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Meghan Markle Officially Leaving ‘Suits’ for Prince Harry

Meghan Markle Peace Out, ‘Suits’ … I’m a Royal Now!!! 11/28/2017 2:25 PM PST Breaking News Meghan Markle is officially saying sayonara to her day job … and her bosses at “Suits” couldn’t be happier for her.  USA Network congratulated Meg and Prince Harry saying, “Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her. We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to ‘Suits,’ and we wish her the very best.” There was speculation Meghan would be leaving “Suits” as she and Harry got tighter, and she hinted she’d be leaving after the engagement news broke. Works out well … her lead character on the drama also got married. She told the BBC she w...

Shakira and Gerard Pique Shut Down Breakup Rumors

Shakira & Gerard Pique Smiles Don’t Lie … What Break Up?!? 11/28/2017 2:38 PM PST Shakira and Gerard Piqué are effectively shutting down rumors they’ve split by taking a very toothy joyride together. The FC Barcelona fútbol star was behind the wheel with Shakira riding shotgun Tuesday on his home team’s turf. The smiles on their faces fly directly in the face of reports that the couple — who’ve been together for 6 years — were on the outs. From this vantage point, seems the parents of 2 boys are rock solid. Sorry, Suzy Cortez … this ride is closed until further notice.

Charles Manson’s Pen Pal Files Will in Court to Get the Body

Charles Manson Pen Pal Runs to Court … I’m Filing the Will to Get His Body 11/28/2017 3:16 PM PST EXCLUSIVE Charles Manson‘s last will and testament is now filed in court, and it was a rush job designed to let Manson’s pen pal get custody of the killer’s body ASAP … TMZ has learned. Michael Channels tells us he filed the 2002 doc Tuesday in probate court, even though he had 30 days to do so after Manson’s Nov. 19 death. Channels says he decided to file quickly though because the state of California will only let him call the shots on where Manson’s corpse goes … once the court designates him executor of the will. The filing could trigger something else — challenges from Manson’s blood relatives. As we reported, Channels̵...

Ryan Hemsworth Highlights Korean Artists With His K-R&B Mix Ahead of Asia Tour

Ryan Hemsworth just dropped a lengthy mix of Korean R&B jams on his YouTube channel ahead of his Asia tour. In the description, he wrote, “I’m in Asia all December, let’s hang.” The Canadian producer will tour around Asian cities, including Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. You can see his full list of tour dates here. The nearly 40-minute video fixates on an LG TV screen playing clips from music videos by Korean artists, while his K-R&B mix plays. The occasional K-pop visual — including the music videos for “Happy” by WJSN, “Lotto” by EXO and “Sixteen” by Samuel — sneaks into the video stream. [embedded content] But he makes sure to give some face time to Korean artists who mostly operate outside of the idolsphere, like Suran, Heize and Crush. [embedded content] Hem...

Daniel Caesar Celebrates Grammy Nominations With New ‘Freudian’ Visual

Daniel Caesar has had a stellar 2017 thus far, and on Tuesday (Nov. 28), his year became even better as the R&B singer earned two Grammy nominations for his debut album, Freudian. To celebrate his latest feat, Caesar dropped off the visual for the album’s title track. In the dramatic video, directed by Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown, the split screen finds Daniel grappling with two different emotions. In one screen, his anger is evident as he’s seated in a dimly lit room and sings, “You are the reason/ The reason I sing/ I have to preserve you/ ‘Cause you’re my everything.” The other screen shows a calmer Caesar in the same room as the first screen, this time with a brighter light and some female companions.  The screen then fades to black, and as a c...

Rapsody on Grammy Nomination for Best Rap Album: ‘Gender Doesn’t Matter. That’s the Beautiful Thing’

Last September, Rapsody stomped on the necks of her detractors with the captivating release Lalia’s Wisdom. With a slew of starry names in tow, like rap heavyweight Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody was awarded two Grammy nominations for her smoldering effort, including best rap album and best rap song for her track “Sassy.” In a phone interview with Billboard on Tuesday (Nov. 28), the jubilant MC spoke about her latest feats and her newly minted Grammy-nominated status.   “Thankful. Just thankful, man,” she expressed to Billboard. “To be in the company that I’m in, it’s wild. People are like, ‘I hope you win.’ I’m just like, at the end of the day, I’m thankful to be nominated. Whoever wins, so much great music in the rest of hip-hop and culture, you can’t be mad ...

Lil Peep Charts on Billboard Hot 100 for First Time With ‘Awful Things’

The rapper bows following his death on Nov. 15. Late rapper Lil Peep makes his first Billboard Hot 100 appearance, as “Awful Things” debuts at No. 79 (on the chart dated Dec. 9), following the first full tracking week after his Nov. 15 death at age 21. It also marks his first entry on any Billboard songs chart. The song gained by 144 percent to 8.2 million U.S. streams, as well as 190 percent to 3,000 downloads sold, in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music. The sales sum is also good for a No. 16 debut on the Alternative Digital Song Sales chart. Lil Peep first reached a Billboard chart when he debuted at No. 10 on the Social 50 survey dated June 24. On Sept. 2, “Awful Things” parent EP Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 arrived on multiple rank...

Producer ThankGod4Cody Talks Going From Memphis to Producing on SZA’s Grammy-Nominated Album ‘CTRL’

Cody Jordan, better known as producer ThankGod4Cody, is a week away from his 26th birthday, and now he has even more to celebrate as a newly minted Grammy nominee for his work on SZA‘s CTRL album, with credits on four records: “Wavy (Interlude),” “Broken Clocks,” “The Weekend” and “Love Galore.” Hailing from Memphis, the young creative went from being dead broke in Los Angeles just under a couple of years ago to being part of one of the most important albums of the past year. Cody’s introduction to music came by way of performing Little Bow Wow’s “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)” at a local talent show in fourth grade with his friend Eric. “All the girls was on us afterwards,” he laughed. “We had...

Watch BTS Surprise Their Biggest Fans Backstage at ‘Ellen’

BTS set out to meet as many members of their BTS ARMY as possible backstage at The Ellen DeGeneres Show in an exclusive clip posted to the show’s YouTube channel. The K-pop superstars’ appearance on the show aired Monday, during which they chatted with the comedian and performed Steve Aoki’s remix of “MIC Drop.” Fabs spoke directly to a camera about their relationship with the K-pop superstars, with one fan saying she’d followed them since their debut in 2013. “I love them so much,” she said as sliding door panels opened to reveal BTS. The first four fans broke out into screams as Park Jimin directed a hand heart at them. Within a few seconds, the panels closed once more — but not before the fans could say “saranghae,” meaning “I love you” in Korean. As the next group of ...

Luis Fonsi’s 20 Best 2017 Achievements, Including 3 Grammy Nominations

“Echame La Culpa” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at a higher position than “Despacito.” Who knew 2017 would be dominated by a song in Spanish? This feat was achieved thanks to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito” (with a push from Justin Bieber), which conquered the music industry in an unimaginable way to the point that on Tuesday (Nov. 28), it received three Grammy nominations: record of the year, song of the year and best duo or group performance. The nominations come at a time when Fonsi is ready to move on with his new single “Echame La Culpa” with Demi Lovato, a song that is already scoring its own records, like debuting at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charting two songs simultaneously. But the nominations aren’...

Alcohol Permit Sought for Events at Prince’s Paisley Park During Super Bowl Week

The late musician didn’t allow alcohol to be served at public events at his former home and recording complex. Operators of Prince‘s former home and recording complex in Minnesota are seeking a special permit so they can serve alcohol during the week of the Super Bowl. Some people are questioning the request, noting the late musician didn’t allow alcohol to be served at public events at Paisley Park. The complex was turned into a museum following Prince’s death last year. KMSP-TV reports the museum’s operators want to host events for between 500 and 1,000 guests when the Super Bowl is held in Minneapolis in February. Paisley Park is in Chanhassen, just southwest of Minneapolis. Chanhassen Mayor Denny Laufenburger says the City Council will focus on working wit...

Live Electronic Acts Thrive & Indie Dance Arrives in 2018 Grammy Nominations

Grammy season is upon us, and while the list of 2018 dance nominations saw some familiar faces fade into the background, the new class tips its hat to old favorites and brightly burning upstarts alike. Live electronic music gets a big nod of approval, as do crossover wins. Some of the names on the list may even surprise you. Here’s how the Billboard Dance team unpacks the news.  Live Bands Favored Over DJs for Best Dance Recording In the immortal words of James Murphy, “I hear you’re buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real.” The Grammys hear that sentiment loud and clear, as the 2017 nominations for best dance recording make a bold stand for live electronic compositions, favoring bands LCD Sou...