8 Britney Spears Covers That Don’t Suck

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Britney SpearsI don’t know if anybody ever really put it on the record just after …Baby One More Time was released as to what they thought Britney Spears would be doing in two decades. (The album came out 20 years ago this past weekend.) It probably would have been pretty cynical; that generation of … More »

“Shallow” From A Star Is Born Wins Golden Globe For Best Original Song

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born won the Golden Globe tonight for Best Original Song. It beat out Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” from Black Panther, Dolly Parton’s “Girl In The Movies” from Dumplin’, Annie Lennox’s “Requiem For A Private War” from A Private War, and Troye Sivan … More »

New Music Friday: Lizzo is smiling.

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The first New Music Friday of 2019 is brief but not without its moments

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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.

Watch Miley Cyrus Update “Santa Baby” For 2018

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So Miley Cyrus is woke now! We saw Cyrus drive through politically-charged scenes in her music video for “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” The fans flipped their collective lid when she wore a “Protect Kids, Not Guns” t-shirt. And now, Cyrus brings us a progressive version of the Christmas song we … More »

A-Trak releases second annual Goldie Awards recap video

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A-Trak releases second annual Goldie Awards recap videoA Trak Goldie Awards

A-Trak’s second annual Goldie Awards hit Brooklyn Steel on November 8, pinning turntablists and producers from around the world in a Beat Battle and DJ Battle competition in front of a live audience. The Fool’s Gold creator built the tournament to seek raw talent and originality on the dance floor.

Hosts were Nadeska Alexis and Desus Nice. Judges were an wonder cast of Mark Ronson, Just Blaze, Craze, Murda Beatz, El-P, Anna Lunoe, Boys Noize, and Venus X.

A-Trak recently released the recap video, which showcases clips from the Beat Battle and DJ Battle with some judge considerations. Buck Rodgers was the unanimous champion on the beat side, while Yuto battled it out with Brandan Duke the DJ for the DJ Battle victory.

Watch Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus Cover Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry”

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Miley-Cyrus-in-Live-LoungeIs it a bad idea to cover an Ariana Grande song? Probably yes, right? Ariana Grande is the moment’s dominant pop star, and she’s got a lot of great songs, songs that you might find yourself singing tunelessly at red lights or whatever. But she’s also got a feather-light, effortlessly showy voice, the kind of … More »

Watch Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson, & Sean Ono Lennon Play SNL

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Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson performed on last night’s Matt Damon-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live. Ronson played guitar while Cyrus sang their collaborative track “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” Sean Ono Lennon joined them for their cover of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Christmas song, “Happy Xmas (War Is … More »

Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Feat. Sean Ono Lennon) (John Lennon & Yoko Ono Cover)

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Miley-CyrusIn 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono, his second wife, and he quit the Beatles. Two years later, Lennon and Ono teamed up with the Harlem Community Choir to record “Happy Xmas (War Is Over!),” a holiday single that doubled as an anti-war statement. It still gets burn on the radio around Christmas today. And … More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »