Violinist Lindsey Stirling stopped by the Beats office today to chat about her music and learn more about Beats Music. I first ran across Lindsey when she ran a fundraiser to benefit the Atlanta Music Project last Fall. The Atlanta Music Project (AMP) is a fantastic and important organization that provides intense music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. I sit on the Board of Advisors of AMP and was thrilled about Lindsey’s involvement to help out with a special campaign. I asked Lindsey to record a special message for all of the kids that are enrolled in AMP’s music programs while they’re on summer break. Thanks Lindsey!

Listen to Lindsey Stirling’s Pre-Show Hype playlist on Beats.

I did a little interview with Style.com to talk about my recent weekend trips to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai. I also share my secret to making these trips happen fast and furiously. 

TOTEM “CHASE ME” | FIRST LISTEN

Totem is all about the music. In fact, he wants to talk litte about who he is and is not ready to unveil his identity just yet — hence the name Totem. “I get that being mysterious is a thing these days,” he explains. “Honestly, I  didn’t set out to be faceless for the sake of being so. A totem in anthropology is a mask— a symbol of a shared cultural consciousness. When i first started writing and singing as totem, it was this definition that I had in mind.”

He adds, “I am only my music is only myself.”

So what that said. It’s time to turn to the music. “Chase Me” is a deeply emotive pop ballad about the desire to be loved. “We all want to be chased on some level. the game is the allure for so many of us romantically, professionally, etc. but some of the best times happen when you are the prize.”

Totem is inspired by a range of different artists from Boyz II Men to Oasis, and from Broods to Michael Jackson. “I was beginning to realize that the amalgamation of these influences was something in its own right,” he explains. “I’ve been expanding that sound in the studio every day—producing and writing new material and collaborating with producers and co-writers who have different and diverse musical origin stories. I’m finally ready to share some of the results.” 

ANNABEL JONES “MAGNETIC” | HOT NEW POP ALERT

Annabel Jones ”Magnetic” draws you in deeply as soon as the needle hits. From its bleepy music box opening to its twinkling synths to Annabel’s crispy pop vocals, the song is a finely-tuned and richly-melodic pop confection that doesn’t need much of an introduction. “Magnetic” is exactly that — and it speaks perfectly for itself. (Quick sidenote: Jones’ musicality should not come as a surprise. Her dad is none other than the late Davy Jones from The Monkees)

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Great hanging with Matt and Julio of GTA at Beats yesterday. This is a shot of Julio showing off his brand-new, yellow drenched Mixr headphones. “Mustard on the Beats,” they wrote on Instagram with this pic. Lots of GTA news coming up, but Diplo spilled yesterday in his Reddit chat that he worked with the duo to produce a new song for Usher. Exciting! In the meantime, make sure to check out GTA’s flaming “Hard House” that is charting in Beats Music Dance Top 25 this week.
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Great hanging with Matt and Julio of GTA at Beats yesterday. This is a shot of Julio showing off his brand-new, yellow drenched Mixr headphones. “Mustard on the Beats,” they wrote on Instagram with this pic. Lots of GTA news coming up, but Diplo spilled yesterday in his Reddit chat that he worked with the duo to produce a new song for Usher. Exciting! In the meantime, make sure to check out GTA’s flaming “Hard House” that is charting in Beats Music Dance Top 25 this week.

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PROFESSOR GREEN FEAT. TORI KELLY “LULLABY”

We’ve been eagerly awaiting new music from Tori Kelly ever since she released her fantastic Foreword EP last year. To make the wait a little more bearable, Tori unveiled a gorgeous little gem this morning that is a slice of “Read All About It" realness. She sings the vocals on Professor Green’s new single "Lullaby" that is shaping up to be a big hit overseas. Says Tori:

"It is an honour to be on the same song with such a respected artist like Professor Green When I first heard Lullaby I knew it would be an amazing opportunity to sing it. Then when I met him and we got to perform it together, it all seemed to sink in. I became even more excited and more in love with the song.”

"Lullaby" was produced by Chris Loco (Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah). It will be released by Virgin EMI in the UK on September 15. The track is taken from Professor Green’s forthcoming new album, Growing Up In Public. No U.S. release date has been announced at this time. 

Listen to Tori Kelly Foreword on Beats.

I’m dedicating today’s Superhero Theme Music playlist on Beats to the studly and very spiffy Chris Pratt who is starring in Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy blockbuster flick. It’s a playlist of songs by artists like Kanye West (“Power”), Swizz Beats (“Top Down”) and Missy Elliott (“Sick It 2 Me”) that is the perfect soundtrack to all your superhero moves any time of the day. 
Listen to Superhero Theme Music on Beats.
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I’m dedicating today’s Superhero Theme Music playlist on Beats to the studly and very spiffy Chris Pratt who is starring in Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy blockbuster flick. It’s a playlist of songs by artists like Kanye West (“Power”), Swizz Beats (“Top Down”) and Missy Elliott (“Sick It 2 Me”) that is the perfect soundtrack to all your superhero moves any time of the day. 

Listen to Superhero Theme Music on Beats.

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I like the ambition of making pop. Underground music gets all the respect and critical acclaim, yet the stuff which sells shitloads of records doesn’t. It’s the challenge of writing music that’s quality, but is also pop, that I want to take on ( … ) There are too many underground records! I’m sick of people saying: ‘That record was so great’ and yet it only sells 4,000 copies. I don’t see what’s cool about not writing hooks: if you’re really fucking clever, where’s the fucking melody that I can remember? I woke up today and I forgot your whole album – genius! I don’t get it.
La Roux’s Elly Jackson tells Time Out Magazine. Hail to the pop!
HOT NEW TUNESDAY 7.22.2014
A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.
"Wasted Love" by Steve Angello ft. Dougie of Temper Track [link]Steve Angello teams up with Dougie of The Temper Trap for his much-anticipated new single that is a mightily anthemic and arena-sized stomper. It rings like a follow-up to “Don’t You Worry Child” that he released together with his Swedish House Mafia compadres two years ago
"Heart Made Up On You" by R5 [link]Pop is what you make of it and R5 make their pop fun with their feel-good new single “Heart Made Up On You” that is the title track from their new EP. Don’t call them a boyband boy though because this band of brothers also includes a sister.
"How You Love Me" by 3Lau ft. Bright Lights [link]3Lau (pronounced: Blau) has been a stirring up a storm on the festival circuit over the past couple of years. Now signed to Casablanca Records, the Las Vegas DJ/producer unveils an acoustic version of his most recent single, “How You Love Me,” that neatly amplifies the emotional intensity of the original. So, so pretty. 
Tom Staar & Ansolo ”Totem” [link]House maestro Tom Staar teams with soundboard newcomer Ansolo on the prog-house stomper “Totem.” It’s a big release for Ansolo who is also known as Ansel Elgort. Yes, he’s that Ansel. The heartthrob lead actor from Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars.Erasure “Elevation” [link]There’s something about Erasure’s brand of dance-pop that is inherently timeless. That may simply be because they have been around for as long as I can remember. After making music for over 3 decades, the pioneering British synth-pop duo is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they’re only getting better. “Elevation” is a sparkly dance-pop romp perfect for almost any occasion.
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HOT NEW TUNESDAY 7.22.2014

A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.

"Wasted Love" by Steve Angello ft. Dougie of Temper Track [link]
Steve Angello teams up with Dougie of The Temper Trap for his much-anticipated new single that is a mightily anthemic and arena-sized stomper. It rings like a follow-up to “Don’t You Worry Child” that he released together with his Swedish House Mafia compadres two years ago

"Heart Made Up On You" by R5 [link]
Pop is what you make of it and R5 make their pop fun with their feel-good new single “Heart Made Up On You” that is the title track from their new EP. Don’t call them a boyband boy though because this band of brothers also includes a sister.

"How You Love Me" by 3Lau ft. Bright Lights [link]
3Lau (pronounced: Blau) has been a stirring up a storm on the festival circuit over the past couple of years. Now signed to Casablanca Records, the Las Vegas DJ/producer unveils an acoustic version of his most recent single, “How You Love Me,” that neatly amplifies the emotional intensity of the original. So, so pretty. 

Tom Staar & Ansolo ”Totem” [link]
House maestro Tom Staar teams with soundboard newcomer Ansolo on the prog-house stomper “Totem.” It’s a big release for Ansolo who is also known as Ansel Elgort. Yes, he’s that Ansel. The heartthrob lead actor from Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars.

Erasure “Elevation” [link]
There’s something about Erasure’s brand of dance-pop that is inherently timeless. That may simply be because they have been around for as long as I can remember. After making music for over 3 decades, the pioneering British synth-pop duo is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they’re only getting better. “Elevation” is a sparkly dance-pop romp perfect for almost any occasion.

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STEVE ANGELLO FT DOUGIE FROM TEMPER TRAP “WASTED LOVE”
Steve Angello keeps raising the bar with every project he brings to life. The Swedish dance music producer released his much-anticipated new single today, titled “Wasted Love,” that features the vocals of Dougie from The Temper Trap. It’s an anthemic, stadium-sized dance track that is dominated by Dougie’s rock-edged vocals and Angello’s signature soundboard savvy.
The unveiling of the single kicks off an unprecedented global rollout for Angello’s new album Wild Youth that is expected this fall via Columbia Records. Wild Youth is a very personal effort that tells Angello’s story of his less than fortunate upbringing in Sweden. He “tried his luck on a little flame” and escaped his reality by focusing on music that ultimately led to a road that made him one of the biggest DJs in the world.

With the release of “Wasted Love,” Angello also unveils the striking single artwork that pictures a porcelain Shuriken (commonly referred to as ninja star). A billboard to promote Wild Youth that was seen in Miami during the annual Winter Music Conference earlier this year showed a photo of brass knuckles in porcelain using that same concept. Showcasing porcelain weaponry is a fitting way to demonstrate strength and beauty through vulnerability. 
Listen to Steve Angello ft. Dougie of The Temper Trap “Wasted Love” on Beats.

STEVE ANGELLO FT DOUGIE FROM TEMPER TRAP “WASTED LOVE”

Steve Angello keeps raising the bar with every project he brings to life. The Swedish dance music producer released his much-anticipated new single today, titled “Wasted Love,” that features the vocals of Dougie from The Temper Trap. It’s an anthemic, stadium-sized dance track that is dominated by Dougie’s rock-edged vocals and Angello’s signature soundboard savvy.

The unveiling of the single kicks off an unprecedented global rollout for Angello’s new album Wild Youth that is expected this fall via Columbia Records. Wild Youth is a very personal effort that tells Angello’s story of his less than fortunate upbringing in Sweden. He “tried his luck on a little flame” and escaped his reality by focusing on music that ultimately led to a road that made him one of the biggest DJs in the world.

With the release of “Wasted Love,” Angello also unveils the striking single artwork that pictures a porcelain Shuriken (commonly referred to as ninja star). A billboard to promote Wild Youth that was seen in Miami during the annual Winter Music Conference earlier this year showed a photo of brass knuckles in porcelain using that same concept. Showcasing porcelain weaponry is a fitting way to demonstrate strength and beauty through vulnerability. 

Listen to Steve Angello ft. Dougie of The Temper Trap “Wasted Love” on Beats.

MIKE MAGO & DRAGONETTE “OUTLINES” | REVIEW

It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Dragonette. The Toronto trio of Martina, Dan and Joel return gloriously together with Dutch producer/label owner Mike Mago on “Outlines” that will be released via Spinnin’ Records on August 15. “Outlines” is a punchy deep house number with strong pop leanings that continues Dragonette’s fruitful exploration of dance music following the mega success of “Hello” with Martin Solveig. Martina’s candy-coated pop vocals are a perfect compliment to the track’s hard-hitting production stylings. (cc spinninrecords )

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ROYKSOPP + ROBYN “DO IT AGAIN” | VIDEO PREMIERE

The video for Röyksopp + Robyn’s “Do It Again’ was shot in Mexico by award-winning Danish filmmaker Martin de Thurah. The short film is called ‘Our Hearts’ Desires’ and is set in an unspecified era where a revolution is in the making. It tells the story of desire, ecstasy and forbidden love.  

Says de Thurah, “‘Do It Again’ feels like it’s an unstoppable pop mantra of something out of hand. A spiralling hypnotic maelstrom. The video touches our hearts’ desires:  deep passions; revolutions full of hope and excitement; a dream of freedom; obsession; the ecstasy and escapism; the darkness. And it ends in a mix of violence and laughter, freedom and the loss of free will. All of this somehow ends on a note of hope through struggle. Something worth fighting for. Do it again.”  

Svein Berge from Röyksopp adds “I feel that the video in a clever way manages to emphasize one of the main themes of the song - doing something that might be considered morally wrong, and yet going through with it, fully aware of the consequences and potential repercussions. Some of these actions are driven by choice - others by necessity.” 

Robyn adds, ”I’m pleased that, for me, the video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote ‘Do It Again.’ Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it´s over, you want to go back.” Adds Röyksopp’s Torbjørn Brundtland, “Being there on these locations, the crew, the actors and the locals made it an unforgettable experience. Oh, and yes, in a good way, I might add.” [Source: official press release]

Röyksopp and Robyn are currently playing their sold-out ‘Do It Again’tour with dates throughout Europe, Scandinavia, America and Canada. Listen to the 4-track Do It Again EP on Beats