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Millie Bobby Brown Rings in the New Year With Throwback Cover of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’: Watch

Seven-year-old Millie Bobby Brown wasn’t yet a household name, but the future Stranger Things star was prepping for her time in the spotlight with the help of Adele‘s “Someone Like You.” The actress posted an old home video of herself belting the ballad on Tuesday (Dec. 31) in celebration of the new year. With her hands on a hot...

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Lizzo Delivers Encouraging Message on New Year’s Eve: ‘Anything Can Happen in a Decade’

New Year’s Eve has Lizzo looking back at the past 10 years and noting just how much can change in that period of time. She posted a side-by-side photo on social media comparing herself in 2009, when she was dealing with her father’s death and homelessness, to the Lizzo of 2019, when she topped lists as entertainer of...

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Jack Sheldon, Famed Trumpeter and Merv Griffin Sidekick, Dies at 88

Jack Sheldon, the extraordinary West Coast jazz trumpeter and singer who played “The Shadow of Your Smile” for the big screen, served as Merv Griffin’s sidekick and voiced characters on Schoolhouse Rock!, died Friday (Dec. 27), his longtime manager, Dianne Jimenez, reported. He was 88. Sheldon performed the haunting “The Shadow of Your Smile” on...

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The Black Eyed Peas Claim First Hot Latin Songs No. 1 With ‘RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)’

As “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” hits No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Jan. 4), The Black Eyed Peas secure their first leader since the group’s first chart entry in 2006. Meanwhile, J Balvin, the track’s equally-billed co-collaborator, collects his eighth.  “RITMO,” released on Oct. 12, crowns the tally in its 11th week...

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Coldplay Ties U2 (Again) for Most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s

“Orphans” becomes Coldplay’s 13th leader. Coldplay opens the new decade atop Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, as “Orphans” rises 2-1 on the Jan. 4, 2020-dated survey. “Orphans” is Coldplay’s 13th No. 1, tying the band with U2 for the most leaders in the chart’s 24-year history. U2 and Coldplay were previously tied for the...

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Kansas Promoter Files ‘Civil Conspiracy’ Lawsuit Over KAABOO Sale

Suit attempts to pull new owners into five-year-old legal fight with previous owners A Kansas promoter has filed a lawsuit against both the former and present owners of the KAABOO festival in Del Mar, Calif., following its sale in September for $10 million to a group linked to Virgin. The new owners are denying the...

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Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir Debuts on Top Gospel Albums With ‘Jesus Is Born’

Plus, Zacardi Cortez tops Gospel Airplay. After just a day-and-a-half of tracking after its Christmas Day release, Kanye West‘s second spiritually-based project, Jesus Is Born, credited to the Sunday Service Choir, enters Billboard‘s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Jan. 4, 2020) at No. 2. The set starts with 6,000 equivalent album units earned (3,000 in...

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Billie Eilish Returns to No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, Mariah Carey Hits Top 5

Plus, The Jackson 5 debuts onto the survey. Billie Eilish returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Jan. 4) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a seventh total week, thanks to a pair of hits on both the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard Hot 100 songs survey. The singer-songwriter’s When We All...

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Dua Lipa Scores Seventh No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart With ‘Don’t Start Now’

She boasts the most leaders of all acts dating to the beginning of 2017. Dua Lipa leaps 5-1 on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Jan. 4) with “Don’t Start Now.” Her seventh No. 1, the poppy original was remixed by Dom Dolla, Purple Disco Machine and Kungs, among others. The English singer first led...

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J-Pop Star Gen Hoshino Reflects, ‘The World Seems Closer’: Interview

Gen Hoshino is a name recognized by almost everyone in Japan. His latest album, POP VIRUS, has moved 600,000 units (physical and downloads combined), and in the spring of 2019, he completed a sold-out stadium tour with a total of 30 million tickets sold. His recent EP, SAME THING — featuring his first-ever collaborations with...

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