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The Chainsmokers, Justice, Eric Prydz & More Nominated for 2017 Electronic Music Awards

The Chainsmokers perform on stage during Day 2 of FVDED In The Park at Holland Park on July 8, 2017 in Surrey, Canada.

The Electronic Music Awards have announced the 2017 nominations for their inaugural show. The EMAs, co-produced by Paul Oakenfold and the Hunt & Crest entertainment company, are coming to Los Angeles on Sept. 21 and will present 11 awards that honor producers, live acts, festivals and more.

Among those who have nabbed multiple nominations this year include The Chainsmokers, Rüfüs Du Sol, Sasha and several others.

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Rihanna, Skrillex and Blackbear Might Be Collaborating

We know Blackbear and the dance music community have been getting cozy. The alt-R&B singer recently shared a collaboration with Marshmello -- but if a recent Snap can be believed, he's got even bigger collabs on the horizon.

He shared a pic of himself hard at work on a laptop with the caption “wrote a song w rihanna skrillex & corporal tonight in london and it is v good.” The image was captured and shared by sant1v on Reddit's r/skrillex page.

Corporal and Blackbear worked together on “Paragraphs.” A Skrillex and Rihanna collaboration seems like it's only a matter of time. The dance producer has been working his way into the pop world with Justin Bieber and his most recent collaboration with Poo Bear, “Would You Ever.” Rihanna has been a close collaborator of Calvin Harris' since 2011's “We Found Love.”

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Avicii Shares 'Avīci' EP Track List, Feat. Rita Ora, AlunaGeorge & More

Swedish superstar Avicii will break his musical silence this Thursday at 4 p.m. CT with his ​Avīci EP, and he's uploading a teaser each day leading up to the release.

Notable features on the EP include Rita Ora and AlunaGeorge. Avicii's remix of Sandro Cavazza's single "So Much Better" will also be featured on the project.

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Diplo Remembers Rihanna Calling His Music 'A Reggae Song at an Airport,' Talks African Pop Explosion in New Interview

Diplo recently opened up in a fascinating Q&A with GQ Style's Editor-in-Chief Will Welch. They spoke a lot about Africa, a place Diplo finds to be on the verge of an international cultural explosion. He chose to break even on a tour with stops in Nigeria and Uganda than perform at Coachella 2017, certainly not because it was easy, but because it's a unique opportunity to experience something magical as its happening.

“Historically, there's always been so much music in Africa,” he is quoted as saying. “But there's never been much of an industry to sell it on a global scale—or even just at home. But now that's happening. These young Nigerian kids are selling it. They're selling it in Lagos. They're flying around Africa performing it. And because of the Diaspora, they're traveling to London, New York, Chicago, Toronto. The Diaspora is helping to promote it. And now they're selling out the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. There's so much cultural capital in Africa, and that usually comes first. Cultural capital leads to financial capital. And once you have both, it explodes, like gasoline to a flame.”

Welch joined Diplo on the road in Africa for at least part of the tour, and the Q&A offers an incredibly interesting perspective on a continent taking hold of its identity via a vibrant youth culture. Of course, it's an interview with Diplo, so there are some choice celebrity stories to be shared, like his longtime pursuit of Rihanna as a collaborator.

“I just want her on a Major Lazer song. She's like the one artist that we can't ever get,” he says. “I think before we're all done, she'll be on a song of ours. Hopefully. But if not, I don't really care."

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Skrillex and Friends' Epic All-Night Webster Hall Send-Off: Recap

New York City's Webster Hall held its final club night on Saturday (Aug. 5), headlined by none other than Skrillex. In fitting with the historic occasion, the superstar DJ/producer reportedly requested there be a guest list in the hundreds to ensure there was a full-on party happening on every square inch of the Grand Ballroom.

With the venue expected to close its doors for extensive renovation later this month, fans flocked early to claim a spot inside and enjoy the landmark's palpable energy for its historic final spin.

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Skrillex Teams Up With Vindata & NSTASIA For 'Favor': Listen

Skrillex has been making headlines lately, releasing collaborations with the likes of Poo Bear ("Would You Ever") and DJ Sliink ("Saint Laurent"). And on Tuesday (Aug. 8), the OWSLA chief continued his team-up streak, hopping on Vindata's new single "Favor" with NSTASIA.

The result is a lush concoction of reverberating piano chords, smooth vocals and a high-pitch electric guitar melody that instantly cuts through the remix. "Favor" is the third Skrillex-tagged track released in the past two weeks and follows his epic headlining performance at Webster Hall's final club night on Aug. 5.

Perry, who has become a major advocate for the LGBTQ community in the years since, explained in a 2008 interview that the song was not intended to reinforce a negative stereotype or be homophobic, as some have suggested. "Every time I play that song, everybody has come back laughing," she said at the time. "I’m not the type of person who walks around calling everything gay. That song is about a specific guy that I used to date and specific issues that he had. The song is about my ex wearing guyliner and taking emo pictures of himself in the bathroom mirror. The listeners have to read the context of the song and decide for themselves."

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