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Arjan Writes, HP and Microsoft Windows Present ARTIST#TALK with Special Guest Sebastian Ingrosso in New York City

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Following my events with Flo Rida, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, Far East Movement and others, I'm thrilled to announce that the next ARTIST#TALK will feature special guest Sebastian Ingrosso, one third of world-dominating electronic superstars Swedish House Mafia. The Swedish DJ/producer will share his story and talk in-depth about his new music on June 10 in New York City. Launched in 2011, ARTIST#TALK is an ongoing live interview series that I produce in close partnership with HP and Microsoft Windows.

Ingrosso has a lot of exciting new projects in the works that will be the topic of conversation. Fresh off his world tour with Swedish House Mafia, and following the top selling singles "Save The World" and "Don’t You Worry Child," Ingrosso teamed up with rising star, Tommy Trash and longtime lyrical collaborator John Martin, for the new track "Reload" that is now available via Astralwerks in the U.S. Originally released as an instrumental last year, “Reload” went straight to number one on Beatport and received huge radio play. 

Ingrosso also partnered with Swedish House Mafia cohort, Axwell, on the track "Roar" that is included on the soundtrack of Disney-Pixar's forthcoming "Monsters University." Ingrosso and Axwell will also launch "Departures" in Ibiza this summer - a new club experience that features some of the world’s biggest DJ stars.

Win to Attend
ARTIST#TALK is a by-invite-only media event but if you are in New York City you have a chance to attend the evening and meet Sebastian. Here's how: Tweet a question for Sebastian Ingrosso @hp to @hp and @windows and use the #ARTISTTALK hashtag, and you have a chance to attend this very exclusive event. Arjan Writes will select a few of the fan questions for his live interview. (Find out all the details at The Windows Blog.)

May 28, 2013 | Permalink

Gary Go Premieres 'Through The Walls' Produced by Benny Benassi [Review]

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Following the release of songs like "Wonderful," "Last Stand," and "Guilty Pleasure," Gary Go exploded onto the dance scene in 2011 after working with Benny Benassi on "Cinema." The song turned from a potent dancefloor stomper into a global EDM sensation that flew up the dance and pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic. "Cinema" received a mighty boost forward when Skrillex remixed the song and received one of his first GRAMMYs for his work on the track.

Go and Benassi team up again on the singer's fantastic single, titled "Through The Walls," that was produced by the Italian house maestro. Blending a slow-churning groove, sparkly vocal effects and melodic toplines, "Cinema" is best described as skillfully composed EDM ballad that has all the makings of another big dance hit.

"Through The Walls" is an escapist dance jam about letting your mind go when the world around you starts moving too fast."Everybody's playing games that I don't want to play," Go sings. "I close my eyes and take my mind to a better place."

"Through The Wall" is more proof that Gary Go and Benny Benassi have found a way to seamlessly combine melodic pop sensibilities and lyricism with forward soundboard stylings to create a sound that can easily cross over into pop and dance. Look out for more release information soon. In the meantime also check out the video for "Through The Walls" and the Widower remix of the song that was released in conjunction with the single edit.

May 27, 2013 | Permalink

Astralwerks to Release Lune feat. Swedish House Mafia 'Leave The World Behind'

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Frequent readers of this blog may remember that I first introduced you to the mesmerizing vocals of Swedish pop songstress Lune back in April of last year when I blogged about her track, "Let Go." Last week, she returned to the global dance-pop spotlight when she unleashed a new version of "Leave The World Behind" that features none other than Swedish House Mafia. 

Originally recorded by Sebastian Ingrosso,  Axwell and Steve Angello with Laidback Luke, and featuring the vocals of Deborah Cox, "Leave The World Behind" was without a doubt one of the defining club anthems of summer 2009. This imaginative acoustic remake is synched with a Volvo advertising campaign also starring Swedish House Mafia which premiered in Sweden last week.

It's safe to say that this stirring remake of "Leave The World Behind" is Swedish House Mafia's very last musical farewell, their swan song if you will. The ad features Sebastian, Axwell and Steve leaving the world they shared together behind after the hectic four years as Swedish House Mafia shot against some raw and gritty Swedish landscapes. 

"We are so proud to appear in this new version of 'Leave The World Behind," Swedish House Mafia says on their web site. "Lune has long been a friend and a collaborator, and Volvo presented us this beautiful film idea to us in Scandinavia at it most beautiful."

Lune is the brainchild of Linnéa Martinsson who established Lune as a special project that gives her the creative freedom to "combine different art forms with the ambition to reach out and communicate with people," she explains on her web site. Rooted in the dance and performance world she first began to write songs with two chords and simple, direct lyrics before teaming up with various collaborators.  ‘Leave The World Behind" is not her first foray into the world of dance music as Martinsson also provided the vocals for Adrian Lux’s huge dancefloor hit "Teenage Crime."

Astralwerks will release Lune feat. Swedish House Mafia "Leave The World Behind" on May 30 in the U.S.

May 21, 2013 | Permalink

VV Brown Premieres New Single 'Samson' from Forthcoming New LP [LISTEN]

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V V Brown returns with a bang - stronger, bolder and more inspired than ever. After stirring up chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with "Travelling Like The Light," the British singer/songwriter worked diligently on her second album for most of 2011 but after lots of soul-searching she decided to abort the entire project. Brown split from her record label to chart her course independently.

The singer explains in an interview that going her own way was an important decision to help her grow as an artist. "I feel like I've grown so much as a women and an artist," she tells Hunger TV. "Maturity has been a huge catalyst. I wrote my first record in 2007. I was growing up whilst I was touring. Your album is a snap shot of a time in your life and you have to carry that sonic photograph with you as you change."

She adds, "When it was time to do the next album, I was a different person. It was an organic natural state of growth and change for me. Its been a while since the last record and my tastes have most definitely developed. Since diving into the fashion community and working with some amazing artists I learnt a lot more about a purer and creative way to express yourself and was compelled by the convictions of people remaining so true to there vision that there was no room for doubt."

Today, Brown released the video for her much-anticipated new single, "Samson," that will be released in May. Inspired by artists like Bjork, James Blake, The Knife and Little Dragon, " the song unveils a decidedly more electronic and experimental sound with its gritty textures and darker hues. Regardless of its forward production stylings, the song is dominated by Brown's soulful and inspired vocals that will please existing fans and hopefully make many new ones.

"I really hope I don’t alienate the fans that are already on board," Brown tells Hunger. "I hope the walk with me and my reinvention." (Photo via Karl Is My Unkle)

May 20, 2013 | Permalink

Hot New Talent Alert: Listen to Francesco 'The Way You Were'

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Soul-pop crooner Francesco delivers his music with a poise and gusto that is truly remarkable for his age. At 17 years young, the Canadian singer is a bit of an old soul who has the innate ability to convey subtle emotions with a finesse that is far beyond his age. He just premiered his debut single, entitled "The Way You Were," that firmly positions him as one of the most exciting new voices to keep your eye (and ear) on. 

Francesco's storytelling emphasizes the joy and heartbreak of young love which is a topic people of all ages, far and wide, can easily relate to. "I've always felt the experiences of love around me and I've seen it in my friends and I've felt it in relationships I've been in," Francesco explains on his Facebook page.

He adds, "Music is something that helped me to express myself when I couldn’t express myself. From a young age, I've felt compelled to do this. That's the thing with me, I love the music. Music is my passion."

His debut single "The Way You Were" is a good example of Francesco's poignant lyricism and knack for melody. "Give me good reason why I shouldn't love you/give me one good reason why I shouln't care/Is this the way you are?/I find it hard to believe/Is there anything I can do to bring you back to you/Tell me what have you done to the way you were," he wonders, keeping the vibe hopeful while trying to make sense of a love gone sour. 

Managed by the fine team that turned Nelly Furtado into a superstar and signed to 21 Entertainment/Atlantic Records, Francesco is currently in the studio working on his forthcoming full-length debut LP. He is writing with people like James Bryan (of multi-platinum soul-pop group The Philosopher Kings), Andre Kaden (Brian Melo, Kate Todd, Frankie Whyte) and  Thomas “Tawgs” Salter who previously wrote with Lights and Josh Groban. Watch this space for more updates about Francesco soon.

Make sure to also check out his cover of Miguel's "Adorn." Fingerlickin' good.

May 17, 2013 | Permalink