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Alive And Kickin’: Country’s Historic Buildings Still Breathe Life Into Business

When the USA Network shot a Willie Nelson special at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 2002, one of the numerous guests — some guy named Keith Richards — moved to the front edge of the stage during rehearsals, broke a rule by lighting up a cigarette and took a few long breaths as he soaked up the history of the place. The Ryman is one of country’s iconic venues celebrating major anniversaries this year after at least five decades since their founding: The Ryman turned 125, RCA Studio B observed its 60th anniversary in October, and the John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Texas, hosted Nelson at the close of its 75th anniversary celebrations in October. Fresh, new arenas and modern studios may change the landscape for musicians, but the classic buildings offer a co...

Ezekiel Elliott Cleared to Play Again, Screws More Fantasy Owners

Ezekiel Elliott Cleared to Play Again Screws More Fantasy Owners 11/3/2017 7:19 AM PDT Did you drop Ezekiel Elliott from your fantasy team this week amid rumblings his 6-game suspension was finally gonna stick??? Well, guess what dummy … HE’S BACK!  In the seemingly never-ending saga of will he/won’t he play this week — the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Zeke’s request to prevent the league from immediately enforcing his domestic violence suspension.  So, what does it all mean? Simply … he’s cleared to play the Chiefs on Sunday (big game) — and then his fight is back on.  The next phase — a 3-judge panel will hear the case and issue a ruling, which the losing side will undoubtedly appeal.  Should be resolved by the time Zek...

Harvey Weinstein Wears Disguise at Phoenix Restaurant

Harvey Weinstein Wigs Out At Phoenix Restaurant 11/3/2017 7:39 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Harvey Weinstein showed up in a not-so-effective disguise at a Phoenix restaurant Thursday night, because everyone in the joint made him. Weinstein was wearing a blond wig, orange makeup and a baseball cap when he showed up with a male companion at Chestnut restaurant. We’re told he asked for a private room … problem was, the room was all glass so people in the restaurant could see him. Weinstein’s hat was inscribed 2:24. There’s a 2:24 Bible verse that reads, “But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” Weinstein has been in the Phoenix area where he completed a 1-week outpatient rehab p...

Maroon 5 Close New LP ‘Red Pill Blues’ With 11-Minute ‘Closure,’ Keyboardist Boasts About ‘Bringing the Extended Jam Back’

“Closure” is by far the longest song in Maroon 5’s six-album catalog. So you’re listening along to Maroon 5‘s new album titled Red Pill Blues, which arrived today (Nov. 3), and everything is feeling very familiar and Maroon 5-y until you get to the tenth track, “Closure” (the last song on the band’s sixth studio standard album, No. 10 of 15 on the deluxe version). “Closure” is 11 minutes and 29 seconds long.  For the first four minutes, Adam Levine is singing a falsetto-laced pop song about a couple seeking closure having one more night together, and the turmoil attached to that. But then, the song keeps going strictly instrumental, swapping guitar and organ riffs for seven-plus minutes.  Keyboardist PJ Morton was noticeably excit...

K-Pop Superstars BTS to Perform for First Time on an American Awards Show at 2017 AMAs

South Korean group BTS continues its upward trajectory in the American music sphere after it was announced that the K-pop superstars will be performing their hit single, “DNA,” at the American Music Awards on Nov. 19. While the AMAs will be the group’s second American awards ceremony this year, after their appearance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, it’ll mark their first time performing at one. “It is such an honor for BTS and BigHit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers,” a representative from Big Hit Entertainment, the band’s label, told Forbes. “Our partners in the U.S. have helped us pave the way in every way possible, and together we are making history. We are also excited to show our fans, ARMY, the first-ever U.S. live TV perf...

Casper Skulls Go ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ in Video for Soaring Indie Rocker ‘Lingua Franca’: Premiere

Today’s the day for Toronto quartet Casper Skulls: Their debut LP is arriving on hometown label Buzz Records (Dilly Dally, Weaves), showcasing 11 polished indie rock songs crafted by a pair of songwriters. The lyrics and choruses of Neil Bednis and Melanie St. Pierre are hard at work throughout Mercy Works; bands with two excellent frontpeople –they’re a rare treat indeed.  For their latest video, Casper Skulls focus on the work of St. Pierre. It’s her track “Lingua Franca” that’s come to live in this cinematic release-day video, premiering via Billboard.  “‘Lingua franca by definition is a common language spoken between two people who’s native languages are different,” she tells Billboard. “Communication is the cause of a lot of friction in relationships and often ...

Above & Beyond Releases ‘Ode to Detroit’ With Emotional ‘Northern Soul’ Featuring Richard Bedford

Above & Beyond reunites with Richard Bedford to release “Northern Soul”, a hard-hitting yet emotional single that will land on their upcoming Common Ground album, which is set for a early 2018 release. Bedford has previously lent his soulful vocals to the group for standout trance classics like “Thing Called Love” and “Sun & Moon”. The record is an ode to Detroit, home to music icons Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder to name a few. Above & Beyond describes Bedford’s performance on their latest single as “fabulous and real and human” in a press release. “Above all, he makes it believable.” The song’s arrival coincides with Above & Beyond’s sold-out concert at London’s massive 0...

Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ Gets a Synth-Heavy ’80s Remix

Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” just got the ‘80s treatment, after propelling the English singer-songwriter to the top 40 of the Hot 100. Newly streaked in nostalgic synths, the remix exists at a midpoint between the tongue-in-cheek nature of vaporwave and the ‘80s revivalism elevated by recent pop culture touchstones like Stranger Things. But a quick peek at the YouTube channel of Initial Talk, the Tokyo-based producer who created the remix, reveals a deep dedication to the sounds of the early MTV era. The producer has put an old spin on a string of relatively modern high-charting artists, including Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. Lipa’s music video received critical acclaim for its pop visuals — but Initial Talk lifts some fuzzy VCR footage of what appears to be an old dan...

Hotel Garuda Goes ‘Dancing On The Moon’ With Lemaitre on Funky Single: Premiere

Hotel Garuda makes their debut on Mom+Pop — indie label home to Flume, Alina Baraz, Neon Indian and more — with “Dancing on the Moon”, a refreshingly groovy single featuring Norwegian duo Lemaitre.  The record has been over two years in the making, with Garuda telling Billboard they “originally got together with Lemaitre in the summer of 2015 to work on something for their most recent album.” They continue, “Though the demo we made was initially shelved after the first few sessions, we kept going back to work on it little by little; it eventually came to completion around 2 years after we started.” Lemaitre adds, “We’re really happy about how it turned out, mixing our funk and disco influences with their more uptempo disco beats. ...

Gay Agenda, Nov. 3: Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic & Jake Shears Go Solo, Plus Sam Smith, Kim Petras & More

Gay Agenda is a weekly column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things before the weekend. Between new tracks, music videos and pop culture moments, we want our readers to be prepared for boozy brunch conversation. 1. Billboard Pride is excited to announce that we will be the exclusive live streaming partner for Queens United/ Reinas Unidas, a benefit drag show for Puerto Rico featuring nearly 30 Drag Race alumni, including Katya, Bob the Drag Queen, Milk and Ginger Minj. Organized by Phi Phi O’Hara, the show with happen Monday, Oct. 6 at 9 pm CST. All proceeds will be donated to Somos Una Voz, a charity founded by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. You can donate to the fund here. Follow Billboard Pride on Facebook to be notified of the live stream. 2. Scissor Sisters’ leading...

Fetty Wap Arrested for Drunk Driving in Brooklyn: Report

Fetty Wap was arrested by New York City police in the early hours of Friday morning (Nov. 3), according to TMZ. The New Jersey native was pulled over on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn, NY. Fetty was allegedly found cruising at over 100 MPH in a 50 MPH zone drag-racing another driver in the area. Later, he reportedly offered up an expired driver’s license and failed a sobriety test where the 26-year-old blew a .09 B.A.C. level, which is just above the legal limit. Police report the “Trap Queen” artist was driving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz. TMZ says Fetty was hit with 15 charges in all including D.W.I., illegal signaling, driving without a valid driver’s license and following too closely, but is expected to be processed and released Friday morning (Nov. 3). The “My Way” star posted to his Ins...