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Before Its Time: How EDM Transformed Ellie Goulding's Folk-Pop

The British pop star's career might've looked entirely different if it weren't for the DJs like Bassnectar and Calvin Harris.

In 2010, a singer-songwriter by the name of Ellie Goulding went from a relative unknown to the newly crowned ruler of the British music charts.

Raised in a village of fewer than 1,000 people, Goulding went on to study at University of Kent, where she was spotted by her future manager. After building a presence on MySpace and linking up with various producers, the budding star inked a record deal with Polydor, who released her first EP, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, in 2009. The Guardian called her a "pop sensation" before the EP had even hit stores.

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It's hard to ignore the hype surrounding the final season of Game of Thrones.

Amidst the constant din of late night talk show appearances, trailer promos, season teasers, and SNL content, there's almost no way to escape the show's grand finale. It's no secret that GoT––known for its grandiose budgets, extravagant filming locations, and widespread popularity––has the financial power to dominate the media landscape. Now, HBO is teaming up with Columbia Records to curate a special soundtrack to celebrate the end of the phenomenal series.

The star-studded project –– For The Throne –– is set to feature musical contributions from A$AP Rocky, Rosalía, The National, Ellie Goulding, Maren Morris, and Mumford & Sons –– among other major powerhouses. Earlier this month, Pitchfork reported that The Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott are working on an original song for the show, but that's not where the name-dropping ends. The 14-track project will be released on April 26th, after the GoT season kicks off on April 8th. This is the first time HBO has partnered with a major record label to create a soundtrack specifically for the show with original material, which is a real testament to the series' cultural power.

See the full list of the acts set to appear on For The Throne below:

ASAP Rocky

Chloe x Halle

Ellie Goulding

Jacob Banks

James Arthur

Joey Badass

Lennon Stella

Lil Peep

Maren Morris

Matthew Bellamy

Mumford & Sons

Rosalía f/ A.CHAL


The Lumineers

The National

The Weeknd

Travis Scott

Ty Dolla Sign

X Ambassadors

Sara is a music and culture writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.

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Brand new tunes to rock out as July passes right along.

RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of your top singles, albums, and videos to check out as you head into your weekend. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.

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On Thursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31, Chicago’s Lollapalooza will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Grant Park. The 2016 Anniversary festival will feature headline performances from J.Cole, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and LCD Soundsystem, across the four nights. 4-Day passes and single day tickets for Lollapalooza are currently on sale now.

As the summer approaches, the demand to attend Lollapalooza is steadily rising on the secondary market. According to the data found on TiqIQ, a 4-day pass is averaging, $602, with the cheapest pass coming in at $444. Single day passes, which are also available, are currently averaging $233, with the lowest get-in rate found on Sunday for $123.

Lollapalooza will offer eight stages across the grounds with over 170 performances scheduled. On kick-off day, Thursday, July 28, J.Cole will be the featured headliner, with other performances from Lana Del Rey, Cashmere Cat, Bastille, and The Arcs. Radiohead will headline Friday night with other artists such as, Mac Miller and Wolf Alice, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are on the lineup for Saturday. LCD Soundsystem will close the festival on Sunday, and both weekend nights will also include performances from other artists such as, Chris Stapleton, Haim, Ellie Goulding, and many more. Hotels in Chicago can be secured through at rates starting as low as $98, as well as Chicago flights to and from the festival.

Aside from music, there will be several other experiences and activities for fans and festival goers to participate in including art markets with jewelry, vintage housewares, and handmade posters. A special section will be set up with some of the most photogenic spots to capture some of your favorite festival moments, a Mini Fest for kids to enjoy, and locations with tons of Lollapalooza apparel. Chow Town will host some of Chicago’s favorite local restaurants and an section will be set up to learn about some of the area’s important organizations, and charities, such as health and environmental groups, making Lollapalooza 2016 a well-rounded music, arts and cultural experience.

2016 Hangout Music Festival, the annual 3-day festival held on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, is set to kick off on Friday May 20 and run through Sunday May 22. Founded in 2009, Hangout Music Festival is the city’s first music major event held on the beaches and is continuing to grow each year. Passes for the 2016 Hangout Festival are currently on sale now.

According to data provided by TiqIQ, an average 3-day pass for the festival is currently averaging $373 with hotels on the Gulf Shores starting at just $80. The 2016 lineup includes Ellie Goulding, Haim, Florence + The Machine and many more. With three days and nights packed with music on several stages across the grounds, performances from The Weeknd, Alabama Shakes, Panic! At the Disco, and Calvin Harris are also included in this year’s lineup.

Aside from appearing at Hangout Fest, several of this year’s performers are also hitting the road separately.Ellie Goulding is heading out on her own extensive tour this summer, with tickets currently averaging $123. Haim will also embark on a tour throughout the month of May, and tickets are averaging $91. Florence + The Machine will be out on the road May through July with a long list of stops, including many other festivals. Tickets to see Florence + The Machine are averaging $147.

On top of musical performances, many other activities are lined up in designated locations throughout the weekend. Hammock Beach will be set up when you need to take a rest, and a ferris wheel with a view of the entire festival, as well as other fun rides will be available for your experience. There will be tents for fresh seafood daily and spots with craft beer to enjoy. Much like many of the other festivals in 2016, art exhibits on the grounds have become a major attraction for attendees, and Hangout Festival will also participate, as a space for showcasing art will be featured.

The 2016 Malibu Beach House will host many DJ’s for one of the best parties found on the beach, including sets from Hippie Sabotage, Speaker of the House, Jack Novak & Jerry Folk.

Although overnight camping is not permitted, the Camp Hangout will be a new feature at this year’s festival, giving attendees the chance to live like a kid again. The beach will host some of your favorite camping games such as, tug-of-war, face painting, water balloons and a slip and slide.

Hangout Festival also offers several travel packages, and condo options for festival attendees, as well as a pre-paid shuttle service to transport you to and from various locations throughout the weekend.

Festival season is fast approaching and that means it is time to start planning for Coachella. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has become one of the most talked about and popular festivals in the country, and on Friday April 15, Weekend 1 of this festival will kick off in Indio, California. 3-Day Weekend passes for Coachella are currently on sale now.

In 2015, passes sold out in just 20 minutes for Coachella, and this year, the secondary market is steadily climbing in demand for 2016 3-Day Passes. According to the data found on TiqIQ, the two weekends that the festival will be hosted on are currently averaging a ticket price of $806.

The first weekend of Coachella which will take place on Friday April 15 through Sunday April 17, is currently averaging $848 for a 3-Day General Admission Pass. For the second weekend, which falls the following Friday, April 22 and runs through Sunday April 24, is standing at an average of $766. Hotels in Indio can be found on with rates starting as low as $50. Flights to Coachella can also be secured through

Headliners for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival include LCD SoundSystem, Guns & Roses, and Calvin Harris. Other artists that are scheduled to appear are Gary Clark Jr. Ellie Goulding, Fume, Rancid and many more.

Both Guns & Roses and LCD SoundSystem’s performances will serve as a reunion for the groups. Guns & Roses who will hit the stage on Saturday, will have their first performance together since 1993 with co founders Axl Rose and Slash. The dance group, LCD SoundSystem was last seen performing together in 2011, and is scheduled to take the stage at Coachella on Friday.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will offer an array of activities aside from the several stages across the grounds for fans for experience, such as access to a variety of art installations and sculptures. Many of the pieces available for viewing at Coachella will be exclusively built there and never seen again due to the complexity of some designs. The addition of the art exhibit has made Coachella desirable for both musicians and artists across various genres and mediums to display and discover new talent.