Tribute groups are commonplace in the rock world, but not so much in dance music, except for Major Behavior – an homage to Major Lazer founded by Instagram star, The Fat Jew, and his friend Maachew Bentley who is a downtown New York DJ luminary. This new tribute group promises to pay their respects by delivering a true Major Lazer experience both on and off the stage, as seen in the unveiling video created by Billboard and its senior dance/electronic editor, Matt Medved. Watch the full video to get to know the emerging group through a special in-studio interview, Guitar Center shenanigans, and more.
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It’s almost time for Billboard’s second annual Hot 100 Festival! This weekend, New York’s Jones Beach Theater will be welcoming everyone from Calvin Harris to Ariana Grande, and Fetty Wap to Sleigh Bells, while also featuring other chart topping and emerging artist like Party Thieves and Billboard Dance’s own Matt Medved. Last year, the inaugural festival shattered attendance records for Jones Beach Theater by attracting over 40,000 fans, so they are expecting another stand-out showing for some of music’s most in-demand artists of today.
In preparation for the Hot 100 Festival, Billboard has released the full set times and map for the venue. Check it out below and pick up your tickets here.
In recent times, there has been a lot of chatter about the famed party paradise, Ibiza, and its current state with dance music. Carl Cox famously announced that this summer season will be his last on the White Isle, and stories about parties getting shut down by police have been making the rounds. But what exactly is happening in Ibiza? I know most of us over here state-side could definitely use a little more context…
Billboard has released a 5-part mini-documentary series, The Real Ibiza, that covers all angles, from artist residents to the actual nightclubs, underground vs. mainstream, and more. Watch the all of the parts in succession above to be in the know about Ibiza, and to hear from Claude VonStroke, Seth Troxler, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and more on the pressing matters at hand.
After a successful inaugural festival just last year, the Billboard Hot 100 Festival returns to New York’s Jones Beach Theater from August 20th-21st with a lineup consisting of some of music’s biggest talents, including everyone from Calvin Harris and J. Cole, to Hippie Sabatoge, Paper Diamond, Team EZY, and more. The 2015 Hot 100 Festival shattered attendance records for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater with over 40,000 attendees, and this year is expected to be just as in-demand, if not more. With Billboard-charting artists spanning multiple genres, there will surely be something for everyone, so don’t sleep on this and buy a ticket here.
“This time around, I wanted that shit to sound tough, crisp — and fucking massive,” big words from the legend Mark Ronson who’s latest album “Uptown Special” is sure to live up to the self induced hype. Enlisting a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist to assist in the lyrical division, as well as a legion of critically acclaimed musicians and talent Ronson himself drove down to Mississippi to discover/acquire will surely assist in the imminent success of this project. If you’re going to do something, you mine as well fucking do it, it would seem. Among the deep roster of talent Ronson has enlisted is Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame, a talent which made the cut for three seperate appearances on the record. The result, as embedded below, is not quite full quality, but certainly worth the listen. It is a driving psychedelic journey with influences rooted in the American South and and post funk movements that paint a pretty heavy picture. Hear for yourself..
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Good morning! Today’s headlines include Skream, Diplo, Doorly, The Chemical Brothers, & the current ticketing crisis. Please read on for the full stories after the jump.
During the recent Billboard covershoot, Diplo revealed that it’s likely that there will be a collaboration between him, Skrillex and A-Trak. He said: “We have such different sounds but it’s not unusual for us to play each other’s records…it’s not even a weird idea for us to collaborate with each other.”
He added later: “There will definitely be something from the three of us soon.”
Catch the rest of the article + the Billboard cover shoot and interview footage after the jump.