If you remember any scene from the trailer for Bradley Cooper’s new A Star Is Born remake, it is almost certainly the one in which Cooper’s character, declining roots-rock god Jackson Maine, calls from a car window to Lady Gaga’s aspiring singer, identified only as Ally. It’s a scene that’s appeared in all four(!) versions … More »
Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »
Drake released his extremely long double album Scorpion in June. Since then, one of the songs has taken our social media feeds by storm, rising above the other ubiquitous Drake hits. The song, “In My Feelings,” sparked a viral dance challenge that involves dancing outside of a car. It was so prevalent, the … More »
Teamwork makes the dream work, and in the EDM arena, there’s no better all-star captain than the venerable Diplo. The “Get Lit” Will Smith has slowly been making his way into a musical comeback, and now, he’s on the starting lineup with Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi for Diplo’s FIFA 2018 World Cup anthem, “Live It Up.”
In previous years, World Cup anthems have beared some resemblance to their host countries — see Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” as just one notable example — but Diplo’s Latin-flavored EDM jam, on the other hand, oozes the pop troupes and preferences he’s come to align his production work with. “Live It Up” doesn’t even vaguely align itself with Mother Russia. Instead, it dabbles in the high-energy, horn-heavy, layered tendency of popular music that’s taken the world by storm on tracks from artists like J Balvin.
Though Smith has just two verses on the track, “One life/ One dream/ One moment/ One team/ One you” and another where he almost sings, “You wanted it/ You got it/ The whole world is watching/ So let’s get this popping,” he sounds fatigued. His singular points of reference echo the singular approach to this worldwide arena primer. And while the track’s general appeal lies in it’s relatively formulaic approach, “Live It Up” contains all the classic elements of a summertime highlight and will inevitably morph into a hit given the World Cup’s status as the most-watched television event in the world.
The World Cup is coming to Russia this summer, and tournament organizers FIFA have just unveiled the tournament’s official song, which doesn’t even sound remotely Russian. It doesn’t even feature any artists whose countries will be represented in the tournament. Instead, it’s a Diplo-produced and vaguely Latin-flavored EDM jam that features generically motivational vocals from … More »
The World Cup is right around the corner folks. While America embarrassingly did not make the cut this year, at least some of our musicians will be represented. Turns out that the World Cup anthem will feature none other than Will Smith along with some international superstars. The entire track will be produced by, well
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Will Smith, Nicky Jam, Era Istrefi, and Diplo are reportedly joining forces for the World Cup’s 2018 anthem, and judging by the star power inherent in this grouping, the incoming theme song sounds like it’ll be a veritable sonic goal.
Smith, Jam, and Kosovo vocalist, Istrefi, will perform the number, with Diplo handling all things production related. Titled ‘One Life to Live. Live it Up,’ the finished production is expected to drop on Friday, May 25.
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Given the World Cup’s status as the most-watched television event in the world, the anthem will enjoy prevalent airtime. Previous World Cup anthems have included Pitbull’s ‘We Are One (Ole Ola),’ and Shakira’s wildly popular ‘Waka Waka,’ among others.
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Marshmello crowded the Main Stage with a series of surprise special guests, including fellow Ultra 20 performers Slushii and G-Eazy, as well as Yo Gotti, Southside, Lil Uzi Vert, and the inimitable Will Smith, for a live performance of Smith’s 1997 hit single, “Miami.”
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Before Marshmello’s set, Ultra Live’s host Andrea Helfrich teased that Marshmello had quite a few surprises for his Ultra Music Festival 2018 live set. Upon hitting the stage, Marshmello wasted no time by bringing up Slushii, Yo Gotti, G-Eazy, Southside, Lil Uzi Vert, and none other than Mr. Miami himself, Will Smith. To perform “Miami,”
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Throughout the day of Ultra Day 2, the live stream host Andrea Helfrich teased some big surprises and special guests. When Marshmello hit the stage, he wasted no time bringing out his friend Slushii for one of their collabs. In the spirit of being in Miami, Marshmello dropped “Miami”, and brought out the one and
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