The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

Watch Felix Cartal tackle creative challenges alongside Zedd, Kaskade, in new video

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Watch Felix Cartal tackle creative challenges alongside Zedd, Kaskade, in new videoFeli Cartal Press Shot Federica DallOrso

Felix Cartal has released an impactful new video project in collaboration with Jacob Crawford titled “Right Now.” Within the visual, the Canadian DJ/producer tackles an issue that nearly all artists struggle with at some time or another, feeling stuck in a creative rut. To encourage his peers to prevail during creatively challenging times, Cartal took a trip to Los Angeles and recruited some industry friends for insight into what has helped them when they struggle with artistic vision.

The video opens to the text, “As an artist, I often feel insecure about my own work and look for ways to stay motivated. I love talking to friends in these moments… so I went to LA for one week, and asked some friends about their creative process. This is the result. Maybe it can help you too.”

The video shows clips of Cartal speaking with artists spanning Zedd to Anna Lunoe to Kaskade. He also speaks to songwriters Lights, K.Flay, Phoebe Ryan and many more. With such an expansive pool of participants, the visual is free to jaunt through a number of creative corridors. A number of notable artists, including Galantis and Steve Aoki, also opted to send in clips sharing the galvanizing message: “Don’t Wait, just do it right now.” The video itself concludes with Cartal sharing some reflective insight on his career thus far.

Cartal writes in an official release about his intentions for releasing the project, “I’ve always wanted to make a video to help inspire artists who are just getting started. Sometimes it feels like being stuck is something that only happens to you. It’s not true. Everyone feels that way sometimes. This video has been over a year in the making, and I’m so proud of it finally coming together. TO EVERY SINGLE ARTIST, CREATOR, OR HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN STUCK. THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!” 

Watch the full video here.

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SuperM, Summer Walker, And The Eternal Struggle To Measure Music’s Popularity

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SuperMSuperM are objectively a big deal. The seven-man ensemble brings together members of several prominent K-pop groups: EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, WayV’s Lucas and Ten, and SHINee’s Taemin. That makes them a supergroup, and they flexed their commercial superpowers this week by landing their debut EP SuperM: The 1st Mini … More »

Zedd says he’s banned from China for liking a South Park tweet

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Zedd says he’s banned from China for liking a South Park tweetZedd Press Photo

Zedd reported this week that the Chinese embassy has banned him from entering and thereby performing in the country, noting his liking of a South Park tweet as the source of the controversy.

The hit Comedy Central animated cartoon and cultural satire phenomenon was recently placed in hot water with the Chinese government after the show’s “Band In China” episode, of which the central theme was Chinese authoritarian censorship. South Park was subsequently wiped from the Chinese internet entirely.

The Chinese Twitter disdain thickens, as Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets General Manager, last week posted a since-deleted pro-Hong Kong resistance tweet in contention with the Chinese government. The Chinese telecommunications company, Tencent, then announced they will hereby not be airing Rockets basketball games as a result. Similarly, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s report, a Marriott worker was last year fired from his job for liking a Tibetan separatist’s tweet on behalf of the company’s Twitter account.

Yesterday, Zedd maintained via Instagram that his claims are of the utmost sincerity—though no visual evidence has yet to materialize from his camp to confirm. Dancing Astronaut reached out to Zedd’s team to validate the reports, but representatives have yet to comment.

“Just to clarify. This is NOT a joke. The government informed our promoters that if they don’t cancel my scheduled shows in China they would pull their cultural permits,” writes Zedd.

Tones And I Is Turning The World Into “Dance Monkey” Junkies

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Tones And IThis year has already given us one Kevin Garnett “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” viral triumph by the name of Lil Nas X. You probably know that story by heart: A savvy young meme-maker who may or may not have built his online following by running a Nicki Minaj fan account heavily promotes his country-rap … More »

Zedd and Kehlani link up for vocal-centric pop-electronic hybrid, ‘Good Thing’

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There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness, and it’s the former that Zedd and Kehlani collaboratively celebrate on “Good Thing.” The emblem of a radio-driven pop-electronic hybrid, “Good Thing” has a mid-tempo, synth-reliant structure that supports Kehlani’s immediately recognizable vocal. The vocal hook is alluring in its sing-along potential, causing Zedd and Kehlani to check off one of the key constructive boxes for a commercially successful dance-pop record.

“Good Thing” is noticeably different in sound from the Katy Perry-assisted, four-on-the-floor house stomper,”365.” Although Zedd took a brief break from the vocal-centric, genre-crossing pop-electronic style that he showed off on “The Middle” and “Happy Now,” “Good Thing” reaffirms that this approach remains one of Zedd’s strongest sonic suits—and he’s still here to play.

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + more

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + moreZedd Rukes

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Zedd & Kehlani – “Good Thing”

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Good ThingZedd is following up this year’s Katy Perry-assisted “365” with another big-name collab. On “Good Thing,” the superstar dance producer teams up with R&B singer Kehlani for a pulsing synthetic ode to singledom. “‘Cause I already got a good thing with me/ Yeah, I’ve already done everything I’ve dreamed,” she sings. “I’m good … More »

SHAED’s “Trampoline” Is The Latest Pop Hit Smuggled Through Rock Radio

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SHAEDBecause my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »

Zedd and Gordon Ramsay team up for new project: an egg sandwich

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Zedd and Gordon Ramsay team up for new project: an egg sandwichZedd Gordom Ramsey

It’s 2019, and Zedd’s ability to crack the charts remains ultimately unquestioned, but how about his ability to crack an egg?

The German-born producer-turned-sous-chef hits the culinary decks alongside cooking royalty Gordon Ramsay to put his surprisingly sophisticated spin on the breakfast sandwich (featuring bacon, goat cheese, shallots, and chives, for clarity’s sake). In addition to a first-hand lesson from Ramsay himself, Zedd offers fans insight into how his creative process has changed over the years and details his upcoming tour.

The Orbit Tour takes off on the west coast as of Sept. 13 and is scheduled to touchdown in Europe in early November.