What's all the way up and what's all the way down on our radar...
Eaux Claires Festival
Justin Vernon's Wisconsin festival Eaux Claires provided the goods this year. Apart from the photos of the festival's surrounding looking unbelievable beautiful, there were plenty of musical treats making it more than just your run of the mill festival. Bon Iver debuted their entire new album live before it had even been announced which is a pretty amazing thing to watch unfold at a festival and then Francis And The Lights followed suit with Farewell, Starlite! joined by Vernon and Chance The Rapper.
As we saw with Lido, who debuted his record Everything in full at Coachella earlier this year, hearing a full album for the first time in a live setting is pretty special. There was so much talk about the death of the album upon the arrival of iTunes but artists this year are making a conscious effort to make an event out of an album release and life has been breathed back into the record.
NYE is shaping up to be great this year. Beyond The Valley in Victoria, Origin NYE in WA, Lost Paradise in NSW and more have announced their lineups over the past fortnight and Childish Gambino has also been named as the Falls Festival headliner. So far we know Chance The Rapper, JME, Ryan Hemsworth, ZHU, Denzel Curry, GoldLink are coming to the country and we reckon that's only the beginning. Falls is still to announce their entire lineup, FOMO festival just after NYE is still to deliver and then there are sideshow announcements to come from all festivals. Summer is a great time to be a music fan.
Drake Dedicating A Show To Shania Twain
This may not resonate with everyone else as much as it does us but last year we put Shania Twain's Man I Feel Like A Woman under Drake's Hotline Bling and the two paired together perfectly. Now, in what can only be described as fate, Shania turned up a Drizzy show and he absolutely loved it. I just want to say that, like, Shania Twain came to my show tonight, you know what Im saying Nashville? So this next set, right here, Im doing this for Shania. This is my love set for Shania, right here," Drake said during his Nashville stop on the Summer '16 Tour. Then he posted a photo of the pair together. You know what? Keep your Kanye collabs Drake, we're after a Shania collab now.
Britney's VMA's Ad
Britney Spears is the queen of the VMAs. She pashed Madonna, held a snake and stumbled down stairs high at the VMAs. She's given more to talk about than Miley Cyrus could ever deliver and she's returning this year. Make Me is a return to form for Britney and now she's playing the VMAs to certify her return. The trailer looks amazing and there's a snake in it. A SNAKE. Britney and the snake p.2 coming soon. Stay tuned.
The Bieber & Selena Insty Agrument
Whoah, whoah, whoah, whoah. This has all gone a bit far hasn't it? If you're not all caught up with what's going on, Justin Bieber threatened to make his Insty account private if people didn't stop dishing hate. Then his ex Selena Gomez weighed in and told him to chill. She then accused him of cheating, then he accused her of cheating with ZAYN. Bieber deleted his insty and Gomez admitted, "What I said was selfish and pointless". Now apparently Bieber is ignoring Gomez's calls. Until this gets made into a telemovie we want to hear no more of it. We're mourning the loss of Biebs' insty and can't do so properly with all this drama swelling.
The HudMo & James Blake Twitter War
Don't think it's just the gossip-fiends getting a social media drama this week, the indie kids also have one. Hudson Mohawke basically said he'd demoed tracks before with Frank Ocean and James Blake to which Blake replied saying it never happened. HudMo then shared a screenshot of an email that proved Blake had listened to his beats and tried a few things with them. Blake then replied saying, "thank god we never worked together because I wouldn't be able to trust you with my music". Basically, the whole thing got blown out of proportion and it all turned a bit nasty but despite it all HudMo reckons he has, "no issue with james". These people should know don't sort things out on Twitter because the media feeds off it and turns molehills into mountains.
— James Blake (@jamesblake) August 14, 2016
can’t believe i have to prove this. Seems so petty. nothing against james - but who do these mags think i am?!
— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) August 14, 2016
The Lockout Laws
It's kind of beyond anger now, the lockout laws are sad. Over two and a bit years Sydney has had its vibrancy stripped from it and it's not through lack of trying on the part of those trying to keep the nightlife alive. Nina Las Vegas performed a slamming set that went past 1.30am at the Ivy on the weekend but there's very few venues left for artists like that to play anymore in Sydney. We once had an international reputation as an energetic, bustling city and now worldwide we're being portrayed as somewhat of an after dark wasteland. Even people like Sam Neil who is an international ambassador for this country has gone on national television and said, "Sydney without nightlife is kind of a pointless place."
There are plenty of people willing to work with the government to make the city both vibrant and safe but it can't be a one way conversation. Those standing up for Sydney's nightlife need to know that Mike Baird is in a position to talk but his rhetoric over the past year or so suggests otherwise.
"Kings Cross is one of the saddest places I have ever been to now" - Sam Neill. https://t.co/mn8v7HKXl0 GET RID OF THE LOCKOUT LAWS FFS.
— Nina Las Vegas (@ninalasvegas) August 17, 2016
The List Of Highest Paid DJs
Forbes' list of the highest earning DJs is out and as per usual it's a pretty sad list to look at. It's a collection of the most safe producers in the game who are actually in a position to do some really exciting things for the scene but aren't taking the opportunity. That said, it's good to see Diplo and Skrillex on there, two names who have really shaken up the pop scene over the past year through a willingness to try everything and extend an olive branch to any artist no matter their background.
See the list below (via inthemix)
1. Calvin Harris ($63 million)
2. Tiësto ($38 million)
3. David Guetta ($28 million)
4. Zedd ($24.5 million)
5. Steve Aoki ($23.5 million)
6. Diplo ($23 million)
7. Skrillex ($20 million)
8. Kaskade ($19 million)
9. Martin Garrix ($16 million)
10. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($15.5 million)
11. Afrojack ($15 million)
12. Avicii ($14.5 million)