ILLENIUM shares empowering tale of triumph, ‘Take You Down’

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On every end of the music spectrum, addiction is a malevolent and omnipresent cultural reality—EDM, especially, not withstanding. ILLENIUM‘s newest song, “Take You Down,” traces the seemingly hopeless narrative of an addict, while maintaining that, with adequate support, anything can be overcome. “Take You Down” is a hauntingly poignant depiction of the depths of despair, though simultaneously illuminating the beauty inherent in choosing to fight for one’s life. Desperate lyrics told though enduring female vocals are interrupted by a redemptive, altogether arresting melody that serves as a sonic representation of hope—which in ILLENIUM’s case, is music itself.

The 27-year-old artist took to Twitter recently to speak candidly about his longtime battle with opiates, the music that saved him, and the new track. He stated that he owes his sobriety first and foremost to music, as well as to the unrelenting support of his mother and those closest to him. ILLENIUM’s symbol, the phoenix, which he also fashioned a song after, becomes clearer when considering his story—as the bird often symbolizes rebirth and a metaphorical rising from the ashes. Listen to “Take You Down” below.

Elon Musk blasts streaming services for “crazy low payouts”

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Music creatives have long gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to music streaming royalties. Once the honey pot is divvied up between streaming platforms and music labels, artists and songwriters walk away with only a small piece of the pie.

Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, is the latest powerful voice to recently speak out on the issue of unequal distribution. The issue is no new struggle in contemporary capitalism, either. The fact of the matter is: when big business is involved, individuals lose out.

But it seems Musk now has a direct stake in the issue considering he’s now dating Canadian singer/songwriter, Grimes. The couple made their first public appearance as a couple at the Met Gala last week in New York City.

The conversation arose over Twitter when Musk was asked about his favorite Grimes song; for which, by the way, he has two:

One conscientious fan tweeted the tech baron wondering which streaming platform fans could engage with in order to most directly benefit Grimes financially.

Musk responded with an infographic showing Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube as the bottom three platforms in terms of gross payout per stream. XboxRhapsody and Tidal are among the top when it comes to artist payouts, with Apple MusicAmazon, Deezer, and Google falling somewhere in the middle.

While the issue of online streaming payouts continues to be a new frontier for the music industry — especially as it converges with tech giants and new platforms who want a piece of the pie — Musk should be commended for bringing the issue into public conversation. At the very least, it is a genuine show of online activism when powerful tech elites raise their voices for unheard, underpaid artistic creatives who often get no say in the matter.

The Chainsmokers Brutally Respond To Cheat Codes After Recent Accusation

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Just days after Cheat Codes got in a rather strange altercation with a fan at one of their recent shows, Cheat Codes are back in the news for calling The Chainsmokers “pussies.” The dance music trio wrote to Twitter “What else are you pussies gunna copy? @TheChainsmokers.” Cheat Codes said that it was their thing

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Kanye West announces imminent return with two new summer albums, with Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and Teyana Taylor in tow

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We’re all in for a damn G.O.O.D. summer.

Kanye West‘s recent return to Twitter hasn’t been all for naught. His sporadic bursts of activity on the platform always turn out to be entertaining, though this time around seemed like it was leading up to some sort of action from the G.O.O.D Music camp. Now, we finally have confirmation. The hip-hop giant announced in a flurry of tweets that he’s preparing to bless us with not one but two albums in June. West also shared that one will be a solo LP and the other will be a joint project alongside Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghost. The last time Ye dropped off an album in June, he gave us Yeezus in the summer of 2013. If history repeats itself, maybe we just officially rename the month to Yeezy Season moving forward?

The good news just keeps coming though. The Chicago emcee also announced new LPs from Pusha T and Teyana Taylor as well, with Pusha’s follow up to 2015’s King Push: Darkest Before Dawn landing on May 25 and Taylor’s album slated for one month later. Megastar rappers Drake and J. Cole both recently used social media as the vehicles for their next album announcements, with Cole opting a surprise drop this week and Drake gearing up for a chart battle against West in June. Hip-hop’s top heavyweights all seem to be mobilizing right now — June is really shaping up to be one for the books.

[LISTEN] Oshi releases new track citing he will delete it within a day

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Oshi has released a new track, “h a p p i n e s s,” ahead of playing at the famed Coachella this weekend. On his Twitter page, he notes that he will probably delete the track within a day because it is a ‘throw away song.’

The track’s elaborate combination of instrumentals, synthesized vocal accents, and pulsing beat is anything but throw away, so listen while you can! The song is available for free download via Oshi’s Soundcloud page

What are Lady Gaga and Boys Noize up to?

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God bless Twitter. It’s a lawless breeding ground for the Internet’s worst moments, but among many other uses, it has become a powerful vehicle for speedy, viral marketing grabs and not-so-subtle distribution channel for our favorite artists. Whatever Lady Gaga and Boys Noize are up to with the recent exchange of some very juicy tweets — we’re already salivating for more. In just three tantalizing sentences between them, the day’s reigning techno don and pop megastar respectively may have confirmed the collaboration we’re likely not yet worthy of.

“And it spit out beautiful weirdness afterwards.” 

Yes, of course it did, but what could this mean? Perhaps BNR‘s head honcho is writing a new track on Gaga’s next project? Is the Perfect Illusionvocalist lending her iconic vocals to a dark, industrial masterpiece? They each sound like a long shot, but the writing is on the Twitter wall for us to relentlessly pick apart. Who knows what came from Lady Gaga’s rather careless episode in Boys Noize’s studio? Whatever they’re up to, Lady Gaga and Boys Noize sound like a strange match made in electro heaven, and we’re already hooked.

Getter is Catching Some Heat on His New Music and We Can’t Help But Wonder, Why?

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Getter has made a name for himself in the Electronic Music scene over the years with his hard hitting bass sound. Delivering some of the raddest sounds to the World, the American DJ/Producer has garndered on of the largest bass followings in the United States. Over the past year or so, the San Jose native

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Ultra Music Festival Is Trending Worldwide On Twitter

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After kicking off at 3pm EST today (March 23), Ultra Music Festival is kicked into full gear and thousands of people are watching the premiere music festival from all around the world. To prove this, Twitter is currently showing that #ULTRA20 is trending Worldwide right now with hundreds of tweets coming in every second. Be

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Twitter writes off its $70 million investment in SoundCloud from 2016

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As SoundCloud struggles to keep a sinking ship above water, Twitter has written off the considerable chunk of change the social media giant invested in the music streaming platform less than two years ago — a cool $70 million to be exact. That figure, however, could have been a much heavier blow, as many will remember that Twitter was just about 140 characters away from purchasing SoundCloud outright back in 2014 for just over $1 billion. When the dust from the failed purchase settled, Twitter injected SoundCloud with a much-needed round of funding in the summer of 2016, in hopes of leveraging massive pop stars like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna‘s thriving social followings as direct-to-user music distribution networks. Less than two years later and Twitter is facing the music — they’ll likely never recoup those funds, or if they do, it’ll take much longer than they’re willing to wait.

Moving on because the funds are, “not expected to be recoverable within a reasonable period of time,” the sizable write-off shouldn’t really be more than a speedbump for Twitter this year. By the end of 2017, reports revealed that the platform had raked in nearly $2.4 billion in revenue, and another $4.4 billion short-term investments.

Meanwhile, SoundCloud continues a seemingly never-ending cycle of survival measures, pivoting away from their $10 monthly subscription model to a more affordable $5 subscription as well as a renewed emphasis on a plan provided to music producers and other prosumers. Spotify and Apple Music may be putting up healthy numbers in 2018, but Twitter’s write-off proves that the digital music marketplace is still very much an uncertain and shifting landscape.

What So Not Explains What’s Going on with Long-Awaited Skrillex Collaboration “GOH”

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It seems like forever since What So Not and Skrillex revealed that they had a collaboration in the works. Since the announcement of the official collaboration, fans have been patiently waiting for the long expected track,”GOH,” to finally be released. While fans were waiting for the new release, the track itself slightly fell into the

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