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These Were the 20 Most Played Tracks During Weekend One of Tomorrowland 2022

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Taking place in Boom, Belgium from July 15-17, globally renowned electronic festival Tomorrowland hosted roughly 200,000 fans while coming back to a live format for the first time since the pandemic. While more than 800 DJs played across 16 stages and  dropped thousands of tracks spanning different electronic genres, only 20 songs had the distinction of getting more play than all the others during the first of three weekends of Tomorrowland.

Data was collected by DJ Monitor, a global leader in electronic music monitoring with exclusive access to performance data from festivals, clubs, venues and online streams. DJ Monitor identifies music for Collective Management Organizations, rights users and technology companies worldwide.

Topping the list is Eurythmics‘ 1983 classic “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” (while the ominous ’80s banger has gotten a few recent edits, the original was the one getting so heavily rinsed at Tomorrowland 2022.) On its tail at No. 2 is another piece of nostalgia via Acraze‘s unstoppable remix of Cherish‘s 2006 classic “Do It To It.” Following that is “Move Your Body,” the 2021 hit from Brazilian artists Ownboss and SEVEK.

The remainder of the list contains fresh tracks and other genre classics that audiences (and artists, apparently) never get tired of, including Shouse’s 2017 monster hit “Love Tonight,” Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash and John Martin’s 2013 EDM anthem  “Reload,” and, of course, Avicii‘s 2011 genre defining smash “Levels.” See the complete list below.

1. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”

2. Acraze Featuring Cherish “Do It To It”

3. Ownboss & SEVEK “Move Your Body”

4. Gala “Freed From Desire”

5. Bob Sinclar Featuring Steve Edwards “World, Hold On [FISHER Rework]”

6. Shouse “Love Tonight”

7. Eli Brown “Believe”

8. The Age Of Love “The Age Of Love” (Charlotte de Witte & Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)

9. Farruko “Pepas”

10. Sebastian Ingrosso/Tommy Trash/John Martin “Reload”

11. Tiësto “Lethal Industry”

12. Anyma Featuring Meg Myers “Running”

13. Massano “The Feeling (2022 Remaster)”

14. Joel Corry & Da Hool “The Parade”

15. Zombie Nation “Kernkraft 400”

16. BURNS “Talamanca”

17. Benny Benassi Presents The Biz “Satisfaction”

18. Avicii “Levels”

19. James Hype & Miggy Dela Rosa “Ferrari”

20. Dj.Neyt “Storm And Fire Retro”



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Iggy Azalea Says She’s Making Music Again: ‘I’m Coming Back. Cry About It’

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Iggy Azalea’s last release, 2021’s “The End of an Era,” marked the Australian rapper’s final bow — or so we thought. On Monday morning, Azalea seemingly retracted that sentiment.

“A year ago I was willing to walk away from music because I was tired of the negative energy it attracted,” she tweeted. “But what I’ve learned is that even when I’m minding my business, y’all gonna be negative and nosey. So if I can’t have peace, neither can you. I’m coming back. Cry about it.”

A little over a year ago, Azalea told audiences that “End of an Era” would be her final album so she could take “a few years to focus on other creative projects and things I’m feeling passionate and inspired by beyond music.” She also added that she was looking forward to sharing “different sides” to her in the future.

In an August 2021 interview on the Zach Sang show, Azalea explained that “End of an Era” was the final album she had to deliver as a part of a distribution deal with her label, Bad Dreams Records (Empire). “That was two albums, contractually. I don’t have anybody that I need to make happy.” She also added that she would possibly get another deal in “three to four years” but also expressed — pretty definitively — that “End of an Era” would be her final studio album release.

She also mentioned her decision to stop releasing music came because of the increased assumptions made about her lyricism in relation to her real-life relationships. It remains unclear whether Azalea has plans to seek another distribution deal or plans to release a full studio album again.



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Justin Timberlake Gives Former ‘N Sync Bandmate JC Chasez a Birthday Shoutout: ‘We’ve Come a Long Way’

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JC Chasez has made another trip around the sun, and former ‘N Sync bandmate Justin Timberlake has congratulated him on the journey.

Chasez turned 46 on Monday (Aug.8), and, among his many well-wishes was a shoutout from Timberlake.

“And to my brother,” JT wrote to JC on Instagram Stories. “We’ve come a long way.”
A long way is underselling the story of ‘N Sync, whose classic lineup featured Timberlake, Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.

The former pinup had one of the biggest albums in the internet era, with 2000’s No Strings Attached, and continue to keep fans updated with new merchandise. Just last year, they released their 20th anniversary collection on their official website, and in 2019, the five original members reunited for the presentation of a a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In March, the band issued a cryptic message, “Vol. 7 Coming Soon.”



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Taylor Swift Slaps Back at ‘Shake It Up’ Plagiarism Lawsuit, Says She’d Never Heard Plaintiffs’ ‘Playas Gon’ Play’

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Taylor Swift clearly believes she’s being played in court, as a declaration she filed to the judge in a “Shake It Off” plagiarism lawsuit laid out her contention that she never heard the song she’s accused of lifting, “Playas Gon’ Play,” until after she was made aware of the legal action.

“The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me,” Swift said in paperwork filed in response to the allegation from two songwriters that her 2014 smash infringed upon a single from the group 3LW that peaked at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001.

“Until learning about Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW,” Swift wrote in a filing first reported on by Billboard. She said she would have had little opportunity to hear it during its brief chart run, since her parents “did not permit me to watch (MTV’s hit countdown show) TRL until I was about 13 years old.”

Regardless of exposure to the tune, Swift and her attorney made the case that any similar phrasing is a result of the terminology being a part of everyday language, and was part of the popular vernacular before Sean Hall and Nathan Butler wrote “Playas Gon’ Play” around the turn of the century — at which point the hitmaker says she was hearing that language on the playground, not on the airwaves.

“I recall hearing phrases about players play and haters hate stated together by other children while attending school in Wyomissing Hills, and in high school in Hendersonville,” the Pennsylvania-bred star wrote. “These phrases were akin to other commonly used sayings like ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game,’ ‘take a chill pill,’ and ‘say it, don’t spray it.’ … I was struck by messages that people prone to doing something will do it, and the best way to overcome it is to shrug it off and keep living.”

Swift noted that the phrasing was common enough that she had worn a T-shirt bearing the words “haters gonna hate” at a 2013 concert — one that was not custom-made, but purchased at Urban Outfitters.

The songs appear to have nothing in common except the core contested lines — with the 3LW tune repeating the lyrics “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate,” while Swift’s track uses the lines “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” as the linchpin of its chorus.

Still, that was enough for an earlier judge to overturn a prior dismissal of the lawsuit, which has been making its way through the courts for five years. It was set aside by a federal judge in 2018, but the suit was reinstated by an appeals court the following year. It’s due to be decided by a jury at an undetermined date in the future, but Swift attorney Peter Anderson is arguing that further evidence shows the plaintiffs’ claims are baseless enough to not warrant a trial.

Although “Playas Gon’ Play” made minimal impact on the pop charts in 2001, Billboard did place the song at No. 87 on a 2017 ranking of “the 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.”

As internet sleuths have pointed out, the contested phrases or close variations on them have appeared in a number of other 21st century songs, both before and after “Shake It Up,” including Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” in 2014 and BTS’ “Mic Drop” in 2017. The Notorious B.I.G. is often credited as popularizing the phrase “Playa Hata” with his 1997 song of that name.

In his initial dismissal of the case, before it was sent back to him by an appeals court, federal judge Michael Fitzgerald wrote that the lyrics were “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative” to be protected. “In the early 2000s, popular culture was adequately suffused with the concepts of players and haters to render the phrases ‘playas … gonna play’ or ‘haters … gonna hate’ standing on their own, no more creative than ‘runners gonna run,’ ‘drummers gonna drum,’ or ‘swimmers gonna swim,’” he continued.

Subsequently, upon having the case returned to him by the higher court, the judge said that Swift’s lawyers “made a strong closing argument” but added that it was not so clear-cut that leaving it to a jury was unwarranted.



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