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Following the drummer’s death at age 80, a tribute to some of his most memorable performances By Stuart Berman August 25, 2021 Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Image He was the least rock’n’roll member of the World’s Greatest Rock’n’roll Band—which automatically made him the coolest one. Charlie Watts was the Rolling Stones’ resident Renaissance man: the […]

The reissue campaign begins as the singer’s family decries a “lack of transparency” from Blackground Records By Evan Minsker August 20, 2021 Aaliyah, June 2000 (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) The long-awaited streaming release of Aaliyah’s 1996 album One in a Million has arrived today, as promised by the label Blackground Records earlier this month. The release is underscored by a dispute between Blackground’s Barry Hankerson—Aaliyah’s […]

By Jason Lipshutz 8/20/2021 Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond. Big Thief, Turnstile, Monaleo, and More: This Week’s Pitchfork Selects Playlist This week, Lorde checks in from […]

By Al Shipley 8/20/2021 When Santana hooked up with Rob Thomas for the first time in 1999, the San Francisco classic rock band led by guitarist Carlos Santana hadn’t had a top 10 hit in a couple decades, and Thomas had just risen to fame with the first few hits from his band Matchbox Twenty. But “Smooth,” the lead single from Santana’s […]

By Rick Bonner – Professional Musician and Performer. (1983-present) Come Together sounds like a deceptively simple song with gooblydy-goop words composed mainly by John Lennon. But there is so much more to this story. Lennon played rhythm guitar and electric piano and sang the lead vocals, Paul McCartney played bass, George Harrison played lead guitar, […]

By Gary Trust 8/16/2021 The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber boast the biggest song in the world, as “Stay” spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart and climbs from No. 2 for its first week atop the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. survey. Plus, The Weeknd‘s new single “Take My Breath” enters the Global 200 and Global Excl. […]

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A new collaboration from the Toronto rappers By Allison Hussey July 23, 2021 Smiley and Drake, photo courtesy of Warner Records Drake makes a guest appearance on a new song by Smiley—a rapper from his home city of Toronto. The track is titled “Over the Top” and it’s released via OVO Sound. Listen to it below. Drake has […]

By Jason Lipshutz 7/23/2021 Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond. This week, Camila Cabello and Khalid both preview their next album eras, Lil Nas X pops bottles […]

By Billboard Staff 7/23/2021 A decade ago today (July 23), the music world was rocked by the news that Amy Winehouse — the powerhouse singer/songwriter whose incredibly soulful, uncomfortably personal songs had a seismic impact both stateside and in her native U.K. — had died at the age of 27. While Winehouse’s artistry was often overshadowed towards the […]


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