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daddy yankee collects 24th top 10 on latin airplay chart with 'dura'

daddy yankee collects his 24th top 10 on the latin airplay chart (dated feb. 24), as “dura” surges 18-9 in its third week on the list. yankee now ties marc anthony for sixth place among acts with the most top 10s. ahead of them are cristian castro, marco antonio solis (both with 25), ricky martin (26), shakira (29) and enrique iglesias (39).“dura” vaults up the list with 10.6 million in audience -- up 40 percent in the week ending feb. 18, according to nielsen music.“dura” is yankee’s third new top 10 hit on the latin airplay chart in 2018, following his featured turns on wisin’s “todo comienza en la disco” and romeo santos’ “bella y sensual.” yankee last notched a new top 10 as a lead artist with “la rompe corazo...




2cellos cover ed sheeran's 'perfect'

2cellos is known for their modern twist on the cello, a traditionally classical instrument. in their most recent pop-cello crossover, the duo released a cover video for ed sheeran’s hit single, “perfect.”“wherever we have been in the world over the past few months, we always hear ed sheeran’s ‘perfect.’ so naturally, we thought there should be a cello version!” 2cellos said of the video...




john legend hits the high notes in 'jesus christ superstar' first look

john legend is starring in nbc’s live concert version of jesus christ superstar, and fans are finally receiving a first look.in the short 40-second clip, legend is seen rehearsing for his role as jesus with music producer harvey mason jr. on piano. the pop icon unsurprisin...




isaac hayes & barry white fans treated to reissues; prince fave rosie gaines honored: r&b/hip-hop briefs

just in time for black history month, three of isaac hayes’ classic albums have been newly remastered as vinyl editions: hot buttered soul, shaft and black moses. out friday (feb. 23) via craft recordings (a division of concord music), each reissue comes complete with old-school style tip-on jackets. the black moses package also features a replica of the original four-foot cross-shaped fold-out image of hayes as the titular character. the albums, spanning the period from 1969-1971, offer up hits and choice cuts such as “walk on by,” “by the time i get to phoenix,” the oscar-winning “theme from shaft,” “do your thing,” “never can say goodbye” and “ike’s rap ii/help me love.”fellow r&b/soul icon barry white is the f...




astralwerks moving to los angeles from new york; gm glenn mendlinger to depart (exclusive)

astralwerks, the seminal new york-based dance label that has been home to such groundbreaking acts over the last 25 years as air, the chemical brothers, fatboy slim and kraftwerk, is relocating to los angeles. svp/general manager glenn mendlinger -- who has been with the label for more than 20 years --will leave the companythe capitol music group (cmg) label's new york office will be phased out by june 1, with mendlinger departing then. it is unclear if any astralwerks staffers are making the west coast move.“over the two decades that i have been at astralwerks, our extraordinary and relentlessly passionate team has achieved success at a level i never could have imagined,” mendlinger told billboard via email. “halsey’s breathtakin...




charlotte gainsbourg performs piano rendition of kanye west's 'runaway'

charlotte gainsbourg recently performed an interesting twist on kanye west’s hit “runaway” from his 2010 album, my beautiful dark twisted fantasy.during an appearance on the french television show, taratata, gainsbourg sat at the piano a...




scotty mccreery misses a special someone in new single, 'home in my mind'

scotty mccreery released the fourth single friday (feb. 23) from his upcoming album and this time, the song is a nostalgic tune titled "home in my mind."mccreery's characteristic deep country vocals richly reminisce on a girl he misses while traveling, comparing her to southern summer days and oozing sweet lyrics like "sweet tea, porch swings, supp...




bow wow says diddy calling him a 'f---ing legend' made him return to music

on the heels of the release of his latest single "yeahh," which sees bow wow making light of his viral #bowwowchallenge antics, the 30-year-old stopped by hot 97's ebro in the morning for an 18-minute interview on friday (feb. 23). the "like you" artist touched on a multitude of topics about his comeback album, but one major takeaway was a conversation with diddy that inspired him to "lock in" to music again.“i remember, probably after i left y’all, i went to l.a., it was me and puff. i went to puff’s house," bow wow recalled, quoting diddy: "'look at me, bro. you a f---ing legend, bro. cut the bullsh-- out, i see you pumping the brand -- i don’t wanna see sh-- else.'”the so so def rapper went on to admit that ...




stalley reflects on life, looks forward to his future in 'holy quran' video

on friday (feb. 23), critically acclaimed lyricist stalley dropped a video for “holy quran” from his just-released ep, tell the truth: shame the devil vol. 2.the ohio rapper takes a trip to the mountains to reflect on his life and living in a world misguided by social media.“why my people dyin' on vine, swear that facebook live/ desensitized by murder, murder, bloo...




janelle monae, lupita nyong'o & angela bassett set for essence black women in hollywood awards

black panther stars lupita nyong’o and angela bassett, singer and actress janelle monae, get out actor milton “lil rel” howery and dear white people filmmaker justin simien are confirmed as presenters for the 2018 essence black women in hollywood awards. also confirmed as this year’s performers: contemporary r&b duo chloe x halle (grown-ish).as previously announced, four breakout talents will be feted: danai gurira (black panther), tiffany haddish (girls trip), tessa thompson (westworld, annihilation) and emmy award winner lena waithe (master of none, the chi). waithe will receive the bl...




lou phelps links with kaytranada & jazz cartier on 'come inside'

some of canada’s finest come together on “come inside,” the kaytranada-produced lou phelps song that features toronto’s jazz cartier.the track hits kaytranada’s penchant for mixing sounds, with a danceable, jazzy funk beat that has his little brother phelps smoothly rh...




'the greatest showman' fans team up for 'this is me' video

the greatest showman stunned audiences with its cinematography and star studded cast, but the soundtrack continues to have moviegoers buzzing. atlantic records released a fun fan video for the film’s smash hit “this is me” on friday (feb. 23), proving just how influential the song has been. in the clip, fans are seen singing along to kea...




bon jovi's david bryan & tico torres talk upcoming rock and roll hall of fame induction, tour

bon jovi's david bryan and tico torres are expecting a special, and probably emotional, night when the group -- including founding members ritchie sambora and alec john such -- is inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame on april 14 in cleveland."it's hard to predict what you're going to go through," drummer torres told billboard during a conference call with reporters to promote the second north american leg of bon jovi's this house is not for sale tour, kicking off march 14 in denver. "but speaking to alec on the phone, it was wonderful. we took that journey together at certain times as a group, and i think it's wonderful we can re-enact that -- not only for us, but for the fans. i think when you get together with old f...




watch don diablo interviewed at the billboard office

don diablo is riding high right now, making his way through the united states on a sold-out tour in support of his new album future. it's a humbling experience, as he explained to matt medved during a recent stop at the billboard dance headquarters in new york city, because this album represents his most personal work to date.indeed, it features a lot of cool collabs, but it also features diablo himself on the mic, singing about things that are true to his own trials and tribulations."i wanted to do a couple of records that were even more personal," he tells medved in the interview below. "i cant be making a song about going to the club or doing girlie stuff this had to be an album that came from within. i know that's logical fo...




florida georgia line's tyler hubbard sings adorable 'stand by me' lullaby to daughter olivia rose

florida georgia line’s tyler hubbard put on a special performance for his daughter, olivia rose, and hearts everywhere are melting.hubbard’s wife hayley took to instagram thursday (feb. 22) to share the adorable video of her husband playing guitar and singing ben e. king’s iconic tune “stand by me” to their ...




margot robbie gets surprise videos from slipknot & bullet for my valentine

margot robbie was once a massive heavy metal fan, which is a stark contrast to her blonde locks and girly style. however, the metal junkie got a little surprise from her favorite bands during a recent bbc radio 1 interview.the oscar-nominated actress was taking part in host nick grimshaw’s heart rate monitor segment, in which he shows a mix of embarrassing and emotional clips relating to the guest. at one point in the show, grimshaw asks robbie about her favorite music artists.“when i was younger, i was really into metallic​a. i went to a slipknot concert when i was younger,” she replied. “i was into thrice, bullet for my valentine. i loved them back in the day.”grimshaw then tells robbie to look at the monitor, which showed a cl...




brandon ingram interview: lakers star talks fashion sense & lonzo ball's rap skills

though the los angeles lakers have been drowning in basketball oblivion for the last several years since the departure of revered guard kobe bryant, optimism is quickly beginning to find its way back inside the doors of the staples center. with a loaded crop of baby-faced ballers adept at putting up numbers on the scoreboard, l.a. might have a reason to smile again, especially if second-year star brandon ingram continues to lead the charge. drafted no. 2 in the 2016 nba draft, the duke standout has emerged as the go-to star for the purple and gold. with shades of kevin durant peppered throughout his basketball dna, ingram's feathery touch has made l.a. fans gush at his limitless potential. after having a pedestrian rookie year that consi...




'mister rogers' neighborhood' at 50: collaborators & children's singers talk about his musical impact

it was 50 years ago this past presidents' day that mister rogers’ neighborhood first aired on your local pbs affiliate.for over four decades, the gentle and wise fred rogers -- who won the peabody award, received the presidential medal of freedom in 2002 and was the recipient of no less than two legislative resolves for his groundbreaking work in children’s programming -- nurtured three generations of kids with his superhuman senses of kindness, empathy and altruism. yet for all the strides mister rogers took prior to succumbing to stomach cancer fifteen years ago on feb. 27, 2003 (and whose legacy continues to thrive and educate in the form of the excellent animated spin-off of his neighborhood of make believe segment, daniel tiger’s...




prince royce defends explicit trap song 'no love'

prince royce has no limits in terms of collaborating with artists from different musical genres. for example, we have seen him team up with daddy yankee on an urban song, with mana on a rock song and even with gerardo ortiz on a regional mexican song. and for his latest collab, the bachata singer jumped on what’s in today: latin trap.a week ago, noriel, royce and bryant myers released "no love." the problem? the song has a very explicit tone, specifically in myers' lyrics. and it surprised fans that a romantic guy like royce is part of this type of song. "i know this genre is controversial and a lot of people are having feelings about it," he told billboard.the song’s video already has more than 17 million views on youtube, with some ...




rich the kid's 'new freezer' lyrics, feat. kendrick lamar

on "new freezer," king kendrick lamar calls on queens rapper rich the kid for the head-snapping cut. the pair performed the song at wednesday's brit awards, with lamar standing on top of a glass box as rich the kid smashed a luxury car in front of the crowd.and while k.dot is coming hot off of black panther: the album -- which included a "new freezer" riff on "big shot" -- rich the kid announced earlier this week that he's about to drop his debut album on march 30. until then, check out what he and kendrick have to offer on "new freezer." ay, new freezeryou know what it was when you synced up, aydat way, yuh, yuh, yeah dat waymy bitch too foreign, need a visa (ooh,) i don't need her (huh?)pull up drop top with a eater (skrrt,)...