This Week in Music 7/29 – 8/5
Welcome back to Unity Travel’s Weekly newsletter! Your source on all things music, pop culture, and current events.
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
THE STORM AREA 51 ORIGINATOR WANTS TO HOST AN EDM FESTIVAL INSTEAD
Last month, 20-year-old Matty Roberts created a satirical Facebook Event titled Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us. scheduled for September 20th. As of today, the event has nearly 2 million RSVPs. The viral event prompted the U.S. government to respond with a warning to trespassers.
Roberts has since called the event a joke. In an interview, he said, “I don’t want anyone to actually get hurt with this. It was just – it started out as just from a pure stroke of imagination. It was meant to be funny. I want to do something cool out there, now that we have a bunch of people, but I don’t want anybody to get hurt.”
Roberts has proposed a music festival take place – one focused on EDM.
Roberts suggested hosting a festival with an assortment of talent ranging from EDM, indie rock, and up-and-coming artists. He told TIME he’s had artists reach out to him through social media interested in performing at the event.
Hotels in the nearby tourist town of Rachel, Nevada have already been in contact with Roberts regarding the proposed gathering. With limited resources, the desolate town is not capable of catering to the hundreds (if not thousands) of fans a festival may bring.
15 HIGHEST PAID DJS OF 2019 ANNOUNCED
Earlier this month, it was revealed that The Chainsmokers and Marshmello both dethroned Calvin Harris on the annual Forbes Highest-Paid Entertainers list. This is the first year Harris hasn’t been #1 since 2012. Those numbers carry over now to the publication’s official Electronic Cash Kings list for 2019.
The 2019 list presents a shift, with younger DJs topping the group and some new names, as well.
Since Forbes started tracking DJs in 2012, not a single female act has appeared on the ranking. Forbes writes, “A few have come close, like twin duo Nervo in 2014; Alison Wonderland got within a few million this year.” Well, there’s always hope for next year!
Electronic Cash Kings 2019 List:
1. The Chainsmokers ($46 million), 2. Marshmello ($40 million), 3. Calvin Harris ($38.5 million), 4. Steve Aoki ($30 million), 5. Diplo ($25 million), 6. Tiësto ($24 million), 7. Martin Garrix ($19 million), 8. David Guetta ($18 million), 9. Zedd ($17 million), 10. Armin van Buuren ($15 million), 11. Kaskade ($14 million), 12. Skrillex ($13 million), 13. Alesso ($12.5 million), 14. Afrojack ($12 million), 15. DJ Snake ($11.5 million, tie), 15. DJ Pauly D ($11.5 million, tie), 15. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million, tie)
TORONTO STARTUP TESTING NIGHTCLUB APP THAT LETS PATRONS CONTROL WHAT THE DJ PLAYS
A new startup in Toronto is field-testing an app, called PSLY, which allows club-goers to vote on the next song a DJ will play. Whichever song received the majority vote will be played next. Not only does this mean that people at the club will be on their phone even more than before, but it’s also an opportunity for club-goers to troll attendees by choosing to play songs like “All Star” all night.
PSLY is now available in the Apple app store. It’s now being utilized at Figures nightclub every Friday. “We’re just trying to reach as many people as we can to share the experience with,” Kristos told blog TO in an email, adding that he wants to help “control the vibe” in Toronto. What do you think about this? Does it take away all the autonomy from the artist?
“OLD TOWN ROAD” NOW OFFICIALLY LONGEST RUNNING #1 SONG OF ALL TIME
After 17 Weeks, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is now the longest-running #1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. It tops the record previously held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” as well as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.”
“Old Town Road” was originally released independently on December 3rd, 2018. The song first hit #1 on the week ending April 13. Over the last 17 weeks, Lil Nas X has also released remixes of “Old Town Road” featuring Diplo, Mason Ramsey and Young Thug, and RM of BTS.
It was threatened this week by a Billie Eilish re-issue with Justin Bieber but stayed atop the list
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Das Energi SLC
Dates: August 16-17
Lineup Includes: Above & Beyond, Deorro, Galantis, NGHTMRE + Slander, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Tchami, Seven Lions, Chris Lake, TroyBoi, Lane 8, Bingo Players, i_0, Blunts n Blondes + more!
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Imagine Festival Atlanta
Dates: Sept 19-22
Lineup Includes: Diplo, Rezz, Above & Beyond, Zeds Dead, Marshmello, Allan Walker, Seven Lions, KSHMR, Louis the Child, Tipper, 1788-L, Rusko, Claud Vonstroke + more!
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Collective Zoo Block Party
Date: August 31
Lineup Includes: Big Gigantic, Keys N Krates, Chet Porter, Olan, Crykit + More! Collective Zoo Block Party returns to the heart of DTLV at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center this Labor Day Weekend!
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Groove Island Catalina
Dates: Sept 27-30
Lineup Includes: Andrew Rayel, Chus & Ceballos, Mark Knight, Oliver Heldens, Sam Feldt, Shiba San, Anthony Attalla + more. Join us in this 3-day immersive electronic music experience, featuring the best House, Techno, and Trance artists in the world. Presented by the creators of Groove Cruise.
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FreakNight Festival Seattle
Date: October 25
Seattle’s Sinister Circus returns for more wild & wicked fun than ever before. Join us for the 23rd annual FreakNight. The longest-running Halloween event in the country will bring a full carnival of creeps to the haunted halls of WaMu Theater including music, rides, carnival games, sideshow attractions, terrifying immersive experiences, and more!
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Last week, Ghastly sent a tweet reminiscing about his early days as an aspiring DJ, when he’d sit in an unfurnished apartment with Jauz, Sullivan King, Kayzo, Dotcom, Ookay, Yultron & i_o as they all were trying to make names for themselves. All of those artists have gone on to have successful careers. It’s a reminder that with hard work & dedication, anyone can make it.