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The Week In Pop: So, What Else Does “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor Have To Offer?

“All About That Bass” is a great song. It is not a cool song, but hopefully by now we all realize cool is not the same thing as great. Meghan Trainor’s breakout single, which celebrates the sex appeal of larger women, is also not quite as smart or important as Trainor thinks it is –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Forbes’ Highest Paid DJs 2014 Is Pretty Similar To 2013

Last summer Forbes released a list of the world’s highest-paid DJs topped off by Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and David Guetta. This year’s list is out, and guess what? It’s topped by Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and (in a third-place tie with Avicii) Tiesto. Harris is pulling in $66 million, more than double his closest competition. More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 19, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Is Festival EDM Dying, Or Is It Just Getting Interesting?

If you perform with a giant light-up mouse helmet on your head, chances are you understand how to grab people’s attention. Whether Twitter-feuding with Arcade Fire, describing a rival DJ/producer as “McDonald’s,” or admitting that entertainers like himself mostly just press play on stage, Joel Thomas Zimmerman has repeatedly proven to be a natural bor… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 2, 2014 - 3:42 pm

The Week In Pop: Presenting The Mid-2014 Pop Superlatives

Seeing as we gave you a mid-year countdown of 2014’s best albums so far earlier this week, now seems like a good time to step back and assess the best and worst of what the pop sphere has given us this year. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm

The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People

Every few years, a musician achieves that rare combination of commercial dominance and critical acclaim — and therefore inspires lots of copycats — only to willfully retreat from the spotlight. This usually involves making an album designed to alienate mainstream audiences and/or distance the originator from the imitators. It also tends to create a vacuum… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 20, 2014 - 3:58 pm

The Killers – “When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix)”

Back in September, the Killers announced a greatest hits album called Direct Hits and, along with it, unveiled a new, M83-produced track “Shot At Night.” The collection with include four pieces of new material and this EDMified version of “When You Were Young” remixed by Calvin Harris is another. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 25, 2013 - 11:44 am

Highest Paid DJs 2013

Forbes has compiled a list of the 13 highest paid DJs of 2013. As EDM has grown more popular over the past few years, the earnings listed are unsurprisingly insanely high. It’s also unsurprisingly an all-male list. Check out the entire list below. “Our annual earnings estimates include income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales,… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 17, 2013 - 6:01 pm

The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012

There was no getting away from EDM in 2012. While the three-letter hashtag has certainly caused buzz among radio stations and indie blogosphere alike, it’s been a big year for dance on and off of the pop charts. Regional styles like footwork, juke, and Jersey club went through genre-bending booms, electronic trap instrumentals filtered their… More »

By: Puja Patel / December 26, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Calvin Harris – “Sweet Nothing” Video (Feat. Florence Welch)

Recently, Florence Welch, of …+ The Machine fame, lent her crazy rocket-launcher wail to “Sweet Nothing,” the new single from EDM anthem-generator Calvin Harris. She also shows up in the song’s video, playing a lounge singer at a dingy British strip club, and she goes into onstage conniptions while her significant other, for reasons I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2012 - 9:55 am

Calvin Harris – “Sweet Nothing” (Feat. Florence Welch)

Florence Welch, the Florence of Florence + The Machine, has an uncorked mega-wail that seems like it should work really well on cheesed-out big-room dance music. And on “Sweet Nothing,” the new single from superclub mainstay Calvin Harris, it does exactly that. “Sweet Nothing” is a bit sillier and more simplistic than your average Florence… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Lollapalooza 2012: Frank Ocean, RHCP, The Weeknd, & Mud

For Sunday’s recap and photos, click here.
For Friday’s recap and photos, click here.
Saturday’s recap below…

The perpetual low of getting stuck in Lollapalooza crowds hit rockbottom yesterday, when I found myself packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowd of fucked-up festival-heads, Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, and lost teens screaming into… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 5, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Florence + The Machine – “Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)”

Florence Welch has always had some house-diva fervor in her wail, and it’s fun to hear what happens when dance-pop producer Calvin Harris, fresh off of conquering the world with his Rihanna collab “We Found Love,” reworks her Ceremonials track “Spectrum” into a superclub destroyer. Listen below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Rihanna – “We Found Love”

For whatever reason, Rihanna recruited British dance-music goofball Calvin Harris to produce “We Found Love,” her new single, which means it’s a finely polished, absolutely cheesed-out rave banger. The track cranks the house theatrics of “Only Girl (In The World)” way past 11, and its vintage early-’90s organ-bloops and passionately meaningless chorus are enough to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 22, 2011 - 3:54 pm

The 7 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new clips from Depeche Mode, James Blake, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Princeton, and Alcoholic Faith Mission. The Depeche Mode clip is directed by Patrick Daughters. He’s one of my favorite directors, but it looks like he’s been focusing on commercials more and more. The Alcoholic Faith Mission video has been out for… More »

By: jessica / May 20, 2011 - 4:43 pm

New Calvin Harris Video – “Ready For The Weekend”

The video for Calvin Harris’s “I’m Not Alone” featured the Scottish electro singer-songwriter as a knife-wielding mad scientist surrounded by female dancers/test subjects (and, for some reason, a kid with his teddy bear). In “Ready For The Weekend,” the title track from his forthcoming second album, the dancing girls don red leotards to match Harris’… More »

By: brandon / July 9, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Calvin Harris Remixes Passion Pit

We’re already two solid listens into Passion Pit’s debut LP Manners, which means, in promo-cycle terms, it is peak time for the remixes that nobody asked for. Enter the UK’s preeminent responsible partyer Calvin Harris, who tries to give the Boston outfit’s danceable lead listen “The Reeling” even more dance. The original’s stuttering synth get… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2009 - 9:43 am

We Got The Tweet: The Week’s 50 Best Rock Star Twitters

Microblogging service Twitter has signed up countless celebrities in recent months, and among them are some of our favorite musical artists: Trent Reznor! Colin Meloy! Ed Droste! Diddy! Stereogum Tweets too! But who can keep up with all that lunch eating? Most of us only have eight hours a day with which to procrastinate i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 23, 2009 - 9:26 pm

New Calvin Harris Video – “I’m Not Alone”

The first time we heard Calvin Harris’ “I’m Not Alone” was a couple months ago when, in an attempt to avoid piracy, he gave it a somewhat annoying “I’m Your Nan” remix. With his second album ostensibly closer to its release date — but no actually release date or album title yet — Harris deleted… More »

By: brandon / March 9, 2009 - 10:20 am

New Calvin Harris – “I’m Not Alone”

Longtime Bloc Party fan and house-party guru Calvin Harris is releasing his second studio album sometime this year. The first single from the Scotsman’s still-untitled effort is “I’m Not Alone.” The late-night dance track premiered this past Friday on Peter Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. You can hear how it sounds on Monday morning via… More »

By: brandon / January 26, 2009 - 9:00 am

New Dizzee Rascal Video – “Dance Wiv Me”

While watching the video for Dizzee Rascal’s “Dance Wiv Me,” I was taken aback by how naturally charismatic the guy is, that he can make silly lines like “you have to let me get behind your backbone,” followed by a suggestive doggie-style hip thrusts, into charming moments. It’s a charm Kanye, for example, attempts to… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2008 - 9:53 am