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My Brightest Diamond Explores the Freedom of Movement In ‘It’s Me on the Dance Floor’ Video: Premiere

Shara Nova says her upcoming My Brightest Diamond album, A Million To One, is all about the body — and dancing. And there are plenty of bodies in the video for its first single, “It’s Me on the Dance Floor,” premiering exclusively below. “I’m still learning how to have a really deep relationship to dance music and connect to my own body in a different way,” Nova tells Billboard. “So the beginning impetus for the record was, okay, I want to keep exploring the concept of the body, through movement — that’s the voice and the drums and how they intertwine and interrelate.” The combination of a strict religious upbringing in Ypsilanti, Mich., and subsequent classical training also complicated Nova’s relationship to dance mu...

Michael McArthur Ponders the Importance of Love on ‘Elaine’: Premiere

What Michael McArthur calls “the hardest 12 months of my life” gave the Florida singer-songwriter his first full-length album, Ever Green, Ever Rain, whose track “Elaine” is premiering exclusively below. McArthur had released a series of EPs and toured hard before taking that time off from the road, where he plays primarily house concerts. “I was tired,” he tells Billboard, and, with his marriage also on uncertain footing, he needed to “just stay at home and spend time with friends and family and write as many songs as I could.” He wound up with about 40 of those, and the dozen on the album focus on the thoughts he had and the lessons he learned during that time. “During that year of writing I asked myself a lot of questions and started...

Dua Lipa Takes Out International Music Category at Germany’s Bambi Awards

Dua Lipa was a big winner at Germany’s Bambi media awards Friday night (Nov. 16) at the Berliner Theater, where she took out the international music category and performed a medley of her hits.  Homegrown DJ Felix Jaehn was on hand to award the British singer, who went on to perform her songs “Be The One”, “New Rules” and “IDGAF”. Also on the night, Mark Forster got the award in the category for music national and musician Michael Schulte was feted in the public vote category. Veteran British boy band Take That opened the show with a performance of their 2008 track “Greatest Day,” while German/Spanish singer and songwriter Nico Santos delivered an excerpt of his song “Rooftop”.  Frank Briegmann, president & CEO Central Europe Universal Music and Deutsche Grammop...

‘The Voice’ Recap: Top 11 Revealed

Two artists were eliminated from The Voice season 15 on Tuesday night. The bottom three sang for the Instant Save, but only one could make it through to next week’s Top 11 performances. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson had to hope their teams would emerge unscathed, no longer having any control over the results. The first artists voted through were Team Adam’s Reagan Strange, Team Blake’s Kirk Jay and Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes. Then, Team Kelly’s Chevel Shepherd and Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze also made it through. Levine then sang Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” with his team, a song choice that particularly suited Strange. The next artists voted through were Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico, Team Kelly’s Kymberli Joye and Team Jennifer’s MaKenzie Thomas. Team ...

Pusha T’s Toronto Concert Canceled After Fight Breaks Out

The Pusha T concert at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall was shut down tonight after a fight broke out onstage.   Shocking video of the melee was quickly posted to YouTube, which Pusha T and his entourage targeted with punches. According to witnesses, the show was canceled after about 20 minutes. [embedded content] A post from Toronto Police Operations Centre confirms performers were attacked and numerous people were injured as a result of fighting inside the concert hall. It’s unclear if the hip-hop star and GOOD Music president was injured in the clash. Local news channel CP 24 posted on Twitter that “three people taken to hospital with minor injuries after fight took place at Danforth Music Hall. Officers said performers were “attacked by a group of people.” Pusha T and Drake ha...

Zico On Being a K-pop Rapper, Working with IU & His Carefree Way with Genres

Over the past seven years, Zico has made himself a household name in the South Korean music scene. As both a soloist and as the leader of K-pop boy band Block B, the 26-year-old has transcended stereotypes in the industry to go onto becoming one of Korea’s most recognized artists and songwriters. He’s seen hit after hit since 2015, coming into his own with a flare for diversity: he’s leaned into swaggering hip-hop on the likes of “Okey Dokey” with WINNER’s Mino, shown a dramatic flair on smoldering alt-R&B songs like “Bermuda Triangle” with Dean and Crush, shared his playful side on “Boys and Girls” with Babylon, and showcased a bit of sweet sentimentality through tracks like “I Am You, You Are Me.” For Zico, born Woo Jiho, there’s no real limit to the sort of music he wants to pursue....

Here Are the Lyrics to Adam Sandler’s ‘Thanksgiving Song’

Everyone is already eager to break out the Christmas music around this time of year, but Adam Sandler’s classic “Thanksgiving Song” is perfect to celebrate Turkey Day. He originally performed the song during the “Weekend Update” segment on Saturday Night Live in 1992. He sang the tune in a high falsetto voice and can be seen holding back laughter as he sings the hilariously absurd lyrics. The following year, his live performance at The Strand in Redondo Beach was recorded and included on his debut album They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! In 2011, “The Thanksgiving Song” reached the No. 23 spot on Billboard‘s Holiday 100 chart. His other big holiday hit, “The Chanukah Song,” charted at No. 20 the following year. Check out the fu...

Tupac Shakur’s Estate Teases Cryptic ‘1998’ Release

Tupac Shakur’s estate announced a mysterious release titled “1998” on Instagram Tuesday (Nov. 20). The project is set to release on Nov. 24, though no information has been revealed on what the release is. Some fans were quick to point out that Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s posthumous Greatest Hits collection. See below for the post. 

Willie Nelson, Brandon Flowers, Aloe Blacc & More Perform ‘All You Need is Love’ In Honor of John Lennon: Watch

Blackbird Presents has announced the release of Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert featuring performances by Willie Nelson, Brandon Flowers, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Aloe Blacc and more, due out in January 2019. The concert film’s release will include the legendary lineup of artists who came out to pay homage to the late Beatle in 2015 at the event that took place at New York City’s The Theater at Madison Square Garden to celebrate Lennon’s iconic career. “It’s  beautiful  to  see  so  many  wonderful  and  talented  musicians  come  together  for  this  special  show  to  celebrate  John’s  birthday,”  Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono said in an emailed statement.  “John’s  art  continues  to  give  hope,  light  and  happiness  to  generations  of  people  e...

Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Celebrate the Holidays in Kitschy ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ Video: Watch

Gwen Stefani dropped a video for the titular song off her October-released You Make It Feel Like Christmas deluxe edition holiday album on Tuesday (Nov. 20). The visual shows Stefani and longtime boyfriend Blake Shelton celebrating the holidays together by jamming together in classic formal attire. Children dressed like Santa back them up with jazzy instruments and fun dance moves. The couple drives home with a tree in the back of their car and later sculpt snowmen (although Stefani’s more closely resembles a Greek statue), decorate for the holidays and get into a squabble over Christmas dinner. The final bonus scene shows Shelton walking in on his girlfriend flirting with Santa while sitting on jolly St. Nick’s lap. Watch their funny and festive video below. [embedded content]

Michael Bublé Enchants ‘Tonight Show’ With Snazzy ‘When You’re Smiling’: Watch

Michael Bublé charmed The Tonight Show on Monday night (Nov. 19) with a swinging rendition of the 1920s jazz standard “When You’re Smiling” off his recently released 10th studio album, Love. Backed by an upbeat 16-piece jazz band, the 43-year-old crooner’s rich voice melted into the opening refrain: “When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling/ The whole world it smiles with you/ When you’re laughing, when you’re laughing/ Well the sun come shining through.”  The bass and drums were joined by a quartet of violins on the song made famous by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra, as Bublé’s voice heated up. “Lets, go, Let’s go,” encouraged the charismatic singer after the first chorus, turning toward the band as the stage flooded with light and the horn se...

Marc E. Bassy & G-Eazy Double Down With Seductive ‘Love Her Too’ on ‘Late Late Show’: Watch

Three is the magic number. Taking over the Late Late Show stage with some sensual seduction vibes on Monday night (Nov. 19), Marc E. Bassy and G-Eazy flexed their steamy collaboration “Love Her Too.” A sizzling fusion of pop, hip-hop and funk, “Love Her Too” is a flirty track that has both artists trying to work their way into a three-way relationship. Wearing an all-white outfit, Bassy flashed his glossy voice as he danced along to the playful tune. Singing against the bright break beats, he chanted the chorus “If I love her and I love you/ ‘Cause you love her too/ Walking away from her/ I’m afraid to do/ If only I choose one day, one kiss/ And my heart gon’ lose.” Sliding onto the blazing red stage, G-Eazy contrasted with Bassy by wea...