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Calvin Harris & Hakkasan Vegas Say No To Plastic Straws

McDonald’s has eliminated plastic straws from it’s business in Britain, California representatives have proposed a bill to fine businesses for using the one-use utensils, and Nightmares on Wax ordered that all venues booked for his 2018 tour go strawless, too. Now, “One Kiss” producer Calvin Harris and his tour partners at Hakkasan in Las Vegas are taking up the environmental cause. “My friend and tour photographer Conor McDonnell has been working closely with the World Wildlife Fund and has been sharing his first-hand experience of the damage plastic waste is doing to the environment,” Harris is quoted in Variety. “We want to reduce the impact of harmful plastics, so we decided to take action. I am grateful to Hakkasan Group for supporting us and helpin...

Mome Travels the World, Visits Indonesia With ‘Moment I’: Exclusive

Nothing in this world is more inspiring than travel. When you expand your horizons, you expand your mind. You’re constantly learning, connecting, and growing inside and out. French producer Møme saw much of the world when he toured with Gramatik, and it’s left him aspiring to bigger and better things.  Today, he introduces ​Møments, a new audio-visual series of releases directly inspired by worldly destinations. It starts with Møment I, two tracks that capture the beauty and magic of Indonesian getaway Bali.  “As a music producer, I come to the studio with many different ideas every day depending on my mood, my travels, the instruments I play, or the people I collaborate with,” Møme is quoted in a press release. “So many factors that offer me a range of possib...

Skrillex Teases Remix of Pendulum’s ‘The Island, Pt 1’

Skrillex‘s highly-anticipated remix of Pendulum’s standout single, “The Island, Pt. 1” is dropping Friday (June 8). The electronic rock group announced at the top of March that they’d be dropping a remix album called The Reworks in its entirety on June 29.  Since then, Knife Party’s remix of “Blood Sugar,” Noisia’s take on “Hold Your Colour” and Icarus’ remake of “Tarantula” have been released. Skrillex and Pendulum both teased the OWSLA boss’ rework of “The Island, Pt. 1 (Dawn).” Stay tuned for the remix this Friday.  Shout out @Skrillex, his remix dropping Friday —- pic.twitter.com/1GVpG0j8HZ — Pendulum (@Pendulum) June 6, 2018 The Reworks…16th March Launch. Full release 29th...

Axwell & Ingrosso Tease Swedish House Mafia Return in 2019

Swedish House Mafia made a mighty return to the limelight in March 2018 at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, closing out the festival’s main stage and leaving fans hopeful that the super-group had more to come. On Sunday night (May 27), Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso played to a sold out crowd in New York at The Brooklyn Mirage and playfully teased fans with some major news mid-gig. “Should we cancel the Swedish House Mafia gig we’re planning next year? Because I’m not sure they’re ready for Swedish House Mafia in 2019 in New York,” Axwell said on the mic. The crowd roared in excitement.  Billboard Dance has reached out to Axwell & Ingross’s representatives for comment. The trio has yet to officially release any further details on this, but Ax...

EDC Las Vegas 2018 Day 3 Highlights: Paul van Dyk, DJ Mustard, Eric Prydz & More

With the 22nd Electric Daisy Carnival drawing to a close Sunday night (May 20), the Las Vegas Motor Speedway welcomed over 400,000 “headliners” to party under the electric sky. With the mantra of “all are welcome here,” it may have been the most diverse crowd yet, with veteran and newbie attendees vibing together at all the stages. Billboard Dance wraps up the finale of the festivities.  10:38 p.m.: Roger Shah once again amazes with his talent as he goes live for his set at the Quantum Valley. On his Sunlounger alias track “Lost,” the DJ/producer raises his midi keyboard high to play the melodies, while the bass was so strong it could knock you off your feet near the stage. Towards the end of his set, Shah came out from the booth with his wireless 25-key controller to bring the Balearic be...

How Brownies & Lemonade’s Home-Grown Party Series Won Over EDC and the World

It’s Wednesday night in Los Angeles, and the club is so humid, it’s like breathing through a screen. Union’s “Disco” room has a capacity of 800, but the 400 or so people lingering in the adjacent Loft and Circle Bar rooms must have pushed their way through the doors. Bodies are packed shoulder to shoulder as they awkwardly try to jump to a stomping beat. It’s the only way to dance in this human sauna, and staying still is simply not an option. It’s hellish moving through the crowd, but the chance to see Madeon, Anna Lunoe, Mr. Carmack, SLUMBERJACK, and more for free is simply heaven on earth for some. You probably couldn’t catch such a star-studded even if you paid for it. But the craziest part? These kids didn’t know who’d be on stage when t...

Stream Disclosure’s ‘Ultimatum’ Featuring Fatoumata Diawara

Electronic duo Disclosure have released a new song “Ultimatum.” Featuring a prominent sample of Fatoumata Diawara’s voice, the track adds a Malian touch to the duo’s soulful deep-house sound. “Sorry it’s been a while—we have been missing you all immensely, so we wanted to share with you something we’ve been working on now that the sun is shining and the trees are green,” the duo shared in a statement. “A few months ago, we stumbled across an amazing female vocalist named Fatoumata Diawara. While digging through her discography we discovered this beautiful sample and started messing around, having fun and experimenting with it.” “Ultimatum” marks the first new song from the duo since remixing their own single “Nocturnal” in 2016. Earlier this year, the brothers said they were starting work ...

Alison Wonderland on Kanye West: ‘I Actually Feel Let Down’

Alison Wonderland just wants the old Kanye West back.  The Aussie DJ and producer is riding high right now, after delivering headline sets at Coachella and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated April 21) with Awake, her second studio album. But she’s paused to absorb Kanye’s latest outbursts. And she’s not happy with his performance. “I miss the old Kanye,” she tweeted. “It hurts when I am a fan of someone and they start doing wack shit. I actually feel let down,” the Sydneysider wrote in a followup message. Wonderland completed her tweet triptych with, “If you have a voice and a reach to influence many people. use it the right way.” I miss the old Kanye — ALISON WONDERLAND (@awonderland) May 2, 2018 It hurts when I am a fan of someone and they sta...

Rita Ora Sings ‘Lonely Together’ in Emotional Tribute to Avicii at Netherlands Festival

Rita Ora paid tribute to Avicii Friday night (April 27) with a performance of their song “Lonely Together,” the final single the DJ released before his death. The singer spoke of Avicii and paused for a minute of silence in his honor before singing the track at the Netherlands’ 538Koningsdag Festival. “It’s gonna be hard for me to sing this next song, and I’ll tell you why,” she told the crowd. “I had the honor of collaborating with somebody who changed my life, and he was a really good friend of mine,” she said, referring to Avicii and their “Lonely Together” collaboration, which peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. She continued, “I haven’t sang his song that we did together e...

Avicii’s Autopsies Show Nothing Suspicious In Death: Report

Sweden’s public broadcaster says police in Oman have conducted two autopsies on the body of Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ Avicii, who died Friday at age 28. Public broadcaster SVT, citing information from an anonymous police official in Oman, reported Sunday that the autopsies revealed nothing suspicious and foul play has been ruled out in the performer’s death. The broadcaster says the body has been cleared to be taken back to Avicii’s native Sweden, where he was born as Tim Bergling. Fans in Stockholm observed a minute of silence in his honor on Saturday. Swedish tabloid Expressen says Avicii stayed at the Muscat Hills Resort while vacationing in Oman. Expressen says he spent time with friends, went kitesurfing and enjoyed the country so much was planning to stay a few extra days.

Avicii Remembered at Dance Party Memorial in Stockholm

Thousands gathered on Saturday (April 21) to pay tribute to Avicii in Stockholm, Sweden. Fans held a dance party memorial in remembrance of the Swedish DJ at the city’s Sergels Torg plaza. Those in attendance danced, clapped and held their hands up in the shape of hearts as Avicii’s music filled the area. Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead Friday (April 20) in Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28. His cause of death has not been revealed.  Fellow artists including Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Marshmello, Madonna and more paid respects to the DJ following his death. Neil Jacobson, president of Geffen Records, says Avicii had been working on “his best music in years” just before his passing. While plans about putting out the unreleased music are unclear, h...

Avicii’s Unreleased Album Was His ‘Best Music in Years,’ Says Geffen Exec

Release plans are unclear, but Geffen Records’ Neil Jacobson says Avicii had been working on “incredible, magical music.” Before his death, Avicii was hard at work on his next album, according to longtime A&R executive Neil Jacobson. Jacobson, president of Geffen Records and someone who had been working with Avicii since his breakthrough record, “Levels,” says he had talked to the Swedish DJ (real name Tim Bergling) only two days before his passing. Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday (April 20). He was 28 years old. “We were working on it and it was his best music in years, honestly,” Jacobson revealed in an interview with Variety. “And I know because I [A&R’d] all of his albums. He was so inspired. He was so psyched. We...