• Liam Payne Teases His Augmented Reality BAFTAs Performance: ‘You’ve Never Seen Me Like This Before’

    Liam Payne Teases His Augmented Reality BAFTAs Performance: ‘You’ve Never Seen Me Like This Before’
    Liam Payne has something very special in store for his performance at next weekend’s 2021 BAFTA Awards. The singer announced that he’ll be serving up a real-time augmented reality experience at the show on Sunday (April 11) at 6:45 p.m. GMT before the show goes live on BBC One 15 minutes later.
    “Make sure you download The Round app to check out me at the EE Baftas, I’ll see you there,” Payne said in a promo clip for the performance. In a tweet, Payne promoted the hi
  • How Sharon Stone’s Songwriting Side Hustle Helped Hayley Sales Find Her Groove

    If you thought Sharon’s Stone’s most basic instinct was to play fierce women on screen, then clearly you haven’t heard “Never Before.” The Oscar-nominated Casino legend — who recently released her gripping memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice — is also an accomplished songwriter who has been stealthily plying her trade for years.
    Though she first made musical noise in 2005 with “Come Together Now,” a benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina she
  • Watch: Billboard Launches New DJ-Focused Series ‘Mash Up the Charts’

    Anyone who has tried their hand at mixing songs on their DJ friend’s Serato knows that there’s a lot more to the art of the mashup than meets the eye. The audible sleight of hand that was practiced by some of our favorite DJs was a centerpiece of the pre-pandemic club scene. We’re still some time away from a full-fledged return to flashing LED lights and group chants from the dance floor, but in the meantime, Billboard is here to celebrate the DJs who ushered us throu
  • Cedella Marley Launches Joint Venture Tuff Gong Collective With Universal

    Cedella Marley, the oldest daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, is launching a new joint venture with the Universal Music Group called Tuff Gong Collective, the parties announced today (appropriately, and un-coincidentally, on 4/20).
    The venture — which takes its name from Bob Marley’s nickname growing up in the Trenchtown neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica — will cover recorded music, film and television projects, with Cedella, who also functions as CEO of the Bob Marley group of c
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  • Karol G Recruits Ludacris & Emilee For ‘Beautiful Boy’ Performance on ‘Late Late Show’: Watch

    Just days after nabbing three Latin American Music Awards, all for her Nicki Minaj-assisted hit “Tusa,” Karol G virtually visited The Late Late Show with James Corden Monday night (April 19).
    “That night was incredible,” she told host James Corden. “I just went there because I was going to perform for the first time a song after the launch of my album but I came home with three awards. I was super happy.”
    During her pre-performance interview, where she was joi
  • Luther Vandross’ 70th Birthday Saluted with Google Doodle Animated Video, New RIAA Certifications

    In celebration of what would have been R&B mastermind Luther Vandross’ 70th birthday today (April 20), Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division Legacy Recordings reveals new RIAA certifications for four of his most memorable singles.
    The quartet includes “Dance with My Father” (platinum), “Here and Now” (platinum), “Endless Love” (platinum) and “A House Is Not a Home” (gold).
    In addition, Never Too Much — the Grammy-winning
  • Listen to Angel Olsen’s grand, orchestral rework of ‘Waving, Smiling’

    Listen to Angel Olsen’s grand, orchestral rework of ‘Waving, Smiling’
    Angel Olsen has shared a new track – listen to ‘Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)’ below.
    The track is a reworking of ‘Waving, Smiling’, which appeared on Olsen’s 2020 album ‘Whole New Mess’. It’s taken from ‘Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories’, her recently-announced box set, which is due out next month.The NME Big Read: Angel Olsen: “I’m just as lost as everybody else”The box set features Olsen’
  • Villagers announce new album ‘Fever Dreams’ with single ‘The First Day’

    Villagers announce new album ‘Fever Dreams’ with single ‘The First Day’
    Villagers have announced details of a new album and shared its first single – watch the new video for ‘The First Day’ below.
    Conor O’Brien’s fifth album, ‘Fever Dreams’, is set to be released on August 20, and follows 2018’s ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’.READ MORE: Villagers – ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ reviewSpeaking of the creation of the new album, O’Brien said: “I had an urge to write something t
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  • Kurt Vile Signs With Verve Records for Major Label Debut

    Kurt Vile Signs With Verve Records for Major Label Debut
    Singer-songwriter Kurt Vile has signed with UMG’s Verve Records, the label tells Billboard.
    The deal marks Vile’s first signing to a major label after a career spent at independents. His last six solo albums were released by Matador; prior to that, he was with Mexican Summer for a brief period.
    Verve will put out Vile’s next album in 2022.
    “I’ve been a massive fan of Kurt’s for years and feel beyond lucky to have him join the Verve roster,” said Verve/Im
  • ‘Grammys on the Hill’ Awards Returning to D.C. This Fall

    ‘Grammys on the Hill’ Awards Returning to D.C. This Fall
    The Recording Academy’s annual Grammys on the Hill Awards will return to Washington, D.C. this year, the organization announced today. Last year’s edition was canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
    The in-person 2021 ceremony is slated to be held Wednesday, September 22 at The Hamilton in D.C. Formal invitations and full details – including health and safety protocols – will arrive this summer.
    “The Recording Academy and our members continued to advo
  • Dua Lipa Gets Super Mellow Covering Arlo Parks’ ‘Eugene’

    Dua Lipa Gets Super Mellow Covering Arlo Parks’ ‘Eugene’
    Dua Lipa spent most of the pandemic year getting us up off the couch to dance our way through the boredom with the various incarnations of her Future Nostalgia trip. But on Monday (April 19), she brought things all the way down for a mellow cover of Arlo Park’s “Eugene” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
    The confessional song about the blurred lines between platonic and romantic love from 20-year-old West London singer/poet Parks’ lauded debut, Collapsed in Sunbeams got
  • Festival insurance remains “single biggest worry” as government is urged to back up events

    Festival insurance remains “single biggest worry” as government is urged to back up events
    The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and Reading and Leeds Festivals boss Melvin Benn have called on the government to offer festival insurance against coronavirus, after the lack of financial protection caused a line of events to cancel their 2021 editions.
    Boomtown and Barn On The Farm have both confirmed their cancellation in the last week, with both festivals stating that they faced a huge financial risk if COVID was to prevent them from going ahead in any capacity without insuranc
  • Britney Spears Posts New Quick-Change Video Featuring Yellow Bikini, Lace & Leather Catsuit

    Britney Spears Posts New Quick-Change Video Featuring Yellow Bikini, Lace & Leather Catsuit
    Britney Spears posted a new fashion quick-change video on Monday night (April 19) in which she busted out a never-before-seen outfit that had her all dressed up with nowhere to go. “I found my lace and leather catsuit this time …. I’ve never worn it out anywhere cause well …. where could I wear it but it’s fun to hang out in ????,” Spears wrote alongside the eight-second, four-look clip set to Blackpink’s “How You Like That.”
    “Like I
  • Britney Spears Dances to Blackpink in Quick-Change Video: Watch

    Britney Spears posted a new fashion quick-change video on Monday night (April 19) in which she busted out a never-before-seen outfit that had her all dressed up with nowhere to go.
    “I found my lace and leather catsuit this time …. I’ve never worn it out anywhere cause well …. where could I wear it but it’s fun to hang out in ????,” Spears wrote alongside the eight-second, four-look clip set to Blackpink’s “How You Like That.”
    “Like I
  • Paul McCartney, Chris Martin and more sign letter to Boris Johnson calling for reform of streaming business

    Paul McCartney, Chris Martin and more sign letter to Boris Johnson calling for reform of streaming business
    Sir Paul McCartney is among 156 signees who have urged Boris Johnson to prevent the streaming industry from continuing to pay artists unfairly.
  • Jorja Smith to release eight-track project Be Right Back

    Jorja Smith to release eight-track project Be Right Back
    Jorja Smith is treating her fans to eight new tracks as part of her upcoming 'Be Right Back' project on May 14.
  • BTS, Billie Eilish & Cardi B Among Nominees for 2021 Webby Awards

    BTS, Billie Eilish & Cardi B Among Nominees for 2021 Webby Awards
    BTS, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, John Mayer and Rosalía are among the nominees for the 25th annual Webby Awards. The Webbys, which were founded in 1996, honor excellence on the Internet, including websites, video, advertising, media and public relations, apps, mobile and voice, social, podcasts and games.
    Nominees for music, general (virtual & remote) are “Diplo vs. The World” (Goodby Silverstein & Partners), “Adult Swim Festival Goes Global” (Adult Swim), &ldq
  • Season Two of Lil Dicky’s ‘Dave’ to Feature Lil Nas X, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner

    Season Two of Lil Dicky’s ‘Dave’ to Feature Lil Nas X, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner
    The second season of the Lil Dicky FX comedy Dave will feature cameos from Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Kendall Jenner, Lil Yachty and J Balvin, among others. The often cringe-inducing chronicle of the aspiring, neurotic rapper who can’t stop oversharing about his underwhelming qualities is slated to return on June 16 at 10 p.m. on FXX with two episodes and stream the next day on FX on Hulu.
    The show, which became FX’s most-watched comedy series ever in its first season last year, will also
  • Bad Bunny’s 2022 Concert Tickets Setting Records On Scalper Sites

    Bad Bunny’s 2022 Concert Tickets Setting Records On Scalper Sites
    Bad Bunny sold more than 600,000 tickets to his 2022 El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo in the past week, generating $64 million to $85 million in revenue, according to Billboard estimates, for a 35-date tour that is one of the fastest selling in history. But scalpers are on track to make at least that much, or even double.
    The resale market could earn $133 million in revenue and potentially $120 million in profit if current price averages hold, according to data obtained by Billb
  • Lil Nas X confirmed to guest star on ‘Dave’ season two

    Lil Nas X confirmed to guest star on ‘Dave’ season two
    Lil Nas X is set to guest star in the second season of Dave.
    The FX comedy, based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, has announced a string of guest star for the forthcoming new episodes, including CL, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Benny Blanco, Kyle Kuzma, Doja Cat, and Kevin Hart alongside the rapper.
    Opening up about season two, Burd recently told Deadline that the new episodes are “going to shit on season one”.
    “Without a shadow of a doubt, season two
  • Squid to play work-in-progress new music on socially distanced UK tour

    Squid to play work-in-progress new music on socially distanced UK tour
    Squid have announced details of a new socially distanced UK tour, which will see them play work-in-progress new music.
    It comes as the Bristol-based band prepare to release their debut album ‘Bright Green Field’ via Warp next month.The NME Big Read: Squid: “I don’t think people take us seriously enough to think we’re ‘pretentious'”The new ‘Fieldworks’ tour will take place after the release of the album but prior to their previously-annou
  • Fontaines D.C. call for government climate action: “The rest of us will have no future”

    Fontaines D.C. call for government climate action: “The rest of us will have no future”
    Fontaines D.C. and The Bad Seeds‘ Jim Sclavunos have spoken out in support of Music Declares Emergency’s No Music On A Dead Planet campaign for Turn Up The Volume Week.READ MORE: Savages’ drummer and Music Declares Emergency co-founder Fay Milton on climate change – “Music needs to get real”The campaign, which has been backed by the likes of Billie Eilish and Foals as well having shirts designed by Thom Yorke, Joy Division artist
  • Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ reaches one billion streams on Spotify

    Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ reaches one billion streams on Spotify
    Kanye West has scored a significant milestone after his 2018 album ‘Ye‘ secured over one billion streams on Spotify.
    The stats come courtesy of Chart Data, which regularly monitors music industry sales and streams trackers to provide a selection of up-to-date data on prolific records.READ MORE: Kanye West – ‘ye’ reviewThe record arrived in June 2018 and headed up a series of prolific releases which arrived on his own G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam Recordings labels in t
  • DJ Annie Mac leaving BBC Radio 1 after 17 years

    DJ Annie Mac leaving BBC Radio 1 after 17 years
    Annie Mac's last show will take place on 30 July.
  • SZA says she was scared to wear her hijab after 9/11

    SZA says she was scared to wear her hijab after 9/11
    SZA has opened up on her experiences growing up Muslim, and how the aftermath of 9/11 made her “scared” to wear her hijab.
    The singer, who was 11 at the time of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, said she was afraid of the reaction and anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.
    In a new interview, she told Muslim Girl: “I stopped covering after Nine-Eleven because I was so scared. This was like elementary school, middle school
    “I regret so much—like, bein
  • 360-Degree Platform Artist Republik Acquires Remote Collaboration Upstart Featured X

    360-Degree Platform Artist Republik Acquires Remote Collaboration Upstart Featured X
    Comprehensive 360-degree artist platform Artist Republik has officially acquired remote collaboration platform Featured X — the latest move in a continued expansion of artist services. Artist Republik is announcing the high-profile acquisition today, which follows its launch of artist-feedback service Elite Reviews. The Providence, Rhode Island-headquartered Artist Republik has specified that Featured X’s talent-filled creator […]
    The post 360-Degree Platform Artist Republik A
  • The National share rescheduled UK and European tour dates for summer 2022

    The National share rescheduled UK and European tour dates for summer 2022
    The National‘s upcoming UK and European tour dates have been rescheduled to 2022, with some dates being cancelled – see details below.
    The band were set to head to Europe in the summer of 2020 to celebrate 10 years of their lauded album ‘High Violet’, but the dates – including two London shows at Brixton Academy – were then rescheduled to May and June 2021.READ MORE: The National’s Matt Berninger on 10 years of ‘High Violet’: “We w
  • Watch James Hetfield’s wholesome appearance at Little Kids Rock Virtual Benefit

    Watch James Hetfield’s wholesome appearance at Little Kids Rock Virtual Benefit
    Metallica‘s James Hetfield has made a special appearance at this year’s Little Kid Rock virtual benefit, where he stressed the importance of music education.
    The metal icon is known for his work with the music charity, having previously performed with children who have benefitted from their work at the Little Kids Rock Rockin’ the Bay Benefit in 2013.
    “Music has saved my life daily,” Hetfield told the virtual benefit on April 14. You can watch the clip in full below
  • BENEE, Jackson Wang, No Rome and more featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list 2021

    BENEE, Jackson Wang, No Rome and more featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list 2021
    Forbes has revealed its 2021 30 Under 30 list for Asia with musicians such as BENEE and Jackson Wang making the entertainment and sports category.READ MORE: BENEE: Kiwi pop star with TikTok banger taking her from Supalonely to superstardomThe annual list spotlights 300 individuals under the age of 30 that have made significant strides and impact in their respective fields, ranging from entertainment and sports to science, entrepreneurship, activism and more.
    Included in this year’s 30 Unde
  • BENEE, Jackson Wang, No Rome and more featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list

    BENEE, Jackson Wang, No Rome and more featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list
    Forbes has revealed its new 30 Under 30 list for Asia with musicians such as BENEE and Jackson Wang making the entertainment and sports category.READ MORE: BENEE: Kiwi pop star with TikTok banger taking her from Supalonely to superstardomThe annual list spotlights 300 individuals under the age of 30 that have made significant strides and impact in their respective fields, ranging from entertainment and sports to science, entrepreneurship, activism and more.
    Included in this year’s 30 Under

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