Donald Glover aka Gambino Announces New Music And Live Shows

Yes yes, Donald Glover, as in Childish Gambino, has returned!

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Last Friday night, Donald Glover took to Twitter to share an important piece of information, with the crowd in the most mysterious and unique types of ways. He posted a link to an unknown app called Pharos. What Gambino? Well, if you downloaded that app, it actually would reveal a countdown timer set in an intergalactic background with a rushing effect to make you sense that you are moving through time! As the timer counted down, it only made sense to make the connection that you were being sent to Earth, and more specifically, Joshua Tree, California. The app then begins to have monk-like voices and claps ominously playing while you explore the app to find out more about this event. You can download the app yourself from the tweet below:

Why, you ask, did he do this? Well this wasn’t just any ol’ timer, this was a timer that was an outlet for Glover to announce that he will be performing NEW music in Joshua Tree on September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Fans are promised a “full album experience” and if you buy a $99 ticket, you are told to bring a tent because that is then the best way to take advantage of the on-site camping environment they will be at.

It is safe to say, he already has fans hooked by just the simple intro he displayed through the app, now we want to know what the music is! We also have reason to be so eager because it wasn’t since his 2014 mixtape/EP Kauai that we last heard him. And in 2013, it was his album Because the Internet. So it has been a minute…or more. We want more music!

No one even has a clue as to the sound or approach the 37-year old rapper is hoping is taking. What direction he is going. He always has something innovative and experiential up his sleeve, hence this live experience show at a camp site in Cali.

Pre-sale for what is to be Glover’s own three-day music festival will be available in the app starting June 24th at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. General on-sale starts June 27th at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. Here is a screenshot of the app for you to see!

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Major Lazer ft. Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T & Mad Cobra in “Night Riders”

Major Lazer, the triple threat of EDM producers, Diplo, Jillonaire and Walshy Fire, have released their brand new music video for the the track “Night Riders.”

The song comes of their album Peace Is The Mission, that was released in April of 2015. Their song “Power” featuring Ellie Goulding made huge hits as well as many other songs on the compilation; however, “Power’s” music video is followed up by a dark, action-packed, and grungy cinematic adventure that is “Night Riders,” the EDM-Hip-hop mélange that was explosive when it first came out. In its music video installment, Travi$ Scott is the leading male protagonist who practically becomes the cynical, stoic storyteller, embodying a true Night Rider on this night of horror-filled events. Scott is also the only collaborator of the song who actually performs in the KILLDEATH-directed clip.

In this installment, we follow a young woman through the neon red light districts of a city, where she works as a stripper. The visuals of this music video display the ultimate night of terror while the banger rolls out the rest of the setting. Fire, explosions, sports cars, fight clubs, parties, beautiful strippers, thugs, dark lights, smoke, and blank faces star in this night of total debauchery.

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The song owned the radio-waves when it was first heard by fans. The collaboration of Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, 2 Chainz and Mad Cobra was a recipe for a record hit, and even though it was last year, the team did not feel that the song lost its magic and decided that this summer would be the best time to release a music video for it now. Needless to say, this song is lit.

Watch the video for “Night Riders” above! 

The story-line is vile and cryptic; it portrays the perfect late night vibes that you picture in your mind when you think of the lifestyle of a Night Rider.

In addition, Major Lazer has been working ona  new project, but no word or news have been heard as to when this will be. What we do know though, is that the first single “Cold Water” features both Justin Bieber and MØ. If you remember that killer song titled “Lean On” that the EDM trio produced, MØ also featured on that, so this new single should be good! According to Diplo, we should be hearing that song in a few weeks. Diplo also had told Billboard that he was working on some new material that would include The Weeknd, Sia, and Travi$ Scott on the new project. Considering all of Diplo and Major Lazer’s recent products and success, our expectations are high, but we trust that these guys will kill the game. At least we have this new music video while we wait.

Kanye West Helped Make Unsigned Rapper’s First Album

It wasn’t too long ago when Kanye West discovered Big Sean and made him the rap icon that he is today, but now he’s back on the scout and he thinks he found another recruit.

For most unsigned rappers, being found by a famous producer like West is the ultimate #goals. a dream for most unsigned rappers to follow this path to success. Well for artist, Cameron Grey, this was the case for him last year when Grey actually had the boldness of a lion to approach the Chicago-rapper in the parking lot after a Big Sean concert in L.A. (seen in the video above). Security did not even try to stop him when Grey began performing an impromptu audition for Ye, right then and there. Of course, West was so amazed and impressed by the unknown youth that he immediately connected him with his good friend and Grammy-winning producer, Anthony Kilhoffer, for what is Grey’s first full-length album, Cocaine Ferrari. The release date is still uncertain but the first single has been released and it is available for us to listen to now! Check out Grey’s “Never Bout Us” below, and let us know if you think Yeezy made the right move:

He’s a white boy  from Ohio with  a pretty sweet delivery. I will personally say, I did not expect this. I think the mixing and mastering could use a little more work, but the song itself has a pretty great rhythm and vibe and tone. The autotune is a bit too much, but he spits the rap verses very well with control and assertiveness. I could definitely see this man following the footprints of someone like Sammy Adams or Travis $cott. He’s got the feels of the chill every college students tries to be, but the intensity of someone who means what he says and has something to prove. Just the act of walking up to Kanye and street performing is bold and admirable enough! There’s still a lot of room for development of sound and the music itself, but with the guidance of West and Kilhofer, I think the kid is in good hands. Might add a Kardashian by his side to finish of the Kanye look too.

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So, what do you think of the unsigned rapper now signed?

Nick Jonas Recruits Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean & More for New Album

The album finally arrived after many weeks of hype and promotion. Nick Jonas couldn’t be more proud of the project, and most of all, the people he was able to recruit to feature on and be a part of the album creation with him.

It was less than two years ago when the pop artist released his self-titled album, and now the the Jonas heartthrob has released his newest album, Last Year Was Complicated.

Reviews have been extremely positive towards the artist who left his brotherly-boy band the Jonas Brothers to star a solo career. At first it seemed the artist was starting off on the wrong foot, with a child-like Bieber voice, but after a few years to develop his sound, he found his element in this poppy-electronic vibe that is both sexy and exhilarating. The album had some amazing collabs and support, only demonstrating how the Disney star has come out of his shell and has made a name for himself in the industry. He has become a man! Some of these special guests on the album include Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Tove Lo, and NBA legend, Allen Iverson. Needless to say, Jonas was very humbled by and appreciative of their contributions to the project.

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Rap Up: Big Sean, Nick Jonas, Ty Dolla $ign

Jonas admits:

“I’ve been making this record for a year and a half… Pouring everything I have into it… When I first started making I thought I knew what it would be about… Then I had a breakup. It then became very clear what this thing would be about… And that I would need to dig really deep.”

How really deep, Jonas. Though unfortunate that the album is just like any other break-up album, there are some extremely catchy and well-produced tracks that stand on their own! These include songs like “Voodoo,” “Champagne Problems,” “Touch,” and of course the hit single of the album that features an amazing collaboration with Tove Lo “Close.” You can watch the music video below.

During the week of release, all Jonas could do was tweet manically in a Kanye-like way on Twitter, to explain to his fans and followers that this project has been a trying labor of love, relationship hardship, and heartache:

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Apparently for this record, Jonas really had to dig deep into his thoughts and feelings, get a little psychoanalytic with himself, and be true, which was difficult for him to face. Nonetheless, he pushed through and created this. Jonas revealed that each track listed on this compilation is both “personal and meaningful” to him, and that we are here to ride along his roller coaster journey of understanding his emotions… Yippee?

You can stream the entire album here now, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of it!:

Diplo and Why the DJ Culture is a “Sinking Ship”

In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, the 37-year old EDM superstar, Diplo gets real about what DJ culture is really like- it may be what you least expected.

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No idea why this mastermind behind so many tracks, but most importantly, Bieber’s most recent album Purpose alongside Skrillex, is looking down on his electronic dance world, but the artist had things to say. He offered Billboard a critical perspective if the DJ world that he and his peers revolve around.

“The DJ world is the corniest fucking group of people. We’re not celebrities, we’re not famous for any good reason. We’re just … really lame. Besides people like Dillon Francis, who makes fun of the whole thing, or Calvin Harris, it’s a sinking ship. It’s a really lame culture. I’m sad that I’m part of it, but I play the game.”

As he sees it, the “Lean-On” producer is excited and thrilled to be doing what he loves most as a career, and he’s afraid to even stop for just a moment in case it means saying goodbye to it all. So, instead, he works like a dog to do the best that he can, even if the lifestyle isn’t his of preference.

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New York Times: Diplo

He’s touring and performing with Major Lazer and Jack U, hosting radio shows on BBC Radio 1 and Apple Music, and is still trying to have a social life. He’s a busy dude, to say the least. After working with many renown artists today, he has most recently worked with Beyoncé on her new album LEMONADE. This is his most prized collaboration. He mentions that is such a big deal for him to be working with Queen Bey, “she’s one of the only artists who can culminate a body of work so concisely.”

Nevertheless, Diplo knows how to carry the music, and is certainly beginning to build his empire over all ranges of music. From Beyoncé to Justin Bieber to Major Lazer to Brazilian baile funk to Bollywood to trap and to tropical house and more, this man is pushing the boundaries of EDM.
Just two nights ago, the American DJ had an impromptu afterparty in Shanghai, then yesterday he was in Los Angeles, where he settled for a little bit to be with his two sons, Lockett, 5, and Lazer, 1 (great names). He then attempted to catch up on some work. He continued to discuss his on-going To-Do list and life struggles: “I lost my passport, did a charity event for some kids with cancer at my home studio, had a meeting with [his label] Mad Decent about merch,” he says sleepily. “Then I took the red-eye here. I really need to do some yoga.” (Also, Happy Father’s Day Diplo! Look at the tweet below of the happy daddy with his kids and a sweet caption about what it takes to be a dad.)

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There’s no doubt that this artist has the talent and what it takes to continue riding this wave of fame. However, is he running himself ragged that at some point he’ll crash? He’ll falter? He’ll need to take a breather from the DJ culture that is a “sinking ship?” In 2015, two of his songs dominated peoples’ playlists and the sound waves and speakers. while sounding like nothing that had ever come before. He knows and senses what it takes to make people move, which is talent all of its own.

Universal, Sony, SoundCloud, Spotify & More Join Forces for Groundbreaking Initiative

The whole mega media squad has joined forces to operate what is to be a groundbreaking initiative known as the Open Music Initiative (OMI).

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“The infrastructure on which our business has operated for the last century is not adequate to address the new ways in which music is being produced and consumed today—and even more so, tomorrow.”

These are the words of Panos Panay, the co-founder of OMI and founding managing director of BerleeICE.In hopes of emphasizing a more ethical, dynamic, and utilitarian economy where all stakeholders of the music industry benefit, Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music have teamed up with YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, SoundCloud, Spotify, and SiriusXM in order to streamline digital music distribution and copyright issues! The OMI plan, that these companies have established together, was reported by the Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) led by its creator Panay. It will all take place at the MIT Media Labs. BerkleeICE shares the idea that major labels and streaming services are part of the 50+ media entities striving to build an open-source platform for tracking music creators and rights owners. Agreed. Other founders include technology entrepreneur Dan Harple and designer and entrepreneur Michael Hendrix.

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Panos Panay, founding managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) and Open Music Initiative (OMI) cofounder. Image credit: Jose Cuellar

Their goal is to be able to ameliorate the process of compensating owners rightfully. Already, many organizations have signed agreements with this movement, such as CD Baby, Tunecore, Downtown Music Publishing, Featured Artist Coalition, Music Managers Forum, Future of Music Coalition, Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, and various music licensing startups. Panay says:

“We want to use the brainpower, neutrality and convening ability of our collective academic institutions, along with broad industry collaboration, to create a shared digital architecture for the modern music business. We believe an open-sourced platform around creative rights can yield an innovation dividend for creators and rights holders alike.”

And he’s right. The music industry is a complex world that requires a lot of work to be able to be shared across platforms and people, demonstrated successfully, and rewarded fairly. With this idea for an open-source digital space made specifically for the creative rights of talented people producing their passions, this messy and convoluted industry structure may become more efficient and effective.

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A Cellist named Zoë Keating noted:

“[The] issues we face across the music industry are complex but what we want is simple: a thriving creative economy that benefits everyone, from creators to companies to consumers. Open Music presents an opportunity to solve some intractable problems and to change the narrative between music and tech.”

Some may feel that the openness will lead to the misjudgment of paying royalties correctly or misunderstanding of who owns what, but others feel that with this initiative, there will be finally a silver lining to all of this chaos between streaming services, like TIDAL, today.

Forbes writer Nelson Granados noted that:

“it looks like finally, the right group is coalescing to fix the music industry’s digital value chain” and noted, “coordinating powerful players like the top music labels will be no easy task, and disagreements are bound to arise. Getting members to commit and invest will be key, and hurdles will arise in the process. But with academics and industry getting together, there is a good chance OMI will finally solve the problem”.

Students, professors and music moguls everywhere are aware of this rising issue in the music realm, but rather than seeing it as a problem that needs to be solved, they see it as an opportunity to try and take head on!

What do you think?

Skrillex Will Open for Guns N’ Roses

In probably what is one of the strangest but most interesting combinations for a concert, Skrillex will be opening for Guns N’ Roses!

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Many people were shocked when they first heard these news, but it shouldn’t come that much of a surprise when the EDM-producer has been mixing a lot of tunes with that of rock these days. Some people even speculate that he may be in the works of a collaboration piece with the infamous band that rocked the 80’s. Guns N’ Roses’ will be on tour again for a monstrous show called the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour. As confirmed by an official Guns N’ Roses tweet (see below), Skrillex will kick off the intro at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on August 5th. Following him will be other openers on the tour such as  Chris Stapleton, Lenny Kravitz, Alice in Chains, Billy Talent and the Cult. Here is the  full list of tour dates below!

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06-23 Detroit, MI – Ford Field #
06-26 Washington, DC – Fedex Field #
06-29 Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium #
07-01 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field #
07-03 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field #
07-06 Cincinnati, OH – Paul Brown Stadium
07-09 Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium &
07-12 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
07-14 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
07-16 Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre
07-19 Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium ^
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07-23 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium ^
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07-27 Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome $
07-29 Orlando, FL – Orlando Citrus Bowl $
07-31 New Orleans, LA – Mercedes-Benz Superdome $
08-03 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium $
08-05 Houston, TX – NRG Stadium *
08-09 San Francisco, CA – AT&T Park
08-12 Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
08-15 Glendale, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium
08-18 Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
08-19 Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
08-22 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium

 

It’s going to be quite ironic when the Axl Rose starts singing “Paradise City,” while Skrillex will be hanging there, no? In addition, be sure to watch the video for Skrillex’s “Rock n Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)” to see how Skrillex really, truly rocks out! And, don’t forget to let us know what you think of Skrillex being the opening act for the band who have an appetite for destruction. (I hope you get that, otherwise, don’t call yourselves rock fans.)

PARTYNEXTDOOR & Jeremih Announce Collaborative Album

According to Jeremih, who called into Nina Chentele’s Real 92.3 radio show late on Wednesday night, him and PARTYNEXTDOOR are working on a collaborative album that will be titled Late Night Party.

There was no certainty for when the release date will occur, but the Chicago-born native said it himself that the project would be coming “real soon.”

To be exact, he said:

“Can I tell everybody something? For all my fans that’s in L.A. right now that’s listening to [Real] 92.3, new album is coming out with me [and] PARTYNEXTDOOR called Late Night Party…Y’all finna get that real soon and right after that y’all gon’ get the trilogy to Late Nights calledLater That Night…So I can’t wait for you to hear that.”

There he said it! The final piece to his Late Nights trilogy will also be coming in the near future.

Though the artist announced the collab album to-be, fans had already speculated the “Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer and the OVO signee scheming something together, because of a post on Instagram that they posted of them in the studio  two months ago. The caption overtly said, “Me & PND Got Some For Ya.”

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In the meantime, PND has been generating a lot of news lately in the relationship area. Him and Kylie Jenner have been trying to keep things quiet but he recently snapchatted the world a video of him serenading the Jenner twin on the piano, cooing, “Kylie, Oh Kylie.”

Regardless, we’re excited that PND and Jeremih decided to team up, and we look forward to hearing what these two will be cooking up for us “real soon.”

How excited are you? Let us know, and listen to the video below to hear how Jeremih made the big reveal on the radio show!