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A conceptual EDM act based around a fictional character, Major Lazer launched in 2008 as the digital reggae/dancehall project of Diplo, the globetrotting, taste-making DJ/producer whose previous collaborations included work for M.I.A. and Santigold. Recorded at Jamaica's Tuff Gong studios, Major Lazer's debut album, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, featured producer Switch as a member. Vocal contributions came from noted dancehall stars including Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Mr. Vegas, and Turbulence, as well as Santigold, Nina Sky, and rapper Amanda Blank. Much anticipation and online chatter were fueled in part by the novelty video/song "Zumbi," featuring the comedian Andy Milonakis, the frenetic, legitimate lead single "Hold the Line," and a goofy, invented back-story about a renegade Jamaican commando with prosthetic laser arms who was allegedly a Zombie War veteran and vampire-fighting C.I.A. operative (but was demonstrably a rampant Twitter user). The album was released in June of 2009 as a joint venture between Downtown Records and Diplo's Mad Decent label. Lazers Never Die, an EP with two new songs and three remixes, followed in 2010, along with Lazerproof, a collaborative mixtape with the English electropop duo La Roux. In 2012, Snoop Dogg joined Diplo for the digital reggae single "La La La," released under the name Snoop Lion, while Switch announced he was leaving the project. Likewise, hype man Skerrit Bwoy left in order to pursue religion. Diplo carried on with producer Jillionaire, joining the group for Free the Universe, the group's sophomore album. The 2013 release featured Wyclef, Bruno Mars, Vybz Kartel, and Shaggy on its long guest list. Sean Paul and Pharrell Williams joined the party for the 2014 EP Apocalypse Soon, which was also the first Major Lazer release to include Walshy Fire, who had replaced Skerrit Bwoy as the group's live MC. The 2015 album Peace Is the Mission featured the massive hit "Lean On," plus chart-topping guests like Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, and 2 Chainz. It was also supported by an animated series that aired on the FXX cable television network. An extended edition of Peace Is the Mission appeared in November of 2015, sporting five bonus songs. In 2016, Major Lazer scored their biggest pop hit yet with "Cold Water" (featuring Justin Bieber and MØ), which topped the charts in over a dozen countries. ~ K. Ross Hoffman
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Albums by
Major Lazer

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    6 songs

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    Cold Water

    18 songs

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    Free the Universe

    13 songs

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    Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do

    9 songs

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    Peace Is the Mission

    5 songs

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    Apocalypse Soon

    3 songs

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    Watch Out For This (Bumaye) Remixes

    14 songs

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    Peace Is the Mission [Extended]

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    Powerful [Remixes]

    16 songs

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    Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do

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    Get Free

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    Get Free

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    Original Don

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    Keep It Goin' Louder

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    Keep It Goin' Louder

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    Cold Water

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    light it up [Remix]

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    Lean On [Remixes], Vol.2

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    Hold the Line

    5 songs

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    Lazers Never Die

    5 songs

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    Lean On (Remixes)

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    Original Don (Remixes) - EP

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    Too Original

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    Night Riders

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    Roll the Bass

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Top Songs by
Major Lazer

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  2.   Lean On featuring DJ Snake
  3.   Bubble Butt featuring Bruno Mars
  4.   Watch Out for This (Bumaye) featuring Busy Signal
  5.   Cold Water
  6.   Light It Up
  7.   Powerful
  8.   Get Free by Amber Coffman
  9.   Pon De Floor
  10.   You're No Good featuring Danielle Haim
  11.   Hold the Line
  12.   Original Don by The Partysquad
  13.   Jah No Partial by Flux Pavilion
  14.   Aerosol Can
  15.   Be Together
  16.   All My Love
  17.   Night Riders
  18.   When You Hear the Bassline
  19.   Light It Up featuring Fuse ODG
  20.   Bubble Butt featuring 2Chainz
  21.   Light It Up by Nyla
  22.   All My Love featuring Ariana Grande
  23.   Come On To Me
  24.   Too Original
  25.   Boom
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    Radio Disney

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    Summer 2016: The Hot 25

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    Top 50 Dance/Electronic Songs of 2015

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    Bruno Mars: The Count Up

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    Ellie Goulding: The Count Up

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    The Slacker Top 40

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    Coachella 2016

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    '80s, '90s & Today

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    Top 50 Pop Songs of 2015

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    Overall Top 50 Songs of 2015

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    Top 50 Dance/Electronic Songs of 2014

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    Top 50 Most Banned Songs of 2015

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    Lollapalooza 2016

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    Dance Party

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