Ultra Music Festival 2015 just blew its surprise superstar load as Usher joined heir-to-the-EDM-throne Martin Garrix for a surprise live performance of their new collabo track, “Don’t Look Down.”
The explosive Main Stage was all fireworks, confused ravers, and screaming girls when the A-Town R&B legend stood atop the decks alongside his 18-year-old buddy. From the sound of it, this song is a summer festival anthem too big to escape.
This is a big moment for Garrix who talked to New Times about the experience of working with Usher in the studio. Their single was released on iTunes Tuesday, March 17, sitting at in the number-27 slot on the Billboard dance and electronica charts.
The nod from the decade-spanning icon is just another milestone in the young Dutch producer’s rise to fame. And it's the latest in the trend-setting pop star’s long list of EDM crossover hits.
Usher is no stranger to the dance music world. His lead single “Climax” from album Looking 4 Myself was produced by twerk king Diplo. And “Love in This Club” became a nightlife anthem after a remix from hipster-approved MSTRKRFT. Even his crunk days working with fellow Atlantian Lil Jon has roots in the dance music sphere.
The Usher shocker is only the most recent celeb cameo on UMF’s storied Main Stage. In 2012, Madonna made headlines when she joined Avicii while Slash jammed with Chuckie in 2013. And now that Scooter Braun manages Martin Garrix, the only thing we’re left wishing is Ultra 2015 was set for a Justin Bieber spotting too. There’s always next year.
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Update Or this year... Because the Biebz just showed up for the final night of Ultra 2015, helping close out the fest with Skrillex, Diplo, and Diddy.