Good morning! Today’s stories include Deadmau5 + Madonna, Lollapalooza, Avicii, Nicholas Jaar, David Guetta, & Jamie Jones. Please read on after the jump.
Madonna Makes Peace With Deadmau5 After Ultra ‘Molly’
A day after Deadmau5 took Madonna to task for seemingly making a drug reference during a surprise appearance at the Ultra Music Festival, the singer buried the hatchet with the EDM superstar during a surprise Twitter summit.
Deadmau5 went in hard on Madonna after she blew away partygoers over the weekend while introducing EDM icon Avicii, asking them, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” That incensed Mau5, whoslammed Madonna for seemingly making a thinly veiled reference to the illegal drug MDMA (ecstasy), which is also alluded to in the title of her new album, MDNA.
Though she isn’t known for having an active Twitter presence, Madonna signed on Monday to chat with her fans under the handle,@MadonnaMDNAday. Deadmau5 was among those who joined the conversation, and the 31-year-old party starter followed up his epic 800-word Tumblr rant by telling Madonna, “You’re a role model to 100′s of millions. You have a powerful voice, EDM could use your positive influence, not ‘molly’ talk.”
Madonna, 53, Tweeted a 1989 image of herself wearing Minnie Mouse ears with a new thought bubble that read, “From one mouse to another. I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called ‘Have You Seen Molly’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my last album …”
Deadmau5 seemingly accepted her apology, responding, “Fair enough, I was just voicing my concerns as I usually do. +1 respect for clearing it up personally … regardless, just be a little more aware of what you should represent at EDM events, and I’ll watch my mouth.” That was good enough for Madonna, too, who replied, “Communication is always best. You should have called me first, we could have cleared it up ‘privately.’ See you on the road.”
And that was that. Deadmau5 was pleased with the response, telling his nearly one million followers, “Well there you have it kids. I’ve said what I needed to say, which ill still stand by, and so did she. life goes on. No more talk of that.”
Jack White, the Weeknd, Justice, Die Antwoord to Play Lollapalooza?
It looks like the people behind Lollapalooza are dropping hints about the festival’s lineup via Chicago’s public transportation system. Wine & Pop points to advertisements at train stations containing lyrics by Jack White, the Weeknd, Justice, and Die Antwoord, accompanied by the word “#Lolla,” suggesting the four artists are included in the festival’s roster. It takes place in Chicago’s Grant Park from Aug. 3-5, and the official lineup will be announced on April 11.
Here are the hints:
- “I fink u freeky” from Die Antwoord’s “I Fink U Freeky”
- “Do the D.A.N.C.E.” from Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.”
- “I got a test for you” from The Weeknd’s “Initiation”
- “I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt, or interrupt me” from Jack White’s “Love Interruption”
Red Eye has a submitted photo of the Justice advertisement, which is apparently on a video screen. AV Club Chicago suggests the possibility that more lyrics could pop up on those screens, so keep your eyes peeled for hints, Chicago.
Avicii unveiling new live show at Coachella
While Madonna may have stolen the limelight from Avicii with her ill-advised “Molly talk” at Ultra earlier this week, it seems the Swedish producer has a plan afoot to get the attention back where it belongs: you know, on his set.
Earlier this month, the baby-faced Levels producer announced that he was working on a new live show. In an interview at Ultra this weekend, he’s revealed that the flashy new stage set up will be unveiled at next month’s Coachella. “I’m premiering my first live show at Coachella—which is gonna be amazing,” he explained. “It’s something my manager has been working on for a long time and we put a lot of money in it, and a lot of time.”
From there, he’s taking the “Avicii Le7els” tour on the road in North America for a giant tour stopping exclusively at large-capacity arenas – seems he’s already outgrown the humble nightclub. Unsurprisingly then, the Swede described it as “the biggest tour I’ve ever done”. But of course before the new live set-up kicks off, Avicii will be treating Sydney to the regular, ground-breakingshow at Marquee over Easter.
Prism is Nicholas Jaar, Noah Craft’s block of sound
The Prism isn’t actually shaped like a prism but, rather, is a simple, brushed-chrome cube the size of a child’s wooden block. Set it on a pedestal in an art gallery, and its simple symmetry suggests a sculpture rather than what it is: a music delivery system.
The device, created by New York City-based electronic music producer Nicholas Jaar and collaborator Noah Craft and released through the pair’s Clown & Sunset production company, is a standalone little chunk of beauty that houses within it a release called “Don’t Break My Love,” 12 tracks by Jaar and his affiliates and collaborators, including Nikita Quasim, Acid Pauli and Will Epstein. They make ethereal, beat-heavy music that straddles between passive ambient tones and active post-techno rhythmic experiments (one featuring gorgeous tenor saxophone).
On the surface, the creation of yet another self-contained music listening device seems absurd. Jaar’s intention isn’t to advance technology, though, but to craft something elegantly utilitarian from it. The prism features four unmarked buttons (volume up and down, power and play), two headphone jacks (for couple listening) and a pinhole-sized white light that flashes when it’s charging (via USB).
Handed to a stranger unawares, it’d be hard to determine exactly what the thing is, which makes plugging in earbuds, figuring out the buttons and finally hearing the music something of a magical experience.
(via The Republic)
David Guetta Debuts Doc ‘Nothing But The Beat’ on iTunes
David Guetta has released his documentary, Nothing But The Beat, as a podcast on iTunes.
The full-length film, a co-production of Guetta’s record label What A Music and Coca-Cola’s Burn Energy Drink, chronicles the DJ’s life and career with appearances from dance-music heavyweights such as Fatboy Slim and Laurent Garnier to recording artists and Guetta collaboratorswill.i.am, Kelly Rowland,Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Taio Cruz and Usher.
“What’s happened to dance music recently is unbelievable,” Guetta said in a statement. “I’ve been a DJ for 20 years and ‘Nothing But The Beat’ tells a part of the story through my eyes. But not just mine; my peers, those DJs who inspired me and my collaborators too. It shows how far we have all come and I hope will inspire all those new DJs, producers and everyone to follow their passion. I wanted to give something back to those who have supported me and show people new to the scene and sound some of our history. I hope you enjoy — this FREE download on iTunes globally is for YOU.”
On Tuesday, Guetta, who mixes R&B and hip hop with house and electronic beats, also marked the iTunes debut of his hit album Nothing But The Beat. Since August, the record — which features the hit song “Where Them Girls” (with Flo-Rida and Nicki Minaj) — has sold 2.3 million copies. It was nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Dance Recording.