Icona Pop Share Music Video For New Single “Brightside”

Sweden’s brilliant chart-topping duo Icona Pop reveal a cinematic new music video for their single “Brightside” out now via Record Company TEN/Big Beat Records.

Following a dance-party nightcap in an empty Los Angeles restaurant in Chinatown, featuring impressive choreography and some of the chicest vintage and designer looks self-styled by the fashionistas themselves. The visual was directed by Christine Yuan, produced by John Curtis and was guided by creative director Bel Downie. The video will be followed by the official “Brightside” remix package on December 9th, featuring dynamic reworks from Fawks, Borgeous, I M Alec and Just Kiddin.

On top of that, Icona Pop is honored to perform at the forthcoming Nobel Peace Prize Concert awarding Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country´s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. The concert takes place at Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway on December 11th, alongside performances from Sting, Halsey and host Conan O’ Brien.

Icona Pop has risen in the ranks as one of the most successful international pop duos in music thanks to their first triple-platinum hit single “I Love It” ft. Charli XCX, which has amassed over 8 million singles sold and well over 400 million streams worldwide. The girls recent collaboration with Chicago duo Louis The Child, “Weekend” boasts an iTunes Dance Top 10, 4.5Million streams in the US and a live Coachella performance. Current single “Brightside” which was produced by MSTR ROGERS (also a collaborator on “Someone Who Can Dance”) and Louis The Child’s Freddy Kennet, will be getting a full remix EP, arriving in December.

Outside of music, Icona Pop is staying visible worldwide thanks to a global lipstick campaign with MAKE UP FOR EVER, with in-store signage featuring the girls in all Sephora stores nationwide. Comprised of Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, they’re also appearing in the upcoming Dreamworks Animated Film Trolls in theaters now, alongside Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and James Corden.



Porter Robinson Reveals Landmark Anime Music Video with SHELTER

Following its live debut last night via digital billboard to a live audience in Tokyo’s Shibuya District, Porter Robinson reveals SHELTER, an animated short film written and executive produced by Porter Robinson, created in association with A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll, the leading global destination for streaming Japanese anime.

A visually stunning and emotionally moving work of art, SHELTER (now viewable on multiple platforms), tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness.

Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. But all is not as it seems…

A unique musical collaboration between Porter Robinson and Madeon, Shortlist said “Shelter is exactly what you expect – in a good way – huge synths, pumping compression and far more emotion than the average EDM track.

The track hit #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart (Global & US) and #1 HypeM when the duo surprised released it this past August. It has since been streamed more than 15 Million times.

Featuring an original story and characters created by Robinson, SHELTER is the next step in his artistic evolution and the product of a lifelong fascination with Japanese animation.

“Japanese pop culture and anime have been a huge influence on my music, so getting the chance to make my own anime is very much a dream come true. To actually collaborate on creating anime is just unbelievable,” Robinson explains.

“The video for SHELTER is the most concrete distillation of being immersed into fantasy and it’s connection to reality. Most of our life experience is now in some way connected to technology. The world of SHELTER, this virtual reality universe that she’s stuck in where she has this superpower to create environments and go around and play in them and explore them everyday. It’s a beautiful notion and something that’s relevant to my own sensibility as an artist”.

Themes of immersive digital universes recur throughout Robinson’s body of work, most notably with his debut album Worlds (August 2014) and its subsequent live show; both explored the idea of shared fantasy and created fictional realities experienced in real time.

The animated film for SHELTER is the ultimate realization of this passion.

To create it, Robinson worked alongside the animation and production team throughout the process.

The visuals in SHELTER were produced by A-1 Pictures, one of Japan’s leading animation studios, who have been responsible for such globally successful anime hits as Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, and Fairy Tail.

SHELTER features direction by Toshifumi Akai and character design by Megumi Kouno, both veterans of Japan’s wildly successful series THE IDOLM@STER series and more. Says Tomonori Ochikoshi, President of A-1 Pictures, “Porter is extremely knowledgeable about Japanese animation and he inspired us with his expectations for what he could create with us. The resulting collaboration is a work that A-1 can be proud of.”

Vince Shortino, Executive Vice President of Crunchyroll, worked behind the scenes with his team  to make the SHELTER anime a reality. A veteran of several global anime music videos (including collaborations between Japanese creators and musicians like Sade, David Byrne, and Sigur Rós for the Zapuni 3.11 charity), Shortino leads Crunchyroll’s Tokyo office, which has licensed more than 1,000 anime titles for world digital distribution.

“Crunchyroll has always been committed to growing the global reach of anime and facilitating a deeper relationship between anime fans and the content they love,” says Shortino. “Combining Porter’s music, storytelling and direction with amazing anime creators, the SHELTER film is a showcase for the power and potential of collaboration between global artists and the Japanese anime community.” 

Axwell & Shapov Unveil Winner For ‘Belong’ Music Video Competition 

Watch The Full Video: HERE 

Stream ‘Belong’: HERE

“Congratulations to Jose on winning the grand prize of becoming the single’s official music video as well as an endorsement from Axwell and Axtone. And to Panchito for brightening our work day with his pawesome debut – ROOF!” –  Revolt.TV 
– Director Jose Javy Ferrer to receive 1st Place Prize + Video Out Now as the Official ‘Belong’ Video via Axtone

–  Video Star ‘Panchito’ Makes His Music Industry Debut!

Following the success of their newest release ‘Belong’ via Axtone/Ultra worldwide, Swedish icon Axwell and Axtone starlet Shapov are proud to be teaming up with media titan Revolt.TVto reveal the winner of their prestigious ‘Belong’ global music video competition.

Starring in the video is Panchito, an adorable white maltese who embarks on an epic quest to return to his loving home. The journey isn’t without perils however – Panchito finds himself wandering the wilderness, battling the harsh elements, and trekking across terrain more suitable for his distant cousin, the wolf. But the determined canine perseveres, finding himself in the loving arms of his owners at the culmination of the video. With stunning scenic backdrops, aerial drone views, and a fair amount of stellar cinematography, video director Jose Javy Ferrer’s submission stole the hearts of Axwell & crew upon first review, securing Panchito and Ferrer’s place among the Axtone legacy.

“We are so excited about winning this competition, it’s super that we are all the way in the other side of the world and still connected for this one project in the most unusual way. My family and I are so proud of my doggy (Panchito) as he did an amazing job in his first feature role as an actor. Now he deserves a nice vacation!” – Ferrer

A month ago, video directors, visual artists, and fans were given the unique opportunity to submit their video creations for Axwell & Shapov’s latest collaboration, “Belong.” Videos were allowed to be of any nature at all and the competition wasn’t limited to professional directors – everyone was encouraged to show off their skills and personality. With the first prize winner winning the grand prize + an endorsement from Axtone, and the second + third prize winners also taking home prizes, the competition saw entries skyrocket into the thousands, further magnifying how ground-breaking this opportunity could be for emerging visual artists.