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BTS Hits Up ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Ahead of AMAs Performance

In Los Angeles to perform at the American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 19), Korean boy band BTS stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to surprise some fans — and their mothers. In a short segment on his late night show, Kimmel introduced BTS to his audience by drawing attention to their passionate fan ARMY, and then introduced some of those fans’ mothers to the bandmembers. The septet’s American ARMY came out in droves to support the band as they hosted a mini-concert that will be aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! later this month. Pulling aside two mothers who accompanied their daughters to the performance, the showrunners had the moms video call their daughters, surprising them with the members of BTS standing right. After the episode was aired, the hashtag “BTSxJimmyKimmel” trended ...

Lil Peep’s Death: Diplo, Post Malone, Pete Wentz & More React

Lil Peep’s flock of fans extended to the upper tiers of hip-hop, indie and EDM.  The young artist was hotly tipped for big things, and his debut full-length LP was well-received on its release in September. As news broke of his untimely loss at age 21, the music community reacted with shock and grief.  Peep “had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man,” tweeted DJ and producer Diplo. “Rockstar” rapper Post Malone was also touched by the young talent. “In the short time that i knew you, you were a great friend to me and a great person. your music changed the world and it’ll never be the same. i love you bud. Forever,” he tweeted.  Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and many others paid tribute to the budding talent. I cant even be...

Lil Peep Dies at 21: Report

Lil Peep, an emerging singer, rapper and YouTube star whose debut full length album dropped in recent months, has died according to multiple reports. The New York-based emo/hip-hop artist (real name Gustav Åhr) was just 21 years of age. Reasons for his passing have not been revealed.  Peep’s manager Chase Ortega broke the bad news. “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck—,” he tweeted. I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck — Chase (@RealChaseOrtega) November 16, 2017 Lil Peep had a promising career in front of him. His star had been on the rise since 2015 via a series of Soundcloud singles, EPs and mixtapes, and he enjoyed full traction through his YouTube channel where his videos to “Awful Things,” “Benz Truck,” “The Brightside&...

Jordan Peele Tells Stephen Colbert ‘Get Out’ is a ‘Historical Documentary’

Actor and director Jordan Peele dropped by the Late Show on Wednesday to discuss his film Get Out being nominated for a Golden Globe for best musical/comedy.  Peele told host Stephen Colbert, “I submitted it as a documentary.” The director went on to further explain his thoughts on the film: “Here’s the thing, the movie is truth. The thing that resonated with people was truth, so for me it’s more of a historical biopic.” Peele similarly joked about the nomination earlier on Wednesday on Twitter, saying, “‘Get Out’ is a documentary.” Peele’s film being nominated in the musical/comedy section, a thriller that deals with racial tensions in America, rose a few eyebrows on social media. The Golden Globes only has two major categories for films: dr...

Macklemore Mentored a Young Seattle Rapper and Debuted Him on ‘Fallon’: Watch

It’s been a compelling career journey for Macklemore, who in the space of five years has gone from the “Thrift Shop” to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 and performing to almost 80,000 rugby fans Down Under.  But there’s more to the tale than bright lights, brisk sales and the big stage. There’s a feel-good story which got its full debut overnight. Travis Thompson, one of the rappers joining Macklemore on Wednesday night’s edition of The Tonight Show, graduated through a residency program that the hip-hop star and his regular collaborator Ryan Lewis launched in Seattle in July 2015. The initiative, dubbed The Residency, mentors young artists from low-income families to help them acquire the skills and knowledge needed to carve out a living in the arts. Through the project, aspirat...

‘The Voice’ Recap: Season 13 Has Its Top 12

On the final night of The Voice season 13’s Playoffs, Miley Cyrus’ six remaining artists — including her comeback artist — performed for a chance to make it into the top 12. Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine already selected their artists for the top 12 earlier this week, including Shi’ann Jones, Davon Fleming, Noah Mac, Keisha Renee, Red Marlow, Chloe Kohanski, Addison Agen, Jon Mero and Adam Cunningham. At the end of the night, Cyrus was faced with having to cut her team in half, too. First up was Brooke Simpson singing “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World by James Brown. Cyrus encouraged her to really start showing her personality, and Simpson delivered. It was a great song choice for her, showcasing her bold and gritty voice. Levine likened her to Hudson and former ...

Meek Mill Appealing Prison Sentence in Probation Violation Case, Requesting Judge’s Recusal

Meek Mill is filing a motion to be released from prison and for his probation to be terminated, his lawyer confirmed with Billboard on Wednesday (Nov. 15).  The Philadelphia rapper, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley for violating probation stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case, on Tuesday also requested “the recusal of Judge Brinkley from considering and ruling on that motion and from any further adjudicatory role in this case,” according to recent court documents. The complaint claimed the Philadelphia judge ordered Mill to confinement on Nov. 6 against the recommendation of his probation officer, who said he had “responded well” and “actively participated in an effort towards behavioral change.” The...

Latin Grammy Week Honors Women in Entertainment, Including ‘Despacito’ Writer Erika Ender & More

Six trailblazing women — all bonded by music — spoke about some of their life’s biggest lessons, while navigating the entertainment business throughout their careers during The Leading Ladies of Entertainment inaugural event hosted by the Latin Recording Academy. The Tuesday afternoon luncheon at Maestro’s Ocean Club in Las Vegas was the backdrop for an intimate gathering that celebrated women as leaders and whose contributions have had significant impact on business and music. Before introducing the first award to his manager Rebeca Leon, Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes thanked the Academy for finally recognizing women in an event that is planned to continue taking place each year. For Leon, CEO and founder of Lionfish Entertainment, her career was shaped by said several le...

The 10 Best Martin Garrix Remixes: Critic’s Picks

If there was a perfect specimen of the electronic dance music fantasy, it would have to be Martin Garrix. The brilliant producer checks all the boxes. He had a huge hit at a prodigious age. “Animals” was the hard-edged Dutch house hit the world craved, and at 17 years of age, he was shot to international dance stardom. He carried it well, impressed senior collaborators and peers in the studio with his poise and professionalism, and his fame only grew. He was signed by Scooter Braun and put on tour with Justin Bieber. He began crossing over into pop radio and, even then, his story only became more compelling. A public battle with his A-list label Spinnin left him free to begin his own imprint and STMPD RCRDS has become a home to many young, talented artists across genre lines.  ...

Latin Connection Podcast: CNCO Talk Music, Brotherhood & the Possibility of a Latin Grammy

Latin Grammy best new artist nominees CNCO spoke with Billboard’s Latin Connection Podcast in advance of their Latin Grammy performance on Thursday, discussing their beginning, music and the upcoming award show.  Christopher Vélez, Richard Camacho, Joel Pimentel, Erick Brian Colón and Zabdiel de Jesús are a boy band borne out of a TV reality show, an oddity — and they say respect, communication and hard work has been key to their success so far. “It’s not even about ego. It’s about doing what you love and enjoying the time we have. It’s cool to have four brothers to travel around with,” adds Camacho.  Here, the CNCO members speak about their process, their secrets to sticking together and upcoming music. 

Neil Young Launching Online Music Archives Next Month, Will Initially Be Free

Neil Young is releasing a new album and an entire high-quality digital catalog on the same day. The Visitor, featuring the single “Already Great,” will be available Dec. 1. Meanwhile, the Neil Young Archives will open — and, at least upon launch, the comprehensive collection will be free. “December 1st will be a big day for me,” Young wrote on Facebook. “The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.” Young built the NYA website “for myself as much as for ev...

Los Del Rio, Lucecita Benitez & More Honored With Latin Grammys Special Awards

On Wednesday morning (Nov. 15), the Latin Recording Academy presented the special awards event of Lifetime Achievement award and Trustees award at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas as part of the 18th Annual Latin Grammy week. This year, the Lifetime Achievement award, which is presented to performers who have made unprecedented contributions of outstanding artistic significance to Latin music and the Latin community, was given to Lucecita Benítez, João Bosco, Ilan Chester, Víctor Heredia, Los Del Río, Guadalupe Pineda and Cuco Valoy.  Benitez was the first artist to accept the honor given by her friend, Puerto Rican singer Olga Tañon. Benitez dedicated her recognition to Puerto Rico, emphasizing that she would never leave the island even now that people needs help. Later, Los Del Rio ac...