After months of non-stop hype I believe I do not need to introduce this out of this world duo! Diplo and Skrillex have finally released the Jack Ü album on February 27th, a collaborative we have waited a year on since their debut in Ultra Miami in 2014. Well the wait is officially over. But the question now is: Did the Jack Ü album live up to the hype? For me it most definitely did, but to my surprise many are greatly disappointed. Let’s face it Diplo and Skrillex are crazy, so it’s no surprise that their album is all over the place. I believe that this was Jack Ü’s purpose, to go all out in their mission to bring upon a new face of sound into EDM. The album offers something for everyone, from influences from Major Lazer’s Jamaican vibe, to the fast-paced drops of Jungle Bae, Beats Knockin, robotic sounding Holla Out, or Keisza’s hit Take U. And of course how can we forget “Yeah, I’m the shit, I should have Febreze on it!”…. well I can’t really say what the targeted audience was for this song. My personal favorite song on the album is Mind which features Kai. Sonny Moore’s vocals in this song blew my mind and have me playing this song on constant replay. Whether you like the album or not, everyone has to admit that it did bring back Missy Eliot and Justin Bieber from the dead. I mean come on if you can make a Justin Bieber song bearable, even maybe enjoyable you got to have some kind of talent?
The tracklist features:
01 “Don’t Do Drugs Just Take Some…”
02 “Beats Knockin” (Feat. Fly Boi Keno)
03 “Take Ü There” (Feat. Kiesza)
04 “Febreze” (Feat. 2 Chainz)
05 “To Ü” (Feat. AlunaGeorge)
06 “Jungle Bae” (Feat. Bunji Garlin)
07 “Mind” (Feat. Kai)
08 “Holla Out” (Feat. Snails & Taranchyla)
09 “Where Are Ü Now” (Feat. Justin Bieber)
10 “Take Ü There” (Feat. Kiesza) [Missy Elliott Remix]
Rumors have been circling around the identity of the secret 4th headliner to attend this years edition of Spring Awakening Music Festival, Chicago’s premier EDM Festival. React Presents confirmed the rumors that in fact it will be the dynamic duo of Diplo (already on the Lineup) and Skrillex aka JackU.
This will be the first time that JackU performs together anywhere in the midwest, which means their die-hard fans from near and far will be making their way to Chicago this June. THis should bode well for ticket sales of the ever-growing festival.
Skrillex headlined the first Spring Awakening Music Festival inside Soldier Field in 2012 and was undoubtedly the best set of the weekend, even though a summer rain caused him to cut off Benny Benassi’s set and rush Skrillex on stage. Diplo’s set as one of the six headliners at last year’s festival was one of the better ones I saw all weekend. His energy was unmatched.
JackU has seen lots of success in their short time together. They recently released their debut album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U, during a 24 hour marathon party in LA. The album which featured several success no dance music artitst such as Justin Bierber is available oniTunes and streaming onSoundcloud.
Forbes has officially released the 2014 list of the world’s highest paid DJs. Last year the list was topped by Calvin Harris at 46 million dollars. This year, Calvin Harris continues to remain in the number one spot- this time making 66 million dollars. Check out the list and compare it to last year’s edition that included Diplo, DJ Pauly D, and Swedish House Mafia, which are no longer on the list (SHM for the obvious reason of no longer being around).
2014 1. Calvin Harris – $66million 2. David Guetta – $30million 3 & 4. Tiesto tied with Avicii – $28million 5. Steve Aoki – $23million 6. Afrojack – $22million 7. Zedd – $21million 8. Kaskade – $17million 9. Skrillex – $16.5million 10. Deadmau5 – $16million 11. Hardwell – $13million 12 & 13. Armin van Buuren tied with Steve Angello– $12million
2013 1. Calvin Harris – $46million 2. Tiesto – $32million 3. David Guetta – $30million 4. Swedish House Mafia – $25million 5. Deadmau5 – $21million 6. Avicii – $20million 7. Afrojack – $18million 8. Armin van Buuren – $17million 9 &10. Skrillex tied with Kaskade – $16million 11. Steve Aoki – $14million 12 & 13. DJ Pauly D tied with Diplo – $13million