Denver bass/dance-pop phenom, Illenium, returns in efforts to reiterate why he’s among the most pressing acts in modern dance music, as his long-awaited LP, Ascend, lifts off on the newly relaunched Astralwerks.
Few musicians, let alone electronic acts, reach stream numbers in the billions, but Illenium’s ability to juxtapose introspective acoustic harmonies with vibrant festival-friendly elements has pinpointed the soaring producer as a global phenomenon, dissolving genre borders and appealing not just to fans of dance or electronic music, but those who simply seek out quality tunes. The release supports a who’s who of collaborators, featuring the likes of X Ambassadors, Bipolar Sunshine and of course, The Chainsmokers, whose contributing efforts to Ascend in the form of “Takeaway” sit in the realm of 50 million streams just weeks after the single’s release.
Illenium continues his North American tour this weekend at 515 Alive Music Festival in Iowa, before making stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden and the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three already sold-out shows.
Forbes’ “Highest Paid DJ” list has just come out, and Calvin Harris has officially been dethroned by The Chainsmokers after six years spent at the number one slot.
The Chainsmokers’ have had their biggest year in earnings yet, with the duo taking home a cool $46 million. This comes as no surprise; after all, they’ve been dominating the airwaves over the past couple years with huge pop anthems. They’re also in the middle of a lucrative three-year contract with Wynn Las Vegas; combine that with a myriad of other headlining gigs at major festivals, and one-off private appearances elsewhere, and it becomes clear how they’ve managed to rake in such vast amounts of capital.
Marshmello has also been climbing the ranks, and actually landed in second place this year with $40 million in net earnings. Calvin Harris found himself demoted to the third slot with $38.5 million. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki took home the fourth ranking, largely in part to him playing 200 gigs through the past year and numerous brand deals on top.
Per usual, female DJs are missing from the list.
The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
Marshmello ($40 million)
Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
Steve Aoki ($30 million)
Diplo ($25 million)
Tiësto ($24 million)
Martin Garrix ($19 million)
David Guetta ($18 million)
Zedd ($17 million)
Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
Kaskade ($14 million)
Skrillex ($13 million)
Alesso ($12.5 million)
Afrojack ($12 million)
Tie: DJ Snaje, DJ Pauly D, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million)
Tomorrowland Weekend Two was nothing short of remarkable, closing out their 2019 installment with some ground-breaking highlights. Attendees saw a revamp of the 2012 Book Of Wisdom theme on the main stage, trance-god Armin van Buuren performed two sets on two different stages, including his 15-year tributary performance, Nicky Romero honored his longtime friend, Avicii, and more.
For those who weren’t able to experience the event’s 15th anniversary, Dancing Astronaut has compiled some of the key performances throughout the second weekend’s entirety, including sets from DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Martin Solveig, and Laidback Luke. Stream the full live sets below and check out the Weekend One recap here.
Today, talented music producer, Illenium, and popular DJ duo group, The Chainsmokers, have officially released their long-awaited single “Takeaway.” Since the first time they introduced the single at this past Ultra Music Festival, fans have been patiently waiting for it to be released. After a long time of waiting, it is finally here. If you’re
With dance music’s often fleeting nature, few releases are met with the commotion that the pairing of The Chainsmokers and Illenium has generated. Considering how sonically cohesive the two entities’ styles can be, as noted from Illenium’s famed remix of “Don’t Let Me Down,” expectations for a formal union between the two electronic powerhouses became understandably lofty.
From the moment the trio joined together atop Ultra Music Festival’s mainstage earlier this year, the joint product, now known as “Takeaway,” became one of the most sought-after unreleased tracks on the market. Following a handful of official track teasers leading into the release, The Chainsmokers and Illenium are now finally equipped to release their Lennon Stella-assisted single into the libraries of millions. The collaboration is additionally accompanied by an immersive visual that follows the single’s creators around New York City’s newly built landmark structure, Vessel.
A duet-led lyrical adventure on “Takeaway” between Stella and The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart attracts immediate reminiscence to the duo’s Grammy-nominated 2016 release alongside Halsey, “Closer.” The pairing’s consoling back and forth seamlessly falls into a breathtaking acoustic before Illenium encrypts his impassioned melodic bass to give “Takeaway” a charming edge to teeter on the fringe of pop.
Both The Chainsmokers and Illenium have LPs slated for release before the end of the year, with ‘World War Joy and Ascend, respectively. With the early prosperity of “Takeaway,” the collaboration could assuredly find its way onto either of the two forthcoming tracklists.
Year after year, the most in-demand electronic acts from across the globe and their cross-continental patrons gather in Boom, Belgium for what is unquestionably one of the most bonkers celebrations in dance music. This year, for its 15th anniversary, the festival saw familiar faces from across the electronic genre continuum, like techno tidal wave and Belgian native, Charlotte de Witte, trance’s enduring patriarch, Armin van Buuren, and the Godfather of EDM himself, Tiësto; while DJ Diesel (Shaq) caused quite a ruckus over at the main stage for his Tomorrowland dubstep-fueled debut.
The quintessential dance music domain saw a colossal main stage revamp of its 2012 theme, the Book of Wisdom. More larger-than-life performances are practically guaranteed for weekend two, which kicks off Thursday July 25, and closing out on Monday July 29.
The main takeaway from The Chainsmokers and Illenium‘s most recent YouTube activity? Their collaboration of the same name is on the way.
A short, 15-second clip billed as the Official Video Teaser for the track surfaced on Columbia Records’ YouTube page on July 18, effectively drumming up anticipation for the forthcoming release. The camera follows Andrew Taggart, Illenium, and the single’s featured vocalist, Lennon Stella, as they tread the area that surrounds New York City’s recently erected landmark, Vessel, and weave their way through the multi-tiered structure. Heavily pored over on Instagram, Vessel opened in March of 2019 and was established as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. The locale provides a fitting backdrop for what will invariably become a resounding radio-acquainted release.
The Chainsmokers continued to flaunt their status as certified crowd pleasers from the TODAY plaza, where the duo convened with some of their recent collaborators to perform for the Today Citi Summer Concert Series. Ty Dolla $ign and bülow joined Drew Taggart to deliver a live rendition of their recent single, “Do You Mean.” The Chainsmokers also linked with Bebe Rexha. The versatile songstress stopped by to vocalize The Chainsmokers’ latest World War Joy offering, “Call You Mine.”
While The Chainsmokers’ set was primarily presently leaning in its focalization of the producers’ newer material, the duo nevertheless issued a nod to a celebrated catalog classic, “Paris.” Today’s 2019 programming touts a number of blockbuster artists, including Aloe Blacc, Lizzo, and OneRepublic, among others, all of whom are slated to perform later this summer. Watch The Chainsmokers’ Today set, here.
Can you believe it’s been less than 10 years since Miley Cyrus released “Party In The U.S.A.”? The song, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her bridge from the Disney Channel to a grownup mainstream audience, feels like it has existed for several lifetimes. It was in fact released in August … More »
Hey dance music fans! Hope you are enjoying the wind-down from your mid-day week! We just wanted to share with a nice little remix that up and coming producer Trueblue has just released. Trueblue took The Chainsmokers recent record, The One, and really showed us what you can do to make a remix special. Trueblue