Alesso, Illenium, and more to heat up 2020’s Winter X Games

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Winter is approaching, which means it’s time to gear up for some extreme sports. But what can extreme sports offer music fans? For one: A stacked lineup at the 2020 Winter X Games that snowballs the event into full-fledged festival status. The Winter arm of the X Games will see its 23rd year hosting some of the world’s greatest and most daring athletes, returning to the iconic ski town of Aspen, Colorado, from January 23-26.

Topping next year’s billing is Alesso, who’s had a great 2019 so far, releasing volume one of his PROGRESSO MIXTAPE in March and, more recently, collaborating on “In The Middle” with mystery producer SUMR CAMP. Aspen also secured fan-favorite melodic bass producer Illenium, who rounded out the summer with his third studio album, ASCEND, while pushing through the length of the festival circuit. He’s shown no signs of slowing down, recently headlining NYC’s Madison Square Garden with openers Adventure Club and more.

To precede its top-of-the-ticket talent, the X Games organizers are hitting all genres stops with certified platinum rappers Rae Sremmurd and R&B superstar Bazzi, both frequent Billboard chart-toppers.

To experience these performances at the GEICO Music Stage, GA and VIP tickets/packages are available now. Admission to the action sports competitions and festival village at the Buttermilk Mountain base are free to the public. Head to their website for tickets and more info. Daily lineup schedule below:

Friday, January 24

Rae Sremmurd

Alesso @ Belly Up Aspen

Saturday, January 25

ILLENIUM

Alesso

Rae Sremmurd @ Belly Up Aspen

Sunday, January 26

Bazzi

Evening @ Belly Up Aspen

BLACKPINK’s All-Out K-Pop Onslaught Reaches American Shores

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BLACKPINKLet me take you back to a moment in the not-so-distant past, a proudly and obnoxiously loud era in pop music history known as the early 2010s. More »

Afrojack enlists Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj for new ‘Sober’ video

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Afrojack might just have his next hit on his hands. The veteran Dutch producer teamed up with hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and pop singer Stanaj for new release “Sober.” The track juxtaposes Stanaj’s heartfelt vocals and minimalistic production backdrops with Rae Sremmurd’s punchy rapping and a cutting drop. The track’s versatility gives it the potential to be featured everywhere from mainstream radio stations to main stage festival sets.

Afrojack spoke about working with the artists in an official release, stating,

“Working with Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj was fire. Rae’s work ethic is hardcore, and we even made some changes to the song on the set of the video to make sure it’s the best! This is also the second time doing a record with Stanaj and the combo of his voice and approach to pop always gives a WOW effect.”

The outfit have also released a music video to accompany the release, with scintillating and artistic visuals breaking up the artists’ appearances  throughout. “Sober” is out now on Armada.

Sigrid’s Debut Album Will Knock You Out

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SigridSometimes an album title is exactly right. More »

Rae Sremmurd Reps Claim The Group Is Not Breaking Up

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Rae SremmurdFollowing antagonistic posts on Slim Jxmmi’s social media accounts over the weekend, speculation began to circulate that the endearing trap duo Rae Sremmurd might be parting ways. One of Jxmmi’s now-deleted communiqués read: “I’m not Rae Sremmurd I’m slim jxmmi and ima sink or swim by myself. Not SremmLife. Y’all won it’s a … More »

Rae Sremmurd Might Be Splitting Up

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Rae SremmurdRae Sremmurd might be splitting up. Complex reports that Slim Jxmmi, one half of the rap duo alongside his brother Swae Lee, seemed to suggest on Twitter that he’s left the group. More »

Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi Involved In Street Fight In New Zealand

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Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi was involved in a street fight in Auckland, New Zealand in which someone was stabbed and sent to the hospital, TMZ reports. Slim Jxmmi was apparently walking with a crew when the fight broke out over someone on the street recording video of the group. There’s no indication of … More »

Rae Sremmurd – “Christmas At Swae’s” & “Nothing For Christmas”

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It’s Christmas all over again! We’ve been treated to some festive music from artists like John Legend, Ingrid Michaelson, and Eric Clapton already and just last night Miley Cyrus shared a revised version of “Santa Baby” on Fallon. Today, the Brothers Sremm are decking the halls with two new Christmas bops. More »

Ellie Goulding, Diplo, and Swae Lee rally romantics on ‘Close To Me’

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Serial chart-toppers, Ellie Goulding, Diplo, and Swae Lee (from Rae Sremmurd) have aligned for “Close To Me,” a rich, enduring love ballad of a most modern modality.

“Close To Me” is quite weighty, in that Goulding, while avid fans will remember her musing nostalgia over Kygo‘s semi-recent “First Time,” has not released a single of her own in years–three to be exact. Diplo, on the other hand, has been relentlessly doling out releases in and outside of the Major Lazer moniker, with his recent posthumous collaboration with XXXTENTACION and the ever-auspicious, Skrillex, receiving further support from the aforementioned Rae Sremmurd, in fact.

“Close To Me,” with its broody acoustic plucks and fusing of Goulding’s enrapturing entreats with Lee’s breezy rhymes, is technically Goulding and Diplo’s second collaboration to date. The UK singer-songwriter paired with Major Lazer in 2015 for the radio-ravaging and aptly-named “Powerful.” Whether this latest venture is simply a solitary effort, or a harbinger of a yet-to-be-named multi-work project, Goulding fans are surely smitten seeing her back in singing saddles.

 

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” Video

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Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »