The Wilting Of Iggy Azalea

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Iggy Azalea - Survive The SummerBelieve it or not, the equivalent of a full presidential term has passed since Iggy Azalea ruled summer 2014. Back then, it was hard to go about daily life without encountering this young blonde white woman from Australia rapping in an affected Southern drawl. Her pop-rap hits were everywhere — and whenever you weren’t hearing … More »

Diplo and MØ embark on their way to Neverland in the new ‘Sun In Our Eyes’ video

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Diplo and MØ embark on their way to Neverland in the new ‘Sun In Our Eyes’ videoMO Press Photo 2018 Cr Fryd Frydendahl Billboard 1548

Diplo and have steered electronic pop music into crystal clear cerulean waters with their collection of feel-good hits. After years of fruitful musical kingship, which has given us mega-hits “Lean On” and “Cold Water” to name a few, the two gave us their breezy new summertime hit, “Sun In Our Eyes,” which now gets its very own accompanying music video. It’s a joyous tune, one that Diplo even boasts is their best so far.

“Sun in Our Eyes” is the lead single from MØ’s forthcoming album Forever Neverland, which is set for release October 19. In the video, the two can be seen on a shipping container, embarking on their journey to Neverland. Diplo’s braiding hair and MØ basks in the, you guessed it, sun — may they forever remain full of youth, either that or refuse to grow up.

Photo Credit: Fryd Frydendahl

Big Reputation: A Trip To Taylor Swift’s Hyper-Maximalist Stadium Tour

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Taylor SwiftI am sitting on a folding chair in the middle of a football field. A few dozen yards in front of me stand two video screens several stories high, each angled slightly toward its respective side of the stadium, converging at the center of the stage like two sides of a triangle. A gargantuan rig … More »

MØ’s ‘Nostalgia’ gets a house remix from Detroit’s own MK

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released two house remixes of her most recent single, “Nostalgia.” The Danish pop star enlists veteran talents MK and Claude VonStroke to transform the original, alternative pop vibe into upbeat house. MØ’s smokey vocals make her a perfect candidate for a house makeover. Both remixers keep the calypso rhythm, staying true to the original beat. High hats are a major, groovy player in each.

In the MK remix, MØ sounds like she’s talking at the listener, while the dissident vocal chops flutter in space. The contrast between the two vocals creates a present yet distracted ambiance.

Marc Kinchen aka MK is a known remixer from the birthplace of techno, Detroit. He’s recently done official remix work for major acts such as Armand Van Helden, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, and Rihanna.

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Diplo and MØ are back with a bright, summertime single, “Stay Open”

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Since the pair first met in the studio back in 2013, Diplo and have displayed a fruitful creative synergy. Their combined musical moxie has resulted in multiple chart-topping hits, including “Get It Right,” “xxx 88,” “Cold Water,”, Jack Ü‘s “Ü Know,” and, of course, Major Lazers 2015 smash, “Lean On.”

Now the ride-or-die pair have teamed up once again on a bright new release just in time for summer, “Stay Open.” A short and light-hearted track, Diplo’s laid-back production style lays down soft guitar chords and swirling synths to capture MØ’s deep, soulful melodies. The single is a nice intermission from Diplo’s California EP, which remained focused on honing the producer’s hip-hop-driven sound.

Beyoncé takes the throne, Ekali sends it, David Byrne rewrites history & more: Here’s everything that happened at Coachella day 2

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Ekali played to a packed Sahara tent in the middle of the afternoon

As if closing out the Do LaB tent wasn’t enough of an achievement, Ekali’s Sahara tent set was a testament to his massive growth and range as a producer. With over 20,000 in attendance, it’s for certain that Ekali’s destined for a monumental year, and to that, a congratulations is in order.

When you bring @denzelcurryph to your @coachella set and he incites a riot 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Party Favor delivers a star-studded set

Party Favor‘s set was filled with surprises. Dropping off a fervent performance with surprises from Tyga, Jamie Foxx, and Rich The Kid, Party Favor saw that things got a even hotter out on the polo fields.

OSCAR WINNER @iamjamiefoxx #coachella @ohdagyo

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Louis the Child brought out Joey Purp and debuted some new music

EDM’s fastest rising duo, Louis the Child, dropped their new original and confirmed a new remix of a new Khalid song.

MØ brought out Diplo and Charli XCX

Danish pop artist  graduated from her “Lean On” performance two years ago at Coachella with Major Lazer and blew the crowd away with her main stage sunset performance, where she even managed to bring out a few friends along the way. In addition to performing a solo rendition of the Justin Beiber featured “Cold Water,” MØ brought out Charli XCX for “Porsche,” and danced onstage with Diplo for their collaboration “Get It Right.”

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Coachella

David Byrne rewrote history

Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne took the stage with a performance of past and present classics in Stop making Sense fashion, even finishing on a cover of Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout,” listing names of black victims of police violence with an absolutely epic drum-heavy rendition.

Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Coachella

Beyoncé took the throne

Queen B delivered. As expected, Beyoncé’s headlining performance was nothing short iconic. Undoubtedly, it’ll go down as one of the greatest Coachella performances in history with Beyoncé standing as the first ever woman of color to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” she quixotically squealed, when talking about the phenomena.

Photo Credit: Larry Busacca, Getty Images for Coachella 

Moving through her performance with poise, hair flowing, barely seeming to break a sweat, Beyoncé’s energy and the performance’s production proved she’s one of the greatest entertainers to ever grace the stage. The New York Times has even gone so far to call her bigger than Coachella in their latest editorial.

She opened with a performance of “Crazy In Love,” brought out her husband JAY-Z for one of their many collaborations “Déjà Vu,” had her sister Solange come out for “Get Me Bodied,” and then she did the unthinkable. She saved humanity. I mean—and then she reunited Destiny’s Child.

Although rumors of a Destiny’s Child reunion have been circulating for months, nothing comes close to the real thing. The trio performed “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.”

“I was supposed to perform last year but I got pregnant, thank God,” Beyoncé said before closing her set with an a cappella rendition of her uplifting “Love On Top.” “I had time to dream with two beautiful souls in my belly and this is everything and more I had in my dream, so thank you for sharing this with me. I want to sing this last song to all my incredible, beautiful fans. Loyal fans. Ride or dies. I love y’all.”

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New Music Good Friday: Post Precious! Dragonette! CHVRCHES!

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Notes on this week’s new releases:

  • The whole Post Precious thing is shaping up rather nicely, right?
  • This week, for the third song in a row, CHVRCHES broke the most sacred and some would say only rule of New Music Friday, with Never Say Die appearing yesterday. Yesterday, you may recall, was a Thursday. This may have been adjusted to accommodate Good Friday but the band’s behaviour will not be tolerated in the future.
  • The Digital Farm Animals, Shaun Frank and Dragonette song starts off sounding like an actually-quite-good Chainsmokers song and ends up — obviously, considering the involvement of Dragonette — being amazing.
  • The Hayley Kiyoko album’s out today! It is good!
  • The Kate Nash album’s out today! It’s better than a 2018 Kate Nash album has any right to be!!
  • The Kasey Musgraves album’s out today! It’s… Well, it seems to be going down well; bit fucking boring though let’s be honest!!!
  • Lady Gaga‘s version of Your Song is very ‘Lady Gaga doing Your Song’.
  • Look there’s no easy way to say this but Loleatta Holloway’s Love Sensation gets some sort of ‘treatment’ every couple of years and in 2018 the honour has fallen to Flo Rida, who’s turned it into a sort of happy-rappy Daft Punk song. That description actually makes it sound really good but words, readers, can be deceiving.

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Lil Dicky Is Making A Career Out Of Being Charismatic And Problematic In Equal Measure

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It takes real talent to create a song based on the premise that Chris Brown is the man and end up with something likable. For three minutes and 36 seconds — or 5:21 if you’re watching the music video, as more than 57 million people have so far — that’s the illusion “Freaky Friday” successfully … More »

Diplo delivers sun-drenched ‘California’ EP featuring Lil Yachty, DRAM, Desiigner and more

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Diplo has dropped off his first solo project since 2013’s Revolution, the new seven-track collection, California. Don’t let the title fool you — random white dude still be everywherethough nowadays the Mad Decent head leans much more west coast than anything, and lately he’s enjoyed some time in the studio with a batch of rap’s most in-demand young up-and-comers. Recruiting work from Lil Yachty, Desiigner, DRAM,, Goldlink, Trippie Redd, and controversial rhymer on the rise Lil Xan, the new EP sees Diplo reaffirm his status as one of today’s top A&Rs, all rolled up and tightly packed into a wrap fit for pop music’s most ambitious force behind the console.

The EP includes previously released material, including “Look Back, “Get It Right,” and “Worry No More.” Each track on the EP features Diplo’s chameleonic style wrapped around different lyrical deliveries, with each rapper and vocalist obviously inspired by their Californian surroundings in different creative ways. One listen through California highlights just how far the Major Lazer frontman has come since his 2004 debut, Florida — and it’s a lot further than just coast to coast. Florida was the beginning of Diplo’s grind, and California plays a lot more like the type of music one could sit back and watch a young man’s game unfold to. And 15 years after his studio debut landed, its safe to say Diplo has undoubtedly earned that right.

Alice Merton Is Ruling Rock Radio. Is A Pop Crossover Next?

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Do you remember where you first heard “Royals”? Almost any guess could be correct — and not just because the song achieved the sort of ubiquity you’d expect from a #1 hit. More »