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WME Nashville Hires Rival CAA’s Head of HR

Brandi Brammer is the seventh CAA Nashville hire for WME in two weeks. WME Nashville is not easing up on poaching away top talent from their crosstown rivals at CAA. After bringing over former CAA co-head of music Scott Clayton on Nov. 20, WME has hired away two more agents and three assistants.  Today the number grows from six to seven after WME announced another CAA hiring — former human resources executive Brandi Brammer. In her new role at WME Nashville, Brammer will work on business strategy, client relations and operations and liaison between the Nashville office and the rest of WME. “We are thrilled that Brandi has decided to join our team in Nashville,” said Clayton, now co-head of WME’s Nashville office with Greg Oswald, Rob Beckham, Joey Lee and Jay Williams. “I am excited ...

Berlin Authorities Promise 1 Million Euros to Protect Nightclubs From Sound Complaints

Rather than give in to noise complaints and shut clubs down, Berlin’s Parliament has agreed to allocate 1 million euros (about $1,186,750) toward the cost of noise reduction installations inside and around the city’s nightclubs. German publication Der Tagesspiegel reports that the charge was led by House Representative Christian Goiny of the Christian Democratic Union party. He’s championed nightlife in the area for years, fighting against angry occupants of new high-rises who find the storied after-hour activities of their new home less than savory.  The funds will be used to build sound-absorbing installations in music venues and noise barriers in outdoor areas, as well as help pay to soundproof windows for local residents and fund outreach programs to raise awareness f...

Chief Keef Sits Down With Snoop Dogg to Talk New Music, Kanye West & Chicago

On the heels of his Dedication mixtape release, Chief Keef sat down for a rare interview with Snoop Dogg on his GGN News Network. The conversation jumped through a multitude of topics as the pair chopped it up under the influence. Throughout the 18-minute conversation, the hip-hop superstars touched on Kanye West, the city of Chicago, favorite albums and drill music. Snoop pressed Keef about Yeezy’s stamp of approval on “Don’t Like,” the remix for which appeared on Cruel Summer featuring hip-hop heavyweights Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss. The “Love Sosa” artist responded, “I didn’t think it was true. I don’t really remember, but somebody said I was tripping though.” Even though he just released a 45-minute project, Keef said he’s got “desktops on desktops” of new m...

WMA Digital Agency Launches US Publicity Division

Chrissy Borsellino has come on as senior publicist and will be based in the New York office. WMA has launched a new U.S. publicity division, the British-born music and entertainment digital agency announced on Monday (Dec. 4).  Senior publicist Chrissy Borsellino has joined the WMA New York office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She will be developing the new stateside press department with global publicity director Heather Swaine.  Borsellino brings with her a decade of experience in the music industry, including past work in public relations, management, publishing and concert promotion. She was most recently senior director of publicity at Right Angle PR.  Since WMA launched in 2013, the company has grown to a team of over 50 in offices across London, New York and Los Angeles developing strate...

‘We Are Modeselektor’ Documentary Released for Free: Watch

Back in 2013, Modeselektor‘s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary invited cameras into their lives for an up-close-and-personal look into the groundbreaking electronic duo’s life and history. Watch them make jokes with family, visit old haunts and tell the grand story of their creative journey in the untamed streets of Berlin.  We Are Modeselektor was originally released in cooporation with Telekom Electronic Beats TV, or EB.tv for short. It’s been available on DVD and Blu-ray since, but today, it’s free for all to see on EB.tv’s official YouTube channel. If you’re still listening to Happy Birthday! on loop (we are), this is exactly the hour and 15 minutes your day’s been waiting for. Modeselektor also delights fans of experimental electronic groove...

Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Queen Biopic After On-Set Chaos

Fox halted production Dec. 1, saying it was because of the “unexpected unavailability” of director Singer. Bryan Singer has been fired from the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Twentieth Century Fox has told The Hollywood Reporter. The decision reflected a growing clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by Singer’s being missing from the set, necessitating the Dec. 1 production shut-down of the film in which Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen, which has been shooting in London. In announcing the shut down last week, producers Fox, New Regency and Graham King initially said filming was being suspended because of Singer’s “unexpected unavailability.”  Trouble began when Singer went absent during production on several ...

Get to Know Irish Newcomer EDEN

Irish singer-producer EDEN stopped by Billboard to share some quick facts about himself for the “You Should Know” video series, including who his musical inspirations are, when he started making music and which of his songs unfamiliar music fans should listen to first. EDEN, whose real name is Jonathon Ng, divulges that he started making and writing music when he was 7 or 8 years old and that he first performed with a band made up of friends at the age of 13 or 14. Discussing his musical inspirations, EDEN reveals that he has had many over the years, beginning with Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. These days, “anyone from Kendrick Lamar to Hans Zimmer” inspires him musically. As for which song would serve as a perfect introduction to his music, EDEN suggests “start//end,” describ...

TWICE to return With ‘Merry & Happy’ Album, ‘Heart Shaker’ Single

Just a few weeks after releasing “Likey,” their third single of the year, Korean girl group TWICE is going to make hearts shake with their new single, set to be released Dec. 11. The K-pop act released a short video teaser for “Heart Shaker” on Sunday. The new song will be the lead single from their Merry & Happy album, an extended version of their October release, Twicetagram.  In the minute-long video, the nine members of TWICE appear on a set that looks like a store while filming the “Heart Shaker” music video. Donning clean white tops and jean bottoms, the women perform the choreography, give a hint to the upbeat sound of the new song, and profess their love. Along with the video, TWICE began releasing Christmas-inspired teaser photos for Merry & Happy on their social media acc...

How YouTube Is Leveling the Playing Field for Indie Artists: Guest Post

The last few months I’ve been on the road in Nashville, Barcelona, Mumbai and Rio, meeting with artists and I’ve noticed something is brewing. The gates are down and independent artists are dashing into the music world like no other time. It’s got many people outside the independent music scene looking over their shoulders.  What’s the cause of all this? YouTube.  It’s no secret that YouTube is a disruptive factor in the music industry. It provides incredible opportunities for every type of artist to reach fans all over the world with their music, plus enables new and unsigned artists to compete with popular artists and the mainstream music industry on a more level playing field thanks to its technology. Those once-rare viral music videos that plastered headli...

BTS’ ‘Butterfly’ Explores the Fear of Losing Someone: See the Translated Lyrics

BTS is no stranger to mining emotional depth in their lyrics, and “Butterfly” is a key representation of the lyrical complexity that sets them apart as a K-pop act. The non-single was promoted on Korean music shows alongside “Run” after they released The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 in November 2015. The B-side peaked at No. 4 on the World Digital Songs chart in 2015. The lyrics, co-written by Suga, express the fear of losing someone through the simile of a butterfly. The butterfly could be interpreted as representing the ephemerality of time that risks being lost at a moment’s notice: “Will you stay by my side?/ Will you promise me?/ If I let go of your hand, you might fly away and break, I’m scared.” [readmore:8054720] Read the heartbreaking lyrics below. Here are the original l...

deadmau5 to Host Podcast in 2018

Dance music’s biggest mouth gets an even bigger mouthpiece in 2018. Canadian producer deadmau5 has promised to launch a podcast in the new year. deadmau5 has never steered away from controversial topics, nor from inserting his thoughts and opinions into whatever public social media war is going down between DJs. No telling whether that stuff will make the cut for his new podcast, but we’re gonna go ahead and guess he’ll do whatever he damn well pleases. Mostly, we expect the podcast to feature tons of cool music from deadmau5 and his mau5trap records family. He’ll probably share some of his own favorite songs new and old. Maybe he’ll have guests. The man in the mask has not said much about the program, although it’s been confirmed by mau5trap on Twitter....

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line Are ‘Meant to Be’ Atop Hot Country Songs Chart

The collab reigns as it rises at both pop & country radio. For only the third time since Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart transitioned to a hybrid data list, blending airplay, streaming and sales, on Oct. 20, 2012, a song debuts atop the survey. Pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and powerhouse country duo Florida Georgia Line‘s “Meant to Be” launches at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 16. Rexha makes her first visit to Hot Country Songs, while FGL earns its sixth No. 1, and first since “H.O.L.Y.” reigned for 18 weeks beginning May 21, 2016. “Meant” is being driven in part by budding multi-format support at both pop and country radio, where it’s being dually promoted. It rises 31-28 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (up 33 percent in pl...