• 4 Black Artists to Perform on 2021 ACM Awards: Here’s the Full Lineup

    4 Black Artists to Perform on 2021 ACM Awards: Here’s the Full Lineup
    The Academy of Country Music is doubling down on is message that country needs to be more welcoming to artists of color by booking four Black artists to perform on the 56th ACM Awards on April 18.
    Mickey Guyton, who is set to co-host the show with Keith Urban, is performing, as are Kane Brown, whose Mixtape Vol. 1 is up for album of the year; Americana duo The War and Treaty; and gospel great CeCe Winans, who is expected to team with Carrie Underwood to perform “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,&
  • H.E.R., Leslie Odom Jr. & More to Perform Oscar-Nominated Songs on Pre-Show, Not the Main Telecast

    H.E.R., Leslie Odom Jr. & More to Perform Oscar-Nominated Songs on Pre-Show, Not the Main Telecast
    The producers of the 93rd annual Academy Awards had good news and bad news for the singers who are performing this year’s Oscar nominees for best original song. The good news: All five nominees will be performed in their entirety. The bad news: They’ll be featured on a 90-minute pre-show, Oscars: Into the Spotlight, which is billed as “the lead-in” to the Oscars.
    Hosted by actors Ariana DeBose (Hamilton) and Lil Rel Howery (Bad Trip), the pre-show will air Sunday, April 2
  • Taylor Swift Reveals the ‘Fearless’ Vault Song That Pointed to Her Pop Future

    Taylor Swift Reveals the ‘Fearless’ Vault Song That Pointed to Her Pop Future
    When Taylor Swift released her fifth album, 1989, in 2014, she made a point to announce that it was her first all-pop project. But the writing was on the wall for her genre transition long before then.
    In a new interview about her re-recorded 2008 project Fearless (Taylor’s Version) with Audacy (formerly Radio.com), Swift says the newly released “From the Vault” song “Mr. Perfectly Fine” made it crystal-clear that she had more than country music on her mind.
  • Rammstein Selling $1,000 Hoodies and More – Is Luxury Merch a Thing Now?

    Rammstein Selling $1,000 Hoodies and More – Is Luxury Merch a Thing Now?
    German industrial metal band Rammstein has partnered with Balenciaga for some luxury merch. The unisex apparel comes with a custom-curated playlist and is luxury-priced. The hoodie cost $1,000 before it sold out, and there’s a fanny pack for $850. The luxury merch features an image of all the band’s members and the Rammstein logo. There’s […]
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  • Amazon 2nd-Gen Echo Buds Now Come With 6 Months Amazon Music Unlimited

    Amazon 2nd-Gen Echo Buds Now Come With 6 Months Amazon Music Unlimited
    Amazon is offering six months of free music with its second-gen Echo Buds release. The new generation of Alexa-enabled hearables from Amazon are only $99 for a limited time. They come in Black or Glacier White and Amazon has its sights set firmly on both Apple and Spotify with this offer. Offering hardware and six […]
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  • Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Applications Expected to Relaunch Next Week

    Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Applications Expected to Relaunch Next Week
    The Small Business Administration has announced that Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applications are expected to reopen at the end of next week, after failing to launch on April 8. 
    In a statement released Friday (April 16), the SBA said, “Over the next few days, our tech team and vendors will remain focused on testing the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal” and assured possible applicants that nothing will change over the weekend.  
    “W
  • DMX Memorial Service Set for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

    DMX Memorial Service Set for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
    A memorial service for late rapper DMX will be held April 24 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Billboard can confirm.
    Though Barclays Center is big enough to accommodate 19,000 fans for concerts, it’s unclear how many people would be allowed inside the New York arena with current COVID-19 restrictions. According to a source close to the situation, Barclays is maxed at 10% capacity currently and the service will not be open to the public.
    Further details for the service, first reported b
  • Megan Thee Stallion Makes It Rain In ‘Movie’ Video With Lil Durk

    Megan Thee Stallion Makes It Rain In ‘Movie’ Video With Lil Durk
    Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Durk released the music video for their fan-favorite collab track "Movie" on Thursday (April 15) and brought the lights, camera, and action with them.
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  • Public memorial for DMX to take place in Brooklyn next weekend

    Public memorial for DMX to take place in Brooklyn next weekend
    DMX will be honoured at a public memorial in Brooklyn next weekend, the late rapper’s manager has confirmed.
    The hip-hop legend died last week (April 9) after suffering a heart attack on April 2 that was reportedly caused by an overdose.READ MORE: DMX, 1970 – 2021: hip-hop giant who shone brightest in the darknessSpeaking to TMZ, DMX’s manager Steve Rifkind said fans would be able to pay their respects to the star at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena next Saturday (Ap
  • First Stream Latin: New Music From Sebastian Yatra & Myke Towers, Ximena Sariñana, More

    First Stream Latin: New Music From Sebastian Yatra & Myke Towers, Ximena Sariñana, More
    First Stream Latin is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors. Check out this week’s picks below.
    Sebastian Yatra & Myke Towers, “Pareja del Año” (Universal Music Latino)
    If there’s one track that can perfectly marry pop and urban music it’s “Pareja del Año,” the new collaboration between Sebastian Yatra and Myke Towers. Produced by Grammy winners Andrés Torres
  • UTA First Major Agency to Set Optional Return to Office Date

    UTA First Major Agency to Set Optional Return to Office Date
    Hollywood is making plans to get back into physical offices.
    UTA has become the first agency to set a return-to-work date for employees. UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer sent an email to staff on Friday with the news that employees can start working in the offices again as early as mid-June.
    The agency will open its doors gradually, with different dates set for its various offices around the world. The Nashville location will be the first of the agency’s offices to open up, eyeing June 1. The Los Ang
  • First Out: New Music From Rina Sawayama, Elton John, Troye Sivan & More

    First Out: New Music From Rina Sawayama, Elton John, Troye Sivan & More
    Looking for some new tunes from queer artists? Look no further; Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new music releases from LGBTQ artists.
    From Rina Sawayama and Elton John’s touching duet, to Troye Sivan’s latest collaboration with Tate McRae & Regard, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below.Rina Sawayama with Elton John, “Chosen Family”When she originally released “Chosen F
  • 10 Noteworthy Covers of U2’s ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’

    10 Noteworthy Covers of U2’s ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’
    Dierks Bentley will team with Americana duo The War and Treaty to perform U2’s 1984 classic “Pride (In the Name of Love)” on the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 18).
    Bentley has a long history with the song, which was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and death. The country star recorded the song for his 2010 album Up on the Ridge, which became his fifth album to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. He was backed on the recording by the Punch Brothers, featuring
  • Evanescence to hold livestream concert hosted by Alice Cooper

    Evanescence to hold livestream concert hosted by Alice Cooper
    Evanescence are set to hold a new livestream concert that will be hosted by rock icon Alice Cooper.
    The band released their latest album ‘The Bitter Truth’ last month (March 26), marking their first record of new material in a decade.READ MORE: Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Amy Lee, EvanescenceNow, the group will perform tracks from that album and from across their back catalogue at the new virtual gig. Taking place on May 13, the show – dubbed &
  • From Kali Uchis to Juanes, 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV at the 2021 Latin AMAs

    From Kali Uchis to Juanes, 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV at the 2021 Latin AMAs
    The 2021 Latin American Music Awards took place Thursday, with Bad Bunny becoming the biggest winner of the night as he collectded five awards. He was followed by nine-time nominee Karol G, who nabbed three prizes for her Nicki Minaj-assisted “Tusa,” including song of the year.
    In addition to the big wins, heartfelt speeches and memorable performances — including special tributes to Jose Luis “El Puma” Rodriguez and the late Joan Sebastian — a lot of action ha
  • First Country: New Music From Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini and More

    First Country: New Music From Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini and More
    Eric Church, HeartThe first of three albums coming from Church over the next week as part of the Heart & Soul trilogy, Heart, as the title implies, often deals with affairs of the heart, whether it’s the Seger-like “Heart on Fire” or the cinematic heartbreaker “Crazyland” (where, as so often, Church and his longtime backing singer Joanna Cotten wrap their vocals smoothly around each other). But the 9-track set also includes the blistering indictment of country e
  • Anson Seabra Crowns Top TV Songs Chart After ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Episode

    Anson Seabra Crowns Top TV Songs Chart After ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Episode
    Grey’s Anatomy holds four of the 10 positions on Billboard’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind, led by Anson Seabra’s “Walked Through Hell,” which enters at No. 1.
    Rankings for the Top TV Songs chart are based on song and show data provided by Tunefind and ranked using a formula blending that data with sales and streaming information tracked by MRC Data during the corresponding period of March 2021.
    Seabra’s “Walked Through Hell” appeared in
  • Duff McKagan’s pre-Guns N’ Roses band The Living share video for ‘Live By The Gun’

    Duff McKagan’s pre-Guns N’ Roses band The Living share video for ‘Live By The Gun’
    Duff McKagan’s pre-Guns N’ Roses band The Living have shared the video for their song ‘Live By The Gun’ – scroll down to watch it now.
    The band, which formed in Seattle when the bassist was 15 years old, put out a record of previously unreleased songs ‘The Living: 1982’ earlier today (April 16).READ MORE: Guns N’ Roses – Every album ranked‘Live By The Gun’ is one of those tracks, and features McKagan on guitar. “Sh
  • Warner Music Japan Exec & Allm Inc. CEO Talk New Solution to Bring Crowds Safely Back to Concerts

    Warner Music Japan Exec & Allm Inc. CEO Talk New Solution to Bring Crowds Safely Back to Concerts
    While large-scale crowds haven’t returned to live concerts and events in Japan a year into the worldwide pandemic, concert promoters have been testing out various solutions in order to resume mass gathering events in a safe way.
    One such solution is “MyPass,” developed by Allm Inc., a company that provides next-gen technology solutions and medical communications platforms for the healthcare industry. Allm Inc. has been providing various ICT tools to help local governments and m
  • The Super Rare Rolling Stones Headphones Collab Just Got Restocked

    The Super Rare Rolling Stones Headphones Collab Just Got Restocked
    If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.
    The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic rock artists in history, but aside from t-shirts (like the ones seen here), the group doesn’t really license its name to many projects outside of music.
    That all changed a few years ago when the Stones partnered with audio brand Master & Dynamic on a limited-edition headphones collaboration.
    The Master & Dy
  • NiziU’s ‘Take a Picture’ Logs Second Week at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

    NiziU’s ‘Take a Picture’ Logs Second Week at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100
    NiziU’s “Take a picture” logs a second week at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated April 5 to 11.The nine-member girl group dropped the CD on April 7, which sold 347,432 copies to lead the physical sales metric of the chart’s methodology. The track also rules look-ups, downloads, and video views, while also performing well in streaming (No. 3), Twitter mentions (No. 3) and radio airplay (No. 8).“Take a picture” sold about 30,000 more copies than
  • Ricky Martin Talks Coping With the Pandemic at the 2021 Latin AMAs: ‘Beautiful Things Are Happening’

    Ricky Martin Talks Coping With the Pandemic at the 2021 Latin AMAs: ‘Beautiful Things Are Happening’
    Before Ricky Martin joined Carlos Vives onstage Thursday night for the TV performance debut of their optimistic collaboration “Canción Bonita,” he chatted with Billboard on the red carpet.
    “It’s called ‘Pretty Song’ and the title speaks for itself,” Martin tells Billboard. “I mean, with everything that we’re dealing with at the moment, I think this is what we needed to release. He’s someone that I love and he’s my friend fo
  • My Chemical Romance “deeply sad” to postpone 2021 tour dates to 2022

    My Chemical Romance “deeply sad” to postpone 2021 tour dates to 2022
    My Chemical Romance have moved their 2021 tour dates to 2022 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.READ MORE: Life after death – Why My Chemical Romance still have so much more to giveThe band said in a statement that they are “deeply sad” to reschedule their touring plans. “But those emotions are only a fraction of the depth of feeling we have all experienced watching the suffering and loss of the past year. We just want to be as sure as we can be that everyone is safe
  • Taylor Swift Shares the ‘Truth’ Behind Why We Haven’t Seen Her Cat Meredith Recently

    Before you put up any “Missing Cat” posters around Taylor Swift’s neighborhood, the singer/songwriter wants you to know that her OG cat Meredith is OK.
    If you haven’t been following the mystery, it turns out Swifties were worried about the status of Taylor’s first cat, Meredith, after Swift seemed to be exclusively sharing pictures of her newer cats, Olivia and Benjamin. In a video posted Friday (April 16), Swift sets the record straight.
    “We’ve been hea
  • Apple Music tells artists it now pays double than Spotify per stream

    Apple Music tells artists it now pays double than Spotify per stream
    Apple Music has sent a letter to artists and labels saying that it now pays double what Spotify does per stream on average.READ MORE: Nadine Shah, Tim Burgess, Ed O’Brien and more on ongoing streaming debate: “We need a fairer system in place”According to figures from last year, in the US Spotify paid $0.00437 per stream on average while Apple Music paid $0.00735 on average.
    In the letter, which was sent to labels and publishers and posted on the platform’s artist da
  • Warner Music Says Dwight Yoakam Has No Claim Over Debut Album

    Warner Music Says Dwight Yoakam Has No Claim Over Debut Album
    Warner Music Group is asking a judge to dismiss country star Dwight Yoakam’s lawsuit against the label that seeks to reclaim the rights to his debut album, claiming Yoakam doesn’t own the rights to two of the songs and the singer’s other claims against them are without merit.
    Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., Yoakam’s 1986 debut topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, powered by lead single “Honky Tonk Man” — a song first popularized by country
  • These Photos of Harry Styles Dressed as Ariel From ‘The Little Mermaid’ Have Fans Flippin’ Their Fins

    These Photos of Harry Styles Dressed as Ariel From ‘The Little Mermaid’ Have Fans Flippin’ Their Fins
    Look at these photos of Harry Styles dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid — aren’t they neat?
    A tidal wave of previously-unreleased pics from Style’s 2019 promo shoot for Saturday Night Live have resurfaced, if you will, and fans quickly went bonkers.
    Behold, Styles in full Ariel garb, from the tip of his red-wigged head to that glorious, shimmering green tail.Shellfishly, we wish we could have these photos of Hazza all to ourselves, but here they a
  • How to Watch Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, Featuring Justin Bieber, Doja Cat & More

    How to Watch Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, Featuring Justin Bieber, Doja Cat & More
    If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.
    YouTuber Jake Paul is taking on ex-MMA fighter Ben Askren in a boxing match this weekend at the Triller Fight Club event.
    The two will fight eight rounds at Cruiserweight on Saturday (April 17) starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Fite.TV here.Justin Bieber, Diplo, The Black Keys, Doja Cat and Major Lazer are all expected to perform at the event, as will Mt. West
  • Harry Styles is richest One Direction member as record label doubles in value

    Harry Styles is richest One Direction member as record label doubles in value
    The singer's Erskine Records Ltd is believed to be worth $39.7 million (£28.8 million).
  • Chrissy Teigen returns to Twitter after 'terrible' three weeks offline

    Chrissy Teigen returns to Twitter after 'terrible' three weeks offline
    Chrissy Teigen has chosen to "take the bad with the good".

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