Primary Wave Music’s Larry Mestel Celebrates 15 Years

“I don’t understand how you can be in a business and just write checks and not create value, which is why we have 70-plus people focused on generating new ideas for partnerships with these artists,” says Mestel. “Most of our competitors put their songs in a drawer.” A former executive at Virgin Records, Arista Records and Island Entertainment Group, Mestel […]

Elton John Oscar Party With Dua Lipa: 5 Best Moments

Below, Billboard highlights five of the best moments from an entertaining and impactful virtual event. Dua Lipa Brings the Oscars Glam Just because there wasn’t an in-person gala didn’t mean Dua Lipa dressed down for the night. In fact, the pop star went all-out glam for a pair of two-song sets, wearing a floor-length, long-sleeve black velvet turtleneck gown with […]

Chris Sebastian On Brian McKnight’s ‘Back At One’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs […]

Glenn Close Shakes ‘Da Butt’ at 2021 Oscars

When Lil Rel attempted to throw the 74-year-old Close for a loop by blaring the School Daze track, she responded by listing off facts about the song, shouting out E.U., and eventually jumping up to, well, shake “Da Butt.” Watch the trivia game, with Close’s big moment beginning at the four-minute mark, below. Visit this article & other news – www.billboard.com.

Behind ‘Strange Fruit,’ Billie Holiday’s Anti-Lynching Anthem

When Billie Holiday first performed “Strange Fruit” in 1939, the song was so bold for the time that she could sing it only in certain places where it was safe to do so. The song likened the lynched bodies of Black people to “strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary music executive, hailed it as “a […]