The award-winning Dutch DJs and producers have teamed up for the monumental “Hands Up” transcending the best of signature Dutch house music and big room aesthetics. Released by Wall Recordings, the dynamic track spans between classic big beats to well-crafted progressive builds and catchy vocals from MC Ambush. Afrojack and Hardwell are having a huge year, simultaneously celebrating over 300 episodes of their popular Sirius XM radio shows to performing record-breaking headline shows around the world, with Hardwell even turning up as the surprise DJ guest at Afrojack’s recent birthday event NO PLACE LIKE HOME on Sept. 9 in Rotterdam Ahoy. Now together, the global dance music artists and friends are set to turn club floors on fire with their latest collaboration. After a short preview on Hardwell’s global radio show Hardwell On Air, the audience response was wild and clearly a sign of the song’s catchy vibe and huge appeal.
Having earned the coveted title of No. 1 DJ according to DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll two years in a row by the age of 26, Hardwell’s proven record of success and versatility makes him a formidable force in the music industry. The multi-talented producer, musician, label owner, documentary film maker and DJ began his successful career at the age of 14 and has since been nominated for and received a wide accolade of awards including the 2014 MTV European Music Awards for “Best Dutch Act,” “Best Global DJ” at the 2016 IDMA’s in Miami and recently winning “Best Big Room House” and “Best International DJ” at the 2017 DJ Awards in Ibiza. His 18-month world tour “I Am Hardwell” featured at cities such as Singapore, Istanbul and Jakarta, earning him worldwide recognition and contributed to Hardwell becoming one of the electronic scenes most “clicked on” artists with over 753 million hits on YouTube and 8.9 million likes on Facebook. Having worked with many of the music industry’s most recognizable artists such as Jason Derulo and Craig David, his new single with Afrojack promises to be another runaway success.
Afrojack has been one of dance music’s front-runners and has an incomparable reputation as a DJ and producer. Born Nick van de Wall, the Dutch electronic music phenomenon collaborated with the likes of David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Pitbull and The Black Eyes Peas, won a Grammy for his (and David Guetta’s) remix of Madonna’s ‘Revolver’. He is known to always be dedicated and devoted to bringing the best music experience to his listeners and rocks stages everywhere from Ibiza’s finest venues to globally acclaimed music festivals. He spent six years on the top 10 of DJ Mag’s coveted Top 100 DJ’s list and found his own record label called Wall Recordings. He’s been nominated for a wide variety of awards such as “Best Electronic” and “Best World Stage Performance” at the MTV Europe Music Awards and the NRJ Awards. Recently, he was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video for “Gone” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and spent 4 weeks at #1 on the US Dance Charts for “Another Life” with David Guetta. Afrojack has a long record of surpassing expectations and successfully making a place for himself in the music industry.
One of the industry’s biggest DJ/producers, Hardwell, is taking the EDM scene by a storm from releasing top hit singles to being voted twice as the No. 1 DJ in the world. From being the first artists to release a single via Shazam to being the first DJ to launch his own Facebook Messenger Bot, his new partnership with China Mobile once more aligns Hardwell with a tech giant and demonstrates his clear drive to push the boundaries of how his music reaching his fan base.
With a large number of Hardwell’s fans in the region being active China Mobile users, this exclusive partnership creates a dynamic new way for his fans to enjoy his music. Hardwell teamed up with one of Asia’s biggest pop sensations Jolin Tsai for a hot new release called “We Are One.”
Jolin has been cited by many as the “Asian Madonna” with over 25 million record sales to date. With over 37 million followers on Weibo and 2.3 million followers on Instagram, Jolin also boasts having had over 100 million downloads on her songs, giving her the highest record sales for an Asia female pop singer.
As part of this highly anticipated studio release, the duo has partnered with China’s biggest mobile operating China Mobile Cooperation who have made the record available to its 800 million subscribers as a first listen premiere of an enormous pop-meets-dance collaboration. Early support for ‘We Are One’ has already put the single at #1 in the Taiwanese iTunes chart and on the Chinese download platforms QQ and Kuwa – which is an impressive feat for an English speaking dance record.
Hardwell explained, “Anyone who follows my career knows I’ve always tried to find new and cool ways to release my music. I’ve being touring Asia for many years now, both as a festival headliner and with my new Macau residency, I’ve also brought along my Revealed Recordings crew to hold down a residency in Guangzhou. Asia is one of the most exciting, emerging markets on the planet for dance music right now! Working with Jolin on this record was a great experience and we wanted to find a way to deliver it to the fans in a unique way. Joining forces with China Mobile opens up a direct doorway to many of Jolin’s and my Asian fans so it felt the perfect opportunity for us to bring our world’s together on ‘We Are One’ and deliver some fresh new music to millions of fans!”
This exclusive version of “We Are One” features energetic melodic builds, distinctive Hardwell flavored beats and plenty of drive to ignite the largest festival mainstages. Jolin’s voice on the top line brings a unique pop zest that will embed itself in your head proving it’s catchy, and almost certainly ageless, quality. An alternative version will be coming soon on Revealed Recordings on a forthcoming Hardwell EP.
It’s finally that time of year where we look back at all the awesome music festivals we attended, new favorite songs and EDM tracks that were so popular that it became annoying because they got overplayed.
Here are the top 10 songs that were 2016 most overplayed song: