What Dance Music and Hip Hop Fans Can Expect in 2015

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In 2015, we can expect to see a lot more of what we loved in 2014, with a few new twists. Electronic dance music and hip hop continue to grow in popularity, so expect to see more of these genres in the mainstream.


The year 2015 is already off to a great start for dance music and hip hop lovers. We’ve already seen some huge announcements and releases, and there’s plenty more to come. Here’s a look at some of the biggest things to expect in the world of dance music and hip hop in the coming year.

##1. More mainstream success for electronic dance music
In recent years, we’ve seen electronic dance music (EDM) explode in popularity, with massive festivals and clubs dedicated to the genre popping up all over the world. In 2015, we can expect this trend to continue, as EDM continues to go mainstream.

One of the biggest indicators of this is the growing number of mainstream artists who are incorporating EDM into their music. Justin Bieber, for example, collaborated with EDM producer Skrillex on his recent hit “Where Are U Now.” And Rihanna’s latest single, “Work,” features a drop that would sound at home on any EDM track.

As more and more people are exposed to EDM through pop culture, we can expect its popularity to continue to grow in 2015.

##2. New albums from some of hip hop’s biggest names
Hip hop fans can look forward to new albums from a number of heavy hitters in 2015. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J Cole, and Wale are all expected to release new records this year, and each one is sure to be packed with hits.

In addition to new albums from established artists, 2015 is also shaping up to be a big year for newcomers in hip hop. Fetty Wap’s smash hit “Trap Queen” was one of the biggest songs of 2014, and he’s expected to build on that success with his self-titled debut album, which is due out in early 2015. Another artist to watch out for is Tove Lo; her debut album Queen of the Clouds was one of 2014’s best reviewed releases, and she’s sure to make waves in the hip hop world with her unique blend of pop and rap.

##3. The rise of trap music
Trap music has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past few years, and 2015 is shaping up to be its breakout year. Trap is a subgenre of hip hop that originated in the southeastern United States; it is characterized by its heavy use of bass and its often dark or violent lyrics.

Trap has long been popular within underground circles, but it has begun to break into the mainstream thanks to artists like Wiz Khalifa, who featured trap production on his 2013 album Blacc Hollywood. In 2015, we can expect trap music to continue its ascent into the mainstream as more and more artists adopt its sound.

The Rise of Electronic Dance Music

In 2015, electronic dance music (EDM) and hip hop are expected to continue their rise in popularity. EDM festivals like Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival will continue to draw huge crowds, while hip hop festivals like Wireless and Bonnaroo will also attract legions of fans.

EDM artists like Skrillex, Calvin Harris, and Deadmau5 will continue to top the charts, while hip hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake are also expected to have a big year.

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for both EDM and hip hop fans!

The Fall of Hip Hop

As we head into 2015, it seems that the once mighty hip hop genre is in decline. According to Nielsen SoundScan, hip hop sales have fallen by 11% in the past year, while EDM sales have increased by 4%. This trend looks set to continue, with mainstream hip hop artists such as Drake and Nicki Minaj struggling to sell records, while EDM stars like Skrillex and Calvin Harris continue to dominate the charts.

So what does this mean for dance music and hip hop fans? Well, it looks like we can expect to see more crossover between the two genres, as DJs and producers look to appeal to both audiences. We can also expect to see more focus on live shows and club nights, as DJs look to make up for lost record sales. So whatever your taste in music, it looks like 2015 is going to be an exciting year for dance music and hip hop fans alike!

The Future of Dance Music and Hip Hop

The future of dance music and hip hop is looking very bright. 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for both genres, with some huge artists set to release new albums and embark on world tours.

Dance music fans can look forward to new albums from the likes of Skrillex, Calvin Harris, David Guetta and deadmau5. Hip hop fans will be treated to new releases from Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake and Kanye West.

Both genres will also be well represented at this year’s festivals, with Coachella, Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland all set to feature some of the biggest names in dance music and hip hop.

So whatever your taste, there’s sure to be something for you in 2015. Get ready for a big year of dance music and hip hop!

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