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Zion. T Rings In the Winter Season With Sentimental ‘Snow’ Music Video

Zion. T released non-album single “Snow” with legendary singer Lee Moon Sae on Monday (Dec. 4), adding an air of sentimentality to the oncoming winter season. The slow-moving music video stars Reply 1988 actor Ahn Jae Hong, who books a room at a hotel as the song opens with lush orchestration. Ahn starts slow-dancing with himself, picking up a coat hanger covered in a woman’s clothing. As he turns a corner, the dreamlike quality of the music video transforms the coat hanger into a woman. The dance sequence highlights the waltz-like nature of the song. The interplay of Zion. T’s unique vocal colors and Lee Moon Sae’s weightier vocalizations works well. As the surrounding instrumentation swells, the duet remains softly sung on both ends, adding gravity to both the lyricism and the music vide...

Nick Carter’s ‘DWTS’ Partner Sharna Burgess Supports Him Amid Rape Allegations: ‘The Truth Always Shines Through’

Nick Carter‘s Dancing With the Stars partner Sharna Burgess took to Twitter to “share a little bit of love and positivity” for the Backstreet Boy after former Dream singer Melissa Schuman accused him of rape. Schuman shared a story on her blog last month detailing a night in the early 2000s, in which she alleged that Carter, then 22, made unwanted sexual advances and had nonconsensual sex with her during a hangout at his house when she was 18. Carter issued a statement to Billboard regarding the accusations, noting that he’s “shocked and saddened” by Schuman’s claims and that she never expressed that their interactions were not consensual. After an article on a fan site cited Schuman’s social media actions as reasoning for why her claims are ...

St. Vincent Is Joyous & Jarring Playing for Her ‘Adopted Homeland’ New York City

On a chilly Sunday (Dec. 3) evening deep in Brooklyn at Kings Theater, St. Vincent brought her Fear the Future Tour to “the place where all the freaks and weirdos come to be alright,” i.e., New York City, which the Oklahoma-born, Texas-raised artist hailed as her “adopted homeland.” You might not know it if you’re solely familiar with Annie Clark’s recorded output, but the singer-songwriter is a live virtuoso capable of mathematically precise guitar acrobatics that speak to her Slayer and Pantera fandom. And sure enough, her ability to manipulate strings and blast speakers into oblivion was on display during the first segment of the concert, which functioned as a chronological run-through of the ‘greatest hits’ from her first four solo albums...

Wisin Releases New Solo Album ‘Victory’

In the Latin music realm, solo life after being part of a reggaeton duo is a very rare thing.  Yet Wisin and Yandel have each managed to survive, transcend and even come back together after their split as the most successful reggaeton duo in history. And beyond his own career as a solo act, Wisin has also established himself as a sought-after producer and songwriter with an ear for developing hits for others; the successful CNCO album, for example, is largely his work.  On Friday, all that came together in the release of his newest solo effort, Victory (Sony Music). In keeping with the name, the album kicks off with a spoken word intro on keeping the path even against the strongest adversity. It’s an allusion, and homage, to Victoria, Wisin’s baby girl who died in Sept. 2016 at one-month o...

Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Juliander Perform ‘All Falls Down’ Live on YouTube: Watch

Did a bunch of Alan Walker fans just hack the YouTube main frame? Not really, but that’s kind of the premise of this cute intro the “Faded” producer made for his celebratory live performance of latest single “All Falls Down.” It marks his first on-stage appearance with collaborators Noah Cyrus and Juliander. It’s his way of thanking fans for pushing him past 10 million YouTube subscribers. A hazy, tropical melody lingers sweetly in the air under Cyrus’ f-bomb before building into a synthesized boom at the hook. It really is the most upbeat song to get you through a breakup. Juliander and Cyrus are near-perfect performers as Walker bangs the rhythms out on his live setup behind. Not pictured is production collaborator Digital Farm Animals. “Al...

Tiesto Is Engaged, Posts Super-Romantic Pic of Fiance

After 48 years of Grade-A bachelor life, Tiesto is getting hitched.  The man Mixmag readers once named “The Greatest DJ of All Time” has found his match in model Annika Backes. He celebrated the engagement with a romantic post to Instagram. The happy couple is all smiles as they kiss above the caption: “I am gonna spend the rest of my life with the love of my life.” For sure the wedding reception will be a regular who’s-who of A-list DJs. Marshmello has already tweeted his congratulations, as well as a promise to DJ the wedding. No telling if he’ll put “Electric Slide” in rotation. Check the happy couple below. Congrats big brother. Love you and so happy for you both. I’m djing the wedding https://t.co/uhXjMh4s5f — marshmello (@marshmellomusi...

Ed Sheeran Details How Beyonce Made Their Acoustic Duet ‘Perfect’

Ed Sheeran is a hitmaker in his own right, but once he enlisted Queen B for his latest Billboard Hot 100 hit “Perfect,” it became as flawless as the song’s title insinuates. According to Sheeran — who detailed how the collaboration came together to Entertainment Tonight‘s Keltie Knight at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in LA Friday (Dec. 1) — the original version of “Perfect” only featured an acoustic guitar. When Beyonce was tasked with recording her part of the song, she called Sheeran and said, “I don’t know how you feel about this but I’ve taken all the instruments off it and it’s just gonna be acoustic guitar.” To which Sheeran delightfully responded, “Ah that’s great, because it used to be that!”  Th...

Moogfest 2018 Celebrates Female, Non-Binary & Trans Musicians With 50-Artist Livestream: Watch

Festivals like to talk diversity, but statistics show change is slow. In 2015, lineups at the largest dance music festivals in the country featured 10 percent women at best. HARD Summer 2017 made a big deal of its relatively female-heavy lineup, with 26 women out of 110 performers. Try to find non-binary or transgendered artists, and the numbers are pretty much zero. Some might say that’s less to do with exclusion and more to do with a lack of non-binary or transgender artists. Too bad that’s not true. Moogfest in North Carolina prides itself on forward-thinking values. It has a history of pushing political buttons, and in 2018, it wants to show other festivals how easy it is to gather great musical minds that break the cis-male mode with a bill that includes 50-plus female, no...

BTS Earns Highest-Charting & First Top 40 Hot 100 Hit for a K-Pop Group With ‘MIC Drop’

The song, featuring Desiigner, debuts at No. 28, besting BTS’ first Hot 100 entry, the No. 67-peaking “DNA.” BTS breaks its own record for the highest-charting entry on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a K-pop group, as “MIC Drop,” featuring Desiigner (and remixed by Steve Aoki), debuts at No. 28 (on the chart dated Dec. 16). It marks the K-pop kings’ first top 40 Hot 100 entry and the first for any K-pop group. The track claims the honor of highest-charting Hot 100 hit by a K-pop group from BTS’ first (and only other) Hot 100 entry, “DNA,” which reached No. 67 on the chart dated Oct. 14. The seven-member South Korean boy band’s new mostly Korean language single launches with 9.8 million first-week U.S. streams and 45,000 dow...

ODESZA Adds 14 Dates to A Moment Apart Tour Following Grammy Noms

ODESZA is on a winning streak. The dreamy duo has a hit on its hands with third album A Moment Apart. It was just nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, while single “Line of Sight” is a contender for Best Dance Recording, and since you’ve got to strike while the iron’s hot, the guys are happy to announce 14 additional dates to their current national tour. The new dates pick up where the tour left off with a hometown show in Seattle, Wa., on March 31. It runs from Missouri to Miami, April to May, and caps with a performance at Alabama’s Hangout Festival. Current openers Sofi Tucker and Chet Porter are not scheduled to appear on the second run of dates. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10 am local times, and open to the general public Friday, Dec. 8, at ...

YBN Nahmir Premieres New Song ‘Popped Up,’ Talks Surprise ‘Rubbin Off the Paint’ Success

“I’m going to reach that No. 1 on Billboard,” YBN Nahmir confidently claims over the phone when asked of his music goals going forward. The Birmingham, AL native’s smash hit, “Rubbin Off The Paint” is soaring up the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The gritty record currently sits at No. 52 (chart dated Dec. 9) and could continue its climb into top 40 status on the Hot 100 in the coming weeks. The emerging MC didn’t expect success this quickly in his career explaining, “I’m No. 52 and I didn’t even try on the song. I think all the work I put in from my other songs came in on that. God just made it happen. It’s a blessing, I didn’t expect any of this to happen.” The track has received multiple co-signs after being remixed by the likes of Vince Staples and (more recentl...

Romeo Santos Adds New Madison Square Garden Date After Initial 24-Hour Sellout

New dates for the urban bachata star’s Golden tour have also been announced for Los Angeles and Boston. Romeo Santos fans have a new chance to score a “Golden” ticket to see the urban bachata star at Madison Square Garden. A new Feb. 17 show has been added after tickets for Santos’s initial two MSG dates sold out within 24 hours. The pre-sale for the new show, as well as added dates in Los Angles and Boston, opens Wednesday (Dec. 6) at 10 a.m. on Tickemaster, using the code GOLDEN. Santos’ 18-city tour, which kicks off in New York on Feb. 15, is named after his latest studio album, Golden, which was released earlier this year and earned the biggest sales week for a Latin studio album in over two years. The album also marks Santos’ fourth No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart and his third to...