Day: March 28, 2018

Say Amen (Saturday Night) – Panic! At the Disco

The members of Panic! At the Disco had barely graduated high school when their full-length debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, transformed the suburban Las Vegas teens into national emo-pop stars. The band had materialized several years earlier, when friends Spencer Smith (drums) and Ryan Ross (guitar) began covering blink-182 tunes together. After tiring […]

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Color Blind – Diplo & Lil Xan

A superstar DJ, sought-after producer, taste-making label owner, and wizard behind Major Lazer, Diplo (aka Diplodocus, Wes Diplo, and Wes Gully) launched his career on the fringes of dance music. With his mash-up mixtapes, he found and created a sound where his musical tastes — ’80s pop, electronica, Dirty South hip-hop, and his major influence, […]

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Playinwitme (feat. Kehlani) – KYLE

Also known as SuperDuperKyle or K.i.D., Ventura-based MC Kyle is heavily influenced by the ’80s, and not just the decade’s brand of hip-hop, but that era’s video game music as well. He debuted in 2013 with Beautiful Loser, a record that featured guest spots from G-Eazy and was released by the vanity label Hey Kyle. […]

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Rover 2.0 (feat. 21 Savage) – BlocBoy JB

American rapper BlocBoy JB emerged in 2017 with a pair of viral hits that highlighted his speedy rhymes and big bass production from longtime producer Tay Keith. Born James Baker in Memphis, Tennessee, JB grew up in a large, single-parent household and would sneak his brother’s equipment away to record his own music. The self-taught […]

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Ksazobalit – Cassper Nyovest

South African producer/songwriter Cassper Nyovest was born Refiloe Maele Phoolo in 1990, growing up involved in sports and studies, but developing a love of rapping by age 12. By age 16 he dropped out of school to pursue a career in music, spending a few years flailing before he was noticed by Motswako rapper HHP. […]

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Honest – Bazzi

R&B-influenced pop singer/songwriter Bazzi hit the mainstream after finding viral success with his breakthrough single, “Mine.” Born Andrew Bazzi to Lebanese-American parents in Dearborn, Michigan, he was a natural performer from a young age, imitating Elvis and Ricky Martin as a child and later playing oud and acoustic guitar. At the end of high school, […]

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Shawn Mendes drops In My Blood

A pop singer/songwriter who broke records with his debut single, Shawn Mendes was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After posting a series of his cover versions to various video-sharing sites, Mendes earned a dedicated following of viewers. His mix of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s styles also appealed to Island Records, who signed […]

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Colors – Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo launched his career while still in his teens, first as a songwriter for other artists, and later excelled as a solo performer with a knack for scoring with dramatic commercial ballads and straightforward dance-pop numbers alike. Born to Haitian parents in Miramar, Florida, Derulo started singing at an early age. He attended performing […]

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Flames – David Guetta & Sia

French electronic music producer David Guetta belongs to the sparkling wave of DJs who combined Daft Punk’s sleek house music with a pinch of electroclash’s punch. Guetta had been DJ’ing around France playing popular tunes, but his brain was particularly rewired in 1987 when he heard a Farley Jackmaster Funk track on French radio. He […]

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