Sweden is one of the world’s pop music capitals—according a press release, it’s “third in world in pop music exports”—so it makes sense that the country would give some of their biggest stars their own stamps. READ FULL STORY
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Pitbull, J.Lo, and Pitbull’s blindingly white clamdiggers kicked off the World Cup two weeks ago with a rousing, bare-ankled performance of “Ole Ola,” the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song. Two weeks from now, when the tournament comes to an end on July 13, the closing ceremonies will feature a performance of the the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem (which is a totally different thing).
“Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way),” which has a new video that just dropped today, features Wyclef Jean, EDM demigod Avicii, and Carlos Santana, a superstar trio that could have been put together by a random poolside encounter at a celebrities-only, six-star resort on a Caribbean island known only to the mega-wealthy.
Despite the seemingly random lineup and the generally beyond-corny nature of this kind of project, however, the song’s actually not terrible, apart from Santana’s superfluous noodling. Eschewing the treacly sentimentality of R. Kelly’s 2010 World Cup official anthem, “Sign of a Victory,” “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)” aims for bleacher-rattling energy, crossing football chants with the type of frenetic percussion the Cup’s host country is famous for.
“Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)” is available now on One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album. Watch the video below.
Spotify listeners really, really like Avicii.
The EDM star leads Spotify’s first-ever Top 25 Artists Under 25 list, a ranking of the most influential young music-makers. The streaming service looked at No. 1 hits, volume and growth of streams and shares, and viral chart success from the last year to compile the results.
Avicii easily took the top spot — the 24-year-old Swedish DJ’s track “Wake Me Up” is the most-streamed song in Spotify history. He’s also the first artist under 25 to reach one billion streams on the site. READ FULL STORY
Deadmau5 is stepping in for an ailing Avicii at one of electronic dance music’s largest festivals this weekend.
Avicii, the Swedish DJ and producer whose real name is Tim Bergling, remained in a Miami hospital Friday with a blocked gallbladder and could undergo surgery. The 24-year-old was hospitalized Thursday with severe abdominal pains, nausea, and fever and has had to cancel all his activities around the Ultra Music Festival, including his headlining set Saturday night. READ FULL STORY
Kaskade may be the grand exemplar of the ho-hum, euphoria-dealing dudes who monopolize electronic dance music.
Like other top DJs—including Avicii, whose debut album I review this week—he makes a fortune (about $16 million a year) by gigging almost constantly, queueing up dance hits for mobs of party people while doing expressive things with his hands. But unlike Avicii, who on True combines his beats willy-nilly (and not unsuccessfully) with other pop forms, on his tenth album Kaskade distills EDM’s ebb-and-flow pleasure-seeking down to its coolest, most frictionless essence—and enters a terminal space familiar to anyone who has stood in the lobby of a W Hotel.
EDM can claim a long lineage that includes house, disco and many other beloved club idioms, and has percolated in something like its current form for years. (Kaskade, a 42-year-old American house acolyte, has helped keep it cooking.) But EDM is all about creating the illusion that you’re living in the future—a utopia perfectly calibrated to keep lifting your spirits. And in fact, when you’re sweating through your bodypaint at a festival, it’s pretty damn effective at yanking you right into the present, which is plenty for any musical form to accomplish.
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