Ed Sheeran First To Hit 2 Billion Plays On Spotify with “Shape Of You”

2018 was a huge year for music and streaming numbers — but the world’s favorite song is still Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You.”

The song has been played out more than 2 billion times on Spotify, which is a first for the platform. To break it down is perhaps even more impressive. This means “Shape Of You” has been streamed for about 7 billion minutes or 14,776 years.

The pop star keeps his thank you note simple, which he shared via social media: “Thank you world. First song to two billion streams on Spotify.”

Sheeran has achieved a milestone that no other artist has as of yet, not even Drake — but he’s catching up. This year alone, “God’s Plan” racked up 1.1 billion listens on Spotify. No doubt, the rapper will also hit that 2 billion mark. But, “Shape of You” will always be the first.

Listen again here!

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ed Sheeran First To Hit 2 Billion Plays On Spotify with “Shape Of You”

Swedish House Mafia & Avicii Among Most Googled This Year

With all the news surrounding the return of Swedish House Mafia, they have been the talk of the industry this year. The name on everyone’s lips and typed by everyone’s fingers.

According to Google, “Swedish House Mafia” was the top trending electronic music artist of 2018. With their return to Ultra, buzz about a world tour, and an overall killer marketing strategy, it makes total sense. Let’s just say — we are not surprised by this result whatsoever, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting for Swedish House Mafia.

Sticking with their brand, SHM didn’t give so much as a “wow” or a “thank you” for the huge nod, but instead tagged Google three times in the description of their post and added #YearInSearch. See — their online imprint is always on point.

And though Swedish House Mafia’s accolade is noteworthy, it’s nothing compared to another dance music legend. The search engine’s Year In Search review has also revealed Avicii as the #2 most searched topic overall on Google, and the #1 searched name related to loss.

Clearly, Avicii’s death in April of this year had a profound impact on his fans. And, like many of us, we rushed to Google when we first heard, unable to believe that it was really true.

Read more of Google’s Year In Search here.

Swedish House Mafia – Most Googled Electronic Music Artist 2018

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Posted by Swedish House Mafia on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Swedish House Mafia & Avicii Among Most Googled This Year

Your EDM’s Top 40 Artists To Watch In 2019

Another year has mostly come and gone. This year saw the unfortunate news of too many artists’ deaths, including Avicii, Mac Miller, Lil Peep, and others. Though these artists are gone, their legacies remain and their mantles will be picked up by a new generation of artists who continue to persevere and fight for their ranks among the best of the best.

2018 in particular has seen the rise of a heavier midtempo style of bass music, championed by the likes of Rezz, and subsequently newer artists like 1788-L, blanke, Slooze, and Quackson. At the same time, dance music continues to spread globally at an ever-faster rate, with Australian artists like SIPPY and WILDLYF and Mexican artist Jessica Audiffred making a huge impact this year.

And though some artists have been in the game for longer than others, it looks like 2019 will finally be the year they truly break through and do some phenomenal work. CRAY, SVDDEN DEATH, Wenzday, Kompany, and Chime are among those artists who have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into their projects and are now beginning to be recognized on the global stage.

Then there’s Fisher, who, despite debuting his project only halfway through 2017, has become one of the biggest artists of 2018 thanks to just a couple of songs!

As we do every year, we’ve picked our 40 artists who we feel will have an incredible year in 2019, not just in their own personal careers, but also on the electronic music scene as a whole. As a reminder, we do our best not to repeat names year after year so as to give new artists the spotlight. So if you don’t see the name of an artist you feel has had a great year and is destined for more, it’s more than likely we featured them in the past three years.

2016 | 2017 | 2018

See Your EDM’s Artists To Watch in 2019 list below. Congratulations to all who are featured! We expect big things of you next year.

1788-LTynan | blankePEEKABOOFisherFytch13WenzdayJacknifeOliverse
CRAYSloozeSIPPYWILDLYFJessica Audiffredi_oKLOUDHE$H
SVDDEN DEATHNitti GrittiNeo FrescoLSDREAMOMNOM
Lil TexasVincentHuxley Anne | sfamKompanyChimeHarrison BDP
UpsammyMADGRRLLizzy JaneQuackson
Moore KismetHairitageSchadeSWARMTenGraphsDeathpact

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM’s Top 40 Artists To Watch In 2019

Rezz Announces New Collaboration “Mixed Signals” With Blanke Coming Out This Friday

Having released her sophomore album Certain Kind Of Magic earlier this year, as well as a fresh remix of Porter Robinson’s “Divinity” only just two weeks ago, Rezz continues her 2018 onslaught with the announcement of another new, original track. “Mixed Signals” with blanke is dropping this Friday.

Twitter user @BBeam_o caught the track being played out by Rezz in October, who then confirmed that it was a collab ID between her and blanke. The melody is new territory for Rezz, as the latter half of the drop incorporates a wonderful synth harmony, as opposed to her usual dark and twisted drops.

don’t watch if u don’t want to hear some unreleased @OfficialRezz and see some cute ass dance moves !! 👽pic.twitter.com/X7zysprn56

— harry potter and the goblet of beans (@BBeam_o) October 14, 2018

Check out the official track art below and pre-save link from Rezz! This one is out Friday.

New track this Friday.

REZZ x @blankemusic – Mixed Signals 🌹
presave: https://t.co/b6qNplUi5V pic.twitter.com/QGcnXeasIT

— Rezz (@OfficialRezz) December 12, 2018

 

Photo via Maria Jose Govea @thesupermaniak

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Your EDM Premiere: EAZYBAKED – Alone With Yourself

Out this coming Friday via Waakan is EAZYBAKED’Alone With Yourself EP, which will allow fans to soak up a total of seven tracks from the bass outfit.

We are stoked to premiere the collection’s title track today, to serve as a little teaser to the rest that will follow. This tune is brimming with fizzing low-end energy and eclectic synth patterns, which wind around each intensely.

Check out this single right here.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Premiere: EAZYBAKED – Alone With Yourself

Djs From Mars Drop Their Annual Best Of The Year Rewind Megamashup For 2018

As they do every year, Djs From Mars have just dropped their Best Of 2018 Megamashup with 40 of this year’s biggest songs in five condensed minutes. Plenty of dance music tracks are peppered throughout, no doubt due to their infectious beats and constant BPM that’s able to carry so many other tracks along for the ride.

Tiësto & Post Malone’s “Jackie Chan” is featured for the first quarter of the mix, along with Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris’s “The Middle,” Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF,” Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” with Cardi B, and others. Other dance tracks featured include cuts by Diplo’s LSD supergroup, DJ Snake’s “Taki Taki,” Fisher’s “Losing It,” Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s “Friends,” and “One Kiss” from Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris, which is masterfully mashed up with Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and more.

Perhaps the best quality of the mashup is that it still rises to a climax like a typical track would, entering the final fourth of the track with quicker cuts, faster beats, and more emphatic sounds.

The mashup is available to stream now below! Check it out.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Djs From Mars Drop Their Annual Best Of The Year Rewind Megamashup For 2018

Zedd Breaks Down His Biggest Hits From “Clarity” to “The Middle”

Zedd recently sat down with GQ to discuss and break down some of his biggest hits, track-by-track. With the massive success of “The Middle” this year, it’s awesome to get an insider perspective, straight from the source.

In order to fully appreciate Zedd’s craft, you must first understand where he came from. His writing and recording process began at an early age, when he was about 5 years old.

“When I was growing up we didn’t really have much, so when we got a keyboard, that is what we had,” he shares in the video below. “My parents would work all day, and my brother and I would just sit and write music and record music.”

He opens with “Clarity” — a song he says helped to “shape” his career. It’s difficult to fathom, but the masterful producer says before “Clarity,” it was hard to find vocalists who wanted to work with him. At that point, DJs were thought of as just that and being a producer didn’t come hand in hand.

Soon enough, the collabs came rushing in, including “Beauty And A Beat” with Justin Bieber, “Break Free” with Ariana Grande, and “Stay” with Alessia Cara. He also talks “Spectrum,” his “Lost In Japan” remix for Shawn Mendes and what it was like working with Kesha on “True Colors.”

It’s just one hit after another for Zedd!

Zedd Breaks Down His Most Iconic Tracks

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Zedd Breaks Down His Biggest Hits From “Clarity” to “The Middle”

The Martin Garrix Show Wraps Up Season 3 With Massive ADE Performance

The season finale of The Martin Garrix Show is here — and it’s an epic ending to yet another thrilling run of behind-the-scenes episodes.

This installment of Martin Garrix’s show follows him through his RAI performance during Amsterdam Dance Event this year, which the last few episodes have focused on. Garrix fans from all over the world lined up early to see the #1 DJ perform live in October for the third year in a row.

There was obviously a lot of prep and rehearsals that went into this massive show — long days and even longer nights. However, the one thing Martin revealed he surprisingly didn’t do before his RAI performance was analyze his tracks in Rekordbox. He had a guy for that.

From the lighting and visual effects, down to the pyro and CO2, and of course, the music all made for quite the show. Watch and be amazed at the total package Martin Garrix and his team brought to the stage, as The Martin Garrix Show’s third season comes to a close.

The Martin Garrix Show – Season 3 Finale

 

Photo via Tomorrowland

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Martin Garrix Show Wraps Up Season 3 With Massive ADE Performance

New York Nightclub Output Closing Its Doors

Following rumors at the beginning of this week, New York nightclub Output has officially revealed that it will be permanently closing as of January 1, 2019. The closure comes as a shock to many as events were listed as ongoing for next year.

Though, as Output describes in their statement this morning, the writing has been on the wall “for some time.” It lists “rapidly shifting social trends, unfavorable market conditions and weakening financial outlooks” among the reasons for the closure, as well as “multiple existential challenges.”

Output opened its doors in 2013 with a mission to bring house and techno to New York City with no fuss. The club was famous for its no phone-photography aesthetic and realistic underground vibes. With its closure, underground genres will likely have a harder time finding appropriate venues to play in the city.

Compounded with the closure of Webster Hall in 2017, New York City’s venue options continue to dwindle.

Read Output’s official statement below.

Dear OUTPUT community at-large, For our cherished home OUTPUT, it is that inevitable time of night when the last song…

Posted by Output on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

 

H/T edm.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New York Nightclub Output Closing Its Doors

Your EDM Premiere: Yojas – Apathetic [24h Free Download]

The yearly compilation from Quality Goods Records is to land this Friday, and it features a whole host of wicked material from the label’s associated artists. With each previous album proving a huge success, we’re sure QGRC-004 will be no exception.

To celebrate this imminent release, we have the premiere of Yojas’ ‘Apathetic’ today, which will be available to download for 24 hours only. With its deliciously wonky bassline and eclectic sampling, we thoroughly recommend you snap this one up.

Pick up yours here. 

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Premiere: Yojas – Apathetic [24h Free Download]