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Calvin Harris Still The Highest Paid DJ In The World

In: Donovan, Music
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Perhaps Rita Ora should’ve thought twice before allegedly cheating on Calvin Harris. Not only does he create sick beats but dude is rolling in the dough.

The Scottish DJ is once again the highest paid DJ in the world, topping Forbes annual Top 10 list. His twelve month earnings have risen from $46 million last year to a whopping $66 million. Not too shabby for a man who used to bag groceries in Scotland just a few years ago.

“The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.” – Calvin Harris

The publication included earnings from live shows, merchandise sales and endorsements, as well as recorded music sales and external business ventures as part of its tabulating process.

David Guetta equaled his $30 million in earnings from last year, but moved up to runner-up slot on the list. Zedd enters the Top 10 for the first time, catapulting all the way to the No. 7 slot. Not making the cut this time around are Armin Van Buuren, DJ Pauly D and Diplo. Check out this year’s Top 10 below.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Who knew spinning tracks could be so lucrative? Just a few years ago Calvin Harris was bagging groceries in Scotland and now he’s the world’s highest paid DJ, earning $46 million in the past year. Not to mention getting to hang with the likes of Rihanna, Florence Welch and Ellie Goulding to name a few.

Harris leads an impressive list of musicians collecting six-figure nightly checks for performing at nightspots from Las Vegas to Ibiza and for other business ventures once reserved only for rock, rap and pop royalty. His string of eight Top 10 UK hits from his 18 Months LP probably didn’t hurt either. Harris takes over the top slot from Tiesto who ruled Forbes list last year. Check out the rest of the Top 12 below which includes a Jersey Shore alum.

check out the list below

Wow. I don’t know why, perhaps with my own experiences with the subject matter of the lyrics, but this song and music video is really powerful to me. The song is called “Telemiscommunications‘ and it’s a duo by two really great artists: deadmau5 and Imogen Heap.

It’s all about long distance relationships and when people are apart because of work. The “Telemiscommunications” part plays in with how it’s extremely difficult to really be present with the person you love when there are all of these distractions around. It’s hard to be with someone by cell phone and often times things get interpreted differently. Imogen Heap sings, “This is just so unlike us / Come back to horizontal islands / If we could win just one small touch / Contact versus tele-miscommunications.” It’s a really beautiful song and in the video, various forms of animation are used to tell the stories of people in the airport struggling with their emotions as they are away from their partners.

Definitely a must-see video. It’s very creative and brings the lyrics to the song to life in a very powerful and artistic way. Check it out below.

Video after the jump…

On Thursday, DJ Pauly D made famous by his antics on MTV’s Jersey Shore debuted the music video for his new single, “Night of My Life” featuring his buddy Dash. The track is basically what you’d expect from Pauly and his crew. The synth and drum heavy track pulses through as dash sings about popping bottles, hitting on girls and checking out the clubs – thus, making it the night of his life.

The video which is basically a bunch of B-roll camera footage thrown together showcases Pauly and his crew as they tour America’s clubs and casinos playing shows for drunk crowds of Jersey Shore wannabes. While I don’t mind the song at all, I wish the video would have been a little more thought out and playful. I’m not the only one who isn’t on board with the video. On Thursday night, Pauly D found himself in the midst of a Twitter feud with dance floor DJ and producer, Deadmau5.

DJ Pauly D’s new video and his Twitter fight with Deadmau5 after the jump.

For a long time, The Grammys didn’t even recognize dance music as a category in their nominations list. In 2003, Electronica and Dance music was finally recognized as a genre by the Grammy’s and now, for the first time ever, the show will perform a tribute to the genre. I personally think it’s very fitting seeing as 75% of the pop music coming out these days has some sort of electronic or house music influence. So how do the Grammy’s plan on honoring this genre?

Idolator reports that during the awards show, the five artists will perform in a tent outside the Staples Center in front of a crowd of 1,000. Grammy show producer Ken Ehrlich describes the performance as the “most ambitious number that we’ve ever done outside the Staples Center.” Joining the tributes performance roster are David Guetta and Deadmau5. Alongside them providing the vocal aspect of dance music will be Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and The Foo Fighters. Ken Ehrlich continues:

“My feeling about dance is it’s such an immersive experience for the participant, that to put it on stage … where the audience is not a part of it … I don’t know, honestly, until we came up with the idea of doing it this way, I don’t know if it ever would have worked.”

If you think that adding the three vocal artists to the dance music genre performance is odd, you’re not alone. The whole internet was a buzz and confused. Thankfully,
PopDust
clarified it all for us. Chris Brown and Lil Wayne joined David Guetta on the track “I Can Only Imagine” and Deadmau5 remixed the Foo Fighters’ “Rope. But still, no Robyn or even Skrillex? What do you think about this idea? Check out Guetta’s & Deadmau5′ tracks with these vocalists below.

Guetta and Deadmau5′ remixes after the jump.

Pop-Tart Pick: Welcome to Medina

In: Calan, Music

Sorry for the lack of Pop-Tart Pick lately, the holidays were a bit crazy but now it’s back to music madness. I’ve picked Medina for this weeks pick. Born Andrea Fuentealba Valbak on November 30/1982, this Danish delight caught my ear when I heard “You and I” (Deadmau5 Remix) and I did a little digging. Originally the song was written in Danish and called “Kun for mig,” written by Medina, Jeppe Federspiel and Rasmus Stabell and later translated into English by Adam Powers and Julie Steincke. Originally being released in Denmark late 2008, it spent 52 weeks on the singles chart and six weeks at number one.

In July 2010 Medina released her international debut album, Welcome to Medina. There are 12 tracks on the album and I managed to get my hands on a copy of it. WOW. I’m really amazed by this girl. She writes/co-writes everything she sings and despite the fact that English isn’t her first language her lyrics are beautifully sculpted and sometimes haunting. I’m very much in love this this album and highly suggest everyone looking for it and getting it.

Her latest song release is “Addiction” and I’m addicted for sure. It was released November 26th/2010, reaching #1 on the Danish Singles Chart on December 17th/2010. I love the music video for the song and hope that this girl gets a chance to make it big in North America.

Listen to the addictive track after the jump…

My undies changed again this week. Last week I gave you some gooders, but I’m feeling confident you’ll like ‘em this week too.

What do I have? I have a mashup that catapults me back to highschool, another track from a hiphop artist I can’t get enough of, and an 18 year old who scored a track meant for Kylie. Here we go!

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Concert Review: Deadmau5, Groove Armada, Kascade

In: Music, Topher
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Wow. That’s the best way I could think of to describe the concert I went to on Friday. Well, that or Fucking wow!

After work, three co-workers and I went down to the Heineken Music Hall to watch Groove Armada. I knew a couple of Groove Armada songs from when I was younger, the only one I could remember by name was “Super Stylin’”. So, I’m not really into them that much, but when I was asked to go it seemed like a fun idea, so I got a ticket.

I am SO glad I did. The show had a bunch of other performers, most notably Toronto DJ Deadmau5, upcoming DJ Kascade, and legendary British DJ Pete Tong.

When we got there, the schedule for the performers was posted everywhere. The show started at 9p.m., and went on until 6a.m. SIX A.M.! Oh my god. I know it was a DJ set, but they were still serving alcohol and everything, it was something you wouldn’t find in Vancouver. At least, not that I’ve seen.

We entered the hall and immediately I was impressed with the sound quality. No matter where we were in the giant warehouse like venue, you could hear the sound crystal clear. I’m no audiophile, but compared to the PNE, this was heaven.

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