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Steve Aoki

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Electronic dance music producer and award-winning DJ Steve Aoki built his brand around raucous live sets, high-profile remixes and collaborations, and his indie label, Dim Mak Records. His official debut album, Wonderland, received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2013, while subsequent releases remained a steady presence in the U.S. Dance chart Top Five, including a pair of chart-toppers with Neon Future, Vol. 1 (2014) and Neon Future, Vol. 3 (2018). Born in Miami in 1977, Steven Hiroyuki Aoki grew up in California -- the Japanese-American son of former wrestler and restauranteur Rocky Aoki -- where he balanced academics, athletics, and social activism with his love of music, double-majoring at University of California, Santa Barbara while also playing secret shows from his college apartment. In 1996, Aoki took his D.I.Y. record production hobby and made it official with the formation of indie label Dim Mak Records. Dim Mak went on to count indie bands and electronic acts such as Gossip, Bloc Party, the Kills, Klaxons, MSTRKRFT, and Bloody Beetroots among its stable of signees. On the side, Aoki continued to perform in bands and solo sets. In 2007, he released his first official compilation CD, Pillowface & His Airplane Chronicles, on Thrive Records. Featuring tracks by Justice, Klaxons, Mystery Jets, Peaches, Datarock, Yelle, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Scanners -- most of them remixed -- Pillowface & His Airplane Chronicles represented Aoki's renown as a taste-making dance party DJ. The mix peaked in the Top Ten of the U.S. Dance chart. In 2009 his remix work brought rapper Drake's single "Forever" to the dancefloor, while 2010 saw him release the "I'm in the House" single with Zuper Blahq, alter ego of Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am. Further high-profile artists' material was also reworked by Aoki during this period, with tracks by Michael Jackson, the Killers, and Lenny Kravitz all benefiting, while collaborations with like-minded producers such as Armand van Helden and the Bloody Beetroots continued to appear on Dim Mak. By the end of 2011, the early fruits of sessions for his debut album had materialized as the singles "Earthquakey People" -- a collaboration with Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo -- and "Tornado," on which Aoki combined forces with the multi-award-winning Tiësto. Wonderland arrived in early 2012 and marked Aoki's first appearance on the Billboard 200. The album was later nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. In late 2012, he released his first EP, It's the End of the World as We Know It. More collaborations followed, including a single between Aoki and Linkin Park titled "A Light That Never Comes," which was expanded as an EP featuring remixes by Rick Rubin, Vicetone, Coone. The track became Aoki's highest-charting single to date. In 2014, he announced details of his sophomore effort, Neon Future, Vol. 1. Marketed as a two-part record, the first installment arrived later in the year, topping the Billboard Dance chart with the help of guests such as Fall Out Boy, will.i.am, and Waka Flocka Flame. Neon Future, Vol. 2 followed in 2015 with appearances from Rivers Cuomo, Snoop Dogg, and J.J. Abrams. The next year, Aoki collaborated with One Direction's Louis Tomlinson on the single "Just Hold On," which debuted at number two on the U.K. singles chart and just outside the Top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Aoki's fourth effort arrived in the summer of 2017. Kolony featured appearances by trap rappers Migos and Lil Yachty ("Night Call"), Gucci Mane ("Lit"), Lil Uzi Vert ("Been Balling"), and 2 Chainz ("Without You"). The next year, Aoki released the single "Azukita" with Daddy Yankee, Play N Skillz, and Elvis Crespo. He followed with a quintet of big-bass, high-energy singles -- featuring guests Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Loopers, and even his mother -- which all landed on the 5OKI EP. 2018 continued to be a busy year for Aoki, with collaborations (including "Pretender" with Lil Yachty and AJR and "Be Somebody" with Nicky Romero and Kiiara) and remixes (including the star-studded "Girls" by Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX) occupying much of his output. He was also featured on a pair of tracks on the record-breaking Love Yourself: Answer by K-pop group BTS, lending his talents to the ballad "The Truth Untold" and a remix of "MIC Drop." A third BTS pairing, "Waste It on Me," was just one of many high-profile collaborations on Aoki's chart-topping Neon Future, Vol. 3. Landing at the end of 2018, the third installment in the series included appearances from blink-182, Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins, Lady Antebellum, Daddy Yankee, and even Bill Nye "the science guy." ~ Jason Birchmeier & Neil Z. Yeung
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    Popularity
  2.   Delirious (Boneless) featuring Chris Lake
  3.   Earthquakey People by Rivers Cuomo
  4.   Pretender
  5.   Night Call featuring Lil Yachty
  6.   Waste It On Me by BTS
  7.   I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki)
  8.   I'm in the House
  9.   Rage the Night Away
  10.   Livin' My Love
  11.   Born to Get Wild
  12.   Cudi the Kid
  13.   Play It Cool
  14.   Boneless
  15.   Get Me Outta Here
  16.   Lit featuring Gucci Mane
  17.   Bella Ciao by Marnik
  18.   Lie to Me by Ina Wroldsen
  19.   Been Ballin
  20.   Do It Again by Alok
  21.   Neon Future
  22.   Without U
  23.   Beat Down
  24.   Heartbreaker
  25.   Back to Earth by Fall Out Boy
  26.   Darker Than Blood
  27.   Back 2 U featuring Boehm
  28.   Come with Me (Deadmeat)
  29.   Darker Than the Light That Never Bleeds by Linkin Park
  30.   Hysteria
  31.   Pika Pika by The Loopers
  32.   $4,000,000
  33.   Afroki
  34.   Free the Madness
  35.   Without U
  36.   Delirious (Boneless)
  37.   How Else
  38.   Ladi Dadi
  39.   Lightning Strikes featuring Nervo
  40.   Fight
  41.   Why Are We So Broken
  42.   Tomorrowland 2014 Mix
  43.   Pika Pika
  44.   WARP by The Bloody Beetroots
  45.   Tornado by Tiësto
  46.   Transcend
  47.   $4,000,000 featuring Bad Royale
  48.   Phat Brahms
  49.   Bring You to Life (Transcend) featuring RAS
  50.   Singularity
  51.   Dangerous
  52.   Anthem featuring Hardwell
  53.   Thank You Very Much
  54.   No Time
  55.   Bring the Funk Back by Reid Stefan
  56.   ILYSM
  57.   Interstellar by Marnik
  58.   Titanic
  59.   Heaven on Earth
  60.   Youth Dem Turn Up by Snoop Lion
  61.   Phat Brahm
  62.   Control Freak
  63.   Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles (Continuous Mix)
  64.   Hoovela by Twiig
  65.   A Lover and Memory by Mike Posner
  66.   Be Somebody
  67.   Omega by Miss Palmer
  68.   It's Time featuring Bruce Buffer
  69.   Do Not Disturb
  70.   Anything More
  71.   Our Love Glows by Lady Antebellum
  72.   Golden Days by Jim Adkins
  73.   A Lover And A Memory by Mike Posner
  74.   Kolony Anthem featuring Bok Nero
  75.   Bring You to Life by Ras
  76.   Plur Genocide by Carnage
  77.   If I Told You That I Loved You
  78.   Kolony Anthem
  79.   Dope Girlz by Shaun Frank
  80.   Phenomena by Borgore
  81.   Light Years
  82.   Lightning Strikes
  83.   Youth Dem (Turn Up)
  84.   Warp Speed (Outro)
  85.   Light Years by Rivers Cuomo
  86.   Holding Up the World
  87.   TARS (Interlude) by Kip Thorne
  88.   Time Capsule (Intro)
  89.   Delirious (Boneless) by Chris Lake
  90.   Feedback featuring Autoerotique
  91.   Omega featuring Dan Sena
  92.   Get Me Outta Here by Flux Pavilion
  93.   Beyond Boundaries (Outro)
  94.   Transcendence (Intro)
  95.   Ladi Dadi, Pt. 2 by Wynter Gordon
  96.   Omega
  97.   The Kids Will Have Their Say
  98.   Ooh
  99.   Steve Jobs
  100.   Emergency
  101.   Wake Up Call
  102.   Brrrat! by Armand Van Helden
  103.   Neon Future III (Intro)
  104.   TARS (interlude)
  105.   Ladi Dadi, Pt. II by Wynter Gordan
  106.   I'm in the House by Zuper Blahq
  107.   Noble Gas
  108.   Kids
  109.   Cake Face
  110.   Hysteria
  111.   Moshi Moshi featuring Mama Aoki
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