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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“
Top Pop Song - Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe“
Top Dance Song - Baauer – “Harlem Shake“
Top EDM Song - Baauer – “Harlem Shake“
As you all know Daft Punk has a new album coming out, and they’ve finally started talking about it. Recently in a conversation with Rolling Stone they spilled the beans with the new album news and where they stand in EDM right now. They also have been reported by The Guardian to be in a state of emergency apparently when it comes to the dance world.
Electronic dance music is having “an identity crisis”, Daft Punk have declared. In their first interview to promote their new album Random Access Memories, due next month, the French duo claimed EDM “is in its comfort zone”. “It’s not moving one inch,” Thomas Bangalter complained. “That’s not what artists are supposed to do.”
By working with real people, in real studios, Daft Punk said they hope to shake up the complacent genre of EDM. “Today, electronic music is made in airports and hotel rooms, by DJs traveling,” Bangalter said. “It has a sense of movement, maybe, but it’s not the same vibe as going into these studios that contain specific things … You hear a song – whose track is it? There’s no signature.”
Hold on to your hats Ladies and Gents, the track listing for ‘Random Access Memories’ was just released via the Vine! Are you ready?
1) “Give Life Back to Music”
2) “The Game of Love”
3) “Giorgio by Moroder”
5) “Instant Crush”
6) “Lose Yourself to Dance”
8) “Get Lucky”
11) “Fragments of Time”
12) “Doin’ It Right”
The band also surprised Coachella go-ers last weekend according to Rolling Stone. Recently the Duo sat down with them for a seriously juicy interview! Check out some highlights here.
Last night, at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in southern California, Daft Punk debuted a teaser trailer for their new album, Random Access Memories: Without warning, a nearly two-minute video popped up on jumbotron screens flanking the festival’s various stages, in which Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and the Daft Punk robots rock out in heavily sequined getups to “Get Lucky,” the album’s lead single. Surprised festival-goers at the main stage began dancing and pointing camera phones, oblivious to the fact that the French dance heroes – Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – were in fact standing in civilian garb on the edge of the VIP section, watching themselves on the screens with delight.
Random Access Memories, made in near-total secrecy, is one of 2013′s most eagerly anticipated – and most enigma-enshrouded – releases. Late last month, for an upcoming Rolling Stone profile of Daft Punk, they discussed the new album’s creation in extensive detail at their studio in Paris.
They began working on Random Access Memories in 2008, in Paris, with no clear plan. “After three records, there was a sense of searching for a record we hadn’t done,” Thomas says. The duo were dissatisfied with early demos that leaned heavily on electronic equipment, feeling like they were operating on “autopilot,” Thomas says.
After a short time off, Deadmau5 was expected to be a bit more relaxed and less on edge…not so much. Now’s he’s taken on the bully roll in the EDM industry…but don’t tell him that, because he wouldn’t care.
It was reported back in February that during an interview with Vibe magazine the 32 year old DJ was very vocal about his feelings towards Kanye West and a few of his genre jockey mates.
In the interview he stated, “I **cking hate him,” Referring to Kanye. “He’s just trying too hard. But the problem is he’s succeeding at it.”
Deadmau5, who’s real name is Joel Zimmerman, also has not been a fan of the initial use of the initials ”EDM” (Electronic Dance Music). He liked to label the meaning as “Event Driven Marketing” due to this decades use of the word at all dance festivals, and that being the only way to get your name out their or be considered a real DJ.
He has continued on his anti-marketing rant by going after DJ Skillrex during another occasion “Skrillex…took this brostep thing and really commercialized it,” he said in an interview. “And I’m not saying that’s bad, it’s great in a certain aspect. You got to be really careful with those mill markets, because they’ll turn on you in a **cking second.”
He also summed up the Swedish House Mafia experience as “…three of you and one **cking CD with the track on it. It’s all show pony sh**” then went to turn on Swedish producer Avicii, “He did (“Levels”), and it was all right—it was catchy—but I, dead-**cking-mau5, cannot name another Avicii track. I sh** you not.”
Just this weekend he continued to fuel this feud after reading that Avicii had done an interview for GQ Manazine. “Who the fuck does an interview for GQ anyway?” he responded. “Why start giving a **ck now? What the **ck is a GQ anyway?” After a few tweet replies from fans he continued, “For douchebags, by douchebags…You can’t outdouche the inventors of douche. Laugh it off and crash a Ferrari.”
Deadmau5 maintains that he is just being honest. “The reason why I am looked at as an a**hole is because I just don’t give a **ck about pretty much anything,” he said.
I think people liked the uptight and overworked Deadmau5 better…
» Things are getting serious now for Electronic Dance Music: Deadmau5 is set to perform at the Grammy’s this Sunday, where he is nominated for 3 awards! Deadmau5 will perform at the Grammy’s alongside David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and the Foofighters in a tent outside the venue. The show is sure to be unforgettable!
Even better, Deadmau5 is holding a contest for 200 lucky fans with a chance to WIN FREE TICKETS to the Grammy’s. See details on how to win!
» Just when you think EDM has become mainstream in the US, this is definite proof that it has! Avicii has swept across the dance music market within the past year. So much so in fact, that Anheuser-Busch, the makers of Bud Light, have featured “Levels” in one of their Super Bowl commercials. Even Avicii himself appeared – spinning the record at a posh nightclub among a crowd of people. It is exciting to see a young musician like Avicii get the recognition he deserves! Go Avicii!
» HAPPY 2012 TO ALL! There were big events surrounding the EDM community that happened last night in celebration of the new year. Here are a few photos and video clips from various shows all around the US including the Deadmau5 and Avicii gig in NYC, and the Skrillex gig in Milwaukee.
(above) Avicii playing to an excited crowd on NYE.
Deadmau5 performs at Joonbug’s Deadmau5 Unhooked New Year’s Eve 2012 DJ set at Pier 36 on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
A massive countdown celebration at the Skrillex gig in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jairo Bonilla & Adam Miszewski)
Skrillex gig at the large Stellar Spark arena in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jairo Bonilla & Adam Miszewski)
Skrillex New Years Eve 2012 Countdown (fan made video)
» The follow-up to their Beatport #1 smash ”Rebound“, the two young artists, Mat Zo & Arty, have collaborated once again to create an energetic and uplifting in-your-face dance track suitable to bring in 2012 with style!
“Mozart“ is the latest collaboration from two producers and has been featured on the recent ”Anjunabeats Volume 9“ compilation. Playing with the idea that they are very young talent, their video features a young version of a modern Mozart in humorous break dancing scenario.
Keep an eye out for these two as they have been releasing many chart topping tunes and have seemingly taken over the airwaves and clubs throughout Europe!
“Mozart” is now available on iTunes.
Mat Zo & Arty – Mozart (Official Music Video)
» 2011 will go down as the year when America finally tuned in and embraced electronic dance music. The dance revolution of 2011 was for everyone. And by the looks of things, this time it might be here to stay.
The numbers alone are staggering. The three-day festivals Electric Daisy Carnival (June 24-26 in Las Vegas) and Ultra Music Festival (March 25-27 in Miami) drew 230,000 and 150,000 attendees, respectively, topping all prior attendance records. Ultra Records broke the 100 million mark in monthly YouTube views: Its channel now has more than 1.3 billion total views, making it the fifth-most-watched music channel overall.
“The great thing about electronic music is that it’s a very forceful scene,” says DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold, one of the genre’s first superstars. “It’s 20 years old in Europe — it’s still getting bigger and better. America has finally caught up; now there’s a whole new generation that loves it.
“I believe we’re already in a place where the genre has crossed over, and that in 2012 and beyond, the industry will continue to grow and become more professional,” says Pasquale Rotella, president/CEO of Insomniac Events, which produces Electric Daisy Carnival.
If 2011 was big for EDM, 2012 looks even more mega.