We’re loving Ellie Goulding’s music video for Love Me Like You do – not only do we get to see Ellie dancing, but we also get more footage from the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. Fans around the world are gearing up for the release of this erotic thriller and this music video treats us to more Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. The music and lyrics are a wonderful fit for this movie which is adapted from E.L. James best-selling novel: ‘On the edge of paradise. Every inch of your skin is a holy grail I’ve got to find. Only you can set my heart on fire, on fire. Yeah, I’ll let you set the pace.
In a recent interview with Capital FM, Ellie said: “I am in it! That’s me! I’m dancing in it! I basically have become fascinated with ballroom dancing so I was like, ‘Can I please do some dancing in it?’ So they let me do that.’ There’s a guy in it, Charlie, and there’s some really sensual moments in it, and it’s in a really beautiful house – I think it’s one of my favourite videos.”
The new track from Goulding features on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie soundtrack along with contributions from Beyoncé, The Weeknd, The Rolling Stones, Sia and Frank Sinatra.
Here’s our list of the most popular DJ’s around the world at the moment and where they’ll be touring this year. No matter where you are you’ll be able to catch these hot acts in 2015.
SNAPSHOT: This Swedish born music producer has become one of the most popular DJ’s to come out of Stockholm in recent years. Alesso is a mere 24 years old but is rocking the electronic dance scene. He has worked with all the big names in the business including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, One Republic, Avicci and Usher. He has played at many of the big music festivals such as Tommorowland, Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival. He played at one of Madonna’s concerts and she claims he was going to be “the next big thing in Dance music”. He got into the game at an early age and had the good fortune to get fellow Swede Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia fame as his mentor. Alesso’s style is distinguishable and famous for his use of melody and his gravelly rave sound. He is said to be the next Swedish House Mafia, capturing his crowds wherever he goes with his energy and passion. Look out for his debut album out this year on the label Def Jam Recordings.
TOUR DATES 2015: 30 January: Park City Live, Park City, UT, US 31 January: Light Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV, US 13 – 17 February: Rio Music Carnival 2015; Marina Da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10 –12 April: Coachella 2015; Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA, US 17 –19 April: Coachella 2015; Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA, US 25 April: Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden 09 July:Electric Love, Salzburg, Austria
SNAPSHOT: This Scottish singer, songwriter is one of the highest paid DJ’s and record producers in the world. He is a huge worldwide success with so many of his singles having reached the top of the charts in many countries. His albums include I Created Disco (2007), Ready For The Weekend (2009), 18 Months (2012) and Motion (2014) all of which produced massive hit singles such as; You Used to Hold Me, Flashback, Thinking About You, Feel So Close and I Need Your Love – he holds the record for the most top ten hits from one album; nine! Harris has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, namely We Found Love the massive hit he wrote for Rihanna following which he went on the European leg of her tour Loud in 2011. Another huge hit Let’s Go features Ne-Yo from 2012 which ended up in a Pepsi Max advert. Other big names he has worked with are Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, Nicky Romero, Alesso, Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Kelis and Dillon Francis. Calvin Harris has won plenty of awards for his work which he is humble and appreciative for, claiming that the Ivor Novello Award he won for Songwriter of the Year was “easily the greatest achievement of my entire life”.
TOUR DATES 2015: 12 –14 March: Festival Estereo Picnic 2015, Bogota, Colombia 14 –15 March: Lollapalooza 2015 Santiago, Chile 19 – 20 March: Asuncionico 2015, Asunción, Paraguay 21 –22 March: Lollapalooza 2015, Hipodromo de San Isidro, San Isidro, Argentina 28 – 29 March: Lollapalooza 2015, Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos), São Paulo, Brazi 24 June: Calvin Harris with Muse, Seinäjoki, Finland 28 June: Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway 07 August: Bleilochtalsperre, Saalburg, Germany
SNAPSHOT: Another massive Swedish Electronic Dance DJ. If you haven’t heard of this guy you have been asleep for the last five years or so. He released his first smash hit tune Seeking Bromance back in October 2010 which went top of the charts in over twenty countries, and so a star was born. He was then signed to EMI and every hit since has been huge; Wake Me Up, You Make Me, X You, Hey Brother and Addicted to You to name but a few. His eclectic mix of progressive house, electronic dance and country music give him a unique sound and style that has reached the masses worldwide.
TOUR DATES 2015: Friday 27 February: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand Saturday 28 February: Future Music Festival 2015, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, NSW, Australia Sunday 01 March: Future Music Festival 2015 Hbf Arena, Perth, WA, Australia Saturday 07 March: Doomben Racecourse, Ascot, QLD, Australia Sunday 08 March: Future Music Festival 2015, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, VIC, Australia Monday 09 March: Future Music Festival 2015; Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville, SA, Australia Friday 13 March – Saturday 14 March: Future Music Festival Asia 2015, Singapore 28 March, 31 March, 11 April, 18 April: XS the Nightclub at Encore, Las Vegas, NV, US 29 May: Aviciifest@Summer Burst, Goteborg, Sweden 05 June: The World Club Dome, Frankfurt & Maine, Germany 12 June: Aviciifest@Summer Burst, Stockholm, Sweden 03 July: Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland 31 July: Untold Festival, Cluj, Romania 07 August: Smukfest, Skanderborg, Denmark
SNAPSHOT: Tiësto is no stranger to DJing, he has been around in the progressive house and Trance scenes since the late nineties when he founded the label Black Hole Recordings. His career really hit mainstream when he released his first album In My Memory, there were many singles from the album which made the charts and made him a household name. He has since released five further albums all of which have reached worldwide success. Tiësto has made many world tours and continues to tour today (see dates for 2015 below). He is an advocate for AIDS prevention and has done great work within the dance scene to promote safe sex. He is the worldwide ambassador for DANCE4LIFE; a foundation which promotes the awareness of HIV / AIDS. He also has some clout in the fashion world, so much so that Armani asked him to collaborate on a T-Shirt for Armani Exchange. The 46 year old Dutch man has worked with countless acts including; Maxi Jazz, Flo Rida, Nelly Furtado, Torres, Sneaky Sound System and Busta Rhymes.
TOUR DATES 2015: 30 January: Maya Day & Nightclub, Scottsdale, AZ, US 12 – 17 February: Camarote Salvador 2015, Salvador, Brazil 13 –17 February: Rio Music Carnival 2015, Marina Da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 14 February:Camarote Parador Itaipava 2015, Recife, Brazil 15 February:P12 Parador Internacional, Florianópolis, Brazil 16 February:Green Valley, Balneario Camboriu, Brazil 28 February:Tiësto with David Guetta, Datsik, and 51 others; Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico 14 March:Tiësto with Tigerlily, Echostage, Washington, DC, US 19-20 March: Hakkasan Nightclub, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 21 March: U.M.E. South Padre Island, Texas, United States 27-28 March:Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida, United States 28 March: Hakkasan Nightclub, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 29 March: Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida, United States 01 April:Hakkasan Nightclub, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 02 April: Empire Music Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala
SNAPSHOT: This Dutch DJ and producer of Big Room and Electro House has been voted the world’s number one DJ by DJ magazine for two years running. He founded Revealed Recordings record label in 2010 through which he has released five compilation albums; his own album came out on January 23rd this year. Hardwell started his DJ career at such a young age that his mum & dad had to accompany him to work in the clubs he played at. Hardwell’s idol is fellow DJ Tiësto, who he also looks up to as a mentor within the industry. They collaborated together on Zero 76, a track which got to number one on the American iTunes dance chart. His podcast is in the top ten podcasts on iTunes in many countries around the world. Hardwell plays at some of the biggest festivals and has gained the top watched live DJ set on You Tube for his set at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and his 2013 set at Tommorowland gained over 19 million views. He is definitely one of the biggest DJ’s and doesn’t look like he’ll be knocked off the top spot any time soon.
TOUR DATES 2015: 07 February: Go Hardwell or Go Home, Fabrique Milano, Milano 13 February: Ultra South Africa, Cape Town, Ostrich Farm, Cape Town 14 February: Ultra, Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 February: DJ Mag top 100 World Tour, Arena Armeec, Sofia 28 February: Go Hardwell or Go Home, Gazi Music Hall, Athens 07 March: I AM Hardwell – United We Are, MEO Arena, Lisbon 20 March: Ultimate Music Experience, Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, South Padre Island 21 March: Go Hardwell or Go Home, Hakkasan, Las Vegas 04 April: Danceathon, Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, Rotterdam 07 June: BigCityBeats World Club Dome, Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt 12 June: Ultra Music Festival Korea 2015, Olympic Stadium Complex, Seoul 06 August: Smukfest 2015, Skanderborg 19 August: Lake Festival 2015, Lake Schwarzlsee, Unterpremstätten
R.Kelly has just released a very typical stripper-laden birthday song and accompanying video. As per usual, the beginning of the video shows him waking up in a bed full of half-naked women. The girls of course, have perfectly done hair and makeup. (Not like they’ve had a wild crazy all-nighter or anything.)
R.Kelly has no recollection of what happened the previous night but no worries! One of his half-naked lady friends reminds him he recorded the whole thing on his brand new iPhone 6+… What then follows can only be described as ratchet.
The song’s not terrible though.
If it’s your birthday.
2015 is set up to be a big year for Years & Years. They just dropped the music video for their upcoming single King, slated for release on the 1st of March. The video was directed by Sia’s choreographer, Ryan Heffington and premiered on Buzzfeed.
Years & Years was named the BBCs Sound of 2015, which is an instant recipe for success. Previous winners were Ellie Goulding, 50 Cent and Sam Smith. Years & Years toured with Sam Smith last year in the U.S., and are starting their U.K. tour at the end of February.
The industry is abuzz with Chris Brown’s new music video for Autumn Leaves starring his on again, off again ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. Unfortunately, Kendrick Lamar makes no appearance in the video, despite having a lengthy rap section during the second half of the song.
The samurai-warrior themed love battle video strongly resembles Nicki Minaj’s Your Love music vid, released back in 2010 in which she is forced to fight a fellow female ninja warrior for the man they both desire. Nicki Minaj is beaten and is shown bleeding out in the arms of her lover at the end. In Chris Brown’s case, it’s not so much that he loses his geisha love in the music video, but he has in reality.
You don’t often see such an intimate performance by one of the globe’s biggest stadium rock acts. This rare, enchanting show given by Coldplay, at Christmas time, is certainly one to keep on record. Lucky for BBC’s Radio 2, they caught them for their very last concert of their 6th studio album Ghost Stories.
Interesting facts about one of the world’s all-time favourite band you probably didn’t know:
· The name of their band ‘Coldplay was originally called ‘Starfish.’ · The band originally consisted of two members, Jonny and Chris who formed the band back in 1996. · There was one occasion where the band was playing in London at the O2 arena. Chris Martin ended up travelling by tube to get to his own show, and despite their being loads of fans travelling amongst him, not one person recognised him.
· For their 2001 Mylo Xyloto tour, the band spent £4.22 million on wristbands alone. These weren’t just any old wristbands though, they changed colour in time with the music.
· President Barack Obama has claimed to be a huge fan. He listens to them on his iPod. · After they collaborated with Rihanna on Princess of China, they said she was the only artist they would ever collaborate with.
1. Always in My Head 2. Charlie Brown 3. Paradise 4. Magic 5. Clocks 6. The Scientist 7. Ink 8. True Love 9. Viva La Vida 10. Midnight 11. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall Encore: 12. Fix You 13. A Sky Full of Stars Encore 2: 14. Christmas Lights
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Aaron is a 21 year-old London based singer-songwriter. She writes classic pop songs with an alternative electronic sound, wherein synthpop meets eighties R&B. Her work is characterised by lyrical prowess, honesty and emotion. In her personal style, her live performances and her dreamlike, ethereal music, Aaron belongs to the dream pop genre. One can also hear early 80’s Madonna, Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins influence scattered through Aaron’s work.
You’re now 21 years old with a practically fully formed look, sound and attitude. What has the last 5 years been like for you and what major differences do you see in yourself between then and now? Both musically and personally speaking. Just like any kid figuring out what they want to do, it’s been arduous and wonderful in equal measure. In hindsight I was pretty naive, both in my outlook and songwriting, but in that time I’ve transitioned from a girl to a young woman so naturally the themes and subtext of my work have changed dramatically. Personally, I think if you can accept the skin you’re in and realise there is no boundary to your capability, a lot can change for the better. That applies to being an artist as well, too many are under the impression that they must transform into something they’re not to garner the recognition they deserve, whereas for me it’s purely about being honest, personal and having the courage of conviction to stick with it.
In an Interview with WonderlandMagazine, you defined your sound Dream Pop as ”an ethereal wall of sound; full of breathy vocals, sharp bass, warm pads and hazy synths. It’s all layered, textural and lovely. It relies on that as much as it does melody.” We found this to be such an accurate description. We’re curious as to how this genre developed within you… Were you always dead set on making dream pop tracks? Oh, thank you and no, I didn’t know it would be dream pop. I started writing at 15, without the first clue of where I was gonna sit genre wise. It began in some of my early sessions in the studio, working with producers. Instinctively I would lean to those sort of sounds more than any others and was quite headstrong about it. At that time I didn’t have a name for it, I hadn’t spent years immersing myself in those dream pop records and labels, it came out of me spontaneously, without effort and has now evolved into this magical hybrid of my favourite artists/influences and sounds.
What do you find is the hardest thing about being a new artist to the scene? Getting people to take you and your work seriously. Attention is gained and lost so quickly, what with the media and the technology age we live in. It’s so different to five years ago and has changed the game for a lot of new artists. I think its a good thing though, especially for independent artists, you have to be way more creative with how you get your music out there. It seems you’re more likely to succeed if you’re anti establishment about it, there’s an element of punk now.
We have to express our obsession with your song Holding Water. it really is quite magical, captivating, and definitely what we would call a ‘repeat without defeat.’ Meaning no matter how many times you repeat the song, you don’t get tired of it. Could you share some insight about the creating process of this track? Thats sweet of you, thanks. Yeah of course, I wrote it with the incredible songwriter/producer Niall Lavelle (Raffertie), he’s a very accomplished musician and percussionist also, which you can hear in the rhythm section of the track. We started with this super moody warped synth line you hear in the verse, we wanted to create a stark difference between the verse and chorus, light and shade, so it had depth. The line Holding Water came out of nowhere and encapsulated everything I wanted to say and was feeling from the music. Sometimes I write and begin with lyrics like prose or I’ll just vibe on different melodies and words will spring out of them. Once I knew what I wanted to say the rest was pretty quick to follow.
Tell us the story behind your debut E.P title Letters to Jonny Letters To Jonny is a conceptual EP, a culmination of the work I was doing last year while writing for other artists. The music is heavily influenced by the songwriter/producer Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire) and is also where the name came from. The idea is based upon a girl who’s in love with a guy who doesn’t really exist. Her mind and relationship unravels as the record progresses, I don’t want to give too much away because you’ll hear it soon enough, but the track Jonny pieces it all together.
What kind of music in todays scene do you have the most distaste for and why? I don’t care much for EDM (I know thats a broad term) or these new pop boy bands with guitars, though I’m not one to slate other artists for giving it a go. If you have the courage to put yourself out there, then good on you.
Who would be your dream collaboration, dead or alive? David Byrne, Todd Rundgren and Dev Hynes.
What’s the most annoying thing people assume about you and/or your music? That I didn’t do that much of the work when I’ve written every song and co produced in parts. Sadly, it is unsurprising as it happens to far too many female artists (Bjork, Grimes etc).
Share some of your goals for the future, what you’re working towards, and ultimately what you want out of life? I want a career with longevity, I want to release several or more credible albums that I’ve written and produced and take them to as many countries around the world as possible. I want to keep writing, developing and learning. I’ve recently started playing guitar so it’d be cool if I do well with that. I’d really like a pet tortoise too.
The first single from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is brought to you by The Weeknd. His new titillating music video Earned It, shot at the Palace Theatre in downtown L.A, features some scantily clad stage dancers… who some would say were upstaged by those chandeliers. By the looks of things, it must have been a very interesting few days on set. The Weeknd comments “I feel like the film and my music is a match made in heaven, If you listen to my album, even the past work I’ve done, it’s very Fifty Shades of Grey.”
(To watch this video in Creation 5 just tap here.)
The erotic thriller is due to hit theatres by February 13th, just in time for Valentines’ day (Yes that was planned). The soon to be hit-movie also features yet another sexy single by The Weeknd titled Where You Belong. Movie Tracklist:
1. I Put A Spell On You (Fifty Shades of Grey) – Annie Lennox 2. Undiscovered – Laura Welsh 3. Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – The Weeknd 4. Meet Me In The Middle – Jessie Ware 5. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding 6. Haunted (Michael Diamond Remix) – Beyoncé 7. Salted Wound – Sia 8. Beast Of Burden – The Rolling Stones 9. I’m On Fire – AWOLNATION 10. Crazy In Love (2014 Remix) – Beyoncé 11. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra 12. One Last Night – Vaults 13. Where You Belong – The Weeknd 14. I Know You – Skylar Grey 15. Ana And Christian – Danny Elfman 16. Did That Hurt? – Danny Elfman
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Charli XCX’s new music video Doing It featuring Rita Ora is the definition of a dance-pop track. The video follows them as two sexy outlaws on the run committing crimes and living free.
Charli XCX commented from her official YouTube channel The video was very inspired by Thelma & Louise, Natural Born Killers and Barbie. Rita and I went out to the Californian desert and shot in some incredible places with some incredible people. I was very inspired by Florida strip clubs, 70s fashion (I’m wearing flares!!!!!) and David Lachapelle. It was so fun working with Rita on this. We had a wild time.
Funny bits: This random guy with a tray full of umbrella’d beverages.
The motel swimming pool filled with neon green crocs.
The desert reporter at the very beginning, who does not know! That bartenders ‘tache.
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