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Electronic dance music (EDM) is a term used to describe a wide array of contemporary electronic music intended for clubs, festivals and raves. Related genres include dance, trance, dubstep, house and dancehall.

EDM hit the mainstream in the late 80s in Europe due to the increasing popularity of club culture. It took longer for the genre to gain traction in the US but now it's quite common for EDM acts to enjoy mainstream chart success. For example The Chainsmokers' 2016 hit "Closer" had the second longest reign at number one in US chart history.

The term EDM was initially intended by industry figures to rebrand rave culture and shed the negative associations it attracted in the media and from politicians in the 90s.

EDM is an incredibly broad genre, but some influential acts in the development of the style include Afrika Bambaataa, Paul Oakenfold, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk.

Q-asar acts that fall under the umbrella of EDM include Pure Souls, So Simple! and X-planation