The pills are said to contain an average of 190mg of MDMA.
New South Wales (NSW) Health recently issued a warning against high-strength orange and white MDMA pills known as "Q-Dance" pills circulating around the Australian state.
Police have seized some of the pills in circulation and launched investigations into the deaths of six young music festival attendees within a thirteen month period. They claim the tragic deaths all resulted from MDMA toxicity or complications arising from excessive MDMA usage.
The Q-Dance pills contain significantly more MDMA than a "standard" dose, which sits at around 70 to 125mg, according to DanceSafe. Q-Dance pills have been measured at an average of 190mg per pill, according to NSW Health's report.
High doses of MDMA can lead to health complications, and those complications can be amplified or exacerbated by the use of additional drugs and/or alcohol. A dose like that of the Q-Dance pill can be excessive without the proper precautions being taken. Advocacy group DanceWize NSW has shared NSW Health's report to raise awareness of safe usage practices and precautions.
Andrew Dawson of the NSW Poisons Information Centre warns, "Consumption of high doses of MDMA has been linked to cases of serious illness and death in NSW. It can cause severe agitation and paranoia, raised body temperature, seizures or fits, heart rhythm problems and death." Tragically, Nathan Tran, Diana Nguyen, Joseph Pham, Callum Brosnan, Joshua Tam and Alexandra Ross-King were among those cases, according to Daily Mail.
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The two EDM stars connected on Twitter, leading to speculation of a potential collaboration.
JOYRYDE (real name John Ford) has been on a bit of a hot streak as of recent. Fresh off an Australian tour and singles "SELECTA 19" and "MADDEN," Ford has been drumming up a buzz in the EDM universe. After he retweeted an Archillect photo of a nun with a gun with the caption, "If Tchami and I ever worked together..." the buzz was amplified as fans speculated after seeing Tchami's reply.
When Tchami (real name Martin Joseph Léonard Bresso) responded "Let's do this," fans began to speculate about an imminent collaboration between the two EDM titans, and it looks like it just might come to fruition.
Bass house and future house are the staples of Ford and Bresso, respectively. If this collaboration comes into being, house heads will almost certainly be elated to hear the amalgamation of each producer's unique styles.
Ford is slated to play at EDC Mexico on Sunday, March 1st. Bresso is gearing up for his Elevation North America Tour, with dates in Chicago, Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle, and more in the coming months.
There's no confirmation on if or when this collaboration between JOYRYDE and Tchami will happen, but fans will be waiting eagerly.
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It's said to be the world's wettest party at the biggest Songkran celebration on the planet.
Coming up in April, S2O Factory just announced a massive party being unveiled for festivalgoers and dance music lovers as an all-star addition to Thailand's 2020 Songkran Music Festival. Known only as S2O, the event promises a wild and wet wonderland deep in the sultry sweet bliss of Bangkok.
For those who love to glisten on the dancefloor, this one is primed to unleash a wave of hydration for anyone with a thirst for good times. With S2O also in Taiwan and Japan as well, it is expected to be the first event of its kind in the region and a saving grace for anyone aiming to beat the heat on April 11th-13th, during the hottest season of the year.
Topping the bill are internationally famed heavyweights like Martin Garrix and Zedd. Also making waves will be Aussie future bass sorceress Alison Wonderland, Dutch trance dynamo Dash Berlin, and Netherlands-based future house figurehead Don Diablo - who was ranked 6th in the world last year by DJ Mag. Swedish twosome Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman are also packing progressive heat for the event, electro house will arrive special delivery courtesy of the Italian pair VINAI, and hot mixes will be provided courtesy of Firebeatz. Also from Dutch country, S2O will feature the venerable San Holo, The Him, and Lucas & Steve. The list goes on!
Said to sport 360-degree showers to beat the heat, Songkran Festival will be packing an entire arsenal of visual effects like face-melting lasers, premium fireworks displays and enough water to rock a banner reading "The World’s Wettest Music Festival.” Combine all those ingredients together and S2O's winning recipe cooks up part paradisiacal wonderland, part tidal wave of tuned up bliss, and a splash of magic.
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It's his second EP release on deadmau5' label.
Since launching his project in 2017, Orlando-based DJ/producer C.H.A.Y. (real name Christopher Fratt) has earned co-signs from artists like deadmau5, I_o and Claude VonStroke for his vivid techno production and fun, danceable rhythms. This has helped him earn releases with not only mau5trap, but Dirtybird and Insomniac Records as well.
For his first release of the new decade, C.H.A.Y. has returned with a similar dark, electro/techno sound, but for the first time ever the project features entirely his own voice and lyrics. While he’s sampled his vocals in the past, mau5trap requested them for this project to help fully realize the 24-year-old’s potential and dynamism on record.
“I think it made the songs more interesting,” said Fratt, who spoke to EDM.com earlier in the week. “It gave me a chance to tell more of a story.”
Through the EP’s three tracks - “Keychain,” “Virtual Landscape,” “Your Interpretation” - the Florida producer covers themes of acceptance and hope. Utilizing synths, bouncy techno beats, and distorted vocals, Fratt creates a virtual landscape that’s danceable and conveys its hopeful message with uplifting production.
Adding vocals makes the C.H.A.Y. project feel even more personal, which generates excitement for a potential full-length release with the label later this year. Stream or download Your Interpretation via mau5trap across platforms here.FOLLOW C.H.A.Y.:
This weekend, Solis was overtaken with assault, overcrowding, and property destruction.
Nobody wants to feel as if their safety is at risk while attending a music gathering, but that is exactly what happened this past weekend at Pakistan's Solis Music and Arts Festival. The event quickly took a turn for the absolute worse once hundreds of fake festival ticket holders stampeded their way through the gates causing horrific chaos in their wake. From the looks of it, many of the crimes were against the women in attendance.
Reports of the nightmare-inducing festival have been pouring in across social media accounts illustrating the chaos that ensued. Videos show that men climbed onto the stage destroying and punching their way through the crowd. Even as the event was being cleared out you can see individuals continuing to riot and wreck the property.
If that wasn't enough, women have come forward describing the disgusting and terrifying ordeals that occurred during the riot. Females were allegedly being sexually and physically assaulted while trying to escape the wreckage.
Many have placed the blame on the festival organizers for management allowing these kinds of atrocities to happen. There has been a call to action for those involved to work with the police to help identify and arrest those who were responsible for the incident and the negligence. The team behind Solis have since released the below statement.
This was the fourth edition of the Solis Music and Arts Festival held in Islamabad, Pakistan. It's the biggest international music event the nation has to offer. Those artists who were due to perform at this year's event were Dannic, Mike Williams, Julian Jordan, FDVM, and Turhan James.
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SWARM unleashed a terrifying, new psytrance single ahead of his upcoming EP, Eat Me Alive.
SWARM has returned to haunt the airwaves with his latest psytrance single, "All Hope Is Lost." After just completing the Thank You For Raging tour with Sullivan King, he's debuted the first chapter in his upcoming, story-based EP, Eat Me Alive.
With a growling, mechanical bass line, he takes his metal background and crafts a well-polished psytrance romp. Overwhelmingly dark throughout, the pounding nature of the tune combined with its orchestral components sounds like something you'd hear either at the climax of a heavy bass music performance or when fighting the final boss in a video game.
When asked about the release, he shared that he particularly enjoyed its simplicity and how dramatic it is. In his own words:
"All Hope Is Lost" is one of my favorites from the EP because of its intensity and simplicity. Orchestration combined with electronic music draws me in so much more than using a regular synth does, and this song in particular has an especially dramatic tone to it that felt right to release as the first single from Eat Me Alive."
Alongside the single is a truly chilling music video to help set the scene for the story he's unfolding. When speaking on the video he explained a bit about its background, and how his mom isn't the biggest fan of the its contents. He said:
"The music video for the song is something I’ve wanted to make for a while - completely over the top but delivering my own sort of commentary on issues that many people face, myself included. My mom didn’t care too much for the video, though; she kept covering her eyes and yelling for me to turn it off."
Please Note: The embedded video contains images and themes that some viewers may find to be disturbing.
"All Hope Is Lost" by SWARM is out now. The single will be included on his upcoming EP, Eat Me Alive, which releases on March 4th, 2020. You can pre-save his next chapter in his horror story on Spotify and Apple Music here.FOLLOW SWARM
Calvin Harris is killing it in music and in real estate.
Calvin Harris (real name Adam Richard Wiles) has a lot to celebrate these days. Not only has he been rolling out a string of amazing tracks and gearing up for his return to Coachella, but he's had a major win on the real estate front. The famed Scottish DJ/producer has been trying to sell some of his Los Angeles properties for years now and he's officially found a taker.
According to Variety, Wiles just unloaded his sleek Hollywood Hills compound for a whopping $7 million, the same price he purchased it for back in 2013, to the tech entrepreneur Stephen Garden in an all-cash deal. The beautiful, "zen-inspired" home nestled right above the iconic Sunset Strip features a 4,100 sq. ft. main house, a two-story detached guest house, a pool/spa area, and top-of-the-line privacy and security additions. This home screams real estate envy.Realtor.com Realtor.comRealtor.com
As previously mentioned, Wiles has been on the top of his game after announcing his Love Regenerator project. Since then he's released the two-track EP, Love Regenerator 1, and followed it up with Love Regenerator 2. Fans have been loving his new sonic direction leaning more on the house and techno side. 2020 is looking to be a good year for the esteemed producer.
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Think you know a lot about one of dance music's most legendary duos? Prove it.
It goes without saying that Daft Punk are one of, if not the most influential and celebrated acts in dance music history. Between their legendary tunes, groundbreaking stage production, and signature robot helmets, nearly everything the duo do is iconic. In honor of these living legends, we've created a test to see just how well you know the French superstars.View the original article to see embedded media.
You asked, they delivered.
Fans of these two artists have been waiting for this day for some time now, and the wait is finally over. Zeds Dead and Rezz have unleashed "Into The Abyss" upon us along with an eerily mind-bending visual to accompany it. The artists had their followers hooked on the release since its debut at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago last December. Months prior to that, Rezz (real name Isabelle Rezazadeh) teased the tune. Now we can finally revel in all its glory.
The track is as dark and ominous as we would expect from these two acts collaborating together. The single starts off tame but ends with the powerful reverberating bass that will get the hairs on your neck standing. Both the duo (comprised of Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan) and Rezazadeh's sound are highlighted without getting lost within each other. This track is definitely a must-see live.
Both acts have been killing it on the collaboration front as of late. The duo recently debuted their "GodLovesUgly" remix with Subtronics, and the track "Dead Of Night" with Ganja White Night. Fans can also expect to be receiving a new album from Mamid and Rapp-Rovan in the near future.
Rezazadeh closed out 2019 with the impressive "Hell On Earth" with Yultron, and there is also talk of a Grimez x Rezz piece being in the works. Catch "Space Mom" live at Bonnaroo, Parookaville, and of course her special, two-day Rezz Rocks event returning this September.FOLLOW ZEDS DEAD:
Matt Eastwood of Eustis, Florida had gone missing after the festival drew to a close.
After the 2020 edition of Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival wrapped up on the evening of Friday, February 14th, an attendee named Matt Eastwood had gone missing the following Sunday. He was found dead on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 19th following search efforts on the part of his family as well as the Palm Beach County Sherriff's Office.
Eastwood's step-sister, Chelsea Smith, confirmed his death in a 2:09 text message to Florida newspaper Daily Commercial. A GoFundMe page had been launched to cover the expenses of those in the search party. At the time of writing it has raised over $2,600.
Eastwood was a well-known bartender at Wolf Branch Brewing in Eustis. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we prove this update, Matt was found,” wrote Head Brewer Jose Villafana in a post to the establishment's Facebook page. “He is no longer with us.”
Eastwood's suspected cause of death has yet to be disclosed at the time of writing.
Despite a celebrated debut year for Wakaan Music Festival, the future of the event looks dubious.
Wakaan Music Festival's 2019 debut was warmly received by fans of more experimental bass music (including us here at EDM.com), but that may not ensure its return next year. Comments made by Wakaan boss Liquid Stranger suggest that undisclosed circumstances may prevent it from taking place after 2020.
A screen shot has made its rounds of a post that appears to have been deleted in the closed Facebook group Liquid Stranger Family. A member asked if Liquid Stranger (real name Martin Stääf) would consider moving the dates of Wakaan Music Festival on account of Lost Lands taking place a matter of days beforehand. "Might not be a next year, and then we don't have that problem at all," Stääf replied. "Let's see how this year works out first."
In a separate thread, Stääf made additional remarks about the event's future. "My team and I haven’t planned beyond Wakaan Festival 2020, but if enough people want it, we might do more," he wrote in a comment. "Just don’t get entitled or take stuff for granted. That’s not a good life philosophy."
EDM.com reached out to Stääf's spokesperson for comment but we have yet to receive a response at the time of writing.FOLLOW LIQUID STRANGER:
EDM.com caught up with the DJ/producer before his headlining show at the Hollywood Palladium.
Bursting onstage at the Hollywood Palladium in a flourish of bright lights and colorful visuals, KSHMR was ready to make his new show, KSHMR LIVE: The Orchestral Experience, special for its California premiere. The EDM DJ/producer (real name Niles Hollowell-Dhar) appeared smiling behind the booth, flanked on either side by live performers carrying string instruments, a flute, and taiko drums.
His crowd of dedicated fans stuck around until his 12:45 AM headlining set time and were rewarded with dynamic visuals, traditional Indian dancers, and live instrumentation. Throughout the show, Hollowell-Dhar treated his attendees to a high-energy narrative adventure, guiding listeners for over an hour through emotional transitions and intense breaks to a whirlwind finish in paradise. Vocalist Anjulie appeared onstage for a performance of Hollowell-Dhar's 2019 smash hit "Alone," while KARRA hopped onstage for fan favorite "Devil Inside Me."
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The February 8th show in Hollywood marked KSHMR's debut of the new, immersive show. It's a worthy fit for his reputation as a mesmerizing live performer, and it easily follows up the snow machines, fire bowls and 4D special effects of his last tour.
Since his start in hip-hop production, Hollowell-Dhar has come a long way to hone his ability to craft such a powerful, energetic show. After finding success with his duo The Cataracs, releasing "Like A G6" in 2010, Hollowell-Dhar later broke from the group. He made an anonymous DJ debut in 2014, coming out as KSHMR the following year. The producer then hit gold with "Secrets," his 2015 collaboration with Tiësto, and has since released tracks with Krewella, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Hardwell in addition to solo singles.
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, the West Coast native distinguishes his sound by tapping into his Indian roots. They're especially evident in his 2016 debut album, The Lion Across The Field, released through Spinnin' Records, and they play a major role in his live shows. The Orchestral Experience, for example, has a storyline inspired by meditation and trials of virtue in addition to incorporating traditional Indian dance and instruments.
Most recently, Hollowell-Dhar released "Over & Out" with Hard Lights featuring Charlott Boss. The hardstyle track is the latest from his Dharma Worldwide Imprint. As we learned in our interview, he's also gearing up to announce a project bigger than individual singles alone.
Keep reading for our conversation with KSHMR.
EDM.com: We'd love to get the translation of your latest song with KUN. What's special about incorporating vocals in a non-English language?
KSHMR: The song is actually the Mandarin version of a song I released previously called "Do Bad Well." The great thing about the version with KUN is being able to connect more with the country thats been so supportive of me. Because of the language barrier, it's been hard to find ways to connect as much as I wanted to. Doing a song with KUN allowed me to connect more genuinely for the Chinese market.
The track sounds so vastly different from the transportive, dreamy music we're accustomed to. Tell us about that.
When I got in the studio with KUN the inspiration he cited was Marilyn Manson - which caught me super off guard, and I used to be a Marilyn Manson fan. I put down the drums and he went from there, and took it in a rock direction, which was where his head was at musically at the time. It was really interesting to see that. To be honest, his team took it and finished the production at a certain point.
You've been a huge proponent of using storytelling in your shows. What story are you trying to tell with your current set?
There's a very literal story in my show that unfolds as the set plays out. This story puts you in the driver's seat when you are at the face of a large tower with several trials. At each trial, your virtue is tested and for the final test you face meditation where you look inwards and think about all that you've loved and all that you've lost. Seeing that your heart is pure the tower rewards you by removing the clouds and revealing the sun once again over paradise.
Your California show is also booked as a live show. Why is L.A. the right place for something like that? Tell me about the major differences you feel performing live vs DJ sets.
It was my first time performing this live show in California. It's my favorite type of show to do. I benefit from the talent of eight extremely well-versed musicians and a group of lightning bolt dancers that give new life to the songs I've been performing over the years. Hearing them played by such talent onstage is more powerful than any typical DJ show could be.
What other forms of storytelling do you enjoy?
I really like nonfiction. History, once you get all the facts, is just a great story. Sometimes with fiction, I feel guilty that I'm not learning anything grounded in reality. Still, books like 1984 and Animal Farm really changed my life and there's a lot of truth in those. A lot of the time I consume audio books. I love Malcolm Gladwell's new book and well-made TV and movies as well. Oh, and I also video games; Final Fantasy 7 is excellent.
What trajectory do you envision for Dharma in 2020? Why is something like Dharma important to you?
Dharma is important to me because it's given me the ability to support songs that I'm not able to collaborate on but believe in with all my heart. There is also the educational side, Dharma Studio. On the website you'll be able to access tutorials, sample packs, templates and more content curated by me and other Dharma artists. It's a place where you can learn from producers who actually have released a quality of work that you can trust in. The producer community is the one I belong to and want to give back to.
I saw you released an EP last year, but it's been so long since the release of The Lion Across The Field. What's different about producing an album that's created this long gap in time since the last one? Is there another in the books for 2020?
The truth is that juggling time at home and time on the road gives me a tendency to focus on singles. Large bodies of work, like Lion Across the Field, require extended periods of exploration and it's hard to feel like you can afford periods like that when you only have five days at home. It feels irresponsible to not focus on shorter term goals like completing a single when you have that set amount of time. A larger project is in the works, so stay tuned.
There has been a sort of decline in EDM albums, especially as music has become more single based because of streaming. Do you still believe in EDM albums, and why or why not?
I think most EDM artists don't need to make an album. If you have something interesting to give people, if you want to use the album to take risks and do some exploration outside of EDM bangers, then I think it's a worthwhile pursuit.
We're fresh into a new decade - how does it feel to look back on the 2010s at all you've accomplished? What are you proud of?
At the beginning of the decade I was still in The Cataracs and we had a good run with "Like a G6" and all the music I made for Dev. I guess I'm just happy that I was able to recover when things didn't work out and I'm still able to make music. It all could have fallen apart but somehow I'm still here getting to do something I love and when I think about it, I'm quite grateful for that. And of course there have been a lot of successes along the way and I've been able to share that with close friends, so all in all it's been great.
What's next for you? What are you excited for?
I'm excited to do more Live Orchestral Experience shows, and I'm especially excited to return to India next month which is obviously a country that means a lot to me. And, of course, I'm excited for the upcoming music; there is a lot of big news coming soon and I can't wait to share it with the fans.FOLLOW KSHMR:
It's the latest in a string of mobile capability updates.
Rapidly expanding their arsenal of mobile capabilities, music streaming service SoundCloud have announced the launch of a new mobile upload feature. This week, it will roll out on the iOS app version, while Android users can expect an update soon.
One of the company's most requested features, mobile uploads will, for the first time, allow creators to instantly upload and share their original tracks here, there and anywhere. SoundCloud users previously had to use the platform's desktop version to post content.
Mobile uploads are the latest in a string of updates that make it easier for creators to take their workflows on the go. Earlier this year, SoundCloud added track, Spotlight and profile editing to its mobile toolkit, including features like making a track private, updating a bio and pinning tracks to profiles with Spotlight.
You, too, can upload tracks from your phone using these step-by-step instructions.FOLLOW SOUNDCLOUD:
the Splendour in the Grass lineup for 2020 has been announced in full.
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of New South Wales, Australia festival Splendour in the Grass. They've pulled out all the stops for this year's lineup - including the only Australian performance of the year by none other than Flume.
That's not all electronic music fans have to look forward to, however. In addition to Flume (real name Harley Edward Streten), Dillon Francis, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Duke Dumont and Dom Dolla are on the 2020 bill. Among the rock, pop and hip-hop acts on the lineup are The Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Tyler, The Creator - the latter of whom will also perform his only 2020 show at the festival.
Since its 2001 debut, Splendour in the Grass has been held in various locations around Byron Bay and Woodford, Queensland. Coldplay, The Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar and The xx are among the headliners of previous editions.
The 2020 event will take place at the North Byron Parklands in New South Wales from July 24th-26th. More information is available on the Splendour in the Grass website.Follow Splendour in the Grass:
"stardew" follows up "Pink Lightning," the duo's first new music since 2017.
Purity Ring broke a nearly two-year release hiatus earlier in the month with a single titled "Pink Lightning" from their upcoming album, WOMBS. They have now followed it up with a serene midtempo cut titled "stardew" and revealed that the 2020 effort will arrive in full on April 3rd.
Whereas fans were beckoned to uncover "Pink Lightning" from a nostalgic online puzzle game, Purity Ring (comprised of vocalist Megan James and producer/instrumentalist Corin Roddick) made "stardew" more easily accessible. This time, they opted to simply upload the song to their YouTube account and share links via socials.
James and Roddick became a favorite among EDM fans several years ago due in no small part to the cinematic style encapsulated on singles like "Begin Again" and "Push Pull." They released their debut album, Shrines, in 2012, following it up in 2015 with Another Eternity.
It remains to be seen whether Purity Ring will share additional tracklist entries from WOMBS in the weeks leading up to the album's release.
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EDC Las Vegas' lineup drop is right around the corner.
Festivalgoers have been waiting with baited breath for Insomniac to announce the lineup for their flagship event, EDC Las Vegas. It has come to light that the promoter's founder and CEO, Pasquale Rotella, will reveal this year's offerings in full during a special "Music Through Music" episode of Night Owl Radio on February 20th.
According to a press release, Rotella will share the lineup through specially curated mixes as he did leading up to the 2019 edition. Each song in the sequence will correspond to an artist on the bill, and fans will have to piece the roster together on their own before Insomniac makes the official announcement sometime afterwards.
It's been a busy month for Rotella. Last week he shared significant updates in his "State of Insomniac" address before revealing the 2020 EDC Las Vegas theme to be kineticZEN. With festival season approaching, it's safe to say things won't slow down for him anytime soon.
EDC Las Vegas will return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from May 15th-17th for its 10th anniversary event. Tune in to Insomniac Radio for the lineup reveal at 6:00 PM PST on February 20th here, and learn more on the event website.FOLLOW EDC LAS VEGAS:
Ultra's main stage will play host to plenty of familiar faces.
With little over a month until Ultra Music Festival's 2020 edition, the three-day event's organizers are making announcements left and right. Last week they shared significant updates to their Mission: Home environmental program, and now they've revealed which artists will perform on the main stage this year.
Returning to the Ultra main stage in 2020 are David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Above & Beyond and Major Lazer, among others. FISHER and Frank Walker will each make their main stage debut, and KSHMR will deliver a special performance called "Dharma."
Ultra has taken place annually since 1999, having originally graced Collins Park in Miami Beach. From 2001 on the festival took place at Bayfront Park - save for a six-year stint at Bicentennial Park and a 2019 one-off event on Virginia Key. In addition to the flagship event, Ultra Worldwide has expanded the event brand to countries like Croatia, Korea, South Africa, Japan and Chile.
Ultra Music Festival will take place on March 20th-22nd, 2020. Find the full list of main stage headliners in alphabetical order below, and learn more on the official website.
Above & Beyond
Armin van Buuren
Fedde Le Grand
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The late Swedish DJ/producer's legacy marches on.
"Wake Me Up" by Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc shook up the EDM world in the months following its 2013 live debut and subsequent release. Even the better part of two years after the Swedish DJ/producer's untimely passing, it continues to make waves. The song has reportedly exceeded 1 billion streams on music streaming service Spotify.
The milestone was observed by music statistics aggregator Chart Data. As we've been over before, "Wake Me Up" was met with mixed reactions when Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) first played it out at the 2013 edition of Ultra Music Festival. In February of 2014, however, Billboard reported that it was the first single ever to surpass 200 million Spotify streams. It is now one of 62 songs to have broken 1 billion streams; "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran is currently the only song to have exceeded 2 billion.
Bergling's rise and fall more or less bookended the boom of the EDM decade, and many of his songs remain ubiquitous throughout the festival circuit and beyond. When he was found dead in Muscat, Oman by apparent suicide, it served as a wakeup call for music industry professionals to make mental health awareness a higher priority.
Bergling's posthumous album, TIM, was finished by a handful of his collaborators and officially released in June of last year.FOLLOW AVICII:
Seven Lions is unleashing a highly sought-after single from his live sets.
Seven Lions teased a preview of his forthcoming single set to feature Tyler Graves.
The release will mark the first single of the year by Seven Lions (real name Jeff Montalvo). While Montalvo's video teaser left a lot to the imagination, fans who've attended a Seven Lions show in recent memory have likely heard the producer's forthcoming offering.
Stating it's been "the most asked-about song" from his live sets in recent times, Montalvo revealed the wait will soon be over for the single titled "Only Now" which will be released later this week.
The single features songstress Tyler Graves who recently assisted on the BIJOU-produced single "Crown." Montalvo previously capped off his 2019 with a single alongside Jason Ross titled "Known You Before" - a cut from Ross' debut album, 1000 Faces.
Montalvo's single, "Only Now" with Tyler Graves, arrives by way of the producer's Ophelia Records imprint this Friday, February 21st.FOLLOW SEVEN LIONS:
Tiësto has reworked a cut from Halsey's third album.
The remix arrives a month following Halsey's third album release, titled Manic. The effort featured radio singles "Without Me" and "Graveyard," both released in 2019. The third single, "You should be sad," came forth a week prior to the album's full release.
The downtempo original received a shot in the arm from Tiësto (real name Tijs Verwest), transforming it into an energizing, festival-ready anthem. Leaning on the original's horn-driven instrumentation, Verwest didn't hesitate to reshape the melody, giving the brass-style leads an uplifting tone in the process.
Verwest's remix comes shortly following the release of two originals thus far in 2020. The superstar producer kicked off his year with the chill house original "Blue" featuring Stevie Appleton followed by the 7 Skies-assisted "My Frequency" shortly thereafter.
Verwest is on the road with his next festival stop scheduled for EDC Mexico on February 29th.FOLLOW TIËSTO: