When we last checked in with our friends Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello from Swedish House Mafia, they were hours away from unleashing a then-untitled single upon thousands and thousands of screaming fans at the Ultra Music Festival during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. Just hours after their show, a Czech house-music blog illegally posted a high-quality version of the song called “Gangster the Dog,”
and on Monday, SHM officially released the single under the name “One.”
“I don’t know where [the Czech blog] got [that name] from!” Steve Angello told MTV News on Thursday. “Sebastian’s dog is called Gangster, but I don’t know how they pasted his dog together with a track! It was kind of confusing, but, you know, now it’s out.”
Dubbed “the hottest record in the world” by BBC DJ Zane Lowe, “One” reached the top of dance-music site Beatport’s downloads chart faster than any other song. Angello admitted that was at least partially due to the buzz drummed up by the leak.
“Dirty South [a close friend of SHM] was playing the record, and somebody in Montreal recorded his set without telling him,” Angello said. “After that, we just had to release the record, because everyone was buzzing about it and there were all these clips on YouTube and file-sharing things. So we had to make a quick move and release the record, otherwise it would have been destroyed.”
While Beatport declined to provide hard numbers, its vice president of marketing, Shawn Sabo, told MTV News the track went “straight to #1 after only four hours, largely due to the massive hype around the tune from Pete Tong and WMC.”
Angello noted that “Leave the World Behind,” the team’s hit from last year (released under the name Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello & Laidback Luke), hit #1 on the Beatport chart “pretty quick, so when this one went straight to #1, broke the record of the quickest #1, and it’s called “One” — it’s perfect!”
So what’s next for the gents Tiësto calls the “rock stars of house music”? Angello assured us they’ve got plenty in store for the fans.
“We’ve all reached a pretty good point in our solo careers, so I think we’re all going to focus a little more on making some music and vibing together,” he said. “We just get into the studio and what happens, happens. We never have a plan, it just happens; it’s magic!”
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