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The Killers Announce New Album “Wonderful Wonderful”

A new album by the Killers is on the way. The band have announced that their fifth studio album is called, Wonderful Wonderful, expected for release later this year. It’s their first new album since 2012’s Battle Born.

So far, the band have shared two songs from Wonderful Wonderful. They just released their first official single called, “The Man,” which is available now on iTunes and streaming services. In an interview with BBC’s Annie Mac, frontman Brendon Flowers described the track as the funkiest song the group has ever written, and said that the whole album pushes the boundaries of the Killers’ usual sound.

Last weekend, the band also premiered a new song, “Run for Cover’ at a performance in Atlantic City. The band are currently on tour, playing a number of big festivals, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and British Summer Time in Hyde Park. They are also set to play at this year’s AFL Grand Final.

According to a press release, the new album is almost completed and is, “shaping up to be their most sonically forward-thinking record yet; an LP bursting with all of the blazing choruses and arena-filling anthems.” The band worked with producers, Stuart Price and Garret Jacknife Lee on the album.

Listen to the Killers’ first single, “The Man” here:

 

Fleet Foxes Release New Song “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me”

American indie folk band, Fleet Foxes, have released another song from their upcoming album, Crack Up. The song is called, “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me,” and follows their previously shared tracks, “Third of May/Odaigahara,” and “Fool’s Errand.”

It has been six years since Fleet Foxes released their last album, Helplessness Blues. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Robin Pecknold (the band’s primary singer, songwriter and guitarist), explained why the group took such a long break in between records. The band had just finished touring for Helplessness Blues, and Pecknold knew it was time to step away for a while.

“I thought, ‘We kind of did this.’ If people wanted to see us, they saw us. There was no reason to milk it. I was curious what else there is to do in life,” he said.

Now, after a six year hiatus, the group will officially make their come back with their brand new record, Crack Up. The album is set to be released on June 16 via Nonesuch. In support of the album, the band will appear on US talk show, ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ on June 16, and ‘CBS This Morning’ on June 17. The band have also played a bunch of concerts ahead of its release, including four shows at the Sydney Opera House.

Listen to “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me” off the new record here:

Lorde Drops New Song “Perfect Places”

Lorde has released another new track from her highly anticipated second album, Melodrama. The song is called, “Perfect Places,” and was created with Jack Antonoff, one of Lorde’s frequent collaborators.

On Twitter, Lorde told fans that the song was one of her favourites off the new record. The song has quickly received positive reviews from music critics around the world. Forbes described the song as, “a musically upbeat pop effort which hides some serious subject matter and unexpectedly dark lyrics with a catchy beat.”

“Perfect Places,” follows the previously released tracks, “Green Light” and “Liability.” However, the Kiwi singer has also performed other songs from the new album at her recent shows, such as, “Homemade,” “Dynamite,” and “Sober,” which are yet to be officially released.

Melodrama will be available on June 16. The record features 11 tracks and is Lorde’s first album since her successful 2013 debut, Pure Heroine. On May 18, she released the full album track list, which you can find below.

You Listen to “Perfect Places,” in full here:

Full ‘Melodrama’ Track List:

  1. Green
  2. Sober
  3. Homemade Dynamite
  4. The Louvre
  5. Liability
  6. Hard Feelings/Loveless
  7. Sober II (Melodrama)
  8. Writer in the Dark
  9. Supercut
  10. Liability (Reprise)
  11. Perfect Places

Major Lazer Release Surprise EP “Know No Better”

Major Lazer have surprised fans with the release of a six-track EP, Know No Better. The EP follows their 2015 hit album, Peace is the Mission.

The EP opens with the title track, “Know No Better,” which features Travis Scott, Quavo, and former fifth harmony member, Camila Cabello. The group have been teasing this collaboration for quite some time now, and have dropped a new video to go along with its release. Artists such as Sean Paul, Ice Prince, J Balvin, Machel Montano, Anitta, Pabllo Vittar, Patoranking and Nasty C are also featured on the new EP. The group are expected to release a full length album later this year, called Music is the Weapon. There is no word yet on the release date.

The video for the song, ‘Know No Better,’ and the EP’s full track list are available below.

‘Know No Better’ Full Track List

  1. Know No Better [ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo]
  2. Buscando Huellas [ft. J Balvin & Sean Paul]
  3. Particula [ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna]
  4. Jump [ft. Busy Signal]
  5.  Sua Cara [ft. Anitta & Pabllo Vittar]
  6. Front of the Line [ft. Machel Montano & Konshens

One Love Festival Returning to Tauranga in 2018

One of New Zealand’s biggest summer music festivals, One Love, is returning in 2018. The lineup hasn’t even been announced yet and 15000 people have already registered for tickets. The festival will take place on Auckland anniversary weekend (January 27 & 28) at the Tauranga Domain.

Presented by Flava and Pato Entertainment, One Love has attracted around 60,000 people over the past three years. Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music have played at the festival, including Kora, Three Houses Down, Six60, the Tomorrow People, Sammy J, Aaradhna and Katchafire. The festival has also brought over international artists like Tarrus Riley, Black Slate, Steel Pulse, Third World, Big Mountain, FIJI, Kolohe Kai, Collie Buddz and more.

This year’s first line up is set to be released on June 1, and the second on August 1. With great music all around, and camping and glamping once again available, the 2018 festival is sure to be one of the most popular events of the summer.

EarlyBird tickets will be available from June 8, at 7pm for a 24 hour only sale. Those who get in early will receive a discounted ticket and a free limited edition One Love festival t-shirt. The festival has sold out over the past two years, so make sure to get in quick!

You can get more info and tickets from www.onelovefestival.co.nz

The 2017 International Music Summit

IMS Ibiza has just taken place and with it came the annual IMS Business report. Both the summit and the report give valuable information to anyone involved in the Electronic Music Industry or interested in doing so.

The International Music Summit calls itself “the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music” and it’s well deserved considering that it’s a reference when it comes to measuring the evolution of the Electronic Music Industry (from now on I’ll simply write EMI and you’ll know what I mean). IMS Ibiza started on May 24th and ended on May 26th (today, at the time of writing). In my first article here, I talked about the dimension of the Electronic Music Industry. The values I mentioned at the time came from the International Music Summit’s last released IMS Business Report. The Business Report is released every year during the summit. The numbers are already out and they seem promising as the Electronic Music Industry has grown around 3%, being now valued at $7.4 billion.

The whole report, done by Kevin Watson of danceonimics, is interesting and worth a read, mainly considering it’s only 35 pages and is mainly visual. But for the lazier ones or the ones that prefer to focus on the music aspect of things, I bear good news as I intend this article to work as a too long; didn’t read. I really advise any and all of you reading this right now to hop over to IMS’ website and download the report and take a quick look!

Interesting factoids that the report present us with range from the number of Paid Subscribers to Music Streaming Services (p.4) –  a number that has been steadily increasing and that has more than doubled from 2015 to 2016 – , to the positive news of Beatport’s growth that has returned to being a profitable business in the first quarter of 2017 (p.9), to the distribution in what concerns gender diversity in an study that bridges over 20 of the hottest EDM festivals.

The analysis of the distribution of downloads and plays in Beatport and Pioneer DJ’s KUVO (p.10-11), respectively, is also incredibly interesting because it shows how you should adapt to the market depending on what you want to do and in what genre you fit in: Are you a Techno guy? Then bet on Beatport as it is the number one genre there. But, if you do the same in KUVO you’ll be overshadowed by House, Tech House and Deep House.

Another very interesting part of the article is related to the use of social media when promoting your work. Picking up from the example of Top Viberate Ranked DJs and corroborating this information with some other DJs, the report reaches the conclusion that the most popular DJs are growing their followers 11 times faster on Instagram than on Facebook (p.14). It also makes a very curious comparison between The Chainsmokers (one of the fastest growing acts currently) and David Guetta (with data from 2011-2012) (p.15) that seems to hint that Facebook is losing a lot of its importance with Youtube taking its place – this study didn’t consider the Adpocalypse that recently happened and that may be more important that it seems in the grand scheme of things (by the way, would anyone like me to tackle that issue? Not only from the EDM perspective but as a whole maybe?).

And even though people are relying more and more on the digital aspect of things (it has been possible for some time for people to create music with only a computer, some software a mouse and keyboard, without the need to invest heavily on a MIDI controller – even though it really makes things easier and more natural) Pioneer DJ is expected to sell over 4 million units over the course of 2017, more than quadrupling since 2005 (p.32). And talking about the digital aspect of things, one thing worthy of note is the importance that EMI has in developing and presenting new global technology trends like Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Live Streaming (p.25) with the biggest examples being the way Boiler Room has been using Virtual Reality in the experience entitled “Techno in Berlin” in cooperation with Google, the numerous artists using Facebook Live as a way of streaming studio time or gigs and the dwellings of Electronic Music with AI related to chat bots (like the example of Hardwell) or the automation of mix creation from a playlist basis.

The report ends with the amazing news that the EMI continues to grow steadily, having grown 3% from 2015/16 to 2016/2017 (p.34). This growth was supported by positive trends in all of the key segments like Music revenue (driven mainly due to the increase of Dance music share in USA and Germany and the streaming subscription number having raised more than 60%), Festival and Clubs (with the latest generations being more likely to attend clubs and festivals and with attendance sometimes quintupling) and with EMI artists continuing to grow.

It isn’t all a sea of roses as there are some issues, namely with the gender disparity being very clear as only 17% of artists were female in a study that took into account 24 festivals like Sonar Barcelona, Ultra, Mysteryland and Mutek Montreal. In response to this, it is worth searching about the “Smirnoff Campaign” that aims at doubling the number of female headliners at major music festivals during the next three years (p.16)

The IMS Business Report 2017 is openly available for download and you can keep checking on IMS activities through their Facebook page and their website.

What should I address next? What are you listening to currently?

I’ll leave you with what I believe may very well be a contender for release of the year, Blanck Mass’ “Rhesus Negative” out of the World Eater EP, out on Sacred Bones!

Calvin Harris Teams Up With Future and Khalid for New Song

Calvin Harris has released a funky new track called, “Rollin,” featuring singer songwriter, Khalid and hip hop star, Future. The song is from his upcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1, which is set to be released on June 30.

‘Rollin’ is the follow up to Calvin’s previous two singles, ‘Heatstroke’ (featuring Ariana Grande, Young Thug and Pharrell) and ‘Slide’ (featuring Migos and Frank Ocean). Although Calvin has been consistently putting out singles, he hasn’t released a full length album since 2014’s Motion, so fans are eager to hear what else he has in store.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 is turning out to be one of the most star studded albums of the year. In a teaser clip for the album, the EDM hit maker revealed that other big names to be featured on the album include Katy Perry, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Big Sean, Kehlani, Travis Scott and more.

Paramore Release New Music Video for Their Song, “Told You So”

Paramore have released another new song from their upcoming album, After Laughter, with a stylish music video to go along with it. “Told You So,” follows the release of their first single, “Hard Times,” which was released in April.

After Laughter is set to be released on May 12th, and is their first new album since their self-titled LP in 2013. It’s also the first Paramore album since the return of founding drummer Zac Farro, who left the band in 2010. Farro wrote and co-directed the video for, “Told You So,” with Aaron Joseph. In an interview with The FADER, lead singer Hayley WIlliams explained that the music video is based around the band’s car rides after their studio sessions in L.A.

“Zac noticed that my anxiety and overall state was just a lot more peaceful on those drives,” Hayley explained. It means a lot that they conceptualized a video around a passing moment we had as friends.” She added that there is a, “sense of unity” in the scenes in the car, where they are all dancing to the music together wearing red.

Both songs from their upcoming album mark a major departure from their signature punk-rock sound. The band seems to be experimenting with funkier sounds and pop sensibilities, which we saw a glimpse of in their most recent album. Their sound is more dance than it has ever been, and moves further away from the emotional, angsty feel of their earlier tunes like, “Misery Business,” “That’s What You Get,” and “Ignorance.”

Speaking to the Times, Paramore’s guitarist Taylor York acknowledged the band’s shift in musical style.

“We’ve gotten to a point with our new music where we don’t really want to head bang anymore. We can do whatever we want and then when Hayley gets on it, that’s what makes it Paramore,” he explained.

The band’s new music has received a mixture of criticism and praise from hard core fans. While some fans have expressed their admiration of Paramore’s bold shift in sound, others have accused the band of “selling out” to the pop world. Take a listen and see what you think by watching their new music video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw-RPm1uOM4

The 1975 Announce New Album, “Music For Cars.”

After much speculation, British alternative group, the 1975 have announced the title of their third album. In an interview with Zane Low on Beats Radio 1, singer Matt Healy officially confirmed that the band’s new album will be called, Music for Cars, which references their second or third EP.

The 1975 are currently gearing up for the final leg of their tour of their 2016 record, I like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. The album was a massive hit around the world, debuting at number 1 in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, the US and Canada and received positive reviews from critics. With a loyal fan base behind them, their follow up record is set to be just as successful. Healy said that, Music for Cars will mark an end of a chapter for the band as it will be the last record to be released from their planned album trilogy.

“We were always going to do a trilogy of records. I’m not saying that after this album it’s the end of the 1975, but it’s definitely the end of an era,” he explained.

We don’t have much detail about the sound of the album yet, but Healy revealed to Q Magazine back in March that their new music is, “as good as anything on the previous album,” and includes “lots of ambient and classical tracks.” Unfortunately, fans still have quite some time to wait before they can get their hands on the album. Although there is no exact release date yet, Healy said to expect the album in 2018.

Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan Debut New Song at Coachella

There’s a reason Coachella is one of the most famous music festivals in the world. From celebrity sightings to surprise musical guests and the debut of new songs, Coachella always seems to bring the unexpected. This year’s festival is no different, with some of the biggest names in music performing new songs for the first time. Last weekend, Lady Gaga debuted a new song called, “The Cure,” which shot to the top of the charts as soon as it became available to purchase. New Zealand’s most popular artist, Lorde also dropped a new song at Coachella. She thrilled fans by performing a song to be featured on her upcoming album, Malodrama, called, “Homemade Dynamite.” The song and performance received positive feedback from fans and critics alike.

The surprises continued during Coachella’s second weekend when EDM producer, Martin Garrix dropped a brand new collaboration with Australian singer, songwriter, Troye Sivan. Fans went wild as Troye unexpectedly appeared on stage to perform during Martin’s EDM set on Saturday. The song repeats the phrase, “I’ll be there for you,” which is likely the title of the track. The performance comes just a few weeks after Troye and Martin teased a possible collaboration. Troye posted an Instagram story of Martin working hard in the studio, which lead fans to speculate that the two were working together. Now that the collaboration is confirmed, all fans have to do is wait for the song to be released. In the meantime, you can watch their performance of the song at Coachella below: