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Deaths At New York City's Electric Zoo Dance Festival Caused By 'Molly' Overdoses

9/2/2013 3:01pm EDT
Steve Aoki
New York City officials pulled the plug the third and final day of the 2013 Electric Zoo Dance Festival on Randall's Island after two concertgoers died of drug overdoses and a handful of others became critically ill from drug use.

New Hampshire newspaper Seacoast Online reveals that one of the two concertgoers who died was 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo, a junior at the University of New Hampshire. The paper reports that Rochester, New York resident Jeffrey Russ, 23, was the other fan who died, and authorities say that both deaths came from overdoses of the drug MDMA, aka "ecstasy" or "molly"....

DJ Tiesto Announces Las Vegas Residency

3/2/2013 7:49am EST
DJ Tiesto
DJ Tiesto has announced a 20-month residency at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Dutch beat--maker insists he won't be making summer pilgrimages to the world's dance music meccas, like Ibiza and the Middle East, and instead he plans to set up shop in Sin City.

Announcing the big music news, Tiesto says, "With the scene blowing up in America, Vegas is so much fun now. It's the right time to do it. I do everything on my gut feeling, and I felt like it's gonna be awesome there. I've been to Ibiza for 10 years, and I love Ibiza, but I always look for something new and a new challenge."...

Bono Teams Up With DJ Tiesto For Charity Album

11/21/2012 8:43am EST
U2 rocker Bono has teamed up with Dutch DJ Tiesto for a new all-star charity album.

Fellow DJs Calvin Harris and Avicii also feature on Dance (RED), Save Lives, which will benefit Bono's anti-AIDS organization RED.

Tiesto reveals he felt compelled to support the cause after witnessing the plight of those affected by HIV during a trip to Africa in the mid-2000s.

In a statement, he says, "When I went to Africa in 2006, I was struck by the devastating effect of AIDS. Now the world has an incredible chance to make sure that babies are born HIV-free by 2015, and the dance community is goin...

David Guetta Scores Top DJ Award

10/21/2011 1:45pm EDT
David Guetta
David Guetta has been named the best DJ in the world in an annual poll, knocking three-time winner Armin Van Buuren from the top spot.

Dutch star Van Buuren has held the number one position in DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs rundown since 2008, but Guetta has now snatched the lead thanks to high-profile collaborations with stars including Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

He says, "I'm very happy. I was thinking it was going to be impossible for anybody to replace Armin Van Buuren as number one. I've had amazing success as a producer, but I always saw myself first of all as a DJ. Of course I love maki...

DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

10/15/2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...

Music Technology: Then And Now

5/2/2008 1:38pm EDT
Almost everyone owns an Ipod, or some other form of music listening device, that we can thank to the benefits of the changes in music technology. If we were to consider however how the "music" itself has changed due to technology, then the changes in music technology can be viewed from a whole other point of view.

From a broader perspective we can perhaps say it really started with the German Electronic pop group Kraftwerk. They were essentially the first band to have the foresight to mix electronic sounds provided by the "new technology" on hand in the 70's and mix it with the pop s...

Sarah McLachlan To Release 'Rarities, B-Sides And Other Stuff, Volume 2,' April 29

4/14/2008 9:51am EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Culminated from Sarah McLachlan's illustrious recording career, the Rarities, B-Sides And Other Stuff, Volume 2 collection contains Sarah McLachlan material never before available before on one CD.

The collection includes live performances, rare recordings, remixes and soundtrack contributions. In addition, the album includes exceptional, one of a kind duets with Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Emmylou Harris, and more!

Since signing with Arista nearly two decades ago, every one of Sarah McLachlan's studio and live albums and videos have been certified gold, platinum, multi-platinum...

Voodoo Music Experience Gets New Site Within New Orleans City Park

10/2/2007 4:35pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
This year's Voodoo Music Experience--set for October 26, 27 and 28--has a new location within its New Orleans City Park home. Adjacent to the site utilized in 2006, the new location is situated closer to Tad Gormley Stadium where the Voodoo Music Experience was born in 1999.

After festival-goers enter the grounds in front of the New Orleans Museum Of Art (NOMA), they'll walk by the 200, newly planted 6 foot Crepe Myrtle and Oak trees. These new trees are part of the ongoing efforts outlined in the park's master plan to "preserve and improve park spaces for recreational, educational, ...

Voodoo Music Experience Expands To 3 Days In New Orleans' City Park, October 26, 27, 28

9/10/2007 9:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine, The Smashing Pumpkins and Dr. John are among the more than 110 acts confirmed for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, which expands this year to three days to accommodate the number of artists who comprise the diverse talent line-up.

Set for Halloween weekend in City Park, New Orleans' signature fall music event encompasses three full days of music--October 26, 27 and 28--with performances from Wilco, Tiesto in Concert, Kings of Leon, Sinead O'Connor, Common, Ben Harper and Galactic, among others (full list below). These acts will appear in the Voodoo Music E...

DJ Tiësto Plays Coachella; Full North American Tour This Summer

5/2/2007 3:30pm EDT
Taking to the main stage at Coachella '07 with a crowd of over 30,000 in the audience to close out Saturday's schedule following the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tiësto played an epic set that encompassed only his productions. Thinking of the 'Elements of Life' show as more of a concert, the Holland born DJ knew it had to be something incredible, and that it was.

Both pleasing his fans, and opening the door of new experience for the entire Coachella audience, Tiësto was on point musically, and the stunning stage backdrop synched the audio event with the theme of the album. Large screens and...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...

Sarah Mclachlan's Live CD, "Mirrorball," Remastered And Expanded To Include Full Concert

10/29/2006 10:00am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Folksy intimacy and quiet, burning passion characterize the music of 3-time Grammy and 8-time Juno Award-winning multi-platinum Arista recording artist Sarah McLachlan, who has sold over 30 million records around the world. These qualities came through with quicksilver grace and clarity on the 1999 release of Mirrorball, the first live recording of her career. It was a unique project in pop annals, in that the first configuration (issued in June '99) was a 14-song, 66-minute CD whose performances were gathered (personally chosen by Sarah, and remastered by her) from the spring 1998 tour i...

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" Soundtrack In Stores July 4

6/28/2006 11:29am EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man
Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack to one of the summer's most highly anticipated blockbuster movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, on July 4, 2006. Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King), who produced the soundtrack to the first movie in the Pirates trilogy, returned to compose the rousing score for Dead Man's Chest, and Dutch DJ Tiësto remixed the theme "He's a Pirate" into a progressive epic trance anthem which is featured on the disc as a bonus track. Also on July 4, nine more remixes from the score will be released exclusively ...

Sleepthief To Release Debut Disc June 27; Features Top Names In Electronic Pop

5/14/2006 10:00am EDT
Sleepthief's gallant debut "The Dawnseeker" embarks on an epic journey featuring collaborations with some of the most acclaimed female vocalists and songwriters in the world of electronica including: Kirsty Hawkshaw (B.T., DJ Tiesto, Delerium, Pole Folder), Harland (Ferry Corsten, Delerium, Human II Human), Kristy Thirsk (Delerium, Rose Chronicles), Jody Quine (Balligomingo), Caroline Lavelle (B.T., Vangelis, Art of Trance), Kyoko Baertsoen (Lunascape), Nicola Hitchcock (Mandalay), Roberta Carter Harrison (Wild Strawberries, ATB), san.drine, Jerry Eckert (Desert Wind), and Lauren Edman. Sl...