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    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd

      Swedish DJ Avicii, one of the world's biggest dance music stars, has died in Oman at the age of 28.
      Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.
      His representative said in a statement: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.
      "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."
      No cause of death was announced, and Avicii's representative said no further statements would be issued.
      The superstar DJ behind some of the decade's biggest hits The electronic dance music (EDM) star, who reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) a night on tour, had struggled with some health issues in the past, having his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.
      He announced his retirement from touring in 2016, partly because of the health problems.
      "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist," he said at the time.
      Avicii's Wake Me Up breaks a million Avicii sixth on DJ rich list Avicii recovering after an operation
      Who was Avicii?
      One of the biggest names in dance music of the last 10 years, he had a catalogue full of pumping, uplifting, house smashes He started his career when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008 He went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour He was nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones He suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking  
       
      He later announced a return to the studio, and released a new self-titled EP in 2017.
      The EP, Avĩci (01), was nominated for a Billboard music award for top electronic album just days before his death.
      As well as working with the likes of Aloe Blacc and Rita Ora, Avicii collaborated with artists including Madonna and Coldplay.
      Former Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules, who often performed alongside him, said his biggest achievement was being the first electronic dance star to break America.
      "He was the first huge commercial star," Judge Jules told the BBC. "He really became someone who couldn't go out on the street, he was so heavily recognised."
      Other leading electronic artists wrote tributes to Bergling after the news of his death.
       
      Singer Dua Lipa tweeted: "Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans."
      US band Imagine Dragons tweeted: "Working with him was one of my favourite collaborative moments. Far too young. The world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art."
      "No words can describe the sadness I'm feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away," offered DJ Zedd, while singer Adam Lambert, who collaborated on the track Lay Me Down, called him "a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit."

      An enchanting artist
      Analysis by Mark Savage, BBC Music reporter
      At Avicii's last ever show in August 2016, one crazed fan climbed a 100ft-high (30m) scaffolding tower, just to get a better view.
      That's not something that happens that often during a DJ set (who needs to see the stage anyway?) but it was a testament to Avicii's ability to enchant an audience.
       
      Confetti cannons and bass drops aside, his shows encapsulated the inclusive, everyone-welcome philosophy that led him to collaborate with Coldplay, Nile Rodgers and Antony Hegarty as well as bluegrass and metal musicians in the studio.
      That final show, at Ushuaia Ibiza, was a two-hour greatest hits set, featuring crowd pleasers like Levels and Wake Me Up alongside his remixes of Robyn and Dizzee Rascal.
      But the DJ, who famously let the cat out of the bag when he revealed most major DJs pre-programmed their sets (comments he later walked back), was also known for dropping unexpected, whimsical tracks into his performances. A bit of Smokey Robinson here; a dash of Chicago there.
      He approached it all with an energy and optimism that permeated his own recordings. It's no surprise he was one of the most beloved DJs on the circuit.
      More about Avicii on BBC Music
      Avicii in his own words
      To Billboard Magazine in 2016: "When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price - a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety for me - but it was the best journey of my life" Post-retirement on his website: "[Creating music], that is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do... The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new." Prelude to music video for hit The Nights: "When I was 16, my father said, 'You can do anything you want with your life, you just have to be willing to work hard to get it.' That's when I decided when I die, I want to be remembered for the life I live, not the money I make."  
        Source: BBC
       
    • GALLEON
      By GALLEON
      GALLEON: So guys, thanks so much for sitting down with me to talk about all things Musika! Tell us about how you began working with each other and the name Yolanda Be Cool?
      YBC: Sure no worries, our pleasure. Matty used to DJ at a bar I used to bartend at. I used to take him tequila shots and talk his ear off about music and djaying. Before long I was buying records and we started playing back to back at clubs all over Sydney then Australia. Then naturally we started making mix tapes and bootlegs together, then before long we ended up doing official remixes then finally releasing our own original singles.
      The name comes from one of our favourite scenes from one of our favourite movies.. Pulp Fiction…   “Be Cool Honey Bunny” “Tell that bitch to be cool”.. YOLANDA BE COOL...
      GALLEON: On your new jam Musika, you feature the vocals of Kwanzaa Posse. Who are they and how did you get to colaborate with them.
      YBC: We are always on the hunt for killer tracks to sample. On one of our sample hunts we came across Kwanzaa Posse out of Africa and their tune Musika had an amazing vocal part that really stood out to us. So we got to work on a version and sent it to their publisher to approve. They loved it so much they were happy to be featured artists on the single. We were stoked.
      GALLEON: Looking to the hot remix package for Musika, you have chosen some wicked artists such as Babert, GotSome, Flash89 & Dateless to put their touch to the record. How did you choose these artists?
      YBC: We were so lucky with this remix package, it was a combination of the legends at Sweat It Out calling in a lot of favours and I think the track being unique and appealing to remix which allowed us to get such dope names on the package.
      GALLEON: You guys are heavily involved with the running of Sweat It Out. How did you become associated with one of the late Ajax's biggest ventures?
      YBC: We both idolised Ajax, and still think he is the best DJ ever. When Sydney didn’t have the lock out laws we used to finish work at 2:00am in the bar above then run down and watch Ajax and the Bang Gang play till 6:00am at their weekly party…. We did this for years and then Matt was woking at a record label helping Ajax put together his legendary mashed DJ mix compilations, they got chatting about starting their own label and after a few hot and sweaty laksa’s on hung over Mondays..  'Sweat It Out’  was born. 
      GALLEON: Your music has often featured vibes from Africa and Latin America, giving your records a great uplifting carnival feel. Are world music and other cultures a big influence for you?
      YBC: Most definitely and we don’t discriminate.  We have sampled tunes from Africa, Columbia, Italy, England and Camaroon to name a few countries. We love combing elements and sounds from exotic places and re-contextualising them in a way that makes sense for us and the dance floors we play to.
      GALLEON: What are your biggest 3 records right now.
      YBC: ahhh Our friend did an edit of Raingurl by Yaeji which is so dope… Fisher’s tune STOP IT always kills it. and of course Musika feat Kwanzaa Posse by us:)
      GALLEON: Tell us about the biggest gig you have ever played and why? 
      YBC: The biggest number of people was a free party for the King of Morocco. There was over 100,000 people there. But one of our personal favourite biggest gigs for us was the MTV party @ Amnesia in Ibiza with A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. That was sick
       
    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      Tech-house aficionados, Go Freek are back with their new single ‘Time’, proving a little time off doesn’t change a thing.
      Dynamic and experimental, Go Freek embrace the darker side of builds and the sharper side of drops creating a club track that stands out from the pack.
      Already being given the tick of approval from club guru’s such as Claptone, Vanilla Ace, Don Diablo, Roger Sanchez and Lee Foss, ‘Time’ is looking to be added to their plethora of club hits and chart toppers.
      Go Freek on ‘Time’, "This was produced for dance floors. It’s a fun record designed to hypnotise and aid listeners in losing track of Time."
       
      Go Freek have carved their name into the global dance music scene with singles such as ‘Define’, the collaboration with Dom Dolla that garnered an amazing 13 million online streams , ‘Call Out’, that reached #2 on the ARIA club charts in 2016 and ‘Put It Down’ reaching #2 on the ARIA club charts in 2017. Enabling the boys to gain support and work alongside global names such as Porter Robinson, Diplo, Claude Vonstroke, Steve Aoki and label-mate What So Not. 

      So, take some time off and get yourself listening to Go Freek’s new single ‘Time’ out today via Sweat It Out.
      Audio: https://soundcloud.com/gofreek/go-freek-time
      Buy/stream: https://sweatitout.lnk.to/FreekTime For more info on Go Freek, visit: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD
       
       
    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
        NEW YORK, NY (April 6, 2018) — Today, King Arthur releases his new single and official
      debut for Casablanca Records, “Laidback.” Get it HERE.
      “Laidback is the perfect record to begin expanding my Kingdom.” King Arthur talks about his
      new song, “It’s a fresh take on a classic sound, and the beginning of new sonic era for me, that I
      couldn’t be more excited about.  I’m particularly thrilled to have the cavalry at Casablanca
      Records leading the charge”   The acclaimed artist and producer once again elevates his royal and regal repertoire. Hinging
      on off-kilter sampling, propulsive percussion, and an irresistible refrain, the track welcomes
      listeners into the center of his court. There’s nothing on the dance floor quite like it!
      “Laidback” also heralds yet another evolution for King Arthur. Harking back to the seminal
      classics from Fatboy Slim and Moby that shaped his formative years, he updates a timeless
      sound for today’s generation on his forthcoming new EP—coming very soon.
      King Arthur’s quiet grind laid the foundation for a royal kingdom that’s unlike anything else in
      electronic dance music. Released on Don Diablo’s Hexagon, the 2016 full-length debut, Believe
      In The Kingdom, generated a staggering 20 million-plus streams on Spotify as his total cumulative streams surpassed 47 million. The Chainsmokers, Axwell & Ingrosso, Martin Garrix,
      and countless other heavy hitters have tapped the artist, producer, DJ, and remixer for high-
      profile remixes, while Kaskade, David Guetta, Tiësto, Afrojack and more regularly spin his music
      live. He teamed up with Bastille on a remix of “World Gone Mad” for the Official Soundtrack
      Album to NETFLIX’s hit Bright. He made history by performing at the first-ever dance music
      event in Pakistan and touched down everywhere from Tomorrowland Mainstage to the Storm
      Festival.   ABOUT CASABLANCA RECORDS
      Casablanca Records, the legendary label of the 70’s, defined the sound of its era. During the
      infamous days of Studio 54, Casablanca launched the careers of artists such as Kiss,
      Parliament, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. Re-launched by Republic Records executive
      vice president Rob Stevenson, the label now focuses on Dance, Electronic, and Future Pop
      music. Working with a global roster of both established superstars and emerging new talent,
      Casablanca Records is home to Stromae, ALMA, Kungs, Martin Solveig, Tiësto, Felix Jaehn,
      SG Lewis, and Chase & Status.   ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS   A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic Records is
      home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such
      as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee
      Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith
      Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth
      MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and
      Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American
      Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack
      Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil
      Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van
      Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly,
      Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski
      Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic
      alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music
      Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-
      profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels'
      STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Rave Radio are back with their new single, Morning Light - a summer House anthem, featuring vocals from MANBN. The Australian DJ duo combine live performance elements with high-octane EDM sets. They are kings of the viral Facebook video, raking in 19 million plays with their top Facebook video, and they’re now establishing themselves as fully fledged artists.
      Rave Radio’s previous single Carry You is on MTV’s daily rotation and peaked at #6 on the Aria Club Chart. Prior to that success, their single Turn Me Out racked up over 3.5m plays on Spotify. It’s clear these guys aren’t messing around! As we look to the future, Rave Radio will continue to dominate stages with the delivery of their incredible live experiences.  Meanwhile, fresh material will build momentum on the key streaming platforms and radio-waves – the future is looking bright!
      Rave Radio layer MANBN’s glorious top line over luscious guitar picking, as the tight percussion builds into a euphoric chorus of funky bass, vocal chops and groovy drums. Morning Light channels the warmth of an uplifting, pacific sunrise. It successfully cements Rave Radio’s position at the fore-front of popular dance music, and does so with pristine execution – the final product is a gem soaked in irresistible flare!
      Links available here:
      Spotify
       
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