EDC New York 2016 Announcement Teaser

Insomniac Events released the first teaser for their upcoming 2016 festival Electric Daisy Carnival New York days before tickets go on sale. The fest will run for two days, taking place from May 14-15 at Citi Field in Queens. While no details regarding the 2016 lineup have been released at this point, considering Insomniac’s penchant for consistently outdoing themselves, it’s safe to say fans can expect a massive roster of world renowned talent, amazing production, and vivacious carnival rides.

While competing festivals Governor’s Ball, EZoo, and potentially a New York version of Coachella are in close proximity to EDC, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella has assured they will continue to raise the bar. “Insomniac events in general are produced by people who come from the culture. It’s people who come from the bottom up and not the top down. We live and breathe dance music everyday and we’ve been doing that since the very beginning. We are a product of the rave cultures from back in the day.” Rotella told YourEDM.

Tickets for EDC New York will go on sale next Monday, November 30at 12 pm ET, and can be purchased at the official website.

89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Happy Thanksgiving! While many people are running off to catch a plane, train or figuring out the least enraging way around the traffic. 3.5 million people will be lining the streets of Manhattan to watch the 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The parade, which begins at 9 a.m. starts it’s route at Central Park West and 77th Street and goes down CPW. It travels across Central Park South, then parade heads down 6th Avenue, and then across 34th Street to Macy’s.

This year, Macy’s says the parade features “17 giant character balloons, 24 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, and trycaloons; 27 floats, 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers, more than 1,000 clowns, 12 marching bands, a host of celebrity performances by Mariah Carey, Questlove, Train, Panic! at the Disco, Jennifer Nettles, Rachel Platten, Trey Songz, Pat Benatar, and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus.


3,600 Highschool Students Lip Dub Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Major Lazer, Silentó & More

Broken Arrow High School has some serious school spirit. The Oklahoma high school has just made an epic 12-minute-long lip-synch video featuring 3,600 students and faculty, and it’s already nearing a quarter of a million views on YouTube.

BAH brought together everyone from cheerleaders, football and soccer players, swimmers, golfers, actors to the marching band to dubsmash and dance to a plethora of songs like Major Lazer‘s “Lean On” to Rachel Platten‘s “Fight Song,” including faculty members doing the Whip and Nae Nae. The massive music video concluded with a school-wide performance of High School Musical’s “We’re All In This Together.”

“We wanted to create something different this year that wasn’t the typical lip dub,” video production manager Greg Spencer, who directed and edited the video, told the school’s newspaper. “I wanted to incorporate as many students as possible. Our main goal was to create something visually interesting that represents how engaged and spirited the student body has become. I really think we accomplished that.”

The video was filmed during the school’s homecoming festivities, and took a total of three weeks to complete. Check out the impressive vid below and go Tigers!


Only In New York : Pacha NYC Closing Doors After A Decade Run

Some sad news for NYC club goers. This January, Pacha New York is closing it’s doors for good after a 10 year run. Those who have had the opportunity to experience the nightclub know how special the venue was to the dance music community. It was the home for the biggest DJs in the industry to showcase their talent.

“The average nightclub lasts 18 months we lasted 120, It’s been a wild ride that none of us will ever forget.

6 million fans gracing our dance floor for over 12,000 hours. That’s more than 1,500 shows over 500 weeks. We’ve had many marriages, quite a few divorces, and at least 522 babies conceived. Fans have burned close to 10 billion calories over ten years, while our barbacks have ran nearly 10 thousand miles (burning a million calories), carrying over 2 million bottles of alcohol (enough to fill 2 Olympic sized swimming pools.)

Our final parties will celebrate the different artists, styles, and scenes that have made Pacha great” says Pacha New York’s president Eddie Dean.

Pacha will close out it’s final days with a series of parties throughout December and January.  Some of the planned acts include Diddy, Dirty South, Carnage, Markus Schulz and Pacha’s founding resident DJ Erick Morillo.

Purchase your tickets to the 10 year anniversary party with Erick Morillo for one last time on the Pacha NYC dance floor as we celebrate a Decade of Dance music and teh club’s final Anniversary Party on Saturday, December 12.

For more information about the last events at Pacha New York, click here.

JoJo Delivers A Moving Unplugged Performance Of “Say Love”

It has been nearly a decade since Joanna “JoJo” Levesque has been in the spotlight. The Massachusetts singer made a triumphant return in August with a “tringle” of comeback singles, including the highly infectious, “When Love Hurts“, which peaked at No. 7* on Billboard‘s Hot Singles.

Today, JoJo premiered  an acoustic version of “Say Love” on The Fader. In beginning of the clip, she explains the song’s origins. “Every song on the album is true to me,” she says. “I can’t sing something, whether I wrote it or not, that I can’t feel. I had a girlfriend in the studio with me that was going through the exact thing. She had been the first to say I love you and he didn’t say I love you back. She was crying while I was recording it and I knew that I had tapped into something. I had put myself in her shoes and I want”.

JoJo will be the musical guest on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show this Tuesday, December 1st.

Top 5 Best Covers of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”

This summer saw the release of the mega hit, “Can’t Feel My Face” by the Canadian singer, The Weeknd. The track peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Top 100 and continues to rebound and remain on the Hot 100. Boasting over millions of views on the original video, we decided to explore and share our favorite covers of the hit song. Check them out below.

New York’s own Empress Of introduces a piano ballad version of “Can’t Feel My Face” that’s been picked up by Pitchfork and Fader due to her unique sound and raw vocal delivery.

Karmin’s take on the hit song starts off sparse with a focus on the rich bass, and then turns into a mashup of Gwen Stefani’s “Keep on Dancing”. 

Youtube’s Matt DeFreitas (known as RollUpHills), covers every pop song as it’s on the rise and did justice to this song as well. His laid back acoustic take reminds us of a Boyce Avenue vibe.

Rising star Alessia Cara covered the song on air with Ryan Seacrest, delivering a version with her signature strong vocals and a simple guitar accompaniment.

As a contrast to most covers of this track, Our Last Night provides a rock take that gives the listener a brand new idea of the song. Using the bridge to veer away from rock and go into screamo may or may not appeal to The Weeknd’s fan base, however Our Last Night keeps the original energy present in the song and develops the musical ideas even further.

Watch Adele, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Perform “Hello” On Classroom Instruments

It’s officially Adele season. Coming off an incredible weekend performance on SNL, she stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on Monday, with a stirring performance of “Water Under the Bridge” and a charming game of “Box of Lies.  The record breaking queen of single-week album sales,  also made time for a backstage performance of “Hello” , this time on on toy instruments.

The 25 singer was joined by the Roots and Fallon himself on a series of classroom instruments including kazoos, bongos, ukuleles and tiny xylophones as she wailed away at the impassioned single. Watch the fun below.

Adele also performed “Million Years Ago” on the TODAY show this morning:

Adele’s soaring new album 25 is out now on XL/Columbia, but you already knew that.

Secret Wu-Tang Clan ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ Album Sold for Millions

Earlier this year, Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA announced that the rap group had recorded a secret album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, that would only be heard by a private buyer. According to a press release, a buyer coughed up the cash (a figure in “the millions”) and the sole album — which features Raekwon, GZA, and more — is now in his or her possession. That makes it the most expensive single album ever purchased, surpassing Jack White’s $300K Elvis record purchased earlier this year.

Pigeons and Planes quotes the release as saying the purchaser is “a private American collector,” and the LP is described as “a retrospective soundscape that threads 31 songs, skits, and stories into a 128-minute-long aural screenplay.” And you’ll likely never get to hear it, as the buying contract stipulates an 88-year waiting period before the music can be shared with the public. Bummer. We will be around 118 years old then.


New York Producer Baauer Meets Jennifer Lawrence for Hunger Games Remix

New York’s production talent, Baauer,  is one of the latest musical artists featured in the coveted Hunger Games series. Stepping outside his normal production space, Baauer collaborated with the vocal talent of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence to create a remix that evokes the intense yet tranquil emotions of the Hunger Games series.

Baauer is widely known for the viral “Harlem Shake”, in which he won Dance Song of the Year and EDM Song of the Year at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Fans are highly anticipating the debut album of this rising producer, however he’s letting the excitement build as he releases unexpected additional tracks such as this Jennifer Lawrence remix of, “Deep in the Meadows”. Listen below and tell us what you think!

Behind the Music: Bibi Bourelly

While most teenagers are trying to figure out the American college dream, student loans, and decide what they want to be when they grow up, others simply decide what they’re going to do and go do it.

That’s what Bibi Bourelly did – the 20-year-old songwriter behind Rihanna’s recent hit, “BBHMM” – who came from Berlin to LA and within a year had a Billboard Top 100 and Billboard Dance Club hit.   With Rihanna’s recent announcement of her upcoming album and tour, “Anti”, we decided to look behind the scenes of “BBHMM” and what we found made the song even more impressive.

Bibi – one of the cowriters on the hit song – hails from Berlin, describing it in her own words as, “Berlin is who I am. Berlin is my music, the way I dress, the way I talk. I grew up running around the subways and streets of that city. Tagging, listening to cool music, sitting on the rooftops of abandoned buildings and not going home enough. Then I got in trouble and went to America.”

Upon arriving in LA, Bibi wrote at local studios, and, after writing a few tracks (including #BBHMM), had her music played for Kanye and then Rihanna. While her songwriting career is taking off (Rihanna’s already recorded a second song of Bibi’s – “Higher“), Bibi explained that she’s not pursuing a career specifically in songwriting, but instead as an artist.

Take a listen to Bibi Bourelly’s music below while waiting for the release of Rihanna’s new album!

Check out a full interview of Bibi on Vice




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