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Kaskade Releases “Love Like That" feat. Dani Poppitt

An unforgettable night dancing with beautiful strangers.

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EDM megastar Kaskade recently released "Love Like That," the lead track from his forthcoming Redux 004 EP, featuring the seductive tones of Dani Poppitt.

Kaskade says, "When I was producing 'Love Like That' I knew it needed to be more than just another love or love-lost song. It has this piano hook that is meant to work its way into your psyche, and hopefully, people will just be humming it without even knowing what they're referencing. Lyrically, the song has this ability to be an in or out of love gymnast. It is one of those pieces where you can't decide if you want to break up with this song or get married to it." Poppitt's sultry voice enhances the track's dance-y rhythm. Altogether, "Love Like That" soundtracks an unforgettable night dancing with beautiful strangers.

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How to Help Musicians in the Age of the Coronavirus

South by Southwest is canceled and Coachella is postponed, but smaller artists don't have sick leave.

The World Health Organization recently declared that the coronavirus had spread enough that the outbreak can officially be considered a pandemic.

The impact of the virus isn't just physical; self-containment advisories mean that music festivals are taking the hit. Many events have been canceled in the wake of coronavirus.Austin's South by Southwest, the Australian Bushfire Relief Concert in Melbourne, and Ultra Music Festival are just a few that have been called off entirely, while Coachella and its sister country festival Stagecoach are being postponed until October. Though it's better to be safe than sorry as the coronavirus ravages the U.S., musicians—primarily independent touring artists—are taking a huge hit.

Because streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music pretty much pay artists in pennies, many smaller bands rely on live events for their income, from ticket sales and merch profits to exposure that'll hopefully reap benefits in the future. As "festival season" becomes virtually festival-less and artists also cancel tours due to coronavirus-related fears, a vicious cycle ensues: You have to make money to be able to tour, but you have to tour to be able to make money (not to mention artists often don't have health insurance or paid sick leave from their day jobs).

As fans, we can help! Here are a few small ways that can help out your favorite band during these trying times.

Buy Their Music

This is a no-brainer. According to CNBC, artists typically earn between $0.006 to $0.0084 per stream on Spotify. That means that one hundred streams of your favorite song earns that artist less than a dollar. Streaming has done wonders for artist discovery, but in order for those bands to actually make music, you have to go about it the old fashion way: actually buy their music. Googling the artist will likely bring up a link to their webstore, where you should be able to buy physical and digital copies of their albums.


Head to Bandcamp

Bandcamp is perhaps the most artist-friendly streaming site out there. Besides being a great platform to discover your new favorite band or underground artist, when you purchase something from Bandcamp, 80-85 percent of your money goes to the artist directly. It's a pretty sweet deal. If you're feeling extra generous, you can even pay above the minimum price, too.

Show Labels Love, Too

Indie labels do a ton of work, and they deserve your love, too. Check out what labels your favorite smaller artists are signed to—you can see on Spotify when you're looking at an album. They'll likely have merch, as well. Let them know you appreciate their hard work!

Donate, If You Can

This one extends beyond music artists, but many creators also have a Patreon to help fund themselves. If you feel compelled to donate, give a few bucks to an artist/performer who would normally be making live appearances right now.

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Spread the Word

Are the people in your circle big music fans? Even if you don't have the cash to shell out on merch or digital copies of music right now (we get it), use social media to get a conversation going about how the coronavirus is negatively impacting musicians, especially right now. Their work is hard, so let's try to make it a little easier for them.

Futuristic Polar Bears

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British duo Futuristic Polar Bears introduces a melodic house treasure, "Better Than This," featuring vocals from Franky.

Following their prior releases "I Can't Do It" and "You & Me," Rhys and Fran create a swanky house vibe with a thumping bassline. Franky's glossy tones inject the track with the carefree energy that earned Futuristic Polar Bears performances at the world's hottest clubs: Octagon in Seoul, Zouk Singapore, and Ibiza's UshuaÏa, along with Ministry of Sound, Amnesia, Marquee, Myst, among other top venues.


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Afrojack Releases New Banger "All Night" with Ally Brooke

The budding pop star is currently on tour.

Legendary producer Afrojack kicked off the weekend strong with a new release this morning.

"All Night," featuring budding pop starlet Ally Brooke, is a buoyant weekend anthem destined to tear up the radio. In an interview with Popdust, Afrojack said on his longevity that he's just trying to be happy these days. "I'm trying to not just be successful but be happy," he said. The DJ's new single, which is simply about dancing all night long, definitely aligns with this refreshed mindset.

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"If you look at creativity from the perspective of staying fresh, you're just fooling yourself," he said. "A sound itself is purely formulaic, but what you do with your sound is always up to you." Pop newcomer Ally Brooke melds perfectly with the track, her vocals soaring over Afrojack's signature melodic house sound.

The singer is currently on tour, so be sure to check out her dates here, as well as the song below.

Interviews

A R I Z O N A Talks About Their New Album "Asylum"

New Jersey-based electro pop band A R I Z O N A talk with Popdust about their new album, 'Asylum'. They also discuss their worldwide tour with Panic! At The Disco

A R I Z O N A talks their new album, 'Asylum'
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Felix Jaehn's "Close Your Eyes" Is an Anthem Everyone Needs to Hear

The song is a satisfying result of Jaehn's creative evolution and offers words of encouragement to his supporters to stay positive, keep calm, and keep going.

Felix Jaehn has a habit of crafting catchy tropical house tracks, but on "Close Your Eyes," the sentiment is much deeper than that of his big hits.

Written specifically for his fans, Jaehn uses "Close Your Eyes" as an opportunity to address mental health, and at the end of the song, he can be heard asking his fans, "How are you doing? I hope you're well." This track is the last of the year from Jaehn and the latest in a slew of releases to dissect and spread awareness on mental health issues. Jaehn, who co-wrote the track alongside Miss Li, is in the middle of a creative journey.

Recently, he's dedicated himself to co-writing all of his music and having a more direct hand in all aspects of his creative identity. "Close Your Eyes" is a direct and satisfying result of that evolution, serving as words of encouragement to his supporters to stay positive, keep calm, and keep going.

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The song, like all of Jaehn's biggest tracks, is a certified earworm, with an infectious hook courtesy of Miss Li and an undulating bass courtesy of German duo Vize. The track inspires hope in its listeners and will undeniably be on repeat at New Year's Eve parties.

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