BREAKING: Diplo announces the end of Major Lazer
The world’s biggest Moombahton act is coming to a great close. In an interview with Complex magazine, Major Lazer frontman; Diplo explained that the trio’s next album (due for release next year) will be their last. The news comes on the eve of a tour throughout Africa, kicking off on September 29 in Johannesburg, ending in Uganda on October 8.
The trio, who reached peak success in 2015 on the heels of their album ‘Peace Is The Mission’, have released 3 studio albums and 23 singles since their inception in 2008. ‘Peace Is The Mission’, which reached #1 in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands, featured a number of smash-hits, including; ‘Powerful’, ‘Light it Up’, and of course, their biggest hit ‘Lean On’, which went on to reach Platinum-status in 12 different countries (including 7x in Australia) and top 26 different charts across the globe.
Citing the music industry’s rapid-pace, Diplo explains the role it played in Major Lazer’s eventual disbandment:
“Music is so fast nowadays. It’s like we’re in a hip-hop cycle all the time; a new rapper comes out and careers last like two years these days. Everything is so rushed, so we’re just so lucky we can get things out on the radio these days. I think this project has enough energy around it that we’re able to keep being relevant, that’s the essence of being great DJs. We all love music, so we don’t have to get stuck in a certain style.”
Major Lazer just released an ‘Afrobeats’ mixtape featuring a bunch of music they’re going to be releasing on an Afro-centric EP, prior to their final album’s next year. Listen below.