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Skrillex is working on a studio project with a group of hip-hop artists – Dancing Astronaut

The multi-talented is almost omnipresent these days, having been featured as a producer on Fifth Harmony’s new single ‘,’ as well as dropping his own brand new single ‘‘ in just the last two weeks.

He continues to push on relentlessly it seems, as an Instagram by Josh Xantus confirmed Skrillex’s work on a new project alongside a group budding hip-hop artists. It’s unsurprising to seethe icon delve into this genre, given the success his collaboration with , ‘.’ However, it seems that Skrillex has been hired as simply a producer for his latest project, especially after listening to the video clip shared by Xantus.

 

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9-year-old girl covers Zedd's Clarity

breakthrough hit, “Clarity,” remains just as widely acclaimed as his more recent double-platinum release, “Stay,” which recently earned Zedd his second double platinum certification.

The first single his that would go double platinum, “Clarity” carved out its place on the charts, quickly becoming a radio favorite upon its release. A beloved staple Zedd’s musical library, “Clarity” remains one Zedd’s most highly celebrated releases, and as in all things timeless in production, continues to be not just merely relevant, but popular among dance music fans years later.

The song’s classical status is further cemented by its appearance in the quarter finals 2017’s America’s Got Talent. 9-year-old Angelica Hale covered the smash single, her vocals doing the high pitched song justice, soaring to hit the tracks’s defining soprano notes in all the right places. As those who love the song can testify, much the song’s emotional power is engrained in the featured singer, Foxes’, impassioned vocal delivery. Hale’s delivery is commensurately poignant, making for a stunning overall cover.

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Laughing gas sales are on a 400% rise in the Netherlands

A recent study carried out by the BBC determined that laughing gas’ sales are skyrocketing in the Netherlands at a 400% increased rate. This increase first began when the government changed the law so it was no longer classified as a medicine — allowing companies to sell canister the gas online and over the counter.

The country has developed a tolerance policy to the sale st drugs in designated spaces – so while it’s still considered a criminal fense, their use isn’t prosecuted.

When asked for a comment by BBC, Blokker, a chain stores that sell the gas, said the store “had taken measures including making it available only on request and limiting the number packages it sold to each customer.” Such sales as Blokker’s align with the country’s liberal attitude to recreational drugs. BBC went so far as to describe the Dutch philosophy st drugs as to “inform and educate rather than legislate.”

The nation’s substantial sale increase has been confirmed wholesalers in the country, who have pinpointed the rise on online companies, raising concerns about the lesser known risks the popular dance music associated high moving forward.

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New Snapchat feature stitches concert footage together – Dancing Astronaut

Concert footage on is getting a makeover that’ll make for a fresher, more seamless viewing experience.

The app’s creators have introduced a feature called “Crowd Surf” that uses artificial intelligence to stitch together a variety users’ footage, sensing when a number people are recording the same musical experience. Crowd Surf pulls the clips together for a more cohesive view the performance, where app users can scroll through different views the show. By stitching these clips together, viewers are able to watch more than 10-second clips from different angles the concert. Whenever the Crowd Surf icon is lit up, viewers can tap to see a new angle.

App users can access Crowd Surf below their friends’ recent stories in the featured section. Snapchat tested out the feature at ‘s recent performance in San Francisco. As attendees recorded the singer’s performance “Green Light,” the Crowd Surf compiled the footage and let Snapchat users view the song introduction from a variety angles.

Snapchat plans for Crowd Surf to be available at more public events in the future including concerts and speeches.

See it in action below.

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Roland unveils two new Serato hybrid DJ controllers

‘s teamed up with New Zealand’s stware company again for two new hybrid DJ controllers. Following Roland’s release the boutique TR-808 retailing for $1,300 — which featured jog wheels, four channels, a sequencer, sample pads and Roland’s drum pad sounds — is two more meticulously crafted mechanisms, the DJ-505 and DJ-202 both out later this year.

Joining the AIRA DJ line, both machines will contain a drum machine for making beats on the go. Essentially the 505 and 202 mechanisms are smaller significantly cheaper versions an 808.

The 505 will feature two channels and allow users to plug in turntables or CDJs. It’s two line input will allow the mixer to be used in standalone mode or to be hooked up to the included Serato DJ. The machine’s also Serato DVS upgrade ready to implement it into any time code setups. Meanwhile, the 202 drops the dedicated 16-step sequencer the 808 and 505 and replaces the XLR outs with phono, although it still has an onboard sequencer able to control an included Serato DJ Intro sampler.

Each the hybrid controllers will also come equipped 808 and 909 drum sounds, with 606 and 707 samples through a soon-to-be-released firmware update down the road.

The two will retail for around $770 and $330 respectively. While there’s no release date for the controllers yet, Roland has shared a video the 505 in action. Watch below.

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Artists express outrage to Charlottesville violence

On Saturday afternoon August 12, the city Charlottesville, Virginia laid barren to a horrific tragedy. Governor Terry McAuliffe was forced to declare a state emergency after an anti-racist protest to a rally staged by white nationalists broke out into violence at the University Virginia campus.

Alt-right wing activists and white supremacists were gathered at the rally to protest the city Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park where later, James Alex Fields Jr. Maumee, Ohio was charged with second-degree murder after crashing a car into a stagnant line cars. This, in turn, left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and at least 19 others injured. President Trump tweeted following the attack that Americans must “condemn all that hate stands for,” adding “there is no place for violence in America,” angering many after not specifically condemning white nationalists.

A collection artists have since expressed their outrage, anger, and in turn stressed the importance tangible action and togetherness.

A more memorable outraged reaction was that DJ Craze, who condemned white artists failing to speak out and considered them to be self-interested and invested in maintaining fans.

Many other artists since responded. See their reactions below.

 

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Hip Hop Single Sales: Cardi B Becomes Highest-Charting Female Rapper Since 2014 With "Bodak Yellow"

Cardi B broke her way into this week’s R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales Chart at #8 with “Bodak Yellow,” making her the highest charting female rapper since 2014. Future made his debut at #3 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted track “You Da Baddest” and French Montana managed to knock DJ Khaled out the #1 spot with the Swae Lee-assisted “Unforgettable.”

Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” Making Bloody Moves

Cardi B’s breakout hit “Bodak Yellow” saw a 39% increase in sales for the week ending August 3, 2017. The popular single has rapidly made its way up the Billboard charts since its release. “Bodak Yellow” now sits at #8 on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales chart, boasting 71,574 in total sales with 21,739 those from this week alone.

Future & Nicki Minaj Debut At #3 With “You Da Baddest”

Future and Nicki Minaj made a huge debut this week with “You Da Baddest.” The newly added HNDRXX track sits at #3 and garnered sales  28,927 units.

It’s one two Nicki-featured singles on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts with Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up” being second at #14. Future has four total singles charting. Among them are “Mask Off” (#20), his guest spot on Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls single “Relationship” (#74) and Calvin Harris’ radio bop “Rollin” (#80).

French Montana’s “Unforgettable” Hits #1

After 17 weeks on the charts, French Montana and Swae Lee earned a #1 hit with “Unforgettable.” Sales for the Jungle Rules single increased by 52%, selling a total  36,657 units for the week ending on August 3.

“Unforgettable” was ficially certified Platinum by the RIAA on June 20.

The Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales For Week Ending 08/03/2017

#1. French Montana f. Swae Lee  — “Unforgettable”  — 36,657 (333,109)

#2. DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” –34,440 (348,785)

#3. Future f. Nicki Minaj — “You Da Baddest” — 28,927

#4. Calvin Harris f. Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean — “Feels” — 24,565 (103,836)

#5. Post Malone f. Quavo — “Congratulations” –27,694 (701,292)

#6. DJ Khaled f. Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Quavo & Chance The Rapper – “I’m The One” – 35,248 (892,499)

#7. Childish Gambino — “Redbone” — 25,664 (484,254)

#8.  Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” – 21,774 (799,679)

#9. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like” – 23,561 (1,489,344)

#10. Khalid — “Location” — 26,144 (438,192)

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Kanye West & Kid Cudi Photo Sets Off More Collab Speculation

Japan – To say that Kanye West and Kid Cudi have chemistry together is an understatement. They’ve fallen out on multiple occasions and reconciled their differences publicly. Together they’ve made some incredible music, and, if we’re lucky, they could be joining forces again.

Talk some kind collaboration from the two, possibly called Everybody Wins, has been revitalized thanks to a recent trip to Japan where they linked up with artist Takashi Murakami, the man behind the cover for Graduation and the artwork featured in the “Good Morning” video.

On Friday (August 11), Murakami posted a picture on Instagram that features himself, Cudi, and West, standing in front a wall at his studio. The caption below reads “Long to no see @kidcudi and #kanyewest. Thank you for coming to my studio. It was fire???.”

Mention a possible project comes from Coodie Rock, the co-owner Creative Control LLC and long-time Kanye video collaborator, and Greg “Olskool Ice-Gre” Lewis, the first A&R for G.O.O.D. Music, who also posted photos the same visit to their accounts.

Rock’s group photo contains the three artists with the caption, “Coming Dec 31st! #EVERYBODYWINS #GODisGREAT.” Lewis’ picture also featured the three artists with the caption “Coming Dec 31st #EverybodyWins.”

Fans began to speculate about a joint project last December when Cudi’s tour drummer Mike Moore uploaded a video to Instagram featuring an in-progress Cudi project with West vocals. The post was quickly deleted but the video was captured by KanyeToThe.

Last month, West and Cudi were spotted in Los Angeles, along with their former manager Plain Pat.

With production credits in The Life Pablo and Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’, Pat’s inclusion could mean that something really is in the works.

West and Cudi collaborated on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” f West’s latest album, The Life Pablo. DX named it the third best song 2016.

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Big Gigantic discuss the importance of charity and the diverse shows in their pipeline [Interview + Playlist] – Dancing Astronaut

Drummer Jeremy Salken and saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli embody their band’s namesake in every sense the word.

From selling out in their home state Colorado five consecutive times for their annual  event, to hitting Indonesia with and jet-setting around the world to play every major festival imaginable, the live electronica band reaches international audience with their infamously boisterous sound.

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“It’s something that’s your duty as someone in a community, to help other people that are in need.”

While Big Gigantic’s popularity explodes as they play a distinct role in blending jazz and hip-hop elements into the electronic genre, their musical footprint is equally paralleled by their continuous philanthropic involvement.  elaborates,

“We always wanted to be able to use our platform to help other people, raise awareness and spread the word,” Salken elaborates. It’s something that’s your duty as someone in a community, to help other people that are in need. It helps enrich your life, and is a kind paying it forward situation.”

Before the duo had an exponentially growing platform, philanthropy has been a priority for Big Gigantic since their inception. Back in 2008, their debut show benefitted charity organization , to aid residents  Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Over the course their charitable history, Big Gigantic has spread the love around to a wide variety organizations, from assisting troubled youth to animal rescue.

To maximize their charity involvement, the duo founded  in 2016 before touring North America for their Brighter Future album. $1 every ticket sold on the 22-date tour went to a select charity in each market, raising over $20,000 in the organization’s first year. 

Fort heir 2017 philanthropy goal, Big Gigantic sets their sights on , a charity located in their Colorado stomping grounds. The Denver-based organization is a music learning experience for at-risk and otherwise written-f youth. Youth On Record teaches their musically inclined students lessons with instruments, how to record those instruments, and how to do production on computers for either electronic music or for whichever genre they choose.

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The charity expressed a need for an updated stationary computer lab to teach digital production, and Big Gigantic aims to give them just that. The duo maintains that $1 from each headlining date will go toward their foundation, hoping to raise $50,000 by the end the year to help Youth On Record reach their goal. 

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One the headlining dates that will help Youth on Record reach their goal is Big Gigantic’s annual Rowdytown mini-festival, taking place on September 29 & 30 at the one--a-kind Red Rocks Amphitheater. As the band is based in Boulder, Big Gigantic expresses what an honor it is to play Colorado’s most iconic venue.

The hometown heroes will headline on both dates, with, , , , and set to support. They plan to debut a new light rig, with “a ton new music, a bunch guests coming out, and some surprises we can’t talk about,” says Lalli. Rowdytown is one Big Gigantic’s longest-standing traditions, and the duo ensures that “it’s going to be six times more rowdy.”

Helping to ensure the event runs smoothly are a street team called the , a dedicated group Big Gigantic fans. The Lil G’s embody the holistic approach to philanthropy that Big Gigantic practices, who “promote a safe, comfortable, fun and positive experience for all those who attend Big Gigantic shows” and “are dedicated to spreading positive vibes and pairing philanthropy with the music community,” per the band’s website.

Rowdytown comes on the heels an impressive year for Big Gigantic, with slots at , , and on their resume. The duo stands as a shining example that a jam packed tour schedule and impressive charity involvement can go hand in hand. Another performance Big Gigantic has on the horizon is the more intimate , an elevated pool party experience taking place across three hotels in Palm Springs, CA. Salken shares that the smaller venue calls for different preparation from the band, and that they will be “playing some different music that they] don’t always get to play” for the SoCal crowd.

Lalli and Salken curated an exclusive playlist for Splash House’s Spinn series to get ready for the festival, available below:

To donate to A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation directly, follow .

Featured image by Brian Hensley, courtesy Bonnaroo. 

In-text images by Elementz World, courtesy Coachella.

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