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Vanic Wants to ‘Be Together’ with Major Lazer

Over the years Soundcloud has been an incredible music streaming platform for emerging artists, responsible for launching the careers of many an artist, including Vanic. The Canadian talent has garnered nearly 140,000 Soundcloud followers within a year and every release of his has gone viral.

A mere three days since his posted his remix of ‘Be Together’ by Major Lazer and WildBelle, Vanic is about to eclipse half a million plays with its exponential growth.

Vanic’s sound is difficult to pigeon hole as musical concoctions of future bass, pop and trap contribute to his own signature style. The eclectic texture of sounds prove to be a winning combination for the artist who’s set to go on tour this month including stints at Webster Hall (New York) and Soundgarden Hall (Philadelphia).

Vanic X Major Lazer X WildBelle – Be Together | Purchase Album

Beyoncé-Inspired Building In Melbourne, Australia

The last few years have witnessed a trend between music artists and, of all things, architecture.

In 2014, The Avicii Hotel in Miami was built to attract attendees during Miami Music Week. In 2015, tropical house artist Kygo took over the Scandic Ornen hotel in his hometown of Bergen, Norway for the duration of the Bergenfest in June.

If anyone in the music industry could top these prior accomplishments it would be Beyoncé who has, literally, raised the bar of expectation with a body-inspired skyscraper.

Architecture firm Elenberg Fraser is getting ready to construct Premier Tower, an immaculate skyscraper in Melbourne, Australia, influenced by Beyoncé. The 68-story building clocks in at a whopping 226 meters and takes on a curvaceous form inspired by the pop culture superstar’s, 2013 music video ‘Ghost’. The building will have 660 apartments in addition to a 160 hotel rooms for let.

The Aussie building’s unique shape pays homage to the rippling fabric-wrapped bodies of dancers in the video below.

Martin Garrix + Matisse & Sadko Team Up On ‘Dragon’

When Martin Garrix’s name is stamped on a release, given the young superstar’s talent and fan base, the possibilities and exposure are endless . Since re-branding his sound with a more melodic feel, the Dutch man delivered releases with Usher and Tiësto, the second of which included a major alliance up with 7-UP.

Without question, one of the most revered names in electronic dance music space Martin’s latest release may push his name even further up the ranks of international superstar. A collaboration between Garrix and Matisse & Sadko, ‘Dragon’ is Spinnin Records’ latest offering.

Rather subdued over the last few years, the Russian duo haven’t generated significant buzz since their remix of ‘Beating Of My Heart‘ by M-3ox. That being said we’re glad to see them working in tandem with Garrix on this fantastic track that has anthem potential.

Martin Garrix vs Matisse & Sadko – Dragon | Purchase

PRO MOTION Celebrates 32 Years In The Dance Music Business

It was July 5, 1983 when PRO MOTION The Brad LeBeau Company, Inc. opened it’s New York doors to the world of international dance music. With little knowledge of what it took to run a business, our then, two man operation was educated in the school of “trial and error” and learned the ways of independent promotion from our mistakes and successes along the way.  Ronald Reagan was President, ‘Let the Music Play’ by Shannon was that years #1 dance single, cassettes and vinyl were the formats for recorded music and the FAX machine and desk top computer were considered futuristic signs of the times.

Born from an ideal that good music from around the globe would be embraced by American taste-makers, PRO MOTION set out to represent what we believed was the worlds best dance material … well before any of us knew what was about to happen!

Three plus decades ago there was no such thing as ‘club culture’ or anything resembling the acclaim given to the today’s DJ. And, while significant work still lies ahead to help spread  and maintain the dance music message, it is our hope that PRO MOTION has, in some small way, contributed to the way the world now views the turntablist and our musical genre.

While revenue is a nice by product of success, true wealth comes from loving what we do today as much as when I started the company thirty two years ago, when cell phones, a black president, the internet, and legalized gay marriage were only figments of our imagination.

As we jump feet first into our 33rd year PRO MOTION and I are extremely grateful to be part of a business we hold so dear and on behalf of all those we’ve worked with and worked for I thank you from the bottom of my heart for contributing to a dream and for being part of our professional family!

Brad Mason LeBeau : Founder : PRO MOTION

Scavenger Hunt Seeks Smash Hit With ‘Wildfire’

Led by vocalist Jill Lamoureux,  LA-based electro-pop band Scavenger Hunt introduces their tantalizingly retro-influenced sound, reminiscent of pure 80’s pop. The West coast act has performed with Capital Cities, Haerts, and it’s only a matter of time before they, too, become headliners themselves.

Several weeks back Scavenger Hunt released their Wildfire EP and the title track’s melody and lyrics has the potential to score big at pop level . Perfect for rom-com film licensing we hope you enjoy this musical gem as much as we do!

Scavenger Hunt – Wildfire | Purchase

Billboard Dance Chart Update [7.18.15]

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Two days away from PRO MOTION‘s 32nd anniversary in the dance music business, our gratitude abounds as the Billboard DJ panel saw it fit to make Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea #1* along with very impressive dance chart statistics for Giorgio Moroder ft Sia (#4*), Stereolove ft Sara Loera (#27*), Kelly Clarkson (#2 Breakout), Zameer ft Mia Martina (#5 Breakout) as we release the new KC & The Sunshine Band (mixed by Tony Moran & Ralphi Rosario) today and Hilary Duff (RCA) comes out next week! For a complete list of all singles on this week’s Hot Dance Club Play Top 50 list please below.


  GIORGIO MORODER FT SIA ‘DÉJÀ VU’

(RCA)

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Following his #1 single (with Kylie Minogue) and her last ‘Elastic Heart’ chart topper, the BENNY BENASSI + 7TH HEAVEN + FELIX JAEHN remixes glide, effortlessly, into the Top 5 at #4*

LISTEN HERE : ‘DEJA VU’ MIXES


STEREOLOVE FT SARA LOERA ‘SARA’

(Stereolove Recordings – Australia)

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From #47* DEBUT to #37* to #27* PRO MOTION supplements the 7TH HEAVEN + VINNY VERO versions with the brand new PARRALOX remix … en route to the Billboard Top 20


 ZAMEER FT MIA MARTINA  ‘‘CRAZY

(BPM Group – Canada)

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Like her prior Top 10 Billboard dance charter (with Dev from Far*East Movement), Mia Martina lends her vocal talents to this Canadian DJ/artist’s debut single as the RALPHI ROSARIO remixes secure the #5 BREAKOUT


  KELLY CLARKSON ‘INVINCIBLE

(RCA)

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Within a week of PRO MOTION-al service, the follow up to her #1* ‘Heartbeat Song’ – with the 7TH HEAVEN + TyDi + TOM SWOON + VICETONE remixes – attract the chart support from 27% of the Billboard DJ panel and the #2 BREAKOUT


 KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND I LOVE YOU MORE

(Sunshine Sounds)

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Like fellow disco legends’ Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, KC returns to contemporary club culture courtesy of the TONY MORAN + RALPHI ROSARIO remixes!


 BRITNEY SPEARS FT IGGY AZALEA ‘PRETTY GIRLS

(RCA)

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PRO MOTION tips it’s marketing caps to the Billboard club reporting panel for it’s die-hard commitment to this American/Australian collaboration as the REMIX COLLECTION lock’s in this week’s #1* dance chart position!

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Flashback Friday Video : Kriss Kross ‘Jump’

Released on February 6, 1992, “Jump” was the hit debut single by the American Hip Hop duo Kris Kross.

As the first song from their debut album Totally Krossed Out the title achieved international success, topping charts in Switzerland, Australia, and the United States. Additionally, it was the third best-selling song in America in 1992 with sales of 2,079,000 physical copies that year.

Kris Kross’s members’ Chris ‘Mack Daddy’ Kelly and Chris ‘Daddy Mack’ Smith were only 12 and 13 years old when they recorded their hit song. “Jump” was written and produced by Jermaine Dupri. At the time it was the fastest selling single in fifteen years and stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks

Kris Kross’s debut album sold over four million copies, ‘Jump’ ranked #75 on “VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90’s”, and #2 on their “Child Stars” Top 10 list.

More recently, the song (mislabeled as “Jump, Jump”) was ranked at #34 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever by Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio, who tells the reader not to blame the kids of Kris Kross, but to look behind the curtain for Treach (of Naughty By Nature) and Dupri, whom he labeled as “true villains”.

Fun Fact : ‘Jump’ uses samples from The Jackson 5‘s I Want You Back, O.P.P. by Naughty by Nature, The Honey DrippersImpeach the President, Midnight Theme by Manzel, and Saturday Night by Schoolly D

Boy George + Culture Club Announce North America Tour On The TODAY Show

Earlier this morning the TODAY Show decided to bring us back to the 80’s with their Throwback Thursday special featuring Boy George and the Culture Club.

Bassist Mikey Craig said, “We’ve got a new album coming out next year, which is a mixture of eclectic sounds and styles — just like us — and I can’t wait for it.” And legendary lead singer, George (O’Dowd), chimed in by saying:

“I have a really healthy relationship with my past, ’cause I haven’t had to live in it. So when I go back to doing the old songs, for me, it’s like fun. I kind of feel blessed to do what I do now. I feel really lucky to get paid to do what I love.”

The British band will embark on a North American tour this summer including stints at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Foxwoods in Connecticut, and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and HERE‘s  a full list of their tour dates.

Illenium and Kill Paris Know the Way You ‘Operate’

In the music world Denver-based producer Nick Miller goes by Illenium and he has gained a solid reputation for his melodic bass lines.

PRO MOTION recently covered  ‘Spirals‘, his collaboration with Sound Remedy, that captures the ethereal vocals of King Deco. Ambient in atmosphere and blissful in tone, the production showcases a lusciously-layered piece of art filled with innocence.

Miller’s latest work is a remix of ‘Operate‘ by Kill Paris that incorporates his signature melodic touch. Illenium keeps the record fresh with an indie foundation and smart vocal manipulation and the smooth rendition is available as a free download below.

Kill Paris ft. Royal – Operate (Illenium Remix) | Download

Halogen Injects ‘Hurricane’ by MisterWives with House Remix

From Atlanta, Georgia, Halogen is a production duo who decided to rebrand themselves half a year back when they realized the international resurgence of house music popularity. Prior to 2015, their musical medium of choice was progressive and electro house which couldn’t provide the necessary foundation to fully launch themselves as artists.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015 where their new sound has led to several viral remixes including ‘Hurricane‘ by Misterwives … a sweet deep house spin on the original single.

Not the first Electronic Dance Music producers to switch musical gears, it will be interesting to see how this shift toward house music will affect the careers of other rising artists trying to catch the right wave at the right time.

Misterwives – Hurricane (Halogen Remix) | Download