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Ariana Grande somehow sneaks a club jam onto the 'Mockingjay' soundtrack

First, Lorde releases a cover of Bright Eyes’ “Ladder Song,” and now, on a very different note, Ariana Grande has added a dance track to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 soundtrack.

The song, titled “All My Love” pairs Grande with Major Lazer for an upbeat song that doesn’t quite fit with the tempo of the rest of what’s been released from the Mockingjay soundtrack. Unless Katniss finds herself in a dance club at any point, there’s a good chance this song could be more of a credits-sequence deal. Then again, who said District 13 doesn’t know how to party? Oh, that’s right—everyone.

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This Week in Diplo: Will you rap for me?

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Diplo needs you. Us. Everyone. On Wednesday, he put a new song, “Everyday,” up on Soundcloud and asked that someone rap on it.

The downbeat and atmospheric track is not what we’ve come to expect from the Mad Decent label head, but echoes the sentiment Big Gigantic recently expressed to us: Turning down is the new turning up. I can’t tell if he’s serious about harvesting submissions, because there are actually vocals on the track, but all they say is “Who wants to rap for me?” So, there’s only one way to find out: Download the track and give it a whirl. READ FULL STORY

This Week in Diplo: Diplo turns 10

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There was a time pre-Diplo. Really. Ten years ago—long before the Vegas residencies, the star-studded recording sessions, headlining festivals, and all the many, many hits—a 25-year-old Diplo was just releasing his first album, Florida, on Big Dada Records. He threw the collection up on his Soundcloud page this week and announced that the album would be reissued with unreleased tracks on Black Friday (Nov. 28).

On his celebratory Instagram he captioned: “10 years ago.. i made my first album, ‘Florida,’ between a small apartment in Philly and my mom’s house in Florida.. i was working late nights and taking a bus through the city every night, smoking some weed, putting on headphones & just making things I never heard before and could just imagine.. making this record created an entirely new world for me. now that i think back it’s a very strange beginning and it’s crazy it’s been 10 years since it’s first release but really this record represents my first 23 years of life.. what i had inside of me and where i came from so i’m excited to revisit it.. i put it up on soundcloud for all of you to hear.. a special re-release will come black friday”

The album is remarkably up-to-date, but given that Diplo has been the zeitgeist in music over the last handful of years, his future-casting ability should perhaps not be too surprising.

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This Week in Diplo: The last Block Party and a few Jack U adventures

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The 2014 Mad Decent Block Party Tour ended last weekend and went out the only way it could: with an insane amalgamation of live sets, after-parties, after-after parties and surprise sets. At one point, fans were swinging from the ceilings, and that is not a metaphor.

Berkeley, CA,

San Francisco after-parties,

Eugene, OR,

And then off to Canada for the final stop.

After which Diplo took a minute to thank his fans as it ended.

The MDBP started in 2008 as a one-off in Philadelphia as a literal block party, not a stadium tour. As you can see in this caption, as well as from the countless social media posts and media coverage throughout the summer, it has grown extraordinarily. Twenty-two stops (not counting after-parties or pop-ups), most of which were sold out and almost 170,000 attendees is no small feat—nor, I would imagine, is putting on a traveling festival of sorts.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.34.54 PMFull disclosure, the tour isn’t exactly over. The first Mad Decent Boat Party sets sail from Miami through the Caribbean mid-November. This is either the most exciting or terrifying announcement I’ve received recently. (I’m leaning toward the former.)

2014_MDB_11_LineupGraphic_MarqueeYou might be tempted to think Diplo would, I don’t know, take a week off after the tour. Relax, even. While I see your thought process, I’m here to tell you, you would be wrong in such assumptions.

Diplo and Skrillex have been hard on the campaign trail for Jack U and their MSG New Year’s Eve show. They released a YouTube video. They tweeted and Instagrammed incessantly. They gave tickets away. They tweeted and Instagrammed more.

And then, presumably, once they realized everyone already wants to go, they went to shoot a music video for “Take U There” with Kiesza.

Release details on the video are still unreleased, but the excitement on social media from fans is palpable.

And, lest all the Jack U excitement distract us, let’s remember Diplo is also a formative member of Major Lazer, who also had a pretty sweet summer. They posted a highlight reel on their homepage of the season on Wednesday. If you have a high tolerance for FOMO and/or are comfortable dreaming of next year’s tour this early in the game, give it a watch.

Aside from that, Diplo went to a baseball game (with Skrillex because, obviously) and the dentist. Stars—they’re just like us… sort of.

 

 

Snoop Lion shows off his palace in 'Here Comes The King' video -- Watch it here

Snoop Dogg is dead; all hail Snoop Lion!

The reformed, peace-loving Snoop Lion has dropped the official video for his reggae-inflected “Here Comes the King.” As the second single off his upcoming album (the aptly titled Reincarnated, out this spring), the Major Lazer-produced song meshes Snoop’s classic flow with wobbly dub beats. The Andy Clapper-directed video follows through on this aesthetic, depicting the self-appointed monarch living the luxe life in a Jamaican palace, complete with his own court of dancing cheerleaders.

Take a look at the new Snoop Lion clip below:

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Seven great moments from Governors Ball festival in New York City: Kid Cudi, Major Lazer, and more

There might not have been any conflicting set times at Governors Ball in New York City this past weekend, but with nearly 12 hours each day of non-stop music between two stages — including Fiona Apple, Kid Cudi, Beck, Built to Spill, Santigold, Modest Mouse, and more — it was a lot to take in.

Here’s what you may have missed on Saturday, the more electronic and hip hop-oriented day of the festival, while you were busy snacking away by food trucks and paying too much for smoothies. READ FULL STORY

No Doubt announce comeback, new single; what should we expect?

In a post on their official website Monday, No Doubt revealed that their long-awaited sixth studio album will be titled Push and Shove, and that its first single, “Settle Down,” will arrive in July. The news follows last week’s announcement of the band’s upcoming set of live performances in support of the album: at the Teen Choice Awards, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series, all in July.

The question, then, isn’t whether No Doubt still has it. On their last tour in 2009 — meant to inspire the band after an unsuccessful attempt at recording — the group rocketed through its catalog of older and newer hits while Stefani showed that having two kids hasn’t harmed her onstage energy (or her impeccable abs). The real question is: Which No Doubt will fans get to hear this summer? READ FULL STORY

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