40 Best Music Videos of 1981

24. Earth, Wind & Fire, “Let’s Groove” (dir. Ron Hays) This was a relatively high-budget, technically ambitious video for its time, reflecting EWF’s status as one of the premier R&B acts of the previous decade. The video features electronic effects created by director Hays using an analog computer system. Bruno Mars wasn’t even born when “Let’s Groove” was a hit, […]

Banijay France Acquires Music TV Specialist DMLS TV

With the acquisition, Banijay now controls 11 production labels across the French TV landscape, including Adventure Line Productions, Endemol France, H2O Productions Shine Fiction, and Marathon Studio. The group’s shows range from hit reality formats Survivor and Fort Boyard to high-end drama series Versailles, to daily talk show Touche Pas à Mon Poste hosted by Cyril Hanouna. “As we continue […]

Joey Jordison Dies: Music Community Remembers Late Slipknot Drummer

Slipknot and Jordison parted ways in 2013, though the drummer later said in interviews that he was sacked. Fans of Slipknot would continue to follow his journey. A fierce drummer who was widely considered one of the best in the business, Jordison would struggle with a disease called transverse myelitis. His illness reportedly took the use of his legs and stripped […]

After Two Decades in Music, Yola Expands Her Powers

Calculus is hard. Parallel parking is hard. Meeting and working with people who don’t look like you — that’s a breeze. “It’s. Not. Hard,” the singer and songwriter Yola emphasized during a recent call, clapping her hands in between each word. “I literally came from another continent, and remedied it in six months. Even my manager, from remotely in England, […]

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (July 24)

“This has been a dream of mine for a really long time and finally it’s become a reality,” DJ Nelson tells Billboard. “The purpose of this project is to elevate the urban culture and help advance the career of producers and deejays of the new generation.” For more info, check out the new venture’s website at flowmixx.com. Latin Music Week lineup […]

Asian Composers Reflect on Careers in Western Classical Music

Asian composers who write in Western classical musical forms, like symphonies and operas, tend to have a few things in common. Many learned European styles from an early age, and finished their studies at conservatories there or in the United States. And many later found themselves relegated to programming ghettos like Lunar New Year concerts. (One recent study found that […]

The Music Scene in This Brooklyn Neighborhood Is Here to Stay

One July Sunday, just off Newkirk Plaza in Brooklyn — between the yellow facade of a laundromat and the red awning of a bodega — the mellow strains of a saxophone floated over a crowd of about 150. The Haitian jazz guitarist Eddy Bourjolly introduced the song “Complainte Paysanne,” and the band serenaded the street. This was a kickoff event […]

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, […]

Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?

Battling Stereotypes Artists of Asian descent have long been the subject of racist tropes and slurs, dating back to at least the 1960s and ’70s, when musicians immigrated to the United States from Japan, Korea and other parts of East Asia to study and perform. A 1967 report in Time magazine, titled “Invasion From the Orient,” reflected the thinking of […]

Bigsound 2021 Conference and Music Festival Is Canceled Due to COVID-19

“Without our music mates in New South Wales and Victoria and no certain timeline as to when domestic borders will remain open, Bigsound 2021 wouldn’t be able to deliver on its promise to reunite the music community for three extraordinary days of connection, conversation, and music discovery,” comments QMusic CEO, Kris Stewart. Organizers will proceed with Little BLAKSOUND, a 100% […]

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (July 17)

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week. Billboard Latin Music Awards This week, Telemundo and Billboard unveiled the official date and venue of the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards to take place Thursday, […]

Tencent Music Stock Down 9.2% After Regulator News

Tencent Music sits in a web of relationships and ownership stakes with the world’s largest music companies. It has a joint venture with Universal Music Group and an agreement to form a joint record label with Warner Music Group. It also has licensing deals with UMG, WMG, Sony Music and independent label rights group Merlin. What’s more, Tencent Holdings, which owns a majority of Tencent Music, is part […]

Round Hill Music Raises Another $86.5 Million

Round Hill Music Fund Royalty Ltd. has sold another 86.5 million shares at $1 a share bringing total capital raising from its listing on the London Stock Exchange bringing total funding to $416.6 million since it went public back in November 2020. Since then the fund has acquired a portfolio of song catalogs owned by a Round Hill Music commingled […]

As Ashley Monroe Starts Chemo, Country Music Rallies

The country music community is rallying behind Ashley Monroe, who is battling a rare blood cancer. Monroe, a member of country act Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley, has been diagnosed with Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, and shared the difficult news on social media. Chemotherapy awaits, and Monroe will fight hard. ”I’m thankful I have an illness that is VERY […]