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Coone Brings Hardstyle to Dim Mak with ‘Global Dedication’ Album (via @Billboard)

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True to form, hardstyle is finishing out 2013 with a bang. One of the genre’s brightest stars, Belgian artist Coone, releases “Global Dedication,” his full-length U.S. debut today (Dec. 10) on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records and his own Dirty Workz imprint. After nearly a decade of making music, the artist, born Koen Bauweraerts, is ready to launch an All-American aural assault.

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“It’s all about getting the sound and the feeling of hardstyle worldwide,” says Coone of the album. “I use the word ‘dedication’ a lot. I really think the hardstyle fans are one of the most dedicated and loyal people within the EDM scene.”

For those still uninitiated, the concept of hardstyle might seem intimidating. Several of Coone’s tracks, like the TomorrowWorld hardstyle stage theme “Our Fairytale,” soften the rough edges of a sound designed to jolt your system with anthemic vocals and melodic toplines. There are also tracks that simply hit hard. According to the artist, this is intentional.

Head over to Billboard.com to stream the album and read more: http://bit.ly/18zujQb

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[Billboard Premiere] Keys N Krates, ‘SOLOW’ EP: First Listen

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keys-and-crates-hard-summer-2013-650Were someone to describe Keys N Krates as an artist who includes Diplo and Annie Mac as friends, one whose schedule includes appearances at festival stages like HARD, Mad Decent Block Party and Electric Zoo, and one who is signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, you might have and idea of who this artist is. But as a live electronic band, Toronto-based trio Keys N Krates, are anything but a typical EDM act.

In fact, as they show on their new EP, SOLOW, out this Tuesday, there’s still a lot of room for originality in a genre typically defined by similarities. Check out the first listen of SOLOW here, on CODE.

Steve Aoki and Linkin Park Debut New Collaboration in Tokyo

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Sneaky Steve Aoki and Linkin Park had a surprise up their sleeve for Tokyo’s Summer Sonic Festival with a reveal of their latest collaboration “A Light That Never Comes”. The artists had been hinting about a mysterious collab in interviews and via twitter but left it up to the fan’s imaginations. Linkin Park had played earlier during the day but front man and rapper Mike Shinoda encouraged fans to stick around for Steve Aoki’s set (as if they weren’t going to already) for a special second appearance.

The two day festival is geared more towards baseball and rock bands but let Steve Aoki get the crowd hyped up as the first act of the “Midnight Sonic” program.  Aoki was successful in getting the crowd back on the dance floor and ready to rave with hits like “Warp 1.9” and “Turbulence”.  Fresh off a sugar high from all the cake throwing the audience was shocked to see Linkin Park frontmen Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington join Steve Aoki towards the end of his set.  The sound was a total blend of the LP’s vocals and Aoki’s beats that is sure to a hit for fans of both genres.  Aoki later tweeted, “Debuting a brand new song I wrote with Linkin Park was beyond Epic! Arigato Japan!”  It turns out LP and Steve have been huge fans of each other and have been working together for over a year.  More Aoki/Linkin Park collaborations will be released with the new LP video game titled “Recharge”.

Check out the full write up from Billboard here.

Exclusive First Listen on Billboard: Carnage & Tony Junior ‘Michael Jordan’

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dm482Named after the basketball legend, the duo’s first collaboration scores big.

MIchael Jordan’s legacy is untouchable. His six NBA Championship rings are proof of it. They’re drawn in the artwork of Carnage and Tony Junior’s new single named after His Airness. The two DJ/producers were inspired by the man commonly recognized as the greatest basketball player of all time when naming the tune. Listen to the premiere, exclusively here!

“When we were testing out the track, people jumped like crazy on it, so we thought about someone that could jump really high,” Junior explains. “Then Carnage said, ‘Let’s call it ‘Michael Jordan!’ And the name was born.”

Read the full write up over at Billboard now.

Billboard x CODER x Clinton VanSciver

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CODER Picks of the Week: Clinton VanSciver, Kaskade, Jay-Z and More…

cvsciver-billboardTwenty-one-year-old producer/songwriter and Californian Clinton VanSciver calls his summer cocktail of melodies, keys and bass chunk “dirty pop.” We hear the supposed filth – those smudges of Skrillex synth and occasional bursts of bass – but VanSciver‘s music is much more. It’s a perfect union of West Coast house, glistening trance, blue-eyed soul and post-brostep savvy, all in under-five-minute, hummable bursts. This cut, the title track off his debut EP for Steve Aoki‘s Dim Mak, feels simple and effortless, which hopefully means that this young gun has a lot more where it came from. –Kerri

Read the full Billboard Article here: http://bit.ly/1cZolJX

Azari & III on Billboards ‘The Beat’

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dm400 In Billboard’s most recent installment of their “The Beat” series, host Jonathan Brooks sat down with 3/4 of Azari & III to get a feel for their music, what they have planned for the future, and what inspires them most. The quartet, hailing from Toronto, are rising heavyweights in the electronic music circuit and have quickly taken audiences by storm. They recently put out an official Remix Album featuring mixes from many top deep house producers such as Nicolas Jaar, Disclosure, Jamie Jones, Riva Starr and more. Their highly-anticipated upcoming EP, “Lost In Time” is out on Dim Mak Records. Be sure to scope out the interview to get a feel for what these guys are all about and to learn more about what drives their truly unique creative vision.

Keys N Krates Top This Weeks Next Big Sound Chart On Billboard!!!!

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We’d like to congratulate Keys N Krates for their number one spot on this weeks Next Big Sound chart. The chart features artists with the fastest accelerating rates across all major social music sites including SoundCloud, Twitter, and Facebook. According to Billboard the collectives numbers have accelerated tremendously across these platforms since the release of their EP, ‘Lucid Dreams.’  You can read the full feature on Billboard as well as pre-order their upcoming release, “Treat Me Right” on iTunes.

Billboard Interviews Rob Zombie On The Upcoming Tour With J Devil

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If you picked up the latest issue of Billboard, you may have noticed that Dim Mak Artist J-Devil is briefly mentioned in the article, “6 questions with Rob Zombie.” Billboard references J-Devil in regards to asking Rob Zombie if he’ll follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Davis and try the “DJ/remixer thing.” If you haven’t done so already be sure to grab the latest issue and read what Zombie had to say.

Preview what’s to come from J Devil by subscribing to his Soundcloud channel here

Zedd on the Billboard Un-Charts!

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German electro house artist Zedd debuts at No. 33, with a gain of 19,000 SoundCloud plays. His original mix of “Dovregubben”, released digitally on May 31, is among the top 10 downloads at Beatport-a popular digital music store for DJs. Throughout the summer, the artist is playing various dates across the United States. Click here for the full article.

*Uncharted ranks artists – those who have not charted previously with Billboard – using a formula blending weekly additions of friends/fans/followers across the world’s leading social networking sites (MySpace, Twitter, Facebook), as well as weekly artist page views and weekly song plays on influential music outlets (YouTube, Last.FM, SoundCloud).