The 13 Juiciest Music Beefs Of 2018

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The Juiciest Beefs Of 2018Being online often feels like witnessing a chaotic, nonstop reality TV show. We’re given windows into the private lives of everyone we didn’t know we were supposed to care about, alerted whenever Ariana Grande cuts her hair or Cher has a thought. There are the couples we’re … More »

Alessia Cara May Not Be The Best New Artist, But She’s Also Not Half Bad

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Alessia CaraWhen the world met Alessia Caracciolo three years ago, she was the awkward teenager enduring a house party where she did not belong: “Somewhere in the corner under clouds of marijuana/ With this boy who’s hollering, I can hardly hear/ Over this music I don’t listen to.” Over the same Bond-worthy Isaac HayesMore »

Rudimental teams up with Rita Ora on drum ‘n’ bass/pop, ‘Summer Love,’ off the band’s forthcoming album

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Rudimental teams up with Rita Ora on drum ‘n’ bass/pop, ‘Summer Love,’ off the band’s forthcoming albumRudimental Press Shot

Rudimental and Rita Ora converged to support the English drum ‘n’ bass act’s forthcoming album with their new, collaborative single, “Summer Love.”

Lush synths lay a bed for Ora’s sultry vocals to gleam and grow. Rapid drum ‘n’ bass percussion is teased in the first verse, making full descent in time for the hook, which combines elements of pop and breakbeat. The second verse maintains the complex drum arrangement alongside Ora’s full-bodied pipes.

“Summer Love” joins “These Days” featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen, “Let Me Live” featuring Anne Marie and Mr. Eazi; and “Walk Alone” featuring Tom Walker on Rudimental’s Toast To Our Differences long play set to drop Jan 25. Ora herself recently released her second studio album, Phoenix, following her 2012, self-titled debut album.

NMF Roundup: 12th Planet delivers new heat, josh pan and AWAY team up, Nicky Romero goes acoustic + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. Even if you’re still in a turkey-induced coma — fret not. DA has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

To kick things off, josh pan and AWAY have teamed up for a hefty sizzler called “Mask.” DubVision and Raider bring us warm rays of summer with “Yesterday,” and Tom & Collins deliver some house heat with “Swoon.” Bass veteran 12th Planet has unleashed his heavy Swamplex Terrestrial EP, featuring songs like its title track. After a two-year hiatus, Haywyre has released his second track in two weeks, the groovy “Storyteller.” FTampa thrills in a feel-good remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Brazilian Soul,” and Nicky Romero delivers an acoustic rendition of “Rise” with Matluck and Stadiumx. Chime continues his tour de force with “Goldfinch,” and Tisoki opens up the dancefloor with “All Like That.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

MTV VMAs hit record-low viewership and ratings in 2018

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This year’s MTV VMAs viewership numbers dropped to a record low, breaking last year’s figures.

The Aug. 20 MTV Video Music Awards drew only 4.87 million viewers across eight Viacom-owned channels, compared to last year’s 5.36 million. Also plummeting is the awards show’s rating, which garnered only a 2.2 rating among young adults age 18-49. Last’s year’s awards show had a 2.6 rating.

The 2018 VMAs featured performances by Post Malone, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, and more. While dance music was low in representation this year, Avicii and Rita Ora’s “Lonely Together” won for best dance video. Other notable winners were Childish Gambino for “This Is America,” Cardi B‘s “I Like It,” and “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Has Politicians Cite Cardi B, Blink-182, Rita Ora As Reasons To Arm Kids

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Sacha Baron Cohen and his many disguises return to the airwaves tonight with his new series Who Is America? on Showtime. On the show, Cohen sets out to interview “the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation.” The show shared clip ahead of tonight’s premiere, in which Larry Pratt, Executive Director Emeritus of Gun Owners … More »

New Music Friday: Bebe Rexha delivers a straight-up therapybanger

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Notes on this week’s new releases:

  • I’m A Mess is Bebe Rexha‘s best song since 2015’s I Don’t Wanna Grow Up EP. The pre-chorus is a blinder — “everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be okay, it’s gonna be a good, good life, that’s what my therapists say” — but it’s the verse two line “nobody shows up unless I’m paying” that really hits the life-as-a-popstar nail on the head. Justin Tranter pops up in the writing credits.
  • Baby Ariel‘s Gucci On My Body is like Charli XCX from another dimension. Credits on this one include Kloe and Lauren Aquilina, a really exciting and creative pop songwriting partnership that’ll likely be 2019’s Tranter & Michaels.
  • Dotter continues to be amazing.
  • Four Of Diamonds‘ Name On It is 7x better than any launch single for an 8th place X Factor 2016 girlband has any right to be. We had a chat with Sophia from the band, which you can read here.
  • In ‘fucking hell let’s have some attention to detail’ news, Rita Ora and pals’ Girls has been remixed by a man because apparently there aren’t any women capable of doing remixes.
  • Bottom of the pile this week is Maroon 5. They’ve covered a Bob Marley song.

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Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is Pretty Good. Does Anyone Care?

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Christina Aguilera - LiberationAlong with her fellow ex-Mousketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera proved to be one of the most durable hit-makers of the Y2K-era teen-pop explosion. Long after most of their peers found alternate careers in show business or disappeared from pop culture entirely, these artists kept sending singles to the top 10. Spears survived … More »

Rita Ora – “Girls” (Feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, & Charli XCX) Video

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Rita Ora Girls VideoNow, after every single featured guest has either publicly apologized for or defended “Girls” in some way or form, the Rita Ora pop posse cut that just won’t go away has a music video to go along with it. Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha all get their time … More »

Rita Ora Opens Up About Avicii: ‘It’s Hard For Me To Sing Our Song’

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Back in 2017, Rita Ora teamed up with Avicii on his comeback EP Avicii (01). The EP was released just months before Avicii’s tragic passing. As Rita Ora was set to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swansea, the vocalist opened up with an emotional tribute to Avicii. “I remember how amazing it was

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