Here’s DJ Khaled’s New Album ‘Grateful’

DJ Khaled’s Grateful album has officially rolled out on streaming services, just an hour after the 41-year-old artist presented the project on We the Best Radio. 

The early premiere was a nice surprise for fans who’ve been waiting on the 23-track album since Khaled announced it back in February. Since then, we’ve received a handful of singles off the star-studded project, such as “Shining” with Beyoncé and Jay Z, “I'm the One” featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne, as well as “Wild Thoughts” with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.

The rest of the album will include guest appearances by everyone from Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj to Nas and Travis Scott to Drake and Calvin Harris. Khaled’s infant son Asahd also landed a credit as executive producer.

“He is credited as executive producer, and his attorney has his points and royalties, everything,” Khaled explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Listening to the songs, going over the business part of it, [deciding] if the vocals are right, if the beats are right, if the energy’s right. When he [rocks and grins], those are smash hit records, when he [looks deep in thought], that’s the real serious records but hits with substance.”

Grateful is now available to stream on Apple Music and can be purchased on iTunes. To celebrate the project's release, Khaled also dropped a video for the album's intro, “I'm So Grateful.”

You can also stream Grateful below via Spotify.

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What’s the Song of the Summer?

Summer is upon us, which means it's time to fight about 2017's song of the summer. Calvin Harris, Quavo, and Frank Ocean submitted their application with “Slide” way back in February, but they were challenged by Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, DJ Khaled, and many others as spring ran its course. Is it a completely subjective distinction? Perhaps. But year after year, we get heated about it anyway.

 So instead of arguing amongst ourselves in an air-conditioned skyscraper, P&P's public correspondent Angelito hit the streets of New York to take the temperature with regards to 2017's song of the summer. We got a myriad of responses, from the aforementioned hits to wild card picks like Ray LaMontagne and a Future deep cut. Watch the video above, and let us what's missing from the list. 

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The Most Anticipated Albums of Summer ’17

We've been treated to a number of quality albums so far in 2017, and that will only increase with the summertime, a season typically reserved for major releases.

Some artists are returning after a lengthy musical hiatus (Haim), some are moving into position to own the year with anthems (DJ Khaled), while others are looking to show what they're truly capable of through a debut album (Camila Cabello, SZA).

To give you an idea of what's in store, we've put together a list of projects you can expect to get in the coming months. From Calvin Harris to Jay Z, these are the most anticipated albums of summer '17.


  • SZA, ‘Ctrl’

    Release Date: June 9

    Those waiting for SZA's debut album won't have to wait much longer as the TDE artist is set to release Ctrl on June 9. The project has had its share of delays in the past, but with the firm release date it's clear SZA and her team/label are both aligned and confident in what she's about to deliver to the masses.

    Previously released singles “Drew Barrymore” and “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott will both be included on the 14-song project, and we wouldn't be surprised if some of SZA's fellow TDE members pop up as well. —Edwin Ortiz


  • 2 Chainz, ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’

    Release Date: June 16

    2 Chainz is coming off an impressive 2016 run that included four projects and a grip of guest features to keep his name in the conversation. He's taking that momentum into Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, which is due out June 16, and the tracklist is stacked with features ranging from Drake to Travis Scott to Monica.

    More guests made the cut including Trey Songz, Jhené Aiko, and Ty Dolla $ign on “It's a Vibe,” as well as Gucci Mane and Quavo, who join 2 Chainz on “Good Drank.” Even though a number of big names are attached, we expect 2 Chainz to shine through like he did all last year. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Vince Staples, ‘Big Fish Theory’

    Release Date: June 23

    Long Beach rapper and Complex cover star Vince Staples recently revealed to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that his follow-up to Summertime ‘06 is on the way. Previous release “BagBak,” as well as his newest single “Big Fish” will be on the album, and it also sounds like he locked in an eclectic guest list. After Staples' Beats 1 appearance, Lowe took to Twitter to ominously list artists among the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, Flume, and ASAP Rocky for possible features on Big Fish Theory

    It’s unclear whether these features will come to be, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

    Staples’ strength lies in his gifted storytelling through hard-hitting raps, and no matter what direction he chooses to take on this new project, it’s likely he has the insight to produce an album that’s as lyrically stimulating as it is fresh and compelling. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Calvin Harris, ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’

    Release Date: June 30

    Calvin Harris has already demonstrated his prowess for producing star-studded bangers, which has led to some dubbing him the “DJ Khaled of EDM-pop.” That title is pretty on point, as his album teaser trailer boasts a long list of collaborators including: Travis Scott, Kehlani, Big Sean, Partynextdoor, Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Schoolboy Q. Finessing all these artists’ unique styles into one album could’ve been too daunting a task for a less skilled producer, but Harris seems to know exactly what he’s doing.

    His Frank Ocean and Migos super jam, “Slide,” is already poised to be song of the summer, and it isn’t a stretch to say that Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 could just be the album of the summer. His initial singles, (“Slide,” “Rollin,” “Heatstroke”) have given us a taste of what Harris is capable of creating when he fuses his own breezy electronic pop with funkier hip-hop beats and bass lines. Maybe it took splitting with Taylor Swift to realize his true powers, or maybe he’s just been waiting for the perfect moment to drop his most fire project to date, but whatever the reason, summer 2k17 is going to have him to thank when it’s released. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Haim, ‘Something to Tell You’

    Release Date: July 7

    To say that the follow-up to Haim’s 2013 debut Days Are Gone is highly anticipated would be an understatement. Since the sister trio dropped their Grammy-nominated project there’s been close to radio silence regarding any new music. Thankfully, the silence has finally been broken as Something to Tell You has an official release date of July 7.

    The sisters have revealed that the new project will mark a return to their true rock roots, and, watching them perform, it’s clear that rock runs in their blood. The strength of the Haim sisters' live presence is truly captivating to witness, and likely why they chose to release their lead single “Right Now” first as a live take recorded and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The video was a comforting little peek back into the sisters’ musical lives reassuring fans that they have initiated the staging of their comeback. Haim are still keeping things mostly a mystery regarding Something to Tell You, and at this point, it’s best to keep things a mystery to make the release that much more exciting. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Lana Del Rey, ‘Lust for Life’

    Release Date: July 21

    From what we know of Lust for Life so farLana Del Rey has fixed her gaze on a slightly atypical subject matter for her newest record. The melancholic pop star has transformed her signature “Hollywood sadcore” style into a more nuanced reflection of the emotional complexities many, including the singer herself, are experiencing today. Del Rey admitted that her first four albums were for her, but Lust for Life is a gift to her fans.

    With the latest release of “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind,” it’s clear Del Rey has begun to wade into the shallow pool of “socially aware” pop music. The musings she’s presented on initial Lust for Life singles are introspective as always, but with a more optimistic tone. If this new direction wasn’t enough to get you excited for the album, the collaborations with the Weeknd, musical royalty offspring Sean Ono Lennon, and the white witch herself, Stevie Knicks, might help. Del Rey is tapping into new territory on Lust for Life and might just be her most intriguing work yet. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • DJ Khaled, ‘Grateful’

    Release Date: N/A

    Producer and life coach extraordinaire DJ Khaled has his tenth studio album Grateful on the way for summer 2017. With masterful executive production from his son Asahd, an endless collaboration roster of music’s elite and that ever-humble attitude, there’s really no way this album can fail.

    If the success of his “I’m the One” collaboration with Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Justin Bieber, and Lil Wayne is any indication, Grateful is destined to make some serious waves this summer. “I’m the One” marks Khaled’s first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is a testament to his ability to produce songs with widespread appeal. You can’t help but be happy for him and luckily, there’ll be many more chances for hits when his album drops. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Lil Uzi Vert, ‘Luv Is Rage 2’

    Release Date: N/A

    Fans have become restless over waiting for Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2, partially because he teases it in every Instagram post, but also because the Philly rapper has created a buzz unlike any other act in 2017.

    That’s only increased with the success of “XO Tour Llif3,” which has cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He also earned a No. 1 earlier this year thanks to his contribution to Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.” With that kind of momentum, Uzi Vert is in prime position to strike while the iron’s hot. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Travis Scott and Quavo

    Release Date: N/A

    At the top of 2017, three major collaborative rap projects seemed like more than a pipe dream: Kanye and Drake, Young Thug and Future, and Chance the Rapper x Childish Gambino. Not only does a Travis Scott and Quavo album deserve to be mentioned in that same space because of their undeniable chemistry, but we know for certain it’s happening.

    Quavo first hinted at it back in December (on Apple Music’s Beats 1), and Travis has since teased the project with two song previews (on Beats 1) and a warning that it may arrive as a surprise drop. That said, don’t be surprised if Apple Music is involved in some way. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Camila Cabello, ‘The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.’

    Release Date: N/A

    Making the transition to a solo career after gaining fame and success with a group can be tricky, but Camila Cabello has handled it well. The 20-year-old star first hit fans with “Crying in the Club,” an upbeat performance ripe for the airwaves, and followed that up almost immediately with “I Have Questions.” 

    Her debut album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. is still without a release date, though she has marked September as the month fans can expect to hear what she’s been working on this past year. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Jay Z

    Release Date: N/A

    We’ve received a handful of signals that Jay Z’s next album is dropping soon. Among them: Swizz Beatz hinting Hov is in “album mode,” Jay lining up multiple festival appearances in early fall, and the fact that it’s been nearly four years since he dropped his last album, his longest break between projects. 

    What’s still unclear is how Hov will approach his thirteenth solo album. A lot has happened in his life since Magna Carta… Holy Grail, namely Beyoncé's Lemonade, two more kids on the way, his involvement in the streaming wars, and friend (now-foe?) Kanye calling him out. However Jay Z decides to tackle life at 47, we’re all ears. —Edwin Ortiz

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Frank Ocean Isn’t a Recluse Anymore, and the World Is Better for It

The most surprising thing about Frank Ocean’s return is that it hasn’t ended.

Mercurial and independent, Ocean is the sort of artist that doesn’t seem to need an audience—he could be just as happy singing to himself as a crowd. And so, after releasing Endless and Blonde last year, another hiatus, like the four years post-Channel Orange, wouldn’t have come as a shock.

Instead, he stuck around to work with Calvin Harris on a Picasso-referencing contender for song of the summer, and launch a radio show with Beats 1 in which he patters in his New Orleans accent about this and that, interviews Jay Z, and drops loosies that are better than other folks’ album singles. Five episodes of Blonded Radio, which seems to follow no set schedule, have aired since it premiered in February, and the three new songs he’s debuted—“Chanel”, “Biking,” and “Lens”—are discretely excellent.

“Chanel” has a more refined version of the free-association songwriting heard on “Futura Free”; it’s boastful and candid and has one of the best opening lines of the year: “My guy pretty like a girl.”

“Biking” is a wistful summer song, a style Ocean excels at. Built upon acoustic guitar and scalloped drums, it's more accessible than any single from Blonde. The meditative thinking unlocked by repetitive motion, by the hard-working peaks and coasting valleys of a bike ride, occasions wonder about marriage, children, and the limits of self-reliance. “When’s the last time I asked for some help that I couldn’t get from nobody else?”

Money isn’t far from Ocean's mind on both “Chanel” and “Biking,” and on the latter he barks and raves about the cash and what it’s affording him. The new money must feel incredible, but I wonder about the effect it’s having on Frank's conception of responsibility—for himself and the people he loves. I wonder if he doesn’t feel heavier in some way. Burdened by possible futures. Less able to depart.

“Lens” is the lightest of the trio, more empty space than song. (The beat builds so slowly, I spent my first listen waiting for something that never arrived.) Its lyrics resolve the spare tension by ending on the feeling of being seen. His grandfather Lionel, aunt Janet, and friend Matt have a lens on him. They see him, and surely they see him differently than we can.

Ocean's visibility creates a strange and diffuse sort of anticipation, altogether different from that pre-Endless and Blonde excitement. It used to be that he was the adored uncle who disappeared for long stretches of time—maybe a year or more—only to show up unexpectedly outside the house, engine of a beautiful new car you’d never glimpsed before ticking and cooling, a package tucked under his arm for you to unwrap. Now he’s become something like a cousin who lives nearby but is prone to wandering. He shows up more often than that uncle, always with a story, but you won’t quite let yourself count on his presence in your life. You’d know it would burn if you let yourself become too accustomed, because, after all, he could be gone tomorrow, no forwarding address and an unpaid phone bill that left his mobile dead.

On his Blonded Radio mixes, Ocean plays music from tragic downtown original Arthur Russell, UK Bandcamp act Bare Pale, French decadent Sébastian Tellier. His ear is impeccable and his taste wide-ranging. Hearing him transition from Guided By Voices to Grandaddy to Russell gives me the same thrill I felt upon discovering that he’d read Christopher Isherwood’s Mr. Norris Changes Trains.

That ability to remain private even in the open is a rare one, and though he’s sharing more of his work, there’s no knowing Ocean completely. There’s no anticipating the next move, no telling whether these new songs will accrete into something larger, or if these broadcasts will culminate in a new full-length. We’re watching him now, more closely than we could before, and still we see precious little. It’s enough.

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Frank Ocean Connects With Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator for New Song “Biking”

Frank Ocean turned Friday evening/Saturday morning into an event, and we're not complaining. Earlier tonight, he shared a preview of “Biking,” a song with Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator. Ocean followed that up with an impromptu episode of blonded RADIO on Beats 1, and now he shares “Biking” in full.

The collaboration lives up to expectations, and should no doubt create demand for them to work together again. While that may seem unlikely, who would have thought they would link up in the first place?

The release of “Biking” marks two blonded RADIO episodes in a row of Ocean debuting new music. On the last episode, which took place in early March, he shared “Chanel” along with a remix featuring ASAP Rocky.

Add “Biking” and “Chanel” to “Slide,” Ocean's stellar collaboration with Calvin Harris and Migos' Offset and Quavo, and the normally reclusive artist has definitely upped his activity in the spotlight. It didn't hurt that Beats 1 gave him a platform to keep fans engaged with what he's got going on.

Check out Frank Ocean's “Biking” below.

 

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Young Thug Dodges Felony Drug Charge, Thanks to His Lawyers

Young Thug's lawyers are the real co-MVPs in his life right now. 

According to TMZ, Young Thug was able to thwart a felony drug charge stemming from a raid conducted by authorities at his Sandy Springs, Georgia home in July 2015. After cops found weapons and drugs inside his residence, Thugger was charged with felony cocaine possession, felony marijuana possession and three counts of felony gun possession. 

Between then and now, Thug's lawyers managed to get the district attorney to bring it down to a felony drug charge. Then, his attorneys helped Thugger Euro-step his way around that charge by arguing that the cops carried out a search of the rapper's premises without a proper warrant. The D.A. agreed, and dropped everything.

On Sunday, Thug posted a couple possible sub-tweets which could have been in reference to getting that last charge dropped. 

Thug has been riding quite the winning streak these days. In addition to doing his thing on Rick Ross' single “Trap Trap Trap,” we also recognized his guest spot on “Sacrifices,” off Drake's album playlist More Life, as being the best rap verse for the month of March. Plus, you can also catch Thugger floating on “Heatstroke” by Calvin Harris featuring Ariana Grande and Pharrell. Thug really can't lose right now, and luckily, his lawyers are here to make sure nothing stands in his way. 

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Calvin Harris Has A Ton of Unreleased Music Under His Name On ASCAP

Earlier this week, we briefly discussed the rumor of a potential Calvin Harris and Beyoncé collaboration that first surfaced on Breathe Heavy. Thankfully for EDM fans everywhere, EDMSauce went the extra mile on their end and graciously dug through the ASCAP database to find some details.

ASCAP, or the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is one of the three main American PROs (performing rights organizations) where producers, songwriters, musicians and more can register their works to ensure proper royalty payouts for public use of copyrighted material.

While EDMSauce didn’t find anything that specifically pointed to a collaboration with Beyoncé, they did find plenty of already registered, and currently unreleased, material to his name.


One simple explanation could be that the collaboration between Calvin Harris and Beyoncé just isn’t finished yet, and thus the label and Calvin’s team saw no reason to prematurely register it. Works can be registered really at any time – depending on what your specific PRO requires of you for registration – so maybe we can expect to see more material here in the near future. As for the registered works, could these be the 10 tracks that we’re expecting for the rest of 2017? Only time will tell.

 

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Rumors Surface Of A Calvin Harris & Beyoncé Collab

A new rumor has arisen among fans of Calvin Harris and Beyoncé that the two may be collaborating on a new track together. Following Beyoncé’s unfortunate dismissal from headlining this year’s Coachella due to her pregnancy, it appears that there is a small goldmine of information that suggests the new rumor may have some validity.

The first piece of evidence, as noted by Breathe Heavy, comes from Harris’ own Twitter account. In a tweet sent out on February 15, he said he “worked with the greatest artists of our generation.” Despite already releasing his collaboration with Frank Ocean, “Slide,” the plural form of artists clearly suggests that there are other new joint projects in the works.

Next, fans noticed that Beyoncé used a piece of Harris and Frank’s collab in her recent Instagram feed of her and Jay-Z’s time at the Oscar’s. Harris even gave the post a “like” and a comment, leading some to believe he’s giving her a subtle nod regarding their own upcoming collab to follow.

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Finally, and most importantly, fans have discovered that in a 2016 interview with The Sun, a source directly mentioned that Harris was impressed with Beyoncé’s work on Naughty Boy’s “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” and wanted to work together.

“He is in talks with Beyonce as he’s always wanted to work together…” “She is a big fan.”

 

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Your EDM Month In Music – February 2017

And we’re back with the month’s latest recap of the biggest releases in the dance music world. In this iteration of our Month In Music recap, we saw huge releases from the likes of Calvin Harris, Flume, Kygo and The Chainsmokers.

The final (full) week of the month saw a flurry of hits from the dance/pop superstars. Calvin Harris released “Slide,” a hot crossover collaboration with the current music industry’s A-list talent featuring the likes of Migos and Frank Ocean on vocals for a soothing ride-along track. Eternal hitmakers Coldplay teamed up with arguably the biggest name in dance music at the moment The Chainsmokers for “Something Just Like This” receiving immediate praise from a plethora of fans and ‘this sounds like Roses 2.o’ comments from the tracks detractors. Kygo teamed up with Selena Gomez for “It Ain’t Me” a song you would hear everywhere in the US if it weren’t for the cold weather the vast majority of the country is victim to right now.

Australian super-talent, Flume released his second companion EP to his sophomore album Skin with 4 unique singles including “Depth Charge” which made the cut. Cashmere Cat also dropped another single “Love Incredible” with Camila Cabello off of his upcoming album Wild Love.

Some of the months standout singles this February came from the likes of Tchami, Malaa, REZZ & K?d, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, WRLD & SMLE, Loud Luxury, and Arty.

French future house master Tchami rang in the new year with his first single of 2017 “Adieu” a soothing deep house track with tropical inspired vibes. Malaa, alongside the support of names like Tchami & DJ Snake, rang in the new year with his first track of 2017, “Bylina” in his typical fashion showing off his signature G house sound.

Our ears were graced with one of the most hyped tracks during the beginning of the year coming from meteoric riser K?d and mau5trap queen REZZ for the eerie hard-hitting single “Fourth Impact.”

We saw the release of Axwell^Ingrosso’s next single with rapper Kid Ink “I Love You” making you think back to the good old nostalgia inducing days whenever you see those two names on a track.

In conjunction with their new Stranded Tour WRLD & SMLE just released “Stranded” a playful ethereal tune with chiptune and crunchy electro vibes accompanied by catchy vocals.

Canadian powerhouse Loud Luxury released “Something To Say” a deep house club banger with Ryan Shepherd first premiered on Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS debut compilation album.

Near the end of the month we also saw Arty release “Falling Down” with pop vocalist Maty Noyes who has done work with The Weeknd & Kygo.


This month’s standout remixes came from the likes of: Major Lazer, Grey, Kill The and Noise.

Major Lazer remixed Ed Sheeran’s number one single “Shape Of You” with vocalists: N’yla & Kranium for added dancehall vibes.

Zedd’s protege Grey gave their go at Mike Posner’s “In the Arms Of A Stranger” giving it their usual poppy LFO-heavy flair.

Kill The Noise remixed Zomboy’s “Like A Bitch” actually adding in the word “bitch” during the song and giving probaly the most played out dubstep tune of 2016 a new vibe.


There’s a whole lot more to digest, so be sure to find yourself some free time (one hour and forty-five minutes to be precise), kick back, and relax to our brand new Month In Music playlist!

Stream the Your EDM – Month In Music playlist for the month of February below.

 

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Check Out The Meaning Behind Calvin Harris’ New Single With Frank Ocean & Migos

Calvin Harris just released his huge collaboration with Migos and Frank Ocean, “Slide.” Of course, with the three of them, including Offset, as songwriters for the track, you already knew there would be a rich meaning underneath the lyrics.

It’s absolutely worth heading to Genius to look at the in-depth commentary on each verse, but you can check out this insightful breakdown of Ocean’s chorus.

“’Slide’ is slang for consistently engaging in, and relishing, sexual acts without strings attached. Frank questions why this person takes part in meaningless sex. He fears that if they have one-night stands “on all nights like this,” they will be with a different person on different nights. If there is a “spotlight put on the slide,” i.e. if it’s examined more closely, it is clear that this person will cheat on Frank behind his back. Frank explored this theme of sexual deviancy on songs such as “Self Control” and “Good Guy,” both of which appear on his sophomore album ‘Blonde’.

 

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