We traveled to London to get an up-close look at the props that were used in the film, including rare kicks from adidas x Mr Porter, the actual rifle Channing Tatum used on set, and a mine-detecting baseball bat. Check out the full scoop in the video above.
Swae Lee allegedly posted a brief sex tape on Instagram late Monday night, then deleted it. According to a PHH report spotted byXXL on Tuesday, the Rae Sremmurd member wiped the alleged clip from his Instagram account roughly 30 minutes after uploading it.
The video, which we won't link to here for reasons that should be obvious, allegedly shows Swae Lee having sex with an unknown woman in a white tank top. Though neither party's face appears in ripped versions of the alleged clip, the cameraperson can—according toHotNewHipHop—be “identified as Swae by the tattoos on his right forearm and hand.” At the time of this article's publication, Swae has not publicly commented on the alleged clip.
At any rate, 2017 is shaping up to be a very Sremmurd year. Days after releasing the golf turn-up video for their SremmLife 2 deluxe edition single “Swang,” the duo was announced as special guests on The Weekend's forthcoming Legend of the Fall tour. The tour, in promotion of The Weeknd's Billboard-topping Starboy album, is set to kick off next month:
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Rae Sremmurd talked with the Guardian's Kate Hutchinson in January about their recent successes, outlining their party-first ethos. “Young people wanna rage, that's what we wanna do,” Slim Jxmmisaid. “We wanna bang our heads against the TV. We wanna bang our heads against the wall. We want to stomp through the floor.”
After releasing the emotional single “Easy Go“, we caught up with Grandtheft and Delaney Jane to talk about the creation of the track. We wanted to get a better picture of what it was like for the duo to work together and what their individual creative processes looked like. We also had the chance to talk about how to break through a saturated market, what it takes to make it in the industry, and what their thoughts were on the current political climate. This interview was definitely an interesting one.
For both of you, “Easy Go” sounds like you guys hit it off with some pretty great chemistry in the studio – Could this be the start of something special?
“It was a fun and organic experience creating this record with Delaney and Shaun. I have a lot of respect for them both as writers and good people… so you never know! We are currently working on an acoustic performance of ‘Easy Go’ which is really fun.” – Grandtheft
“I was a fan of Grandtheft’s work long before we met, so it was pretty special for me when he first reached out asking if I wanted to collab. He’s an extremely talented producer and a straight up genuine human being, which made working together such a breeze.” – Delaney
Delaney, what sets Grandtheft apart from all the other producers you’ve worked with?
“Definitely the amount of open and honest communication between us. It wasn’t just one of those scenarios where I record the vocal, send it to a producer and wait to hear the final product. We went back and forth so many times, giving each other feedback and really working together to fine-tune everything so we both were happy with the end result. It was great being so involved creatively throughout the entire process. In a perfect world, every collab would work like this.” – Delaney
Grandtheft, what do you think is the best part about working with Delaney?
“Delaney has a really natural, honest quality to her songwriting and delivery. It is effortless and relatable. I think this is a big part of why this song is connecting with people everywhere.” – Grandtheft
Delaney, what do you consider to be the biggest challenge for vocalists in such a competitive scene?
“I was hesitant to say this, but in all honesty it’s being taken seriously as an artist in the industry. During the explosion of EDM, when big room house blew up, it seemed like vocalists became very expendable while DJ’s often received the most recognition for the songs themselves. I’ve had to work really hard to get to where I am and to be recognized as a singer, songwriter and performer, not just a featured vocalist.” – Delaney
Grandtheft, you have quite a heavy tour schedule. Do you like the thrill of touring or do you find it be more taxing?
“My tour schedule has been insane for the last few years. Almost 200 shows per year. It is so fun and inspiring to be on the road connecting with new places, cultures and music as well as meeting the people who support my music. It is crazy taxing on the body and mind, though. I hit my limit a few times over the past few years and right now, my team and I are trying to carve out more time to write. I am in a much better headspace to make music after a couple months of slightly less crazy touring. The spring and summer is looking very busy with shows again though!” – Grandtheft
For both, could you both elaborate on what it’s like to try to make your voice/art heard in such a saturated scene?
“Honesty and making music that you really feel is always the way. I am not interested in trying to fit in too much. You can’t control what people like and don’t like. I can only do right by me and make music I’m excited about. I put my heart into my Quit This City EP and it was mellow and vibey and didn’t get the same attention some of my more hype stuff gets. But, it’s important music I needed to make. I still love it and know that it will stand the test of time for me. Then we made this song ‘Easy Go’ which has that emotion and honesty, too. And its Top 40 on US radio charts right now. That’s way beyond the pop attention I ever expected! These are both success to me, though. The point being, you gotta just do you, make the best music you can without paying too much attention to the clutter out there. Being honest and creative is what will more likely make you heard and satisfy you in the long run.” – Grandtheft
“First of all, you can’t worry about what other people are doing. You just have to be honest with yourself and honest in your work and let the music speak for itself. Don’t be afraid to BE a perfectionist, quality over quantity, always. What’s also really important to me is personally connecting with my fans beyond the music. For me that means sharing poetry I’ve written on IG, being a complete goof on Snapchat, responding to my fans as much as I can, staying an hour after my show is done to give hugs and meet everyone. I’m just as much a human as everyone else and at the end of the day we all go through the same sh*t. I think being real with the world is the best way to be heard.” – Delaney
Grandtheft, if you wouldn’t mind, give us your thoughts on President Donald Trump…
“As a Canadian and global citizen, here are some things I do NOT stand for and will fight against: xenophobia, racism, violence against women, gender inequality, men limiting women’s rights, ludicrous climate change denial, war on the poor middle class, unaffordable health care, deregulation of corporate greed, religious persecution, silencing the free press, and greedy old white men. Many of these are core things that Donald Trump and his government has campaigned on and others he supports vocally and/or with policy. Plenty of his executive orders and high-powered appointments to positions of power are already having really negative impacts on America and the world. Positive change and progression takes time. It took the Obama administration two terms to get done some of the positive changes that Trump is carelessly scrapping in a matter of weeks.
As much damages his actions will do, his voice of xenophobia is also emboldening hate and racism worldwide. We all see it happening. Hate that once lurked in the shadows is coming out in racist actions across America and Europe. It scares me for our future. I have seen people far away from America caring enough speak up, protest and rally against Trump and his actions. Lots of folks and artists I know are doing the same, but the American people need to unify to let the Trump government know that this stuff is not OK. Even for those who supported Trump hoping for a change… If you truly stay up on the daily actions taken by the president and his chosen circle of old, rich, corporate executives, it’s high time to admit that this isn’t going to end well. It is truly going to f*ck up the future and it’s all going to affect the youth more than anyone. Pay attention to what is happening and stand up for what you believe is right.” – Grandtheft
On a much lighter note, on the heels of the success “Easy Go” has seen, Grandtheft is launching a new world tour! Featuring many dates in North America, I’m sure Grandtheft will be hitting a city near you.
The Weeknd embarked on his world tour this past weekend, playing shows in Oslo and Stockholm. In support of his Starboy album and the most fame and clout he’s ever had in his career, something had to be done about his stage that would be out of this world… well, we didn’t expect him to actually build a fucking space ship. But he did it anyway.
This towering monstrosity of a stage piece is likely a couple hundred feet tall and at least a hundred feet wide (we don’t have the exact specifications), but it’s lined with spotlights and LEDs along the entire border. To say that this would be anything other than a mindfuck to witness live would be an understatement of gargantuan proportions.
Dutch electronicmusic producer WRLD and live electronic duo SMLE have just announced their debut co-headlining North American “Stranded – Tour.”
The tour will consist of 12 dates across North America with headlining shows in huge cities like Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco with more dates to be announced.
The tour coincides with the release of a brand new collaborative single between WRLD & SMLE titled, “Stranded.” The track will be coming out via Heroic Recordings.
Check out what the WRLD & SMLE had to say about the tour.
“We’re beyond excited to show everyone our brand new live set as well as all the new music we’ve been working on. We’re big fans of each other’s music and also can’t wait to show you “Stranded!”
The Pegboard Nerds have been hard at work over the last year. On the heels of the successful “Nerds by Nature” tour and a Billboard-charting EP, the duo is back at it again with yet another tour and a fresh new single.
Announced Saturday, the “Revenge of the Nerds” tour will take the duo to 25 different cities across North America, starting in Edmonton, AB and finishing in Virginia Beach. If the trailer is giving anything away, “Revenge of the Nerds” is looking to be an epic tour filled with massive energy and tons of brand new music. Tickets are available now at PegboardNerds.com. Check out the trailer below:
Additionally, the Pegboard Nerds recently released their Spinnin’ Records debut “Voodoo” in collaboration with the up-and-coming electro house producer & Tiësto protegeé Tony Junior. “Voodoo” is a very different sound for both the Nerds and Tony Junior, so make sure to listen with that expectation. The track combines Junior’s brand of house with the Pegboard Nerds’ sugary-sweet undertones for a truly one-of-a-kind result. Listen to “Voodoo” and buy the track below:
All puns aside, the last thing we expected was Tchami to drop a new track right as his Prophecy Tour kicked off this week. Set to hit numerous cities in North America, the Prophecy Tour will keep Tchami busy over the next several weeks, but the Parisian producer nears the end of the first week of the tour by dropping an entirely new track. The best part? It takes his music in a familiar yet exciting new direction.
“Adieu” finds Tchami exploring a more uplifting side of his sound, one with almost tropical-sounding percussion, soft synths and a powerful sample. A fuzzy warble punctuates the track, hinting at Tchami’s darker side before he rings it in in favor of a more house-inspired mood. Originally known for his future house songs with glitchy vocal samples and dark synths, “Adieu” contrasts to Tchami’s signature sound without sounding alien, a rare feat for a producer known so well for a darker persona. We’re intrigued to see if he explores more of this lighter, house-inclined sound in the future, but for now we are happy to see Tchami step into the light.
From her earliest memory, Brazilian-born Carmela Lane was always drawn to costumes and design. When she was just five years old, she told people with conviction that she would one day become a fashion designer. Her inspiration for this line of work stemmed from her father, who designed and worked with shoes his whole life. However, Carmela viewed shoes as boring and uninteresting, so she diverged her path and focused on fashion, and more specifically, costumes. Today, Carmela’s childhood dream has turned into reality, as she runs her own successful company based in New York called 26 Stars, which offers services including production, costume design, and talent booking.
Carmela’s journey to achieving her childhood dream was far from easy, and involved a steep uphill climb along the way. At the green age of fifteen, she moved out of her parents’ home in Brazil and lived on her own. Her initial independence was accompanied with hardships, but over time Carmela was emboldened by her autonomous lifestyle. She was able to successfully support herself, proving that she could do whatever she set her mind to. Fast forward eight years later, and Carmela set off with only $100 in her pocket to one of the most revered cities for fashion — New York City. If she had learned anything while living on her own, it’s that she could take care of herself, in any situation or living condition.
With her arrival in New York, Carmela’s dream was to one day attend the famous Fashion Institute of Technology. The tuition, however, was not something she could afford when she first arrived, so she would just sit in front of the school and envisioned a time where she would be able to attend and learn from some of the best about fashion. Determined to accomplish this goal, Carmela hustled night and day by working a slew of odd jobs to save. Although she had lived on her own for the last eight years, it was still a hard adjustment for Carmela who was unable to see her family back in Brazil. It wasn’t easy, but Carmela’s unwavering confidence and persistence were the driving force to her success. Finally, she was able to save up enough to attend the school she had always dreamed about. The Fashion Institute of Technology gave Carmela a great foundation and the perfect launchpad for a successful career.
Since then, Carmela’s career has taken her down many fruitful paths, including most recently the electronicdance music industry. Fittingly, music has always been a great source of inspiration for Carmela. She credits it for steering her in the right direction at a young age when she was living alone. It was also a vessel that allowed her to connect with people, and form meaningful and lasting relationships. Today, Carmela is embedded into the EDM community working alongside talented people like Katie Kansas, the Entertainment Director for Ultra Music Festival. Carmela’s work can also be seen at TAO Nightclub, one of the most renowned clubs in Las Vegas and in all of North America.
Working so closely with many EDM festivals and clubs, Carmela says she feels inspired by the people that she works with. She sees more and more people joining forces to build something bigger and better for the community. However, Carmela still sees one resounding issue in the industry. She believes that go-go dancers are undervalued by people who organize and attend these events. Carmela wants performers to be viewed as business professionals. They add a unique element to the show, and deserve more respect and recognition for their work. Each EDM event she works, she strives to change that perception little by little. By treating them like business professionals and organizing unique performances, Carmela believes it’s only a matter of time until dancers play a larger role on and off the stage.
Willing to fight for what she believes is right, Carmela’s pure passion has allowed her to reach astounding heights. Her inspiration for the work she creates comes from peers around her, but not in the way you would think. She identifies trends, and attempts to create something that is the complete opposite. This way, she is truly creating something unique that has never been done before. Even when watching an old movie, she’ll think of ways she could incorporate their style into attire for dancers. And this kind of creative approach has been the catalyst to unique opportunities for her. Just recently, she was the costume designer for a show put on by Joffrey Ballet, a highly touted ballet company. To date, this was Carmela’s greatest highlight in her career, with surely many more to come.
Carmela’s independence at a young age forced her to mature quickly. This allowed her to develop a relentless drive and exuding passion, which allowed her career to proliferate over the years. Inspired by the music and the people around her, Carmela not only creates unique work, but also stands up for causes she truly believes in. Always remember to think different, follow your true passion and never be afraid to fight for what really matters to you.
Kygo’s rapid rise to fame for his tropical style has set him up perfectly for 2015. From headlining TomorrowWorld to releasing his biggest single yet, 2014 was a busy year. Now, just a few months before the summer festival season, Kygo and his management team will be taking a new direction in 2015.
Your EDM has been told by Myles Sheer, founder of Golden Hare, that Kygo has left AM Only to partner with William Morris Endeavor.
With the likes of Calvin Harris, Zedd, Deadmau5 and company, Kygo will be joining some of the top DJ’s worldwide. In the official statement listed below, Myles outlines the new move and what this means for Kygo’s career:
“It is official, the news it out, Kygo after having an incredible breakout year not only in North America, but worldwide has now completed one of the last pieces to his puzzle to success. The artist and his Golden Hare Group management company have joined up with the most powerful booking agency in the country, the elite William Morris E (WME). He will now have bookings overseen by Joel Zimmerman, the U.S. head of WME. Although Zimmerman bears the same name as the infamous Canadian DJ, Deadmau5, he coincidently books high profile clients including Deadmau5 himself, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Afrojack among a laundry list of other top acts.
The Norwegian DJ was already booked by WME for the rest of world bookings by Simon Clarkson, so now this move completes the full circle global powerhouse relationship for Kygo and Golden Hare Group.
Kygo and the team and everyone else couldn’t be more excited for the world to find out about what they have in store for 2015, already adding to top spots at both Coachella and Ultra Music Festival already announced. There is also some exciting news to go perfectly along with the new agency with the announcement of Kygo as one of the headliners for Counterpoint Music Festival this year taking place right outside of Atlanta alongside fellow headliners Zedd, Widespread Panic and The Roots along with an impressive 50+ other acts.”