Music

Music

Chayanne Changes His Pop for Reggaeton on ‘Choka, Choka’ Featuring Ozuna

Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Chayanne joined forces with the rising urban singer Ozuna to release the music video for “Choka Choka” on Friday (Nov. 10). The song is Chayanne’s second official single of his forthcoming album, due next year. The music clip was filmed in Miami and it is the first time that Chayanne and Ozuna collaborate in a fully reggaeton song. Choka follows “Qué Me Has Hecho” (with Wisin), which peaked No. 10 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart (dated Sept. 2). Chayanne is known for his Latin-pop classics hits such as “Tiempo de Vals,” “Y Tú Te Vas,” and “Provócame.” Now the Puerto Rican singer has evolved his style, and in a conversation with Billboard he tells why he is going urban and how was to work with a ri...

Gay Agenda, Nov. 10: Sharon Needles Tributes Andy Warhol — Plus Kelela, Brian Justin Crum & More

Gay Agenda is a weekly column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few things before the weekend. Between new tracks, music videos and pop culture moments, we want our readers to be prepared for boozy brunch conversation. 1. Here’s something to celebrate: Democrat Danica Roem unseated longtime Virginia legislator Bob Marshall in the state’s House of Delegates, becoming the first openly trans person to be elected and serve in a state legislative body. Marshall is the author of the state’s transphobic “bathroom bill” that failed to reach the House floor. Andrea Jenkins became the first openly trans black woman to be elected to public office in the U.S., and will be serving on the Minneapolis City Council.  2. RuPaul’s Drag Race scream queen Sharon Needl...

Composer Michael Giacchino on ‘Planet of the Apes,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda & His Worst Studio Idea

Michael Giacchino recently celebrated his 50th birthday with a few thousand of his closest friends: to herald the momentous occasion, the Cinematic Sinfonia Orchestra performed an evening of the composer’s most-loved scores at London’s Royal Albert Hall.  Giacchino, who got his start scoring video games, then moved to TV and now films, is three-quarters of the way to coveted EGOT status: He won an Emmy for his score for Lost, three Grammys for his work on Ratatouille and Up, and an Oscar for best original score for Up.  His score for War for the Planet of the Apes once again has him in Oscar contention. He spoke with Billboard about the power of saying no, his worst move in the recording studio and returning to The Incredibles. His newest film, Pixar’s Coco, opens Nov. 22.  You celebrated ...

5 Things We Want to See From Taylor Swift’s ‘SNL’ Performance

Are you ready for it? It’s been a long eight years since Taylor Swift has been on SNL, but she’s making her return as the musical guest this weekend. Saturday night’s episode, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, will be Swift’s first live, televised appearance following the release of new album Reputation.  Here are five things we’d love to see from her Saturday Night Live performance. Catch the episode tonight (Nov. 11) at 11:30 p.m. ET. Monologue Music, Part Two Back in 2009, when Swift last appeared on SNL, she delivered the slightly self-deprecating “Monologue Song.” She’s not hosting this time around, but in a promo with Haddish, the two joke about pretending a song on the new album is about the comedian. Before the end of Haddish’s monolog...

13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Kenny Chesney Debuts & Cardi B Makes History

Kenny Chesney is king of the charts this week. The country star’s latest live album, Live in No Shoes Nation, opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, earning him his eighth leader. The debut also helps him top the Billboard Artist 100 for the first time, as well as become just the third country act to top the ranking this year. Plus, Post Malone‘s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, the longest reign for a rap No. 1 in 2017. Here are 13 other things to know about Billboard‘s charts this week: 1. Cardi B makes history as she becomes the first woman to place her first three entries on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the top 10 simultaneously. “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” “Motorsport,” with ...

Executive Turntable: New Appointments at Republic Records, Plus Moves at iHeartRadio, Live Nation Sweden & More

Republic Records‘ executive vice president Rob Stevenson announced the promotion of Tyler Arnold to vice president of A&R. In his new post, the New York City-based Arnold will expand his functions on Republic’s A&R team, continuing to seek out, sign, develop and cultivate new talent for the label. He has been responsible for the signing of Republic’s breakout performer Post Malone and was integral in bringing Metro Boomin and his Boominati Worldwide label to the company. He will continue to develop new projects with Boomin and Post Malone while expanding his roster. Arnold first joined Republic in January 2014, when he served as an intern. Five months later, he left Northeastern University to assume a full-time position as an A&R department assistant. He has s...

Post Malone & 21 Savage’s ‘Rockstar’ Is Now Certified Platinum

Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” is embarking on a month at the top, after notching a fourth consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The smash record is the longest running hip-hop song to top the charts since Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.” According to the RIAA, “Rockstar” is now certified platinum, which means 1 million equivalent album units have been earned in the U.S.  One equivalent album unit is equal to: one album sale, 10 tracks sold from an album, or 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams from an album. Republic Records re-uploaded the full version of the track to YouTube after backlash from fans, as the official audio initially only contained the hook to the song and no verses in an effort to deceitfully boost plays. However, comments are still disabled fo...

AWOLNATION Shares Cinematic, Skateboard-Centric ‘Passion’ Video

AWOLNATION shared the striking music video for new single “Passion” on Friday (Nov. 10), using the band’s fizzy, futuristic alt-rock as the soundtrack for an excursion into the world of extreme sports. Directed by Ravi Dhar, “Passion” follows a day in the life of disabled skater Og De Souza in his hometown of Recife, Brazil. Souza shreds the half-pipe — and wipes out — with the best of them, spurned on by fellow skaters and breakdancers. Recife proves a visually stunning location as well, serving as a star of “Passion” just as much as its limber protagonist. “Og has a such an amazing passion for life, positivity and, of course, skating,” frontman Aaron Bruno says. “It’s an inspiration to me and what he does is a great example of how to overcome obstacles in life through y...

Journalist Accuses Jann Wenner of Offering a Writing Deal in Exchange for Sex

Wenner said in response that he never offered work for sex, as journalist Ben Ryan alleged. Ben Ryan, a freelance science journalist, alleged to BuzzFeed News that Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner kissed him in 2005 and offered him a 25-article contract if he continued a one-sided romantic encounter. Ryan said that Wenner invited him to come to his apartment to discuss writing opportunities at one of his Wenner Media magazines, and then — to his surprise — kissed him while sitting on a couch. “I had Jann Wenner’s tongue in my mouth,” Ryan said. “I went along for a second but then said something to the effect of ‘Oh please, I’m not that kind of girl.’” Wenner, according to Ryan, tried to convince Ryan to stay and continue their encounter by offering him a writing deal. Ryan said he t...

Eminem Is Frustrated With ‘Mumble Rap,’ According to Rick Rubin

Friday (Nov. 10), Eminem released his grim single “Walk on Water,” which called on Beyoncé for the tuneful assist. The track will appear on his forthcoming studio album, Revival. Hours later, a podcast hosted by the legendary Rick Rubin and award-winning author Malcolm Gladwell debuted with an episode of Broken Record​, featuring a conversation with Em to discuss a multitude of topics. Rubin, who co-produced “Walk on Water,” spoke to the fact that there’s a new wave of hip-hop that doesn’t stand for the same things Eminem believes in. Rick said, “I could see [Eminem] was frustrated by it,” in reference to the modern revelation of “mumble rap.” Shady had high praise for Tupac, saying, “He always knew the right words to say on the right chords. I studied that so much and he was s...

10 Fan Theories About Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ That Will Make You Want to Listen to the Album Again

The games have begun now that Taylor Swift dropped her hotly anticipated sixth studio album, Reputation, Friday (Nov. 10). The singer is known for packing her tracks full of hidden meanings that always manage to leave fans guessing. Reputation may have gotten 1.5 million tweets around the Twittersphere upon its release, but Billboard sifted through them to find the most intriguing fan theories. 1. The ellipses in the title of “…Ready for It?” is symbolic of the longer break she’s had between albums over the past three years. “The fact that Taylor starts the track by clearing her throat before going off shows that she is not messing around and she is back,” one fan wrote on Tumblr. 2. Speaking of ellipses, there’s an idea going around that beginning with opener ̶...

MakJ Plays Acoustic Soul on ‘Too Far Gone’ With Matthew Santos

When something comes from the heart, the audience can feel it, and MakJ dug deep for his latest soulful single “Too Far Gone.” It’s a great mix of acoustic and electronic elements, a touch of retro nostalgia in his spacey synths anchored by the raw power of singer Matthew Santos‘ vocals. “When producing this record, I found myself really digging deep into the organic music side of my brain,” MakJ tells Billboard. “This record speaks on so many different years of my life. From the ’80s inspired synths, to the live drums, new wave rhythm, and vocals from Matthew. All of this was inspired from my childhood listening to Talking Heads, Men Without Hats, The English Beat and Savage Garden. Being able to really connect the dots with my childhood on ...