Perhaps there was a brief moment of skepticism when it became obvious that Skrillex and Diplo would be instrumental in resurrecting Justin Bieber‘s career. In 2014, Bieber was unanimously hated by every living human over the age of 11, and simultaneously, EDM’s perennial cool guys were riding converging waves into the massive swell that became Jack Ü.
In spite of seemingly divergent paths, the combination materialized anyway, the product was, of course, “Where Are Ü Now,” and the rest is history: over four million units moved, four platinum certifications earned, and a Grammy Award to boot. Any fleeting skepticism washed away as the song came to define the year and dominate the airwaves, and now, the blockbuster collaboration has reached another considerable milestone, as it is the latest to join YouTube‘s billion view ranks.
Coincidentally enough, of less than 50 inductions, none of these artists are strangers to the Billion Views Club, with Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo each already earning previous spots in the club. Seeing a pattern here? The track’s undeniable appeal was also matched with a creative video concept which sourced fan art from admirers around the world. “Where Are Ü Now” joins sweeping hits from Taylor Swift, Adele, The Chainsmokers and more as the past decade’s leading pop hallmarks.
Miami Music Week is known for its overwhelming amount of heavy-hitting industry events culminating in Ultra Music Festival for the electronic music scene. Heldeep and Monstercat have announced their presence for the 2018 iteration of the music week in the form of Heldeep vs. Monstercat at Soho Studios on March 21. The event was announced after a series of angsty tweets between Heldeep founder Oliver Heldens and Monstercat founder Mike Darlington.
The imprints have announced a head-to-head event with some of their best artists “battling it out” for the crowds. Artist announcements are to follow, and fans wanting to watch this stacked battle royale can buy their tickets here.
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Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, and U2 will perform at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden on 1/28. Kendrick, who is up for seven awards including album of the year, will open the show, according to sources. More »
The band-reunion wave: It’s not over quite yet! Consider: Candlebox, the Seattle rock band whose self-titled 1993 debut somehow sold four million copies, is about to reassemble. Candlebox somehow got caught up in the whole grunge wave despite sounding more like Ugly Kid Joe than like Nirvana; you could almost say that they were pioneers … More »