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Reservoir Partners With Oak Felder, Signs Ariana Grande Hitmakers The Orphanage

Independent music publisher Reservoir has joined with Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Warren “Oak” Felder to sign and develop talent for the New York City-based company. The joint venture’s first get is The Orphanage, the songwriting nomme de plume of Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo, who have worked with Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara and others. Oak’s mantle is home to Grammys for his work on Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire and Rihanna’s Unapologetic, and he has crafted hits for Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Miguel, Kelly Clarkson and Big Sean, among others. While he’ll be helping to attract new artists to join Reservoir, his works (as part of Pop & Oak, his duo with Andrew “Pop” Wansel) are published elsewhere. The Or...

Paradigm Moves Into Bigger Office in Downtown Nashville

Paradigm Talent Agency has moved its Nashville operation into larger offices downtown to accommodate continued growth at the agency. The new office is located 222 Second Avenue South, and features a performance space and panoramic views of the Cumberland River. “Since Paradigm first opened a Nashville office 14 years ago, we have carved an independent path into Music City,” Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores said in a statement. “Since moving to Nashville from Monterey five years ago, our office head Jonathan Levine’s leadership and impeccable taste have anchored the growth of an extraordinary and unique Third Coast presence for our agency.” “Over the last few years we have watched our business grow and thrive exponentially, not unlike the city of Nashv...

NYC-Based Collective House of Feelings Premieres Horror-Movie-Inspired Video, ‘It’ll Cost You’

House of Feelings isn’t just a musical group – it’s a radio show, a roving dance party, comprised of talents from NYC’s underground and helmed by Matty Fasano. The NYC-based collective shares their latest video, “It’ll Cost You,” today (Dec. 6) exclusively with Billboard.  Film critic and occasional Billboard contributor Kristen Yoonsoo Kim stars in the visuals, which she also directed and provided vocals for. Kim explains that the concept was to feature herself as “a death-like figure haunting a man,” played by good friend Jared Olmsted. “There’s a little bit of a Faustian wraparound with a chess game at a dinner table,” Kim adds, “but we also see me stalking him in every mundane moment of his life (at the movie...

Strap in for Australian Duo The Presets’ Manic Video For ‘Do What You Want’: Premiere

The Presets are giving you a lot to process with their video for “Do What You Want,” premiering this morning (Dec. 6) at Billboard. The Australian electronic duo comprised of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes have crammed so many visuals into three minutes that it makes you wonder, “Well, what do I want?” There’s a guitar on fire, a retro boxing video game, lots of headbanging and chattering teeth — and that’s just the first 15 seconds.  “Kris Moyes directed two of our all-time favorite Presets videos for ‘Are You The One?’ and ‘My People,’ so it seemed natural to go back and ask him to throw something together for our new song ‘Do What You Want,'” Hamilton tells Billboard. “Naturally, he did not disappoi...

Cape Francis Kicks Off First Billboard ‘Industry Nights’: Watch

Billboard’s inaugural Industry Nights event launched on Nov. 16 at the illustrious Ludlow House in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The monthly series featured showcase performances by rising talents such as Cape Francis, Vermont native Noah Kahan and Glassnote signee Tor Miller. Today (Dec. 6), the first of three video performances from the event is being released with Cape Francis’s closing number “Falling Into Pieces.” The track is the namesake for singer-guitarist Kevin Olken Henthorn’s solo debut, which arrived in late September. In the video, Henthorn is accompanied with the full force of a five-piece band. Check out the video below and be on the lookout for more Industry Nights performances this week.

Taylor Swift Calls Sexual Assault Testimony ‘A Lonely and Draining Experience’ in First Interview Since Trial

‘Time’ magazine named Swift one of the Silence Breakers as part of its annual Person of the Year issue. Time just named its Person of the Year for 2017, and rather than highlight one particular person, the magazine championed all of those who have come forward about sexual assault and sexual harassment claims against the now-fired Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men in the spotlight. Dubbed “The Silence Breakers” by the magazine, those highlighted in Time are actors, singers, activists, senators, hospital workers and beyond — and among the cover stars is the one and only Taylor Swift. In August, Swift testified in court after being sued by a Colorado DJ she said sexually assaulted her in 2013. Swift was taking a photo with now-fired DJ,...

Music Matters Taps Industry Veterans for Newly Created Board of Advisers

Music Matters, a student-run nonprofit at the University of Michigan that hosts SpringFest, which bills itself as “the first and largest social impact lifestyle festival in the U.S.,” has formed a board of advisers with nine appointments. The group said it is establishing the board to “aid in the continued, rapid growth of the festival — providing strategic counsel and support across programming, talent, brand partnerships and social venture incubation.” Music Matters partnered with Universal Music Group on SpringFest 2017 in April. The board of advisers will include: Gary Gersh, global president of talent at AEG Presents; Scott Heydt, CEO of HeydtAir and former chief financial officer of VaynerMedia; Sherrie Schwartz, chief human resources officer at CAA; Mike Muse...

Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year is the Anti-Harassment Movement

Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd and Uber engineer Susan Fowler are among those on the cover of the magazine. Time Magazine‘s Person of the Year for 2017 isn’t a singular individual, but the ever-increasing collective voice belonging to what the publication dubbed “The Silence Breakers,” the anti-harassment movement that has risen up in the wake of a tide of sexual assault and sexual harassment claims against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and a growing list of other prominent men in business, politics and entertainment.  “The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover…along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s,” editor-in-chief Edward Felsen...

Tech Family Feud: YouTube Blocked on Amazon Devices as Feud Over Google Products Heats Up

Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire. The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon’s refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. That includes Google’s Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch up to Amazon’s market-leading Echo. Amazon’s high-end Echo Show has a screen that can display video. “Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV,” Google said in a Tuesday statement. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The battle highlights the power that the world’s majo...

Chart Beat Podcast: Will ‘MIC Drop’ Become BTS’ Breakthrough Radio Hit?

KJYO Oklahoma City program director JJ Ryan returns to chat about the K-pop kings’ new song. Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what’s on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights. With BTS making history on the Billboard Hot 100 this week – scoring the first top 40 Hot 100 hit ever for a K-pop act, as “MIC Drop,” featuring Desiigner (and remixed by Steve Aoki), debuts at No. 28 (on the chart dated Dec. 16) – it’s time for another quick, emergency, BTS-only podcast! In October, BTS first hit the Hot 100 with “DNA,” which reached No. 67 largely on the st...

A$AP Rocky Made Gingerbread Cool Again, Just In Time For The Holidays

It’s for a good cause, too: all proceeds go to the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation. A$AP Rocky just put a hip-hop twist on a classic holiday tradition. This Christmas season, make your own edible A$AP Mob with the new AWGE Snacks Gingerbread Mob Cookie Kit.  This isn’t some stale, crumbly box set you usually pick up at the grocery store last minute. The kit comes complete with dry cookie mix, icing, candy beads, and a cookie cutter so it’s almost like you’re making the cookies from scratch.  The cookie kits are available at IT’SUGAR for a mere $11. Buy one for yourself, for a friend, for the whole family, and benefit others while doing it – all proceeds will be donated to the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation, which seeks to provide young people ...

Morgan Spurlock Says Trump’s McDonald’s Diet Fills a ‘Sad Hole’

Morgan Spurlock Trump’s McDonald’s Diet Fills a ‘Sad Hole’ 12/6/2017 6:47 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Morgan Spurlock thinks President Trump‘s obsession with McDonald’s has psychological overtones … proof he’s an unhappy man looking for any form of fulfillment. We got the “Super Size Me” star at LAX, and he weighed in on Trump’s documented fast food campaign diet — which contained an estimated average of 2,600-plus calories a day full of junk food … most of which came from good ol’ Mickey D’s. According to Morgan, it’s only a matter of time until Trump’s heart explodes. Fifty four percent of Americans think that’s impossible, because it presumes the existence of such an organ. [embedded content...