Earlier this week Billboard announced upgrades to its ranking methodology — a change that has shot Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” to the number one spot. The Hot 100 is now set to include YouTube steaming data along with Nielsen’s digital download track sales, physical single sales, radio airplay, on-demand audio streaming, and online radio streaming. The changes will affect many Billboard charts, but most importantly the magazine’s Hot 100 singles chart. The announcement was followed by major changes in the Hot 100 rankings, landing some unexpected tracks in the top 10. Click below the break to find out who follows Baauer’s lead to the top through his viral video anthem “Harlem Shake.”
As dBerrie continues to lend his talents on the Generation Wild Tour alongside Deniz Koyu and Danny Avila, he also preps for a return to Fedde Le Grand‘s label Flamingo Records for a follow-up to his most recent release “Aquarius.” His latest production “Zenith” is a venture from his first original production of the new year which features the stunning vocals of Tatiana Owens. The New York-based producer replaces the bubbling house beat of “Aquarius” with a grinding bass-driven beat on “Zenith,” giving listeners a hard-edged house production. “Zenith” is due out March 25, but dBerrie decided to give fans a teaser of the powerful production today. Click below the break to listen.
Swedish native Jakob Liedholm has been catching the ears of listeners around the world with his progressive house anthems. Dancing Astronaut first took note of the teenage producer when he was on the rise with his original production “Never Again” alongside Steerner and now a little over a year later, the young progressive phenom has reached 10,000 Facebook fans. In celebration of the momentous occasion, Liedholm gifted fans with a remix collaboration with fellow Swede Tim Norell on Parker Ighale’s track “So Beautiful.” Like many of Liedholm’s previous productions this remix begins with a sprawling piano chord-driven intro before moving into a synth-heavy big-room beat. The “Beautiful” remix is another pounding production from the rising star, proving Jakob Liedholm is one to watch in 2013.
Click below the break to listen to the remix and 3 other Liedholm freebies.
Battle of the Beats is a new feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on who’s rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Skream continues to push the boundaries of bass music, veering away from his traditional dubstep roots. His latest showing “Bang That.” is a merging of his bass-heavy tendencies with house and gives listeners a versatile storyline from beginning to end. Starting with synthesized sub-bass, Skream delivers fans a grinding introduction that leads into a percussion-driven beat before jumping into jamming piano chords to finish the multifaceted production. Loefah dropped “Bang That.” on his RinseFM show last night, so Skream decided to bring the unrelased track to fans via SoundCloud. Hop below the break to listen to the dubstep mastermind’s latest experiment.
Disclosure‘s “White Noise” has been climbing up the UK Top 40 chart over the last two weeks, currently sitting pretty at an impressive #2 spot. The track features a collaboration with another set of rising stars from London – AlunaGeorge – and it showcases both duo’s developing strengths. Now, Glasgow native Hudson Mohawke is ready to add his take on the glittering production, toning down the vocals and adding R&B drum kicks to give “White Noise” that HudMo flavor. Recently signed to G.O.O.D. Music after releasing countless hip-hop tinged productions both solo and alongside TNGHT partner-in-crime Lunice, Hudson Mohawke continues to prove his affinity for R&B influences.
Click below the break to listen, this will be released on PMR Records.
Gramatik recently took to social media to announce he would be departing from Pretty Lights Music to pursue a new adventure with his own LowTemp label. The announcement appeared over the weekend and was followed by the first single from his forthcoming album The Age of Reason. The track follows typical Gramatik form by fusing his unique genre-clashing with live guitar elements. This New Yorker starts off with distinctive drum kicks and slow-building bass growls before incorporating some bluesy guitar riffs. Without losing his hip-hop inspired vibes, Gramatik gives fans a powerful peak at what is to come from The Age of Reason. The “Bluestep” release is accompanied by a music video featuring performance footage from shows and festivals from the Gramatik tour and now it is available as a free download.
It can go without saying that no genre took the dance music world by storm in 2012 like trap music. Combining the swagger of hip-hop with the sub-bass of dubstep while sprinkling in tings of booty bounce and breakbeat, trap easily exploded onto the dance music scene with help from TNGHT, Baauer and Flosstradamus. A new sound in electronic music, trap is no new feat for the hip-hop world — with its strong history in southern styles such as Houston hip-hop and Dirty South. Aided by rising producers, the bridge between hip-hop and electronic music crumbled in 2012, creating a new bass genre for dance music and a new life for rap — proving “hip-hop is not dead.”AEI Media took note of trap’s new power and created the All Trap Music compilation featuring some of the biggest trap productions from 2012.
Blende tickled the ears of listeners throughout 2012 with his nu-disco electro hybrid productions, landing him a spot on DA‘s Artists to Watch in 2013 . Beginning the new year with a preview to his Synapse EP, Blende taunted fans with the first glimpse of his collaborative effort with La Bombe labelmate Surrender! on the EP’s title track.Jump below the break for a listen to the twinkling extended play.
Avicii and Diplo: two dance music extraordinaires that took 2012 by storm — enough so to earn prestigious Grammy nominations. From the year’s biggest productions to sold-out performances around the world, each proved to be standout entertainers and representatives of the mainstream-crossover jig. Thomas Pentz and Tim Berg — as listed by The Recording Academy — have occupied Hollywood this past week to prepare for what they anticipate will be a historic evening . So how are the guys gearing up for the 55th Annual Grammy show? Click below the break to find out.