Watch Quincy Jones Party With Travis Scott & Young Thug in ‘Out West’ Video

Travis Scott and Young Thug unveiled a music video on Friday (March 20) for their hit “Out West,” and it’s one big party.

Travis co-directed the video alongside White Trash Tyler, and shows a wild, twerk-filled house party with Young Thug rapping above the crowd. The scene heads to the bathroom, where the viewer finds a girl passed out by the toilet and the legendary Quincy Jones splashing his face with water.

Jones makes a second appearance at the end, leaving the bash munching on a sandwich.

“Out West” has been a viral dance song on TikTok recently, and is featured on Jackboys’ Billboard 200 chart topping debut album.

Watch the music video below.

J Balvin’s ‘Relaxing’ Quarantine Playlist Includes Rosalía, Kanye West & More

J Balvin is turning to music to stay calm during the pandemic global crisis, and he has shared with us his “Relax” quarantine playlist, which includes songs by Rosalía, Kanye West and Billie Eilish and some from his just-released album Colores.

“It’s a very difficult situation, but I think we will learn many things from this,” Balvin tells Billboard. “One of those is to value the simple things because I do think we forgot how to value what’s important.”

Below, listen to J Balvin’s playlist:

Basic protective measures against the novel coronavirus, according to WHO, include washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, maintaining social distancing at least three feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. For more information about COVID-19 visit the WHO or CDC websites.


Cardi B’s Coronavirus Rant Remix Heading for Billboard Chart Debut

Cardi B’s buzzy Instagram rant about coronavirus is now headed for the Billboard charts.

A remix of her rant, produced by DJ iMarkkeyz, is aiming for a debut on a number of charts next week, including the all-genre Digital Song Sales tally and R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales. According to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the song has already sold more than 3,000 downloads in the U.S.

The song’s final sales tally for the week ending March 19 — along with its streaming total for the week — will be available by Monday, March 23. The above-mentioned charts, dated March 28, will be updated to Billboard’s website on Tuesday, March 24.

On March 19, Cardi B — who has helped promote the DJ iMarkkeyz remix through her social channels — said that she wants to donate proceeds from the sales and streams of the remix to charity. DJ iMarkkeyz agreed, tweeting to Cardi that was his “goal.”


New Orleans Bounce DJ Black N Mild Dies at 44 After Coronavirus Diagnosis

Longstanding New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality Black N Mild has died after testing positive for coronavirus. The Orleans Parish coroner’s office confirmed Friday (March 20) that the DJ, born Oliver Stokes Jr., died Thursday after contracting the virus. He was 44.

Stokes is known for bringing New Orleans bounce music to the radio. “I was the first DJ in Nola history to have a radio mix show dedicated to Nola Bounce from 03-05 (up to Katrina),” he wrote in a Feb. 3 Facebook post. After Hurricane Katrina, Stokes relocated to Houston, where he hosted a mix show on local radio. His Rhythm and Bounce show was featured on Saturday nights on New Orleans AM station WBOK from 2013 to 2017, an era Stokes also spent DJing at clubs, bars and parties throughout the region.

“One of the biggest and best compliments I ever got from somebody in the industry,” Stokes said in a 2012 interview with Tulane University, “is when I was playing an industry event I was doing in ’04. … I was DJing the event and there were a lot of industry people there and Doug E. Fresh was hosting. … Doug E. Fresh pulled me to the side and was like, ‘Man, I’ve heard a lot of DJs in my time; you were one of the smoothest DJs I’ve ever heard.'”

The father of four also worked at the Arthur Ashe Charter School in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood. According to The Times-Picayune, Stokes Jr. left the school with a fever on March 9 and documented the early stages of his sickness on social media, writing his last post — “pneumonia not the flu” — on March 11.

The late DJ is not to be confused with New Orleans producer Adam “BlaqNmilD” Pigott, who has worked with artists including Drake and Lil Wayne.


Ben Gibbard Unveils Song for Seattle, ‘Life in Quarantine’

Ben Gibbard is sending love to his home state of Washington.

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman, who calls Seattle his home, unveiled a new song called “Life in Quarantine” for The Stranger as part of their “A Message to the City Series.”

“The airports and train stations are full of desperate people / But no one is going anywhere soon,” he proclaims in the melancholy chorus.

“I know this is a really f—ed up and scary time for everybody, including myself, and I know that we’re all trying to figure out what to do to make it better or alleviate the suffering of someone else,” he explained after his performance, before encouraging viewers to donate extra sleeping bags and tents to Aurora Commons, a welcoming Seattle space for unhoused people.

Gibbard will be releasing a digital version of the tune sometime next week. In the meantime, watch him perform “Life in Quarantine” below.

Pussycat Dolls Share the Empowering Playlist We All Need Right Now

Social distancing means a lot of free time and a lot of boredom. The Pussycat Dolls are setting out to solve that issue with a playlist meant for dancing.

“We’re practicing social distancing right now but CAN’T WAIT to be back in rehearsals together,” the girl group wrote on Instagram on Friday (March 20). “To help us stay active & positive we made a @Spotify playlist with some of our favorite songs to dance to, even from home!! Let us know what other songs we should add!”

The 22-song playlist is the classic girl power set to get us hyped, leading with the quintet’s recent single, “React,” and followed by a number of other high-energy bops including Beyoncé‘s “Run the World (Girls),” Demi Lovato’s “I Love Me,” Normani’s “Motivation,” BLACKPINK’s “Kill This Love” and many more.

Move and groove to the Pussycat Dolls’ “Let’s Dance” playlist below.

Here Are All the Dance Music Live Streams Getting Fists Pumping This Weekend

Well, it’s Friday evening, and on a night we’d usually be breaking out our dancing shoes for the club or packing our bags to head to a festival, we find ourselves at home on the computer, unable to leave the house and slightly unsure of how we’re going to pass the time this weekend.

But the world of dance music has always maintained a spirit of optimism, so even amid the global pandemic, the shows are going on, even if only online. Dozens of hours of live0-stream events from some of the world’s biggest dance festival brands and artists are happening this weekend, so whether you’re looking for mainstage vibes, club anthems or the intimacy of ambient, there’s something streaming for you. Many of them also have built-in charity components, with proceeds going to various COVID-19 relief organizations.

These are all the dance music-related live streams and online events happening this weekend.

Insomniac Events

While the Los Angeles-based dance festival company had to take their SoCal event Beyond Wonderland off the calendar this weekend because of the coronavirus, they’re staying in the rave spirit with two separate online events. The Beyond Wonderland Virtual Rave-A-Thon will broadcast from Insomniac’s YouTube page on Friday (March 20) and Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight PT each night. The event will feature live sets by Loud Luxury, Mija, Party Favor, Saymyname and many more.

Meanwhile, Insomniac has created a new YouTube channel featuring “rewind” sets from previous Insomniac-produced events including Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, EDC Orlando, EDC Mexico, HARD Summer and Okeechobee Festival. Insomniac Rewind will broadcast 24 hours a day on YouTube and Twitch until midnight on March 31.

Last Night, A Streaming Saved My Life

Co-hosted by The BPM Festival and Mr. Afterparty, this 24-hour live-stream marathon will feature sets from Matador, Art Department, Pan-Pot and many more. The event kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, with all money raised via the GoFundMe campaign going to organizations including the Red Cross and various coronavirus relief funds. You can tune in via the BPM Festival’s Facebook page.

Diplo’s Corona World Tour

Diplo continues his “Corona World Tour” from the comfort of his living room with his ongoing live-stream series. Friday will find him playing a Corona Sabbath set starting at 8 p.m. PT. Saturday will feature Coronanight Fever at 8 p.m. PT and Sunday will feature A Very Lazer Sunday with the music of Major Lazer starting at 1 p.m. These live streams will continue into the week with another Ronatronix event on Tuesday and the country-inspired The Thomas Wesley Show on Thursday. Events can be streamed via Diplo’s Instagram and YouTube along with Mad Decent’s Twitch page and, for the Sunday event, Major Lazer’s channels.

In an impressive move, major publishers and record labels are allowing the archived streams to live on YouTube and to be monetized by respective rights holders, with royalties being paid to all those whose music is played in the shows. Those viewing on the Mad Decent Twitch page will be able to donate to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund.


Ed Banger Brethren Myd is doing a live stream every morning at 8:30 a.m. Paris time from the Ed Banger YouTube channel. Given that this is 12:30 a.m. in Los Angeles and 3:30 a.m. in New York, our fingers are crossed that he plays sets that are either mega ravey or super sleepy.

Ultra’s Virtual Audio Festival 

From Friday through Sunday, those with SiriusXM radio can tune into Ultra’s Virtual Audio Festival, the replacement for the EDM mega-fest that was supposed to take place this weekend in Miami. The broadcast will feature DJ sets from a slew of artists originally scheduled to perform at the festival, including Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Above & Beyond, Major Lazer, Lost Frequencies, Oliver Heldens, Nicky Romero and more. The channel will also includes sets from past incarnations of the festival. Those without a Sirius subscription can grab a free trial here.

Destructo’s Sunrise Sermon

Gary Richards, President of LiveStyle North America, the founder of HARD Events and the current captain of the All My Friends cruise and AMF music festival will go hard from his living room for one of his legendary Sunrise Sermon sets. Streaming on Twitch and Facebook, the event launches at the very ambitious hour of 5:50 a.m., so set your alarms.