• 2019 Grammy Awards Nominees

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    Drake
    Drake (Source: Instagram)

    The nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards have been revealed. Check out the contenders for the DJ-relevant categories below (the full list is available on the Grammy website).

    Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the pack with eight and seven nominations, respectively.

    The eligibility period was from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. The awards will take place on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    GENERAL FIELD

    Record Of The Year

    I Like It – Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
    The Joke – Brandi Carlile
    This Is America – Childish Gambino
    God’s Plan – Drake
    Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    rockstar – Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
    The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

    Song Of The Year (songwriter award)

    All The Stars – Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears, & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)

    Boo’d Up – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

    God’s Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

    In My Blood – Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)

    The Joke – Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

    The Middle – Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha, & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey)

    Shallow – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

    This Is America – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

    Best New Artist

    Chloe x Halle
    Luke Combs
    Greta Van Fleet
    H.E.R.
    Dua Lipa
    Margo Price
    Bebe Rexha
    Jorja Smith

    POP

    Best Pop Solo Performance

    Colors – Beck
    Havana (Live) – Camila Cabello
    God Is A Woman – Ariana Grande
    Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) – Lady Gaga
    Better Now – Post Malone

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    Fall In Line – Christina Aguilera ft. Demi Lovato
    Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Backstreet Boys
    ‘S Wonderful – Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
    Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Girls Like You – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B
    Say Something – Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton
    The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

    RAP

    Best Rap Performance

    Be Careful – Cardi B
    Nice For What – Drake
    King’s Dead – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake
    Bubblin – Anderson Paak
    SICKO MODE – Travis Scott ft. Drake, Juicy J, & Swae Lee

    Best Rap/Sung Performance

    Like I Do – Christina Aguilera ft. GoldLink
    Pretty Little Fears – 6LACK ft. J. Cole
    This Is America – Childish Gambino
    All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    rockstar – Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

    Best Rap Song (songwriter award)

    God’s Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

    King’s Dead – Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn, & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake)

    Lucky You – R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels, & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem ft. Joyner Lucas)

    SICKO MODE – Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim, & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Juicy J, & Swae Lee)

    Win – K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels, & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

    R&B

    Best R&B Performance

    Long As I Live – Toni Braxton
    Summer – The Carters
    Y O Y – Lalah Hathaway
    Best Part – H.E.R. ft. Daniel Caesar
    First Began – PJ Morton

    Best R&B Song (songwriter award)

    Boo’d Up – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

    Come Through And Chill – Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel, & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel ft. J. Cole & Salaam Remi)

    Feels Like Summer – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

    Focus – Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R., & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)

    Long As I Live – Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton, & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

    DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC

    Best Dance Recording

    Northern Soul – Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford
    Ultimatum – Disclosure ft. Fatoumata Diawara
    Losing It – FISHER
    Electricity – Silk City & Dua Lipa
    Ghost Voices – Virtual Self

    PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL

    Producer Of The Year

    Boi-1da
    Larry Klein
    Linda Perry
    Kanye West
    Pharrell Williams

    Best Remixed Recording

    Audio – CID Remix (LSD)
    How Long – EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix (Charlie Puth)
    Only Road – Cosmic Gate Remix (Gabriel & Dresden ft. Sub Teal)
    Stargazing – Kaskade Remix (Kygo ft. Justin Jesso)
    Walking Away – Mura Masa Remix (Haim)

    Related: 2018 Grammy Winners

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  • Giorgio Moroder Announces First Live Tour

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    Giorgio Moroder at the Mezzanine in San Francisco on Sept. 28. (Credit: M. Sanchez Photo)

    Legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder has announced that he will go on his first live performance tour in 2019. The 78-year-old is best known in the DJ world for his 2013 collaboration with Daft Punk.

    Moroder, who has performed DJ sets in recent years, will play piano, synths, and vocoder alongside a live band and vocalists.

    He told The Guardian:

    “It is something I have always wanted to do … Back in the days it was unthinkable for producers to ever leave their studios. That territory was reserved for the singers. Today, DJs and music producers have become the superstars of popular dance music, so the time feels right.”

    Moroder is considered one of the pioneers of disco and dance music. He has worked with stars like Donna Summer, David Bowie, and Janet Jackson, accumulating over 100 gold and platinum records. Moroder was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

    So far, Moroder has confirmed 15 dates throughout Europe starting in April.

    Check out the tour schedule and get tickets on his website.

    Related: Watch: Marley Marl Talks Producing Electronic Music, Current State of Hip-Hop

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  • How DJ Snake Went From a Paris Ghetto to Being a Global Superstar

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    DJ Snake at Echostage in Washington, DC on March 3, 2018. (Source: Facebook)

    Since his breakout anthem “Bird Machine” in 2013, DJ Snake has become one of dance music’s biggest and most prolific artists. He’s scored three Billboard Top 10 hits, played the world’s top festivals, and launched his own label, Premiere Classe. The 32-year-old has come a long way since his days as a hip-hop DJ in Paris.

    In a rare interview with Billboard, Snake opened up about his youth and rise to fame.

    Growing up in a poor suburb of Paris:

    “[Ermont is] just like every ghetto in the world … A lot of poverty. Drugs. Criminality. No hope. You just feel like no one cares. All they give you is a few soccer fields in your hood, and everything is closed. So you just play soccer. You don’t have nothing else.”

    Transitioning from being a hip-hop DJ to an open-format DJ and producer:

    “I remember the first time I dropped a couple of house records, someone threw an Air Force One in my face. So I decided to stop, … I was like, ‘I want to be able to play everything.’ People were like, ‘You’re crazy. You’re going to lose all your credibility and fans.’ But I wanted to try new things and make my own music. So I became a producer.”

    Going from producing other people’s tracks to producing his own:

    “The good thing about not speaking the language is you just listen … You listen to everyone, every producer, every writer. Then one day I said, ‘Yo, f#ck that sh#t. Now it’s going to be my vision. I’m not going to listen to anybody, no A&R, nobody. I’ve seen this. I get it. This is greatness. But now I’m going to bring my f#cking greatness, my sound.’”

    Hustling at Ultra Music Festival:

    “We went backstage and I met RL Grime, Flosstradamus, and Baauer … I got all their phone numbers, and I was so excited that the day after, I was sending all my music. I was the worst — like, 10 emails each.”

    Embracing styles from around the world:

    “Paris influenced me a lot back then, but now the world has a big influence on me … There’s no way I’m going to sleep on the new things that I’m hearing in Brazil and India.”

    Being a role model:

    “You don’t need money to be creative … The ghetto builds champions every day. I just want to show the kids in every ghetto in the world that we can make some hot sh#t. We can change the world.”

    Related: The 5 Best Remixes of DJ Snake’s ‘Magenta Riddim’

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  • Coachella 2018 Lineup Revealed

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    Deorro performs at Coachella 2014 in Indio, California/ Maynor J. Reyes

    The lineup for the Coachella 2018 festival has been revealed. The two-weekend event will take place April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Indio, California.

    Notable hip-hop and R&B acts include Beyonce, Eminem, The Weekend, Migos, Cardi B, SZA, Post Malone, French Montana, Miguel, Tyler the Creator, Dej Loaf, and Jidenna.

    Notable dance and electronic acts include Kygo, Deorro, TroyBoi, Chromeo, San Holo, ODESZA, Marian Hill, Snakehips, and Cash Cash.

    Other acts include Wizkid, MØ, and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.

    Check out the full lineup below or on Coachella’s website.

    Related: Coachella 2017 Lineup Revealed

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  • DJcity Trends for November 2017

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    DJcity Trends

    The November 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

    November’s contributors:

    Chris Styles, mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM
    Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
    Eski, contributor at DJcity UK
    First Choice, mixer at New York’s Power 105.1
    Jay Dabhi, mixer at New York City’s 92.3 AMP Radio and SiriusXM’s Globalization
    Klutch, member of Electric Bodega
    Mind Motion, member of Pirate DJs crew
    Play, director of DJcity UK
    R-Tistic, 2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle champion
    Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
    Scene, Fool’s Gold recording artist

    DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of tracks intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

    Related: DJcity Trends for October 2017

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  • DJcity Trends for September 2017

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    DJcity Trends

    The September 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

    September’s contributors:

    Chris Styles, mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM
    Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
    Eski, contributor at DJcity UK
    First Choice, mixer at New York’s Power 105.1
    Mind Motion, member of Pirate DJs crew
    Play, director of DJcity UK
    R-Tistic, 2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle champion
    Sammy Needlz, dancehall director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
    Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization

    DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of tracks intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

    Related: DJcity Trends Charts for August 2017

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  • DJcity Trends Charts for August 2017

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    DJcity Trends

    The August 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

    August’s contributors:

    Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
    Eski, contributor at DJcity UK
    First Choice, mixer at New York’s Power 105.1
    Klutch, member of Electric Bodega
    Play, director of DJcity UK
    R-Tistic, 2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle champion
    Sammy Needlz, dancehall director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
    Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization

    DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of charts intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

    Related: DJcity Trends Charts for July 2017

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  • Mayeda Covers Kehlani’s ‘Distraction’

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    Los Angeles DJ/producer Mayeda has transformed Kehlani‘s laid back single “Distraction” into a nu disco heater.

    Released in July 2016, “Distraction” was the second single off the singer’s debut album, SweetSexySavage. It peaked at No. 85 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and was certified gold two weeks ago, nearly a year after its release.

    Watch Mayeda’s cover above and download “Distraction” on DJcity.

    Follow Mayeda on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    Related: Mayeda Covers Calvin Harris’ ‘Slide’

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  • DJcity Trends Charts for July 2017

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    DJcity Trends

    DJcity Trends has received two big improvements! First, we’ve added an afrobeats and dancehall chart, and second, we’ve brought on our very own KidCutUp as an additional contributor. Check out the July edition of Trends here.

    July’s contributors:

    Chris Styles, mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM
    Eddie Boy, music director and resident DJ at Elevate Lounge
    Jay Dabhi, mixer at New York City’s 92.3 AMP Radio and SiriusXM’s Globalization
    KidCutUp, music producer at DJcity
    Klutch, member of Electric Bodega
    Mind Motion, member of Pirate DJs crew
    Play, director of DJcity UK
    Sammy Needlz, dancehall director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
    Santarosa, Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization
    Scene, Fool’s Gold recording artist

    DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of charts intended to help DJs discover new and buzzing club tracks. The songs are hand-picked by influential DJs from around the world.

    Related: DJcity Trends Charts for June 2017

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  • DJcity Trends Charts for June 2017

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    DJcity Trends

    The June 2017 edition of DJcity Trends is now available here.

    DJcity Trends is a monthly collection of charts intended to help DJs discover new and emerging club music.

    This month’s edition features picks from the following DJs:

    Chris Styles (mixer at SiriusXM’s The Heat and D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 and 94.7 Fresh FM)
    Eddie Boy (resident DJ and music director at Elevate Lounge)
    Mind Motion (member of Pirate DJs crew)
    Play (director of DJcity UK)
    Santarosa (Latin director at DJcity; mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization)
    Scene (Fool’s Gold recording artist)

    Related: DJcity Trends Charts for May 2017

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