In music, the phrase “next big thing” gets tossed around with abandon. With a myriad of mediums available to consume music and an even greater volume of music to consume, what makes an artist actually worth listening to? In this new ProMotionMusicNews.com weekly series, Avant Garde Artisté, our staff of forward thinking music devotees will attempt to you the answer … and more. As we’re not genre bound, or label specific, the emerging recording artists you are about experience have captured our full attention through their music and all you need do is lend a curious ear.
Hometown: Uppsala, Sweden
Label: Good Soldier Records
This week’s artist, Tobtok, will be an immediate hit for fans of the Tropical and Deep House genre. Hailing from a town in Sweden well-known for its vibrant and innovative music scene, Tobtok has become successful not only in his own community, but within the EDM scene – performing alongside superstars such as Avicii, Martin Garrix, and Axwell & Ingrosso, at festivals around the world.
At only 23-years-old, after getting the opportunity to remix for musicians such as Icona Pop, Ella Henderson, and Blonde, Tobtok signed to one of the world’s biggest DJ-agencies. He released two singles, “Higher” and “Shelter”, following up with a cover of Tracy Chapman’s, “Fast Car” as his third single.
Tobtok’s take on “Fast Car” keeps the iconic guitar line while adding a mesmerizing synth texture to carry the song forward. As a tribute to the original song, the acoustic feel remains, while rich harmonies are layered on top along with a deep base line that provides the unique feel-good momentum that is so traditional in tropical house music.
Back in June, the Daft Punk documentary,Daft Punk Unchained, aired on the French network Canal+. Now, the film, which was previously available only with subtitles, has gotten an official U.S. premiere date.
Directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and co-written by Delpierre and Marina Rozenman, the documentary features the masked electronic duo from their humble beginnings in Paris to becoming the powerhouse they are today. The doc will also feature guest appearances from Kanye West, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Todd Edwards, photographer Peter Lindbergh, Pete Tong, former Daft Punk manager/Ed Banger founder Pedro Winter, designer Tony Gardner, and artist Leiji Matsumoto.
Daft Punk Unchained is scheduled to air on Showtime on Thursday, December 10 at 9 p.m., EST. Watch the trailer below.
Following the lead of Adele’s latest singleHello, her newly released album 25 soared to the top of Billboard. Released on November 20, the album debuted at No.1 with 3.48 million equivalent album unit sales. Billboard states that this is “the single largest sales week for an album since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991.”
Above this breakthrough, Adele’s previous chart-topping album 21, appeared back in the top 10 for the first time in almost two-and-a-half years. The record-breaking sales of 25 could be contributed to Adele’s decision to not put her new album on streaming services, following the lead of Taylor Swift, which pushes fans to purchase the album rather than get it for free online.
While this No.1 debut and record high album sales are a huge feat, here are some more fun facts about Adele and her accomplishments;
The 3.38 million units sold of 25 eclipses the previous first-week mark of 2.42 million albums sold – a record set 15 years ago by *NSYNC
25 is the first album selling more than three million copies in a week in Nielsen history
According to Billboard, 25 is already the biggest selling album of 2015
The last time an artist had two concurrent top 10 albums was over a year ago when Prince debuted two titles on Oct 18, 2014 (Art Official Age – no.5- and Plectrumelectrum – no.8)
Adele holds the record for the most weeks atop the list for an album by a woman in history, with her album 21.
Not only does Adele have the hearts of fans all over the world, but also of fellow musicians and celebrities. Check out Britney Spears’ tribute posted to her personal Twitter account below.
Fresh off Sia’s upcoming album This is Acting, comes a release of the single, “One Million Bullets” to tide us over. There’s high anticipation in the music world for new music from Sia since her breakthrough 1000 Forms of Fear album release in 2014, containing five hit singles that pulled her from a behind-the-scenes songwriter to an artist well known in the pop scene. Luckily for fans, This is Acting will be releasing on January 29th, and until then, Sia has been collaborating and releasing singles to keep everyone satisfied.
The latest two singles, “Alive” and “Bird Set Free” released off of the album have already showed initial success; “Alive” climbed onto Billboard Top 100 and continues to rise, while “Bird Set Free” is currently gaining traction on international charts.
“One Million Bullets” starts off with a calm and hushed feel, waiting till the pre-chorus to bring in “Elastic Heart” elements that pulled Sia from the indie scene into the pop scene. The chorus gives listeners the soaring vocals that we learned to love since hearing “Chandelier” (no surprise, since the co-writer of Chandelier, Jesse Shatkin, produced this new track).
The winter holiday season has officially begun and with 2016 four weeks away – believe it or not! – PRO MOTION and the Billboard DJ community head into December with ZHU x AlunaGeorge (#4*) Adele (#6*) Ce Ce Peniston (#22*) JoJo (#32*) and Spandau Ballet (#40* Hot Shot Debut) as we released the new Kwanza Jones single this week! And for a complete listing of all singles on the newest Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Top 50 chart please below.
ZHU x ALUNAGEORGE ‘AUTOMATIC’
In support of the SURACI + MARC STOUT + TONY SVEJDA versions the official FROST remix (serviced last week) jumps #6* to #4*
SPANDAU BALLET ‘THIS IS THE LOVE’
20+ years since their last original single, the British gents return to American dance floors c/o BASEMENT JAXX + ERIC KUPPER remixes and a #40* HOT SHOT DEBUT Billboard chart position
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.
‘Chasing Pavements’ was inspired by an incident Adele had with a former boyfriend. After learning he had cheated on her, she went to the bar he was at and punched him in the face. After being thrown out, the singer/songwriter walked down the street alone and thought to herself, “What is it you’re chasing? You’re chasing an empty pavement.” She sang and recorded it on her mobile phone and arranged the chords when she got home. And the “Chasing Pavements’ music video was directed by Mathew Cullen.
According to the Daily Mail, the single was originally banned from several American radio stations because of the perceived meaning of the words “chasing pavements” referring to the singer chasing gay men. The source of the faux definition is said to come from an entry submitted to Urban Dictionary, although there is no evidence that the title was intended to have this meaning.
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.
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!
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.