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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.

Best American Music Awards Performances No. 11: Lady Gaga’s Fiery ‘Bad Romance’/’Speechless’ at 2009 AMAs

In honor of the 2017 American Music Awards, Billboard is counting down the best performances from the awards show’s history. We continue the countdown at No. 11 with Lady Gaga.  Back in 2009, Lady Gaga released her EP The Fame Monster, reaching No.5 on the Billboard 200, featuring some of her most iconic songs. This includes “Bad Romance,” a staple in current pop that helped turn Gaga into the superstar she is today, peaking at No.2 on the Hot 100.  During that time, Gaga was all about theatrics and for the 2009 AMAs, this Lady Gaga performance was no different, playing the aforementioned hit. She performed dressed in a skeletal, flesh-toned outfit with a headpiece covered in twinkling lights, accompanied by similarly dressed backup dancers. The stage had black boxes and towers with mirror...

Kygo Displays Artistic Maturity on Sophomore Album ‘Kids In Love’: Listen

Kygo‘s highly anticipated sophomore album Kids In Love has arrived in full, at eight songs strong. The project leads with “Never Let You Go”, a foot-stomping sing-along with a folksy melody — led by John Newman, who adds extra rasp to the record.  Fast forward to the producer’s Oliver Nelson collaboration “Riding Shotgun,” featuring Bonnie McKee, where listeners are transferred to a funky paradise accompanied by smooth basslines and fat snare hits. The mood turns solemn with the following track, “Stranger Things” featuring OneRepublic, which carries a lighthearted tropical melody that is closest to Kygo’s foundational material. While arguably one of project’s furthest-traveling cuts from Kygo’s initial releases, the al...

Beyond ‘Despacito’: Why Latin’s New Wave Is Here to Stay

In October, J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente” (featuring Beyoncé) and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (featuring Justin Bieber) sat at No. 3 and No. 9, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. (This was after “Despacito” ruled the summer, sitting for 16 weeks on top of the Hot 100.) It isn’t the first time Latin artists shared space in the upper strata of the chart, but it is the first time two Spanish-language songs have. A history lesson: In 1999, the year of the Latin explosion, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez were all in the top 10 together thanks to their English-language, Latin-tinged songs. In 2011, Iglesias’ English-language “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” reached the top 10 alongside a rotation of English-language Pitbull tracks. In 2014, Iglesias...