Calvin Harris Teams With Sam Smith On Monster New Track “Promises”

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After taking over the summer with his last collab “One Kiss”, Calvin Harris is back at it again with another MONSTER collab, this time with London superstar Sam Smith. The collab titled “Promises” is another sure fire radio smash using the same formula as “One Kiss”, powerful vocals and a super catchy funky house beat.

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Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

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Calvin Harris & Sam SmithCalvin Harris has been a presence on radio this summer because of his Dua Lipa-featuring single “One Kiss” — you readers even voted it one of the Songs Of The Summer — and today he returns with what’s sure to be a hit no matter the quality: a collaboration with pop … More »

Remembering That Strange Moment When Korn Were Pop Superstars

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KornAt first, Korn were a myth to me. When they released their self-titled debut album in 1994, I was 11. I may have glimpsed their spooky dreadlocked scowls in magazines or TV ads, or wherever I found out about new music in that nascent internet era. But for a suburban Christian kid who spent his … More »

Calvin Harris announces forthcoming Sam Smith collaboration, due Friday

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The August 17 installment of New Music Friday will see Sam Smith re-enter the electronic release ring alongside dance floor dominator, Calvin Harris.

Harris notified fans of the forthcoming single via Twitter, sharing a salmon snapshot of the collaboration’s artwork.

Entitled “Promises,” the joint production signals Smith’s return to electronic features, sonic territory that Smith has not treaded since his work with Disclosure on the duo’s sophomore album, Caracal, released in 2015. Smith originally lent his vocals to Disclosure’s 2013 platinum certified house heater, “Latch.”

Harris remained mum on the specifics of the single’s sound, but listeners can nonetheless expect the song to potently embody the synergy of Harris and Smith’s musical mastery.

H/T: EDM Tunes

Calvin Harris Announces Release Date For Monster Single “Promises” Featuring Sam Smith

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It has already been a huge year for Calvin Harris in his return to electronic music. He dropped International Chart topper “One Kiss” featuring Dua Lipa and announces a return to Ibiza for a residency at Pacha (obviously among many other accomplishments). With one single in the bag that will be in the running for

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More Like Maroon 5 Seconds Of Summer Am I Right

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5 Seconds Of SummerWhat happens when a pop-punk boy band grows up? They stop playing pop-punk, apparently. More »

Step aside, men: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness, upward trend in female chart toppers

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I’m gunna let you finish, Kanye, but uh…

Female singers with upbeat dance songs are far more likely to top the music charts nowadays, according to new findings by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. The study also found a downward musical trend in happiness and an increase in sadness.

The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, examined 500,000 popular songs released in the UK over a three decade period, from 1985 and 2015, and categorized them each based on their mood.

“‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘sadness’ is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more ‘danceable’ and more ‘party-like,’” co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.

Of course, researchers emphasize that a gradual decrease in the average “happiness” index does not mean that all successful songs in 1985 were “happy” and all successful songs in 2015 were “sad.” They were looking for average trends in the acoustic properties of music and the moods describing the sounds.

The overall mood shifts in the songs’ musical elements fall in line with past studies that have examined lyrical content changes over the years. They have found that positive emotions, on the whole, have declined; while indicators of loneliness and social isolation have increased.

“So it looks like, while the overall mood is becoming less happy, people seem to want to forget it all and dance,” says Komarova, a mathematician and evolutionary biologist who led the study. She added, “The public seems to prefer happier songs, even though more and more unhappy songs are being released each year.”

Some songs with a low happiness index in 2014 include “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Whispers” by Passenger and “Unmissable” by Gorgon City. Songs from 1985 with a high happiness index include “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, “Would I Lie to You?” by the Eurythmics, and “Freedom” by Wham!

Additionally, researchers found the most successful musical genres of recent are dance and pop, with a “clear downward trend” in the success of rock, beginning in the early 2000s.

The researchers also found that the “maleness” of songs — or the frequency of male singers in popular music — has decreased over the last 30 years. “Interestingly, successful songs exhibit their own distinct behavior: They tend to be happier, more party-like, less relaxed and more likely to be sung by a woman than most.”

The same trends hold true for the US market, based on a preliminary review of data by researchers. A few 2014 hits that meet the study’s qualifications for successful pop music include Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass.”

The findings arrive at a critical time when the music industry is grappling with issues of gender inequality, where men are overwhelmingly dominating the visible ranks of artists and songwriters, despite studies such as these, which show a strong cultural/consumer yearning for female dance/pop hits in the contemporary global music climate.

Read the fully study by UC Irvine here.

H/T: Stereogum

Study Of Pop Music Finds Rise In Sadness

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A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California … More »

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

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Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

MK delivers house take of Sam Smith’s ‘Pray’ [Stream]

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Sam Smith’s smooth vocals settle in nicely on house tracks. Disclosure knew it and exemplified it on “Latch,” and now, MK proves that he too has noted the fluid electronic crossover potential inherent in Smith’s voice on his remix of Smith’s song, “Pray.”

MK doubles down minute wise on his house oriented take of the track that originally appeared on Smith’s 2017 album, The Thrill Of It All. Extending the length of his revamp, and situating it just past the six-minute mark, MK reworks “Pray” in his addition of reverberating—and at times, subtly trumpeting synths—and percussive elements that lend a sense of rhythm to MK’s vision. These same rhythmically constituting components resurface in the moments in which the remix builds, aiding the pulsating drop that elevates MK’s remix to the status of a bonafide club pleaser.