The global music community was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic this year. With the nightlife scene essentially shut down, DJs turned to live streaming and threw virtual parties to keep the spirits up. Today, we take a look at DJcity’s most-downloaded remixes, bootlegs, and edits during the coronavirus lockdown.
The most downloaded remix, bootleg, or edit during the quarantine was Mr. M!X‘s remix of Iyaz‘s “Replay.” In terms of the most entries, Kevin D led with four remixes. Stavros Martina came in second place with three entries while Anthem Kingz, Luis R, and Rogerson tied for third place with two apiece.
Check out the top 30 below.
1. Iyaz – Replay – Mr. M!X Remix
2. Panjabi MC – Mundian To Bach Ke – Stavros Martina & Kevin D Remix
3. Roddy Ricch – The Box – James Hype Remix
4. Bingo Players – Rattle – SH8K Remix
5. Taio Cruz – Dynamite – ZIGGY & Replay M Remix
6. JAY-Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Richastic Remix
7. Rihanna – Pon De Replay – Da Phonk & Rogerson Remix
8. The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy – Anthem Kingz Dance Monkey Bootleg
9. Stromae – Alors On Danse – Rogerson Remix
10. Don Omar – Danza Kuduro – Aaar & Thombs Remix
11. Shaggy ft. Ricardo Ducent – It Wasn’t Me – YANISS 2020 Remix
12. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode – Reynor Remix
13. Ne-Yo – Miss Independent – DJ Stressy Remix
14. Alex Gaudino ft. Crystal Waters – Destination Calabria – Relanium & Deen West Remix
15. Queen – We Will Rock You – Division 4 Remix
16. Baby Bash ft. Frankie J – Suga Suga – Fresco Remix
17. Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch – Ballin – DJ Grant Return Of The Mack Edit
18. Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Hoax Remix
19. Sean Paul ft. Sasha – I’m Still In Love With You – Luis R Club Edit
20. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love – The AVC Nothing Else Bootleg
21. Daddy Yankee – Gasolina – Kevin D & Stavros Martina Remix
22. Black Caviar – Mr. Vain – Anthem Kingz Party Starter
23. Robin S. – Show Me Love – Dual Beat Remix
24. Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams – Drop It Like It’s Hot – Lules Dancehall Remix
25. Sean Paul – We Be Burnin’ – Andrew Mathers Remix
26. Estelle ft. Kanye West – American Boy – Freejak Remix
27. Daddy Yankee – Rompe – Kevin D Remix
28. Black Eyed Peas – The Time (Dirty Bit) – Luis R & Elver Remix
29. Spice Girls – Wannabe – Stavros Martina & Kevin D & Kelly Ross Remix
30. Roddy Ricch – The Box – Adam Doubleyou & Nick Bike Controlla Bootleg
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Lil Jon and T-Pain. (Source: Instagram)
Amid the pandemic, the music industry has begun to accept live streaming as a new industry norm. Adapting to platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Twitch as the points of most powerful engagement is unique, and may not last. But for now, these are the leading spaces developing hits.
Recently, digital marketing agency Gupta Media hosted The New Normal, a Zoom panel featuring RCA Records’ Executive Vice President of A&R (and Keep Cool co-founder) Tunji Balogun, Friends At Work founder and CEO Ty Stiklorius, entertainment lawyer Doug Davis, and moderator Bill Werde, the director of Syracuse University’s Bandier undergraduate music industry program.
“We are trying to monetize these things on the fly and not wait for touring to come back,” Doug Davis said. “‘Sit and wait’ is not a good business model for what we do.” Davis has put this theory into practice. In under seven days, he, alongside Balogun, engineered the official release of Usher, Lil Jon, and Ludacris collaboration “SexBeat.” The track was “premiered” during T-Pain and Lil Jon’s Verzuz producer battle on Instagram Live on April 4. By April 10, the track was officially released as a single.
“We have this group chat, where a lot of the A&R team talk about what’s going on, and we were all watching the battle, and as soon as that song started to get previewed, everyone was like, ‘This needs to drop immediately,'” Balogun said. Doug Davis continued, “The beat battle was Saturday, we were doing the record deal on Monday and Tuesday. We had done a three-way record deal, Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon by Wednesday to get the record out on Spotify by Friday. That’s how fast we are moving and seizing an opportunity. Tunji’s label was unbelievable in how they seized it. That’s how fast it is happening. We are trying to monetize these things on the fly and not wait for touring to come back.”
As for expanding the reach of a hit, look no further than songs like Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Savage” and Drake‘s “Toosie Slide” and their growth via the platform TikTok. Users of TikTok, an app on which two billion people are spending 14 hours a month watching short videos, are isolated in their home recording videos of themselves dancing to hit songs. “Toosie Slide” is particularly well-suited for the platform, as it includes brief dance instructions repeated in the hook. Regarding how TikTok has grown during the COVID-19 era, The Hollywood Reporter notes that the app has “become the great equalizer, collapsing the distance between a ‘capital s star’” and non-star content creators.
Finding ways to monetize this sudden change in content creation is essential. “Tech companies, Instagram Live, are going to get smarter about how to empower artists in those spaces, how to make it worth our while so that we are not just having 300,000 people tune in and not have any access to data around that or access to income from that,” says Stiklorius. “That is going to keep evolving in a way that is long-lasting and will create new revenue streams for artists.”
Twitch’s established growth in the gaming industry as a monetizable platform has intrigued music industry executives during this era. According to Balogun, “The people at Twitch, which is a monetizable platform, unlike Instagram, are working with a lot of different artists and tapping into that technology and looking forward to finding new ways for artists to make money in that space.”
“You are going to see the live stream world continue to grow,” Balogun continues. “It wasn’t really a legitimate form of entertainment until this happened.” Stiklorius agrees, noting, “I can’t imagine that DJs and artists aren’t going to continue doing [live streams].” Moreover, she imagines that “much-reduced” ticket prices will spur the continuation of streaming as a solution.
Social media’s adaptations in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak has led to what The Hollywood Reporter refers to as “a community riffing off each other and inspired by developing amazing creativity.” The music industry appears to be adapting for the speed at which hit songs are being created and spread.
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For the video, Pitbull invited fans from across the globe to send him videos of themselves singing a piece of the hook/chant. Regarding this idea, he noted:
“I’m asking people to send their videos because it will be a world movement. The first thing on my mind was, how do we help the public, how do we help society? How do we help the world get through something like this? And not only that, to be able to look at it from different angles.”
Watch the video above and download the track on DJcity.
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In both the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and April 20th’s honor, DJ Rob Swift and Dilly have released a new mix entitled, “Stay Home Stay Stoned.” Nearly two dozen tracks of iconic cannabis content are included in this relaxing, half-hour ode.
In regards, Swift says via email, “Although I don’t personally toke, I support legalizing marijuana so stoners can smoke. Next up on our #dilbert mixtape series, my girlfriend Dilly and I are dropping “Stay Home Stay Stoned”. Our 420 soundtrack for all you stoners out there. ”
1. Intro2. Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long3. Leikeli47 – Girl Blunt4. Cypress Hill – Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk5. Kool & The Gang – Funky Stuff6. Cannabis Interlude 17. The Beatnuts – Psycho Dwarf8. Harlem Underground Band – Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba9. Junior Parker – Taxman10. Cypress Hill- I Wanna Get High11. Cannabis Interlude 212. David Axelrod – A Divine Image13. Cannabis Interlude 314. Mount Rushmore – Toe Jam15. Cannabis Interlude 416. Method Man & Redman – How High17. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie18. Faze-O – Riding High19. Love Unlimited Orchestra – Strange Games and Things20. Rick James – Mary Jane21. Cannabis Interlude 522. Ike’s Mood
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DJ Envy. (Source: Facebook)
The Breakfast Club radio show’s DJ Envy successfully raised over $106,000 for working DJs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The radio host was able to provide 213 DJs with $500 each as the result of an Easter Sunday fundraiser on Instagram Live to support Envy’s “I Love My DJs” GoFundMe campaign.
Over 12 hours, those who tuned in heard sets from DJ Clue, DJ D-Nice, Kid Capri, DJ Will, Tony Neal, DJ Prostyle, DJ Scratch, and Quicksilva. Furthermore, DJ Khaled gave over $45,000 to the GoFundMe saying via Twitter, “Bless up to the DJs! I saw @djenvy’s go fund me post and heard the goal was to raise 50K for the DJs so I put the remaining $45,255 up. We are here to support each other! We are in this together!”
“During this pandemic, you’ve seen DJs step up to the plate and throw virtual parties to keep the spirits up during this quarantine,” Envy told People Magazine. “It’s tough right now for so many DJs to provide for their families with no bars, clubs, lounges, or events to work. Most don’t have healthcare, savings, retirement plans, or have their businesses set up where they can get a stimulus check. So how can they keep food on their table? I knew I had to help.”
Just Blaze. (Source: Facebook)
DJcity and Beatsource will be hosting an 8-hour live stream party this Saturday, April 11 to raise funds for those on the COVID-19 frontlines.
Watch from 12 to 8 p.m. PT on Beatsource’s Twitch channel.
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