The Chainsmokers Add ‘Savage’ Aussie Drummer Matt McGuire for Arena Tour

The Chainsmokers have enlisted the help of a “savage” Australian drummer for their upcoming Memories: Do Not Open tour. Matt McGuire comes on board as an honorary member for the EDM act’s run of arena dates, which kick off in April.

The Aussie session muso is making a name for himself with his series of cover videos in which he blazes away to a banging chart hit. McGuire’s resume includes overlays on tracks by Skrillex and Rick Ross, Linkin Park, Twenty One Pilots and the Chainsmokers, none of which went unnoticed by his new bandmates. 

Drew Taggart and Alex Pall introduced their “savage” sticksman with a string of social media updates

“Best cover ever,” the duo posted on Facebook. “Matt McGuire is joining us on our #MDNOTour! Welcome to the Chainsmokers Matt! We found him online from his covers! So it’s only right we announce this with his amazing Paris cover.”

The Chainsmokers recently revealed their upcoming album, also titled Memories: Do Not Open, will consist of all new music besides lead single “Paris,” which has a peak position of No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Click here for tour dates.

Watch McGuire’s cover below.

Vin Diesel Muscles in on Kygo & Selena Gomez’ ‘It Ain’t Me’: Listen

Vin Diesel hasn’t given up on his dream of being a rock star.

The Fast & Furious tough guy lends his vocals to a new mix of Kygo and Selena Gomez’ collab “It Ain’t Me,” which dropped at the back end of last week. Kygo, the Norwegian artist and producer, has seamlessly reworked the track as a Diesel-meets-Gomez duet.

“All love…” Diesel wrote as he posted the new version to his Facebook page. He went deeper with detail (and more love) on Instagram. “WOW!!!! The new Kygo mix is up on my Facebook page. I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one, haha. Let me know what you think,” he wrote. “Thank you Kygo for producing this 2017 HIT! Thank you for believing in me enough to ask me to sing. Thank you Selena Gomez for bringing that beautiful and magical voice. Pained and celebratory simultaneously. I followed your lead when I went into the booth…”

Diesel isn’t short of confidence when there’s a mic in front of him. Who could forget Vin tackling Maroon 5’s “My Heart is Open” or his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (the Internet sure hasn’t forgotten). He’s been working on his frontman chops with Nicky Jam and he recently told Late Late Show host James Corden he’s keen to make a big reveal on Carpool Karaoke. 

Listen to “It Ain’t Me” below.

Passion Pit Drops ‘Somewhere Up There’ and ‘Inner Dialogue’

Passion Pit has released two new singles this week. “Somewhere Up There” is an electro-pop jam, and “Inner Dialogue” is a slower-tempo song with a similar feel. The two songs mark Passion Pit’s first release of new music since their 2015 LP Kindered

Outside of the recording studio, frontman Michael Angelakos is reportedly launching a new company that will offer legal, educational and healthcare support to musicians. The NY-based company, called The Wishart Group, has raised $250 million in funding thus far.  

Check out the pair of new songs below.

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Sensation Announces Final Amsterdam Event

With 18 years of great memories, exciting performances, state-of-the-art production, and many thousands of all-white outfits, ID&T’s Sensation Amsterdam meets a bitter-sweet end.

The Sensation parties are a huge affair. Dance fans congregate, often in all-white clothes to match the popular Sensation White theme, to groove to house in all its many forms while fire spews from some giant, rotating stage – or maybe giant jellyfish floated through the air, or women spun from hanging circles. It was a very extravagant affair, and a very successful one as well, but after July 8, 2017, it will be time to move on.

“Since 2000, Sensation has been one of the pillars of ID&T. We had the idea to transform the ArenA into the biggest club in the world,” ID&T Founder Duncan Stutterheim is quoted in a press release. “That was a success. With the theme White we have also always celebrated life, not only in our own country but globally. Our dream to have everyone dance in white has come true. I do understand, however, that present-day ID&T has to take a new step. And that begins with saying goodbye to Sensation in our own country. On July 8 I will take leave of Sensation with an enormously good feeling, but at the same time I’m also curious about what will be next.’

The last Sensation comes to Amsterdam Arena and will adhere to “The Final” theme. Performers include the ever-present Mr. White, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Hardwell, Axwell & Ingrosso, and the DJ with the most Sensation performances to his name, Fedde Le Grand. The latter will perform a special megamix of greatest hits from Sensations’ throughout the years. Fans will also be wow-ed by one secret headliner and a send-off set from a big group of Dutch DJs all going back-to-back in finale.

While the Sensation brand will continue to exist abroad, this does certainly mark the end of a certain era. Tickets for the last Sensation Amsterdam are on sale now, and fans are encouraged to head over to Sensation online for full travel package details.

Which is Your Favorite Dance Music Love Song? Vote!

If you’re still looking for a Valentine, Billboard Dance is totally down to be yours, we just want to know one thing: What’s your favorite dance music love song?

There are so many greats to choose from. We can’t stop cheesing when we listen to Daft Punk’s “Digital Love,” but Disclosure and Sam Smith on “Latch” always has us feeling some type of way. There are so many vibes and so little time. Quick! Cast your vote below and tell the world how you really feel.

Which is Your Favorite Dance Music Love Song?

Zeds Dead Unleashes First Deadbeats Compilation Featuring Rezz, Megaladon, and More: Exclusive

Grime, drum’n’bass, dubstep, dark electro, dancehall. All this and more can be heard between the beats of Zeds Dead‘s first Deadbeats compilation. It makes sense that the genre-defying duo would start a label that refuses categorization. This nine-track release captures all sides of the duo’s influences through the spectrum of artists it has decided to take under its wing.

“What’s sure to be the first of many, we enlisted the help of some of our friends to kick off this compilation,” Zeds Dead’s Dylan Mamid says in an emailed statement. “We’re super happy with the range and variety of music we ended up with here. We want Deadbeats to be not just an expansion of the Zeds Dead universe but a platform for music and art that reaches places we have yet to even explore.”

Rezz, Megaladon, Kid Froopy, and more are on deck. Listen to the full compilation it below, exclusively on Billboard Dance

Bonobo, Die Antwoord, M.I.A. & More Announced for Germany’s Melt Festival Lineup

With more than 20 years of experience, Germany’s Melt Festival knows how to build a dope lineup. Melt returns July 14-16 to Ferropolis, Germany, and so far, it’s got more than 70 artists on the lineup representing the best in all styles of music good enough to shake your butt to.

Headliners for the three-day extravaganza include Bonobo live, Die Antwoord, Dixon, Fatboy Slim, M.I.A. and more. Check the full lineup below, and head to Melt online for tickets and more information.

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Melt 2017 lineup

Agents of Time
Âme b2b Rødhåd
Andy Butler
Aurora Halal
Barker & Baumecker
Ben Frost
Dan Beaumont
Daniel Avery
Denis Horvat
Denis Sultra
Die Antwoord
Egyptian Lover
Ellen Allien
Fatboy Slim
Glass Animals
Hercules & Love Affair
Jennifer Cardini
Jimi Jules
Job Jobse
Jon Hopkins
JP Enfant
Julia Gover
Kamasi Washington
Kate Tempest
Kiddy Smile
Konstatntin Sibold
Lil Silva
Maceo plex
Maggie Rogers
Marcel Dettmann
Massimiliano Pagliara
Michael Mayer
Mutiny on the Bounty
Red Axes
Sonja Moonear
Sylvan Esso
Tale of Us
The Kills
The Lemon Twins
Tijana T
Tom Misch
Tony Humphires
Von Wegen Lisbeth

CID & Conrad Sewell Dance Under the Weight of Their ‘Secrets’: Watch

Secrets weigh heavy on a keepers’ conscience, but sometimes, they weigh heavier on one preson more than another. When you really love someone, you’re willing to do almost anything, even if it means certain struggle.

CID and Conrad Sewell pay homage to that feeling in “Secrets,” a story brought to life in a truly touching and adorable music video. What this man carries in his sack is never truly revealed, but it’s not the secrets that matter. What matters is the length this man will go to for the person who matters most to him. He surpasses mounting obstacles with a strength that is to be admired. Check out the “Secrets” video and CID’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Tour dates
Saturday, February 4, 17 New York, NY, USA Marquee
Saturday, February 18, 17 Las Vegas, NV, USA Marquee Nightclub
Saturday, March 4, 17 Barcelona, Spain Opium Mar
Saturday, March 11, 17 Las Vegas, NV, USA Omnia Nightclub
Friday, April 7, 17 Sun Peaks, BC, Canada Snowbombing (Canada)
Saturday, April 8, 17 Austin, TX, USA Euphoria Music and Camping Festival
Saturday, April 8, 17 Sun Peaks, BC, Canada Snowbombing (Canada)
Saturday, May 6, 17 Atlanta, GA, USA Shaky Beats
Saturday, September 2, 17 New York, NY, USA Electric Zoo
Saturday, October 28, 17 Houston, TX, USA Something Wicked

Denney Collabs With Roger Sanchez Alias S-Man on Powerful Anti-Hate Anthem ‘Unite’: Exclusive

“Everything is common under the fact that we are all human, and we all deserve to love and respect each other — and let’s have some house music.”

Isn’t it such a house music thing to run a spoken-word message of inspiration over a funky groove? It really embodies everything the genre has stood for from the beginning. Today’s partisan world feels more divided than ever, and not just in the United States, but across the Free World. We’re all looking at each other like the opposite side is out to ruin us all, but we have to keep these words in mind, and that’s what Denney and Roger Sanchez, under his alias S-Man, try to remind us with their collaborative track “Unite.”

“To be working with Roger Sanchez is a dream come true for me,” Denney says in an emailed statement. “The record is a straight-up club track, and his vocals are actually from a speech he gave in the NYC Downlow at Glastonbury last year. The message of the track is to ‘Unite’ together as one, which I think in the current state of affairs with the world is more poignant than ever.”

“Unite” is out on Heidi‘s Jackathon Jams label Friday, but you can listen to it below, right now, exclusively on Billboard Dance.

Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Vanic, Thomas Gold & Austra

Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard’s dance charts.

Vanic featuring Maty Noyes, “Too Soon”

Canadian DJ/producer Vanic veers onto Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the first time, arriving at No. 40 with “Too Soon,” featuring Maty Noyes. Released Jan. 20, the track captured 740,000 U.S. streams and sold 1,000 downloads in its first tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. “Soon” is the second chart hit for Noyes, who is familiar to fans as the vocalist on Kygo’s “Stay,” which hit No. 8 in December 2015. Additionally, “Soon” ranks at No. 12 on the Spotify Viral 50 and No. 21 on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart.

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Thomas Gold featuring Jillian Edwards, “Magic”

German DJ/producer Thomas Gold grabs his first appearance on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, debuting at No. 50 with “Magic.” The track features vocals from folk singer Jillian Edwards, who has reached No. 6 twice on the Americana/Folk Albums chart, first with EP Headfirst in 2011 and then with the full-length Daydream in 2014. “Magic” marks her first Billboard dance/electronic chart appearance. It also manages a No. 18 position on the Spotify Viral 50.

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Austra, Future Politics

Canadian act Austra achieves the top debut on the consumption-based Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with Future Politics (2,000 equivalent album units). Of those, 1,000 are from traditional album sales, also enabling the record to start at No. 5 on the sales-based Dance/Electronic Album Sales list. Austra (including members Katie Stelmanis, Maya Postepski, Dorian Wolf and Ryan Wonsiak) first charted nearly four years ago, when its Olympia entered Top Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 14. The third official music video from the new set, “I Love You More Than Love Itself,” premiered Jan. 26. It follows clips for “Utopia” and the title track.

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