Beyoncé has hopped on a new version of J. Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente.”
The record arrived Thursday night along with a message from Bey:
“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands,” she wrote on Instagram. “To help go to https://www.beyonce.com/reliefefforts/.”
You can check out the song in the lyric video below.
When we normally talk Beyoncé and surprises, they are geared more towards her album releases; both 2013's Beyoncé and 2016's Lemonade were released to little or no build-up. For her most recent surprise, Beyoncé didn't drop any new anthems; she dropped in on the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
For those who were unaware, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by legendary choreographer and activist Alvin Ailey. This past Saturday, Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles caught one of their shows at the L.A. Music Center with Tina's Angels, which is a group of young women that Knowles is mentoring.
After the matinee performance, Tina brought Beyoncé and her Angels backstage to greet the dancers, and from the clips that hit Instagram, this looks like a momentous occasion for everyone involved.
Every year, millions of people across the world tune into the Grammy’s to acknowledge excellence in music, and celebrate the achievements of others. With 2016 being such a big year for dance music, you can expect reactions from DJs as their friends and collaborators are presented with the highest honor in music. Here are some of the best DJ’s reactions from the Grammy’s last night:
Your realness made that moment even more special. That took so much guts, George would have been so proud. @Adele
For this week’s flashback Friday, we are taken back to the end of an era. It’s coming up on almost two years since the disbandment of Swedish House Mafia and most of us have yet to move on from the transition. Yes, Axwell / Ingrosso are great and Steve Angello is also doing well, but I can’t help but feel a void that their individual acts cannot fill.
The reality of the situation is that for those who entered the EDM scene circa 2009-2011, Swedish House Mafia most likely played a vital role in their introduction and immersion in the EDM culture. With their departure, we are older and wiser and our tastes have changed and evolved; yet, as we look back on what it was like just a few years ago, we can’t help but get a good kick in the nostalgia feels.
Get ready for the trillest track yet. The infamous Borgeous teamed up with Whookid, along with two of rap’s biggest stars, Waka Flocka Flame and Wiz Khalifa, for an absolute monster of a song, “Toast“. Borgeous has a knack for creating the most electrifying hits that simply turn dance floors into pandemonium. This latest track is no exception as Waka and Wiz both provide an incredible presence to this banger, making you just want to grab a drink and turn up with the crew. I couldn’t think of a better song to kick this weekend off, be sure to listen below and grab the free download as well!
Producers are always looking for things to learn. The internet is a great source for tips, but when a producer sits down to do a formal tutorial, you’re sure to get more from it than from your average lifeless Youtube video. One company, CREATIVELIVE, is offering a free tutorial from Ed Solo, who has worked on tracks with Krafty Kuts, DJ Fresh, as well as made sample packs for Bass Boutique and Loopmasters.
The free live tutorial will take place November 12th through the 13th between 9AM and 4PM PST. All you need to do is RSVP and be on the computer when the session is underway. For those producers who would like to partake you can reserve your spot through the following link. The focus will be on producing music with Logic Pro. Don’t worry if you don’t use that software, because CREATIVELIVE will offer more tutorials in the future that focus upon other DAWs. If you follow the RSVP link you will find the schedule with the list of other sessions.
The Swede Alesso recently partook in an AMA on Reddit after the success of his Chime For Change benefit shows in New York City. Alesso revealed fun tidbits like his affection for Hanz Zimmer and Swedish House Mafia, his favorite plug-ins, as well as his love for drawing, and fashion. Moreover, he teased us with letting us know that his album will have some different genres on it, as well as two specific tracks that Redditors asked about. There is no date set for the album, but with his recent single being released, as well as increased press visibility, we can be sure some more details will come soon enough. For the full AMA, check the source and peruse through the many comments and questions.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we take it back to the time Krewella absolutely destroyed a super bowl party. Lucky patrons at a bar in New York City were treated to a surprise performance from Krewella courtesy of Bud Light at the end of halftime during the Super Bowl this year.