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Unpacking Taylor Swift’s Big Launching & Grammy Album of the Year Chances

Beth Garrabrant Taylor Swift When Taylor Swift’s surprise album Folklore blasted in atop the Billboard 200 chart with the biggest week of the year for any album, she not only did it without the benefit of any pre-release promotion, but also while taking a sonic left-turn away from pure pop and into a more alternative…

Will the Grammys Classify Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ as Pop or Alternative?

The alternative committee will likely have a lively discussion about whether the album has more in common with alternative or pop. Last week, we asked whether Taylor Swift’s new album Folklore would put her back in the album of the year finals at the Grammys for the first time since she won for 1989. Most…

Alessia Cara Explains Why Her ‘Classic’ Current EP Required To Help Raise Money

Alessia Cara says that her latest project, a live covers EP of her own material, This Summer: Live Off the Floor, “brought a whole new life” to her songs. “I feel like hearing them this way just makes them a lot more nostalgic, cathartic in a way,” she tells the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen…

Event Designer Bobby Garza in Austin, in a Pandemic: ‘I’m Scared for My Pals’

With the $600 weekly federal pandemic assistance program now expired, and any new stimulus package still in limbo, Garza found some contract work but is worried for the rest of the touring industry. When the concert business shut down in mid-March, Bobby Garza abruptly shifted from putting on live events to tearing them down --…

WME Sues Creator of Nation Celebration Series It Purchased in 2018

WME says an Oregon promoter is to blame for a popular festival brand's collapse just months after the agency took over full ownership in 2018. WME finalized its purchase of 100% of Anne Hankins' Willamette Country Music Concerts in 2018, keeping Harkins as an employee to produce its three festivals in Oregon -- the Willamette Country Music Festival in…

What’s Your Favorite Boy Band Tune of All Time? Vote!

Jason Koerner/Getty Images CNCO attend Y100 Miami Jingle Ball at BB&T Center on Dec. 22, 2019 in Sunrise, Fla. From One Direction celebrating its 10th-anniversary last month to the Jonas Brothers having an epic reunion year in 2019, anytime is the right time to remember our favorite boy bands. But which boy band hit still rules to…

Jeff Bezos Stumped on Royalties in Congressional Hearing

Graeme Jennings/Getty Images Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies via video conference during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. “Alexa, are we paying music royalties?" It’s a question that Amazon…

Halsey, Bette Midler & More Stars React to Explosion in Beirut: ‘My Heart is Aching Looking at These Pictures’

POP 8/4/2020 by Heran Mamo Allen Berezovsky/Getty Halsey Halsey, Bette Midler, Sara Bareilles, Gloria Estefan and more stars shared their thoughts on the massive explosion in Lebanon's capital of Beirut Tuesday (Aug. 4) that has killed nearly 80 people and injured 4,000. "Highly explosive materials" that the government seized years ago were found at the blast…

Recording Academy & A2IM Applaud New Senate Bill That Bars Radio Conglomerates From PPP Funds

The proposed legislation would preclude companies like iHeartRadio and Entercom from receiving PPP funds under the Senate's HEALS Act. The Recording Academy and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) are supporting a new Senate bill that would allow small businesses and individuals to qualify for a second loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP),…

Bruno Mars Actually Wishes To Be a Design in Rihanna’s Fenty Skin Project

Kai Z.Feng Bruno Mars Bruno Mars is seeking to monetize his 24K good looks. The "That's What I Like" crooner took to Twitter to share a hilarious string of tweets after experiencing some musical writer's block. "Sometimes I get so frustrated writing music I look in the mirror and say to myself 'I should’ve been…

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Despite judge’s order, migrant kids remain in ICE custody

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government did not release 100 immigrant children detained with their parents despite this week’s deadline set by a judge who had described family detention centers as “on fire” due to the threat of the coronavirus. Instead, more parents and children were held in the three centers this month than last…

Moderna pitches infection vaccine at around $50-$ 60 per course

(Reuters) - Moderna Inc is planning to price its coronavirus vaccine at $50 to $60 per course, at least $11 more than another vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the…

UPDATE 1-EBay beats second-quarter sales quotes, raises FY outlook

(Reuters) - EBay Inc (EBAY.O) beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Tuesday and raised its full-year outlook, as the e-commerce company benefited from a surge in online shopping by people staying indoors due to coronavirus-driven lockdowns. FILE PHOTO: The eBay logo is pictured on a phone screen in this photo illustration July 23,…

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