Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Steve Aoki releases new single “Waste It On Me” featuring BTS along with the tracklist for his highly anticipated album Neon Future III, set to release next month on Friday, November 9th via Ultra Music/Dim Mak.
The track is a dynamic anthem for young restless love, explaining how we feel when we find someone we want to pursue and spend all our free time with, no matter the circumstance. The chorus “waste it on me” is an echo to that feeling of desire we have when we want a special person to invest their limited time in pursuing us, hoping it’s mutual.
“We’re happy for this meaningful and heart-felt collaboration,” said BTS. “The song is just so amazing, we really enjoyed working on it. It’s our first song that is entirely in English. It was refreshing and fun to record the song. We hope this would be a good present for our fans.”
“I’m so psyched to share this collaboration with one of the most exciting and inspiring group of guys I’ve met in the past few years,” said Aoki. “It’s an absolute honor to work with them once again on ‘Waste It On Me.’ I can’t wait for my fans to hear what’s in store for them next on this third installment of Neon Future.”
BTS and Steve began their musical relationship back in 2017, when Steve remixed BTS’s hit song, “MIC Drop” with Grammy-nominated rapper Desiigner taking the hit to #1 on the Billboard US World Digital Chart in 2017-2018, over 127 million streams on Spotify, the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in US history, and the first to go certified Gold. BTS is no stranger to success, not only are the superstars on a completely sold-out arena and stadium world tour, they are also being honoured by the Korean government for spreading Korean culture, and they recently spoke at the United Nations. Vulture calls them “the biggest boy band in the world with the most devoted fandom” and their message of love and positivity is making waves everywhere, especially in New York, with their noteworthy Citi Field performance that lit up the stadium, selling out 40,000 tickets in a matter of minutes. BTS will also be debuting a movie on the big screen with a “B.T.S.” experience of the group, called Burn the Stage: the Movie, which is set for a limited time release on 15th November. The film will feature an intimate following of the superstars’ rise to fame and their incredible The Wings Tour 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III, which shifted 550,000 tickets across 40 concerts.
This new track follows Aoki’s recent releases of “Jaleo” with Nicky Jam, “Hoovela” with Croatian DJ/producer TWIIG and Aoki’s pop anthem, “Be Somebody” featuring Multi-Platinum vocalist Kiiara and Multi-Platinum DJ & producer Nicky Romero, that had its premiere performance on The TODAY Show.
Renowned for his adventurous attitude toward genre-defying collaborations, Aoki reveals the newest chapter in the ‘Neon Future’ series – an ongoing thread of connected concept albums that delve into Aoki’s deep interest in futurism through technology and explores timely themes of singularity, biotechnology, electronic immortality and the symbiotic relationship between man and machine – Neon Future III, which serves as his most pop-driven project to date. This next installment includes never before heard collaborations with Blink-182, via their long-awaited collaboration “Why Are We So Broken”; Mike Posner, on the introspective “A Lover and a Memory”; and “Our Love Glows” ft. Lady Antebellum. In addition, the album includes One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson global hit “Just Hold On,” which debuted at #1 in more than 40 countries and has since gone gold or platinum in 18 countries; Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui track “All Night” which hit #1 on the iTunes dance chart; and the Spanish-language track “Azukita,” featuring an all-star cast of Latin pop legends: Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, and Elvis Crespo, which is certified Disco de Oro & Platino Digital Single (Gold Disc & Platinum Digital Single) by RIAA in the US and the track also went certified gold in Mexico, Italy, Chile, and Argentina, and certified platinum in Spain. The new album is available for pre-order today and the full tracklist can be found below.
Steve Aoki – Neon Future III (Intro)
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
Steve Aoki – Waste It On Me ft. BTS
Steve Aoki & Nicky Romero – Be Somebody ft. Kiiara
Steve Aoki – Pretender ft. Lil Yachty & AJR
Steve Aoki – A Lover And A Memory ft. Mike Posner
Steve Aoki – Why Are We So Broken ft. blink-182
Steve Aoki – Golden Days ft. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World
Steve Aoki – Our Love Glows ft. Lady Antebellum
Steve Aoki – Anything More ft. Era Istrefi
Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui – All Night
Steve Aoki – Do Not Disturb ft. Bella Thorne
Steve Aoki – Lie To Me ft. Ina Wroldsen
Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo – Azukita
Steve Aoki & TWIIG – Hoovela
Steve Aoki & Don Diablo x Lush & Simon – What We Started ft. BullySongs
Steve Aoki – Noble Gas ft. Bill Nye
Outside of music, Aoki has been busy recently with multiple projects including donating his set of touring gear to The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, becoming the first-ever electronic artist to be in an exhibit at the museum, and the third DJ ever to become an official part of American history. The exhibit, “Dolby Gateway to American Culture” was opened to the public on October 19th. Aoki has also been featured as the face of Diesel’s new Full Guard 2.5 touchscreen smartwatch which just launched on October 9th and participated in a panel for his just launched dystopian comic book series, Neon Future, which debuted at New York Comic Con earlier this month.
About Steve Aoki:
Two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Steve Aoki is one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 1.5 billion music streams on Spotify, with an additional 2 billion music streams on YouTube. As the founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak Records, which he founded in 1996, Aoki has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills, among many others. Dim Mak today counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop, and beyond over its two-decades-plus discography. As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; the Neon Future series, which includes Neon Future I (2014, certified gold by the RIAA), Neon Future II (2015), Neon Future III (November 2018), and Neon Future IV (spring 2019); and the hip-hop centric Steve Aoki Presents Kolony (2017). His genre-defying collaborations also include original songs with A-listers like Lil Yachty and Migos (“Night Call” from Kolony, 2017); One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson on the global hit “Just Hold On” (2016), which debuted at #1 in more than 40 countries and has since gone gold or platinum in 18 countries; and Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, and Elvis Crespo on the Spanish-language track “Azukita” (2018). In 2016, Aoki released the Netflix Originals documentary film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, which earned him his second Grammy nomination for Best Music Film and globally released in more than 190 countries. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 world’s highest paid DJ’s and the world’s hardest working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting more than 250 tour dates per year, with past performances at nearly every top festival around the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, and more. As a fashion designer/entrepreneur, Aoki has collaborated with major fashion and lifestyle brands like Converse and Bathing Ape and serves as a global ambassador for several international brands including ASICS and Diesel. In 2016, he also debuted his very own Dim Mak Collection streetwear line, which he later presented at New York Fashion Week in 2017. In 2012, Aoki founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas and has donated more than $500,000 to date. www.steveaoki.com
BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boy band that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally. The members of BTS are RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook. BTS gains recognition from their authentic, self-produced music. From their top-notch performances to the way they interact with their fans, BTS has become a global phenomenon since they debuted in June 2013. They have mobilized millions of fans across the world (named ARMY), topped prominent music charts, sold out worldwide tours and have been recognized with prestigious awards like the Billboard Music Awards.