Anyone immersed within the current EDM scene is well aware that Bassnectar has been largely responsible for the genre's growing popularity over recent years. While it may only seem that this relentless and entertaining producer has been in the spotlight for a few years, Bassnectar, also known as Lorin Ashton, has been steadily active in EDM music since the early '90s. Now, after countless album releases and endless touring, Bassnectar is set to unleash a new album in 2015, and has already unveiled five new tracks for it.
Into The Sun
After releasing his 10th studio album, Noise vs. Beauty, last year, Bassnectar is looking to add number 11 in 2015 with Into The Sun. Ashton is hoping to expand upon his newfound popularity garnered from Noise vs. Beauty and treat new listeners and old-time fans alike with a collective of up-tempo party jams, collaborative remixes and, of course, plenty of trademark Bassnectar bass drops.
To add to the hype of his much-anticipated new album, Bassnectar recently released five new tracks that to prepare listeners for the new sonic direction the legendary DJ and producer is headed in. When talking to Rolling Stone, Ashton alluded to his latest effort as more of a homage to the old mixtapes he used to crank out in the past, hoping fans get more of a personal connection to the new songs.
"I think of this as a mixtape," Ashton said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "This is like a mixtape you'd make for a lover or friend before they leave on a road trip or something."
The album is slated to drop on June 30, under Amorphous Music, which is Bassnectar's own label. In correspondence with his new album, Bassnectar also has plenty of tour dates scheduled for 2015, with a handful of shows planned in both the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the Into The Sun tour, Bassnectar has been added to numerous music festival bills, most recently the Made In America festival, occurring in Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend.
It has been a trying year for singer Celine Dion, as she has not only had to deal with health concerns surrounding her husband, but also recently was forced to say goodbye to a friend and colleague. James Horner, an award-winning composer who wrote the timeless tune "My Heart Will Go On" for the film "Titanic," is feared dead after a helicopter registered under his name was found crashed on June 22, 2015 with no survivors. While reports have yet to officially confirm that Horner was the pilot, other outlets are confirming that Horner was indeed present on that flight.
Dion releases statement of tribute
Official reports have yet to declare Horner dead, but Horner's lifelong personal assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, has publically acknowledged Horner's passing. Patrycja stated the following in a Facebook message:
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
In response to the heartbreaking news, many celebrities and fellow musicians alike have taken to social media to express gratitude and tribute toward Horner's esteemed career. Dion, whose biggest-selling single was her vocal contribution to "My Heart Will Go On," wrote a particularly moving commendation for Horner on her Twitter.
"Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner," Dion tweeted. "He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympathy."
Husband health complications
In addition to the sad news of Horner, Dion has also been dealing with ongoing health complications surrounding her husband and fellow singer René Angélil. Angélil is currently being treated for throat cancer, a disease he's been diagnosed with since 1998. While Dion has taken multiple leaves of absence from her Las Vegas concerts, she recently announced that she'd return to her shows later this year, at the insistence of her husband. Dion is set to make her comeback on August 27, with dozens of concert dates scheduled until mid-November. Due to the uncertainly of her husband's state of health, Dion has not yet announced whether she plans on returning to her Las Vegas performances for 2016.
You'd think after selling more than 100 million records around the world and being inducted into halls of fame in both the U.S. and the U.K. that Rod Stewart would have to slow down eventually, right? Of course, its the iconic singer's work ethic that has kept him at the top of the charts, and as he enters his 70s, Stewart is also entering a new chapter of his career. He just announced that his next album, his 30th in his solo career, will be released later this year.
New album due out October 2015
At a recent event sponsored by Capitol Music Group, Stewart took the stage and spoke to the crowd about his upcoming studio album. The singer told the audience that his next album will be called Another Country and released in October of this year. When asked about his influences for Another Country during an interview conducted by HitFix columnist Melinda Newman, Stewart alluded to thoughts regarding how military servicemembers' time spent in foreign countries impacts their family and home lives.
"I've wondered about being in the armed forces, away from your sweetheart and your family," Stewart said during the interview with HitFix. "That must be heartbreaking … that is what Another Country is all about."
Another Country arrives 2.5 years after Stewart's last album, Time, hit No. 1 on the U.K. charts and debuted in the top 10 on the U.S. Billboard charts. While further details regarding the album, as well as when we can expect any new singles, are scarce, Stewart has acknowledged in previous interviews that he's experimented with several different genres, ranging from reggae to Celtic songs.
New collaborations and tour
While there's no denying Stewart has millions fans around the world, it appears he's still working to gain new ones. The rock star recently collaborated with up-and-coming rapper A$AP Rocky and R&B singer Miguel on the song "Everyday," where Stewart's voice can be heard on a sample from his song "In a Broken Dream." In addition to spanning genres, Stewart is currently on tour playing a number of big arena shows in both the U.S. and Canada. All these new collaborations, tour dates and an upcoming album are signaling that Stewart is posed for quite a big 2015.