch the event in 2018 to replace Stereosonic. FestivalX was then scheduled to travel to four different cities spanning Australia and New Zealand. The stops were ultimately cancelled due to “unforeseen last-minute changes in artist availability,” according to a joint statement issued at the time.

“As they say, good things come to those who wait,” Richie McNeill, founder of Hardware, said. “Something very special is happening here and we’re super excited about it!”

Frank Cotela, the founder of Onelove echoed McNeill’s sentiment and expounded on the aim of FestivalX, “We hope to create an event that showcases entertainment on the scale we’re known internationally for, with massive artists, epic event production, and a focus firmly on fun.”

Tickets to FestivalX will go on sale on August 1. The OptusPerks pre-sale will begin on July 29. Those interested in attending FestivalX can learn more about the pre-sale, here. The Hardware Presents, One Love, and Live Nation pre-sale will commence one day later on July 31. For more information, visit FestivalX’s official website.

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Sigrid’s Debut Album Will Knock You Out

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Benny Blanco Has Written Hits For Everybody Else. Now He’s Doing It For Himself.

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Benny BlancoBenny Blanco’s “Eastside” reached #1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart this week, completing a 31-week voyage to the top. The chart tracks Top 40 radio airplay, which means “Eastside” — a brisk, twilit collaboration with newly cemented radio mainstays Halsey and Khalid — has been in steady rotation at pop stations since late July. According … More »

J. Cole Is Going For It

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J-ColeJ. Cole really tried it. A week and a half ago, J. Cole was at the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest to serve as a human prop — like Dwight Howard’s Superman cape, or Blake Griffin’s Kia, or Donovan Mitchell’s Kevin Hart. The runner-up in this year’s Dunk Contest was Knicks guard Dennis Smith, Jr. More »

Harvard Rejects Lil Pump’s Claim That He’ll Be This Year’s Commencement Speaker

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Lil-PumpOn Friday, face-tatted teenage SoundCloud-rap miscreant Lil Pump released a new album called Harverd Dropout. The misspelling is intentional. Lil Pump never attended Harvard — or, for that matter, Harverd. He’s claimed that he was kicked out of his South Florida high school in 10th grade for fighting and for inciting a riot. But now … More »

Predicting The 2019 Grammy Winners

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Post MaloneIt’s that time of year again: the time when we as a culture must reckon with the insane/mundane prestige-populist fever dream that is Grammy logic. More »

Geoff Barrow Says “Deeply Fucking Sexist” Lil Pump Song Samples Annihilation Without Permission

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Geoff BarrowGeoff Barrow of Portishead and BEAK> has taken to Twitter to call out Lil Pump for sampling his music without permission. The rapper’s new song “Racks On Racks” reportedly samples the strings from “The Alien,” a track from Barrow and Ben Salisbury’s score to the 2018 sci-fi film Annihilation. More »

Racist Lines Removed From Lil Pump Song After Backlash And Apology

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Lil PumpOver the holidays, Lil Pump posted a video apologizing for the lyrics of his then-unreleased song “Butterfly Doors.” In a brief teaser clip posted on Twitter, the song originally contained lyrics some believed to be racist, which led to widespread backlash on social media prompting his apology. More »

10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganzaDiplo 2017

Belly Up Aspen is none of Colorado’s premier winter music festivals, showcasing a diverse range of genres and artists of every caliber. Their calendar was stacked high in 2018 with memorable performances by Keys N Krates, Nora En Pure, Lost Kings, and Cold War Kids taking the same stage as superstars like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, and Stephen Marley.

To top off a historic year, Belly Up will bring the one and only Diplo to the stage on December 29. From side projects Silk City and LSD, to releasing his first solo EP in four years, Wesley Pentz has had immense success this year, which all the Aspen Mountain skiers can celebrate. Here’s a playlist of ten songs attendees should look out for during the set:

1.Silk City, Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

One of Wesley Pentz Jr.’s greatest moves this year was teaming up with legendary producer Mark Ronson. Silk City instantly popped into the spotlight, bringing in one of 2018’s hottest artists in Dua Lipa for this one. The track was pushed further with an “electric” music video.

2. Ape Drums – “Me Solta”

Miami-based producer Ape Drums is no stranger to dancehall, a genre that Diplo has coined from his Jamaican influence in Major Lazer. Drums is also a friend of the Mad Decent imprint with several features on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Here’s his latest release “Me Solta,” earning a SoundCloud re-post from Diplo himself.

3. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth – “Thunderclouds” (MK Remix)

The famed trio LSD made a lot of noise this year, with four official releases and an innovative, unique sound. “Thunderclouds” marked Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s third work of art, receiving a groovy house edit from MK. The Miami-raised producer has a tendency to go deep in his sets, making this remix a prime candidate.

4. Wuki – DADADADA (Holiday VIP) [wukileak]

It’s always easy to throw Wuki in the mix. The New Jersey-born producer already performed a “wukipediamix” for Diplo and Friends and has been heard in a myriad of past Diplo/Skrillex sets (having released tracks on Mad Decent and OWSLA). His wild reworks brought him into the spotlight, most notably his edit of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” verse. Although, this one comes with a holiday twist primed for a pre-NYE show.

5. Wuki – Pon De Time [wukileak]

Here’s another gem from Wuki’s endless list of goodies on his WUKILEAKS SoundCloud page. This one stems from one of Diplo’s earliest tracks “Pon De Floor.” Mashed with the fan favorite “One More Time” from Daft Punk, is there even a question of whether or not he’d throw this in?

6. Diplo feat. Lil Pump, Juicy J, Famous Dex, French Montana – “Welcome To The Party”


This track serves as a perfect bridge between and hip-hop, featuring rap goliaths like Famous Dex, and fresh-in-the-limelight rapper Lil Pump. This electrifying single is sure to show it not only connects genres, but also jump starts a vibe. “Welcome to the Party,” was featured in Deadpool 2, one of the highest grossing movies of 2018, and Diplo would start off his farewell to 2018 with his imprint on one of the most impactful soundtracks of the year.

7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

If Diplo is anything, it’s that hard to pin down, transcending expectation and genre. He’s an enigma that’s always working on some new project, but staying true to his nature. He’s also not one to forget the past.  Another classic Diplo remix from 2012, the year Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch took hold. Diplo got together with Canadian producer Grandtheft for this one. 

8. Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo & Swae Lee  “Close To Me”

“Close To Me” features some of the industries best and brightest. Swae Lee’s vocals are starting to become familiar to fans across all genres, while Ellie Goulding has been riding with the scene from the start. This track is Diplo’s latest release and has major traction across streaming services sitting pretty at number one on Diplo’s Spotify under popular, with 73 million streams. Definitely keep your ears keen for this one.

9. 4B & Teez – Whistle (Nitti Gritti Remix)

Diplo re-posted this track on his secret SoundCloud account page “diplo approved,” and he’s been known to thread approved tracks into his sets. Additionally, Nitti gritti recently opened for Dillon Francis’ Brooklyn Halloween show and hosts multiple genre and drop changes. Diplo fans will surely recognize and get down to this track.

10. “Get It Right” feat. MØ

“Get It Right” is hot and fresh off the California EP. Diplo played this joint as recently as September 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage for Mad Decent Block Party and even brought out MØ to perform live. It’s flush with style and contemporary waves. One can only hope that Diplo drops it again for this New Years weekend set.