Major Lazer




Major Lazer is an American electronic music band composed of record producer Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire. It was founded by Diplo and Switch, but Switch left in 2011. Its music spans numerous genres, mixing reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, house, and moombahton.

Major Lazer has released three full-length albums: Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do in 2009, Free the Universe in 2013, and Peace Is the Mission in 2015. It also released an EP entitled Apocalypse Soon in March 2014, which featured vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul. In addition, Major Lazer has also produced Reincarnated, the debut reggae album by Snoop Dogg under his “Snoop Lion” persona.

2009 – 11: Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do and Lazers Never Die EP Formerly made up of DJ Diplo and Switch, the two were introduced after working with M.I.A.. The duo’s first album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do was released on 16 June 2009, on Downtown Records. It was recorded in Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios.

On 8 February 2015, during the Grammy Award ceremony, Diplo revealed details of the third Major Lazer album. He confirmed that the album would incorporate artists such as Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding and Pusha T. It is called Peace Is the Mission.

The first single, “Lean On”, is a collaboration with French producer DJ Snake and features vocals from Danish recording artist MØ. The album was released on 1 June 2015. The song was first offered to Rihanna and then Nicki Minaj, who both turned it down and Major Lazer expressed that no one could’ve done a better job than MØ in the recording. The song reached number 4 on the US Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and number 2 in the UK charts. It also became Spotify’s most streamed song of all time while reaching just over 1.5 billion views on YouTube, making it the 8th most viewed video on the site.

In an interview with inthemix on 22 May 2015, Walshy Fire announced that their fourth studio album is called Music Is the Weapon and that it would be released late 2015 or early 2016. Diplo revealed on the 27th of April 2015 during an interview with Belgian radio station Studio Brussel that they have been working on a track with Belgian singer Selah Sue. He added that it might appear on their next album. Selah Sue herself confirmed this during an interview with Studio Brussels on



Discography

Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Cold Water
Album: Music Is the Weapon
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2016)
Buy Album: £7.99 (2017)
Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Lean On
Album: Peace Is the Mission
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2015)
Buy Album: £5.99 (2015)
Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Get Free
Title: Free the Universe
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2013)
Buy Album: £5.99 (2013)
Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Pon De Floor
Album: Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2009)
Buy Album: £7.99 (2009)
Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Sound Bang
Album: Apocalypse Soon
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2014)
Buy Album: £2.49 (2014)
Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Lean On
Album: Original Don
Buy MP3: £0.69 (2011)
Buy Album: £2.49 (2011)
Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Get Free
Title: Lazers Never Die
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2010)
Buy Album: £3.09 (2010)
Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Powerful
Album: Powerful Remixes
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2009)
Buy Album: £4.99 (2009)

The music project Major Lazer has released three studio albums, three mix albums, three extended plays, five mixtapes and fourteen singles.

Albums
Studio albums

“Music Is the Weapon” (January 2017), “Peace Is the Mission” (2015), “Free the Universe” (2013), Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (2009).

EPs

“Apocalypse Soon” (2014), “Original Don” (2011), “Lazers Never Die” (2010).

Mix albums

“Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 4” (2013), “Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 3” (2013), “Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 2” (2013), “Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1” (2013).

Mixtapes

Major Lazer Essential Mix (available as podcast) (2009), Lazerproof (with La Roux, available as a free download) (2010), Major Lazer Summer Mix (available as podcast) (2010), Major Lazer Workout Mix (2013), Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire Presents: Jesse Royal – Royally Speaking (2014)(available as a free download).

Singles
As lead artist

“Believer” (with Showtek) (2016 Album Music Is the Weapon), “Cold Water” (featuring Justin Bieber and MØ) (Album Music Is the Weapon), “Boom” (with MOTi featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid and Kranium) (2016 Album Peace Is the Mission), “Light It Up (Remix)” (featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG) (2015 Album Peace Is the Mission), “Lost” (featuring MØ) (2015 Album Peace Is the Mission), “Powerful” (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley) (Album Peace Is the Mission), “Lean On” (with DJ Snake featuring MØ) (2015 Peace Is the Mission), “Come On to Me” (featuring Sean Paul) (2014 Album Apocalypse Soon), “Aerosol Can” (featuring Pharrell Williams) (2014 Album Apocalypse Soon), “Keep Cool (Life Is What)” (featuring Shaggy and Wynter Gordon) (2013 Album Apocalypse Soon), “Scare Me” (featuring Peaches and Timberlee) (Album Free the Universe), “Bubble Butt” (featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic) (2013 Album Free the Universe).

“Watch Out for This (Bumaye)” (featuring Busy Signal, The Flexican and FS Green) (2013 Album Free the Universe), “Jah No Partial” (featuring Flux Pavilion) (2012 Album Free the Universe), “Get Free” (featuring Amber Coffman) (2012 Album Free the Universe), “Original Don” (featuring The Partysquad) (2011 Album Original Don), “Jump Up” (featuring Leftside and Supahype) (2009 Album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do), “Keep It Goin’ Louder” (featuring Nina Sky and Ricky Blaze) (2009 Album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do), “Pon de Floor” (featuring Vybz Kartel and Afrojack) (2009 Album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do), “Hold the Line” (featuring Mr. Lexx and Santigold) (2009 Album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do).

Promotional singles

“Wave” (featuring Kali Uchis), “Thunder & Lightning” (featuring Gent & Jawns), “Light It Up”(featuring Nyla), “Blaze Up the Fire” (featuring Chronixx), “Be Together” (featuring Wild Belle), “Too Original” (featuring Elliphant and Jovi Rockwell), “Night Riders” (featuring Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Mad Cobra), “Roll the Bass” (2015 Album Peace Is the Mission).



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