I always say that the best pop is the kind that balances light with darkness — songs that mask sadness with a catchy melody. That’s the type of long-lasting pop that people will be able to relate to. Bebe Rexha’s debut single “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” perfect encompasses those qualities and introduces Bebe’s inspired brand of songwriting to the masses. She’s not entirely new though. She co-wrote “The Monster’ for Rihanna and Eminem and she was featured on Cash Cash’s dance-pop stomper “Take Me Home” (a song she wrote in her childhood bedroom).

I wanted [“I Can’t Stop Drinking About You”] to be a snapshot of how someone feels at that exact moment. The video is modest and raw, and I tried to capture that feeling of heart break and the whirlwind of the emotions that come with it: a little bit of anger, frustration, sadness, the craziness, and the fear of the unknown. It’s the aftermath of love gone wrong.

Directed by Michael Mihail of Guerilla Hollywood (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz), the ode to a scorned love was shot in Los Angeles’ Echo Park at the former home of the #2 suspect of the Black Dahlia murder and the creator/sculptor of the Maltese Falcon statue, Fred Sexton. 

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It was a big night for Dirty South in Los Angeles last evening. The Grammy-nominated DJ/producer hosted the very first public screening of his new short film With You at CAA’s swanky offices. The film is scheduled for wide release later this fall following the release of Dirty South’s much-anticipated new album that will be released via Astralwerks. The film and album is an impressive effort that showcases Dirty South’s fine knack for big cinematic moments in both music and sound.

What began as the writings of a new album resulted in more than just a series of compositions; a hidden narrative lived between the lines of each individual song, and Dirty South was set to tell the story with more than just music. The album began as a soundtrack, even before the film was written. It maps out a hopeful love story of a boy and girl that come from different worlds. The narrative of the songs takes us through this incredible love story, through countless musical genres and countless emotions at the same time.

Potentially the first ever soundtrack written before the movie was made, and the video to the first single, ‘Unbreakable’, creates a short prequel to the whole story. This is a first in every way and a huge step for the world of dance music and for Dirty South as an artist himself.

The album’s first single, titled “Unbreakable,” will premiere on Beats next week Tuesday.

Whoever says that flying isn’t all that glamorous anymore, better thinks again. Delta’ SkyClub at JFK’s Terminal 4 is upping the ante with, yes, a gorgeous outdoors patio and sky deck. I stopped by there this morning to take this photo before heading to Los Angeles. It’s a wonderfully serene area where you can kick back and relax. Enjoy a pre-flight cocktail and watch the planes roll by while you get ready for your own flight. That’s all kinds of glamorous! (cc takingoff)
Suggested music: Intro to Air on Beats.

Whoever says that flying isn’t all that glamorous anymore, better thinks again. Delta’ SkyClub at JFK’s Terminal 4 is upping the ante with, yes, a gorgeous outdoors patio and sky deck. I stopped by there this morning to take this photo before heading to Los Angeles. It’s a wonderfully serene area where you can kick back and relax. Enjoy a pre-flight cocktail and watch the planes roll by while you get ready for your own flight. That’s all kinds of glamorous! (cc takingoff)

Suggested music: Intro to Air on Beats.

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.” 

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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 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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