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Steve Angello Finds Heaven on Two-Track EP ‘Paradiso’

The third and final act of Steve Angello‘s grand trilogy of rebirth and reinvention arrived Thursday (Nov. 16) and it’s a little slice of heaven for anyone who enjoys a dance on the darker side. Angello’s Paradiso EP follows Genesis and Inferno, and anyone who has read the Bible or Dante’s Inferno should pick up on the religious literary references. Angello told Billboard about his recent feelings of loss and confusion, how he found himself sick of making the same old songs, aiming for a hit on streaming services and social media more than what was in his heart. A break from the public world led him to meditations in a Swedish church in his hometown of Stockholm and that time spent alone in his head, surrounded by all the heavy glory of Christian imagery led him to ...

UnitedMasters Launches With $70 Million to Rethink Labels From The Ground Up — But What’s Different?

The system-disrupting startup raised millions from Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz, 21st Century Fox and Floodgate. Onlookers have been bemoaning their downfall for years, but the reality is that record labels are still a dominant force in today’s music industry. While the traditional, contractual skeletons behind labels may be breaking down, the core functional roles of financial and marketing support, plus taking a cut of royalties, are alive and well. One company might now have the money necessary to enact more disruptive, meaningful change — if that’s really the end goal it wants. Steve Stoute, former president of Interscope Records and CEO of ad agency Translation, announced yesterday (Nov. 15) the launch of a new artist services company called UnitedMasters that aims to sca...

Killer Mike Says When He’s Finished Rapping, He’s ‘Gonna Run for School Board’

Killer Mike, one half of Run The Jewels, has a retirement plan. The Atlanta rapper is a very active participant on Twitter, and on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 16) he used it to announce “When I’m done rapping I’m gonna run for school board.”  This was in response to a fan tweeting at him, “you ever think about running for office? ATL would [be] honored to have you serve,” after Mike responded to the viral video of Drake pausing his show to tell a man in the crowd to stop groping women. I’m pretty sure @therealelp and @KillerMike did this at Lolla months ago. But it’s all good, at least they saying something. https://t.co/aZCGLEI71Y — Mayo Boi (@IanWhyte815) November 16, 2017 I announce that pretty regularly & I mean it. U touch a woman fucke...

Live Stream the Latin Grammys 2017 Here

We’re just hours away from the biggest night in Latin music, the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards. The Latin Grammys will take place on Thursday evening (Nov. 16), live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, beginning at 8 p.m. EST. Residente leads all artists with nine nominations, followed by Maluma with seven an Shakira at six. See a complete list of all the noms here. Diplo, Bomba Estéreo, Carlos Rivera, Víctor Manuelle and Danay Suarez are among the performers. Watch it all go down in real time, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET, here: 

Buchanan’s and Spotify Celebrate Latin Grammy Nominees With Performances by Sebastian Yatra, Luis Fonsi, Vives and More

It’s been a whirlwind week of Latin Grammy festivities in Las Vegas, with nominees not just preparing for Latin Gramy performances tonight, but also doing the rounds about town.  On Tuesday night (Nov. 14), the nominees for the Latin Grammys best new artist category were feted at Casa Buchanan’s Nov. 14. Mau & Ricky Montaner, lounging together at the bar, were trying to keep their excitement in check at the prospect of winning. Their famous father, Ricardo Montaner, who has supported his sons since they began performing with him as kids, preferred to sit things out from his home in Miami. Sebastian Yatra’s parents did fly in from Colombia to watch their son perform. “This is what I’ve been aiming for from the very beginning,” said the 23-year old with multiple radio hits to his name.  ...

More Details Emerge About Lil Peep’s Death

More details have emerged about the tragic death of rapper/singer Lil Peep on Wednesday night (Nov. 15), with authorities saying he is believed to have died of an overdose of anxiety drug Xanax. According to an Associated Press report, police in Tucson, Arizona, where Peep, 21 (born Gustav Ahr), was found dead on his tour bus around 9 p.m. local time ahead of a scheduled concert in the city at The Rock nightclub. Sgt. Pete Dugan said evidence pointed to an overdose of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, although no official cause of death has been announced. Ahr became a social media sensation thanks to a string of emotional songs often referenced drug use, depression and suicide, subjects the singer appeared to reference in a series of dark Instagram posts to his 1.2 million followers in t...

Romeo Santos Announces Ticket Information for 2018 ‘Golden’ Tour

The “King of Bachata” Romeo Santos has announced tour dates and ticket information for his previously-teased North American tour in support of his newest album Golden, released this summer.  The 18-city tour kicks off February 15th in New York and wraps up in Oakland, CA on April 6th. The tour will also make stops in Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, and more. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting November 24th at 10 a.m. local time on LiveNation’s website. Exclusive VIP Packages for the Golden Tour will also be available to purchase at VIPNation.com. Presale for the tour will begin Tuesday, November 21st. The tour is titled after Santos’ latest studio album Golden, which was released earlier this year and earned the biggest sales week for a ...

Alejandro Sanz Honored by His Peers During Person of the Year Ceremony: ‘Don’t Forget That We Are What We Dream’

The breadth and complexity of Spanish singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz’s body of work was in full display last night (Nov. 15), as Sanz was feted by fellow singers in a three-hour tribute honoring him as the Latin Recording Person of the Year. Sanz, sometimes singing along, sometimes visibly emotional, and flanked by his wife and eldest children, looked on as some of the most notable entertainers stepped on stage to sing versions of his iconic songs. The night’s show at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas began with Colombian pop singer Manuel Medrano and Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade. The pair opened with Sanz’ “No Es No Mismo.” Some of Latin music’s biggest names followed, including Juan Luis Guerra, David Bisbal, Niña Pastori, Mon Laferte, Alejandro Fernandez...

R.I.P. Lil Peep: 7 Standout Tracks From the Rapper/Singer

I didn’t know Gustav Åhr, aka Lil Peep, but I did see him just over two weeks ago, on Halloween at New York’s Highline Ballroom. It was a wonderful, communal night, but one that seemed tinged with melancholy. It was his birthday — he was turning 21 the next day, Nov. 1 — and I ended my write-up of that show for Billboard by saying that there’s “lots more to look forward to before Lil Peep turns 22.” Maybe that was naïve on my part. After all, Peep made no secret of his depression and his drug use. His first album and current tour were titled Call Me When You’re Sober, and he was particularly fond of Xanax, a great drug for making people feel momentarily better but which, like most of them, in the end just papers over the pain. How many times have we seen artists wear their addi...

Liberty Media’s John Malone Asks What DOJ Anti-Trust Division Is ‘Smoking These Days’

A head-scratching John Malone on Thursday questioned the anti-trust concerns of the Department of Justice in the Trump era as it considers the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner deal. “I personally have very little insight into what the anti-trust division is smoking these days,” he told financial analysts at the Liberty Media investors day during a session that was webcast. After reports that AT&T may have to spin-off CNN to secure approval from the DOJ, Malone said he hadn’t seen signs of undue regulatory pushback to cable TV mergers. Wall Street has raised doubts about AT&T closing its acquisition of Time Warner after the U.S. Justice Department signaled that it objects to aspects of the merger. The speculation is President Donald Trump is making his disdain for ...

Swizz Beatz Graduates From Harvard University, Teases ‘From The Bronx to Harvard’ Documentary

Swizz Beatz cut his teeth as the young producer who crafted DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’s Anthem” at the tender age of 17. Several hits and business endeavors later, the famed producer has now added another hyphen to his name: Harvard University graduate. Congratulations are in order for Beatz, who officially earned a degree from Harvard University on Thursday (Nov. 16). Beatz was enrolled in the Harvard University Business School’s Owner/President Management program and shared a heartfelt message on his social media about reaching this milestone.  “Today is graduation day,” he wrote under an old picture of his younger self dressed in a blue cap and gown. “In life we must keep graduating until the end. When I say we must graduate I’m talking abo...

Pegboard Nerds, Krewella Shine Like Stars on ‘Another Round’: Exclusive

A night spent under neon lights in the big city often leads to blurry memories, but as long as you’re with good friends, those snippets are mostly warm and fun. Our youth should be punctuated with shimmering moments spent with loved ones, and that’s the general vibe of Pegboard Nerds‘ “Another Round,” a collaboration with Krewella years in the making that celebrates the best parts of staying up late. “We actually started producing ‘Another Round’ in Hollywood over two years ago, together with Krewella and Fernando Garibay at his studio,” Pegboard Nerds say in a joint emailed statement. “At the time, it was decided to let the track sit for a while as we were writing even more songs, and decided to focus on a different sound and dir...