“I was in Panama at Tribal Gathering in the middle of a jungle, surrounded by naked people on acid, in the middle of the most beautiful place that you could possibly imagine, having the time of my life,” Dub Pistols frontman Barry Ashworth tells NME, recalling the happier times of earlier in 2020. “Then all of a sudden the military turned up due to COVID. I decided there and then to get a taxi straight to the airport and get the last flight back.”
Just like the rest of us
- Shawn Mendes has today (October 1) announced details of his upcoming fourth album, titled ‘Wonder’.
He also revealed that the album’s title track and lead single is set for release tomorrow (October 2).
In a statement posted across his social media accounts, Mendes explained his inspiration for writing the album to his legion of fans. https://t.co/CVS6JQS3XY pic.twitter.com/SijU8cSTQe
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 30, 2020“I’ve missed you all so much
- On the second night of BTS‘ week-long residency on The Tonight Show (September 29), the K-pop superstars offered up a unique performance of their 2019 EP ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’ cut, ‘Home’.
BTS are the focus of the Jimmy Fallon-hosted show all this week, and their appearance on Tuesday September 29 saw BTS take a more homely approach to their performance, delivering this portion of their residency from overseas as opposed to in-house.
Watch BTS perform ‘Ho
‘We’re All Doomed’: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Says What We’re All Thinking in Hilarious Presidential Debate ParodyThe only good thing that seems to have come out of last night’s (Sept. 29) chaotic presidential debate is a hysterical parody courtesy of “Weird Al” Yankovic.
The spoof master shared his take on the debate on Wednesday (Sept. 30), and in the clip aptly titled “We’re All Doomed,” he takes over for Fox News’ Chris Wallace as the evening’s moderator.“2020 is a raging hellscape / Any ideas on how to stop a worldwide plague?” Yankovic begins
- Calvin Harris let his feelings be known in an Instagram post criticizing the UK government’s treatment of the music industry amid COVID-19.
Posted Monday, the image shows a burnt-out nightclub with the caption, “as usual the UK government treating music industry like sh–; contributes 5bn to the economy, generates massive tax revenues for NHS and other public services…besides that, culture is extremely f—ing important…you’ve lost sight of what life is a
- Concord has launched a $10 million impact investment initiative that will dedicate capital to “projects, businesses and organizations in the music and theater industries that serve or are led by members of underrepresented and marginalized communities,” the company announced Wednesday (Sept. 30).
To kick off the initiative, Concord has partnered with the global investment and innovation platform Techstars and its music accelerator program, which has committed to a benchmark of 50% di
Remember Billie Eilish’s ‘Bond’ Theme? The ‘No Time to Die’ Music Video (Finally) Has a Release DateBack in February (remember the days pre-COVID?), Billie Eilish became the youngest-ever person to record a theme song for a James Bond movie. The song, “No Time to Die,” was set to feature in the film of the same name scheduled for release on April 10.
Fast forward seven months and a global pandemic later, the song’s music video is finally coming out ahead of the film’s rescheduled Nov. 20 release date.Eilish took to Instagram on Wednesday (Sept. 30) to announce that
- Justin Bieber’s “Holy” feat. Chance the Rapper debuted at No. 3 on the Hot 100 this week, marking his 20th top 10 on the chart. Bieber is now just the 20th artist in the chart’s history to reach that milestone.
“Holy” also debuted at No. 3 and No. 5 on Billboard’s recently launched Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts, respectively, with a total of 68 million streams and 41,000 sales worldwide. It additionally opened at No. 2 on both Streaming Songs a
- Drake’s longstanding domination on R&B/hip-hop radio keeps rolling on as the superstar’s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, climbs 2-1 to lead Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart dated Oct. 3. The single ascends with an 18% surge to 23.5 million in format audience in the week ending Sept. 27, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
“Laugh” secures Drake’s record-extending 27th No. 1 on the list since its 1992 creation, pushing h
- Camila Cabello is supporting her man Shawn Mendes’ new musical era.
Hours after her “Señorita” collaborator shared a teaser video for his upcoming album Wonder on Wednesday (Sept. 30), Cabello reposted the clip with a heart melting message. “the world could use some magic, beauty, and Wonder always, but especially right now,” she wrote. “@shawnmendes what a gorgeous gift to the world. He’s crafted this album with every last bit of h
- Billie Eilish has finally shared some details about the long-awaited music video for her track, ‘No Time To Die‘.
The song, which dropped back in early February, is set to accompany the forthcoming James Bond film of the same name.
Taking to Instagram, Eilish shared a black and white still of herself from the clip, captioning it with “FINALLYYYYYYY “no time to die” music video out tomorrow” while also revealing that it’ll be live from 5pm BST o
- Forever No. 1 is a Billboard series that pays special tribute to the recently deceased artists who achieved the highest honor our charts have to offer — a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single — by taking an extended look back at the chart-topping songs that made them part of this exclusive club. Here, we honor the late Helen Reddy by diving into the second of her three Hot 100-toppers, the rousing character study “Delta Dawn.”
In September 1973, nine months
Justin & Hailey Bieber Celebrate One Year Wedding Anniversary: ‘Wish I Could Live This Day Over & Over’It’s officially been one year since Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin became Mr. and Mrs. Bieber in a gorgeous wedding ceremony at sunset at Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina.
The two took to Instagram on Wednesday (Sept. 30) to celebrate the anniversary by sharing stunning black-and-white photos from their big day. “1 year ago we had the best wedding. Wish I could live this day over and over,” Hailey captioned her series of photos.
- Stevie Nicks has revealed she contacted her former bandmate and ex-husband Lindsey Buckingham after he suffered a heart attack in 2019.
The Fleetwood Mac singer, who is releasing a new solo song next Friday (October 9) called ‘Show Them The Way’, said she urged Buckingham to look after himself. It happened in the year following Buckingham’s firing from the legendary folk/blues rock group.
Nicks told the Los Angeles Times that she hasn’t spoken to Buckingham since his depa
- You might not know the name Brandon Lucas, but you’ve almost definitely heard of Dr. Cornel West, the featured vocalist on Lucas’ debut single.
Out Wednesday (September 30) via Lucas’ own Purple Label Sound imprint, “Got That Hope” is a simmering house heater furnished with a chorus by the iconic political activist, author, philosopher and public intellectual.
Dr. West is also a longtime friend and mentor to Lucas. The Los Angeles-based producer has worked as West&r
- Demi Lovato released the new ballad “Still Have Me” via Twitter on Wednesday (Sept. 30) after breaking off her engagement with actor Max Ehrich. The pop star wrote, “Music is always there for me” — and music has certainly always been there for all musicians going through breakups.
Taylor Swift has been quite frank in her breakup anthems, especially on her first-ever Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from
- In honor of the Latin Recording Academy unveiling the nominees to its 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards, Billboard highlights all the nominations in the music video field, including for best short-form music video and best long-form music video.
The best short-form music video title, which recognizes an individual track or single promotional clip and is awarded to the artist and to the video director/producer, was first given to Gloria Estefan at the inaugural awards in 2000 for “No Me Dejes
- Yungblud dropped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge this week, where he performed a goosebump-inducing mashup of Taylor Swift’s folklore cut “cardigan” and Avril Lavigne’s 2002 ballad, “I’m With You”– and even got Swift’s stamp of approval.But the unlikely yet perfect choice of songs is hardly the first time the 23-year-old star has taken on covers of music outside his usual rocked-out genre and turned them into his very
- An unreleased song that Linkin Park fans have called on the band to share for the past two decades is finally getting a release.
Fans knew that ‘Pictureboard’ existed but, apart from some suspecting to have heard it as an interval track during a live performance, none have been able to hear it on record.Read more: ‘Hybrid Theory’ – a celebration of Linkin Park’s iconic, life-changing debut albumNow, the band’s guitarist, rapper and singer Mike Shinoda ha
- Emerging Mexican-American femmetón singer-songwriter La Doña’s new album, Algo Nuevo, dropped March 12 via Human Re Sources just as the coronavirus pandemic intensified in the U.S. Concerts, festivals and other large gatherings across the country were canceled, including her planned South by Southwest debut, interrupting her early career momentum.
As part of Billboard’s efforts to best cover the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on the m
- Earlier this month, pop singer Mika took to the internet to help raise money for the people of Beirut following the deadly explosion that killed 157 people in August. Now, the star is ready to show just how much of a difference his fans helped make.
On Wednesday (Sept. 30), Mika announced that the “I Heart Beirut” benefit concert officially raised more than 1 million pounds (nearly $1.3 million in U.S. dollars), thanks to tickets sales, sponsorships and additional GoFundMe donations
- In a typical fall, on any given day, the streets of Los Angeles would be bumper to bumper with black SUVs shuttling talent and executives to and from sets, premieres, awards shows, business meetings and airports. But as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, this is far from a typical fall, and limousine companies across the city say that their business has taken an 80 to 85% hit in the past six months.
“This was not on any of our business plans. Terrorist attacks, stock crashes, all that stuf
- The late Mac Davis, who died at age 78 on Tuesday (Sept. 29), was one of the most consistent hitmakers in ’70s country and pop, scoring 15 Billboard Hot 100 entries in between 1970 and 1981 — led, of course, by 1972’s “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” his lone single to top the chart.
But that repertoire of hits as a recording artist only scratches the surface of Davis’ multi-platform contributions to ’70s and ’80s pop culture. Not only was als
- The guitar used by Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the band’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart‘ music video is going on auction.
Curtis’ pentagonal-shaped Vox Phantom VI Special Guitar is expected to fetch between £60,000 and £80,000 at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale on October 13.
The guitar was given to Curtis’ daughter, Natalie, by Joy Division guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner (now in New Order) when she came of age. It had also been in the po
- Dance music’s favorite animated superhero pulled rank Wednesday (Sept. 30) with the announcement that the new Major Lazer album, Music Is the Weapon, will be released Oct. 23. The LP is the follow-up to 2015’s Peace Is the Mission.
This latter album and the two that came before it are packed with genre-defining tracks, including enduring bass hits like “Original Don” and “Jah No Partial” and the more pop-facing “Lean On,” which remains on
- Bryson Tiller has honoured Breonna Taylor with a series of billboard messages in Kentucky.
Read more: Bryson Tiller talks shunning the spotlight and how Kanye West inspired him to pursue his dreams
Taylor was shot and killed by officers during a botched raid on her home in the state in March. Last week, Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron failed to charge the police officers who fatally shot her.
A Kentucky grand jury indicted former detective Brett Hankison, who was charged wi
- Rex Orange County has released a live EP and accompanying tour documentary centred on his Radio City Music Hall concerts and his ‘Pony’ tour.Read more: Rex Orange County – ‘Pony’ review: eclecticism and hope delivered with dazzling charm‘Live at Radio City Music Hall’ is taken from the singer-songwriter’s two sold-out live shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall earlier this year, with performances of songs including: ’10/10&prim
- Arcade Fire, David Byrne and Pearl Jam are among a host of artists set to feature on a new compilation in aid of US voting rights.READ MORE: Why Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’, at 10 years old, is the perfect album for nowThe album, ‘Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy Volume Two’, will be available on Bandcamp this Friday (October 2) for just 24 hours.
It features up to 77 tracks from artists including Phoenix, Fleet Foxes, Jenny Lewis, The War on D
- In the wake of a messy presidential debate, Grandstand Media announced on Wednesday (Sept. 30) the second edition of the fittingly titled compilation album, Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy.
The 77-track album is made up of never-before-heard new songs, covers, remixes, live versions and unreleased demos. from artists like Pearl Jam, David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Mark Ronson, Cold War Kids, John Prine, Shakey Graves, Margo Price, My Morning Jacket, Jason Isbell &
Hispanic Heritage Month 2020: This Bachata Evolution Shows How ‘Music of the Barrios’ Changed the GameWhile you’re 1-2-3-hopping your way across the dance floor, you’d be surprised to know that bachata was once considered vulgar and the “music of the barrios.”
Bachata was born in the Dominican Republic after the death of dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1961. The first artist to record a bachata song was Jose Manuel Calderon, who introduced his single “Borracho de Amor” in 1962. Back then, the genre was known as a “variant of bolero”; later it was known
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