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From ‘The Nada’ to ‘Algo Ritmos’, a Dive Into Kevin Johansen’s Music Journey

The ‘sub-tropicalista’ celebrates his 20-year career anniversary. About a year ago, Kevin Johansen was sitting in a rooftop of a hotel in Miami, Fla. garbed in a spiffy navy-blue suit and his habitual tranquil look on his face. From that time onward, many things have happened, and in spite of his 20-year career anniversary, his...

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Sheryl Crow Still Wants a ‘Woman in the White House,’ Restores 8-Year-Old Song

Sheryl Crow is making her demands for the presidency known ahead of the 2020 election by rerecording one of her 2012 B-sides, “Woman in the White House.” The Grammy award-winning singer completely transformed her light-hearted country tune into a hard rock anthem with a scorching guitar solo in the outro, re-emphasizing her suggestion-turned-demand for “a little...

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AI-Driven Rights Management Agency Muserk Forms Joint Venture to Reduce Piracy of Japanese Content

Muserk, the AI tech-driven global rights management agency for music and video, has partnered with leading Japanese marketing and media research company Video Research on a new joint venture designed to cut down on piracy of Japanese content worldwide. Dubbed Muserk V.I.D., the venture “will service, manage and protect the online rights of the major...

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Toni Braxton to Release 10th Album ‘Spell My Name’ Next Month, Drops ‘Dance’ Single

Grammy award-winning R&B artist Toni Braxton announced Friday (July 31) she’ll release her 10th studio album Spell My Name on Aug. 28 via Island Records. In tandem with the news, she released the single “Dance,” a nu-disco club-ready banger that serves as an antidote for any heartbreak, which R&B hitmaker Antonio Dixon (Beyoncé, Teddy Riley, Ariana Grande) produced....

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Are You Ready for the Djooky Music Awards? The Global Online Song Contest Is Accepting Applications

The judging panel includes Grammy nominees Patrice Rushen and Sacha Starbek. Music platform Djooky has launched a global online competition. The Djooky Music Awards (DMA), billed as the first global online song contest, is now accepting applications. Both amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. Brian Malouf, a co-founder of DMA, said:...

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First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Disclosure, Gryffin, Honey Dijon & More

New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you’re supposed to somehow find the best ones. It’s fun work, but it’s time-consuming — so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig in the digital crates to present...

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First Out: New Music From Tegan and Sara, Sam Smith, Mxmtoon & More

July is officially coming to an end, which means summer is almost over — but there’s still time to find some new summer bops from queer talent. Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new weekly music releases from LGBTQ artists. From Tegan and Sara’s brand new...

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Joy Oladokun Found Happiness As a Queer Black Woman. Now It’s Her ‘Responsibility and Gift’ To Share That Experience

Each month, Billboard Pride celebrates an LGBTQ act as its Artist of the Month. Our June selection: Joy Oladokun.  When she thinks about it, singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun says that she’s actually doing better than she could have imagined in the midst of a global pandemic. “If, for the rest of my life, I could wake up, garden...

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