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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 »

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 »

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 »

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Major Lazer – “Sound Bang” (Feat. Machel Montano) Video

Machel Montano is the biggest star in soca, the Trinidadian genre that’s like Jamaican dancehall played at double speed, with goofier hooks. If you ever get a chance to see him live, you should absolutely take it; his show is nuts. It’s slick Vegas entertainment as high-speed endurance-test, and it involves so much sweat. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 2, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Stream Mad Decent’s A Very Very Decent Christmas Mixtape

Diplo’s record label Mad Decent has shared a Christmas-themed mixtape called A Very Very Decent Christmas featuring versions of holiday songs remixed and reworked by their roster of artists. This is their second Christmas mixtape after last year’s A Very Decent Christmas. Diplo teams up with Alvaro and Kstylis for an aggressive “Bethlehem Edition” of… More »

By: James Rettig / November 28, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Jack Ü – “Take Ü There” (Feat. Kiesza) Video

Diplo and Skrillex recently hooked up to form a duo called Jack Ü, roping in the rising pop-house star Kiesza to sing on their big, bright, bouncy debut single “Take Ü There.” Their new “Take Ü There” video is really more like two videos in one: The straightforward people-rocking-crowds-on-tour video and the half-animated frantic-mugging video. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2014 - 8:55 am

Diplo Made A Song With Madonna, Nicki Minaj, & Sophie

Last week, I was talking with my friends and bet that we’d see the PC Music aesthetic start to drip over into Top 40 music by the end of next year. Looks like it may happen even earlier than that. In a new interview with inthemix, Diplo revealed that he worked on a track for… More »

By: James Rettig / November 20, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Lorde Explains Why She Insulted Diplo’s Penis

Lorde already seemed to be everywhere all the time, but ever since she took on this Hunger Games soundtrack it’s been Lorde, Lorde, Lorde, all the day long. That said, she also drew headlines last week for tweeting about Kim Kardashian’s ass and Diplo’s penis, so there’s that. She addressed the latter in a new… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 19, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Diplo Named His Baby Lazer

Diplo has been in the tabloids lately for dating Katy Perry, but per The Daily Mail on Sunday he welcomed a second child with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. (That’s the two of them above at a Coachella party last year.) The boy’s name? Lazer Lee Louis Pentz. That’s right: The guy behind Major Lazer named hi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 17, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Uber Partnering With Spotify

According to The New York Times, Uber is partnering up with Spotify. Soon, the taxi service will allow passengers to play music from their phones during their ride. The service will apparently work whether or not the Uber car has an AUX output, but it’s unclear at this point exactly how the two services will… More »

By: James Rettig / November 15, 2014 - 11:07 am

Major Lazer – “All My Love” (Feat. Ariana Grande)

As previously reported, the one unannounced song from the upcoming Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack is a collaboration between R&B-pop wunderkind Ariana Grande and Diplo. As it turns out, that song, “All My Love,” is credited to Major Lazer featuring Grande. It was also co-written by emerging Danish pop star and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2014 - 10:59 am

Lorde Tells Diplo To Do Something About His Tiny Penis

Diplo spent yesterday by making a running Twitter joke out of Taylor Swift’s perceived lack of a booty. First, he said that someone should launch a Kickstarter campaign to get Swift a booty, and then he tweeted the actual crowdfunding campaign that someone started. He made a bunch of jokes about it. And now Lorde,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2014 - 9:16 am

Secret Mockingjay Soundtrack Song Revealed: Ariana Grande x Lorde x Diplo

Last week when the tracklist for the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack was announced, one song was left off: the mysteriously unlabeled “Track 5.” (Lorde tweeted that it wasn’t meant to be a mystery and that it just hadn’t been finished yet.) As MTV points out, in a livestream with her fans today, Ariana Grande… More »

By: James Rettig / October 29, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Zola Jesus – “Go (Blank Sea) (Diplo Remix)”

You know Zola Jesus is really serious about this whole shooting-for-pop-stardom thing when she gets herself a Diplo remix. Diplo has just reworked “Go (Blank Sea),” the second single from Zola Jesus’ new Taiga album, and he’s added jittery footwork-style drums and squelchy festival-rave synths to her swooping operatics. The bassline probably quotes Ginuwine’s “Pony,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014 - 10:48 am

Watch The Trailer For 808, Drum Machine Doc Feat. Afrika Bambaataa, Damon Albarn, Questlove, Phil Collins, New Order, Rick Rubin, & More

More than 30 years ago, Afrika Bambaataa’s Arthur Baker-produced “Planet Rock” changed the music industry forever, thanks in part to its use of the revolutionary 808 drum machine. The 808 created a beat no one had ever experienced before, and eventually gave birth to genres such as EDM, synthpop, dubstep, and countless others. Now, Atlantic… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / October 15, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Jack U – “Take Ü There” (Feat. Kiesza)

Jack U is the superstar DJ duo of Diplo and Skrillex, and for a while, they’ve been threatening to unleash some gigantic recordings on the world. Chief among those is “Take Ü There,” a collaboration with the rising house-pop star Kiesza. Diplo has played the track during a few DJ sets, and we’ve posted rips. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 15, 2014 - 4:36 pm

U2 Release Free Album Songs Of Innocence And Debut “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” At Apple Event

U2 just pulled a Beyoncé plus a Jay Z. As of a few minutes ago, the band’s new album Songs Of Innocence was delivered for free to all iTunes customers, just after U2 performed new single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” on stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Until mid-October, all iTunes users will… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 9, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Hear Diplo Debut Jack U’s Kiesza Collaboration “Take U There” At Mad Decent Block Party

Jack U is the EDM wonder-twins super-team of Diplo and Skrillex. Though they’ve been recording together lately, their music only seems to exist in the form of tracks that Diplo plays during festival DJ sets. One of those tracks is “Take U There,” a collaboration with Kiesza, the singer behind the monster house-pop anthem “Takeaway.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2014 - 12:48 pm

The Week In Pop: From Diana Ross To Ariana Grande, A Pop History Of “I’m Coming Out”

Ariana Grande’s sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children’s TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is — a compendium of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Uber Spokesman Diplo Preps Collabs With Lorde, Cat Power, Madonna, Chris Brown

In a cover story for Billboard, reigning pop king Diplo shared a wealth of information about upcoming collaborations, his “perpetual motion machine” lifestyle, and his sponsorship deal with Uber. Here are the goods: In 2015, he’s putting out a new Major Lazer album and launching a Major Lazer cartoon on Fox about a “Rasta superhero,”… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 22, 2014 - 2:19 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

Diplo Defends Kandi Ban Following Mad Decent Block Party Deaths

Earlier this month, two of the kids who had gone to the Maryland date of Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party festival died of drug-related issues, and many more were hospitalized. As a result, festival organizers have tightened up the rules for the remaining dates, and one of the things that has been banned is Kandi,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Hear A New Song From Diplo & Skrillex’s Jack U

Diplo and Skrillex are both at the top of their respective games — the former has the pop music world on lock and the latter is the reigning EDM king — so it’s interesting to see what they come up with when they work together. As Pitchfork points out, BBC Radio 1 broadcasted a set… More »

By: James Rettig / August 10, 2014 - 6:51 pm
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