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Pharrell Williams steals Coachella 2014 with star-studded live set; watch it now

By Jason Black
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Pharrel Williams and his magical mountain hat pulled out tons of tricks on Saturday night at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre. Leading off the evening with his Daft Punk collaboration “Lose Yourself to Dance,” Williams ripped through a star-studded, hour-long set featuring special guests Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Diplo, and Tyler, the Creator, among others. Along the way, his voice began to wane due to the desert wind and dust. Yet, he soldiered on for the sake of the fans wrapping up the night with recent dance hits “Get Lucky” and finally, “Happy.” Watch Pharrell Williams’ complete Coachella 2014 set now.

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A day in the life of a party photographer, courtesy of Thump

By Beatport News Editors
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Party photographers can live a pretty fast and fun life—at least according to one whose photos popped up on Thump late last week. Kaitlin Parry spent a week in Miami with camera in hand, snapping all manner of shots while taking it way into the dawning hours with the likes of Diplo, Drop the Lime, DJ Craze, GTA, and more.

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Outkast, Fatboy Slim, and Flume headline Mad Decent Block Party 2014; get pre-order tickets now

By Beatport News Editors
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For this year’s 2014 edition of the Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo and crew have expanded their reach, planning to takeover 22 cities this year, up from 13 cities last year. While they’re returning to Brooklyn, Philly, Detroit, LA and others, they’ve added new cities like New Orleans, Phoenix, Denver, Eugene, and many others. Get the full concert listing and buy pre-order tickets now.

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This week on Play: Win Novation gear and an official release in Major Lazer’s “Aerosol Can” remix contest

By Jason Black
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Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a real winner for you to monkey with. Enter Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz), the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, Mad Decent head honcho, and Major Lazer’s guiding force, who’s one of the hardest-working men in the music business. Ready to strike gold—and red and green—alongside Diplo, Pharrell, and the whole Major Lazer crew? No excuses. Fire up the studio and get crackin’ on recontextualizing Major Lazer featuring Pharrell’s freestyle hip-hop jam “Aerosol Can.”

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Diplo and Paper Diamond are bringing start-ups, dance music, and job opportunities to a college near you

By Ken Taylor
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It’s not just Richie Hawtin hitting college campuses around the US to teach the kids a thing or two about dance music. It’s just been announced that Diplo, along with Paper Diamond, Sage the Gemini, and Robert Delong are about to embark on a college tour of a different sort—one that brings students together with the start-up community and the dance-music business.

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Diplo announces Mad Decent Boat Party, to set sail this fall from Miami

By Jacob Schulman
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Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party will take to the high seas this November, according to Billboard. The inaugural Mad Decent Boat Party will set sail from Miami on November 12 of this year, offering 2600 fans the chance to spend four nights touring the Caribbean. A plethora of artists including Diplo, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, Wolfgang Gartner, Paper Diamond, and Big Gigantic have already been announced, but smaller acts will be present, too.

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