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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.&#...

Watch Kris Jenner Skirt Khloe and Kylie’s Pregnancy Rumors on Ellen

Leave it to Ellen DeGeneres to try to figure out once and for all which Kardashian-Jenner sister is really pregnant. Though Kendall and Kourtney confirmed on the show a few days earlier that they are not, in fact, expecting, mom Kris didn’t exactly deny anything for the other women in their family. “You have lots of pregnant children right now. You do, you have a whole bunch of them,” DeGeneres jokingly said as she sat down with Kris for her namesake talk show. The reality TV star then went on to explain, “Oh here, I can feel where this is going. She’s trying to trick me into confirming pregnancies.” A few moments later, Kris steered the conversation away from the pregnancy rumors and opened up about their $150 million deal to continue Keeping Up With The Kardashians for five more years.  ...

Latin Power Players 2017 List Revealed

With megahits by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Maluma and more reaching the genre’s widest-ever audience this year, these behind-the-scenes innovators aren’t just nurturing the scene — they’re helping reshape the culture. LABELS TOMAS COOKMAN, 57President, Nacional Records; CEO, Industria Works Running both alternative label Nacional and management company Industria Works, Cookman is open to what a Latin hit can be. His roster of managed clients rose from six to 17 this year, and by early May, Nacional’s 70 acts had already topped the previous year’s streaming numbers. Cookman is also putting his efforts behind new artists like rapper Mala Rodriguez. “The Latin urban market needs a strong female like her,” he says. Last Great Latin M...

The Weeknd Adopts a Dog Post-Breakup from Selena Gomez

A few days ago, news broke that Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are no longer together after a year of dating. While Gomez is coping with the breakup by leaning on ex Justin Bieber for support, the “Starboy” singer took a rather different approach. On Thursday, The Weeknd revealed on Instagram that he now has a brand-new puppy. “Handsome devil,” the singer said of his adorable Doberman Pinscher while it was sitting waiting to go on a walk. At this point, still no word on the name of his seet pup, but fingers crossed we find out more about his canine pal in the coming weeks. However, speaking of dogs, we can’t help but wonder what happened to the one he and Gomez adopted together…?

Japanese Nu Metal Band Maximum the Hormone Rocks Latin America With Sold-Out Shows

Japanese nu metal band Maximum the Hormone wrapped up their first South American concerts, rocking the local crowds in Brazil and Chile with their unconventional, anything-goes blend of nu metal and hardcore punk with elements of pop, hip hop, funk, ska, reggae and noise thrown in. The four-member alternative metal band has toured North America and Europe before, including a headlining gig in New York City. They sold out two nights in their first South American trek: Via Matarazzo in Sao Paulo on Oct. 24 and Teatro La Cupula in Santiago on Oct. 26, which was a feat in itself considering the band hasn’t officially released any CDs outside Japan. The band faced a bit of technical difficulty at the Santiago show when the power to the stage went out before the set began and the crowd of ...

Problem Calls On Ne-Yo, Nipsey Hussle & More For His ‘Selfish’ LP

For all those who’ve been living under a rock this year, Problem has been wrecking havoc in the rap game since the top of 2017. After his Chachiville mixtape dropped back in January, the Compton native went back to the studio to cook up his joint project with DJ Quik, Rosecrans. Problem kept to himself for most of the summer until he broke his silence with “Get On It,” and confirmed his third album of the year. Selfish holds nine fresh records from the West Coast spitter including his 2 Live Crew inspired lead single “Get On It” featuring Bad Lucc. Problem also calls on Ne-Yo, Nipsey Hussle, IAMSU, 9th Wonder, Terrence Martin and more to help him close out Q4 with a bang. Stream Problem’s new album Selfish below. This article originally appeared for VIBE.