Grammy win for Daft Punk boosts French EDM pride

PARIS — They’re helmeted, mute and mysterious, and they’re suddenly the pride of France. Duo Daft Punk did something no other French music group has done: Brought home four Grammy Awards in one night. Congratulations poured in Monday from French media, tweeters and bloggers — and even the U.S. Embassy in Paris. “See, France is capable of winning!” said commentator Jean-Jacques Bourdin on BFM-TV.


Calvin Harris working on EDM TV comedy with Jay Z and Will Smith

Forbes DJ Rich List topper Calvin Harris is making a transition into the world of television, teaming up with Jay Z and Hollywood actor Will Smith for a comedy show on HBO.

The Scotsman is reported to have made $46 million in 2013 and this year's earnings will also be made through work as an executive producer on the show Higher, written by fellow Scot and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and based within the world of dance music.


Kim Dotcom Launched a Music Site, EDM Album and Political Party in One Week

Kim Dotcom certainly keeps himself busy. Nobody can take that away from him.

Dotcom debuted his electronic dance music album "Good Times" on a his newly-launched music sharing service Baboom on Monday. This comes just one day ahead of his 40th birthday and less than a week after we learned Dotcom is also starting a political party he dubbed the "Internet Party" to compete in New Zealand's general elections.


'Blurred Lines' composers sue over Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic songs

The composers of the hit song "Blurred Lines" have preemptively sued the owners of songs by late soul singer Marvin Gaye and funk band Funkadelic, asking a California federal court to rule that the chart-topping track does not violate any copyrights.

"Blurred Lines," released in March by R&B singer Robin Thicke, rapper T.I. and singer-producer Pharrell Williams, is the second-best selling song track this year with more than 4.6 million copies sold in the United States.


Anatomy of the danceclub music bubble: EDM rides high on a wave of popularity

Two decades after its emergence, electronic music has taken North America by storm. The question is, why now?
It was a decade ago that electronic music was declared dead — considered anathema by mainstream music marketers.

Case in point: When the Lollapalooza festival relaunched with a rock-heavy lineup in 2003 after a five-year hiatus, organizers blamed the break (and lack of profit) on an “over-reliance on electronica-heavy headliners” in 1997, according to the festival website. Their hate-on for the genre followed popular sentiment of the time that largely relegated electronica to something of a joke, characterized by rapper Eminem’s declaration “Nobody listens to techno” in his 2002 hit Without Me.

Today, Slim Shady has likely eaten those words, along with the Lolla crew, who featured electronic acts like DJ Steve Aoki, Hot Chip, Crystal Castles and Ellie Goulding in prominent position in this year’s lineup, keeping with the trend sweeping populist music festivals across the U.S. and Canada.


Robin Thicke To Experiment With Country, Gospel & Christmas Albums

Robin Thicke is ready to do something different with his music. The singer, whose "Blurred Lines" has dominated airways in recent weeks, is already thinking about his next four albums.

He told Billboard magazine: "I want to get right into the studio. I want to make a country album, a Christmas album, a gospel album. I'm like finally! I'm ready to make four albums right now."


Peter Rauhofer Dead: Legendary House DJ And Producer Loses Battle With Brain Cancer

Peter Rauhofer, the iconic DJ and producer whose Madonna, Whitney Houston and Britney Spears remixes kept generations of international revelers dancing until dawn, has died of brain cancer.

The 48-year-old Rauhofer is survived by his mother Helga, who will transport her son's body back to Austria.
"But to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City," officials wrote on Rauhofer's Facebook page.

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