Remember how the dance music craze started? In case you need a refresher, back in the good old days producers hid under a rock while manifesting their creativity to craft music that would be hopefully be commercialized for the world’s favorite pop stars. You loved your singers, like Britney Spears, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, and Beyonce, among dozens of the most coveted artists. Producers didn’t have a name, until the turn of the 2010’s. All of a sudden, we found ourselves in a backwards world where the producers finally had the fame and the vocalists that sang for them were overshadowed.
If the past year was any indication, the tides seem to be turning back. Now that the producers have risen to fame and fortune over the last decade, it’s only fair for those producers to help launch careers of the next wave of pop artists. Because let’s face it: everybody wins when we all lift each other up.
This woman is already on her way to stardom. You already know several of her tracks, which include mega hits like, “In the Name of Love,” by Martin Garrix, “Take Me Home,” by Cash Cash, and possibly her biggest hit to date, “Me Myself and I,” with G-Easy which hit #1 on the US Mainstream Top 40 Billboard chart. Her first major solo single, “I Got You” is already dominating the airwaves. With a stacked roster like hers, Bebe Rexha is on her way to becoming the next Ellie Goulding.
Tinashe’s biggest moment to date was possibly being added onto the track, “Slumber Party,” by Britney Spears for the album’s deluxe release, and the subsequent feature in the music video with the princess of pop herself. Her roots in dance music come from a feature on Calvin Harris’s track, “Dollar Signs,” from his album Motion, as well as a remix of her tune “All Hands on Deck” by Giraffage. More recently, she was the featured vocalist on GTA‘s tune, “All Caught Up.” But it doesn’t stop at dance and pop music for Tinashe: she has been on tracks with Future, Ty Dolla $ign, and A$AP Rocky. Tinashe just finished touring with Maroon 5 in place of Tove Lo for the last several stops of their arena tour this month.
Speaking of Tove Lo, this woman has had tremendous success in the realm of dance music. Her song, “Habits,” from 2014, specifically the Hippie Sabotage remix, was a staple in chilled-out festival sets. From there, she went on to do a track that we all know with Seven Lions called, “Strangers,” a production collab with Myon & Shane 54. Her other dance music contributions include one of the biggest songs of 2015 (both in EDM and mainstream worlds), “Heroes,” by Alesso, as well as her track with Flume called, “Say It,” which peaked at #27 on the US Mainstream Top 40 Billboard chart. Again, she was invited to tour with Maroon 5 last year, and her solo singles, “Talking Body,” and, “Cool Girl,” have seen major radio airplay. Oh yeah, she also did the song “Close,” with Nick Jonas.
We all know Halsey from her contributions to the world’s number one track “Closer” by The Chainsmokers (if you don’t know this one, please crawl out of whatever cave you’re living in). She was also featured on Justin Bieber’s album Purpose in the album’s duet track “The Feeling.” Her tracks are being snatched up like wildfire for remixes by some of dance music’s most well-known producers, such as Arty, Audien, and R3hab. One of her more recent accomplishments was being selected to craft the track, “Not Afraid Anymore,” for the Fifty Shades Darker movie soundtrack.
You could say that HALIENE is becoming dance music’s favorite new girl. Her first track was, “The End,” by Seven Lions. As you can hear on the tune, her powerful voice meshes perfectly with his productions – so perfectly that she was invited to work on another track with him, called, “Rush Over Me.” Some of her other tunes include, “Stars & Moon,” and, “See the Sky,” both produced by Breathe Carolina, as well as, “Search and Rescue,” with Project 46. But possibly the most emotional tune to date was her release with Gareth Emery called, “Saving Light.” This track is so damn beautiful (to put it bluntly), and is described by Gareth Emery as one of “the best tracks [he’s] ever made.”
LAYNE kind of came out of nowhere when she was selected to sing on the Grabbitz duet, “Cold.” To date, this song is still one of my favorite tracks ever. In my opinion, I could have confused her voice for that of Canadian electro pop singer, LIGHTS. With several singles under her belt including, “Somebody,” and, “Good,” the latter having over 2 million streams on Spotify, LAYNE is on her way to surfacing a break out. Her first full EP The Black Hills gives us a taste of her dope indie dance music style.