The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, & Calvin Harris Land On Forbes Highest-Paid Entertainers 2019
Today, Forbes revealed its 2019 list for 100 Highest-Paid Entertainers in the world. The list includes athletes, musicians, actors, “personalities,” authors, comedians, and even one magician. The two top spots are taken by Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner, whose empires extend far beyond just one category.
As for EDM, only three artists made it on this year’s list: The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, & Calvin Harris.
For years, Calvin Harris has reigned atop all of Forbes’ cash kings lists when it comes to dance music producers and DJs, but clearly his lack of touring outside of Vegas residencies has caught up with him. The Chainsmokers and Marshmello are pulling in $46M and $40M respectively in 2019 so far, with Calvin Harris not far behind at $38.5M.
Marshmello’s 2-year residency with Kaos Nightclub worth $60 million surely helped him here, while The Chainsmokers continue to get booked everywhere and put up huge streaming numbers.
Calvin Harris returns to the festival scene this year at Creamfields, so maybe we’ll see more headlining performances from him in 2020 and beyond if he feels compelled to retake his top spot.
Overall, the minimum required to be eligible for the list this year was $37.5 million, “up 7% from a year ago, as the world’s 100 highest-paid superstars clocked $6.3 billion in pretax earnings over the past 12 months,” as Forbes explains.
To see the full list, visit Forbes.com.
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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, & Calvin Harris Land On Forbes Highest-Paid Entertainers 2019
The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival has officially announced that it is now cancelled. The event, scheduled just ten days from now, July 20-21, was set to feature a who’s who of headliners, including Major Lazer, Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Miguel, and more.
This special Mad Decent Block Party, come to be known as Mad City for short, was announced in April. It promised a variety of other amenities and attractions apart from music, including the “world’s biggest bounce house,” go karts, and paint ball.
The announcement, just posted this morning, cites “circumstances beyond our control” for the sudden cancellation.
“Unfortunately, putting this event on in the way that it was envisioned has become impossible, due to circumstances beyond our control. All parties involved have agreed that moving forward would be a disservice to fans and artists alike, and cancellation is in everyone’s best interests.”
All tickets will be refunded. However, it stands to reason that many people purchased flights to attend the festival from out of town, as well as hotels, and those reservations will now likely be forfeit. Tickets for the festival went on sale shortly after the announcement in April.
Read the full statement from the festival below.
— Mad Decent Block Party Festival (@mdbpfest) July 10, 2019
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Mad Decent Festival With Major Lazer & Billie Eilish Abruptly Cancelled
It seems the pendulum in trap and hip hop has finally swung back the other way enough that that mumble rap is starting to fade back to the edges again and articulate rappers with good verse and flow are coming back into focus. For EDM fans who also like hip hop this is a welcome enough change but it’s extra fun when electronic music is thrown in with this new crop of well-heeled hip hop.
CW Allen is one of these well-spoken rappers who is making his way to the forefront of both the indie hip hop and EDM/trap scenes. His musical style on his new EP The Dream Baby 2 is straight-up old 90s indie hip hop with multiple twists: most notably, electronic flourished are sprinkled in and there’s a heavy nod to trap beats in songs like “Bad Dreams” but it doesn’t end there. There are flourishes of guitar, jazzy horns and more in the EP and in Allen’s style in general.
“Bad Dreams” has been released as a single and a video prior to the new EP’s release on August 2 and it’s a good snapshot of what the The Dream Baby is going to be about: lots more trap/90s hip hop vibes with well-spit verses that are uplifting, emotive and fun all at once. It might seem that the first single takes a bit of a turn from Allen’s usual positive message but it’s more of a call to action. “We need the story to change; wake me up from this dream..” The song is a heartfelt plea for people to look into their hearts to change the current social and political climate. In Allen’s world, even “Bad Dreams” can turn into love and positive change.
On top of being solid hip hop with well-placed and well-spit verses, CW Allen adds lots of other genres into his music for extra flare but it’s all to get his point across. Dream Baby 2 at core is about amplifying love, cancelling all the negative noise that doesn’t matter and going after one’s dreams. It’s the kind of hip hop that’s desperately needed right now, so here’s hoping the message is heeded.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Artist Spotlight: CW Allen Brings a Touch of EDM to Soild Hip Hop Vibes [Video]
In the world of experimental bass, The Librarian has been doing it longer than most. As co-founder and music director of Bass Coast Music Festival, and a producer since the early 2000s, The Librarian has a keen ear for innovative melodies and rhythms.
On her new song “Blue Tusk,” she merges half-time bass with deep percussion and a hypnotic lead synth. It’s a simple rhythm, but it’s augmented by the reverb and repetition, creating a mesmerizing effect that lulls you in. This isn’t the type of headbanging, high-energy track you’ll hear at peak hours at a festival; rather, it’s the 3am vibes when you’re on your last leg and all you can manage is to sway back and forth. “Blue Tusk” encourages that behavior, and gives you a soundtrack to it.
Check out “Blue Tusk” below, and see The Librarian make her Boiler Room debut on July 13 at Bass Coast Festival.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Librarian Drops Intricate New Bass Track, “Blue Tusk”
To thoroughly understand festival culture, one must tap into the fascinating mind of Pasquale Rotella. As the CEO and founder of Insomniac Events, he experienced firsthand the ups and downs and ultimate demise of the underground rave scene (as it once was), which paved the way for massive music festivals including EDC Las Vegas.
The death of the underground scene is exactly why he started Insomniac 25 years ago. Flash-forward to now, and festival culture is booming, with a new wave of EDM acts and no shortage of signature house and techno talent. It’s easy to tell, he’s fully fallen in love with the scene and has become the ultimate party thrower in the process.
In a new feature with Forbes, the publication picks the brain of Rotella as he remembers going from a nearly nonexistent festival culture to yearly events with upwards of 400,000 fans — and everything in between. At the end of the day, he’s a fan like all of us and it’s amazing to hear his perspective on festival culture and the state of dance music.
Rotella talks on early beginnings:
I remember the day when there was no events. It’s beautiful to look around and see there all kinds of events going on. I look at Coachella and Lolla and I see how much the rave scene has impacted those events. Those events would not exist on the level that they exist without the rave scene. There were no festivals before raves, not in America. There had been touring shed events and arenas and stuff like that, but there was not a festival scene.
He explains how festivals really weren’t a thing:
I remember people trying to organize a festival and people would be like, “You mean like Woodstock? We don’t want that around here. There’s no way we’re having that around here.” It just wasn’t a thing, where Europe had festivals. The first spark of mass gatherings where there was a party going on was raves. There were no festivals.
And touches on the current state of dance music and events:
The music right now is the best it’s been in many years. I’m loving it. The events that we’re doing continue to grow and the people that are out there are really, really into it. There was a burst where dance music crossed over and became very trendy. And that’s passed. I thought the dip was gonna be bigger where it wasn’t so trendy and people were looking for something else. I expected, because I had been through this three or four times, where you see the popularity of dance music spike, and I thought there would be a much bigger dip. What’s so strange is it hasn’t gotten smaller for us, it’s gotten bigger. I expected it to get smaller, but it’s gotten bigger. There are less people involved in the industry. It’s strange that it’s gotten less popular commercially but we’re doing better than ever.
Read the full interview here via Forbes.
Photo via Insomniac
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Pasquale Rotella Talks Festival Culture & Current State of EDM
Summer is in full swing, and have we got the perfect song for you. Electro-pop veterans Stafford Brothers have just released the radio-friendly, club-ready single “Live Forever” enlisting the help of singer/actress/twerker Lexy Panterra and hip-hop heavyweight Lil Yachty. Already released to much fanfare, “Live Forever” was the #10 most added single on Spotify Worldwide this past week. The track is straight forward, going for a more mainstream vibe and feel, and it accomplishes it very well. The buildup and verse are perfect for the club, and the drop/chorus keep the energy up, making it a perfect party track.
The track opens up with a hip-hop influenced riff. The preset is reminiscent of the sound used in Armin van Buuren’s “Ping Pong” and utilizes a cool forward-backward progression. There’s some trap drums to give the song it’s radio based hip-hop feel. Lexy Panterra lays down some sultry vocals over the beat. She changes her cadence at parts giving the song a sense of urgency before the buildup. Lexy shows how she’s a perfect EDM/pop vocalist in the buildup as she uses more of her upper range to compliment the higher BPM. She asks a pretty good question, “Who wants to live forever?” The drop is just really nice and gets you groovin’ with a good amount of energy based around a vocal chop.
Lil Yachty comes in at the end of the track with a very summer-friendly flow, talking about nights at the park, one night stands, and the brilliant line, “you got a n**** hard as iron, got me feeling like Tony Stark.” Lil Yachty is no stranger to dance music collaborations, having been featured on tracks with Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and A-Trak, so he fits in pretty seamlessly on this one. Here’s what Stafford Brothers had to say about the track.
“This is a huge release for us! Lexy is a legend and an amazing vocalist. We’ve been huge fans of Lil Yachty from the beginning so it’s a dream to have him on the record. We’re pumped to have this song released with Thrive Music and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
Check out Stafford Brothers featuring Lexy Panterra and Lil Yachty, “Live Forever” out now on Thrive Music and make sure to catch Stafford Brothers on tour as well.
August 10 – E11even Miami – Miami, FL
September 15 – Aqua Dayclub – Boca Raton, FL
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Stafford Brothers Enlist Lil Yachty and Lexy Panterra for Radio Friendly Summer Jam “Live Forever”
Lady Gaga is launching her own makeup brand, and she’s enlisting Boys Noize and Tchami to help. No — they won’t be modeling the brand nor helping out with R&D, but they are helping out with the soundtrack.
In a new promotional spot for the brand posted this week, music from Boys Noize and Tchami appears to provide the atmosphere for Gaga’s vision. It’s unclear if they’ve created something together or in tandem. Not that it matters anyway; anything with those two, not to mention Lady Gaga, is worth paying attention to.
Pre-order for items from Haus Laboratories will be available on July 15th. For more information, sign up for updates on their official website. Haus Laboratories will be available exclusively at Amazon starting in September.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Lady Gaga Teams Up With Tchami & Boys Noize For New Promo
Instagram is protecting its users through a couple of brand new features in the process of being unrolled.
The first, a warning message pops up whenever someone tries to post a comment that may be considered abusive — or even hate speech. This new initiative combats bullying and makes users think twice before posting offensive or cruel remarks. In early stages, this method has proven effective as it gives users the chance to reflect and undo their insensitive comments.
In short, Instagram now asks — Are you sure you want to post this?
According to the Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, the AI-run warning feature has prevented some nasty comments already, even during the early testing period.
In the last few days, we started rolling out a new feature powered by AI that notifies people when their comment may be considered offensive before it’s posted. This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification.
In addition, Instagram users now have a “restrict” function, in order to limit another user’s interactions with their account. Restricted users will still have the ability to comment, but said comments will only be viewable to themselves. Such comments can be reviewed and shared with others on a case-by-case basis by the restrictor.
All of this, in attempts to keep Instagram a supportive place for social media.
Source: The Next Web
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Instagram Protects Users with Two New Anti-Bullying Features
As we trek through the incredibly warm Summer of 2019, Bassrush Records has time and time again proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in the record label world. With monstrous releases and an ever-expanding diverse, yet fruitful catalogue of multi-genre masterpieces, the new Ethan Glass production is no exception.
“Please I Want U” is a fresh, new twist on production with a themed foundation that ties together perfectly with the instrumental aspects of the tune. With a heavy, yet headsy synergy of electronic elements, this tune is sure to be on consistent repeat on your favorite playlists for all of 2019 (and beyond!)
Don’t sleep on this one, trust me.
You can purchase this excellent production here(out now): bssrush.co/PleaseIWantU
Year after year, Eric Prydz takes his most iconic production up a notch — one EPIC move at a time. Coming up, the global DJ/producer reportedly has plans to perform inside a holographic sphere that stands more than two stories high!
The latest installment of Eric Prydz In Concert (EPIC) is destined to be the greatest spectacle yet. He’s set to unveil this massive and transparent LED sphere known as EPIC 6.0: Holosphere — and nothing will do it justice like seeing the show live.
Prydz explains in a Verge exclusive: “Ever since we started doing EPIC our goal has always been to try and blow people away, but in a way that they haven’t been blown away before at an electronic dance music event.”
He adds: “Huge confetti cannons and flamethrowers are very primitive. I thought, we can do better than this. We can do something different and more exciting.”
Since the first EPIC show in 2011, the production has grown into a dazzling, visionary display of sight and sound. From the looks of it, Holosphere will be the most mind-bending music experience yet from Eric Prydz and his team.
The Holosphere will be premiered at Tomorrowland on July 20th. Let’s hope it makes the live stream!EPIC 6.0: Holosphere
— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) June 12, 2019
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: EPIC 6.0: Eric Prydz To Debut Massive Holosphere At Tomorrowland
REZZ & Deathpact first teamed up for “Life & Death” on her sophomore album Certain Kind Of Magic, out in 2018. Now, the two are ready to follow it up with “Kiss Of Death” from her forthcoming EP Beyond The Senses.
The new single is out this Friday ahead of the full EP release later this month.
“Dark Age” and “Falling” with Underoath have already been released as singles, leaving collaborations with EDDIE, Sayer, and Riggs after “Kiss Of Death” comes out this Friday. With an EP, essential mix, and then Rezz Rocks to look forward to, the rest of 2019 is looking mighty fine for Rezz fans.
Check out the preview of the collab below and get ready for it to drop!
REZZ x @deathpact – Kiss Of Death new song out this Friday.
— Rezz (@OfficialRezz) July 9, 2019
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Rezz Announces New Single With Deathpact Out This Friday
It’s more than likely that many DJs currently traveling the world wouldn’t be where they are today had they not been first exposed to bands who played Vans Warped Tour. Over the course of 25 years, Warped has remained one of the biggest and most celebrated events in music.
This year, Warped is finally saying goodbye. After a string of events these past couple months, the final event will go down in two weekends, July 20-21, at Shoreline Amphitheatre in in Mountain View, California. Featuring a stellar assortment of acts both new to Warped and veterans alike, thousands of fans will have the opportunity to say goodbye to an era.
Peep the full day-by-day lineup below — limited tickets remain, don’t miss your last chance to experience history in the making!
MOUNTAIN VIEW UPDATES
we are pumped to rage with you for the final Vans Warped Tour event!
less than 1,200 tix left
not performing: @GoodCharlotte
added: @theaquadolls @DollSkinBand @lighterburns @farewellwinters
— Vans Warped Tour (@VansWarpedTour) July 9, 2019
Photo via Calder Wilson for Insomniac
A little over a week ago, Israeli DJ Ronen Dahan, aka DJ Perplex, was murdered by multiple gunmen who opened fire at a crowded dance music club in Mexico. Now, police have arrested a suspect in the murder.
According to Mexican media, the suspect already has a criminal record and was convicted of murder two years ago. He’s only been identified as Victor N. — no other information was given.
One other person was killed in the attack, and four others wounded. Motives for the attack are still unknown, but believed to be related to ongoing drug cartel violence. Dahan was not a direct target according to any evidence.
As of July 1, a fundraiser successfully raised enough money to send Dahan’s body back to Israel for burial.
This is an ongoing story…
via Jerusalem Post
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Mexican police arrest suspect in Israeli DJ’s murder
Last week, A$AP Rocky was arrested and jailed in Sweden in relation to an assault in Stockholm. The story goes that Rocky and his crew assaulted a pair of men on the street after a women told him that they’d been groped by the men. Rocky has been in jail for the past week and, according to sources with TMZ, has been facing “inhumane conditions” while incarcerated.
TMZ writes that he’s been “sleeping on a yoga mat with no blankets,” sharing a cell wall with a prisoner facing “severe mental issues who slams his head against the concrete wall and hurls feces every which way … feces that are not cleaned up.”The report continues, “The water, we’re told, is not clean and the food is not edible … for the first 5 days A$AP Rocky ate an apple a day, and that’s it.”Rocky is being held in jail for two weeks while Swedish prosecutors decide whether to charge him with aggravated assault. If found guilty, he could face up to 6 years in prison. Court proceedings in Sweden are closed to the public and the media.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: A$AP Rocky Reportedly Facing Inhumane Conditions Being Jailed in Sweden
DJ Rap announced last week via a premiere on Bassrush that she would be releasing a string of new singles on her Propa Talent label through the end of the year. The premiere of “Dark Places” hit the Beatport charts right away with its combination of heavy bass, tough breaks (which literally said the word “break”) and old school vibes with modern styling. It’s a solid, comprehensive D&B track which honors the genre in a way only the greats like Rap can do.
With more singles in the post and an upcoming world tour, Rap still managed to make time for a scintillating 60-minute mix for Your EDM. The mix includes “Dark Places” of course and it reflect’s the tracks diverse style while being a journey all its own. Rap careens through a dizzying number of tracks, mixing them seamlessly and telling the story of drum & bass and jungle’s history.
For many DJs, taking on a mix like this to capture the technical nuance and the 25+ years of dancefloor vibes created by D&B would be almost unfeasible but it seems effortless because she’s lived it, and she’s going to keep living it. Stay tuned for more classic tunes and festival vibes but in the meantime, enjoy this thoroughly “Propa” mix.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Guest Mix: DJ Rap Lays It Down ‘Propa’ in an Exclusive Mix Featuring Her New Single ‘Dark Places’
I’ve said it multiple times to friends and I maintain it to this day: Illenium’s “Good Things Fall Apart” with Jon Bellion is one of my favorite tracks this year. Between the lyrics and the production, it’s fucking phenomenal. So it gives me pause as Illenium has announced a forthcoming big room remix from Tiësto.
As a genre, big room has mostly died off… it’s bled out into progressive house and tech house as if put through a centrifuge to separate its components into base parts. However, it still remains in select situations, and apparently this one.
It’s hard to comprehend what a “GTFA” Big Room remix might sound like, and how it might still be able to retain the ideals of the original from Illenium, if that’s even the goal at all. If anyone can make a big room remix hit, it’s Tiesto, but why even go that path to begin with?
At the end of the day, any griping is premature until we’ve actually heard the track. Thankfully, we don’t have to ruminate on it too long. It’s out this Friday, July 12.
— ILLENIUM (@ILLENIUMMUSIC) July 8, 2019
Photo: Matthew Dippel
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Illenium Announces Tiësto Big Room Remix For “Good Things Fall Apart”
The Detroit music festival AfroFuture attracted criticism this past weekend after it was revealed that it was charging different amounts for white attendees and those identifying as POC (people of color). How the festival would determine genealogy was never addressed. However, after biracial rapper Tiny Jag pulled out of the festival over the controversy, the festival gained national attention.
“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial. I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be in … especially not because of anything that I have going on,” Tiny Jag told the Detroit Metro Times.
AfroFuture’s pricing structure was: Early bird tickets for “POC” were $10 and $20 for “Non POC.” Later date pricing tiers offered “POC” tickets for $20 and “Non POC” tickets for $40.
On Sunday, the festival responded to criticism and changed the structure.
“For the safety of our community, family, elders who received threats from white supremacists, & youth who were subjected to seeing racist comments on our IG pg, Afrofuture Fest has changed our ticketing model to $20 General Admission & suggested donation for nonPOC on @eventbrite,” organizers announced on Twitter late Sunday.
That being said, it is still against Eventbrite’s Terms & Conditions to use a pricing structure based on characteristics protected by Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“We do not permit events that require attendees to pay different prices based on their protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity,” a rep told the Independent.
For now, AfroFuture is still going on as planned.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Detroit music festival removes different price tiers based on race
Dillon Francis has a number of alternate personalities, including emo Preston, his redneck persona that’s always asking Darlene for a beer, and perhaps his most famous, Dj Hanzel.
Hanzel is not the only persona that has performed live (Preston performed at Emo Nite LA in 2017), but it is the only persona that’s had a slot on festival stages. And, it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Hanzel. It’s unclear precisely when the last time we heard from him was, but safe to say we’ve all missed him, including Dillon himself.
This morning, Dillon had the urge to revive the personality for some fun and show fans what he does day to day:
Hopefully this means we’ll see more of Hanzel and other characters more frequently — even if it doesn’t, it’s been nice to visit with an old friend again.
I miss Dj Hanzel pic.twitter.com/AJHK3DNujn
— Dillon Francis (@DillonFrancis) July 8, 2019
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, released last year, is getting a new update. Operation Apocalypse Z is dropping tomorrow on PS4 (with other platforms to follow), bringing an all-new zombies experience to the game. And while plenty of artists have created tracks to the tune of a zombie apocalypse, it was Black Tiger Sex Machine who were featured in the promo for the update.
BTSM dropped their sophomore album New Worlds last year, including the track “Zombie” with Panther. It already has an apocalyptic atmosphere, so it fits in well with the CoD zombies motif.
Movie and game trailers soundtracked with EDM isn’t anything new, but any time it happens, we definitely feel a compulsion to highlight it and bring attention.
Check out the Call of Duty trailer below and update your game tomorrow to try it out!
The Apocolypse is here.
Play as Reaper in MP, drop into newly updated Blackout maps, take on an all-new Zombies experience, and much more, tomorrow in Operation Apocalypse Z on PS4, with other platforms to follow. #BlackOps4 pic.twitter.com/mjxcQuMgqm
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) July 8, 2019
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Trailer Features Black Tiger Sex Machine Music
Knife Party are making it official — their forthcoming Lost Souls EP comes out July 19th via Earstorm.
In addition to a formal announcement on social media, the iconic duo has provided the tracklist for the 4-song release. Light on collabs, just one track featuring Harrison.
The tracklist reads as follows:
Death & Desire feat. Harrison
Knife Party have been teasing this body of work since the beginning of the year and it’s finally time. It’s hard to believe it’s been four years, as this EP follows up their 2015 Trigger Warning EP.
Check back here first thing on July 19th to hear Lost Souls in full.Knife Party – Lost Souls EP
1. No Saint2. Lost Souls3. Death & Desire (feat. Harrison)4. Ghost TrainOUT 19TH JULY#LostSoulsEP
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Knife Party Unveil Full Tracklist Ahead of ‘Lost Souls’ EP