For those who aren’t quite ready to embrace full-blown holiday cheer, HARD is swinging it back to early November with their Day of the Dead recap. The three-minute revisit highlights attendees’ skull-adorned and electrifying costumes along with standout performances from one of the most anticipated festival lineups of the year. Watch and reminisce with HARD head honcho Gary Richards, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Boys Noize, a live performance from Bloody Beetroots, Zeds Dead, Calvin Harris, Giorgio Moroder and more. Though the video highlights an incredible array of dance music’s shining talent stars already, the short wouldn’t be complete without a bit from the two chief headlining acts: Catch a glimpse of Skrillex as he moves his sea of a crowd from his illuminating pumpkin stage and Deadmau5‘s haunting Hellraiser ‘Pinhead’ mask and next-level production.Posted by
Calvin Harris and Alesso have topped the UK charts upon entry to December with collaborative offering “Under Control” for Sony Music. Having steadily ascended both the UK and iTunes charts throughout the final moments of November, the duo’s collaboration with Manchester indie pop outfit Hurts entered at number one, beating British pop singer Gary Barlow to the top stop along the way. While Harris first saw chart-topping success with 2009’s “I’m Not Alone’ and subsequently returned with tracks “We Found Love” and “Sweet Nothing” in 2011 and 2012 respectively, the track gives Refune Records protégé Alesso his highest chart position since 2012’s “Calling (Lose My Mind).” In the same year that put MK’s “Look Right Through” and Martin Garrix’s “Animals” alike in pole position, “Under Control” is yet another awakening landmark to the universal acceptance that has now become commonplace for dance music and the fuller extent of its mainstream crossover appeal.Posted by
Calvin Harris and Tiësto find themselves ranked by Forbes… again. Both forces currently occupy the top spots of this year’s highest paid DJs list while Calvin, who owned number one, had also been named one of the top-earning celebrities under 30. Now the fat-pocketed EDM stars land on a list surrounded by the biggest names in music.
Forbes “World’s Highest Paid Musicians 2013″ has Madonna at the helm with yearly earnings of $125 million (due to a ruling that makes Michael Jackson and his $160 million ineligible), Lady Gaga fills the two spot with $80 million, and Bon Jovi ranks a close third at $79 million. Legends such as Elton John and Coldplay along with pop and rock stars make up the majority of the list while other genres have only a few figures ranked.
Country has four representatives including the likes of Toby Keith and Taylor Swift, hip-hop holds place with three ranked moguls in Diddy, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre… and then there’s dance music. With two iconic DJs, dance’s presence is fortified by Calvin Harris at 14 with $46 million and Tiësto at 26 with $32 million.
To put dance music’s place on Forbes world’s highest paid musicians of 2013 list into better perspective: the genre is only one member short of matching an international triumvirate such as hip-hop’s, Calvin Harris ranked higher than Jay Z in a year that had the rapper-gone-businessman emerge as a full-on tycoon, and Tiësto tied Pink to extend the list after a year of arena-shaking and album-dropping.
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Hakkasan Las Vegas announces New Year’s Eve week lineup featuring Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Hardwell, Calvin Harris and more
Las Vegas’s newest megaclub, Hakkasan, has just announced a 5-day lineup leading into its 2013 grand finale. The five-story restaurant and nightlife mecca will be handing over New Year’s duties to none other than Calvin Harris on December 31st. Leading up to the unforgettable evening will be four nights of performances from Steve Aoki with Fergie, Calvin Harris with Burns, Tiesto with Danny Avila, and Hardwell with Michael Woods before Calvin returns to close out 2013 in a way only the Grammy Award-winning sensation could.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in October and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up October for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. October’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Alesso with Calvin Harris, Hardwell with MAKJ, Diplo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Junior Sanchez, Chromeo with Oliver, and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of October!
Panama promoter Showpro and Disco Donnie are banding together to bring the three-day Day After Festival to Panama City this January 2014. From January 10th to 12th, Figali Plaza will host ten of dance music’s most resound names: Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Deorro, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Nervo, Quintino and Sidney Samson.
As one of America’s largest promotion companies, Disco Donnie continues to bring events not only to the States, but Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean in effort to continue bringing in an immense international crowd together for dance music. In collaboration with Panama’s leading ticket distributor, the Day After Festival is guaranteed to be a first-class production to showcase celebrated performances of some of dance music’s finest talent to a worldwide audience. Head here for more information regarding tickets and artist schedules to come.
It’s been heard around the globe, across the festival circuit, and has been murmured out of fans’ mouths everywhere. Believe it or not, it’s finally making its official release this week. Calvin Harris ‘s mix of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” put the Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr collaboration on the map with a well constructed beat that has the all-star drifting from his record-breaking comfort zone to match the contagion of the lyrics. The vocals have been unescapable, and now that they’re available for public purchase, so don’t expect them to go away anytime soon.
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After testing festival reactions and radio responses, Calvin Harris and Alesso have revealed the video for their latest single, “Under Control.” The story begins with a booming newscaster’s voice: “We now have sight of the meteor headed towards earth…this could be the end,” he states.
But Harris, Alesso, and Hurts’ Theo Hutchcraft, who’s also featured on the track, immediately calm everyone’s spirits by playing a huge pre-apocalyptic show: Arms are up high and the whole crowd is jumping as the sounds of this crowd-pleasing house anthem fill the sky. The trio of European musicians keep the party going to save the world, Swedish House Mafia style, as the rave-like synths squash any fears of a meteor strike and they party til the end of the world.Posted by
ADE may be in Amsterdam, but that does not mean you have to miss out on it. Hardwell and Tiësto are providing fans worldwide the opportunity to tune into their parties tonight via live streams, perfect as soundtracks for your own weekend ahead. Hardwell’s Revealed Records will be broadcast live tonight, while Danny Avila and Calvin Harris will join the king of club life on the decks in the other feed. Tune in to the videos after the break, where the URLs and embeds are below.
Afrojack goes back-to-back with Calvin Harris, reveals work with Steve Aoki in latest docu-series episode
The fourth installment to Nick van de Wall’s March of the Afrojack documentary series is here, serving further insight into the DJ’s relationships, this time with colleagues rather than family. Instead of previews cameos such as Afro-Mom or Afro-Daughter, fans see the familiar faces of Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki. Afrojack connects with Calvin in Miami, where the two extra-tall artists deliver a special back-to-back set. Meanwhile, he and Steve Aoki let fans into the world of Afroki, portraying an informal, outdoor studio session where both heavyweights play around with beats (and each other.)Posted by