Calvin Harris is one name that comes to mind as a chart topper. He certainly earns it when Harris broke the record for the most amount of top ten chart positions from one album, with his LP ’18 Months’ with eight. Yet, all the fame and attention eventually runs its course and an artist wants to express themselves in a more true and appeasing way.
Sunday night was a big night at the Grammy’s, more in particular, for Skrillex. Skrillex managed to nab three Grammy’s, for Best Dance/Electronic Album, Best Dance Recording for “Bangarang”, and Best Remixed Recording (Non-classical) of Nero’s track, “Promises”. Naturally, Skrillex had some heavy competition with Deadmau5, Avicii, Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris.
Of course I’d sound overly redundant about mentioning the status of EDM. But now, Billboard Magazine has just announced that they debuting a new chart that will be categorizing Electronic and Dance music only. They stated that, “titles eligible for the chart will be determined based on the song’s core sound and tempo.”
As of now, Will.I.Am and Britney Spears, of all people, are on the top of the list. Also included on the list are Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Zedd. Of course, as with any chart, it will be determined by sales, radio plays, and so on. Although it’s great to see that it’s happening, I can’t help but feel that’s popularizing EDM, in an overly flamboyant essence. Yet its good that will help others find new music.
Written by: Dominic Laudadio