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Ultra Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Ultra Music FestivalWhen I think of major music festivals in March, I can’t help but revert to thinking of South by Southwest. But for those of you with a little more EDM in your hearts, you’ll be pleased to know that returning to Miami this March, Ultra Music Festival will take over Bayfront Park for its 15th anniversary ” and they’ve just announced their 2014 lineup. Guests include heavyweights M.I.A., Zedd, David Guetta, and Tií«sto, among others. Keep an eye out for which artists will play  the main stage, and in the meantime check out the lineup below. (more…)

EDM's Nouveau Riche And Hip-Hop's Old Money: Comparing The Top Earners

A lot has been made about EDM’s rise to prominence in the U.S., especially by us. Assertions about the genre’s popularity were previously observations of the cultural zeitgeist. Beiber going over a “dubstep” beat. Paris Hilton tryingand failing, in spectacular fashion”to DJ. The return of rave culture and all of the wonderful, sweaty gyrations that accompany the scene. In early June, however, there was another metric by which we could measure the success of many of EDM’s finest: Cash money.

CelebrityNetWorth.com came out with a list of the Top 30 richest DJs in the world earlier in June (seen right). Now, there are a couple of surprises on this list. For example, despite having a hand in producing two of 2011’s biggest hits in “Look At Me Now” and “Give Me Everything,” Afrojack somehow finds himself at the bottom of this list with a purported net worth of $2 million. Also, the list is lopsided in terms of seniority. The top fifteen earners, from The Chemical Brothers down to Tií«sto at number 1, have mostly been in the game since the ’90s, with the arguable exception of David Guetta. The rest, however, are almost all young upstarts like Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and Skrillex.

This list isn’t the full story either. No list of unfeeling numbers can capture the extent of the sweet life that many DJs live. Sure, always being on tour can be tough on one’s personal relationships. But these guys (and the list is all male, as it happens) are playing music for a living! The women, drugs, relative fame, and parties aren’t bad either.

But with this new information comes new comparisons. Fresh comparisons. Dope comparisons. Swag comparisons. You know where we’re going with this.

Forbes releases a number of music-earning lists annually and none carry the same weight as their installments covering the richest and top earning in Hip-Hop. There are two lists reflecting the amount of paper that the biggest in the rap game can throw around; Cash Kings: Hip-Hop’s Top Earners and The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists.

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Going to Ultra?

Going to Ultra Music Festival in Miami? Here’s a quick rundown of all the craziness attendees should expect.

With 200,000 tickets sold, 2012 is the biggest year yet for Ultra. There are a total of 12 stages to bounce between, three of them bearing the name “Ultra Mega Stages.” Performing next to the best DJs in the world will be a variety of sideshow performers traveling from as far as New York, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Paris, Rio and LA. All kinds of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be sold throughout the event, along with international and classic American cuisine. Remember to dress comfortably, because Miami weather is always terrific, but the city gets deadly hot in the afternoon. By the way, there will be a ginormous sound system, so do your ears a favor and bring some ear plugs.

The day 1 Main Stage will include acts such as Tiesto, Skrillex and Afrojack. Day 2 will have performances from Avicii, Justice, Fatboy Slim and Zedd. The grand finale, featuring Steve Aoki, Armin Van Beuran and Kaskade will close out the festival on day 3. In addition, there are a million other artists (not literally, but there are a bunch) playing alongside these folks. They’ll perform on one of the eight stages throughout the three days, including the BAO Dome and Eco Village.

UTG: Coldplay Premiere Tiesto Remix Of "Paradise"

Coming out of left field today, UTG has a stream of world-renowned DJ Tiesto˜s remix of Coldplay‘s single Paradise for your listening pleasure. Tiesto is always one who pushes the boundaries of electronic music and he’s definitely making moves with this track. His ability to fuse sounds and rhythm are simply unbelievable.

At the time of this post, the source and eventual destination of this remix are unknown. That said, you don’t need of that information to enjoy the song, so click below and let yourself become immersed in the endlessly creative world of Tiesto.

After you listen, be sure to comment with your thoughts on the track. We will keep you updated with any news on Coldplay or Tiesto as it arrives.

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The Beat Generation: Trance Playlist

Woooooooooosh. Can you feel it (it’s in the air, it’s in the air? Sorry). That sudden, uplifting blast? Those sweet strains of melody floating through your speakers?

It’s Sunday, the weekend’s almost over and the working week is fast approaching. We still aren’t quite out of winter’s grasp yet, and for all we know it could be cloudy where you live. If you need a little pick me up, we’re here to help. We’ve concocted a playlist of some of best melodic trance that OurStage has to offer.

Trance seems to be a somewhat misunderstood genre in the mainstream. Many casual listeners would have a hard time distinguishing trance from better known strains such as house, techno and electro even though some of the biggest electronic music producers in the world”like, oh, I don’t know”Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, all make trance music. With elements like strong melody, a dancable rhythm and tempo and frequently swathed in reverb and delay, it’s no surprise that trance was once the most popular form of dance music in the world. Get into it.

And now, onto the playlist. If you like what you hear, be sure to head over to the Electronica Channel for some more.

The Beat Generation: Electronic Festival Roundup for 2011

Just as the big rock music fests are getting underway and announcing their lineups, the big electronic music fests gearing up for the spring and summer concert seasons. Here’s a quick and dirty roundup of some of the big electronic festivals in the upcoming months.

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival 2010

Ultra Music Fest takes place every year in Miami in March. Why so early in the year, you ask? The two most likely reasons are 1) The festival began as a companion event to the Winter Music Conference, probably the biggest annual gathering of dance music industry honchos, and is always held in March and 2) if they held Ultra any later in the year, everyone would probably be dropping from dehydration. It’s our understanding that Miami is very hot and muggy for most of the year.

Ultra consistently attracts a large number of very high profile acts with guys like Tiesto and David Guetta seemingly on stage every year. This year doesn’t feature the fest’s deepest lineup but it’s got plenty of bang for your buck with three day passes are going for at least $219.95. Friday looks to be their techno day showcasing acts like Tiesto and Pendulum, Saturday is house day with Deadmau5 and Underworld playing and Sunday features the always reliable Chemical Brothers and the currently ubiquitous David Guetta. You can check out the full lineup here.

Bestival

Crowd at Bestival

Think of Bestival as the Little Festival that Could, that Still Can and will probably Continue To Do So. They’ve been nominated for Shockwaves NME Awards for Best Small Festival for their 2010 showing and it looks like 2011 is going to be another good year for them. While their lineup might seem a little sparse spread over four days, the number of legacy performers is pretty staggering. The Cure, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Primal Scream (performing their landmark Screamadelica, no less) and Grandmaster Flash top the list with expected performances from Robyn, Crystal Castles, Diplo and Boys Noize all bringing the OONCE OONCE OONCE. And hey, it’s not till September, maybe they’ll get a few more acts on the bill by then. You can see the full lineup right here.

HARD Weekend and HARD Festival

Crystal Castles performing at HARD Summer Tour 2010

HARD is a different kind of animal, less a true festival and more an assemblage of events. HARD has been absolutely blowing up since its first outing in 2007; what started out as a one day warehouse party in downtown LA has morphed into a multi-city extravaganza. 2010 was a banner year for the franchise, featuring one off HARD shows in San Francisco and Miami, co-branded  dates with M.I.A. and a summer tour in addition to the usual LA and NYC shows. 2011 looks to be another busy year for the folks at HARD. The upcoming HARD Weekend in March is playing in Oakland, LA and NYC and will be featuring acts such as Simian Mobile Disco, Destructo, Crystal Castles and Fake Blood. Not to mention the HARD Miami one off show (featuring Diplo, Sebastian and Busy P), the HARD Summer Music Festival in LA which has yet to announce a lineup but promises 30+ live performances and finally, the HARD Haunted Mansion in LA, HARD’s version of a Halloween party. Life’s HARD, isn’t it? Check out the lineups and keep an eye out on new announcements here.

Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival 2010

Even though the Wireless Festival lineup hasn’t been fully released yet, the british electronic and dance outing already looks pretty stacked. With the Black Eyed Peas, The Chemical Brothers and Pulp all headlining, the festival also features Battles, Chromeo and Janelle Monae. Oh yeah and Aphex Twin! Between this, “Avril 14th” getting sampled in a Kanye West song and reports that Richard James has up to six albums worth of material completed, should we expect to see a new Aphex Twin album in the future? Look here for the current lineup and stay tuned for more announcements.

Keep in mind, this is just a taste of the upcoming festival goodness. More and more festivals are preparing their lineup releases so we should be seeing more news from the ATP festivals, Sonar and the Detroit Music Festival, to name a few. Now why can’t it be summer already?