Afrojack likes to dabble in different genres. He’s played techno sets, crafted trap masterpieces—think “Diamonds” with Jay Karama—and now, next up, is a crossover between dance music and rap, “No Tomorrow.” Afrojack’s latest single enlists rappers Belly, O.T. Genasis, and Ricky Breaker. Listen to the track below.
Alesso has been a subject of headlines this week, first signing with Shots Studios, a move that ended his professional relationship with his seven-year manager, Amy Thomson. Now, Alesso is attracting attention for a different reason, notably the release of a brand new single, presumably his first with his new label. The single, titled “Let Me Go,” features Hailee Steinfeld, and country group, Flordia Georgia Line. Let Me Go is a distinctly different style from anything that Alesso has previously put out, and yet despite the shift in aesthetic gears, the single simply works, poised for radio stardom. Listen to a preview of the single below, which may now be streamed on Spotify.
The world has another reason to love Porter Robinson. The “Shelter” collaborator notably sent rising producer, Shadient, $3k via PayPal to get a new computer to finish his album after Shadient’s nine-year-old PC unexpectedly died. Astonished by Robinson’s generosity, Shadient thanked the DJ on Twitter, noting that he would get back to work on his winter=reality EP immediately.
“New music Friday” might come with the latest release from Kygo in tow. The tropical house phenomenon has included his unreleased single, “Stargazing,” in many of his sets for the past few weeks, but only announced that the song would be out “very soon” yesterday on his Instagram account. Stargazing’s vocalist remains unknown, but many listeners have contended that it is Ryan Tedder, frontman of OneRepublic.
DJ Snake is always up to something, it seems. The Parisian producer had announced on Sunday that he would be playing a show at an undisclosed location in Paris that would be live streamed via his Facebook and Instagram pages. That “mystery” locale would later be revealed as the Arc de Triomphe, designating DJ Snake as the first individual to ever play atop the monument. The historical setting was only fitting, what with Paris being DJ Snake’s hometown.
One wouldn’t deliver a performance from the peak of a monument without weaving some new material into that “monumental” set. DJ Snake accordingly worked “A Different Way” into his set, a song rumored to have been co-written by Ed Sheeran. The new track was punctuated by a male vocal—no, not Sheeran’s—that melded with DJ Snake’s energetic style. The full live stream of the performance appears above, but the less patient of us may skip to 19:52 to preview the new tune.
Warner Music Group has acquired Spinnin’ Records, the Dutch EDM label procured by Warner at a $100-million-dollar price tag, notably Warner’s largest purchase since Parlophone for $765-million in 2013. Sony Music Entertainment and Believe Digital are said to have also made offers to Spinnin’, but to no avail.
Spinnin’ has released music from a variety of powerhouse producers, including Afrojack, Martin Garrix, and Tiesto. The company currently manages Alok, Bassjackers, Bob Sinclair, Chocolate Puma, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Oliver Heldens, Quintino, Sam Feldt, and many more, making it a particularly attractive purchase.
Gary Richards isn’t the only one moving on from his past ties. Alesso has bid ATM Artists goodbye, his contract with the firm, managed by Amy Thomson, having expired. After working with Thomson for seven-years, Alesso is moving forward in a different direction, signing with Shots Studios, a firm that credits its start to the management of aspiring YouTube stars, and an invested interest in digital marketing and content creation. Shots broadened its reach, extending its influence into the musical realm by signing Anitta and Poo Bear, but Alesso emerges as the firm’s largest signing to date.
“After meeting with them [CEO and CCO John and Sam Shahidi] and learning more about the Shots vision, joining them was a no-brainer,” Alesso says of his move. Alesso’s previous firm was known to work with a variety of high-profile artists, with Thomson previously managing Swedish House Mafia, Chase & Status, and Axwell ^ Ingrosso. Yet regardless, Alesso shares that he is “very happy @shots,” as confirmed by his recent reply to a Billboard article detailing his move.
EDC Las Vegas tickets to go on sale tomorrow, festival dates have changed, according to tweet from EDC sponsor
The cat is partially out of Pasquale Rotella’s bag. The Insomniac founder is set to reveal the nature of his long teased changes to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas tomorrow, but part of the surprise information has already come to light as one of EDC’s sponsors, JusCollege tweeted a countdown to EDC LV ticket sales, scheduled for tomorrow at 1 PM PST.
It’s currently unclear as to whether or not JusCollege accidentally leaked the information, or whether Rotella wanted to set the stage for ticket sales tomorrow, but JusCollege’s tweet has exposed another bit of EDC related information: a change in festival dates. EDC is annually held late in June, yet JusCollege’s tweet displays the dates for EDC 2018 from May 18th-May 21st. EDC fans, however, will have to wait until Rotella’s announcement tomorrow for further confirmation.
An Eric Prydz and Deadmau5 b2b is an elusive, almost mythical booking that places two of the music industry’s most prolific producers at the decks. The epic pairing appeared on Sunday at New York City’s Electric Zoo festival, closing out the three-day festival with a dark, techno-rooted set that will be talked about long after festival season comes to a close. One Electric Zoo attendee did all dance music fans a favor, recording the majority of the set via a GoPro camera, later posting the video on YouTube. If you missed the awe inspiring set, or simply hope to relive it, the GoPro video appears below.
Gary Richards is long gone and moved on. The HARD events founder has announced a new partnership with LiveStyle, SFX’s rebrand. Richards recently departed from Live Nation after his five-year contract expired.
The Holy Ship! spearhead has since been named the North American President of LiveStyle, where Richards will manage the company’s existing US festivals, while seeking to launch new brands and events on the West Coast. CEO Randy Phillips expressed his pleasure to have Richards on board, noting “To complete out executive suite, we wanted to bring some real authenticity to the management of LiveStyle, and no single candidate to be the President of North America fulfills this role better than Gary Richard…In fact, this is a delayed goal for me since I tried to make a deal with Gary 10 years ago while I was running AEG Live. Not only is he an accomplished working DJ (DJ Destructo), he is a very astute businessman with an affinity to his fellow artists.”
Richards’ confirmed that he will be running New York’s Electric Zoo festival, in addition to various others. LiveStyle co-produces a variety of global festivals, including Mysteryland, Life in Color, Awakenings Festival, and Defqon. 1.