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Music Modernization Act Heads to Vote in House Tomorrow

Earlier this month, the bill was passed by the House Judiciary Committee with a 32-0 vote. The Music Modernization Act is scheduled for a vote in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday, with expectation the bipartisan legislation will pass.  Earlier this month, the bill — which has unprecedented support from organizations across the music industry — was passed by the House Judiciary Committee with a 32-0 vote.  The Music Modernization Act combines three bills. The principal of those is, confusingly, also called the Music Modernization Act, which creates an organization to collect and distribute mechanical royalties, while offering streaming services protection from lawsuits over statutory damages for copyright infringement filed after January. The others are th...

Pop Shop Podcast: Lance Bass Talks Reuniting With *NSYNC for Walk of Fame & Pop-Up Shop, Possibility of New Music: ‘Never Say Never’

Plus: Bass discusses his work with the Environmental Media Association & how fans can get involved. Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. In addition, you can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson every week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes. (Click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com). Today on the show, this must be Pop...

Rich The Kid Sticks To Rappin’ About ‘Dead Friend’ Lil Uzi Vert

Rich The Kid Lil Uzi Vert Is a ‘Dead Friend’ 4/24/2018 7:05 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Rich the Kid made it pretty clear there’s no hope for reconciliation when it comes to his beef with Lil Uzi Vert and all you have to do is listen to the lyrics of his new diss song, “Dead Friends.” We got Rich the Kid out in NYC Monday and asked him about the beef. RTK dodged our question about the feud in favor of rapping the lyrics from his new track and that’s telling, especially if you’ve seen the video. If you haven’t … RTK puts out a hit, murders and buries what everyone believes is a Lil Uzi look-alike six feet under. If there was any doubt the guy in the video was supposed to be Lil Uzi, RTK seems to clear that one up.  [embedded content]

DJ Khaled and Kevin Hart Go to War Over Heat vs. 76ers!!!

DJ Khaled and Kevin Hart Go to War Over Heat vs. 76ers!!! 4/24/2018 6:24 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Most polite war ever!!!  Here’s DJ Khaled telling TMZ Sports why the Miami Heat will come back and beat the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA playoffs.  And here’s Kevin Hart explaining why Khaled’s OUT OF HIS DAMN MIND!!! The Heat are currently down 3-1 to the 76ers — and Philly can close it out Tuesday night in the City of Brotherly Love.  But Khaled — who’s a diehard Heat fan — ain’t giving up hope. In fact, he says Miami has that championship pedigree you can’t ever count out.  Enter Kevin Hart (or exit Kevin Hart) who says he’s getting on a plane and heading to Philly … and shocker, he’s repping hard for his squad.  We’ll s...

7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Voice Behind Big Brother 2018, Andre Blaze

We know the voice, we hear it everyday for 85 days but who is the face behind the voice? LADIES Only. JOIN the FabWoman Group on WhatsApp for FOOD, HEALTH & BEAUTY tips BB Naija 2018’s Big Brother himself has been revealed to be media personality, Andre Blaze Henshaw. It was not surprising to those who were quite familiar with his voice to recognize the personality behind the voice. Read Everything You Need To Know About Nollywood Actress Mimi Orjiekwe But for those who don’t know these are 7 quick facts about him. 1.Andre Blaze was born on August 14, 1983, to a mother from Anambra State and a father from Cross River State. He grew up in both Port Harcourt and Calabar. 2. Blaze pursued his undergraduate studies in Linguistics and Communication at the University of Port Harcourt, comple...

THis Is Why Football Player Mikel Obi’s Alleged Cousin Calls Him Out On Social Media

Football star Mikel Obi has been called out by his ‘cousin’ for not paying attention to his family, abandoning them and not helping. LADIES Only. JOIN the FabWoman Group on WhatsApp for FOOD, HEALTH & BEAUTY tips Mikel Obi’s alleged cousin had commented on one of the football star’s Instagram post giving a detailed reason why. He wrote, “GOOD DAY TO YOU COUSIN,HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOUR UNCLE, MY DAD HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM PARTIAL STROKE,UR DAD’S ONLY LIVING BROTHER RIGHT NOW.THE ONE YOU MEET AT CIVIC CENTER 5 YEARS AGO WHEN YOU OPENED YOUR FOUNDATION MR CHRISTOPHER OBIEKEZIE.I DON’T KNOW IF ANY OF THEM I.E YOUR PARENTS TOLD YOU HE HAS BEEN SUFFERING THIS SICKNESS SINCE NOV2,THOUGH MY DAD ASKED HIS BROTHER, YOU R DAD AND HE SAID HE TOLD YOU,EVEN...

Shawn Mendes Keeps it Simple in One-Take ‘In My Blood’ Music Video: Watch

Just as fans begin to recover from last month’s back-to-back single releases from Shawn Mendes, the Canadian sweetheart evokes another flood of emotion with his music video for “In My Blood,” which dropped Tuesday (Apr. 24). The rock ballad, which was released March 22, had members of the Mendes Army feeling all the feels over some of the singer’s most vulnerable work to date. Round two of the army-wide crying fest has arrived as a result of the “In My Blood” music video, in which director Jay Martin proves sometimes the most minimal art makes the biggest statement. The first scene in the one-take clip is an aerial view of Mendes laying on his back on a brick floor, barefoot and dressed in a simple, neutral outfit. The overhead camera gradually zooms in ...

The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine & Travis Scott to Headline 2018 Life Is Beautiful Music Festival

Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is returning to Las Vegas for another round in 2018, and the just-released lineup is jam-packed with today’s top artists. The headliners cross multiple genres, combining the R&B talents of The Weeknd, Tyler, the Creator, N.E.R.D and Travis Scott with alternative and dance favorites Florence + the Machin​e, CHVRCHES and Arcade Fire. Miguel, Daniel Caesar, St. Vincent, ODESZA and Death Cab for Cutie are also included among the star-studded bill. Life Is Beautiful will take place September 21-23 in downtown Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale April 26, with general admission passes selling for $295 plus fees. All information can be found on the festival’s website, and check out the full lineup and video recap of last year’s fest below. [embedded...

Jason Aldean Earns Sixth Top Country Albums No. 1 With ‘Rearview Town’

Jason Aldean‘s eighth studio full-length, Rearview Town, launches atop the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts (dated April 28), with 183,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music. Of the sum, 162,000 were in traditional album sales. Produced by Michael Knox, the set is the first country LP to top the Billboard 200 in 2018. It nets the largest week for a country studio album, in units and sales, since Chris Stapleton‘s From A Room: Volume 1, which bowed with 219,000 units (202,000 in album sales) on May 27, 2017. Aldean, who won the coveted entertainer of the year trophy at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards (April 15), notches his fourth Billboard 200 No. 1, all earned consecutively. Aldean tallies ...

Marshmello, Virtual Self, Diplo B2B Dillon Francis at HARD Summer 2018

Another year, another summer, another HARD lineup with all your favorites; 2018 is looking incredibly wild.  More than 75 DJs and producers dropped on the official bill, some with nasty back-to-backs we’ve never seen before. Headliners include everyone’s favorite candy trapper Marshmello, “Goosebumps” MC Travis Scott, Porter Robinson‘s audio-visual project Virtual Self, LA beat queen TOKiMONSTA, rising hip-hop star Lil Xan, DJ turned singer-songwriter Mija, and more. As far as wild back to back sets, strap your seatbelt on for a whole world of bass from Diplo B2B Dillon Francis, one wild ride from Zeds Dead B2B Jauz, a new hellbeast called Kill The Snails (Kill The Noize B2B Snails), an educational battle DJ set from 2¢, aka, Craze & Four Color Zack), a ma...

Republic Records Promotes Lucas Romero to VP of Top 40

Republic Records has promoted Lucas Romero to vice president, Top 40 from his previous role of national director. The elevation was announced today (April 24) by Gary Spangler, executive vp at the label.  Romero has been with Republic for four years — he joined from Epic Records as Mid-Atlantic Regional. During his time at Republic, Romero has been responsible for executing campaigns for The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Hailee Steinfeld. In his new role, Romero will lead the Top 40 department along with Brett Dumler. “Lucas has not only built some of the strongest relationships at the format, but he also has a natural instinct to chart unique paths for each individual project to succeed,” said Spangler. “We look forward to Lucas leading our ...

Blink-182 Share Snapchats From The Studio, Confirming New Music Is On The Way: ‘Day One’

Blink-182 have announced that fans won’t have to wait another five years for new music. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker shared Snapchats from inside the studio, with Hoppus’ caption reading: “New Blink-182 songs day one.” In the snaps, Barker can be seen wailing on the drums in his signature fashion wearing a black beanie and matching sleeveless T-shirt. The second snap finds Hoppus sitting on a couch strumming his guitar as he gazes deep into Barker’s eyes. While no further details regarding the new tunes have been announced, the trio recently confirmed a 16-date residency at Palms Casino in Las Vegas that will begin May 26 and run through November 17. “When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said ‘Absolutely!” said Hoppus in a statement. “Now, we j...