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A Flock of Seagulls Talk Reunion, Orchestral Album & the Day They Wrote ‘I Ran’

For some bands artists lumped into the one hit wonder category, that one inescapable smash is the beginning and end of their story. But for A Flock of Seagulls, who are frequently and unfairly seen as one of the premier bands in that realm, it’s a misnomer commercially and creatively. Not only did the U.K. new wave band earn four Billboard Hot 100 hits (including three top 40 singles), but their self-titled 1982 LP was a pioneering mixture of angular guitar riffs, skewed melodies and vibrant synths; it’s a bona fide classic, no qualifiers necessary. But 23 years after their last album – and 34 years after gracing the Billboard Hot 100 — what’s left for the band to do? Well, there’s obviously the touring route – and sure enough, they’re in the midst of th...

RZA, Steve Stoute & Goodie Mob Headlining 2018 A3C Conference: Exclusive

The A3C Conference returns to Atlanta this fall for their sixth yearly affair, which kicks off on Oct. 3. The event opens its doors to those looking to immerse themselves into the business side of music. On Wednesday (May 23), A3C unveils their first wave of keynote speakers headlined by the Wu-Tang’s Almighty RZA, members of ATL’s legendary Goodie Mob, and famed music executive Steve Stoute. “We are very honored to be apart of A3C this year,” the Goodie Mob tells Billboard. “As we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of our album Still Standing. We look forward to coming out to celebrate, educate and motivate everyone. See you in October.” Frequenters have the chance to enjoy expert panels, workshops, interviews, mentor sessions and much more from ...

Björk Delivers Rare Performance on U.K.’s ‘Later…With Jools Holland’: Watch

Björk delivered a suitably weird and wonderful performance when she made a rare TV appearance for BB2’s Later… With Jools Holland.  For her first televised performance in eight years, the legendary Icelandic artist and her merry team of flutists played “Courtship” from her latest album Utopia and “The Anchor Song” from 1993’s Debut. Check out the performances below. [embedded content][embedded content]

‘Insecure’ Star Issa Rae Channels ’90s TV Stars For Photoshoot, Gets Shout-Out From Brandy

The ‘90s are gone but not forgotten. Issa Rae is making sure the decade is making a comeback. The versatile actor and producer posed for a GQ feature, in which she discusses her rise and life as the show runner and star of Insecure. During a behind-the-scenes-clip of her photoshoot, Rae is seen portraying Steve Urkel from Family Matters, Moesha from (what else) Moesha, Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dwayne Wayne from A Different World and “Have You Ever” singer Brandy. Not only is she dressed perfectly for each role, but her personality fits just as well for each classic character she’s acting as. Rae is so convincing, she got a special shoutout from Brandy, who tweeted, “You’re such a beautiful spirit.”  .@IssaRae you’re such a beautiful spirit. Thank you for por...

Pop Shop Podcast: Lauv on the Slow Climb of the ‘Fastest’ Song He’s Written, Plus BBMA Highlights With J.Lo, Dua Lipa & More

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, your one-stop-shop for all things pop on Billboard’s weekly charts. In addition, you can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson, every week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes. (Click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com). On the latest show, we’re joined by rising pop singer-songwriter Lauv! The 23-year-old (real name: Ari Leff) has been climbing the Pop So...

Drummer Accused of Stealing From Fats Domino Won’t be Tried

Prosecutors won’t pursue charges against a drummer accused of stealing rare coins and a passport from famed New Orleans musician Fats Domino. The New Orleans Advocate reports that Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office dropped the case against 65-year-old Ernest “Box” Fontenot. Connick’s office said Monday it didn’t have sufficient evidence. Adonica Domino reported her father’s silver coins stolen last July, and said she suspected Fontenot. He had been helping care for Domino. The singer and pianist born Antoine Domino Jr. passed away at age 89 seven months ago. A detective determined Fontenot sold an antiques firm more than 200 $1 silver coins and Domino’s 1986 passport. Fontenot’s attorney Michael Smith said the items were gifts from Domino, who Fontenot began playing d...

Normani Reveals She Listens to Beyonce When She Needs a Confidence Boost: Watch

During her conversation with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 20), Normani shared some words of wisdom for fellow females in the music industry, as well as for any female fans of hers. “Just focus on who it is that you know that you were called on this earth to be,” she says. “There can be so many people trying to convince you otherwise, especially with how society is set up and us being told constantly that we can’t achieve certain things.” “But just remember your worth,” the singer continues, “and know that you’re beautiful, and you have something special to offer. And just stay focused on that ’cause…I get caught in the whirlwind sometimes too, I don’t always feel my most confident.” How does Normani boost her confidence, th...

Ariana Grande Shares Video of Fans in Manchester Singing ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ on Anniversary of Attack

One year ago today, 22 people were killed from a bombing outside Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena. Fans in the city have come together to commemorate the victims of the brutal attack. Grande took to Twitter to share a video of a crowd in Manchester singing her latest single, “No Tears Left to Cry”–a tune interpreted as a hopeful and uplifting recovery from the tragedy. “so wish i were there with u all today,” she wrote in the caption. “u have no idea. love you so v much.” so wish i were there with u all today. u have no idea. love you so v much. pic.twitter.com/quoUWllH8B — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2018 Earlier in the day, the pop star posted her own tribute to those who lost their lives: “I love you with all of ...

Dropkick Murphys Announce Boston Boxing Matches For Final Shows of Summer Tour With Flogging Molly

Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca will take on Walter “Two Guns” Wright for the final date of 16-show run. The Dropkick Murphys are bringing the fight to their upcoming tour with Flogging Molly, wrapping up their 16-date run with a concert that includes a number of boxing matches promoted by longtime Dropkick Murphy’s bassist, songwriter and singer Ken Casey. The card at the Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on June 23 will include fighters from Murphy’s Boxing which Casey launched in 2012 after several years helping promote fights for Boston lightweight fighter Danny O’Connor, who served as an alternate in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. “He was a friend and I thought I could promote him and help him get some press,” Casey tells Billb...

Good Charlotte Signs to BMG For Worldwide Album Release: Exclusive

Good Charlotte has signed a worldwide deal with BMG to release the rock group’s new studio album later this year.  The untitled project will be the second record run through Good Charlotte’s MDDN imprint following 2016’s Youth Authority, which was the group’s first album following a five-year hiatus.  “We feel our partnership with BMG is a natural one, as we’ve been fortunate enough to see first hand their commitment to the artists they’re in business with,” said Good Charlotte founders/brothers Benji and Joel Madden. “As the momentum for Good Charlotte continues to build in this new chapter of our career, BMG has consistently demonstrated the type of forward thinking, artist friendly, entrepreneurial spirit that we really relate to and is in line with the way we want our business to feel....

‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ Cast Perform Disco-Dazzled ‘MacArthur Park’ on ‘The Tonight Show’: Watch

The Queen of Disco is coming back to life on the Broadway stage thanks to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and viewers of Monday night’s (May 21) The Tonight Show got a preview of the theatrical tribute to Donna Summer. The “Three Donnas” who portray the dance music icon took the studio stage to perform the late diva’s No. 1 hit, “MacArthur Park.” “Disco Donna,” portrayed by Ariana DeBose, opened the tune under the glow of a single spotlight with her sequined dress continuously catching the light. She belted out the introduction before the quintessential 1970s beat and instrumentals swelled, kicking off an electric rendition of the 1978 Summer standard written by Jimmy Webb in 1968. By the song’s end, DeBose was joined by castmates Sto...

Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Manchester on Anniversary of Concert Bombing: ‘I Love You With All of Me’

One year ago today (May 22) 22 people were killed at the singer’s Manchester Arena show. Ariana Grande paid tribute to the victims of last year’s bombing at her Manchester Arena show with an emotional tweet early Tuesday morning (May 22). “Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day,” she wrote just after midnight.  thinking of you all today and every day — I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2018 One year ago today suicide bomber Salman Abedi pulled off the brazen bombing outside of Grande’s show in the Arena as thousands of fans ...