■ Major Lazer's forthcoming album Music Is the Weapon is jam-packed with superstar talent, but it won't debut until 2017. That gives Diplo enough time to shuffle around the 40-something songs he's currently working on, including a track for The Weeknd's upcoming record.
However, fans got a taste last Friday when the production team released their collaboration with Justin Bieber and MØ on "Cold Water."
“I'm just happy to get some stuff together, this summer has been kinda slow I feel like as far as music,” Diplo tells Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe. “We gotta give the people something. Drake and Rihanna killed it this year, but there hasn't really been a summer vibe.”
A couple of songs that were meant for the upcoming ML record landed on Beyonce's Lemonade, but there's a ton of musicians he can cherry pick from.
“Every time I tell people the features on the records, they always change,” he says. “I might have a demo with everybody, but I don't know which one's going to make the cut.”
Artists that will likely land on Music Is the Weapon includes Usher, Sam Hunt, Travis Scott, Sia, and possibly Tove Lo and Tinashe.
■ Ciara lands on the cover of Footwear Weekly:
■ Grace fills in for Bebe Rexha in a performance of “Me, Myself & I” with G Eazy on the Today show:
■ "Paris’s High Court has rejected the ensemble of claims of plagiarism and infringement of image rights that the French “carnal artist” Orlan brought against the American pop star Lady Gaga in June 2013 over the cover art for the musician’s 2011 album Born This Way and the music video for its eponymous single. Orlan was seeking $31.7m, 7.5% of the royalties from the album, which sold eight million copies. The ruling also stated that Orlan must pay Lady Gaga and her record label €10,000 each, as dictated by France’s legal code for civil proceedings." [The Art Newspaper]
■ M.O perform “Who Do You Think Of?” on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge:
■ Terror Jr – "Come First":