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Purple Disco Machine × Sophie and the Giants – In The Dark

Purple Disco Machine and Sophie and the Giants team up one again for their disco-tech single “In The Dark,” via Casablanca Records. Listen to the brand-new single HERE and watch the music video HERE.

Purple Disco Machine’s “Exotica Deluxe” album releases on Friday, March 4, 2022 – pre-order HERE.

A collaboration between Purple Disco Machine and Sophie’s is a recipe for pure perfection; the combination of funky production with supernatural melody and vocals can’t be matched. Their past partnership on the song “Hypnotized” reached over 350 million streams, gained a variety of Platinum certifications across Europe and hit #9 on the Global Shazam Charts. The track, too, was prosperous in Italy, where it went platinum 5 x. The success of the single led to the duo’s performance at the Power Hits Estate 2020 live from Verona Stadium.

The partnership between both artists produces another captivating, upbeat hit. The melody of the track produces a transcendent, modern aura, which is contrasted against the emotional lyrics of the song. The story that “In The Dark” produces through its lyricism and melody is one that a lot of young individuals could relate to modern day. The song proclaims the message of falling for someone they know they shouldn’t, but nonetheless, the heart wants what the heart wants. The delicate, exquisite vocals paired with deep lyricism makes for an incredible track. Sophie sings, “Pulled me in with your words so sweet, every time I ignored the sign, redemption’s mine on the day I leave, fallin’ for you was my only crime.”

In The Dark” comes after a rather prosperous period of time for Purple Disco Machine, following the issue of the producer’s sophomore album “Exotica,” and the dancefloor complement “Club Exotica.” The inspiration for the studio album stemmed from pop culture and artists of the 80s. The project includes 14 tracks with international phenomena “Hypnotized” with Sophie and the Giants, “Fireworks” feat. Moss Kena & The Knocks, and “Dopamine” feat. Eyelar. The album, to date, collects over 500 million streams.

Purple Disco Machine ranks as the #2 Beatport Artist of All Time, the impact that he has had on the disco/ dance industry is unmatched. Purple Disco Machine has remixed artists such as Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, Diplo and so many more. Accumulating over 1 billion streams across all his works, he has made his mark and stamped his place in the world of disco production.

 

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New Season of RPDR

By: Skyler Johnson

Rupaul’s Drag Race, the hit competition series on VH1 revolving around drag queens, recently entered its fourteenth season. Fourteen new queens have set foot in the workroom over the span of two episodes, each from very different backgrounds and upbringings. Some are pageant queens (participants in drag pageants, similar to beauty pageants) and some are club queens (queens known for performing in clubs). Either way, they want to snatch the crown. Here is everything you need to know about this season’s competitors.

Alyssa Hunter

Alyssa is this season’s only Puerto Rican queen, though many queens from the island have been successful in the show, including Yara Sofia, Alexis Mateo, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Hunter competed in, and won, all four of Puerto Rico’s biggest pageants, and became known for her sense of fashion.

Angeria Paris VanMichaels

VanMichaels hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and is a pageant queen. Described as a “Southern Belle serving fierce fashion and face with a country charm,” Angeria already appears to be a frontrunner in the competition with a mini- and maxi-challenge win under her belt (and all in one episode).

Bosco

Bosco, from Seattle, has a lot to live up to given she’s from the same city as Drag Race royalty Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme. Bosco identifies as the “demon queen” and “skanky alternative girl” from Seattle. Her drag character is seductive and elusive, and she takes a lot of inspiration from movie villains. She considers herself a “millennial Elvira.”

Daya Betty

Daya Betty, the drag daughter of season 12 runner-up Crystal Methyd, is notable for her punk rock aesthetics. Betty has already produced several intriguing looks, including a stone bust look for her Entertainment Weekly interview.

Deja Skye

DeJa Skye is a camp queen from Fresno, California. She has a passion for, “food, makeup, and everything fabulous.” She works as a dance and cheer instructor during the day, so you’ll know she’ll produce some sickening dance moves on the main stage.

Jasmine Kennedie

Kennedie is this season’s only New York representation. In interviews with her competitors, the other queens noted her to be the season’s most dramatic queen, so it’ll be interesting to see how she’ll do.

Jorgeous

Jorgeous, from season 14, is both the youngest competitor (21) and the shortest. She’s a fashion queen from Tennessee, popular as a club queen as well as being a noted dancer.

June Jambalaya

One of the many Los Angeles-based queens to come out of this season, June Jambalaya is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and is influenced by the South and The Real Housewives franchise, the latter being where she crafted her drag persona.

Kerri Colby

Colby, self-described as an “otherworldly ‘alien’ goddess from the ‘7th dimension,’” is notable as a pageant queen and the drag daughter of Sasha Colby, a famous drag queen and winner of Miss Continental 2012. She’s also a member of the Haus of Colby, a popular drag family. Known for her beautiful visage, she is a clear contender for the crown.

Kornbread “The Snack” Jete

Kornbread is a camp queen popular in the LA club circuit. She first gained internet notoriety acting in the videos of popular sketch comedian Brandon Rodgers playing various characters. Beloved amongst other LA queens for her energy and fun personality, it’ll be intriguing to see where this season takes her.

Lady Camden

San Francisco’s Lady Camden, originally from Camden town in England, is a British queen known for being ladylike in her fashion and choreography, but bawdy in her humor. A ballet dancer, she once performed in Smuin ballet. She is also the third ever queen from San Francisco (the other two being Rock M. Sakura and Honey Mahofany) and is the show’s oldest contestant at 31.

Maddy Morphosis

Morphosis, from Arkansas, is by far the most controversial queen of the season, and one of the most controversial contestants of all time in the series, for being the first cisgender straight man to enter the competition. Many fans of the show have spoken against her for this reason, given Drag Race is known as a safe haven for members of the LGBT community. She currently has a partner, who is also a drag queen, and worked at Target before entering the competition 

Orion Story

Michigan camp queen Orion Story describes her drag style as “chaotic,” and “what you get when you put Barbarella on a runway on Sesame Street.” She also won Miss Michigan Drag Queen of the Year, and is the first Michigan queen to grace the runway.

Willow Pill

Willow Pill is a comedy and camp queen from Denver, known for her offbeat sense of humor and surreal performances, such as in “Digital Drag Show,” a trippy, weird video on her Youtube channel. She is also the drag daughter of season 11 winner Yvie Oddly.

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Coachella Lineup

Coachella returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA for two weekends set for April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022, with Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye, Swedish House Mafia, 88Rising’s Head in the Clouds Forever, and more performing both weekends. (Full lineup as of January 12 below) 

Register now for the weekend two presale and receive a unique code to purchase passes starting Friday, January 14 at 10 am PT. This is a presale and does not guarantee pass type, packages, or camping.

YouTube returns in 2022 as the official Livestream partner for both Coachella weekends on the festival’s official YouTube channel, marking its tenth year streaming the fest to millions of music fans around the world. 

Official Hotel Travel Packages are available for weekend one and weekend two, sold exclusively through Valley Music Travel. For more festival information and updates, please visit their website.

The complete Coachella lineup in ABC order is as follows:

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BOMBAY SAPPHIRE HOLIDAY DISPLAYS LIGHT UP NYC

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE hosted its inaugural holiday window display to honor and rejuvenate imagination and creativity in New York City. The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE holiday windows gain inspiration from the traditional 5th Avenue holiday window displays while serving a greater purpose. The intention of the displays is to revive the creativity that has been deprived of downtown Manhattan since the beginning of the pandemic.

The storefront series was held in SoHo through December 19, in partnership with artist Shavanté Royster, fashion designer Romeo Hunte and NYC dancer Nicole von Arx.

Shavanté Royster

The Brooklyn-based Shavanté Royster is a graphic designer and illustrator, working in the creative industry since 2009. Growing up in a military family, often having to travel during her life motivated Shavanté’s innovation. Through her art, Shavanté often takes inspiration from travel, expressing this through shapes and rich colors. Shavanté’s work is comprised of digital illustration, painting and mixed media.

Romeo Hunte

Romeo Hunte New York is a lifestyle apparel brand designed in NYC for consumers who appreciate sophisticated details. The edgy aesthetic that the collection radiates mixes both feminine and masculine characteristics. Romeo Hunte pieces blend lavish outerwear with contemporary apparel. The Romeo Hunte woman and man can be described as a “dynamic duo” that appreciates the arts and pop culture with a modern flare.

Nicole von Arx

Nicole von Arx (NVA) studied Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop in Geneva, Switzerland at Dance Area, shortly after traveling to New York in 2008 to attend school at the Alvin Ailey School, graduating in 2011. Currently based among NYC and Geneva, NVA is a dancer and choreographer in both dance scenes. NVA has collaborated with the most notable choreographers in New York as a creator, dancer and teacher. Continuing her career, NVA has also worked independently as a choreographer with musicians, film directors and photographers.

The visionaries that were created through the course of the display aimed to fill the empty storefronts with avant-garde ‘windows of art.’ The pandemic has transformed the lives of creatives, small businesses and retail in New York and all over the world. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE worked to ensure that the artistic society would be celebrated and uplifted this holiday season with their holiday displays.

Each window highlighted a winter dreamscape created by artist Shavanté Royster. Both Shavanté and Romeo Hunte’s creative point-of-views joined forces to emulate the holiday magic of 5th avenue. Live models were seen wearing Romeo’s winter apparel upon Shavanté’s backdrops, with performances by NYC dancers.

Romeo’s devoted window showcased people draped in his designs that were created personally for the display. Romeo set the scene of a holiday celebration before a show over cocktails. The garments were designed with inspiration from Shavanté, with the backdrop and fashion coinciding throughout the display.

Romeo spoke on the experience of designing for the holiday displays, stating, “It’s been a joy to work on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’s Holiday Storefront Series which pays homage to exciting young creative talents everywhere and the tenacity of New York City coming back after the pandemic. It was refreshing to collaborate with artist Shavanté Royster and the dancers as mixed media has always been an important part of my work, so it was cool to build and see the narrative of the holiday windows come to life with them through different facets, such as the dancers wearing some of my designs. I hope everyone can leave the windows feeling a burst of creativity and inspiration for the holidays, and hope for the year ahead!”

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Jax Jones × System.inc × Stefflon Don – The Don

BRIT and GRAMMY nominated producer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones joins forces with System.inc and British rapper Stefflon Don on their new dance record “The Don.” Released in partnership with Astralwerks and Jax’s own record label WUGD with System.Inc signed to the roster, “The Don” is a fusion of sounds with Steff’s inimitable flow paired with a big bassline beat merging rap and dance for a club ready cut. Listen HERE.

Speaking of the single, Jax said System.Inc and I bonded over a shared love of X Presidents ‘Diamond Rings,’ and earlier in the month we made this track in the studio. I played it to Steff, and she loved it. We went into the studio the next day to write the song and cut the vocal. The way she delivered both the hard rap and the singing elements were amazing. She is the Don! This one was a few weeks from studio to release. When something feels good, best not to overthink it. Put it out.”

“The Don” exemplifies the ethos of Jax‘s new label with authentic collaboration at the heart of all his music. Having longstanding ties with both collaborators the track blends genres and sounds to push the binaries of traditional dance music.

Created ‘by artists, for artists.’ WUGD showcases the next generation of multi-genre talent and offers its roster full creative control, integrity, and investment. WUGD champions emerging artists, unique projects from established talent, and collaborations with multi-discipline creatives including the label’s manifesto which has been created with LGBTQ+ activist, model, and spoken word poet Kai Isaiah Jamal. Watch HERE.

About Jax Jones

Ivor Novello, Grammy and BRIT nominated DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones has amassed over 11 million monthly Spotify listeners as well as surpassing three million single sales and 4 billion streams. Working with the likes of Mabel, Years and Years, Martin Solveig, RAYE, Stefflon Don, MNEK and Madison Beer, his last record ‘Snacks’ was named the bestselling dance album of 2019. Jax has become a mainstay in modern British music and continues to create genre defying music for both the charts and specialist dance scene.

About WUGD

Created ‘by artists, for artists’, WUGD aims to showcase the next generation of multi-genre talent and offer its roster full creative control, integrity, and investment. WUGD will champion emerging artists, unique projects from established talent, and collaborations with multi-discipline creatives including the label’s manifesto which has been created with LGBTQ+ activist, model, and spoken word poet Kai Isaiah Jamal. Watch HERE.

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Go “BTS” w/ Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre welcomes the public to enjoy a free Behind the Scenes viewing of its two professional companies, as well as three performing academy ensembles through the Thanksgiving holiday. The performance allows viewers to get insight on the rehearsal process, get a first look at more upcoming works and a chance to meet the dancers. MUFG Union Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Behind the Scenes performances. Live performances begin on Monday and Tuesday, November 22-23, 2021 at Noon CST in the Dallas Black Dance Theatre at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX. 75201.

The experience has quickly become a holiday tradition for families during Thanksgiving break, and seating has swiftly reached volume. The Monday performance can still be viewed on-demand for free from Monday, November 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm until Sunday, November 28, 2021, at 11:59 CST.

DBDT and DBDT: Encore!
Monday, November 22, 2021

Dallas Black Dance Theatre and DBDT: Encore! will be presented in this free program. DBDT will showcase excerpts from its 45th season, along with rehearsal run-throughs and previews for what is in store for Cultural Awareness February 18-19, 2022. DBDT: Encore! will share a piece of works prepared for Black History Month and Rising Excellence April 22-23, 2022.

Dallas Black Dance Academy
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Dallas Black Dance Academy will showcase the talents of students in three performing ensembles. The Allegro Performing Ensemble, DBDT’s premier academy ensemble, will provide a class demonstration. The Senior Performing Ensemble displays the choreographic process, and the Junior Performing Ensemble will perform an excerpt from one of their works.

If you would like to get on the waitlist for the free in-person performances, RSVP to ticketsales@dbdt.com with your name, the date you would like to attend, the number of tickets needed, and your cell phone number.

For more performance details visit www.DBDT.com.

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DBD Academy’s Espresso Nutcracker

Dallas Black Dance Academy (DBD Academy) presents its fourth annual Espresso Nutcracker, with a new twist on a holiday tradition. The performance is jazz-influenced by the music of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Co-Sponsors for the Espresso Nutcracker are Macy’s and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

The single performance is scheduled for Saturday, December 11 at 7 pm in the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX. The performance is also available via live streaming and on-demand. Through their sponsorship, Macy’s is sharing virtual viewing access with up to 30 social service agencies and children’s hospitals nationwide. Last year’s initiative allowed over 1,500 youth and families the opportunity to virtually share the holiday experience.

“We are honored to provide support to such an incredible organization, whose impactful work plays a vital role in strengthening and enriching our community,” said Emma Conniff, corporate giving associate at Macy’s. “The holidays are when Macy’s shines the brightest, and we are excited to partner with Dallas Black Dance Academy to spread holiday magic to viewers of all ages.”

DBD Academy Director Katricia Eaglin choreographed Espresso Nutcracker with assistance from the academy ballet instructors of the Pre-Professional Division levels 1-4 students who will perform in the production. Eaglin was inspired to use the traditional Tchaikovsky music along with tracks from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, selecting Ellington tracks that were still recognizable to the original work. She added narration to the performance as well as an African dance to the Land of Sweets Act that includes Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Russian dances in the original.

“I was inspired to create and produce the Espresso Nutcracker for Dallas Black Dance Academy so our academy students could be involved in the Nutcracker tradition,” said Eaglin. “We’re excited to have our students re-enter the theatre and share how they have grown while training virtually during the 2020-2021 season!”

DBD Academy is the official school of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT), and allows students to learn virtually and in-person. The original Nutcracker Ballet, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of the most famous ballets in the world and tells the story of young Clara’s magical journey on Christmas Eve.

Many dance academies bring in professionals to dance key Nutcracker roles, but Dallas Black Dance Academy students will dance all the key parts, such as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen. DBDT professional dancers will dance the adult characters of the Mother, Father, and Drosselmeyer.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre is limiting seating capacity to allow for social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines and because of limited ticket availability, DBDT will not be able to give discounts on groups or subscriptions this year. You can watch the live stream broadcast in real-time beginning at 7:00 pm CDT on Saturday, December 11, while the on-demand option will be available starting at 9:00 pm CDT Saturday through Monday, December 13, 11:59 pm CST.

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Jimmy Fallon – ‘That’s My Jam’

IT’S GAME TIME ON NBC AS JIMMY FALLON INVITES ‘THE VOICE’ COACHES TO PARTICIPATE IN A SNEAK EPISODE OF ‘THAT’S MY JAM’ 

Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend Join the Fun on Monday, Nov 29 at 10pm ET/PT

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, “That’s My Jam” is an hourlong music and comedy variety game show that draws inspiration from the most popular “Tonight Show” games. Each episode features two teams of two celebrities competing for a charity of their choice in a series of music, dance, and trivia-based games and musical performances.

Kicking off the show on a high (musical) note, “The Voice” Season 21 coaches – Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend – will appear in a sneak episode of the show on Monday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, bringing their A-game on behalf of their chosen charities.

Signature games to be played include “Wheel of Impossible Karaoke,” “Perfect Mashup,” “Vinyl Countdown” and “Slay It, Don’t Spray It.”

Following the Nov 29 telecast, the season will begin in early 2022. “That’s My Jam” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Fallon’s production company, Electric Hot Dog. Fallon, Jim Juvonen and Mike Yurchuk serve as executive producers.

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Kay Young – New EP

Today, London based artist, rapper and producer Kay Young releases her new EP This Here Feels Good via Play It Again Sam. The EP was written, performed, produced, and recorded by Kay in London during 2020-2021 and includes two never before heard tracks No Regrets and Wait For Me.

Listen to This Here Feels Good

This Here Feels Good is the sound of an artist using music as their second language. Kay moves between tightly rapped verses, glorious vocal performances, often within the space of one track as well as across the whole EP. Wait For Me pays homage to the London jazz scene and adds a playful touch to a project already brimming with joy, while previously released tracks “Suddenly” and “I’ve Got You” provide euphoric uplift, and Kay shows her skill as a deft lyricist on White Teeth.

The release is a stunning collection of songs that expands upon the sonic blueprint Kay has already laid out, that caught the attention of Jay Electronica and Jay-Z who later signed her to Roc Nation. She delves deeper into dance and soul while continuing to explore themes of familial legacy and cultural relation, keeping a perfect balance between lyrical vulnerability and musical uplift.

Speaking on the EP Kay says:

Creating this EP during lockdown kept me sane. I simply got lost in it because it felt good and I felt safe regardless of what was going on outside my bedroom studio. I dug deep and gave it my all!

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Mufasa × Hypeman × Dopamine

Following the runaway success of the viral single “Friday”–which has garnered a staggering half a billion streams, shot to the Top 5 in the UK and been certified platinum with over 750,000 UK sales – the exciting duo Mufasa & Hypeman recently teamed up again with DJ/producer collective Dopamine for their new single ‘Weekend’ via Ministry Of Sound Recordings/RCA Records. They release the video for the single which sees Mufasa & Hypeman travelling back in time to an ‘80s house party with a special throwback performance from Dopamine.

The Alexander Lamburini directed visual is the perfect pairing for the infectious single “Weekend” which was released in time for the August Bank Holiday weekend and offers a sprinkling of nostalgia with its reworking of Madonna’s 80s pop classic “Holiday.” Hypeman & Mufasa, with Dopamine on production and vocals, have set the agenda for many weekends to come with the addictive track that has already racked up over two million streams since release and been added to playlists on Capital FM and Kiss FM and received numerous plays on Radio 1 Dance Anthems.

Speaking on the single, Mufasa said: “We wanted to do something different and pay homage to Madonna with the 80s classic song, ‘Holiday’ but with our little twist. We decided to declare the weekend a Holiday because who doesn’t love the weekend?” Hypeman said: “We always try to be better than our last and with this new single, I know we did just that. Creating the weekend was not only fun for us, but relatable for everyone around the world” Dopamine vocalist Sam Harper added: ‘It feels like the right time to bring joy to the world by getting everybody back on the dancefloor. We’ve been working hard to capture that energy in our records and can’t wait to see everyone’s reactions.” Dopamine DJ, Ethan Porte added: “I can’t wait to start playing this one in my sets. If ‘Friday’ is anything to go by, people are going to love this one”

Mufasa & Hypeman are the unlikely duo that shot to global fame following the release of their iconic viral adaptation of MK’s legendary remix for Nightcrawlers’ club classic ‘Push The Feeling On’. The video has spread joy to millions of people around the world during lockdown and became an instant hit on TikTok with the likes of Katy Perry, Kanye West and Gordon Ramsay paving the way for a challenge which would see tens of thousands of people get involved. The viral video was also picked up by BBC’s The One Show and featured as part of Radio 1 Greg James’ Lockdown Awards. 

Dopamine is the brainchild of a set of visionary music producers who have produced multi-platinum smashes across the globe under various other guises and have dominated the charts with feel-good, club-ready dance records. The DJ/producer collective also includes vocalist Sam Harper who also provided the vocals for the last smash single “Friday”.