• Hundreds of Indie Venues Have Now Received Funds as SBA Ramps Up Payouts

    Hundreds of Indie Venues Have Now Received Funds as SBA Ramps Up Payouts
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has ramped up its efforts to award Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program funds to independent venue owners and promoters who lost the majority of their income in 2020. As of midday Monday (June 21), 1,445 applicants have received award notices for funds from the federal relief program that was signed into law on Dec. 27. 
    In the last week alone, the SBA has sent out roughly 1,000 notices of awards &mda
  • Nelly and longtime girlfriend Shantel Jackson split

    Nelly and longtime girlfriend Shantel Jackson split
    Nelly and his girlfriend Shantel Jackson have broken up after six years together.
  • Morray enlists Polo G for new ‘Trenches’ remix

    Morray enlists Polo G for new ‘Trenches’ remix
    Morray has tapped Polo G for a remix of his song ‘Trenches’, alongside a new music video.
    “They say I’m the MVP, they ain’t even seen my best play / I done took some losses, type of shit to make your chest ache,” Polo raps during his guest verse on the song, which sees Morray reflecting on his upbringing and declare “love for the ghetto, love for the hood“.
    The Justice Silvera-directed video follows a young mechanic and his family, showing him work
  • Alice Cooper-themed colouring book set to be released later this month

    Alice Cooper-themed colouring book set to be released later this month
    Alice Cooper has officially endorsed a new colouring book centred around his career, titled Welcome 2 My Nightmare.READ MORE: Five things we learned from our In Conversation video chat with Alice CooperThe book, which is due out on August 27, features a selection of images to colour in associated with Cooper, including album artwork and other notable iconography.
    In a preview given by Eyesore Merch, it appears fans will be able to colour in an image of Alice Cooper as Medusa as well as an image
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  • Dave, Ed Sheeran Rule U.K. Charts

    Dave, Ed Sheeran Rule U.K. Charts
    Dave is all alone at the summit of the U.K. albums chart, while Ed Sheeran locks on for a fifth week atop the national singles survey.
    Dave’s We’re All Alone In This Together (Dave Neighbouring) blasts to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart with the biggest opening week of 2021, the OCC reports.
    The London rapper’s sophomore set bows with 74,000 chart sales, easily beating the previous holder, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, which snagged 51,000 chart sales on week one in June
  • The Weeknd shares preview of new song, says new era “starts tonight”

    The Weeknd shares preview of new song, says new era “starts tonight”
    The Weeknd has shared a preview of a new song and teased the imminent arrival of his new era.READ MORE: The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’ review: his most all-encompassing record to date is also an existential quandaryThe singer (real name Abel Tesfaye) has been teasing new music for months, after signalling at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards back in May that he was ending his ‘After Hours’ era.
    At one point, Tesfaye remarked that he’d “like to thank God that I
  • Beatles Producer Giles Martin Says Spatial Audio Album Doesn’t Sound Right

    Beatles Producer Giles Martin Says Spatial Audio Album Doesn’t Sound Right
    Beatles producer Giles Martin says one of the band’s albums doesn’t sound quite right in spatial audio. Speaking in an interview with Rolling Stone, Martin says Sgt. Pepper’s Loney Hearts Club Band was one of the first albums to get the Dolby Atmos treatment. It was tailored specifically to be a theatrical presentation – which […]
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  • Beatles Producer Giles Martin Says Apple Music’s Spatial Audio Album Doesn’t Sound Right

    Beatles Producer Giles Martin Says Apple Music’s Spatial Audio Album Doesn’t Sound Right
    Beatles producer Giles Martin says one of the band’s albums doesn’t sound quite right in spatial audio. Speaking in an interview with Rolling Stone, Martin says Sgt. Pepper’s Loney Hearts Club Band was one of the first albums to get the Dolby Atmos treatment. It was tailored specifically to be a theatrical presentation – which […]
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  • Kanye Announces 2nd ‘Donda’ Album Release Party on August 5th

    Kanye Announces 2nd ‘Donda’ Album Release Party on August 5th
    Kanye West has announced the second album release party for ‘Donda.’ The event will take place on Thursday, August 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Tickets for this second event will go on sale Monday, August 2 at 10 am EST. West premiered the album at his first release party, but didn’t release Donda […]
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  • Kanye Announces 2nd ‘Donda’ Album Release Party – August 5

    Kanye Announces 2nd ‘Donda’ Album Release Party  – August 5
    Kanye West has announced the second album release party for ‘Donda.’ The event will take place on Thursday, August 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Tickets for this second event will go on sale Monday, August 2 at 10 am EST. West premiered the album at his first release party, but didn’t release Donda […]
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  • Ariana Grande, ‘Vaxxed n Masked,’ Urges Others to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

    Ariana Grande, ‘Vaxxed n Masked,’ Urges Others to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
    Ariana Grande has a message for any of her fans who are unvaccinated.
    “vaxxed n masked,” Grande captioned a selfie she shared on social media on Sunday (Aug. 1).
    “this is your gentle reminder to please get your vaccines if you are eligible,” the pop star wrote. “this thing is not yet over !”Any person age 12 or older is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
    Grande explained that she was “sharing some info because i care and i
  • Ariana Grande to perform ‘Fortnite’ virtual concert series

    Ariana Grande to perform ‘Fortnite’ virtual concert series
    Ariana Grande will be the next artist to perform an in-game concert for Fortnite, taking place later this month.
    For the game’s Rift Tour, the singer will be performing a number of shows across 6-8 August. The show will be preceded by a range of in-game quests and other “Fortnite-themed experiences”. More info on showtimes can be found on Epic Games’ website.READ MORE: Ariana Grande – ‘Positions’ review: lots of banging, but not so many bangersWatch a br
  • iTunes R&B Sale Sends Otis Redding, Mariah Carey & Aretha Franklin Back Onto Charts

    iTunes R&B Sale Sends Otis Redding, Mariah Carey & Aretha Franklin Back Onto Charts
    In the wake of Apple’s iTunes service offering a 69-cent sale price for many R&B songs, several tracks that span from 1960s classics to 2010s hits flood Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart dated July 31.
    The digital retailer has developed this sales campaign in recent months, rotating between musical genres or other designated song categories each week and discounting some of the best-known tunes to a 69-cent cost, down from the typical $1.29 price. Such marketin
  • Charles Connor, Drummer for Little Richard, Dies at 86

    Charles Connor, Drummer for Little Richard, Dies at 86
    Charles Connor, known for being Little Richard’s drummer who performed with other music greats including James Brown and Sam Cooke, has died. He was 86.
    Connor’s daughter, Queenie Connor Sonnefeld, said her father died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday (July 31) while under hospice care at his home in Glendale, California. She said her father had been diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, a brain disorder that causes fluid buildup.
    Connor Sonnefeld called the drummer a &
  • Roddy Ricch’s ‘Night’ Rises to No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay Chart

    Roddy Ricch’s ‘Night’ Rises to No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay Chart
    Roddy Ricch banks a fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart as “Late at Night” surges from No. 5 to lead the list dated July 31. The single advances with a 17% burst in plays in the week ending July 25 to become the most-played song of the week on monitored U.S. rhythmic stations, according to MRC Data.
    With the new champ, here’s a rundown of the rapper’s five leaders:
    Song Title, Artist (if other than Roddy Ricch), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1&ldquo
  • Bob Dylan wins royalty lawsuit against estate of ‘Desire’ co-writer Jacques Levy

    Bob Dylan wins royalty lawsuit against estate of ‘Desire’ co-writer Jacques Levy
    Bob Dylan has prevailed in a royalty lawsuit against the estate of late songwriter Jacques Levy.READ MORE: It Ain’t Me, Babe: Every on screen portrayal of Bob Dylan ratedThe estate of the co-writer of Dylan’s 1976 album ‘Desire’ was handed a defeat on Friday (July 30) in a lawsuit against Dylan and Universal Music Group which hoped to establish co-ownership of the songs that Levy had a hand in.
    “We’re pleased with today’s decision,” Dylan’s l
  • Ariana Grande Heads to ‘Fortnite’ for ‘Rift Tour’ Virtual Event

    Ariana Grande Heads to ‘Fortnite’ for ‘Rift Tour’ Virtual Event
    The Rift Tour, featuring Ariana Grande, is coming to Fortnite next weekend.
    On Sunday (Aug. 1), it was announced that Grande will be the latest superstar to perform within the Fortnite realm, headlining an in-game event — or a “musical journey into magical new realities” — that’s scheduled for Aug. 6-8.
    “Ariana & the Rift Tour” will be available on the online game for five time slots over the weekend, accommodating fans around the world: Fr
  • Lollapalooza Cancels DaBaby’s Set Just Hours Before His Start Time

    Lollapalooza Cancels DaBaby’s Set Just Hours Before His Start Time
    Lollapalooza abruptly cancelled DaBaby’s appearance over the weekend following the rapper’s homophobic outburst at Rolling Loud. DaBaby is now facing another cancellation following his homophobic onstage rant at Rolling Loud last week. Just hours before DaBaby’s set was slated to begin at Lollapalooza, the rapper was informed that his appearance was cancelled. Lollapalooza organizers issued […]
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  • Ozzy Osbourne announces ‘No More Tears’ reissue for 30th anniversary

    Ozzy Osbourne announces ‘No More Tears’ reissue for 30th anniversary
    Ozzy Osbourne has announced plans to release a 30th anniversary reissue of his 1991 solo album, ‘No More Tears’.READ MORE: The Big Read – Ozzy Osbourne: “This album saved my life”Set to be released on September 17, the new version of the LP includes 12 new rare tracks that will be hitting streaming services for the very first time.
    The ‘No More Tears’ reissue will be available as both an upgraded digital release and an LP edition which wil
  • Lizzo Shares Mysterious Teaser for Monday: ‘You Really Gon Like My Post Tomorrow’

    Lizzo Shares Mysterious Teaser for Monday: ‘You Really Gon Like My Post Tomorrow’
    Lizzo has something good in the works.
    On Sunday afternoon (Aug. 1), she shared an image on Instagram that simply said: “SHHHHHHHH.”
    “Don’t even like this post cus you REALLY gon like my post tomorrow,” she wrote, adding six “shhh” emojis to her message.Billboard reached out to a rep for Lizzo for more information.
    Reactions to her post ranged from “OMFG” to “HARRY HARRY HARRY” (manifesting their dream of a Lizzo/Harry Styles coll
  • Ariana Grande urges fans to get coronavirus vaccinations

    Ariana Grande urges fans to get coronavirus vaccinations
    The popstar took to Instagram on Sunday to post a selfie showing herself wearing a black face mask alongside the caption, "vaxxed n masked (sic)".
  • MTV Marks 40th Anniversary With New Moon Person Design

    MTV Marks 40th Anniversary With New Moon Person Design
    MTV is marking its 40th anniversary with a relaunch of its iconic image of an astronaut on the moon, with an MTV flag planted nearby.
    On Sunday (Aug. 1), the media network unveiled a large scale Moon Person during a ceremony at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The new design (seen below) was inspired by a Moon Person image created this year by Kehinde Wiley, who painted the portrait of former President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. In an
  • Fans Choose Silk Sonic’s ‘Skate’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

    Fans Choose Silk Sonic’s ‘Skate’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music
    Silk Sonic’s new summertime jam “Skate” has topped this week’s new music poll.
    Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (July 30) on Billboard, choosing the second song from Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s collaborative project as their favorite new music release of the past week.
    The duo’s uptempo, beach-ready single brought in 57% of the vote, beating out new music by Billie Eilish (Happier Than Ever), Pop Smoke and Dua Lipa (“Demeanor” video)
  • Listen to five new Pop Smoke songs shared as part of second ‘Faith’ reissue

    Listen to five new Pop Smoke songs shared as part of second ‘Faith’ reissue
    Five new Pop Smoke tracks have been released as part of a second deluxe edition of ‘Faith’, his most recent posthumous album.READ MORE: A year after his death, Pop Smoke’s influence lives on in drill scenes across the globeThe late Brooklyn rapper (real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson) was shot and killed during a home invasion in Los Angeles in February 2020. He was 20 years old.
    Last week, ‘Faith’, which includes features from Chris Brown, Future, D
  • DaBaby pulled from Lollapalooza lineup following homophobic remarks

    DaBaby pulled from Lollapalooza lineup following homophobic remarks
    Young Thug will take DaBaby's slot in the Lollapalooza lineup on Sunday.
  • Ariana Grande Teams With ‘Fortnite’ for ‘Rift Tour’ Event

    Ariana Grande Teams With ‘Fortnite’ for ‘Rift Tour’ Event
    "Take a musical journey into magical new realities," Epic Games says of August 6th-8th "musical experience"
  • ZZ Top Plays First Concert Following the Death of Longtime Bassist Dusty Hill

    ZZ Top Plays First Concert Following the Death of Longtime Bassist Dusty Hill
    ZZ Top played its first concert following the death of longtime bassist Dusty Hill.
    On Friday (July 30), the legendary Texas blues-rock band performed live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Elwood Francis, the group’s guitar tech of 20 years, filled in for Hill. During the show, guitarist Billy Gibbons expressed the late bass player’s desire for the band to continue on after his passing.
    “We’re gonna have a good time in here tonight. Got a new guy up here, as you know. Dusty
  • Elvis Presley biographer claims bad genes killed star, not rock’n’roll excess

    Elvis Presley biographer claims bad genes killed star, not rock’n’roll excess
    An Elvis Presley biographer has claimed that the rock’n’roll legend died not because he was a drug abuser, but because he had bad genes.READ MORE: Elvis ain’t dead – the weirdest Elvis Presley sightings and conspiracy theoriesAccording to author Sally Hoedel’s new book, Elvis: Destined To Die Young, the singer’s long-documented health problems – which were often written off as the consequences of addiction – could have been caused by Presley&r
  • The Kid LAROI’s ‘F**k Love’ Jumps to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    The Kid LAROI’s ‘F**k Love’ Jumps to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
    A little over a year after The Kid LAROI’s F**k Love album was released, it surges from No. 26 to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for its first week atop the list, following multiple reissues that added additional tracks to the project. The set, now in its 53rd week on the chart, earned 85,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending July 29 (up 409%), according to MRC Data. Streaming activity powers the bulk of that figure.
    F**k Love was originally released on July 24, 2020,
  • Ed Sheeran to hold at Number 1 as Billie Eilish’s set for highest new entry

    Ed Sheeran to hold at Number 1 as Billie Eilish’s set for highest new entry
    The Official Chart: First Look offers a first glance of the Top 20 ahead of Friday’s Official Singles Chart Top 100. The chart is based on preliminary sales and early streaming reports.

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