Derp! CBS News Reporter Thinks EDM is a Drug

Christina HagerWhile it’s no secret that drug use is rampant among Electronic Dance Music concert goers (like it is with fans of many other genres), it seems that a reporter for a Boston CBS television station thinks that the music genre, often abbreviated as EDM, IS a drug! WBZ-TV reporter Christina Hager was citing the increase in police activity surrounding dance events and efforts to educate cops about dance culture when she said, “Part of that education is around the drug molly, also called MDMA or EDM.” Oops!
WBZ-TV quietly removed the report from their YouTube feed. However, one Vine.co user managed to post a short loop of the gaff here.
And, yes, while we all make mistakes, it’s kinda funny when they’re made on TV. For the record, Hager is an award-winning reporter who’s been on WBZ-TV since 1999. More than anything, this makes for a good laugh, and, this article is not meant as a slight towards her.

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Madison Square Garden Hosting A Summer and Fall Full of EDM

Madison Square GardenNew York wants to trump Los Angeles as the new capitol of EDM, and the party’s getting started at Madison Square Garden. Several major players are confirmed at the Garden later this coming summer and fall including Steve Aoki, Eric Prydz, Bassnectar and Above & Beyond and Hardwell.
The Wall Street Journal notes that Swedish House Mafia first helped pave the way for dance music at the Garden with their sold-out show in 2011 (the trio returned to the venue again in 2013 for their farewell tour). They were not alone. Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz have also made their bones at the famed venue.
For updates on EDM and other events at Madison Square Garden, visit their Calendar.

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Michael Jackson, Skrillex, Coldplay Among Trove of New Music on THE BEAT

It may be hard to believe (for more reasons than one), but we have brand new music from Michael Jackson on THE BEAT!  First recorded as a demo in 1983, “Love Never Felt So Good” was released posthumously on May 2, 2014 – just shy of the 5th anniversary of Jackson’s passing.  It didn’t take long for some of the greats of EDM, including Fedde Le Grand, to get their hands on the piece and create some remixes of their own.  Listen for Le Grand’s remix of “Love Never Felt So Good” on THE BEAT.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles native Sonny John Moore, best known as Skrillix, has a collaboration with Kill the Noise, Fatman Scoop, and Michael Angelakos out called “Recess.”  It was released this spring as a promotional single from Skrillex’s debut studio album of the same name.
In a move that, um, has ruffled a few feathers among their core fan base, Coldplay’s latest single “A Sky Full Of Stars” deviates far from the band’s acoustic mainstay in attempt to court the EDM crowd.  The single is the third from the British band’s album “Ghost Stories.” Despite noise from the naysayers, “A Sky Full Of Stars” hit number one in 86 countries on the iTunes Store Charts in just one day.  You can hear the Kevin D Remix of Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars” featuring Avicii on keyboards on THE BEAT.
You can also hear new music from R3hab, David Guetta, Dave Aude and Beyonce and many more this month.  Thank you for listening to THE BEAT!

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