The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »

KAYZO Gives Skrillex’s Remix Of Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ A Major Upgrade In New Flip

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Two weeks ago we got our first taste of Skrillex’s 2018 remix productions with the release of his take on Travis Scott’s ‘SICKO MODE.’ The track by all standards was pretty dope, but many fans were hoping for a bit more. The common train of thought was that if the remix was released by anyone

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Stereogum’s 90 Favorite Songs Of 2018

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Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

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Travis ScottEverything’s coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott’s album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for a third week. Meanwhile Astroworld’s big hit, the Drake collab “Sicko Mode,” completed a 17-week climb to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Scott, the … More »

Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ Achieves #1 on Billboard Hot 100 With Help Of Skillex

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Ever since Travis Scott released “Sicko Mode,” the track has been featured on Billboard’s Hot 100. Yet, just days after Skrillex’s remix, “Sicko Mode” has now reached the #1 position right in front of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next.” “Sicko Mode” was created by both Travis Scott and Drake and appeared on Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’

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DJ Earworm blends Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Drake, and more 2018 favorites in annual mashup

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DJ Earworm blends Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Drake, and more 2018 favorites in annual mashupDj Earworm 2018

For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.

His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more. The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.

Travis Scott Has The #1 Album And Single In America This Week

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Travis ScottTravis Scott’s Astroworld came out exactly four months ago today. The album already spent two weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it may have reached its zenith just now: Not only has the album climbed back to #1 for a third nonconsecutive week, its big hit single has risen to #1 … More »

Whethan turns Skrillex’s remix of ‘Sicko Mode’

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Whethan turns Skrillex’s remix of ‘Sicko Mode’Whethan Main Press Photo Credit Rennie

On November 28, Skrillex dropped a spontaneous remix of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode” featuring Drake — a track that’s shaping up to be the hottest feature from his 2018 album, ASTROWORLD, currently sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Likely to climb another spot, Skrillex’s five-minute rework made a large dent in the dance music world, one large enough to cause Whethan to flip the track just two days later.

Fans haven’t heard much from the Chicago-based producer since the release of his debut EP Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1. He recently wrapped up a historic fall tour and has some dates lined up for December. However, he clearly couldn’t resist the temptation, creating what he refers to as a “turn” of the original masterpiece. This “turn” is shorter in length and gets crazier as it progresses (considering the drop doesn’t hit until 2:45 in Skrillex’s version, but well worth the wait), yet maintains the original’s dub-heavy bassline with added effects and overall flare.

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Travis Scott – “Yosemite” Video

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Travis ScottTravis Scott may be on the brink of scoring his first #1 hit with his Drake collab “Sicko Mode.” The song was at #2 this week behind Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” and Scott’s label Epic threw everything it could into pushing the song over the top. Skrillex’s “Sicko Mode” remix dropped this week. I … More »

Travis Scott and Skrillex reveal more collaborations are underway

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Travis Scott and Skrillex reveal more collaborations are underwayTravis Scott Live 2

While Skrillex‘s “SICKO MODE” remix is still hot off the press, it appears the OWSLA boss and La Flame are already plotting additional co-ventures together. Travis Scott‘s smash hit is a strong contender for Song of the Year, and with Skrillex stepping in to extend the original’s shelf life with one of his most refreshing remix efforts in years, the chemistry between the two powerhouse artists is undeniable — and the pair are primed to capitalize on it.

In a recent interview with BillboardSkrillex and Scott both reveal that during the process of finalizing the remix together new beats were inevitably shared, and the idea of future original collaborations seemed to develop organically before the “SICKO MODE” remix even landed. Says Skrillex,

“We were kind of hanging out in the studio and I ended up playing him a ton more beats. I like taking in everything organic and making everything natural. Doing something together in the future is definitely on the horizon, you know? It’s a vibe for sure.”

Skrillex has a long history of rap and hip-hop collaborations, including Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, and Vic Mensa — now it seems Astroworld‘s ringleader is set to join those ranks soon too.

Read Skrillex and Travis Scott’s full interview with Billboard here.