Grammys Settle With Ousted C.E.O.

The Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards, has reached a confidential settlement with Deborah Dugan, its ousted chief executive, just weeks before arbitration hearings over her dismissal were set to begin. In a joint statement issued late Thursday, the two sides said: “The Recording Academy and Deborah Dugan have agreed to resolve their differences and to keep the […]

Soulja Boy vs. Bow Wow Verzuz Battle Scorecard

For as chaotic of an event as it was, the Bow Wow-Soulja Boy Verzuz will go down as one of the more memorable and enjoyable nights in the Triller series’ history, which set records for guest appearances — ranging from DJ Paul to Romeo — and had one song played three separate times. Even though Soulja Boy and Bow Wow […]

‘Summer of Soul’ Review: In 1969 Harlem, a Music Festival Stuns

Staples goes first, alone and a-blast. Jackson follows her with equal force and in defiance of whatever had been ailing her. Then together — Jackson refulgent in a fuchsia gown with a gold diamond emblazoned below her bosom; Staples in something short, lacy, belted and white — they embark on the single most astounding duet I’ve ever heard, seen or […]

Jeanne Lamon, Who Led an Early-Music Ensemble, Dies at 71

Jeanne Lamon, an accomplished violinist who was music director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for 33 years, helping to build it into one of the world’s most acclaimed baroque ensembles, died on June 20 in Victoria, British Columbia. She was 71. A spokeswoman for the ensemble said the cause was cancer. Ms. Lamon, who lived in Victoria, […]

Justice’s Gaspard Augé on Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice’ Art: ‘A Very Conscious Rip-Off’

“Though Bieber is from Canada, his actions fit this mindset of American hegemony: ‘Oh well, it’s just a small band from France, I’m sure we can take their name, nobody will care,’” said Augé. Billboard reached out to a representative for Bieber for comment on Saturday. Previously, Rolling Stone reported that, according to Justice’s management, Bieber’s legal team did “reject” the […]

Au tribunal, Britney Spears demande la levée de sa tutelle.

The New York Times traduit en français une sélection de ses meilleurs articles. Retrouvez-les ici. Britney Spears a déclaré mercredi à une juge de Los Angeles qu’elle a été droguée, obligée de travailler contre son gré et empêchée de retirer son dispositif de contraception au cours des 13 dernières années, et a plaidé auprès du tribunal qu’il mette fin au […]

2021 Concert Calendar: Tour Dates & Festivals

As the touring industry plots the return of concerts for 2021, Billboard has compiled a list of the major festivals and tours slated to take place later this year (organized by when they’re kicking off). JUNE Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam – June 4-6 in Panama City Beach, Fla. Essence Fest – June 25-27 and July 2-4 in New Orleans JULY Chris Stapleton, All-American Road Show (partially […]

Ed Sheeran’s Glossy Late-Night Pop, and 12 More New Songs

In the video for his new single “Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran boldly declares, “We live in a society.” Though I could have lived my life contentedly without ever seeing the British musician dressed as a glittery, high-flying hybrid of the Joker, Edward Cullen and Elton John, the track itself is a reminder of Sheeran’s knack for sleek songcraft. “My bad […]

Kelly Clarkson Wins Twice at 2021 Daytime Emmy Awards

Sheryl Underwood, co-host of CBS’ The Talk, hosted the Daytime Emmys for the fifth time. Red Table Talk won outstanding informative talk show, beating, among others, Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Jada Pinkett Smith co-hosts Red Table Talk with her daughter, “Whip My Hair” hitmaker Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Gloria Estefan co-hosts Red Table Talk: The Estefans with her daughters Emily […]

Rauw Alejandro Draws a Fresh Blueprint for Spanish-Language Pop

“¿Cuándo fue?,” the 10th track from Rauw Alejandro’s new album “Vice Versa,” provides an unexpected jolt. As the Puerto Rican singer mourns the departure of a lover, the producer Tainy blends rivulets of synths and delicate percussion, allowing them to bleed into a hiss of hot air. Suddenly, a skittish breakbeat drops, plunging the track into rave territory. The transition […]

Kany Garcia on Coming Out & LGBTQ+ Idols: Latin Pride

As the countdown begins, Garcia celebrates Pride Month by telling Billboard how coming out has impacted her art and who her LGBTQ+ idol was growing up. Read the Q&A below: How did the decision to come out impact your art? I think I have never gained so much credibility in my career. That kind of credibility doesn’t come from songs […]

For a Major Debut, a Young Violinist Gets Personal

In another life, Randall Goosby would have been a pianist. When offered the opportunity to learn an instrument as a child, he chose the violin but was told he was too small for it. So he started on piano instead. He struggled, and his mother, who had nudged him and his siblings toward lessons in the first place, could see […]

Diplo & Damian Lazarus, More of The Week’s Best Dance Tracks: First Spin

Eric B. and Rakim took a journey into sound, but Elohim takes that one step deeper with a groovalicious, psychedelic “Journey to the Center of Myself.” Proving herself a commanding force in today’s electronic landscape, this two-minute freak-out plays bright and unhinged with hypnotic bleep-bloops, grumbly bass lines and twisted choral vocals. Her lyrics cut hard to the point, sharing […]