Dutch icon Armin van Buuren helped pave the way for trance’s popularity throughout his career, accruing an even larger fan base upon his entrance into the pop scene where the world saw the true breadth of his musicality.
For years, van Buuren has used his Armin Only shows as a treat to fans, embarking on international tours to provide immersive, extended sets which showcase his lengthy repertoire in addition to other groundbreaking hits by his colleagues. Oftentimes, he brings on various vocalists and other collaborators to create a truly “live” experience. 2017 marked a special occasion: The Best of Armin Only. With the former “king of trance” having burst onto the scene 20 years ago with his single “Blue Fear,” it only seemed fitting for him to organize his biggest show to date.
The response was overwhelmingly positive, with both shows on May 12-13 completely selling out and filling the entirety of the Amsterdam ArenA. 80,000 fans in total attended the momentous affair, while an additional 4.8 million streamed the event through various online platforms. It’s safe to say he “went all out,” employing a vast amount of acrobats, accompanying bands, and dancers in addition to multiple collaborators he’s worked with over the duration of his career.
The artist also released an eponymous album which captures the essence of the past shows and also includes brand new music. The album also comes as a special edition box set to particularly ardent fans.
“I’m still shaking from all this. This show, this crowd… It was absolutely phenomenal. I’m a bit bummed out that it has gone by so quickly, but I enjoyed this so, so much. I’d like to thank everyone for their support and all of their hard work, my fans of course and also Alda, 250K, DLP, Armada and Corrino Media Group. ‘The Best Of ArminOnly’ isn’t just my ultimate highlight. It’s ours!”
Next Wave has definitely hit the jackpot with ELOQ’s “Diamonds” by managing to land a vocal feature by MØ no less. Though they’re not able to credit the singer in the title, once you hit that play button it’s not too hard to hear the Danish singer’s distinctive voice.
“Diamonds” is a slow-moving yet fiery affair which should have you enchanted the second MØ’s vocals come in. ELOQ does a great job with the production applying layer after layer of sound constructing the perfect texture for the vocals to cut through. Perfectly placed between future bass and future pop, “Diamonds” might not become the mainstream hit that MØ’s last few singles are, but should definitely emerge as a timeless track reminiscent of her older catalog.
When the Blair project first surfaced last April with single “Five Past Ten” he quickly made a name for himself as perhaps one of the first few unique acts to emerge through SoundCloud in awhile. He released two hits in high succession before quickly disappearing back into internet hole. Now, he’s finally back with another single this time featuring argonaut&wasp.
Dubbed “Planetary,” this single will have you flying to the moon and back in euphoria with its uplifting indie-dance sensibilities. The track feels like it was taken out of an unreleased Empire of The Sun b-side,doused in a bucket of electropop synths, and then beautifully packaged into the glistening indie-pop release you see before you. If you’re into indie-leaning dance/pop you’ll love this one.
After releasing his successful debut album Forever in 2015, Alesso launched a huge album tour. Many artists would take it easy after such a busy year, but Alesso surprised in 2016 by releasing two new singles: “I Wanna Know” featuring Nico & Vinz and Jolin Tsai and “Take My Breath Away.” Alesso’s continuing that momentum in 2017 by gearing up for his first big release for the year.
Alesso’s new single, “Falling,” will release this Friday, February 3, on Def Jam. He uploaded a teaser of the track with its release announcement, hinting at yet another progressive house track with a female vocalist. Alesso’s MO seems to be “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and “Falling” will likely go down as another hit under the Swedish producer’s hit-laden belt. Spotify users can head here to pre-save the single so they’ll have the track in their collection on release date. Listen to the “Falling” preview below:
22-year old Nordic producer Sondre Alvestad, better known as Sonny Alven, has joined forces with Finnish vocalist Olivera for their latest collaboration “Your Touch” out now on Universal Music. “Your Touch” comes on the heels of Sonny’s No. 1 hit on Hypem, “California Girls.”
“Your Touch” is Sonny’s first single from his upcoming Girl’s EP slated for release in March. The track maintains all of Sonny’s stylistic hallmarks like soaring atmospheric chords and enchanting female vocals.
Listen to “Your Touch” below.
This single among many others is why Sonny has garnered the attention of fellow Scandinavian superstar Kygo. Sonny joined Kygo on tour playing in nearly all the major cities across Europe.
Check out the “Your Touch” lyric video as well on.
Pop EDM duo The Chainsmokers have been on quite a roll lately. They have successfully managed to become one of the most dominant and well-liked commercial house duos around, with their last three singles, “All We Know,” “Setting Fires,” and “Paris” racking up more than 100 million hits on YouTube alone. And their impossible to escape hit “Closer” hitting quadruple platinum (with a fifth platinum nod on the way).
With their latest tweet, it seems that Alex and Drew are ready to embark on the next chapter of their rise to EDM superstardom — the full length album, In a recent tweet, they have finally confirmed their debut album as well as a new tour for 2017.
Since EDM’s explosion in popularity, many crossover tracks have made their way to top 40 radio and sold thousands of copies. Zedd, one of the genre’s leading crossover ambassadors, has experienced some of the most success from adapting his electro house sound to fit pop radio, with hits like “Clarity,” “Stay the Night” and “I Want You to Know” selling over a million copies — or going platinum under the Recording Industry Association of America‘s classification for single sales.
This week, we learned Zedd has yet another hit to add to his roster of platinum-earning singles, his very first as a featured artist: “Starving,” his hit collaboration with duo Grey and actress-turned-pop star Hailee Steinfeld. “Starving” released in July 2016 with both chart and critical success, with the three performing the track live at events like the NickelodenHALO Awards show, and now the single has earned a spot atop the platinum-earning RIAA singles ranks. Congratulations to Grey, Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd!
Lost Kings have been rocketing in popularity over the past year; and after signing to Disruptor Records, the home of The Chainsmokers and Vanic, you can expect their rise to hit an absolute fever pitch in 2017.
Their first single of the new year is a radio-ready single titled “Quit You,” with featured vocals from none other than Tinashe. The new single doesn’t have a typical drop, instead opting to really follow the verse-chorus-verse structure of a typical pop song.
Lost Kings’ foray into pop music aligns well with many other producers this year, and it brings up wider questions of crossover appeal in EDM and mainstream radio music. But that’s a discussion for another time.
We never thought we’d see the day, but Maarten Vorwerk just released a new original on Spinnin’ Records with Mazare and Matthew Steeper entitled “You’re The One.”
Featuring swelling synths and powerful vocals from Steeper and some unnamed female vocalist, “You’re The One” is strangely addicting. It follows closely along with the pop/EDM formula, with vocals resembling those of All-American Rejects or Plain White T’s, giving it an extremely wide range to appeal to all fans.
Norwegian producer AlanWalker has just released two brand new remixes via Spotify, coming as the latest follow ups to his 2016 released hit single, “Alone.” Walker has expanded his catalogue of noteworthy collaborators even further with the releases, adding on Sofia Carson and Charli XCX on to his list. With the two singers’ unique vocal styles and recognizable production, their immense remix potential was fully taken advantage of by Walker’s signature sound.
The first remix, released Friday, is a soaring rendition of Sofia Carson’s “Back To Beautiful,” and features expert vocal chops above a poppy percussion section and sweeping future bass synths. By keeping proper space between the main vocals and more EDM-oriented drop, Walker was able to maintain the two best parts of the track without compromising their sing-along value. The result is a bubbly, sway-inducing song full of heart and fun.
The next track is a remix of “After The Afterparty” by Charli XCX and Lil Yachty. After using the introductory vocals to set the tone, Walker throws the energy into space with shimmering synth work and high-flying melodies. With the track’s slow tempo and euphoric background chords, he’s able to create a truly effective feel-good heater.