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Former Billboard Editor David Farrell to Be Inducted Into Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

FYI Music News publisher and lifelong music journalist David Farrell, a one-time Canadian editor of Billboard and founder of the now defunct Canadian music trade paper The Record which begat Canadian Music Week, will be inducted into Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2018. The ceremony will be part of the 2018 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Toronto’s Rebel Nightclub May 10, as part of Canadian Music Week. “David and I go way back before the beginnings of Canadian Music Week where we built the foundation of what was to become Canada’s largest and longest running new music festival and conference,” said CMW president Neill Dixon in a statement. “David has always had a strong voice in the music industry, especially when it comes t...

Jacob Banks Kicks Off Tour at the Roxy in Los Angeles

On Thursday (Nov. 2), British-Nigerian soul singer Jacob Banks kicked off the first leg of a lengthy U.S. tour that sees the singer stopping in over 20 cities before the end of December. Banks’ thundering vocals have accrued him a dedicated following dating back to the release of his first project, The Monologue, in 2013. And those very same fans turned out to the Roxy in numbers, packing out the house’s main floor and VIP section. The singer, dressed in a bright orange shirt, tailored pants and his signature black beanie, took the stage a few minutes after 9:30. “Good evening my Gs,” he greeted before launching straight into a booming rendition of “Worthy,” which appeared on his breakout EP. As the last chords faded, Banks launched straight into “Sink or Swim,” a standout single from his ...

LOUDPVCK’s Ryan Marks Announces Split, Plans to Pursue ‘Other Things Creatively’

He says his “passions and musical direction lie elsewhere.” LOUDPVCK’s Ryan Marks has decided to part ways with the trap duo, announcing today (Nov. 3) on social media that he plans to “pursue other things creatively”. Marks and Kenny Beats of the group had been building the project for approximately five years.  In 2017 alone, they had independently released a handful of originals, as well as an official remix of The Chainsmokers‘ single “Paris.”  Marks mentions that his “passions and musical direction lie elsewhere” and that he trusts both Beats and the LOUDPVCK team to “continue delivering amazing music and performances” without him. Read Marks’ full statement below:

Lil’ Kim Returns From Hiatus With ‘Took Us a Break’ Video, Talks Remy Ma & Nicki Minaj

Lil’ Kim returns from hiatus to give Queen Bee fans a taste of what’s to come on her upcoming 2018 album. Friday (Nov. 4), the Brooklyn native released “Took Us a Break,” featuring vintage bars over a gritty beat reminiscent of that golden-age hip-hop sound. The song came in conjunction with a black and white video featuring Kim and a phalanx of backup dancers throwing money and dancing all over the set. “Took Us a Break” is expected to appear on Kim’s first solo album since 2005, with an official single anticipated to drop at the top of the new year. Queen Bee’s rhymes are still as crisp as ever when she raps, “I was raised in a school of hard knocks/These bitches is class clown/ Giving y’all my old clothes/ My old flows, like hand-me-downs.” The “Crush On You” artist went on Ebro I...

Beyonce’s Lil Kim Halloween Costume Was Made Up of Five Different Looks

Beyoncé & JAY-Z dressed up as Lil Kim and Notorious B.I.G. for Halloween, and it turns out Bey’s outfit was actually a five-part extravaganza of looks paying tribute to the rapper. The singer wore five different costumes in Lil Kim’s likeness and shared pictures of each iconic one on her website Friday (Nov. 3). Among Beyonce’s Lil Kim costumes: her outfit from 1997’s “The Rain” music video, her No Way Out Tour look from 1997, her bold choice on the red carpet of the 1999 Source Hip Hop Music Awards and two editorial spreads, from Today’s Black Woman and Manhattan File magazines. “Hip hop would not be the same without our original Queen B,” Beyonce’s website reads. See all the pictures here, and check out Lil Kim’s react...

MILCK Talks Atlantic Records COO Julie Greenwald’s Praising Email, Breaks Down New ‘Quiet’ Video

The singer-songwriter even has a special message for girls everywhere. The artist called MILCK (neé Connie Lim) started trending in January when she sang her song “Quiet” at the Women’s March on Washington. The track became a viral phenomenon, garnering more than 15 million views on Facebook within a matter of two days, and has even gone on to be the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March. In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations, with women and men speaking out against many other predators, the singer-songwriter couldn’t have released the groundbreaking track at more of a fitting time. Women from all walks of life have been using their voices to bring awareness, including Atlantic Records chairman and COO Julie Greenwald, who circulated an email on Wednesday appl...

Roy Woods Takes a Victory Lap With Swae Lee & Lil Yachty on Hypnotic New Single ‘Afterparty’

Roy Woods takes a well-earned victory lap on his hypnotic, hedonistic new single “Afterparty,” which he dropped on Friday (Nov. 3). The 21-year-old Toronto MC spits dexterous bars over a dreamy, up-tempo beat courtesy of FrancisGotHeat. The OVO Sound signee allows for a brief moment of self-reflection and congratulations: “Sixteen when when I started rapping, now I’m 21 and made.” Lil Yachty and Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd) show up for tasteful, percussive feature verses as well. Yachty sounds more focused than he does on his typically off-beat solo tracks, but Lee’s brisk feature offers the best flex: “I’m rollin’ up some green, avocado.” “Afterparty” is Woods’ first single off his upcoming album, Say Less. He first announced the project in March, calling it his “debut” even though 2016’s W...

BTS Unveils New Twitter Emoji to Celebrate AMAs Performance Announcement

On Friday (Nov. 3), BTS earned their second Twitter emoji — connected to the hashtags #BTSxAMAs and #ARMYxAMAs — following the announcement that they will be performing their record-breaking single, “DNA,” at the American Music Awards on Nov. 19. The AMAs appearance will be the K-pop superstars’ first time performing on an American awards show after making their debut appearance on one at the Billboard Music Awards in May, where they won Top Social Artist over big-name acts like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.  The new emoji is based on the group’s newly redesigned logo, which they unveiled in July with an animated video. Oh! Look what you did, @BTS_twt army ➡️ #BTSxAMAs There’s another hashtag that makes the emoji appear. See if you can find it! — AMAs (@AMAs) Nove...

Ozuna Shows Off His Massive Watch Collection

Latin artist Ozuna has another love besides music: collecting watches. During his Billboard photo shoot in Miama, the “Se Preparó” singer showed off some of his favorite pieces in his collection. From an Audemars Piguet that was purchased specifically for the Billboard Music Awards to one that is a gift from a friend, all the watches that Ozuna has accumulated have some special meaning or memory. However, it is isn’t the cheapest hobby telling Billboard that his collection is his “greatest investment” spending $800,000 on watches this year alone. Ozuna’s obsession with watches began when he was kid when his grandmother gave him a Toy Story watch back in Puerto Rico. See Ozuna’s full collection in the video above.

Maggie Lindemann Talks Performance Prep and Going International: Interview

Maggie Lindemann has been smashing stages around the U.S. and internationally for the past few years. The 19-year-old singer might be best known for her 2016 debut single, “Pretty Girl,” but her strong social media presence and growing international fame are signs that she’s destined for more than a single hit song. Last month, The Vamps dropped a new song, “Personal,” featuring Lindemann. The singer sat down with Billboard Radio China in New York to discuss everything from dressing up and going international to being in the public eye and her musical influences. The singer, originally from Dallas, performed at this summer’s Billboard Hot 100 Festival, her debut American festival performance. Talking about getting prepared for the performance, she touche...

Kim Kardashian Responds to Backlash Over Aaliyah Halloween Costume: ‘We Don’t See Color in My Home’

“We were paying homage to people and artists we love and respect — it’s that simple!” Kim Kardashian West took inspiration from music icons — including Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and Cher — for her batch of Halloween costumes this year. But she was called out by fans on Twitter for dressing as late R&B star Aaliyah over the weekend. Kardashian dressed in a replica of the singer’s crystal-encrusted bra and leather pants from the “Try Again” music video. She posted a video of herself posing in the outfit on Twitter, which tipped social media users off to the controversial look. Fans took issue with Kardashian dressing as a black woman, which set off debates about blackface on the social media platform. One Twitter user wrote, “Legend or not Aaliyah is a ...

2017 MAMA Awards Shut Down Voting to Address Fraud Issues

The Korean year-end award show reported thousands of illegal votes. The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) has frozen its voting process in light of alleged voter fraud.  The year-end award show halted fan voting temporarily on Friday (Nov. 3) and did a full system check after detecting improper votes that were submitted between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, according to Mnet.  “We inspected fraudulent voting actions and decided to eliminate ALL illegal votes that have occurred until now during today’s regular checkup (November 3rd 4:00-8:00(KST)),” a rep from Mnet’s parent company CJ E&M told Billboard in a statement. Following the inspection, multiple rankings shifted as thousands of votes in question were cleared from the system. Along with removing votes, the accounts of Mnet users found to be r...