International superstars Major Lazer are debuting a new video for “Powerful” featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley, from their critically acclaimed new album Peace is the Mission, today. Watch and share the video, starring Goulding and Riley, here.
“Powerful was a step forward for us with a classic sound,” Major Lazer creative force Diplo says of the track. “We thought of doo-wop, The Ronettes and The Flamingos all the way to Bob Marley with Lee Perry. Something big and moody and spooky but still about the essence of love and how it feels when it’s powerful. Came by pieces; first Tarrus, then Ellie and then mixing it all together to find something new we never created or heard before—a perfect, heartfelt, melancholic, spooky love song.”
Major Lazer’s global smash hit “Lean On,” with DJ Snake featuring Mø, is currently #9 atTop 40 radio, the first independent release to reach the top 10 in more than two years, and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, Jack Ü’s “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber is currently #10 at Top 40—marking two top 10 records for Diplo.
Major Lazer recently released a collection of official remixes of “Lean On,” with new versions of the track from Dillon Francis & JAUZ, CRNKN, Ephwurd & ETC!ETC!, Fono, Malaa and Moska. Get the new EP, out now, here.
Peace Is The Mission is out now, having reached #1 on the Electronic/Dance Album chart and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #12, marking the group’s highest chart position to date. “Lean On” is certified triple Platinum in Australia, double Platinum in Denmark, Norway and Sweden; Platinum in the U.K., Canada and the Netherlands and Gold in the U.S., Finland, Italy and Spain.
“Lean On” is currently #1 globally on Spotify for the eighth week in a row, the first-ever independent release to reach the chart’s top spot. The track is the most streamed Major Lazer track ever with over 710 million plays worldwide. Watch the video, Major Lazer’s highest streamed with 299 million views, here.
The group recently performed “Lean On” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Watch it here.
“Major Lazer is just a group of friends who all came together years ago,” says Diplo of the new release. “This album is a learning process for us—trying to make new things, making new friends and going for a bolder sound. The only rule we have is nothing was off limits to make this album. We hope you like it.”
This summer Major Lazer will embark on a global tour playing festivals worldwide and selectMad Decent Block Party dates in the U.S. Further headline dates this fall will follow, culminating with the label’s annual Mad Decent Boat Party cruise this November. Please see full tour details below.
The new release is the first of several albums to come from Major Lazer over the next year.Peace Is The Mission features contributions from Ellie Goulding, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, Wild Belle and more in addition to a new remix of Major Lazer’s contribution to theHunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack, “All My Love” with Ariana Grande, featuring Michael Montano.
Major Lazer is the dancehall-inspired project comprised of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire fronted by fictional Jamaican ex-commando, Major Lazer. Peace Is The Mission follows the group’s previous two LPs, Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do and Free The Universe, both released to widespread critical acclaim. Founded in 2008 by Diplo and U.K. producer Switch, the group has toured worldwide and collaborated with Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend along with dancehall legends like Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man.
Additionally, the first season of an animated series featuring the group’s imaginary frontman premiered on FXX in April with appearances this season from Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, Tiësto, RiFF RAFF, Charli XCX, Ezra Koenig, Trinidad James and more.
Diplo, a.k.a. Wesley Pentz, is a Grammy-nominated producer whose meteoric rise from the Philly club circuit has led to collaborations with Beyonce, Usher, Snoop Dogg, No Doubt, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Iggy Azalea, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Madonna and many more with more than 13 million track sales to date as both a producer and an artist.
Diplo was catapulted into stardom following work with M.I.A. on her acclaimed mixtapePiracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1 and 2007 smash “Paper Planes,” which reached #4 on theBillboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. His newest project is Jack Ü, a collaboration with fellow EDM superstar Skrillex. The duo headlined Madison Square Garden on News Years Eve 2015 and their debut album, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü, is out now.
MAJOR LAZER LIVE
July 29 Hamilton, Bermuda Cup Match Summer Splash
July 31 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park*
August 1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live*
August 7 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing*
August 8 Brooklyn, NY MCU Park*
August 14 Helsinki, Finland Flow Festival
August 15 Budapest, Hungary Sziget Festival
August 16 Gallipoli, IT Day Off Music Festival
August 17 Benicassim, ES Sun Splash Festival
August 20 St. Poelten, AT Frequency Festival
August 21 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop Festival
August 23 Biddinghuizen, NL Lowlands Festival
August 28 Nashville, TN Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater*
August 29 Toronto, ON Fort York Garrison Commons*
August 30 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater*
September 4 Calgary, AB Shaw Millennium Park*
September 5 Las Vegas, NV Surrender Nightclub
September 6 Vancouver, BC PNE Amphitheater*
September 11 Berkeley, CA Greek Theater UC Berkeley*
September 12 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater*
September 13 San Diego, CA LED*
September 18 Phoenix, AZ Rawhide*
September 19 Los Angeles, CA LA Center Studios*
September 25-27 Las Vegas, NV Life is Beautiful Festival
September 26 Chicago, IL TBA*
September 29 Paris, France Olympia
October 1 Paris, France Olympia
October 2 Brussels, Belgium Palais 12
October 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
October 7 Cologne, Germany Palladium
October 8 Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle
October 9 Copenhagen, Denmark The Forum
October 10 Stockholm, Sweden Annexet
October 14 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Academy
October 15 Glasgow, UK Glasgow Academy
October 16 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
October 17 London, UK Alexandra Palace
October 20 Milan, Italy Fabrique
November 11-November 15 Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico Mad Decent Boat Party
*Mad Decent Block Party