Music From Brisbane, 2032 Olympic City

The music community in the Sunshine State has also kicked countless goals, from Mallrat to Thelma Plum, Ball Park Music, Busby Marou, Katie Noonan, The Chats, Lobby Loyde, The Jungle Giants, Confidence Man, tyDi, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kev Carmody and many more. Billboard highlights ten global acts with deep roots in Brisbane, the future Olympic city. Bee GeesThough born in Britain, […]

Ledisi Pays Tribute to Nina Simone on a New Album

On Friday, Ledisi will pay tribute to the woman who brought her back from despair with “Ledisi Sings Nina,” an album that features seven of Simone’s most popular songs redone in orchestral, jazz and pop arrangements. They showcase both the diversity and depth of Simone’s musicianship and the breathtaking range and reach of Ledisi’s own voice. Ledisi’s career, now two […]

Belly Teams With The Weeknd, Young Thug on ‘Better Believe’

Earlier this year, Belly ended a three-year music drought with a string of new releases, “Money on the Table” featuring Benny The Butcher, “IYKYK” and “Zero Love.” Speaking to Billboard, Belly says he’s thrilled to have leaders like The Weeknd and Jay-Z in his corner, and he’s in a much happier place than the time of his last album, 2018’s Immigrant. […]

A Violinist on How to Empower Asian Musicians

I have not been surprised by the recent violence toward Asian Americans. I palpably remember being afraid when I was a child in Illinois, in the 1980s. At that time, Japan was seen as a looming economic force invading the United States. In 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man, was beaten to death by two white men who thought […]

The Wallflowers’ ‘Exit Wounds’ Debuts at No. 3 on Top Album Sales

Exit Wounds marks The Wallflowers’ highest-charting album yet, and second top 10, on the 30-year-old Top Album Sales chart. The act’s previous high came with its debut set, 1996’s Bringing Down the Horse, which peaked at No. 4 in 1997. Exit Wounds also launches in the top 10 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart (No. 4) and Tastemaker Albums chart (No. […]

John Mayer’s Empty 1980s Excess

And yet for all the stylistic cosplay of the album’s visual presentation, very little of this aesthetic is in the songs, which are mostly eminently fine, occasionally oh-he-really-pulled-it-off nostalgic and more often dour. “Sob Rock” sometimes crackles with the frisson of a performer cracking the code on a well-worn style, but more often displays just how challenging it is to […]

Kennedy Center Honors: Four Motown Recipients

Gordy, 91, founded Motown Records in 1959. Four of his biggest stars received the honor before he did. Take a look: Stevie Wonder:  Wonder was just 49 when he got the honor in 1999. That makes him one of the youngest Kennedy Center Honorees in history, along with LL Cool J (2017) and Midori (2021), who were also 49 when […]

Megan Thee Stallion Hid Rap Talent From Her Mom

She definitely got it from her mama, Holly Thomas, who was a rapper who went by the name “Holly-Wood.” She died in March 2019 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. But while a young Meg traded daycare sessions for her mother’s recording studio sessions, she realized exactly how she wanted to entertain others, but still didn’t want to let […]

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 4 in D Minor, S. 359 No. 4 (Corresponds Piano Version No. 12 in C-Sharp Minor), Budapest Festival Orchestra & Iván Fischer

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Kennedy Center Taps Joni Mitchell and Berry Gordy for Awards

The last Kennedy Center Honors aired on television less than two months ago, but on Wednesday, the institution announced a new batch of honorees, taking a step toward getting the program back on schedule after the upheaval of the pandemic. The recipients include the folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell; the stage and screen performer Bette Midler; Berry Gordy, the founder of […]

MRC Data Study Looks at TikTok’s Hit-Making Power

The study also notes that TikTok users often have “heard it on TikTok” moments in their day-to-day lives: 72% of users agree that they associate certain songs with TikTok. The study also sheds some light on best practices for brands looking to connect with TikTok users through music. When brands feature songs that are popular on TikTok, 68% of users […]