If you are one of the few who have not purchased your tickets for EDC Chicago you can still do so via their website. If you were planning on camping this year at EDC Chicago and you have not bought tickets, you are out of luck it has sold out! The good new though is that the festival has free parking and shuttles running from Chicago to the Chicagoland Speedway! Now you may have heard some rumors about the line up… no need to worry I have posted it below for your viewing pleasure. Rest assured Fusion will be at EDC Chicago taking tons of pics and getting some exclusive interviews for you, the fans!
The singer known as Lights is a Toronto electro pop music act. She signed with Warner Bros. in conjunction with Doghouse Records becoming an emerging new artist to watch. She toured in support of her debut album The Listening with Owl City, Keane and Lilith Fair.
With the second album Siberia she headlined in Palatine and most recently at the House of Blues Chicago.
We snuck backstage to catch up with the spritely singer.
Jerry Nunn: Hey, Lights. Welcome back to Chicago.
Lights: It’s great to be back. We were in Palatine for the last concert here and Bottom Lounge this time last year. We are always coming back and I always get Garrett’s Popcorn.
JN: I forgot you like that [both laugh]!
Lights: Way too much. There was a line out the door today.
JN: Speaking of lines out the door, there was a huge line to meet you after the show at the Bottom Lounge last time you played there. Were you able to meet all of them?
Lights: I try my best to always say hi to everyone but when the line is massive if we do photos then it takes too long. With that one we did autographs. I do what I can when I can as long as my body will let me I will do it.
JN: How do you keep a following going?
Lights: I think one of the most important things in having a fan relationship is making them feel invested and vice versa. I know for a fact when there is a relationship there. I know when I’m a fan and find myself spending time looking up their music and finding out more about them or watching their videos. Suddenly that is thirty minutes of my life I spent on that person and that will indicate how much longer you will be a fan. It is about the time invested on the relationship. You put things out there for people to interact with them to see and explore. There are lots of places to find me on the Internet. I think every creator and artist is different. There is not a whole lot of mystery surrounding me.
JN: You are an open book from what I have found.
Lights: Yeah [laughs].
JN: It is great that you make an effort to meet people when you can. There are people outside waiting in the rain for you right now.
Lights: At this stage for sure. I’m not playing arenas so I do what I can.
JN: I loved the stories you told me last time of you and your mom making music videos together.
Lights: Yes, we would make a puppet or something like that. We were trying to have a good time in the process.
JN: You have come so far.
Lights: It’s amazing. You really get a good grasp of where you are. You become very self aware when you have a good relationship with the fans because you don’t get your ego inflated or anything like that. You are always aware of who is coming and what they are like. You still look how far you have come. On Facebook it hit me when we got to a million fans on there. Wow, that’s a million people that know who I am. It’s very humbling.
JN: You have been putting on great shows. I interviewed you last time when you played Subterranean.
Lights: Yes, that was back in 2009. Chicago has always been a fun place so it is easy for us to put on a good show here. That is something we always put effort into. The band is amazing. We always try to make sure the show is different every time so when you have return show goers then it is a new experience for them. There are new songs or a different way of playing that song. It is so important to consider those things when putting on a good show.
JN: Speaking of new songs you have “Timing Is Everything.”
Lights: That was on Siberia. It was never going to be a single but we just made a video for it. Ken Galloway is an upcoming director who directed it is based in Toronto. He came at us with the idea and said if we could do it for a set amount of money, which was not very much at all, would I make a video for it. I said, “Let’s do it.” It was super fun.
JN: He came to you?
Lights: He came to us. This is the first video that I didn’t write the treatment for. It is kind of amazing. It just happened. Suddenly there was a new song out and people knew about it. People are more inclined to learn new music if there is a video for it.
JN: It has similarities to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” There were gay guys riding bikes together in it.
Lights: That was the cutest. The concept was having three different love stories. That is the story behind the video. It was serendipity. You can meet anywhere anytime and something can spark from that, which is what the song is about. The first couple meets at a late night gym, the last place you would expect to go hunt for love. They find love, go into a dream and bust out of the wall of the gym. It was awesome.
JN: How is your love life?
Lights: I actually got married this year. He’s in the next room right now!
JN: That’s so adorable. When do you have time to balance a relationship? You obviously bring him with you.
Lights: It’s hard but he’s an up and coming musician too. It can be hard because we are on different tours. He’s from the metal world so it is very different. We never tour together.
JN: Where did you meet?
Lights: Weirdly enough we met at a concert that was neither of ours.
JN: So you had a common taste in music.
JN: You are still into Bjork?
Lights: Yes, but lots of different things. I grew up listening to all different types of music so I know a lot about different kinds of music.
JN: What do you think of Ellie Goulding who does similar type of music as yours?
Lights: I can’t be frustrated with her because she’s so great but she messes with my Google search stats. When someone looks up “Lights” it is her album and single so it conflicts with mine?
JN: How do you feel about your friend Owl City? He finally broke through.
Lights: He’s doing really well. The last time we played this venue, the House of Blues, was with him back in 2010. I always support people who have done it themselves. He’s a talented guy. He was making music in his bedroom for years. He’s the real deal. He’s making it because he really enjoys making it. I always love that kind of success.
JN: What is the story behind “My Boots?” I love that song.
Lights: Awesome. It was a one off too. It was never on an album. It was one of those songs that flowed out. It has a lot of different meanings behind it. The initial inspiration for it was winter like a romantic lady winter. She’s beautiful yet she’s so evil.
JN: It almost sounds like a summer song.
Lights: Yeah but I was thinking as a Canadian we think about winter so much I might as well make a song that celebrates it. I like the love/hate properties of it.
JN: I wrote a travel story in Toronto last Christmas.
Lights: It must have been cold in December.
JN: It was snowing but beautiful.
Lights: I’m glad you appreciate it. I love Toronto.
JN: I loved it and just walked over to the gay bars from my hotel.
Lights: Yeah, on Church Street. That is a good area too. You have to come for Pride in the summer. It’s insane. The first station in Toronto to play my music was on PrideFM. I love them so much.
JN: I didn’t know that. When do you have new music coming out?
Lights: After this tour. This is the last tour of Siberia then I will start working on new songs. I need to fully dive in. It is hard for me to write on the road. I’m just starting to dip my toes in the new stuff right now but it is the next step for sure.
JN: Do you have an idea of what you would like to do?
Lights: I do. I have these visions but you never know where it is going to take you until you start going in and writing it. It is good to have a vision and then it kind of drives itself.
JN: So people can go to music.iamlights.com to find out more.
Lights: Yes, I have Twitter and Facebook as well. I just got an app. It is really cool.
JN: I got to get a Lights app.
Lights: It is made by a company called Volume but the website is called volu.me/light and it will take you right to it.
JN: I will spread the word. I wish I had the power of Perez Hilton and could take you on a music tour myself.
Lights: Aww, I love that! I appreciate all of your support over the years.
Lights returns to the Windy City On June 18 visit music.iamlights.com for tickets today.
Ultra Music Festival has just released the sale of their “early bird” tickets for the 2014 fest! “Ultra Music Festival 2014 will take place during the last weekend in March, from Friday March 28 through Sunday March 30 in Miami, Florida during Miami Music Week, reports the UNTZ.”
Early Bird Tickets for 2014 went on sale on Tuesday, May 21 2013 at 1pm. For now, they are priced at $149.95 for general admission. I’m sure the ticket prices will go up, as they do every year, so this early bird chance is a great deal! You can visit ULTRA to get your tickets.
**ATTENTION: UPDATE! The tickets for GA $149.95 are sold out, and the tickets for GA advance $249.95 are also sold out.**
ULTRA has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) six consecutive years, from 2005 to 2011, “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and “Best Festival” by the Village Voice Media New Times consecutively five years running from 2005 through 2009.
Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, ULTRA has grown through the years to present not only the genre’s hottest, biggest and best headline artists (The Prodigy, Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers, Tiësto, David Guetta, deadmau5, Underworld, Kraftwerk, Armin van Buuren, Moby, Fatboy Slim, Justice, Carl Cox and Avicii to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, Snoop Dogg, Hot Chip, Crystal Castles, The Killers, New Order, Duran Duran, The Black Eyed Peas, Erasure, M83, Santigold, The Ting Tings, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun and Bloc Party).
Singer Sara Bareilles returned to Chicago this time at the Park West on Armitage with better acoustics and a strong sense of humor. Over the years the songwriter has changed having moved to Manhattan with a new attitude. She loved talking about it…
Cazzette “Beam Me Up” hits the big screen with the Star Trek Into Darkness promo video.
The video features the hit song “Beam Me Up” which was simultaneously released on MTV and VH1 as one of the promos to Star Trek Into Darkness. We can only hope that more Dance music makes it way to the big screen sometime soon.
Zoe Badwi hits the #1 Spot on the Fusion Top 100 this week with her new song “Torches”. This song was the Official Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras ’2013 Theme, and it has since become a huge hit on Fusion Radio. Zoe is expected to release her new album sometime this year!
Fusion Radio May-20-2013
Torches (Sydney GLBT 2013 Mardi Gras Mix)
Tydi Ft Kerli
Glow In The Dark (Radio Edit)
Everybody Loves The Night (Wawa Radio Edit)
Dankann & Antillas Ft. Laurell
When You Love Someone (Radio Edit)
Calvin Harris Ft. Ellie Goulding
I Need Your Love (Radio Edit)
Tiesto Ft. Luciana
We Own The Night (Radio Edit)
David Guetta ft. Chris Brown
I Can Only Imagine (Radio Edit)
Glowing (Cazzette Radio Mix)
Let There Be Love (Cutmore Radio Mix)
Rihanna Ft. David Guetta
Right Now (Radio Edit)
Heart Attack (Alias Radio Edit)
Zedd Ft. Matthew Koma
Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
Edvard Viber & Tiff Lacey
Is This Love (Radio Edit)
Ferry Corsten Ft. Duane Harden
Love Will (Radio Edit)
Zedd Ft. Foxes
Clarity (Radio Edit)
John De Sohn
Dance Our Tears Away(Radio Edit)
Taryn Manning & Valetto
Send Me Your Love (Radio Edit)
What You Are (Cutmore Radio Mix)
Fly Away (7th Heaven Radio Edit)
Maison & Dragen Ft. Jeremy Carr
Never Gonna Stop (Radio Edit)
Calvin Harris Ft. Ayah Marah
Thinking About You (Original Mix)
A – Fiyacraka (Dave Aude Radio Edit)
If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix)
Paul Rudd Ft. Amanda Wilson
Trust In Me (Radio Edit)
Audien Ft. Michael S
Leaving You (Radio Edit)
Cahill & Kimberley Locke
Feel The Love (Cahill Radio Edit)
TooManyLeftHands Ft. Gattas
Survivor (Radio Edit)
You & I
X You (Radio Edit)
People Like Us (Show & Tell Radio Edit)
Stone & Van Linden Ft. Lyck
Into The Light
Acid Rain (Fusion Edit)
Florence & The Machine
Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Radio Edit)
Alex Gaudino Ft. JRDN
Playing With My Heart (Promo Only Clean Edit)
Sultan Ned Shepard & Nervo Ft. Omarion
Army (Radio Edit)
Alive (Radio Edit)
Peter Luts Ft Lynn Larouge
Hands Up (Radio Edit)
Antillas & Blinders Ft. Jenson
Top Of The World (Radio Edit)
Who We Are Ft. Miss Palmer (Radio Edit)
I Like It Loud (Wawa Radio Edit)
Tale & Dutch Feat. Adassa
Dancing Alone (Radio Mix)
Here With You (Dave Aude Radio Edit)
Zombies In Love (Radio Edit)
Antoine Clamaran Ft. Fenja
This Is My Goodbye (Radio Edit)
Richard Beynon Ft. Sam Olson
Mirrors (Radio Edit)
The City (Radio Edit)
Celebrate (Radio Edit)
Michael Woods Ft. Ester Dean
We’ve Only Just Begun (Radio Edit)
Wanna Say (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Radio Edit)
Cherry Cherry Boom Boom
One And Only (Dave Aude’ Radio Edit)
Let’s Have A KiKi (Dj Dan Remix Fusion Squeeky Clean Edit)
I Love It (Radio Edit)
Armin Van Buuren Ft. Trevor Guthrie
This Is What It Feels Like
Marc Van Linden Ft Amanda Wilson
Gotta Let You Go (Radio Mix)
Alesso Ft. Matthew Koma
David Guetta Ft. Sia
She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (Radio Edit)
Nervo & Hook N Sling
StedE & Hybrid Heights Ft. Sylvia Tosun
Lift (Radio Edit)
Nicky Romero & Nervo
Like Home (Radio Edit)
Kill The Lights (Electro Radio Mix)
Jessica Sutta Ft. Kemal Golden
Again (Farley & Dickinson Circuit Edit)
U Be The Bass (Radio Edit)
Carried Away (Tiesto Remix)
Style Of Eye & Tom Staar
After Dark (Radio Edit)
Stars (Chris Cox Radio Edit)
M3ox Ft. Heidrun
Beating Of My Heart (Matisse & Sadko Radio Edit)
Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams
Get Lucky (The Structure Edit)
Vicetone Ft. Jonny Rose
David Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj
Turn Me On (Radio Edit)
You’ll Be Mine
Diamonds (Shahaf Moran Radio Edit)
Michael Mind Project
Antiheroes (Radio Edit)
Stonebridge Matt Joko & Jonathan Mendelsohn
Standing In Your Way Ft. Crystal Waters (Radio Edit)
The Word (Radio Edit)
Carly Rae Jepsen
Tonight I’m Getting Over You (Reid Stefan Edit)
Kaskade & Swanky Tunes Ft. Lights
No One Knows Who We Are (Rune Rk Radio)
If Time Runs Out (Paul Oakenfold Radio Mix)
Closer (Never Let Go )(Radio Mix)
How Ya Doin (Almighty Radio Edit)
Sandro Silva Ft. Jack Miz
Let Go Tonight (Radio Edit)
Say It Again (Radio Edit)
Dzeko & Torres And Sarah Mc Leod
Parachute (Kat Krazy Radio Edit)
Big Banana (Dave Aude Radio Edit)
Under The Sun (Alias Radio Edit)
Time To Move On (Cutmore Radio Edit)
Mat Zo & Porter Robinson
You’re Gonna Love Again
Glorious (Video Edit)
Djs From Mars
Phat A** Drop (Fusion Radio’s Squeeky Clean Edit)
Arty Ft. Chris James
Together We Are (Radio Edit)
4 Strings Ft. Seri
Ready To Fall (Radio Edit)
Her World Goes On (8th Note & Weekend Heroes Edit)
The Lucky Ones
Bad Dog (Disco Tech Radio Edit)
Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash & John Martin “Reload” (Radio Edit)
Selena Gomez “Come And Get It” (Cahill Radio Edit)
Justin booed, Taylor Swift DOES have a long lasting relationship, and Miguel kicks it…literally! The 2013 Billboard Music Awards were this Sunday, and it turned out to be quite the event.
Next to the Grammy’s, winning at the Billboard Awards shows an Artist they made it in the music world. The Billboard Award is not about how good you are, it’s how well you’ve done. From Top Selling Albums to Highest Paid Concerts, the Billboard Awards complete the musicians resume with a respected trophy.
Hosted by Tracy Morgan, The ABC broadcast brought in the ratings, ranking at #1 on Sunday night, and had a 28% increase from last year pulling in 9.47 million viewers.
Taylor Swift brought in the most wins (8), while Justin Beiber brought in the least (1). While Taylor accepted one of her awards she admitted to the crowd, “I do have one of the longest lasting relationships right now…and that’s with my fans”.
When Justin Beiber received his Top Male Artist Award he made a reference to all the “Bull S&*t” that has been going on and needs to be taken seriously, which followed by a crowd full of boos.
Right in the middle was Gotye who won a total of 4 awards for his “Somebody That I Used To Know” single. And Prince was honored with a Icon Award.
Madonna was honored with the Top Touring Artist Award for her MDNA 2012 tour which brought in $305 million. A 2 minute, 20 second video of concert preceded her arrival to the stage which followed her stating, “It took longer to negotiate whether I could show my ass in that trailer than it took to negotiate that tour!” She later humbly thanked her fans for the three-decades of support, ”A showgirl needs her fans.” she simply stated.
EDM was not a loser in any way of the night, David Guetta, who won in the new category of EDM artist and performed with Akon and Ne-Yo, explained a brief history of reading Billboard Magazine when he was growing up in Paris. “When they put me on the cover four years ago and said EDM would be big, I thought ‘these guys are crazy – this will never happen’,” he said. “Imagine how I feel today.”
Other performances of the night were will.i.am and Justin Bieber doing “#Thatpower,” Pitbull and Christina Aguillera’s “Feel This Moment” with a guest solo from A-ha’s Morten Harket (“Take On Me“), Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” and, set in kung fu movie motif, Chris Brown’s “Fine China.”
Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a lap dance during “High School” and during Miguel’s performance of “Adorn” ended in scary fashion when he landed on a pair of fans heads during a leap from the stage. They were fine, brought back stage, and Miguel personally apologized to them.
Here are some of this years winners:
Top Artist – Taylor Swift
Top New Artist -One Direction
Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group - One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist - Maroon 5
Top Radio Songs Artist - Rihanna
Top Pop Artist - One Direction
Top Dance Artist - Madonna
Top EDM Artist - David Guetta
Top Billboard 200 Album - Taylor Swift – “Red“
Top Pop Album - Adele – “21“
Top Dance Album - Madonna – “MDNA“
Top EDM Album - Skrillex – “Bangarang“
Top Hot 100 Song - Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know“
Top Radio Song -Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know“
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