Ed Sheeran to Perform at 2021 MTV Video Music Awards

This Toyota Stage performance marks his first VMAs performance since 2017, when he sang his smash “Shape of You” in tandem with Lil Uzi Vert, who performed his hit “XO Tour Llif3.” Sheeran took home the inaugural artist of the year award that year. That was Sheeran’s second VMA win. He won his first, best male video, in 2014 for “Sing” (featuring Pharrell Williams). Sheeran’s fourth solo studio album, =, is due Oct. 29. Doja Cat is set to host and perform on the 2021 MTV Music Awards, which will air live from Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. […]

DaBaby Releases ‘Lonely’ Single With Lil Wayne

Nearly a year after his older brother Glenn Johnson died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, DaBaby released the introspective Lil Wayne collab “Lonely” on Thursday (Sept. 9), on which he appears to address the incident, as well as his feelings about being an outcast in the music industry. “As if I got a reason to act like I’m lonely/ I saw my big brother laid out with his brains blown out/ It’s been catchin’ up on me/ S—, how would you act if your bro took his life?/ And you know that you rappin’ like all of […]

Jennifer Hudson One Short of EGOT With Daytime Emmy Win

Hudson starred along with a voice cast that also included Kate Winslet, Glenn Close and Daisy Ridley and the win goes on the shelf next to her Oscar for best supporting actress in 2007 for Dreamgirls and a pair of Grammy awards — best R&B album (2009) and best musical theater album (2017). Though she could have secured the remaining award in the EGOT, a Tony, in 2016 when she starred in an acclaimed Broadway revival of The Color Purple, she was not nominated that year. Don’t think she’s worried about locking in three out of four so far. On Thursday night […]

Doja Cat Covers ‘Grease’ Classic ‘You’re the One That I Want’

“I sing, but I feel like I have a lot of trouble singing certain things, even my own songs. This was one of those songs where I had to really push and find different parts of my singing ability to make it happen,” she explains. “Back then, music was so different and so carefully done. It wasn’t just loops and beats, which is why I feel like this was a bit harder for me. I can’t believe I was able to kind of hit some of those notes because it’s a very difficult song to sing. I’m happy about it.” […]

Arlo Parks Wins 2021 Mercury Prize For Debut Album

Soulful British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks has won the prestigious Mercury Prize for her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams. The 21-year-old Londoner beat acts including singer Celeste, rapper Ghetts and bands Wolf Alice and Mogwai to the 25,000-pound ($30,000) prize, which recognizes the outstanding British or Irish album of the year. Parks, who won the best new artist award at this year’s Brit Awards, cites an eclectic array of musical inspirations, including Harry Styles, Frank Ocean, Solange and Massive Attack. The judging panel said the album “captured the spirit of the year” and addressed “such complex issues as mental health and […]

Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Star-Crossed’: Every Song Ranked

Golden Hour felt revelatory, especially given the artistic leaps it took from Musgraves’ previous efforts — and it’s a good sign that Musgraves enlisted the same pair, Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, that guided and co-wrote Golden Hour with her to step once more into complicated affairs of the heart, even if the results don’t quite live up to that lofty set. The concept album, released through a new partnership between Universal Music Group Nashville and Interscope and meant to be finished in order, glides on gossamer wings, full of acoustic guitars and subtle synthesizers, lulling the listener into a […]

R. Kelly Trapped and Raped Accuser, Court Hears

The witness, who testified without using her real name, became the latest in a string of accusers to take the witness stand against Kelly since the trial began in New York City on Aug. 18. Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he led a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys during a 30-year career highlighted by his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly.” His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who are lying about their relationships with him. Publicly recounting her experience with Kelly for the first time, the former radio intern said she […]

Ann Marie Drops New Album ‘Hate Love’

The Chicago artist is best known for her song “Secret” featuring YK Osiris, and for the albums Ann Marie, Unf—witable, Tripolar, Tripolar 2 and Pretty Psycho. The new set spans 13 works, including the previously-released title track. Stream Hate Love in full below. #Ann #Marie #Drops #Album #Hate #Love

Apple Music Using Shazam to ID Songs in DJ Mixes

“We’ve created a tool, where effectively we let DJ mixes run through the Shazam technology and Shazam identifies exactly what’s in a mix and they do that with a very, very high degree of success,” Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vp Apple Music and Beats tells Billboard. “For a lot of dance music and DJs who make music, the music never really found it to streaming services because there just wasn’t a great process for how labels could clear the music that’s in a DJ mix, because the labels or the distributors didn’t know what was in the mix.” DJ mixes have […]

Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Is ARIA No. 1

Also hitting high on the current chart is Imagine Dragons’ Mercury – Act 1 (Interscope/Universal). It’s new at No. 10 for the American pop-rock band’s fifth top tier release. K-pop boy band Stray Kids make their first appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart with NOEASY (Orchard), the followup to their 2020 debut Go Live. It’s new at No. 14. Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s hit “Stay” (Columbia/Sony) enters week nine at No. 1, ahead of Drake’s “Girls Want Girls,” new at No. 2. “Girls Want Girls” is one of five new CLB releases […]