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Front Porch Jams to Top 40 Radio: The Revivalists Discuss How ‘Wish I Knew You’ Propelled Their Career, 10 Years in the Making

You may have just heard of The Revivalists in 2017, but the alt-rock band is no rookie to the business: The seven-piece group celebrate 10 years together this year.  It all started in 2007, when frontman David Shaw moved to New Orleans in pursuit of forming a band. So where did the NOLA newbie begin the hunt? Craigslist, of course. “I had some really interesting Craigslist interactions where you don’t know what you’re getting into,” Shaw says with a laugh. With rather bleak results coming from the Internet, Shaw took to his front porch to work on some music — and as Zack Feinberg (now the group’s guitarist) biked by, he couldn’t help making a pit stop. Feinberg’s bike ride turned into an unexpected and rather serendipitous moment: As he helped finish up the song Shaw was workin...

Primary Wave Co-CEO David Guillod Takes Leave of Absence Following Sexual Assault Claims

A day after he was accused of sexual assault, Primary Wave co-CEO David Guillod has taken a leave of absence from the company, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Ted actress Jessica Barth said yesterday that Guillod drugged her at a dinner in 2012 and then sexually assaulted her. Guillod, an executive producer on Atomic Blonde whose clients include Gina Rodriguez, Paula Patton and Meagan Good, joined Primary Wave in 2015 when it merged with the company he founded, Intellectual Artists Management. “Following recently reported accusations, David Guillod is taking a leave of absence from Primary Wave Entertainment, effective immediately, in order for this matter to be thoroughly investigated,” according to a joint statement from the Primary Team executive team. “We take any accusations...

Monsta X Teases Dramatic Music Video for ‘DramaRama’

Brace for impact: Monsta X released a teaser for “DramaRama,” their title track off their fifth mini album, The Code: Protocol Terminal, which will be released on Nov. 7. Monbebes got a taste of the blaring electropop tune in the 40-second clip. The teaser clips from the music video promise that the release will live up to its title. Rain splashes down in slow motion, followed by a succession of melodramatic vignettes. The ticking of clocks introduces Kihyun as a watchmaker. Shownu readies for what appears to be a Kendo showdown. Then Jooheon is launched into a mid-air car flip. The energetic septet has more of an aggressive hip hop image within the idolsphere, but they’ve had success with softening their image, as an acoustic version of “Beautiful” reached No. 4 on Billboard + Twitter Top...

Pre-Orders for Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Reach More Than 400,000 units

Pre-orders for Taylor Swift’s “reputation” have reached more than 400,000 units and the album has become Target’s biggest music pre-sale of all-time. Big Machine Records told The Associated Press on Friday that pre-orders for Reputation, to be released Nov. 10, are double the number of pre-orders for Swift’s 1989 album a week before its release in 2014. The pre-order number includes purchases at iTunes, Target, Walmart, Amazon and Swift’s website. Target also confirmed Friday that Reputation is its largest music pre-sale ever. Swift has released four songs from her sixth album so far, including “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready for It?” The singer’s last three albums — 1989, 2012’s Red and 2010’s Speak Now — have each sold over a million units in their debut weeks.

EXO’s Chen Joins Forces With 10cm for Performance of ‘Bye Babe’: Watch

K-pop meets indie on the upbeat “Bye Babe,” a new song released today (Nov. 3) featuring popular Korean indie icon 10cm and Chen, a member of the boy band EXO. The funky pop/rock track has a bubbly folk vibe, and was co-written by the pair of singers, whose mix of sweet and emotive vocals blend together over the sweet melody. It was released as part of SM Entertainment’s on-going SM Station project. “Bye Babe” came about after Chen commented on a radio show that his dream collaborator would be 10cm, a folkpop band featuring Kwon Jungyeol, who the EXO member had listened to since high school. (Former member Yoon Cheoljong left the former duo in July.) After hearing about Chen’s desire, 10cm reportedly reached out through Instagram to make the idea a reality. The pair of singers released the...

Watch Dillon Francis Field Questions From Twitter on Tour Pranks, Live Show Bathroom Breaks & More

In the current dance music scene, there are artists who thrive on anonymity and private personas (think Marshmello or Alan Walker), and then there’s Dillon Francis, the Los Angeles hitmaker who loves to talk. Thankfully, Francis has shown through a string of recent video segments — not to mention his hilarious music video for recent track “Hello There” — that he’s got a sharp sense of humor, and the class clown proved that even further on Thursday (Nov. 2) during a video interview with WIRED. Over the 11-minute video, Francis fields common questions from Twitter users about DJing, from hardware recommendations to whether he throws down for his friends’ sets. But Twitter being Twitter, things get weird, with more daring fans asking everything from w...

Tidal Begins Adding Liner Notes to Albums and Songs

Nothing beats plopping down on a rug, opening an LP gatefold and poring over liner notes the old fashioned way, but shoot, time’s have changed. For the audiophile on the go, Tidal has begun adding in-depth credits — including composers, musicians, vocal breakdowns, mastering, production, mixing, label info and even album artwork credits — to millions of albums and tracks. A lack of detailed album and/or track information on streaming services has long been a major complaint among users, and also content creators seeking, you know, proper recognition for their work. Tidal subscribers can access the digital liner notes by clicking on the “Show Options” icon and selecting “Album Info” or “Track Info,” depending on what you’re listeni...

Taylor Swift’s Boyfriend Joe Alwyn is the Face of Prada’s Newest Campaign

It turns out we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of Taylor Swift’s beau Joe Alwyn and no, not just through the singer’s subtle references in her “Ready for It” music video. WWD reports the British actor is now the face of Prada’s Men’s Spring/Summer 2018 campaign. The photos were released on the same day as Swift’s new song “Call It What You Want,” which fans speculate is about Alwyn. Are these simply coincidences or is everything part of an elaborate plan? Only time will tell, but for now it’s great to see Alwyn front and center in the sleekest looks from the luxury Italian fashion brand, instead of him hiding from the paparazzi.

Watch J-Pop Dance Trio Perfume’s Virtual Reality Music Video Ad for Panasonic

Since earlier this year, Perfume‘s song “Everyday” and the J-pop dance trio’s effervescent choreography inspired by “awa” (bubbles) have been featured in the campaign for Panasonic washing machines.  The latest video in the AWA campaign is a virtual reality version called “Everyday: AWA DANCE 360° VR ver.” that allows viewers to virtually stand in the center of the trio and watch them dance from all sides.  The video can be viewed on YouTube and Panasonic’s website, which says the VR visuals work on the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox and MS Edge on computers and on the latest version of the YouTube app on smartphones. The Panasonic Center showrooms in Tokyo and Osaka have also set up a VR corner equipped with goggles to allow...

Justin Timberlake Re-Enters Social 50 Chart After Super Bowl Announcement

After announcing his performance via social media, Timberlake re-enters the chart at No. 34. Recently announced Super Bowl LII halftime show performer Justin Timberlake returns to Billboard’s Social 50 chart, re-entering at No. 34 on the Nov. 11-dated ranking after announcing his performance via social media on Oct. 22. The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and engagement. The chart’s latest tracking week ended Oct. 26, and BTS is No. 1 for a 46th week. I DO have the time. Half the time…#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @F...

CMA Rescinds Media Restrictions, Apologizes After Host Brad Paisley Speaks Out

The Country Music Association is apologizing after trying to impose media restrictions on questions about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun rights or political affiliations at their awards show next Wednesday. A statement from the CMA on Friday says the restrictions on topics in their media guidelines have been lifted following a backlash, including from the co-host for the awards show Brad Paisley. “CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted,” the statement reads. “The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music.” Paisley tweeted Friday morning that the restrictions were “ridiculous and unfair.” The associat...

Sam Feldt Talks China, ‘Sunrise’ and His Upcoming U.S. Tour: Interview

Dutch DJ and producer Sam Feldt finally released his highly anticipated first studio album, Sunrise, on Spinnin’ Records on Oct. 6, which also features Akon, Inna, Jake Reese and more.  Fresh off the stage at Ultra China, Feldt caught up with Billboard Radio China to talk about performing, paying more attention to the Chinese music market, his debut album and his upcoming U.S. tour.  At Ultra China, “The crowd had a lot of high energy. I was actually a bit tired before I got onstage, because I didn’t sleep last night, but these guys helped me get back on my feet again. What makes it different is really the crowd. From the very first song I played, everybody was going crazy with so much energy, and it was only 2 in the afternoon, so for me, it was so cool and surprising.&#...