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MIDYEAR VINYL TOP 50
The world is turning at 33 RPM. (7/23a)
PAUL GETS BACK
Hit series doesn't let us down. (7/23a)
HITS LIST IN GLORIOUS
BLACK-AND-WHITE
The inner circle of Outer Limits (7/23a)
THE HITS INTERVIEW WITH JAY MARCIANO
AEG chief's shares his packed 2022 calendar. (7/21a)
2021 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE
The winner and still champ (7/22a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
THE B-SIDE
Major Lazer (Mad Decent)
3/13/15

WHAT IT IS: According to Diplo (L.A.-based DJ/producer Thomas Pentz), Major Lazer is a Jamaican commando whose arm was replaced with a prosthetic limb equipped with experimental lasers in the secret “Zombie War of 1984.” His mission is to protect the world from the dark forces of evil that live just under the surface of a civilized society, fighting vampires and various monsters and partying hard. In reality, Diplo incorporates such disparate influences as Miami Bass and Baile Funk into the high-tech eclecticism of his forward-thinking productions for MIA, Bonde Do Role and others, and for the solo LP of cinematic, sample-based hip-hop, Florida, which he recorded for imprint Ninja Tune. Diplo is also the founder and owner of Mad Decent, which has put out records by DJ Blaqstarr and Bonde do Role.

SINGLE: Major Lazer x DJ Snake’s “Lean On” f/

LIVE: South American dates ‘til April, including Lollapalooza (Chile, Argentina & Brazil); spring stateside stops include Las Vegas, Hangout Festival and Free Press Summer Fest

INTERNET: 135m+ combined YouTube views; 1.8m+ SoundCloud plays on new single in 4 days; 1.4m+ Facebook likes, 317k Twitter followers.

PRESS: Exclusive Rolling Stone trailer premiere for mini-documentary; recent coverage in Consequence of Sound, EW, Pitchfork, NME, Mixmag

BOOKING: Sam Hunt/Windish Agency

PUBLISHING: SONGS Music Publishing

MANAGEMENT: Kevin Kusatsu/Teamwork Mgmt.