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Watch Grizzly Bear Perform Three Songs on CBS This Morning

Grizzly Bear was the musical guest Saturday (Nov. 4) on CBS This Morning. The band performed three songs, “Losing All Sense,” “Mourning Sound,” and “Cut Out,” from their recent album Painted Ruins.  The set, which debuted at No. 4 on both the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums top 10 charts, is the band’s first to send a title onto a Billboard airplay chart, with “Mourning Sound” having hit No. 15 on Adult Alternative Songs. It’s also the band’s first album in nearly five years, following 2012’s Shields. Watch the performances below (as of this morning, the labels for “Mourning Sound” and “Cut Out” were switched). [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] This article originally appeared on SPIN.

13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Niall Horan Puts One Direction on Par With The Beatles for Billboard 200 History & More

Niall Horan rules multiple Billboard charts this week, as the One Direction star earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Flicker. The arrival also makes him the third 1D member to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100. On the Billboard Hot 100, Post Malone‘s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, conquers for a third week. Here are 13 other things to know about Billboard‘s charts this week:  1. As Horan tops the Billboard 200 for the first time, One Direction ties The Beatles as the only groups with three members with No. 1 solo albums. Click here to read about the historic achievement. 2. Another record tied: Taylor Swift matches Rihanna for the most No. 1s on the Digital Song Sales chart, as “Gorgeous” opens on top, earning Swift her 14t...

50 Cent, Busta Rhymes & Fabolous Deliver Nostalgia to Brooklyn’s Masters of Ceremony: Top 5 Moments

Brooklyn was home to nostalgia Friday night (Nov. 3) as the annual Masters of Ceremony celebration hit the Barclays Center. Some of hip-hop’s most respected and celebrated MCs took the stage in front of a capacity audience that was energized from beginning to end. Freeway, The LOX, Jeezy, 50 Cent and more each performed a collection of hits, and fans couldn’t get enough. For five hours, Brooklyn took a ride down memory lane. The Masters of Ceremony event is a night celebrating the MCs who have left a lasting mark on hip-hop. Some of the heavy hitters who’ve graced the Masters of Ceremony stage years prior were Mobb Deep, Method Man, DMX and Rakim, just to name a few. This year’s version lived up to tradition as the lineup did not disappoint. DJ Enuff and Funkmaster Flex provided the sounds...

Executive Turntable: New Promotions at BMI, Plus Moves at iHeartMedia, Nettwerk & More

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has announced a series of key executive promotions within its creative team, effective immediately. Barbara Cane assumes the newly-created role of VP of worldwide creative and advisor to the EVP of creative & licensing. Working with BMI’s creative executives, Cane will continue her efforts to cultivate the company’s industry relationships and support their songwriting roster. She will also serve as an advisor to EVP of creative and licensing, Mike Steinberg, to whom Cane will report. She will be based in both Los Angeles and New York for her new role. “Barbara’s reputation within the industry is unparalleled, and I have asked her to continue her work nurturing, developing and guiding BMI’s songwriters, but now from a global perspective,” Mike O’N...

DJ Snake Shows Us the Underside of Paris in New Beats By Dr. Dre Video

“I’m from the Paris you don’t see on TV,” he says. “I represent the underdogs, the people that nobody believes in.” Beats by Dr. Dre has released its newest entry to their “Above the Noise” short film series, in promotion of their Studio3 Wireless headphones. This time, the spotlight is on DJ Snake, where he discusses in poetic terms his ascendance from growing up in the banlieue housing projects outside of France to performing atop the roof of the Arc de Triomphe, the first artist to do so. “I’m from the Paris you don’t see on TV,” DJ Snake narrates as the camera zooms out from a window on a housing building and onto the streets below. “I represent the underdogs, the people that nobody believes in.” Previo...

Jacob Kasher on ‘Quitting’ Music, Then Crafting Hits for Maroon 5 and Charlie Puth

At a certain point, Jacob Kasher (professionally known by his moniker J Kash) was done pursuing a career in music. “You can probably scour the internet for some awful audio of myself rapping,” says Kasher with a laugh from his West Hollywood studio of his former dream. “I wasn’t living the movie 8 Mile or anything; I used to just rap for fun and try to make beats. I was 25 but never made any money or had a job [or was] looking at music as a way to make a living, just wandering about in the pursuit of happiness.” Fortunately for Kasher, he’s since improved on those early days in Virginia. Lately, the writer-producer has found a home on the radio, crafting some of the biggest pop tracks in the country, from Maroon 5’s recent rising singles “Don’t Wanna Know” and “Cold” (he’s credited a...

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pentatonix’s ‘Christmas’ Album Returns to Top 40

Plus: George Michael’s “Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1” is back on the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 11), Niall Horan debuts at No. 1 with his first album, Flicker, which starts with 152,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 128,000 were in traditional album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart: — Lindsey Stirling, Warmer in the Winter – No. 32 — The violinist notches her fourth top 40-charting effort, as her first holiday al...

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...