Thursday , 13 December 2018

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The Cure's Robert Smith Says a New Album Is Coming in Time for Rock Hall Induction

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/robert-smith-the-cure-portrait-billboard-1548.jpg On Thursday morning (Dec. 13), news broke that The Cure will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Lead singer and co-founder Robert Smith called in to the SiriusXM Volume “Feedback” morning show to share some other great news. “Seeing all these new bands—I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them …

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Mom Embarrasses Her Son by Publicly Jamming to Kelly Clarkson: Watch

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/kelly-clarkson-2018-uh-billboard-u-1548.jpg If it’s one thing moms do best, it’s knowing how to embarrass their kids.  In a viral video from the “fan cam” at a University of Maryland basketball game, Mandy Remmell is full-blown rocking out to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” complete with dance moves and lip syncing into her iPhone. Her 10-year-old son, Blake, is visibly mortified, pushing his …

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Sherman unfazed by Clark's 'era is over' talk

7:00 PM ET SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Three days after Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark declared that Richard Sherman and his era is over in Seattle, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback made it clear he wasn’t bothered by Clark’s comments, and actually went so far as to agree with the premise. Asked during his weekly Thursday media session to …

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Why Does Drake Need Kanye West's Permission to Clear 'Say What's Real'? An Explainer

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/drake-tour-final-stop-2018-u-billboard-1548.jpg In 2009, Drake released his celebrated mixtape So Far Gone. The tape was instantly dubbed a masterpiece because of his decision to unabashedly wear his heart on his sleeve, while also exploring his talents as a precocious rapper/singer. Not only did Drake seamlessly weave original tracks such as “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful” into the fold, but he also …

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Luke Bryan's Sons & Nephews Are Outdoor Adventurers in 'What Makes You Country' Music Video: Watch

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/luke-bryan-pandora-2017-dec-billboard-1548.jpg Luke Bryan’s favorite boys are definitely country, and he wants them to explore what that means. In his youthful video for “What Makes You Country,” the superstar’s sons, Thomas and Tatum, along with his nephews are sitting around a campfire where they reflect on their day and Bryan allows for a game of spotlight. The boys partake in a series …

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Julie 'Jules' Vasquez & Edward 'E-Dub' Rios Partner to Launch Joyas Musicales Imprint

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Julie-Vasquez-and-E-Dub-pr-billboard-1548.jpg The hope of the new label is to discover musical gems that are unknown by providing them a platform to make music. Silent Giant Entertainment CEO and founder Edward “E-Dub” Rios and Jenni Rivera‘s former staffer Julie “Jules” Vasquez have formed Joyas Musicales, a new label aimed at developing new Latin acts with an emphasis on regional Mexican artists, …

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Lin-Manuel Miranda & Billy Eichner Ask New Yorkers How They're Doing in Hilarious Video: Watch

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Lin-Manuel-Miranda-march-2018-academy-awards-billboard-1548.jpg New York can be a rough place, and Lin-Manuel Miranda hit the Big Apple with Billy Eichner to check on the locals’ emotional wellbeing. One fan was already listening to Hamilton when the duo approached her and another one woman told Miranda she’s been entering the Hamilton lottery, but never won. “So you’re out of sight and out of mind because I’ll never ever see …

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Chargers RB Gordon (knee) won't play vs. Chiefs

7:16 PM ET Eric D. Williams KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is inactive for Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Gordon went through pregame workouts wearing a brace on his sprained right knee but could not convince Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco that he was healthy …

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Wall Street Journal: Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180824143629-15-trump-gallery-super-169.jpg The investigation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal Thursday afternoon. Citing conversations with people familiar with the investigation, which is being handled by the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan, the Journal reported that prosecutors are also looking into whether the committee accepted donations from individuals looking to gain influence in or access to the new administration. The …

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Avicii Was Second Biggest Google Trend in 2018

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/03-bw-avicii-press-2017-cr-Sean-Eriksson-billboard-1548.jpg Electronic dance icon Avicii died in late April of an apparent suicide, and it sparked a global conversation about mental health, as well as the emotional and physical toll the music industry can take on artists. His was a life and a creative voice that touched millions, and that is apparent now more than ever as Google has revealed Avicii as …

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Nets to re-sign 'thankful' Dinwiddie to 3-year deal

6:18 PM ET The Brooklyn Nets and guard Spencer Dinwiddie have agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. The deal is for $34 million, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There will be a player option on the third year, sources said. Dinwiddie was eligible for four years and $47 million, but the sides went with a …

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T.I. Settles Disorderly Conduct Case Against Security Guard With $300 Fine

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/T.I.-2018-pre-billboard-1548.jpg T.I.’s nagging disorderly conduct case against a security guard in his gated community is finally over. Tip’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, confirmed to Billboard that his client appeared in Georgia court Thursday (Dec. 13), where he pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay just a $300 fine to have the rest of the charges against him dismissed. “Tip was …

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ASCAP Partners With Academy of Country Music for Sundance Music Café Songwriters Series

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/ascap-logo-2018-u-billboard-1548.jpg The event is entering its 20th year at the famed film festival. ASCAP has partnered with the Academy of Country Music and the Bluebird Cafe for the Sundance ASCAP Music Café during the Sundance Film Festival. Songwriters and artists across genres will perform at the 20 year old tradition.  “Music and film are undeniably intertwined, and the Sundance ASCAP Music Café is a truly …

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Elvis Presley Enterprises & Live Nation Team Up for Concerts at Graceland

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/graceland-mansion-memphis-2018-billboard-1548.jpg The Memphis complex hopes to host 50-75 shows in 2019. Elvis Presley Enterprises and Live Nation have announced a partnership to bring concerts to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The 2,000-capacity Graceland Soundstage, which is located at the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, and the 464-capacity theater inside the Guest House at Graceland Hotel will be ramping up bookings with …

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Luis Fonsi Talks Ending Tour With First China Show, Being on Clean Bandit's 'Baby'

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Luis-Fonsi-bb-international-billboard-1548.jpg After the release of “Despacito” last year, Puerto Rican singer and international superstar Luis Fonsi led another overwhelmingly strong Latin music tide globally, hitting every continent, even all the way over the Pacific Ocean to Asia. As Justin Bieber gave the song a new life with his remix, Singaporean pop singer JJ Lin also reintroduced the song to the …

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UNAIDS chief stepping down early after scathing report

The head of the U.N. agency for HIV and AIDS is stepping down in June, six months before his term ends, after an independent panel said that his “defective leadership” tolerated “a culture of harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse of power”.

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Fiat Chrysler's Olivier François on Why Music Is 'The Best Investment' and the One Artist Who Said No (After the Ad Was Shot)

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Oliver-Francois-bb28-2018-ftdo-billboard-vaerytehru-1548.jpg The king of car commercials on how music makes a successful ad and the one musician who remains out of reach. Olivier François, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ chief marketing officer, smiles as he watches Sting and Shaggy‘s Miami Vice-themed video for their current single, “Gotta Get Back My Baby,” from their Grammy-nominated album 44/876. The star of the video — the …

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'Santa Baby' at 65: Songwriter Philip Springer on the History of His Christmas Classic

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/eartha-kitt-1950s-portrait-u-billboard-1548.jpg When Lindsey Stirling was putting together her debut holiday album Warmer in the Winter, she was trying to cover all of her bases. “I wanted there to be lots of different flavors of Christmas music,” she explains. “I had some that are big band style and I hired real big band musicians to play them. Other songs have full …

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Bad Religion on Getting Better With Age & Their New 'Milestone' Record

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/bad-religion-kroq-christmas-2018-ap-billboard-1548.jpg Southern California punk icons Bad Religion recently released the new track “My Sanity” as a precursor to a 2019 still-untitled album. The band’s Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin could not contain their enthusiasm about the follow-up to 2013’s True North when Billboard spoke to the duo backstage at KROQ’s Absolut Almost Acoustic Xmas on Saturday. “I am so happy …

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Trump seething after Cohen sentencing

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181212180116-03-trump-cohen-split-super-169.jpg President Trump’s public silence belied his rising fury over longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who the President still insists is not telling the truth, after he turned against him and was sentenced to three years in prison. CNN’s Jim Acosta reports.

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Russian Parliament to Run Contest for Best Rap Song

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/moscow-crowd-concert-billboard-1548.jpg The Russian parliament has announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts. A dozen rappers have had their shows canceled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values. At least three musicians have been detained. In a symbolic gesture of reconciliation, the State …

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Jordanians stage new anti-austerity protests

Jordanian authorities deployed hundreds of riot police in the capital and warned activists to stay within the law on Thursday as hundreds of demonstrators staged more protests against tough austerity measures backed by the International Monetary Fund.

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