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Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could’ve predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Guess it’s not that surprising, but it certainly guarantees a good show, which is the whole point of the VMAs, anyway. What isn’t the least bit surprising is that Taylor Swift… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

Diplo Teases Collabs With Ezra Koenig, The Band Perry

Diplo is a big enough name at this point that he can pretty much work with whoever he wants, and he’s currently on a high after his successful Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, so Rolling Stone caught up with the producer to talk his recent Justin Bieber track, his shitty social media presence, and what… More »

By: James Rettig / July 14, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Skrillex And Diplo Just Hit The Studio With Arcade Fire

Skrillex’s Full Flex Express Tour makes eight stops in Canada this month, and in advance of tonight’s show in Montreal, Sonny Moore and Wes Pentz found time to create some beats with a couple of celebrated local musicians. The above photo (via DL Jones’ Facebook) shows Jack Ü jamming in the studio with Win Butler… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 10, 2015 - 9:19 pm

The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service’s laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music’s most disreputable artists. It’s been six years since “Fireflies” went to #1, and although Young lingered in the pop cultural consciousness for a while — Taylor Swift wrote 2010 album track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Jack Ü – “Where Are Ü Now” (Feat. Justin Bieber) Video

Earlier this year, EDM superstars Diplo and Skrillex teamed up as Jack Ü and released their surprise debut Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü. The surprisingly good Justin Bieber collab “Where Are Ü Now” blew up, and two weeks ago the song was given an entire EP’s worth of remixes and a lyric video. Now… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 27, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Watch Major Lazer & MØ Do “Lean On” On Fallon

I’m going to miss the days when Major Lazer’s live show was just Diplo playing records and Skerrit Bwoy leaping off ladders while daggering. But the current-day three-producer version of Major Lazer has something that other version didn’t have: A geniune bona fide summer jam. “Lean On,” the group’s collaboration with DJ Snake and MØ… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 25, 2015 - 9:11 am

Madonna – “Bitch I’m Madonna” Video (Feat. Kanye West, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora)

Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart was something of a mixed bag, but there was one straight-up radio banger: “Bitch I’m Madonna.” This is one of those choruses that you can’t help but repeat back to yourself. The song features Nicki Minaj, so for the video Madonna capitalized on the A-list pop star roster video trend… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 17, 2015 - 10:39 am

Jack Ü – “Where Are Ü Now (Rustie Remix)” (Feat. Justin Bieber)

A few months ago, Jack Ü, the international-DJ-superstar duo of Diplo and Skrillex, released their surprise debut album Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü. A whole lot of people’s favorite song from the album was “Where Are Ü Now,” which teamed the duo up with Justin Bieber. That’s partly because of the novelty of hearing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2015 - 9:41 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Our 5 Best Songs Of The Week list is occasionally featured on the Earwolf podcast Who Charted?, and in last week’s “Two Charted” segment, the show’s co-host Kulap Vilaysack expressed some curiosity about the methodology behind our list. So, for Kulap — and for you too, if you’re similarly curious — here’s the deal: We… More »

By: Stereogum / May 29, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Diplo x CL x Riff Raff x OG Maco – “Doctor Pepper”

K-pop has always lingered outside the periphery of mainstream American pop, a purely international affliction that never made its way over the Pacific outside of niche circles. PSY, its biggest crossover of the past decade, was a mostly a novelty gimmick, discarded after a few months for the next musical meme. The world of girl-grou… More »

By: James Rettig / May 22, 2015 - 11:50 am

Watch Win Butler And Diplo Play Pickup Basketball At Hangout Festival

Hangout Fest went down this past weekend, and if you didn’t have the distinct privilege of attending, then you could have taken up some more time in front of the computer watching the livestream. I’ve never been to Hangout, but from what I can gauge, it seems pretty stress-free as far as festivals go. Musicia… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 18, 2015 - 11:15 am

The Week In Pop: American Idol Changed TV, But Music? Not So Much

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)”

Diplo may be firmly ensconced in the big-money EDM universe these days, but he still knows how to craft a remix that pushes a song in interesting places without just throwing farty bass-drops all over it. Case in point: Diplo has teamed up with the Toronto producer Grandtheft to rework Rihanna’s anthemic new single “BitchMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2015 - 9:57 am

Stromae – “Ave Cesaria (Major Lazer Remix)”

You may or may not be familiar with the Belgian singer Stromae, but that guy is on top of the world right now. He’s a draw at festivals around the globe, he got a Kanye West guest-spot at Coachella, and he got Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and HAIM to appear on his Hunger Games soundtrack… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2015 - 11:15 am

M.I.A. & Diplo Are Still Bickering Via Subtweet

Diplo and M.I.A.’s feud has been going on for so long that I barely remember a time when they were collaborators, let alone romantic partners. The spats are ongoing, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. stated that Diplo was controlling and envious of her success when she signed to Interscope:… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 27, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Diplo Is Trying To Phase Out Diplo

In a new Interview article, Diplo spoke with fellow producer Rick Rubin about his career trajectory and the inner workings of Major Lazer, whose new album Peace Is The Mission is out in June. I’m no Diplo fan (ahem), and I’ll be the first to say that this Q&A is a great read, touching o… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 23, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Major Lazer – “Powerful” (Feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley)

Diplo’s dancehall production crew Major Lazer have a new album called Peace Is The Mission coming out later in the spring, and they’ve got a ton of collaborators lined up on it. We’ve heard “Lean On,” with MØ and DJ Snake, and “Night Riders,” with 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, and Mad Cobra. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 23, 2015 - 8:37 am

Diplo And Gucci Mane Are Making An Album Together

Gucci Mane has been in prison since May. He isn’t really working on anything besides maybe “not being in prison anymore.” But whoever is in charge of Gucci’s music has been busy. Since he went away to prison, we’ve had a steady stream of Gucci releases, presumably made up of music he banked before getting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2015 - 9:20 am

Watch The Series Premiere Of Diplo’s Animated TV Show Major Lazer

Diplo’s Major Lazer animated series has been in the works for a long time — they were obviously fixated on ’80s cartoons since the release of their first album back in 2009 — and it finally premiered on FXX’s Animation Domination block on Thursday night. They also debuted a new song, “Night Riders,” in celebratio… More »

By: James Rettig / April 18, 2015 - 9:10 am

Major Lazer – “Night Riders” (Feat. Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, & Mad Cobra)

Last night, the new animated series Major Lazer debuted on FX. It’s not online yet, but the timing was good, with the new Major Lazer album Peace Is The Mission looming. We’ve already heard the MØ/DJ Snake collaboration “Lean On,” and that thing got a huge reaction when MØ sang it at Coachella this past… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2015 - 8:40 am
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