The Rise of Lorde, From Talent Shows to Pop Stardom

Lorde's new album Melodrama is around the corner (coming June 16), and we're here for it. The lead-up singles “Perfect Places,” “Liability,” and “Green Light” have been strong, and she seems more inspired than ever. Since the release of her chart-topping single “Royals” in 2013, Lorde's growth has been explosive. She's now one of the most popular artists in the world, but instead of morphing into your stereotypical pop star, Lorde has held onto her individuality and integrity, and that still comes across clearly in the music she makes.

It may have seemed like it all came out of nowhere, but Lorde was working at her career from an early age, and she grinded it out in New Zealand for years before her big breakthrough moment. In our latest P&P Update, we take a look back at some of the steps Lorde took in order to get where she is today.

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This Guy Figured Out a Way to Use His Drone to Pick Up KFC and Deliver It to Himself

 

A true innovator in New Zealand had a dilemma recently. He wanted to eat KFC, but he wasn't at a KFC. So how would you, the reader, solve this age-old riddle? Use a car You'd probably just have to go hungry or convince somebody to go and pick something up for you.

However, not everybody has to starve, as our guy here proved. His name is Ollie Mason-Clarke, and he runs the website King of Cheat Meals (which kind of explains the KFC). In order to score a bag full of food for him and his friend, he made arrangements with a local KFC branch and then flew his drone across town to pay for a meal and pick it up in the drive-through lane. Unfortunately, the drone wasn't able to carry an entire bucket of chicken back. But he did end up with enough food for him and his friend, and he didn't even have to leave his table in the park to get it.

Now, for those of you out there who may be skeptical by all of the viral marketing stunts that companies have pulled off in the past, Mason-Clarke insists that wasn't the case here. His intention wasn't to score KFC free publicity by using his drone. Rather, this idea was just a “fun project” he thought up, and for his A-plus effort, we got a dope video that you can check out above.

Drones. What in the world are people going to think to do with them next?!

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Lorde Goes House In Preview Of Upcoming Track [VIDEO]

Last night, Lorde took to several major television channels in New Zealand to reveal the first few moments of what appears to be an upcoming single off of her sophomore album. The short teaser even ends with a release date: March 3, 2017.

The video itself shows Lorde and a driver munching on snacks while they sit in a car. The song playing in the background seems to be a piano-centered house beat, without much else to identify it, though many are guessing that it’s a teaser of a new song.

Check out the short preview below, and keep your eyes peeled on March 3 for more updates.

 

 

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Source: Lorde Goes House In Preview Of Upcoming Track [VIDEO]

Martin Garrix Disses Radio Compression & Talks Touring With Justin Bieber

Martin Garrix will be joining Justin Bieber on tour in Australia and New Zealand in March. Sure to be an incredible performance from both artists, Martin Garrix stopped by 97.1 AMP Radio to talk about the tour and his new single with Dua Lipa, “Scared To Be Lonely.”

After throwing a subtle diss at basic radio compression, Martin talks about how he’ll perform as an opening artist. Especially crazy is the fact that both artists are absolutely massive stars, so it will be interesting to see the dynamic between them and their audiences on stage.

Check out the interview below.

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Source: Martin Garrix Disses Radio Compression & Talks Touring With Justin Bieber

EXCLUSIVE: Your EDM – Week In Music [Cheat Codes Takeover]

LA-based house-pop DJ and production trio Cheat Codes is made up of Kevin Ford, Matthew Russell, and Trevor Dahl. The guys are in this week for an exclusive takeover of Your EDM’s – Week In Music Spotify playlist with some of their handpicked favorite tunes at the moment.

From Gerry Gonza’s Confession release “Bad Bitches” to Florian Picasso’s “Make Up Your Mind” with #1 DJ Martin Garrix to R3HAB’s new single, this playlists. The Playlist consists of as much variance by genre as the trio’s stylish outfits. Below are just a couple of quotes from the guys on our favorites out of their favorites for this exclusive Spotify takeover!

“Chemistry” – Steve Void“We toured with Steve in 2016. He is young, and knows the chemistry of the music industry. We are expecting big things.”

“Stamina” – Jordy Dazz“Stolen off Matt’s workout playlist”

“What You Need” – BAYNK“This is BAYNK’s latest and biggest track and we think this guy is onto something. We were on tour with him last year and work with one of his friends from New Zealand who is always playing his songs.”

“Icarus” – R3HAB vs. Sketch Remix: “More R3HAB because we are going to do some tracks together.”

“Queen Elizabeth (Attom Remix)” – Cheat Codes: “We love Attom’s work and love remixes. This song was doing well on Hype Machine, so here it is!”

“Sleeping In” – Phil Good: “Phil Good is mostly indie electronic but we think it has a place on this playlist for people who want something a little different. He has 2 exciting new tracks coming out soon that we have had the privilege of listening to pre release.”

Your EDM – Week In Music [Cheat Codes Takeover]

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Your EDM Premiere: Karmadella – Wait For You (feat. Connor Mac) [Jupiter Republic]

Here’s something a little different. Hailing from New Zealand, brotherly duo Karmadella come with a strong musical family background that’s translated to forward thinking and sophisticated electronic music with their single “Wait For You” with vocalist Connor Mac.

The single comes via Jupiter Republic which has quickly positioned itself at the forefront of the electronic space in New Zealand. “Wait For You” perfectly blends Connor Mac’s soulful vocals with complex production from Karmadella that seem them touch upon sounds from all across the board in one of the most forward-thinking ‘future bass’ releases I’ve heard in awhile.

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Source: Your EDM Premiere: Karmadella – Wait For You (feat. Connor Mac) [Jupiter Republic]

Bruce Springsteen’s Instant Bootleg Series: New Details Revealed

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Pandora Offers More Personalized Station Recommendations

Listen here: Pandora Offers More Personalized Station Recommendations

Pandora is introducing new features today to both iOS and Android platforms. The update is available in the US, Australia and New Zealand only at this time. Now Pandora listeners can now get up to 6 suggested artist stations to add to their library at a time based on their current listening preferences. The new station recommendations will consider their current station list and what the person previously indicated they liked.

pandora Pandora Offers More Personalized Station Recommendations

Here’s how it works:
“Create a Station screen: when you tap to create a station, your recommendations will be listed on the screen. You can create a new station by tapping that station name or choose to expand “More Recommendations” to view more.”

“Bottom of Station List: If you scroll down your station list, you will see recommendations at the bottom. You can create a new station by tapping that station name or choose to expand “More Recommendations” to view more.”

The update should be rolled out today.

[Source: Pandora]