• Sound Diplomacy’s Shain Shapiro Wanted Countries to Invest in Music. So He Took His Case to the U.N.

    Sound Diplomacy’s Shain Shapiro Wanted Countries to Invest in Music. So He Took His Case to the U.N.
    Shain Shapiro has been working with city governments, festivals and other entities to develop localized music markets via his U.K.-based strategic consultancy, Sound Diplomacy, since 2013. In recent years, however, he felt he needed to address a more fundamental problem.
    “I felt like no matter how good [the] work we were doing [was], we weren’t tackling the systemic reason why music wasn’t taken as seriously than any other sector,” Shapiro tells Billboard.Shapiro was espe
  • DMX’s Family Denies Rumor That Jay-Z & Beyoncé Bought His Master Recordings

    DMX’s Family Denies Rumor That Jay-Z & Beyoncé Bought His Master Recordings
    The family of DMX (real name Earl Simmons) set the record straight about the alleged sale of the late rapper’s master recordings and his upcoming funeral in a new statement.
    “There have been a few rumors following our loved one, Earl Simmons’, passing that we’d like to clear up,” his family said in a statement provided to Billboard. “No one has bought Earl’s masters. Additionally, we are not selling any merch or raising money for Earl
  • Will Smith Film Departs Georgia Over Voting Restrictions

    Will Smith Film Departs Georgia Over Voting Restrictions
    Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama Emancipation from Georgia over the state’s recently enacted law restricting voting access.
    The film is the largest and most high-profile Hollywood production to depart the state since Georgia’s Republican-controlled state Legislature passed a law that introduced stiffer voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, limited drop boxes and gave the State Election Board new powers to in
  • Met Gala Sets Dates for 2021 & 2022

    Met Gala Sets Dates for 2021 & 2022
    The Met Gala is coming back. Actually, twice.
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday (April 12) that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity — canceled last year because of the pandemic — will return in person, first in September, then again in 2022 in its usual slot of the first Monday in May.The galas, a “more intimate” version Sept. 13 of this year and a larger one on May 2, 2022, will launch a two-part exhibition, a survey of Am
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  • After Distributing $400,000 to Songwriters, the Songwriter Fund Is Reopening Applications

    After Distributing $400,000 to Songwriters, the Songwriter Fund Is Reopening Applications
    After distributing $400,000 worth of one-time relief payments to songwriters, the SONA- and Sony Music Publishing-backed Songwriter Fund is officially preparing to reopen the application process. The quick-approaching third round of financial support from the Songwriter Fund, which initially began accepting aid applications in May of 2020 and provided compensation to a second round of […]
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  • Want to Make Your Music Blow Up on TikTok? Here Are 8 Proven Tips

    Want to Make Your Music Blow Up on TikTok? Here Are 8 Proven Tips
    Many artists, including quick-rising creators and established acts alike, have enjoyed substantial commercial success as a result of viral TikTok trends. But what’s the secret to blowing your music up on TikTok? Playlist Push cut its teeth on Spotify playlists, once the most important battleground for growing your music. But that was before TikTok exploded, […]
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  • Snoop Dogg Honors DMX’s Higher Purpose: ‘His Soul Will Live On & His Music Will Live On’

    Snoop Dogg Honors DMX’s Higher Purpose: ‘His Soul Will Live On & His Music Will Live On’
    Snoop Dogg paid tribute to his beloved friend and fellow rapper DMX, who died Friday, while stopping by the Today show.
    Fans praised the Verzuz battle between Snoop and X last July as one of the last celebrations of the Ruff Ryder’s music and legacy. The West Coast MC posted several snippets of their battle over the weekend to commemorate their camaraderie. “Love u brother. C u when I get there,” Snoop wrote underneath one of the videos, while capt
  • Steal Her Style: How to Rock Dua Lipa’s Y2K-Inspired Looks

    Steal Her Style: How to Rock Dua Lipa’s Y2K-Inspired Looks
    If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.
    It’s no secret that Dua Lipa has an impeccable sense of style. The singer can truly make anything look good, and is often seen wearing the latest trends both onstage and in her day-to-day life.
    Lately, she’s been rocking a nostalgic, early 2000s-inspired wardrobe, complete with crop tops, fuzzy accessories and lots and lots of glitter.
    Good news is that
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  • Kanye West Asking for Joint Custody of 4 Kids in Divorce From Kim Kardashian

    Kanye West Asking for Joint Custody of 4 Kids in Divorce From Kim Kardashian
    Kanye West filed court papers Friday in Los Angeles County asking for joint custody of his four children with Kim Kardashian: North, 7; Saint, 5; Chicago, 3; and Psalm, 1.
    The estranged couple appears to be on the same page regarding their children and on the reason for the breakdown of their marriage. Kardashian, who filed for divorce from West on Feb. 19, also requested both parents share both legal and physical custody of their children. Both cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for
  • Ontario Shuts Down Livestream Concerts in New Wave of Pandemic Restrictions

    Ontario Shuts Down Livestream Concerts in New Wave of Pandemic Restrictions
    TORONTO — Venue owners in Ontario are losing patience with government officials in the province over new restrictions to slow COVID-19 that prohibit even livestream concerts in empty venues, while still allowing film and television productions to continue.
    Ontario’s approximately 800 live music or music-reliant venues — 588 of which are in Toronto — have been receiving stop-and-go orders for over a year. They first shuttered last March when the pandemic hit, and then
  • Paula Abdul to appear on American Idol after Luke Bryan tests positive for coronavirus

    Paula Abdul to appear on American Idol after Luke Bryan tests positive for coronavirus
    Luke Bryan has not yet confirmed if his upcoming May tour is still on schedule.
  • Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘SNL’ Guitar Was A Smash At A GLAAD Auction

    Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘SNL’ Guitar Was A Smash At A GLAAD Auction
    On Sunday (April 11), Phoebe Bridgers' highly-discussed Danelectro Dano '56 electric guitar sold for an incredible $101,500 at the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization GLAAD’s auction in support of the GLAAD Media Awards.
  • A New DMX Album Coming — Rapper Completed It Just Before His Death

    A New DMX Album Coming — Rapper Completed It Just Before His Death
    A new DMX album is coming later this year, despite the rapper’s untimely death. The 50-year-old had completed a new album for Def Jam Records and Ruff Ryders. It was slated for release this summer, but it could be moved up. The rapper also finished his work on a documentary for HBO about his life […]
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  • Mudhoney Is No Longer Just the Name of a Band in Seattle: ‘This Is Anything But Boring’

    Mudhoney Is No Longer Just the Name of a Band in Seattle: ‘This Is Anything But Boring’
    Here’s some news to dig into! Seattle Public Utilities announced on Monday (April 12) that it has named its tunnel boring machine after local grunge band Mudhoney after a public vote. The giant piece of machinery will be used to build the Ship Canal Water Quality Project’s storage tunnel.
    “MudHoney was the top vote-getter after more than 35,000 votes were cast to choose a name among the top five finalists,” SPU said in a press release. “Since the late ’80s, Mu
  • Did Clubhouse Just Get Hacked? Clubhouse CEO Says ‘No Leak Happened’

    Did Clubhouse Just Get Hacked? Clubhouse CEO Says ‘No Leak Happened’
    Over the weekend, claims of a Clubhouse data leak exposing 1.3 million accounts surfaced. Is it true? Clubhouse CEO Paul Davison has denied the report, claiming it is false. Cyber News reported on information appearing on a hacker forum, describing the leak as an SQL database’s contents. The information includes names, usernames, Twitter, Instagram, and […]
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  • Clubhouse Data Leak or Not? – Clubhouse CEO Says ‘No Leak Happened’

    Clubhouse Data Leak or Not? – Clubhouse CEO Says ‘No Leak Happened’
    Over the weekend, claims of a Clubhouse data leak exposing 1.3 million accounts surfaced. Is it true? Clubhouse CEO Paul Davison has denied the report, claiming it is false. Cyber News reported on information appearing on a hacker forum, describing the leak as an SQL database’s contents. The information includes names, usernames, Twitter, Instagram, and […]
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  • Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Are ‘Poppin’ Bottles’ After Silk Sonic Hits No. 1 on Hot 100

    Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Are ‘Poppin’ Bottles’ After Silk Sonic Hits No. 1 on Hot 100
    Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak are toasting to Silk Sonic’s debut single “Leave the Door Open” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    Mars unlocks his eighth Hot 100 No. 1 hit and .Paak earns his first this week (dated April 17) as the duo tops the chart.
    [email protected] WE DID IT BRO!!! It is now safe to wear your bell bottoms all week!! #LeaveTheDoorOpen is the number 1 song in the country and I can’t thank y’all enough!” .Paak wrote on Twitter while shar
  • What Do Spiderwebs Sound Like? – Scientists Create Music from their Vibrations

    What Do Spiderwebs Sound Like? – Scientists Create Music from their Vibrations
    Do you know what a spiderweb sounds like? Scientists have turned these complex arachnid hunting grounds into ‘instruments’ for the first time. Spiders use the vibrations picked up on their webs to hunt their prey. But what would a spiderweb sound like if you could pluck it like the strings of a harp? Researchers have […]
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  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Spotify Curates COVID Vaccine Playlist

    Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Spotify Curates COVID Vaccine Playlist
    Spotify users have created countless soundtracks for their COVID-19 vaccine journey, and the streaming service has boiled it down to a science — and to one playlist.
    Since Jan. 1, Spotify users have curated more than 7,700 vaccine-related playlists around the world. In the last 90 days, Spotify has witnessed a 350% increase in fan-generated playlists specific to the COVID-19 vaccine and naming playlists after the various vaccine manufacturers, including Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson &am
  • Creeper vocalist Will Gould announces new EP with side-project Salem

    Creeper vocalist Will Gould announces new EP with side-project Salem
    Salem – the side project of Creeper vocalist Will Gould – have announced details of a new EP and shared a new song.
    ‘Draculads’ is the first preview of upcoming EP ‘Salem II’, set for release on May 7. The track comes complete with its own video.READ MORE: Creeper’s Will Gould on new band Salem: “These are spooky, silly, romantic punk rock songs”“‘DRACULADS’ is the sound of two lovers kissing in a bar fight,” Gould sai
  • Neumos in Seattle, in a Pandemic: ‘We’re Promoters. We Expect Sh– to Go Wrong’

    Neumos in Seattle, in a Pandemic: ‘We’re Promoters. We Expect Sh– to Go Wrong’
    As co-owner of Seattle’s popular independent venue Neumos in Capitol Hill, Steven Severin has been a staple in the Seattle music industry for more than 20 years. Roughly 10 years ago, he helped create the Seattle Nightlife and Music Association to bring together the area’s live event insiders, and for the past 16 years has helped run Neumos with its sister club Barboza and the accompanying Runaway bar.
    As part of Billboard’s efforts to best cover the coronavirus
  • Guess on Teaming Up With FriendsWithYou & J Balvin for Capsule: ‘He’s Really Our Guy’

    Guess on Teaming Up With FriendsWithYou & J Balvin for Capsule: ‘He’s Really Our Guy’
    J Balvin, Guess and FriendsWithYou have joined forces for a vibrant capsule that “aims to remind people that happiness is found in everyday life.”
    For Guess, the new collection, which will be available in stores and online Thursday, comes “full circle” thanks to Balvin, who introduced artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III to the brand. After collaborating on merch and other small projects, Guess and FriendsWithYou presents a bigger capsule collection with 75 piec
  • Watch Lamb Of God cover Bad Brains with Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler

    Watch Lamb Of God cover Bad Brains with Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler
    Bad Brains classic ‘I Against I’ has been covered by Lamb Of God with special guest Jason Aalon Butler from Fever 333.
    The quarantine performance was recorded from the artists’ respective homes – check it out below.READ MORE: Fever 333: “When people say ‘I don’t see colour’, that’s ignorance”“The idea to cover I Against I goes back at least 20 years to a camping trip the band was on,” Randy Blythe of Lamb Of G
  • Phoebe Bridgers Auctions Her Smashed SNL Guitar for $101,500

    Phoebe Bridgers Auctions Her Smashed SNL Guitar for $101,500
    Phoebe Bridgers auctioned her smashed SNL guitar for charity, bringing in $101,500. Bridgers caused a stink online after some musicians commented on the smashed instrument in February. The smashed guitar was recently put up for auction by GLAAD and sold for over $100k at the auction’s close. The supervising producer of the GLAAD Media Awards […]
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  • AJR Announce 2022 ‘OK Orchestra’ Tour

    AJR Announce 2022 ‘OK Orchestra’ Tour
    AJR has announced a 27-date U.S. tour set to kick off in April 2022. Produced by Live Nation, the OK Orchestra Tour will be in support of their latest album of the same name.
    The tour will launch April 28, 2022, at Toyota Music Factory in Dallas and move throughout Orlando, Philadelphia, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Denver, Seattle and San Francisco. The trek is currently scheduled to close out on June 21, 2022, at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.AJR recently released their fourth-fu
  • Dua Lipa Is ‘Free’ in New YSL Libre Fragrance Ad

    Dua Lipa Is ‘Free’ in New YSL Libre Fragrance Ad
    If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.
    Dua Lipa is fittingly free in the new campaign advertisement on Monday (April 12) for YSL Beauty’s Libre Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette.
    “Don’t be afraid of your freedom,” she says in the clip as she climbs up a set of stairs to the top of a building, where she removes her top and bares all to the city below.
    “‘Cause I’m
  • Olivia Rodrigo Is ‘Screaming & Crying’ After Doubling Up in the Hot 100 Top 10

    Olivia Rodrigo Is ‘Screaming & Crying’ After Doubling Up in the Hot 100 Top 10
    Olivia Rodrigo is experiencing déjà vu this Monday (April 12), when her latest single “Deja Vu” debuted in the top 10 of the  Billboard Hot 100.
    The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series breakout star had her debut single “Drivers License” ride to the top slot of the all-genre tally in January, making it the first single to debut at No. 1 in 2021. Her former eight-week Hot 100 No. 1 hit drops to No. 5, while its follow-up
  • Nessa Barrett & jxdn Enlist Travis Barker for ‘la di die’ on ‘Ellen’

    Nessa Barrett & jxdn Enlist Travis Barker for ‘la di die’ on ‘Ellen’
    With help from Travis Barker, Nessa Barrett and jxdn performed their single “la di die” Monday (April 12) on Ellen.
    The Blink-182 drummer assisted the two for their hazy performance from inside an open cage. All three wore all-white outfits, coordinating with each other and complementing the pink and blue fog surrounding them. This marks the second time the three have performed the song together on television, the first being April 7 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    Barrett first released &ldqu
  • Cher Can’t Contain Her Appreciation for Christopher Meloni Either

    Cher Can’t Contain Her Appreciation for Christopher Meloni Either
    Cher gets it too! The iconic performer took a break from promoting her upcoming documentary, Cher & The Loneliest Elephant, to — like many people in recent days — share her appreciation of Christopher Meloni. But in her case, it’s his acting skills she’s praising.
    “CHRISTOPHER MELONI IS EXCELLENT, CHARISMATIC ACTOR,” Cher tweeted in the early morning hours of Monday (April 12).
    The Emmy-nominated actor responded, “A lovely way to start the day.&
  • Yeehaw! Someone’s made a country cover of Fall Out Boy’s ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’

    Yeehaw! Someone’s made a country cover of Fall Out Boy’s ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’
    A YouTuber has reworked Fall Out Boy‘s ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’ into a country song – listen to it below.READ MORE: Green Day vs ‪Weezer vs Fall Out Boy – which band sits on the Hella Mega Tour’s iron throne?Alex Melton’s new version of the ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ single follows his cover of Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’ last month.
    Recorded in his ​”unfinished upstairs bathroom,” Melton&

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