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K-Pop Superstars BTS to Perform for First Time on an American Awards Show at 2017 AMAs

South Korean group BTS continues its upward trajectory in the American music sphere after it was announced that the K-pop superstars will be performing their hit single, “DNA,” at the American Music Awards on Nov. 19. While the AMAs will be the group’s second American awards ceremony this year, after their appearance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, it’ll mark their first time performing at one. “It is such an honor for BTS and BigHit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers,” a representative from Big Hit Entertainment, the band’s label, told Forbes. “Our partners in the U.S. have helped us pave the way in every way possible, and together we are making history. We are also excited to show our fans, ARMY, the first-ever U.S. live TV perf...

Casper Skulls Go ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ in Video for Soaring Indie Rocker ‘Lingua Franca’: Premiere

Today’s the day for Toronto quartet Casper Skulls: Their debut LP is arriving on hometown label Buzz Records (Dilly Dally, Weaves), showcasing 11 polished indie rock songs crafted by a pair of songwriters. The lyrics and choruses of Neil Bednis and Melanie St. Pierre are hard at work throughout Mercy Works; bands with two excellent frontpeople –they’re a rare treat indeed.  For their latest video, Casper Skulls focus on the work of St. Pierre. It’s her track “Lingua Franca” that’s come to live in this cinematic release-day video, premiering via Billboard.  “‘Lingua franca by definition is a common language spoken between two people who’s native languages are different,” she tells Billboard. “Communication is the cause of a lot of friction in relationships and often ...

Above & Beyond Releases ‘Ode to Detroit’ With Emotional ‘Northern Soul’ Featuring Richard Bedford

Above & Beyond reunites with Richard Bedford to release “Northern Soul”, a hard-hitting yet emotional single that will land on their upcoming Common Ground album, which is set for a early 2018 release. Bedford has previously lent his soulful vocals to the group for standout trance classics like “Thing Called Love” and “Sun & Moon”. The record is an ode to Detroit, home to music icons Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder to name a few. Above & Beyond describes Bedford’s performance on their latest single as “fabulous and real and human” in a press release. “Above all, he makes it believable.” The song’s arrival coincides with Above & Beyond’s sold-out concert at London’s massive 0...

Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ Gets a Synth-Heavy ’80s Remix

Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” just got the ‘80s treatment, after propelling the English singer-songwriter to the top 40 of the Hot 100. Newly streaked in nostalgic synths, the remix exists at a midpoint between the tongue-in-cheek nature of vaporwave and the ‘80s revivalism elevated by recent pop culture touchstones like Stranger Things. But a quick peek at the YouTube channel of Initial Talk, the Tokyo-based producer who created the remix, reveals a deep dedication to the sounds of the early MTV era. The producer has put an old spin on a string of relatively modern high-charting artists, including Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. Lipa’s music video received critical acclaim for its pop visuals — but Initial Talk lifts some fuzzy VCR footage of what appears to be an old dan...

Hotel Garuda Goes ‘Dancing On The Moon’ With Lemaitre on Funky Single: Premiere

Hotel Garuda makes their debut on Mom+Pop — indie label home to Flume, Alina Baraz, Neon Indian and more — with “Dancing on the Moon”, a refreshingly groovy single featuring Norwegian duo Lemaitre.  The record has been over two years in the making, with Garuda telling Billboard they “originally got together with Lemaitre in the summer of 2015 to work on something for their most recent album.” They continue, “Though the demo we made was initially shelved after the first few sessions, we kept going back to work on it little by little; it eventually came to completion around 2 years after we started.” Lemaitre adds, “We’re really happy about how it turned out, mixing our funk and disco influences with their more uptempo disco beats. ...

Gay Agenda, Nov. 3: Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic & Jake Shears Go Solo, Plus Sam Smith, Kim Petras & More

Gay Agenda is a weekly column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab 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. Billboard Pride is excited to announce that we will be the exclusive live streaming partner for Queens United/ Reinas Unidas, a benefit drag show for Puerto Rico featuring nearly 30 Drag Race alumni, including Katya, Bob the Drag Queen, Milk and Ginger Minj. Organized by Phi Phi O’Hara, the show with happen Monday, Oct. 6 at 9 pm CST. All proceeds will be donated to Somos Una Voz, a charity founded by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. You can donate to the fund here. Follow Billboard Pride on Facebook to be notified of the live stream. 2. Scissor Sisters’ leading...

Fetty Wap Arrested for Drunk Driving in Brooklyn: Report

Fetty Wap was arrested by New York City police in the early hours of Friday morning (Nov. 3), according to TMZ. The New Jersey native was pulled over on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn, NY. Fetty was allegedly found cruising at over 100 MPH in a 50 MPH zone drag-racing another driver in the area. Later, he reportedly offered up an expired driver’s license and failed a sobriety test where the 26-year-old blew a .09 B.A.C. level, which is just above the legal limit. Police report the “Trap Queen” artist was driving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz. TMZ says Fetty was hit with 15 charges in all including D.W.I., illegal signaling, driving without a valid driver’s license and following too closely, but is expected to be processed and released Friday morning (Nov. 3). The “My Way” star posted to his Ins...

Miguel Announces New Album ‘War & Leisure’, Shares ‘Told You So’ Video

After gliding his way back into the R&B scene with his Travis Scott-assisted single “Sky Walker,” Miguel is ready to return with his forthcoming album War & Leisure.  Slated for a Dec. 1 release under RCA/ByStorm Entertainment, the “Adorn” crooner has gifted his fans with a surfeit of new singles, including “Shockandawe” and his Colbert live performance of “Come Through and Chill.”  His new record, “Told You So,” has a vibrant, electric feel, which finds the singer promising “not to control you,” and giving his lover the ample space needed to thrive on her lonesome. “Told You So” is also accompanied by a video, displaying the “Sure Thing” singer showing off his dance moves all throughout...

Listen to Aly & AJ’s Dreamy Dance Pop Track ‘I Know’

The decade-long hiatus from music was well worth the wait, as Aly & AJ return with their second track off upcoming Ten Years EP, titled “I Know.”  In their time off, the duo learned to hit the metaphorical nail on the head of pop, grasping the perfect balance of dreamy retro-vibes with powerful vocals. The narrative of “I Know” comes packed with plenty of nostalgia, as they explained in a release announcing the track. “This song was written a few days after we found out an acquaintance from our past had lost his battle with cancer,” they said. “After seeing such an outcry of love & support from his close friends and family we decided to write something dedicated to friendship and the commitment we are all capable of giving when someone need...

Victor Manuelle Introduces Bad Bunny to Salsa in New Single ‘Mala y Peligrosa’

Singer Victor Manuelle has been known as the “sonero de la juventud” for many years. The secret? He keeps the salsa alive by collaborating with many urban acts, and his last single “Mala Y Peligrosa” (which features rising trap singer Bad Bunny) is no exception.  Released on Friday morning (Nov. 3) with its music video, the song brings back Victor Manuelle’s era with a touch of what’s popular today, which is the trap. “My intention with this song is to try to reach a young audience that is captivated by urban music, because I feel that salsa has lost its attention,” told Victor Manuelle to Billboard. When Victor Manuelle collaborates with an urban singer, his only rule is that it has to be a salsa song. “He [Bad Bunny] was very clear that the messa...

5 Things We Want to See from Miley Cyrus This Weekend on ‘SNL’

With Miley Cyrus returning as musical guest on tomorrow (Nov. 4) night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry David, the “Malibu” singer will undoubtedly do more than just sing. In celebration of the highly anticipated night, Billboard has dug through the Cyrus-SNL archives and compiled a list of the five things we most hope to see happen live on stage this weekend.  1. Let’s Get Political With the wild state of U.S. politics in 2017, there’s never a bad time for SNL to pull out a great political sketch. Cyrus gave a hilarious almost-impression of Hillary Rodham Clinton back in 2013, and did a musical short impersonation of Michele Bachmann for “We Did Stop (The Government),” a play on her hit “We Can&#...

Russian Digital Services Push Restrictions on Free Music Streaming

Major Russian social networking websites, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, and the music streaming service Boom have introduced restrictions on free music streaming at the request of rights holders as the owner, Mail.ru Group, moves to monetize the streaming service, which replaced illegitimate, user-generated content. “Free streaming in the background mode on VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and Boom will now be limited to 30 minutes a day,” a spokesperson for United Media Agency (UMA), which handles music licensing deals for Mail.ru Group, told Billboard. “Users can remove the restrictions and get access to additional features by launching a paid subscription,” she went on to say. The subscription costs 149 rubles ($2.6) a month, and Mail.Ru Group has not revealed the number ...