EDM (A.K.A. Electronic Dance Music) has single handedly taken over the music industry, and artists of every stripe are jumping on the glow stick-covered bandwagon. The genre has spawned music festivals, fashion trends, and a legion of passionately pogo-ing devotes. EDM has the fans, and it also has the finances: Forbes recently ranked Calvin Harris the highest paid DJ with an annual salary of $46 million!
Clearly there’s a huge incentive for pop and rap stars to branch out, leading artists to test the EDM waters. Many have failed spectacularly, but some like Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Jay Z passed with flying neon colors. Luckily for you, VH1 has created a handy playlist to serve as your gateway to the land of bass and beat drops. Read on to see which of your favorite artists have successfully crossed over into EDM.
Some would think that being on TV would be enough to make anyone happy. Everyone gets to see you and you make a pretty penny. But these reality stars wanted more and decided they were going to reach for the musical heavens. Well, it just goes to show that with enough cash and some really good auto tuning, anyone can put out a song, make a music video, and call themselves a singer.
It’s been seven years since Paris Hilton first released “Stars Are Blind” and now the singer is back! After signing with Cash Money Records in May, Hilton returned to the studio to work on her forthcoming album, which she says is all about having a good time. “It’s music you want to party to,” Hilton says. “Just really happy, upbeat music.”
Hilton also explains how her new label, which is home to Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, influenced her sound. Her first album had a pop feel and this time she utilized house and hip hop beats, giving her new album an urban edge.
But what about her first single, “Good Time”? “I think it’s the perfect first single,” Hilton says. Read more…
Lil Wayne won’t work with just anybody — try asking Justin Bieber, who’s still gotten nothing for all his texting — but for some reason he was willing to do this. Last night TMZ posted a brand new Paris Hilton song called “Last Night,” and lo and behold, it’s got Wayne spitting bars for and about the hotel heiress turned pop star. The song is produced by Paris’ ex-boyfriend, Afrojack, and it finds the two recalling a rowdy evening prior. “I want to say, ‘Oh my god, that was so much fun’!” Paris sings, typically dulcet and ever enthusiastic. Wayne chimes in to agree that “last night was awesome, super f*cking awesome,” and then kicks the raunch up another notch with a reference to Paris’ infamous sexcapade: “Last night I had fun with her/ I got 99 problems, not one with her/ And excuse my French, but f**k the cameras / I wanna spend a night in Paris.”
Beef Alert! DMX Doesn’t Like “Anything About Drake” And Says Lots Of Other Crazy Things
In an interview for the Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105.1 radio station this morning, DMX said some really crazy things. Amongst them was the following comment about Drake; “I don’t like anything about Drake. I don’t like his voice, I don’t like what he talks about, I don’t like his face, I don’t like the way he walks, I don’t like his haircut. I might just…Let me shut up. I’ll just stop right there.” Click on to read more! [Pop Dust]
Chris Brown Is In Trouble With The Law… Again
It never ends, does it? Chris Brown is reportedly up for a robbery charge after snatching a fan’s iPhone out the front of a Miami club after she attempted to take his photo with it. Let’s not forget that legally, Brown is still under criminal probation. [Huffington Post]
Ludacris Opens A Chicken And Beer Shop
Rapper Ludacris is opening a chicken and beer shop at Concourse D of the Atlanta airport. Which, interestingly enough, is apparently the world’s busiest airport. Huh. [Vulture]
Paris Hilton Is An Expert On DJs And Raves
Perennial party girl and offensively rich human, Paris Hilton, is now also a music expert. She says, “There are just so many great DJs right now… And I should know — I’ve been to over 100 raves in the past year, so I’ve heard every type of music.” Of course you have Paris. [US Weekly]