Luxury Fyre Festival in the Bahamas ‘Fully Postponed’ Amid Reports of Total Chaos

A so-called “luxury” music festival in the Bahamas originally scheduled to feature performances from Pusha T, Desiigner, Lil Yachty, Blink-182, and more has descended into complete pandemonium. The festival was co-organized by Ja Rule and promoted by Bella Hadid and other celebrities, but BBC News reported Friday that the event had been plagued with reports of “no security” and canceled flights.

Reports on social media, including a play-by-play rundown from writer William N. Finley IV that was still in progress at the time of this writing, paint a pretty grim picture of the Exuma proceedings:

On Thursday, Blink-182 issued a statement announcing their decision to pull out of their previously scheduled Fyre Fest performances this weekend and next weekend. “We're not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans,” the band said. Other artists listed on the festival's schedule included Skepta, Tyga, Kaytranada, Major Lazer, and Rae Sremmurd.

Fyre Festival, according to Vanity Fair, is a product of Fyre Media, the startup Ja Rule launched with tech partner Billy McFarland in 2015. “We didn't just want to be a tech company that was a pure enterprise with no consumer awareness,” McFarland said in an interview conducted prior to the chaos. “So a festival was a great way to go and do that and beyond people who are attending.” The festival aimed for luxury, with a spokesperson telling Vanity Fair it was possible “to spend in excess of $104,995” for the “Fyre experience.”

Early Friday morning, a Twitter account associated with the Fyre Festival announced that the event had been “fully postponed.” In a previous statement on Instagram, Fyre reps conceded that “things got off to an unexpected start” on the first day of the would-be festival.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism offered a “heartfelt apology” to Fyre attendees who had traveled for the event, saying in a statement that “tourism is our number one industry” and that they were “extremely disappointed” in the way the festival had unfolded:

We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival. We offer a heartfelt apology to all who traveled to our country for this event.  Tourism is our number one industry and it is our aim to deliver world-class experiences and events. Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos. The organizers of Fyre recently asked the Ministry of Tourism for support for their private event. The Ministry of Tourism is not an official sponsor of Fyre Festival. Given the magnitude of this undertaking, the MOT lent its support as we do with all international events. We offered advice and assisted with communications with other government agencies. The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.  A team of Ministry of Tourism representatives is on the island to assist with the organization of a safe return of all Fyre Festival visitors. It is our hope that the Fyre Festival visitors would consider returning to the Islands Of The Bahamas in the future to truly experience all of our beauty.  

Complex's attempts to reach Fyre Festival reps Friday were not immediately successful.

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PARTYNEXTDOOR Tweeted and Deleted a Response to Nicki Minaj


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PARTYNEXTDOOR has again been linked to Nicki Minaj after some fairly innocuous social media activity. Things began when the OVO artist “liked” a series of tweets that insinuated he contributed to Nicki’s song “Regret In Your Tears.” Nicki addressed the matter via Twitter, stating that PARTYNEXTDOOR “had nothing to do with” the track, and appearing to display some confusion at why he chose to hit Twitter’s “like” icon on the posts in the first place.

“Not sure why he was 'liking' tweets. Maybe it was just 'funny' to him. Maybe he was…'hacked,'” Nicki tweeted.

Twitter users commonly “like” various posts on the social media platform, but since Twitter adopted the feature in 2015 over the previous “favorite” feature, liking a status can mean a number of things. For example, many users like a status as a way to remember to reply or re-tweet it before their feed refreshes.

The matter briefly resurfaced Saturday morning, when PARTYNEXTDOOR reportedly posted another tweet aimed at Nicki.


#partynextdoor on #nickiminaj (he deleted this tweet btw)

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“I’m a fan of Nicki Minaj, we have a song together, I hope she’s as cool & as I’ve always imagined,” PARTYNEXTDOOR tweeted. The tweet has since been deleted, but as DJ Akademiks’ screen grab proves, nothing really disappears in the era of social media.

As Nicki Minaj previously stated, PARTYNEXTDOOR has no writing credits on “Regret In Your Tears.” He and Nicki Minaj did appear together on the Major Lazer track “Run Up.”

Major Lazer's Diplo gave an insight into Nicki's writing process for “Run Up” during a recent interview with Zane Lowe.

“She’s inspiring, man,” Diplo explained. “It’s crazy. I’ve never had an artist be so disciplined on cutting a song like this. She wrote 16 different verses for this song.”

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Oliver Heldens Gives His Thoughts On New Chainsmokers Collab & Marshmello

Oliver Heldens has been in his fair share of Twitter spats recently, most notably a hilariously nonsensical argument with Diplo over Major Lazer’s remix of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You.”

Though this time isn’t really a “beef,” it certainly has the potential to be. Heldens started off by offering some criticism against The Chainsmokers’ newest collaboration with Coldplay, “Something Just Like This,” saying, “imo I’ve heard waaay[sic] better stuff” by either artist. We also remarked that the song should have been better, considering who was involved, and the similarity to “Roses” was too close.

He then actually went on to say that he “finally” understood the hype around Marshmello, adding that it’s “very different,” blending the Flume cool wave with “happy EDM.” We can say he pretty much hit the nail on the head with that one, as Marshmello’s music definitely caters to a set of fans that love future bass (but aren’t all about sound design) and just want to have fun at shows.

He leaves off with a comment on top melodies, expressing dissatisfaction with those that don’t really have anything to say. “When 1 easy melody brings different/controversy emotions, that’s the best imo,” he tweeted.

Apparently, a bunch of fans called him a “savage” for these tweets, but he doesn’t see the fuss.
“I’m not hating, just analyzing.”


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Source: Oliver Heldens Gives His Thoughts On New Chainsmokers Collab & Marshmello

Insomniac and C3 Presents Release Single-Day Tickets and Lineup By Day for Middlelands 2017

In partnership with C3 Presents, Insomniac announced today that single-day tickets and the lineup by day for the inaugural Middlelands music and camping festival are now available. Inside the fantastical world of Middlelands, Headliners will experience five majestic stages, four days of camping in the forest, and three days of unrivaled music, fun and festivities across the enchanted Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds. Single-day general admission passes start at $95 before fees, while VIP tickets begin at $185 before fees. Single-day passes can be purchased HERE and VIP passes can be purchased HERE, with layaway plans available until March 31.

Over 150 of the world’s top musicians will descend upon Todd Mission, TX this May to showcase their infectious beats and roaring riffs across five Medieval-themed stages. The Middlelands experience will begin on Friday, May 5 with mesmerizing sounds from chart-toppers like Major Lazer, Marshmello, NGHTMRE, Crystal Castles, and Phantogram. On Saturday, May 6, Lords and Ladies can continue to curate their schedule with heavy-hitters such as Alison Wonderland, Bassnectar, GRiZ, Seven Lions and What So Not, while the inaugural festival is set to culminate on Sunday, May 7 with groundbreaking performances from Kaskade, Galantis, Rae Sremmurd, Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor), and Zhu.

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Source: Insomniac and C3 Presents Release Single-Day Tickets and Lineup By Day for Middlelands 2017

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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Source: Your EDM Month In Music – February 2017

Major Lazer Drop New Remix Of Ed Sheeran’s #1 Hit, “Shape Of You”

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 after its release, and it looks poised to stay there for at least another week after a stunning performance at the GRAMMYs. Another group that’s used to the limelight has just put out a new remix of the track.

Major Lazer teams up with Kranium and N’yla for some original vocals over the original track, putting a very characteristic dancehall spin on Ed Sheeran, something that should work, but falls just a little short in Major Lazer’s attempt.

We’re no strangers to the dancehall style from the trio, but the synth choice on this one is just a little more annoying than anything else. Check it out for yourself below:

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Source: Major Lazer Drop New Remix Of Ed Sheeran’s #1 Hit, “Shape Of You”

MØ Sings “Cold Water” Unplugged with Major Lazer at Air & Style

Air & Style Festival happened over the weekend with an impressive list of headlining acts. With appearances by Flume, Zhu, Chromeo, Louis The Child, and more, the festival undoubtedly saw some beautiful performances. One in particular that caught our eye was Major Lazer‘s performance with a special guest appearance from MØ.

Cold Water” made a huge splash last year, making its way up to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. With additional support from Justin Bieber fans and Major Lazer’s already sterling reputation from the hit “Lean On,” it wasn’t exactly surprising. For this rendition, however, Major Lazer decided to give a more raw, unplugged version of the song at Air & Style. We get to hear MØ’s powerful voice crystal clear as she sings the hook effortlessly over a noodling guitar to thousands.

Watch for yourself here:

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Source: MØ Sings “Cold Water” Unplugged with Major Lazer at Air & Style

dEVOLVE & KAMEO Drop Their Latest Collaboration “Bomb Pon Dem”

Last September Miami-based producer dEVOLVE released “Higher,” an infectious club banger with Red Rat that currently has over 5 million Spotify streams garnering attention from a variety of dance music tastemakers.

Since then, dEVOLVE has taken the moombahton scene by storm. His debut single “Bubble Gum” was released on Jillionaire’s (Of Major Lazer) imprint record label, Feel Up Records. dEVOLVE has received support from world-renowned DJ’s and outlets like Apple Beats 1, Major Lazer, Diplo & Friends Radio, SiriusXM BPM any many others.

dEVOLVE steps back into the limelight this time with fellow producer and bass aficionado KAMEO. Their latest collaboration “Bomb Pon Dem” is out now via HiRIZE Music. “Bomb Pon Dem” is a fast paced dubstep banger infused with elements of trap and dancehall that will make you move no matter the mood.

Make sure to stay up to date with all things dEVOLVE as this Miami-based producer is most certainly a name you are bound to see in the upcoming festival circuit.

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Source: dEVOLVE & KAMEO Drop Their Latest Collaboration “Bomb Pon Dem”

Check Out The Nominees For The 2017 Remix Awards

The second annual Remix Awards are about to be held once again during Miami Music Week, celebrating the leading talents in music production. Winners will be determined by both the amount of North American radio airplay received, and the quality of audio production in the recording.

The nominees and categories for the 2017 Remix Awards are as follows, but in foreword, we’re a little surprised not to see Illenium on here.

Remix of the Year – Radio Airplay

Mike Posner, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (Seeb)
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself” (Kue)
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” (Fenix)
Kiiara, “Gold” (Achtabahn)
Alessia Cara, “Here” (Cosmic Dawn)

Remix of the Year – Production

Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (Dave Winnel)
Alessia Cara, “Here” (Kue)
DNCE, “Cake By The Ocean” (Kue)
Justin Bieber, “Sorry” (Wide Awake)
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens” (LODATO & Joseph Duveen)

Remix Producer of the Year

Danny Dove
Country Club Martini Crew
The Scene Kings (*Winner 2016 “Best Bootleg”)

Best Bootleg

Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens” (LODATO & Joseph Duveen)
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” (Fenix)
Gnash, “I Hate U, I Love U” (PBH & Jack Shizzle)
Jon Bellion, “All Time Low” (Cash Cash)
Lukas Graham, “7 Years” (Night Moves)

Best Extended Edit

The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Zhu, Skrillex & They, “Working For It”
Skrillex & Rick Ross, “Purple Lamborghini”
Major Lazor ft Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water”
Calvin Harris, “How Deep Is Your Love”

Best Rap Remix

Desiigner, “Panda” (Afrojack)
Big Baby D.R.A.M. ft Lil Yachty, “Broccoli” (Herobust)
Kanye West, “Fade” (Freejak)
Travis Scott, “Antidote” (Lookas)
Kent Jones, “Don’t Mind” (DJ Noiz)

Best Trap Remix

Travis Scott, “Antidote” (Lookas)
Desiigner, “Panda” (Afrojack)
Zara Larsson & MNEK, “Never Forget You” (Pyrodox)
Anne-Marie, “Alarm” (Marshmello)
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (Jaydon Lewis)
The Chainsmokers ft Halsey, “Closer” (T-Mass)
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens” (LODATO & Joseph Duveen)

Best Use of Vocal

Kiiara, “Gold” (Achtabahn)
Mike Posner, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (Jason Risk)
Lukas Graham, “7 Years” (Night Moves)
Anne-Marie, “Alarm” (Marshmello)
G-Eazy ft Bebe Rexha, “Me, Myself & I” (Oliver Heldens)
Justin Bieber, “Sorry” (Wide Awake)
Rihanna, “Love On The Brain” (Don Diablo)
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” (Dillon Francis)

Best Banger

DNCE, “Cake By The Ocean” (Kue)
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” (R3hab & Henry Fong)
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (Steve Smooth & Tony Arzadon)
Desiigner, “Panda” (Afrojack)
Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water” (Dark Intensity)
The Chainsmokers ft Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (Zomboy)
Sia ft Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills” (John J-C Carr)

Best Rise/Drop

Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (Dave Winnel)
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (Steve Smooth & Tony Arzadon)
Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water” (Dark Intensity)
The Chainsmokers ft Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (Zomboy)
Rae Sremmurd ft Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” (MAKJ)
Sia ft Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills” (John J-C Carr)
Ariana Grande, “Into You” (Steven Redant)
Daya, “Hideaway” (Randy Taylor-Weber, Lenny Ruckus & DJ Fierce)

Best Down Tempo Turned Up

Ariana Grande ft Nicki Minaj, “Side To Side” (High-Rizers)
The Chainsmokers ft Halsey, “Closer” (Kahikko & Jespr)
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (Steve Smooth & Tony Arzadon)
X Ambassadors, “Unsteady” (LODATO & Joseph Duveen)
Rihanna, “Love On The Brain” (Don Diablo)
Jon Bellion, “All Time Low” (Cash Cash)

Best Remix Collaboration

Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water” (The Scene Kings, DJ Scene & Diggz)
The Chainsmokers ft Halsey, “Closer” (Danny Dove & Nathan C)
DJ Snake ft Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You” (Danny Dove & Offset)
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (Steve Smooth & Tony Arzadon)
Drake ft Whisked & Kyla, “One Dance” (White & Da Pierre)

Best Mixshow DJ

Bodega Brad – RT30 (New York) (*Winner 2016)
Riddler – CBS
Jay Dabhi – AMP (New York)
Marc Stout – B96 (Chicago)
Jay Mac – MRL
DJ Drew – Kiis FM (Los Angeles)
DJ Tyco – RT30 (Canada)
Mr. Mig & Gino Caporale – RT30 (Philadelphia)
Tony Gia – RT30 (New Jersey)

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Source: Check Out The Nominees For The 2017 Remix Awards

Mad Decent India Tour Cancelled, Fans Not Pleased With Organizers

Back in January, Indian production company Oji revealed it would be hosting a three-city Mad Decent tour in March featuring performances by Major Lazer, Dillon Francis and more in Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. Because the series’ 2016 Delhi installment was cancelled, in part, due to the Jat protests in the area, fans set their hopes high that 2017 would run without a hitch. Unfortunately, Oji disappointed the attendees once again Saturday as they announced a full cancellation of all three Mad Decent performances in March.

In a Facebook post written early Saturday morning, event organizer Oji revealed that they would be unable to host the MDBP series “in the exact style with which we envisioned.” Whether the ultimate decision to scrap the series involved disagreements between Oji and Mad Decent, or if it was due to conflict among city officials or police, is not known. Regardless, Oji assured fans who already purchased tickets that they would be refunded in full beginning Monday.

Prospective attendees took to the post’s comment section in droves to condemn Oji for cancelling MDBP a second time, many of the posts urging fellow fans to boycott the company’s events in the future. The region already witnessed cancellations from David Guetta and Eric Prydz earlier in 2017.

Read the full Facebook post below.


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