• Britney Spears Says She ‘Cried for Two Weeks’ Over ‘Framing Britney Spears’ Doc

    Britney Spears Says She ‘Cried for Two Weeks’ Over ‘Framing Britney Spears’ Doc
    In a new Instagram post, Britney Spears addresses Framing Britney Spears, the buzzy documentary about her time in the spotlight, saying she “didn’t watch” the New York Times doc but that she was “embarrassed by the light they put me in.”
    This is the first time Spears has directly addressed the doc, which debuted last month on FX and Hulu and brought negative attention to the conservatorship she’s been under since she was involuntarily committed to th
  • A Year Later: Billboard Revisits Young Artists Whose Careers Were Derailed by COVID

    A Year Later: Billboard Revisits Young Artists Whose Careers Were Derailed by COVID
    Back in early April 2020, Billboard reached out to eight young artists whose budding careers screeched to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic, which had just caused the entire world to go into lockdown mode. At that time so much was unknown: how long would the novel coronavirus be with us and when we would be allowed to go out again? What would concerts look like once it was over and would the promised vaccine make everything normal again?
    The artists we spoke to — who ranged from unsigne
  • Mick Jagger to sell ‘Easy Sleazy’ NFT to raise funds for independent venues

    Mick Jagger to sell ‘Easy Sleazy’ NFT to raise funds for independent venues
    Mick Jagger has announced that he is selling an art piece built around his new solo track ‘Eazy Sleazy’ as an NFT (non-fungible token) to raise funds for beleaguered independent music venues.READ MORE: Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl’s coronabanger ‘Eazy Sleazy’ is lockdown in a songThe surprise track from the Rolling Stones frontman sees him collaborating with  Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl and was shared on YouTube earlier this week (April 13), having been penned
  • Lali, Sebastian Yatra, Pablo Alboran, & More Bring Light Amid Pandemic in ‘Himno a La Alegria’ Video

    Lali, Sebastian Yatra, Pablo Alboran, & More Bring Light Amid Pandemic in ‘Himno a La Alegria’ Video
    Bringing some light and hope during the global pandemic, more than 40 artists, athletes and actors have joined forces in “Himno a la Alegria,” Billboard can share.
    Artists who participate in the star-studded song include Aitana, Alejandro Lerner, Alejandro Sanz, Alessia Cara, Alex Ubago, Ana Mena, Andrés Calamaro, Andrés Dvicio, Antonio José, Antonio Orozco, Brian May, Camilo, Carlos Rivera, David Bisbal, Dulce Pontes, Draco, Fher Olvera (Maná), India Mart
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  • Andrew Gertler’s AG Artists Launches NFT-Focused Division

    Andrew Gertler’s AG Artists Launches NFT-Focused Division
    Manager Andrew Gertler unveiled on Thursday (April 15) the newest division of his AG Artists: Permanent Arts, an NFT artist management and creative venture. In addition to representing visual artists, including 18-year-old painter and NFT act Fewocious, Permanent Arts will also support and invest in NFT-related projects and companies, IP and digital art, and collectibles.
    Permanent Arts is the latest addition to the quickly expanding AG Artists, which includes an investment arm, AG Ventures, and
  • Baby Queen shares buoyant new single ‘Dover Beach’

    Baby Queen shares buoyant new single ‘Dover Beach’
    Baby Queen has shared her latest single in the form of ‘Dover Beach’. You can watch the video, filmed at the location of the same name, below.READ MORE: Baby Queen: pop newcomer offering support in difficult, digital worldThe buoyant new single is inspired by Baby Queen’s trip there last year, a location she’d long wished to visit.
    “In school I was obsessed with this poem called ‘Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold and I always wanted to visit the Dover
  • Jay-Z, Nas and Diddy join forces to back Ray McGuire’s NY mayoral campaign

    Jay-Z, Nas and Diddy join forces to back Ray McGuire’s NY mayoral campaign
    The likes of Jay-Z, Nas and Diddy have all joined forces to declare their support for Ray McGuire, who is vying for the Democratic Party nomination in New York’s forthcoming mayoral election.
    McGuire faces stiff competition from favourite Andrew Yang ahead of the Democratic Primary on June 22, but he has now received high profile support in a new video.
    As well as the aforementioned rappers, music executive and businessman Steve Stoute and radio personality Angie Martinez are among those t
  • Warner Music Group, Spotify Ink ‘Innovative Podcast Development Deal’

    Warner Music Group, Spotify Ink ‘Innovative Podcast Development Deal’
    Warner Music Group (WMG) and Spotify have agreed to an “innovative podcast development deal” that will see them jointly create “a series of original podcasts built around WMG’s vast and diverse artists’ and songwriters’ catalogs.” Manhattan-headquartered Warner Music Group and Stockholm-based Spotify detailed their podcast-focused development deal in a formal release this morning. The leading […]
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  • Courtney Love, Chris Carrabba & More to Perform at ‘Adam Schlesinger: A Musical Celebration’ Livestream

    Courtney Love, Chris Carrabba & More to Perform at ‘Adam Schlesinger: A Musical Celebration’ Livestream
    An all-star lineup of rock and pop musicians have signed on for the virtual “Adam Schlesinger: A Music Celebration,” taking place on May 5.
    The tribute to the late Emmy-winning Fountains of Wayne/Ivy singer/bassist, who died at 52 from coronavirus complications on April 1, 2020, will feature a wide-ranging group of performers playing songs from his catalog of original pop nuggets led by his FoW bandmate guitarist Jody Porter.
    Among the performers filmed at New York’s Bowery Ele
  • Hear Alexa Ray Joel’s Lush Love Song to Her Fiance: Exclusive

    Hear Alexa Ray Joel’s Lush Love Song to Her Fiance: Exclusive
    On “Seven Years,” Alexa Ray Joel’s new pop single, she celebrates the many highs and occasional lows that come from her long-term relationship.
    Inspired by her fiance Ryan Gleason, the lush piano ballad, premiering below, is filled with sweet slices of life drawn from the couple’s true story. The rich, detailed lyrics play out over the building melody that sounds straight out of a Broadway musical. The similarity is not a coincidence, says the native New Yorker.
    “Mu
  • Meet Elvira, The Swedish Producer Behind Those Taylor Swift Dance Remixes

    Meet Elvira, The Swedish Producer Behind Those Taylor Swift Dance Remixes
    In late 2020, Elvira Anderfjärd was posed a question.
    “It came through my publishers, and was like, ‘Do you want to try this? If you can deliver, then you’ve got it,'” she tells Billboard. “I guess I delivered.”
    The Swedish producer and songwriter was, in fact, asked to deliver one of the most high-profile remixes imaginable when presented with Taylor Swift’s “Willow.” Taking the stems of the song into her Stockholm studio and
  • Kris Jenner advises Kim Kardashian 'kids come first' amid Kanye West divorce

    Kris Jenner advises Kim Kardashian 'kids come first' amid Kanye West divorce
    Kim Kardashian filed for divorce in February.
  • 10 ‘Comeback’ Contestants Talk Second Chance to Win ‘American Idol’

    10 ‘Comeback’ Contestants Talk Second Chance to Win ‘American Idol’
    Not everyone gets a second chance in life, but 10 lucky American Idol contestants from season 18 have accepted an invitation from the show’s executive producers to sing on the big Idol stage and compete for a chance to join season 19’s top 10.
    The Monday, Aug. 19 episode will mark the first time last year’s finalists will be performing in the Idol dome at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, since they had to sing from their homes in 2020 because of COVID restrictions.Billboard
  • London Grammar’s Hannah Reid Stands Her Ground on New Album ‘Californian Soil’: ‘You Can’t Censor Yourself’

    London Grammar fans might sense a shift in the trio’s sound based on the first few singles released from Californian Soil, the U.K. group’s third studio album, arriving April 16.
    Californian Soil still contains the simmering tension of their first two releases (2013’s If You Wait and 2017’s Truth is a Beautiful Thing), but there is a new sense of urgency and authority in the latest work from Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman.
    Reid’s haunting vocals re
  • Pooh Shiesty Makes Late Night Debut, Recruits Lil Durk For ‘Back In Blood’ Performance: Watch

    Pooh Shiesty Makes Late Night Debut, Recruits Lil Durk For ‘Back In Blood’ Performance: Watch
    Pooh Shiesty made his television debut Wednesday night (April 14) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing the lead single from his Shiesty Season mixtape, “Back In Blood.”
    Later joined by Chicago rapper Lil Durk, the Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B Rookie of the Month emerged next to a classic Buick model, donning an Off-White hoodie, his pant pockets filled with stacks of bills.
    “Back In Blood,” which peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no. 2 o
  • Zayn and Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘To Begin Again’ Finds Bright Hope on the Horizon: Watch New Video

    Zayn and Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘To Begin Again’ Finds Bright Hope on the Horizon: Watch New Video
    Ingrid Michaelson and Zayn dropped a surprise sultry duet, “To Begin Again,” on Wednesday (March 17), in which the pair sing about a reboot following a near-apocalypse.
    Update: On Thursday (April 15), they followed up with an official music video for the collab. “I wanted to create a love letter to my city. To celebrate the hope that is slowly coming back to the people of New York. And to remind people all over the world that we are stronger when we work and rejoice togeth
  • Jokia Tops Gospel Airplay Chart With ‘Yahweh’: ‘My Hope Is That This Inspires Others’

    Jokia Tops Gospel Airplay Chart With ‘Yahweh’: ‘My Hope Is That This Inspires Others’
    Jokia’s launch single “Yahweh” ascends 4-1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart dated April 17. In the week ending April 11, the song gained by 20% in plays, according to MRC Data.
    The song was solo authored by the 22-year-old Jokia, who hails from Killeen, Texas. It was released on her own label, Jokia Music.
    “Seeing ‘Yahweh’ at No. 1 is just one of the many small reminders that God is with me,” Jokia tells Billboard. “Being an independent ar
  • The Black Keys share ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ from new blues covers album ‘Delta Kream’

    The Black Keys share ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ from new blues covers album ‘Delta Kream’
    The Black Keys have shared new track ‘Crawling Kingsnake’, the first track to arrive from their new blues covers album, ‘Delta Kream’.
    The Ohio duo – comprised of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – will drop the 11-track collection on May 14, marking their first release since their ninth studio record ‘Let’s Rock’ (2019).
    ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ sees the pair delivering their take on the original track by Big Joe Williams, w
  • Kelly Clarkson’s Latest Cover Is Exactly ‘What A Girl Wants’: Watch

    Kelly Clarkson’s Latest Cover Is Exactly ‘What A Girl Wants’: Watch
    Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to a fellow pop powerhouse during the Thursday (April 15) episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show when she took on Christina Aguilera’s “What A Girl Wants.”
    Accompanied by her band Y’all and drenched in neon blue lights, Clarkson wasted no time, skipping the intro and jumping into the first verse of Xtina’s 1999 hit.
    “I wanna thank you for giving me time to breathe/ Like a rock you waited so patiently/ While I got it together, hmm/
  • Taylor Swift Sends Georgia Frontline Nurse Huge Gift Box of Merch

    Taylor Swift Sends Georgia Frontline Nurse Huge Gift Box of Merch
    When Peach County, Georgia flight nurse Britta Thomason recently revealed in an interview that she’s a hard-core Swiftie, she had no idea that the news would result in a handwritten note and bulging gift box from her favorite singer.
    “I mentioned in a recent news article with The Telegraph & macon.com that I am a big Taylor Swift fan…and this showed up at work today!!,” Thomason wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday (April 13).
    “I’ve always seen videos of h
  • Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Awarded $7,220 in Class Action Settlement

    Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Awarded $7,220 in Class Action Settlement
    Fyre Festival has reached a settlement with 277 aggrieved ticket holders of the infamous 2017 Bahamian event, awarding each of them $7,220 payouts. The settlement between the ticket holders and the trustee of Fyre festival assets was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Southern District of New York on Tuesday.
    “It’s a small but significant step for ticket holders who were defrauded and had their lives up ended as a result of the fraudulent conduct by [Fyre founder Billy] McFarland
  • Tencent Music Shakes Up Leadership With New CEO

    Tencent Music Shakes Up Leadership With New CEO
    Chinese music and entertainment giant Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) announced a slate of leadership changes today (April 15), including promoting Ross Liang to CEO and installing outgoing chief Cussion Pang as executive chairman of TME’s board.
    Liang formerly served as vice president of Tencent Holdings Limited, where he oversaw the company’s owned online music and social platforms including QQ and Qzone; and prior to that, general manager of QQ Music. In his new role,
  • The Black Keys Announce 10th Album ‘Delta Kream,’ Drop ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ Single: Listen

    The Black Keys Announce 10th Album ‘Delta Kream,’ Drop ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ Single: Listen
    The Black Keys announced Thursday (April 15) that they will release their 10th studio album Delta Kream on May 14 via Nonesuch Records.
    The Mississippi hill country blues cover album celebrates the Akron, Ohio-based duo’s roots while paying homage to the classics that influenced their career, from R. L. Burnside’s “Poor Boy a Long Way From Home” and “Going Down South” to John Lee Hooker’s “Crawling Kingsnake,” wh
  • Sleaford Mods lead new line-up additions to Crystal Palace’s South Facing Festival

    Sleaford Mods lead new line-up additions to Crystal Palace’s South Facing Festival
    Sleaford Mods will curate their own all-day event at Crystal Palace’s South Facing Festival this summer.
    The Nottingham duo will head up the event on Saturday August 7, accompanied by an eclectic bill of support acts that includes the like of Fat White Family, The Orielles and Baxter Dury.
    Taking place at the iconic Crystal Palace Bowl, other new additions to the festival include a two-day Full Steam takeover with live music and DJs curated by Brixton’s jazz, funk and soul fiesta, Cr
  • Listen to Methyl Ethel’s addictive new single ‘Neon Cheap’

    Listen to Methyl Ethel’s addictive new single ‘Neon Cheap’
    Methyl Ethel have shared their new single ‘Neon Cheap’ – you can hear the track below.
    The song marks the Jake Webb-led band’s first new material of 2021 and their first release with their new label, Future Classic.READ MORE: Methyl Ethel – ‘Hurts To Laugh’ EP review: wonky pop studded with glimmers of brilliance‘Neon Cheap’ was written last year when the band’s plans to tour April 2020’s ‘Hurts To Laugh’ EP were cance
  • Keith Urban First Heard New Taylor Swift Songs While Chilling at the Mall

    Keith Urban First Heard New Taylor Swift Songs While Chilling at the Mall
    Sometimes the best gigs happen when you’re chilling out between Panda Express and Sbarro. At least they do if you’re Keith Urban.
    The country star told Ellen DeGeneres how he ended up on two songs from Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) album on Thursday (April 15), explaining that he was doing some holiday shopping when his phone rang.
    “We were in Australia. I was doing some Christmas shopping at the shopping mall in December, because everybody does their s
  • Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez confirm split

    Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez confirm split
    Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have decided they''re "better as friends".
  • Warner Music, Spotify Partner Up for Original Podcasts

    Warner Music, Spotify Partner Up for Original Podcasts
    Warner Music Group (WMG) and Spotify have struck a deal to develop original podcasts centered around the record company’s artists, songwriters and music catalog, the new partners announced today (April 15).
    The podcasts will cover topics like the stories behind hit songs and behind-the-scenes looks at superstar artists from WMG’s roster of labels and artists, which includes the likes of Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa.
    “We’re excited to take this step fo
  • Paul McCartney recalls the first time The Beatles got stoned with Bob Dylan

    Paul McCartney recalls the first time The Beatles got stoned with Bob Dylan
    Paul McCartney has shared a story about the first time that The Beatles got stoned, with a little help from Bob Dylan.READ MORE: Bob Dylan’s poetic mastery: 10 of his finest lyricsMacca was speaking as range of artists from throughout the ages paying tribute to Dylan to mark his 80th birthday for Uncut‘s June issue – which is out today. Looking back to their ’60s heyday, the former Beatle remembered how the Fab Four once got a little stoned at the hands of the singer
  • Rap and hip-hop’s popularity in the UK charts soared in 2020

    Rap and hip-hop’s popularity in the UK charts soared in 2020
    The popularity of rap and hip-hop music in the UK charts continued to soar in 2020, a new study by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has revealed.
    The results of the study have been published as part of the BPI’s new All About the Music yearbook, which has been launched today (April 15).READ MORE: AJ Tracey: “I’ve gone through so much. It’s been so hard, and I’m still here”The findings are based on streaming data and record sales that were provided by th

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