Friday, November 21, 2008

Genius: NYC Beat / Rock Your Body, Rock

Genius’d Song: NYC Beat
Artist: Armand Van Helden
Album: Ghettoblaster

Selection: Rock Your Body, Rock
Artist: Ferry Corsten
Album: Right of Way

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
NYC Beat - Armand Van Helden
The Girls - Calvin Harris
Destination Calabria (Original) - Alex Gaudino
Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) - Groove Armada
Flex (Dave Spoon Remix) - Dizzee Rascal
When You Touch Me - Freemasons
Take Me Back To Your House - Basement Jaxx
Around the World - Daft Punk
Falling Stars (Club Mix ) - Sunset Strippers
Drop The Pressure - Mylo
You Gonna Want Me - Tiga
It's The Beat - Simian Mobile Disco
Acceptable In The 80's - Calvin Harris
What Else is There? (Thin White Duke Remix) - Royksopp
Rock Your Body, Rock (Extended Mix) - Ferry Corsten
Bombs (Galaxy 21 Mix) - Faithless
Laura (City Hi-Fi Vocal Mix) - Scissor Sisters
Jump - Madonna
Weapon Of Choice - Fatboy Slim
Something Good '08 (Ian Carey Remix) - Utah Saints
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby
Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) - Ida Corr Vs. Fedde Le Grand
PATT (Party All The Time) - Sharam
No Tomorrow - Orson
Jacques Your Body [Make Me Sweat] - les rythmes digitales

NYC Beat

"NYC Beat" is the second single to be lifted off Armand Van Helden's seventh studio album, called Ghettoblaster.

At the beginning of the video clip (see below) the date circled is Wednesday, 10th June. The next time these dates fall into the calendar is in 2009.
The clip stars Daisy Lowe (brunette) and two other unidentified blond models partaking in a variety of apple-related activities.

Armand Van Helden

Armand Van Helden (born 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a record producer and remixer whose biggest commercial successes came from his remixes of the 1996 Tori Amos song "Professional Widow," which reached the top of the UK Singles Chart, and his own track "U Don't Know Me," which was Number 1 in the United Kingdom in January 1999.

Van Helden was born in Boston in 1970 to an Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) father and a French-Lebanese mother but traveled around the world as a child, spending time in the Netherlands, Latvia, Turkey, and Italy as his father was a member of the U.S. Air Force. At the age of 13, he bought a drum machine and started DJing two years later.

He returned to Boston in 1988 but also moonlighted as a DJ in Boston clubs. He attended college in Boston. He quit his legal-review job in 1991 to work as a remixer under the management of Neil Petricone and X-Mix. He took up a DJ residency at the Loft, a top Boston nightclub at the time. He released his first official single, a mix of Deep Creed's "Stay On My Mind" through Nervous Records.

He released "Move It To the Left" (credited to Sultans of Swing) in 1992 on the Strictly Rhythm label, which became a moderate club hit and led to a string of singles released under several monikers for that label. His first track to make the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart was "Witch Doktor," which made the top 5 in 1994, and led to opportunities to remix acts such as New Order, Deep Forest, Jimmy Somerville, Deee-Lite, and Faithless.

However, it was the "Professional Widow" remix that established him and became a dance hit around the world as well as a number-one hit in the UK. Unfortunately, Van Helden did not receive a penny for this remix because he presented it non-commissioned and, thus, was not entitled to compensation. However, it led to work remixing the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and Puff Daddy, as well as Daft Punk and Sneaker Pimps, adding to his reputation as one of the world's top house-music musicians.

"Cha Cha" was another top-ten dance hit from his first album, Old School Junkies, which was released in 1996, along with "The Funk Phenomena." A greatest-hits album appeared the next year, followed by a breakbeat album later in 1997. "U Don't Know Me" was a number-two hit on the Billboard dance chart, a number one in the UK, and a top-20 single on the pop charts in Australia and Canada. The song was the breakout track from his 2Future4U album, which was released stateside on Armand's own label, Armed Records.

Van Helden released the Killing Puritans album in 2000 (also on Armed Records), which contained the hit "Koochy." His single "Why Can't You Free Some Time" made it to number 34 in the UK in 2001. His New York: A Mix Odyssey album released in 2004 produced two hits: "Hear My Name," a collaboration with Spalding Rockwell that reached number 7 on the Billboard dance chart, number 34 in the UK, and the top 40 in Australia; and "My My My", which reached number 4 on the world internet charts, number 5 in the Belgian and Dutch charts, number 6 in Australia, number 15 in the UK, and top 30 in the world dance charts.

In 2005, he released the album Nympho, featuring the singles "Into Your Eyes," "My My My," "Hear My Name," and "When the Lights Go Down." The album reached the top 30 in Australia, and number 48 in the UK. "When The Lights Go Down" reached #52 on the ARIA Singles Charted in Australia, and was a Dance and club hit.

Van Helden was the featured DJ in the Southern Fried tent at Get Loaded in the Park at Clapham Common on the August bank holiday in 2005. He treated concertgoers with an incredible mash-up set that is still spoken about today about being one of his best performances.

In 2006, Armand re-released "My My My" featuring extra vocals from Tara Mcdonald, which reached number 12 on the UK Singles Charts.

In 2007, Armand Van Helden released his new album, Ghettoblaster, from which he released the singles "NYC Beat," which reached number 22 on the UK chart, and "I Want Your Soul," which reached number 19.

In 2008, Van Helden gained enormous commercial success by remixing INSPIRE, a #1-hit song by Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki. This remix was released on the album Ayu-mi-x 6 -GOLD-. Also, in 2008, Van Helden is set to release two albums, a best-of album titled You Don't Know Me and a mix album titled New York: a Mix Odyssey 2.

Ferry Corsten

Ferry Corsten, also known under the alias System F, (born December 4, 1973 in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a pioneer and producer of trance, in addition to being a world-renowned DJ and remixer. He is consistently voted as one of the top DJs and is currently ranked number 6 in the official DJ Magazine poll. He also hosts his own weekly radio show, Corsten's Countdown. He routinely plays at events all over the world with crowds in excess of tens of thousands.

1989–1999: Early years
Ferry Corsten produced and remixed under many aliases since the release of his first record at the age of sixteen, but he officially started to work as a musician when he was 27 years old. As a teenager he would listen to his father's record player and he would save money to buy his first keyboard by washing cars, and selling mixed tapes to kids in his neighborhood. He later began to perform live performances with a friend and won his first award "De Grote Prijs van Nederland" at Holland in 1989. He eventually released a record with a couple of friends when he was just sixteen years old and later began releasing self-made productions while he grew up in Rotterdam in the 1990s, producing underground hardcore Gabber tracks, later expanding into club-house and trance music. His first single to reach a chart position was "Don't Be Afraid" under his alias Moonman which was only the start for becoming a composer as well. In 1997 Corsten and his partner Robert Smit established a dance label named Tsunami with the Dutch based dance company Purple Eye Entertainment b.v., this junction made the creation of another label possible; Polar State. Ferry Corsten was studying to become an Electrical Engineer, so he went to the Technical Training School and after that Higher Technical Education.

1999–2002: Rise to fame
In February 1999 Corsten's second solo project, System F, was released on the Tsunami imprint along an album named "Out of the Blue", a melodic tune that became a hit on dance floors all over the world which achieved a top twenty position in the United Kingdom single chart. The follow up single was "Cry", produced together with Robert Smit which reached the UK Top 20.

His growing popularity in the late 1990s led to cooperation with many famous trance DJs and musicians like DJ Tiësto (Gouryella, Vimana), Vincent de Moor (Veracocha), and Robert Smit (Starparty). The track "Gouryella" by the act Gouryella was released in May, the single entered the UK Singles Top 75 at number fifteen and achieved various hit positions throughout the world. The next single was entitled "Walhalla" which entered the UK single chart at number twenty-seven. In 1999 Ferry was elected as producer of the year at the Ericsson Muzik Award in London. In September 2000 the third Gouryella single entitled "Tenshi" was released. In 2000, Corsten also remixed William Orbit's "Adagio for Strings" as well as "New Year's Day" for U2. His remix of Barber's Adagio For Strings was awarded at the Dancestar 2000 awards. The Ministry of Sound dance compilation series entitled Trance Nation became one of the best selling dance compilations in the UK and was awarded the platinum status. In 2000 in his home country Corsten got awarded the prestigious Silver Harp award for his numerous outstanding contributions made to Dutch dance music.

Since then Ferry Corsten is the only electronic dance music artist to achieve the highest amount of dance singles in the UK charts and currently has 10 gold singles in his studio, between those his 1999 remix of "Madagascar", "Out of the Blue" as his alias System F, both "Gouryella" and "Walhalla" in 2000, "Cry" and the "Dance Valley Theme" in 2001 with "Exhale" which is his latest as System F with 2007 number one deejay in the world Armin van Buuren according to DJ Magazine; And his 2003 - 2004 singles "Punk" and "Rock Your Body Rock".

2003–2005: Right of Way
In 2003 Ferry contributed to remix projects of tracks by Japanese superstar Ayumi Hamasaki. He went on to compose and arrange her heavily trance-based song "Connected," which was released, along with remixes, as a single in Germany which has sold 4 million copies to date. In 2004 he launched his first album as Ferry Corsten in Heineken Musical Hall with 4,500 clubbers at his eight-hour set, which came along with a single known as "Rock Your Body Rock". The music video of the song was nominated in the TMF Dutch MTV Awards in Netherlands.

Right of Way is a Trance / Electronic album by Ferry Corsten. It was released in 2003 and was the first album to be released under his own name. The album spawned three singles, Punk (UK #29) and Rock Your Body, Rock (UK #11), two dance classics, and It's Time (UK #51). Further tracks were released from the album including Whatever, Star Traveler & Right Of Way.

2005–2007: L.E.F.
Ferry Corsten performing at a concert in El Salvador in September 2006
In 2005, Corsten founded his own record label, titled Flashover Recordings and released his album L.E.F. in 2006. His track Fire was nominated in the best trance video category for the Corsten made his Second Life debut on February 27, 2007 performing at the Grand Opening of club Glam Scum on Skyros Island, Second Life.

On April 18, 2007 Corsten was featured in a global satellite radio first when he was live in over 130 countries on WorldSpace Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, AOL and Direct TV. The dance music channel "The System" broadcasts live from Houston’s premiere dance club "Rich’s" to broadcast DJ Zoltar’s Subterranean with an exclusive performance/dance set(s) by Ferry. On July 4, 2007, Corsten debuted his new weekly radio show titled "Corsten's Countdown" which counts down a list of the highest voted trance tracks.

He was dubbed the King of Crossover in an August 2007 interview on UK clubbing website, reflecting his recent L.E.F. (Loud Electronic Ferocious) style, which some hail as a new direction in dance music. Corsten describes it as "everything from electro house, trance and techno".

2008–present: Twice In A Blue Moon
Ferry's third and newest album, Twice In A Blue Moon, which made is debut at the 2nd edition of the 'Full On Ferry' event at Ahoy in Rotterdam, will be released on November 1, 2008. A first single from the album is “Radio Crash”. It is being played by Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond and many other DJ's globally. The track has been a huge hit across the world in clubs and got Ferry off to a good start with promoting his new album.

NYC Beat

In Your Arms

Rock Your Body Rock

Radio Crash

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