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AC/DC Surges on Rock Charts After Co-Founder Malcolm Young’s Death

“Thunderstruck” highlights chart action after the rhythm guitarist, who retired from AC/DC in 2014, died Nov. 18. Following the death of AC/DC co-founder and longtime rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young on Nov. 18, the band makes a notable showing on Billboard‘s rock charts dated Dec. 9, including landing six entries on the Hot Rock Songs survey. 1990’s “Thunderstruck” bows at No. 6 on Hot Rock Songs (which, like the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, allows older songs to chart if in the top half of the ranking and have a significant new reason behind multi-metric gains). The track debuts with 6,000 downloads sold (up 73 percent) and 4.1 million U.S. streams (up 33 percent) in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music. It rises 4-3 on Hard Rock Digital S...

Billboard’s Woman of the Year Selena Gomez: A Timeline of Her Biggest 2017 Moments

Selena Gomez wasn’t named Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year for nothing. This past year has been absolutely packed for the singer/actress/activist, from her struggle with lupus to a consistent stream of strong pop hits. Gomez spent her summer “laying low,” aka releasing “Bad Liar” and “Fetish,” among other work, and keeping her 130 million Instagram followers entertained, before revealing to the world that she had been recovering from a kidney transplant made necessary by her struggle with lupus. Even so, Gomez is back to work and better than ever, wowing the American Music Awards crowd with the Marshmello collaboration “Wolves” and prepping for Billboard‘s Women In Music event, streaming live Thursday via Twitter at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. P...

Spotify Year-End Ad Campaign Features Sheeran, Spicey and ‘Daddy Pence’

Hey, it’s pretty bleak out there — chaos in D.C. and a relentlessly depressing news cycle will do that — but Spotify is trying to harness the crazy that has been 2017 and turn it into a playful year-end ad campaign. Dubbed “2018 Goals,” the campaign includes ads and billboards featuring dozens of artists peppered with zingers using Spotify data. There’s a political strain found in many of the ads, which is no surprise given the current climate. “Hit the dance floor with the person who made a playlist called ‘DADDY PENCE COME DANCE'” reads one ad. Another says, “Deliver burns as well as the person who streamed “Bad Liar” 86 times the day Sean Spicer resigned.” [see below] Spotify has enlisted more than 70 artists for th...

Watch Grace VanderWaal Stress the Importance of Individuality in Music

The “America’s Got Talent” winner will be honored as our Rising Star at Billboard Women in Music on Thursday. Grace VanderWaal‘s 2017 couldn’t be any brighter. Since her America’s Got Talent win last year, the 13-year-old singer released her debut album, Just the Beginning; launched a headlining tour; and was listed as one of Billboard‘s 21 Under 21 ones to watch. VanderWaal is capping off her incredible year as Billboard‘s Rising Star at the 2017 Women in Music event. Ahead of the event, which will be streaming live Thursday via Twitter starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, VanderWaal spoke with Billboard about the importance of diversity and individuality in music. “It’s not really so much anymore like the generic pop star,” sh...

‘Catwoman’ Jocelyn Wildenstein and Boyfriend Free to Hang Out Again

Jocelyn Wildenstein & Boyfriend Free to Hang Out Again, But … 11/29/2017 11:31 AM PST EXCLUSIVE The so-called Catwoman, Jocelyn Wildenstein, and her boyfriend are free to get on the same elevator, cook and hang out again … but one false move and they’re back to square one. TMZ broke the story … Jocelyn and her boyfriend, Lloyd Klein, were both arrested for assault earlier this month after a physical altercation while cooking dinner. They were ordered to stay away from each other even though they live in the same building. But the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office tells TMZ … Jocelyn and Lloyd’s case will be tossed and their charges expunged IF they can keep their noses clean for 6 months. We’re also told they don’t have to stay a...

Rihanna Getting Street Named After Her in Barbados

Rihanna Shut Up And … RIHANNA DRIVE! 11/29/2017 11:21 AM PST Rihanna‘s getting honored with her own street in Barbados and it’s the very same one she grew up on. The Government of Barbados will officially change Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive Thursday in honor of RiRi. The sign’s already up, but Thursday there’s going to be an official name changing ceremony and the “Kiss it Better” singer is expected to show face. Rihanna lived at the home until the age of 16 when she left to pursue her music career. Her family doesn’t live there anymore but it remains a major tourist attraction, and with that paint job it’s kinda hard to miss.

NBC News President Tells Staff, ‘We Need to Do a Better Job’ with Sexual Harassment

NBC News President We Need to Do a Better Job … With Sexual Harassment 11/29/2017 11:25 AM PST EXCLUSIVE NBC News honchos have addressed the troops about Matt Lauer‘s firing, and they said they have to do a better job letting alleged victims know they can safely report sexual harassment and assault. NBC sources tell us in one of the meetings NBC News President Noah Oppenheim did not further explain why Matt Lauer was fired, nor did he say who would get his job at “Today.” We’re told Oppenheim said Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb said it well when they expressed the difficulty of reconciling their affection for Matt with his apparent behavior. Oppenheim said his heart goes out to the woman who came forward who triggered the firing, and added his heart also goes ...

Titans WR Rishard Matthews Supports Kaepernick With Custom Cleats

Rishard Matthews I’m Backin’ Kaep … On My Cleats!! 11/29/2017 11:43 AM PST Breaking News Colin Kaepernick ain’t on an NFL roster, but he’ll be taking the field against the Texans this Sunday … courtesy of Tennessee Titans star Rishard Matthews‘ cleats!! The 28-year-old receiver revealed his custom kicks for the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign this weekend … which allows players to wear any creative design supporting a charity of their choice on their cleats during the game. Matthews explained his decision to support Kaep’s Know Your Rights Camp … saying “I don’t have a foundation so I have chosen to support my brother (Colin Kaepernick’s) foundation.” “He has paid the ultimate s...

Matt Lauer’s Alma Mater Ohio University Keeping ‘Today’ Show Internship

Matt Lauer’s Alma Mater Keeping ‘Today’ Show Internship He Helped Start 11/29/2017 11:46 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Matt Lauer was an integral part in developing an exclusive NBC journalism internship for Ohio University students, and despite the news of his firing over sexual misconduct, it’s going to stay active … TMZ has learned. A spokesperson for Ohio U. tells us … Lauer was instrumental in starting the “Today” Show Internship at Scripps College of Communications in 2000, and over 60 students have benefited from the program since it began. The school says it’s disappointed to hear of Lauer’s alleged conduct at NBC, but also believes the news “serves as an opportunity for continued dialogue with our faculty, staff and students abo...

Minnesota Public Radio fires Garrison Keillor over alleged ‘inappropriate behavior’

Minnesota Public Radio said it has fired Garrison Keillor over allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” In a statement posted on its website today, the public radio network announced it is terminating its contracts with him and his private media companies “after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.” Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” retired from the long-running radio show last year but still produced “The Writer’s Almanac” for syndication. “Last month, MPR was notified of the allegations, which relate to Mr. Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of ‘A Prairie Home Companion,'” the network said in its s...

Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What’s Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: ‘They’re Not Making Money’

“The problem is not solved yet, the solution is not there.” It’s been three and a half years since Jimmy Iovine left his role as CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M to run Apple Music, but that doesn’t keep him from thinking about the problems facing labels today — or the rest of the industry for that matter. Over a dinner recently at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles with Iovine and Allen Hughes, who directed the four-part documentary series, The Defiant Ones — which focuses on storied careers of Iovine and Dr Dre., his partner in developing Beats Electronics — a handful of journalists lobbed questions at and shared their thoughts with the iconic exec. The event was focused on the documentary’s digital release last week and via Blu Ray on Tues...

NFL’s Eric Reid: Malcolm Jenkins’ Players Coalition Played Us, I’m With Kaepernick!

NFL’s Eric Reid Players Coalition Is Playing Us … I’m With Kaepernick! 11/29/2017 9:53 AM PST Breaking News Eric Reid — the first player to kneel with Colin Kaepernick — says Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin are playing members of their Players Coalition … privately negotiating with NFL execs on the league’s proposed $100 million donation for social justice reform.  As a result, Reid says he’s out … and possibly doing more work with Kaepernick.  “When we agreed to be a part of the Players Coalition, we were under the impression that it would be our organization. We were under the impression that we would all have equal say,” Reid told ESPN.com. “But we’ve come to find out that it’s actually Malcolm and Anq...