“Diplo feat. Nicky Da B – “Express Yourself” reigning in at #2 on Billboard’s ’15 Best Diplo Songs’

Nicky Da B’s fiery, genre-swapping spirit lives on in the adventurous track, not to mention its colorful, hypnotic video.

Full Billboard article here.

MAJOR LAZER X WORLD OF DANCE

Major Lazer’s “Powerful” on NBC “World Of Dance”

MAJOR LAZER 2017 BILLBOARD COVER STORY

“Since the beginning, Major Lazer has operated on one key insight: that pop music is now a truly global phenomenon, with fans and hot new sounds as likely to be found in Lagos, Nigeria, as they are in Los Angeles. Diplo’s own production career took off in 2007 with M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” a top five Hot 100 smash by the Sri Lankan singer-rapper born in London, and built around a Clash riff, which defined the sound of the mid-2000s. Music is, in a way, only now catching up. Near the peak of its set in Miami, Major Lazer drops the clearest evidence yet of pop’s borderlessness in the form of “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s sun-splashed reggaetón hit, sung entirely in Spanish. The remix featuring Justin Bieber is now in its sixth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100; Major Lazer played its own propulsive remix of the original. Or take another recent Hot 100 No. 1, Ed Sheeran’s “The Shape of You,” with its West African lilt — proof of the Major Lazer guys’ prediction that Afropop sounds are the next big thing.

If anyone has experience putting on shows in places that don’t usually get top acts, it’s Major Lazer. The group played for an estimated half-million people in Havana in 2016; it chronicled the experience in a well-received documentary, Give Me Future, which premiered at Sundance this year. Basically alone among headline-level touring acts, it has returned again and again to play shows throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and South Asia, seeing the crowds grow each time. Diplo and Walshy recently spent 10 days in Africa, doing shows as Major Lazer in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Rwanda. “They were really good shows,” says Walshy, adding that the crowds were in the thousands and knew every song. “It’s kind of weird to think that [touring there has] been so off the radar for so many bands.”

Major Lazer got its start nearly a decade ago, when Diplo and his early production partner Switch, a U.K. beatmaker, had a bunch of tracks left over from producing M.I.A.’s breakthrough, Arular, and follow-up, Kala. They corralled dancehall stars to jump on the beats; the standout, the Vybz Kartel-voiced “Pon de Floor,” eventually fueled Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).” Jillionaire was involved from nearly the beginning, when he brought the duo to Trinidad to play some parties. Several MCs cycled through before Walshy joined in 2012 from the dancehall crew Black Chiney, whose apocalyptically party-starting beats and squad of seriously athletic female dancers inspired the Major Lazer live show.”

Full Billboard cover story here.

Major Lazer x Dancing With The Stars, Season 23

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Tune in tonight to hear Major Lazer – Light It Up Feat. Nyla and Fuse ODG Remixon ABC at 8pm!

NEW VIDEO | MAJOR LAZER – LIGHT IT UP (feat. NYLA & FUSE ODG) [REMIX] – Method Studios

Check out the crazy cool video of Major Lazer’s Light It Up (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG) [Remix] by Method Studios! Click through below to check it out!

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BILLBOARD’S 3RD ANNUAL POWER LIST OF DJs AND EXECS

Hidden Track Music would like to congratulate our artist clients, colleagues, and partners on their outstanding accomplishments for not only the year but throughout their respective careers! Please join us in celebrating the work of these remarkable artists & people:

Billboard’s 3rd Annual Power List of DJs and Execs

DiploArtist of the Year (Major Lazer)

Flume (Mom+Pop)

Skrillex (OWSLA)

Tiësto (Musical Freedom)

Kathryn Frazier (OWSLA)

Kevin Kusatsu and Andrew McInnes, TMWRK (Major Lazer)

Ash Pournouri (PRMD)

Tim Smith (OWSLA)