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INTERVIEW | A Great Big World's Next Chapter

The Band on Emotional Growth and Record Number Three

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"We've found that the more vulnerable we are, the more people tend to connect to the songs. And then we realize we have nothing to be ashamed of, or embarrassed of, and we feel this sense that we're not alone."

A Great Big World has been filling our hearts with swells of emotion since they arrived on the pop-rock scene in 2012. From big-name collaborations to having a song featured on the television program Glee, and not to mention a Grammy win, a good deal has been accomplished by the duo over the last six years. 2018, however, looks to be their biggest year yet with a smashing new release in the works.

The band answered some questions for us about their upcoming new release and how the guys have changed over the course of their careers thus far.

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READY TO POP | LELAND, Michael Blume & More Give LGBTQIA+ Power

Also, A Great Big World, Madelin & Jacki Stone Reflect on Life, Love, and Passion.

Big messages with even bigger club beats.

Ready to Pop is a safe space. Let the anxiety drip away, and bask in the flavors of true LGBTQIA+ power. You'll be swept away in thick club glitter, doused with messages of acceptance, heartbreak, and octane-fueled energy. There's often a misconception that the LGBTQIA+ community doesn't have much to talk about in music but we're all the same: we are just human forms with hearts that break way too easily. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


Leland - "Run into You"

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Breakups are hard. The aftermath is harder. Prolific pop songwriter Leland (real name Brett McLaughlin), known for penning songs for Troye Sivan, Daya, Selena Gomez, Kelsea Ballerini, and others, doesn't think twice about his ex. "Run into You" is the perfectly juicy post-heartbreak anthem to get over the pain, rainbow synths washing over you in great waves. It's intoxicating, and even if you're not on the dance floor right now in this moment, you'll want to be. "I gave you everything I had to know / It's not that easy to undo / Though I try my best to avoid you / Sometimes you just can't give a fuck," he spits, barbed and euphoric. Soon, you too will be giving zero fucks about an ex.

Slay Scale: Shook


Madelin - "Roxelana" (MAXO remix)

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There are few bold and beautiful artists like Madelin, somewhat of a favorite here on Popdust. She's brash and daring and downright vibrant. A MAXO-helmed remix of "Roxelana," as part of her brand new Peachmixes EP, a delightful set of reinventions of her self-titled EP, is sweeping psychedelic-pop at its finest.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched


Michael Blume - "R U Mad"

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If you know anything about Michael Blume, you know he's a provocateur, often blending his sexual excursions with songs of strong social messages. "R U Mad" slinks along, tossing on the innuendoes with feverish intensity. "Are you mad that I'm gay?" he loops, fusing hip-hop, pop and neo-soul into a delicious tease. "I'm in the back / I'm on the bus / Want to get off / I'm in a rush / I'm running late / Don't come too soon," he sings, with a wink and a smile. Warning: it'll likely bring you to tears.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched


A Great Big World - "Younger"

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It's the age of nostalgia. And it makes sense. We as humans long for our prime, the heyday of skipping class, going for joy rides 'round town and that wholly innocent feeling. Pop tunesmiths A Great Big World, who continue to somehow be treated as the consummate underdogs, delight in that nostalgia, sunny and hopefully. "I wish I was younger / The fat kid with the big, blue eyes full of wonder," Ian Axel admits on the opening lyric. That tone-setting confession is a sweet reminder that adulthood often leads to loss of a child's wonder, leaving us sad and classically burdened with the world. "Where did all the magic go?" they prompt. We may never really know.

Slay Scale: Super Chill


Jacki Stone - "Wishful Drinking"

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Drinking away the pain is a common theme in much of country music. Newcomer Jacki Stone offers up her own blistered take, one that's pretty emotionally draining, drenched in the lonesome wail of guitar and fiddle. "Yeah, and maybe I'm just thirsty all alone," she weeps. "Wishful Drinking" unravels her heartstrings with unfettered release. Stone comes clean about a lot of things, including, but not limited to, the fact she might not be completely over an ex after all. Her performance is visceral, plainspoken, and rather moving.

Slay Scale: Super Chill


Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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While the world continues to be a devastating, confusing place, pop duo A Great Big World send out some great, big love. In their brand new Hold Each Other music video, featuring rapper Futuristic, the Say Something titans enlist a slew of people from all walks of life to drive home a powerful message of love and acceptance. As they make their way down the streets of New York City, filmed initially in black and white, it is their passion and souls that slowly emerge and cleanse the world into a colorful, vibrant, truly wonderful place.

Hold Each Other samples the duo's forthcoming sophomore project, following the Grammy-winning Say Something blockbuster (with Christina Aguilera) and 2014's impressively cool Is There Anybody Out There? LP. To support the new romantic, empowering track, A Great Big World is set to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 22. They will also take the stage at this Thursday's (Sept. 17) Streamy Awards on VH1 at 10/9c.

Hold Each Other is available for digital download on Apple Music.

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Can you smell and feel the summer weather? We sure do!

Award shows and headline tours steal the spotlight every year.  However, KiisFM 102.7's Wango Tango is one of the hottest shows of the year.  On Saturday (May 10), Wango Tango took over the StubHub Center in Carson, California.  The line up included: Maroon 5, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Tiesto, Ariana Grande, Paramore, OneRepublic, Calvin Harris, B.o.B., ZEDD, Kid Ink, A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera, Rixton, The Chainsmokers, R5, and Iggy Azalea.

While you missed the hottest show of the year, that's okay, Popdust has you covered with the hottest performances of the night.

Ariana Grande's performance kicks off with Big Sean rapping.  The two perform their "Right There" collaboration.  Grande is dressed up in a black and white checkered outfit (top, skirt, and boots).  While, Big Sean is dressed in a jersey, black cap and pants.  After the song is done, the two clear the stage.  Seconds later, Grande appears again, to perform her smash hit "The Way."  Of course Grande's going to perform her new hit single "Problem."  She indeed does, shake her booty from left to right.  Also, for the first time ever, Iggy Azalea joins Grande on stage to perform.  Watch the full performance below:

Shakira hits the stage with "Can't Remember to Forget You," "Empire," "23," and "You Don't Care About Me."  She's dressed up in white and bedazzled with necklaces and bracelets.  With Shakira, her hips never lie, so we know for sure, she moves them hips! Work it, girl!

ZEDD and Paramore's Hayley Williams come together to perform "Stay The Night."  The crowd waves their glow sticks from right to left.  Williams gets the whole crowd on their feet to jump.

OneRepublic steals the stage for a thirty minute set.  They perform "Secrets," "Stop and Stare," "Apologize," "Same Love," "Good Life," "Counting Stars," and "If I Lose Myself."  Watch the entire performance below.

Iggy Azalea performs "Fancy," in a black and white checkered outfit and is accompanied by backup dancers.  And it's such a fancy performance.

R5's thirty minute set is spectacular.  They kick off with their single "(I Can't) Forget About You," to pump up the crowd.  Their set also includes "Pass Me By," "Loud," "I Want U Bad," "Love Me Again (cover)," "Ain't No Way," and "Cali Girls."

A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera perform "Say Something."  They're all dressed up in black and accompanied by a piano.  Oh and CA is showing off her baby bump!

Until next year, folks.

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In the vein of their previous blockbuster smash "Say Something," pop duo A Great Big World keeps things simple with their new single "Already Home." As a piano-driven ballad, the music is the backdrop to an emotionally-charged story of two lovebirds, played by Glee star Darren Criss and Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr.

They were once in love, but somewhere along the way, things just kind of fell apart. Now, they live on opposite sides of the country, as evidenced by the split-screen experience in the newly-released music video. A vivid snapshot of their lives, Criss and Szohr channel the heartache quite convincingly, ripping our hearts to shreds.

You think you know the storyline, but towards the end, the two lovers try to reunite, but miss each other as they are both flying over the country. It's like a Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-movie rom com adventure!

Previously, "Rockstar" and "Say Something" have been featured on Glee, a perfect combination of sugar and spice!

Grab your tissues and watch:

Don't forget to grab a copy of "Already Home" on iTunes now!

When Pentatonix has something to say, you listen.

Their latest musical statement is a haunting cover of A Great Big World's "Say Something," featuring Kevin Olusola on a cello. Meanwhile, the other band members Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Avi Kaplan deliver their standard-pop vocal fare of harmonious proportions. They keep the video simple: as the music ebbs and flows over the searing melody, they look directly into the camera.

Previously, the a capella group has released such covers as "I Need Your Love" (Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding), "Royals" (Lorde) and "Pusher Love Girl" (Justin Timberlake), as well as a Daft Punk medley.

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