Calvin Harris Announces ‘Motion’ Tracks & Collaborators

Calvin Harris Motion

Anticipation is building for Calvin Harris’ next album, Motion, which will be released November 4.

On Monday, the Scottish superstar tweeted out track names and the individuals who he’s collaborating with on the collection.

English duo Hurts is featured prominently on two songs. Appearances also come from The Voice coach Gwen Stefani and up-and-coming R&B singer Tinashe, along with Ellie Goulding, who provided vocals on Harris’ “I Need Your Love” from 18 Months.

But not to be left out are fellow DJs Alesso, Firebeatz, Ummet Ozcan and R3HAB, as well as English trio All About She, singer John Newman, rapper Big Sean and rock band Haim.

See the full tracklist below and let us know which song you’re most excited for.

1. ‘Faith’
2. ‘Under Control’ with Alesso feat. Hurts
3. ‘Blame’ feat. John Newman
4. ‘Love Now’ feat. All About She
5. ‘Slow Acid’
6. ‘Outside’ feat. Ellie Goulding
7. ‘It Was You’ feat. Firebeatz
8. ‘Summer’
9. ‘Overdrive’ with Ummet Ozcan
10. ‘Ecstasy’ feat. Hurts
11. ‘Pray to God’ feat. Haim
12. ‘Open Wide’ feat. Big Sean
13. ‘Together’ feat. Gwen Stefani
14. ‘Burnin’’ with R3HAB
15. ‘Dollar Signs’ feat. Tinashe

Dutch DJs Honored With Postage Stamps

Netherlands Dance Stamps

How cool is this?

As The Netherlands get ready to host the Amsterdam Dance Event, the country has taken the opportunity to officially recognize some of its biggest contributions to electronic dance music.

Namely trance, house and other innovators AfrojackDash BerlinTiëstoArmin van Buuren and Hardwell, who all appear on limited-edition postage stamps. The mugs of the Dutch dominators are appropriately nightclub flashy and neon-light colorful, and will surely spruce up any letter mailed in the country for the next few months.

[Via Dancing Astronaut]

Krewella’s Rain Man Sues Bandmates Yasmine & Jahan

Krewella
Looks like it’s splitsville for Krewella.
The trio is now officially a duo after beatsmith Kris “Rain Man” Trindl filed a $5 million suit against frontwomen Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf, alleging they and manager Jake Udell conspired to axe him from the group.
The tiff seems to stem from the time after the group’s humble EDM beginnings in Chicago found the members on the verge of pop stardom with the success of their single “Alive.” The notorious hard-partying ways of the group caught up with Trindl, according to the suit, and he entered rehab. Udell and the Yousaf sisters allegedly interpreted his quest for sobriety as depression and staged an intervention. Rain Man is also accused of missing show dates that the sisters played in his absence during this time.
The final straw appears to be Columbia Records’ promotion of Krewella, with a Billboard featuring Yasmine and Jahan, but missing Trindl.
The serious bad blood boiling among the three is tragic given the success they found with hits such as “Killin’ It,” but it’s also depressing to know that the three will probably never work together — or be friends — again.

David Guetta Announces 11/24 Release Date For Sixth Album

David Guetta
David Guetta‘s “most personal album yet” just got a release date.
The French DJ-producer-remixer revealed during a Twitter chat with SiriusXM’s Hits 1 that he will release his sixth album on November 24 on Big Beat/Atlantic Records.
The yet-to-be titled set will feature Guetta’s floor burner, “Lovers On the Sun,” but could also include a new track he’s scheduled to release this coming Monday, October 6. The name of that track and where it will premiere has not yet been revealed.
[Via Billboard]

Deadmau5 To Release Remix Retrospective

Five Years of Mau5

Deadmau5 plans to release a retrospective titled Five Years of Mau5, but this isn’t your average greatest hits collection.

According to reports, Mau5 took to his members-only website to reveal the artwork — a mash-up of his previous albums’ covers — and announce the set is actually a remix EP.

What’s more, the Disney-embattled Canadian DJ has some top talent reworking his tunes. Eric PrydzNero, Madeon, Dillon Francis, and Pig and Dan were confirmed by Deadmau5, and it was pointed out Francis’ own remix of “Some Chords” was being played during TomorrowWorld, and that Pig and Dan had remixed tunes by Mau5’s alias, testpilot.

No release date has been announced for the project, and we’re still anxiously awaiting a tracklist and the names of other mix masters involved in the project.

[Via Dancing Astronaut, inthemix, Less Than 3]

Calvin Harris Announces ‘Motion’ Release Date

Calvin Harris Motion

Perpetual record breaker Calvin Harris took to social media to reveal the cover art and release date for his fourth album, Motion.

The set will drop on November 4 from Columbia Records.

The album follows 18 Months, which featured such floor fillers as “Sweet Nothing,” “I Need Your Love” and “Feel So Close.”

Motion will likely include Harris’ recent massive hits “Summer” and the steadily climbing “Blame.”

[Via Billboard]

Kygo to Take Over Avicii’s Slot at TomorrowLand

Kygo

Weeks ago, Avicii announced that his health was indefinitely sidelining his future performances, including this coming weekend’s TomorrowLand. But rising Norwegian star Kygo is stepping in to fill Tim’s spot at the Georgia show.

Kygo will take to the Main Stage between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. on Friday, September 26, according to TomorrowLand’s itinerary.

Other headlining acts for TomorrowLand include BassnectarKaskadeRichie Hawtin, Skrillex and Tiësto.

The appearance marks a continuous rise for Kygo, who, according to Billboard, recently signed a deal with Sony and Ultra, and is close to selling out his Endless Summer Tour, which begins at the end of this month.

See Tiësto’s Las Vegas Fountain Show

Tiësto made history last week when his music was used in a Bellagio water fountain show in Las Vegas. The feat not only secured him as the first EDM act to be among such Sin City royalty as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, but also the first ever to work with WET Design to orchestrate the spectacle.

A video of the showcase made its way online. Within the five-minute show, walkers on The Strip get treated to the tunes “Footprints,” “Rocky” and “Red Lights” off his A Town Called Paradise album.

And what they saw was an awe-inspiring display. With water jetting this way and that, at times seeming solid and at others flailing in the night sky, no detail was overlooked, from the complementing lighting to the plumes of as mist seen during songs’ transitions. Truly a sight to see if you’re in Vegas, but if not, check out the video above.

Knife Party’s ‘Abandon Ship’ Tracklist Leaks

Knife Party

Anticipation continues to build for Knife Party’s forthcoming full-length album, Abandon Ship. But one half of the duo, Rob Swire, got fans salivating even more when he shared the album’s tracklist on Twitter.

As predicted, the set — due out October 27 — includes the earlier-leaked, seizure-inducing “Resistance” and the lighter disco track “Begin Again.” A track titled “EDM Trend Machine” raises the question of whether it’s a follow-up to “EDM Death Machine,” which appeared on the Haunted House EP, while the curiously named “Micropenis,” uh, raises questions period, as does the acronym “D.I.M.H.” Guess we’ll have to wait and hear for the answers to those inquiries.

Here’s the full tracklist:

1. “Reconnect”
2. “Resistance”
3. “Boss Mode”
4. “EDM Trend Machine”
5. “404”
6. “Begin Again”
7. “D.I.M.H.”
8. “Micropenis”
9. “Superstar”
10. “Red Dawn”
11. “Give It Up”
12. “Kaleidoscope”

 

Wolfgang Gartner Disses EDM: ‘I’m Still Making Dance Music’

After blacking out his social media profiles, Wolfgang Gartner is back, and he’s previewed a new single titled “Unholy,” which is available October 21.

And now that he’s left Ultra Records to put out music on his own imprint, Kindergarten Records, his independent spirit is coming out in the thoughts he shares in a new interview with Billboard. Here are some of the highlights:

On what led him to change his sound:

“I don’t know if I realized until last year that the current musical phenomenon that dominates the Beatport dance charts just started going downhill.”

“Before I was Wolfgang Gartner, I used to make sampled disco house, funky house, Chicago house, and I switched over around the time that dance music started to become commercially viable again, with the transition to digital music around 2007 and 2008.

“I’m still making dance music. EDM is not EDM anymore. It’s just electronic music, but it’s not dance music. It’s like people hanging over guardrails pumping their fists. That’s not dancing.”

On whether he felt Ultra pressured him to make a certain sound:

“I did feel that a part of me was trying to be safe and continue to produce the sound I feel I kind of spearheaded and championed. I was in a groove doing my thing, and at the time I didn’t realize I was in this little bubble, but now when I look back on the last six months to a year of music that I put out on Ultra — it’s good music to play in my sets, but I wondered if I’d look back on it in ten years and say ‘these were timeless’ or ‘these were just cool dance tracks.’ And it was the latter. They were just cool dance tracks, and that wasn’t enough anymore.”

On what’s happening with electro house:

“The problem is what people want at a festival, and the fact that DJs are trying so hard to get those main stage and closing spots, so they want to play sure-shots, clichés and formulas that people recognize.

“Part of the problem is the dance music audience, part of the problem are the DJs who are training these fans, and another part is the music being made by producers geared towards this festival-oriented big business system that dance music has become, especially over the past two years with the corporatization that has happened.”

Click here to read more about his thoughts on the EDM scene and his next body of work.