Dr. Dre joined Lil Wayne to speak about the “extremely painful” death of George Floyd, the unarmed Minneapolis resident killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, on Apple Music’s Young Money Radio Friday night (May 29).
“It’s like, man, that situation, it hurt my heart. My heart is still aching,” Dr. Dre said. “And it felt like that cop had his knee on all of our necks, meaning black men. And yeah, it’s ex
- G-Eazy has released a new song produced by Marshmello – listen to ‘Stan By Me’ below.
Set to appear on his recently announced new project ‘Everything’s Strange Here’, the new single follows the release of ‘Free Porn, Cheap Drugs’, which arrived last week.
Speaking on his first full-length release since 2019’s ‘Scary Nights’, the ‘Me Myself & I’ rapper wrote: “8 weeks ago I didn’t know I needed
- "We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain," singer says
- The Coral have released a new album called ‘Lockdown Sessions’ – listen to it below.
Read more: The Coral discuss their new beer ‘Dreaming Of Brew’ in association with Goose Island
Made up of covers they recorded during lockdown and stripped back versions of songs from throughout their career, the band’s new album also features three previously unreleased original tracks: ‘One Road’, ‘Rhapsody’ and ‘Just Like Tears In Th
- Chance the Rapper is coming to the defense of protesters across the nation.
The Chicago MC took to Twitter on Saturday (May 30) to address protests in Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where citizens are flooding the streets over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
“If you hold a pen at a publication, this is the time be carefully intent with your words. Do not demonize the people that are being beat and bat
- #TheShowMustBePaused on June 2nd, "a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community,"
- Jarvis Cocker‘s new project JARV IS… have announced that they’ll be performing a virtual gig later tonight.
Read more: JARV IS… live in London: Pulp legend Jarvis Cocker puts on a rave reinvention for the end of days
The Pulp frontman and his new outfit were due to be on tour this month but due to the coronavirus pandemic were forced to postpone the dates.
Instead, Cocker and co. have announced that they will be performing a virtual gig later tonight (May 30) – pr
- John Legend has revealed that he still hasn’t reconciled with Kanye West since the pair had a disagreement over Donald Trump in 2018.
Read more: Mark, My Words: Is Kanye out-Trumping Trump?
Speaking in a new interview, the ‘All Of Me’ singer-songwriter discussed the status of his friendship with West, saying he wouldn’t consider them close, but insisted their fading friendship is “just part of the natural cycle of life.”
The former friends fell out two ye
- Kiss guitarist Bob Kulick, who toured and worked in the studio with the band, has died at the age of 70.
“I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick,” Bruce Kulick wrote on Twitter. “His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this sad time. RIP.”
I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. Hi
- Rivers Cuomo has shared a cover of ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar – watch it below.
Read more: Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy simultaneously released new songs – but which is best?
The Weezer frontman shared the rendition on Twitter ahead of this week’s episode of his Islands In The Stream sessions. It comes after his recent covers of Green Day’s ‘Good Riddance’ and Nirvana’s ‘
- "The slogan #BlackLivesMatter does not mean other lives don’t. It’s calling attention to the fact that society clearly thinks black lives don’t fucking matter!!!!! And they fucking do!!!!!"
- Like many others, Mariah Carey is searching for answers following the death of George Floyd.
The iconic singer took to social media Saturday (May 30) to sing a snippet of her 1990 song “There’s Got to Be a Way” while demanding justice for Floyd, a black man who was recently killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
“I wrote this song for my first album. Still looking for answers today. We have to make a change. We can’t be silent,” Carey captioned the v
- Danielle Haim performs a stripped-down set of new songs from the sister trio's upcoming LP, Women in Music Pt. III
- For her sixth album, Lady Gaga dove deep into the history of house music and recruited an army of electronic music veterans to go back to her dance music roots
- Billie Eilish is joining the long list of artists speaking out after the death of George Floyd.
On Saturday morning (May 30), as protests over Floyd’s controversial death spread nationwide, the 18-year-old “Bad Guy” singer took to social media to share her frustration over the situation.
“I’ve been trying to take this week to figure out a way to address this delicately,” Eilish began her post on Instagram. “I have an enormous platform and I try really ha
- "The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me," singer writes
- Cardi B also uploaded a number of videos defending the protests and property damage happening in Minneapolis.
- Cardi B, Lady Gaga and Reese Witherspoon are among the stars who have also spoken out following George Floyd's tragic death.
- Taylor Swift and Cardi B are also among the stars who have spoken in support of the protesters.
- From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week.
Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.Thalia dropped a new children’s album
Six years after dropping her Latin Grammy-nominated children’s album Viva Kids Vol.1, Thalia presents part two. Composed entirely by Thalia, Viva Kids Vol.2 is home to 15 colorful and playful songs for kids of all ages.
Fleetwood Mac’s Neil Finn, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie share new song to benefit Auckland’s homelessFleetwood Mac‘s Neil Finn has recruited bandmates Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie for a new charity single – listen to ‘Find Your Way Back Home’ below.
Proceeds from the new single are going to the Auckland City Mission, which helps the New Zealand city’s homeless population.Read more: 20 Insanely Great Fleetwood Mac SongsThe song was written by Finn about the city’s homeless population after he was inspired by a personal encounter he had at the Mission.
- Tony Hadley is the latest in a long line of stars to join the Help For Italy charity broadcast.
- "I am duty-bound to be here to simply say: That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy," Run the Jewels rapper says
- Director Nigel Dick looks back at one of Britney Spears' most unforgettable videos
- A host of record labels and other music industry figures are planning a social media blackout on Tuesday (June 2) in solidarity with the black community.
Messages shared by Warner, Universal, Dirty Hit and more set out a plan to “disconnect from work and reconnect with out community” for the day, held as “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”
The decision comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week.
- The Streets have shared a new documentary on the making of their upcoming mixtape – watch it in full below.
The 20-minute film features footage of the creation of new collaboration-based tape ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’, which comes out in July.Read more: Mike Skinner on working with Kevin Parker: “I just need Daft Punk to get in contact and my life will be complete”The new documentary features a number of the mixtape’s collaborators, inclu
- The Streets have shared a new documentary on the making of their upcoming mixtape.
The 20-minute film features footage of the creation of new collaboration-based tape ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’, which comes out in July.Read more: Mike Skinner on working with Kevin Parker: “I just need Daft Punk to get in contact and my life will be complete”The new documentary features a number of the mixtape’s collaborators, including Tame Impala‘s Kevin
- Billie Eilish has shared a message of support for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement in which she rebukes those opposed to the movement.
The singer, 18, wrote in an Instagram post today (May 30) that she would attempt to explain why black lives matter while imagining opponents as children because it “feels like that’s the only way you [motherfuckers] will understand”.
At various points in the message she addresses people who have called for “all lives matter
Elton John recalls “Herculean effort” of getting his cocaine use noticed as he hosts ‘Rocketman’ watch partyElton John has spoken about his drug-taking past while leading a watch party of his biopic Rocketman.
The pop icon hosted the event on Twitter yesterday (May 29) and shared several anecdotes and thoughts along the way. One included him commenting on the “Herculean effort” it took him to get noticed for cocaine use in ’70s LA when such debauchery was widespread.Read more: ‘Rocketman’ film review – a hurricane of imagination and exuberance“It took a fairly
- LARRY PINK THE HUMAN, the new project of Slaves guitarist and producer Jolyon Thomas, have shared their second track.
‘Might Delete Later’ follows debut single ‘Love You, Bye’, which the band shared along with the unveiling of the project last month.Read more: Slaves’ Laurie Vincent and producer Jolyon Thomas on their soft, melancholy new project LARRY PINK THE HUMAN“‘MIGHT DELETE LATER’ is about a realisation of self,” the pair said of the n
- Sleeper and The Bluetones have revised dates for their co-headline tour in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Britpop bands were meant to hit the road together from August until September this year, before the pandemic thwarted plans to play to UK audiences.Read More: Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Louise Wener, SleeperNow, the two bands will start their co-headline tour in February 2021, with dates planned in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Londo
Killer Mike tells Atlanta residents “it’s not time to burn down your own home” in impassioned speechKiller Mike has given an impassioned speech to the residents of Atlanta after violence began on the city’s streets following the death of George Floyd.
Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after being apprehended by a white police officer. Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Earlier this week, Killer Mike previewed some poignant lyrics from his upcoming Run The Jewels album ‘RTJ 4’ following the deat
- Bon Iver has joined forces with record labels to raise funds for the George Floyd memorial fund and other racial equality organisations in the US.
The musician used his platform to speak out against the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after being apprehended by a white police officer. Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Protests for George Floyd are continuing – credit: Getty
Protests and riots have e
- Norwegian songwriter Boy Pablo has released a pair of new songs called ‘Hey Girl’ and ‘I Just Wanna Go Home’ and announced details of his debut album.
Read more: Boy Pablo: the Norwegian internet sensation laughing through the heartbreak
The two new tracks preview the upcoming debut full-length, which is called ‘Wachito Rico’ and comes out on October 23 via Norwegian label 777 Music.
Speaking of the new songs, Pablo says that they were both “made during
- Jamie xx has shared a new quarantine collaboration with Jockstrap and Black Country, New Road member Georgia Ellery.
The new two-hour live session was recorded while the pair were quarantining together. It’s been shared as part of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction show.Read more: Quarantunes: a daily playlist of upbeat songs to help you through self-isolationListen to the new two-hour Late Junction mix in full here.
Last month, Jamie xx released new song ‘Idontknow’, his first
Lil Wayne shares deluxe version of ‘Funeral’ featuring new collaborations with Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert and moreLil Wayne has released an expanded version of his new album, ‘Funeral’, with eight additional songs.
The deluxe record, which was a surprise drop, includes collaborations with Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, Jessie Reyez, Benny The Butcher, and Conway The Machine.Read more: NME Big Read – Jessie Reyez: “Death is a big part of who I am”
The original version of Funeral was released in late January of this year and featured appearances from XXXTentacion, Big Sean,
- Dropkick Murphys played a full set at an empty baseball stadium in Boston last night (May 29). Watch the whole gig in full below.
Dubbed ‘Streaming Outta Fenway’, the livestreamed performance saw the band play a career-spanning 28-song set at the Fenway Park stadium, with a little help from Bruce Springsteen.Read more: Dropkick Murphys on their livestreamed St Patrick’s Day gig: “It’s one of the most special shows we’ve ever played”The new livestream was
- Robbie Williams rejoined Take That for a one-off virtual charity show last night (May 29).
The singer joined forces with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald for a lockdown show. It was to raise funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and Crew Nation, who are helping to support concert crews during the coronavirus outbreak.
Watch footage of their reunion below, including performances of ‘Back For Good’, ‘Pray’ and ‘The Flood’.Williams famously left
- The company behind Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is being sued over its alleged refusal to offer cash refunds to customers who bought tickets for the 2020 event.
Ultra Enterprises, which runs the annual Miami gathering and other Ultra music events globally, is claimed by plaintiffs Samuel Hernandez and Richard Montoure to have insisted on customers transferring their tickets to either the 2021 or 2022 edition.Read more: Coronavirus: every cancelled gig, festival and tour – and how to
- On Friday (May 29) evening, Rihanna spoke out on the deaths of several African Americans, focusing primarily on the killing of unarmed Minneapolis resident George Floyd by a police officer who kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes despite protests from Floyd that he couldn’t breathe.
“For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me
- In an empty Fenway Park, the Boston roots-punk band played the first great rock show of the pandemic era, with help from Springsteen
- J-pop band RADWIMPS shared the new music video accompanying “Neko-jarashi (Orchestra ver.).”
The dreamy video features footage shot by many visual artists centering on those involved in the band’s past works. As COVID-19 throws the world into chaos, the creators captured scenes from daily life that we used to take for granted, based on their current perspectives and emotions.
When joined together, the completed video reflecting each artist’s vision conveys the value of no
- J-pop singer Nana Mizuki will premiere the full concert footage from her NANA MIZUKI LIVE PARK 2016 concert at 7 p.m. Sunday (May 31) Japan time.
This show, now considered “legendary” by fans lucky enough to witness it at the time, was the veteran voice actress’ first headlining concert at the historic Hanshin Koshien Stadium.
Mizuki is a known fan of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team that calls the stadium home, and the show featured colorful “jet balloons” launched
- New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the novel coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
Cuomo said the city was meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing, will “stockpile” personal protective equipment and will focus on infection rates in hot spots by ZIP code.
“We believe all of these things can be done next week,” the Democratic governor said at his daily briefing. The state
- And Gaga wasn't in a celebratory, album-release mood when she woke up to all the drama on Friday.
- “What’s going on, Boston?” Dropkick Murphys’ lead singer and bassist Ken Casey shouted in Boston’s Red Sox Fenway Park on Friday night (May 29)–but this time, instead of thousands of fans cheering back, the ballpark was empty.
Streaming Outta Fenway, the two-hour concert by the Celtic punk band, marks the first time a musical performance has ever taken place at an empty major U.S. arena, stadium or ballpark. The show was put on to raise funds fo
- Taylor Swift slammed President Donald Trump on Friday (May 29) for tweeting that protesters in Minnesota should be shot. The tweet has become Swift’s most-liked tweet ever, hitting more than one million likes in less than five hours.
“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November.
- Spotify has filed a third party claim in a federal court in Tennessee against Kobalt Music Publishing, alleging that the company is at fault in a copyright dispute over 243 Eminem songs, including the Grammy- and Oscar-winning “Lose Yourself.”
The filing stems from a lawsuit initiated in August 2019 by Eight Mile Style, the publisher of the Eminem songs in question, against Spotify, which alleged the streaming service was engaging in willful copyright infringement by hosting these hu
- Miguel honored George Floyd, an unarmed black man from Minnesota who was killed Monday (May 25) at the hands of police officers, during his virtual performance of “Candles in the Sun” last night (May 28).
Performing as part of the #CokeStudioSessions hosted on BeApp, a new livestream concert platform, Miguel laid face down on the ground with his hands behind his back to emulate Floyd’s position when ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee down on his neck
- It was a big week for dance lovers, with Kygo’s new LP Golden Hour, Diplo’s long-awaited country album, Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil and Lady Gaga’s dazzling Chromatica all dropping today (May 29).
Add these big-time projects to a barrage of new beat-laden tunes by Jayda G, Baauer, Boys Noize and A-Trak and Chromeo’s Dave-1 performing as The Brothers Maklovitch, (reasonable as they are, in fact, real life brothers.)
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