Taylor Swift Reveals Only Non-Lover Fest Show Of 2020

Taylor Swift

For those who were not able to get tickets to one of the few Lover Fest dates coming up in 2020, there is still hope to see Taylor Swift live as she has announced one more appearance for the year.

On Thursday (November 7th), Capital One JamFest announced that Swift will headline the April 5th show in Atlanta, which will once again be her only U.S. gig outside of the sold-out Lover Fest West and Lover Fest East gigs in Los Angeles and Boston. The gathering is part of the 2020 NCAA March Madness Music Festival, a three-day free series produced by Turner Live Events, which will run April 3-5 at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park during the Men’s Final Four weekend; no other artists had been announced.

“We’re thrilled to have Taylor Swift perform as the headliner for the closing night of the March Madness Music Festival,” said Dan Gavitt, Senior Vice President of Basketball, NCAA in a statement. “This will be one of many great events for fans during Final Four weekend, from the opening of Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One on Friday morning, through the semifinals to the National Championship celebration on Monday night.”

Past headliners of the JamFest include Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Aerosmith and the Dave Matthews Band.

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Harry Styles Debuts ‘Watermelon Sugar’ On SNL: Watch

Harry Styles

Harry Styles released the official audio of his soulful new song “Watermelon Sugar” Saturday evening (November 16th) about an hour before debuting the track on Saturday Night Live.

The name of the Columbia Records-released effort was originally teased back in October and connected to the track “Kiwi” off his self-titled debut album via a mysterious tweet. While performing “Watermelon Sugar” live on SNL, Styles euphorically punched the air in between verses.

“Watermelon Sugar,” which is now available on streaming services, will appear on Styles’ upcoming sophomore album. The singer is further set to kick off his Love On Tour trek on April 15th in Birmingham, U.K. where he will no doubt be playing out the recording. Watch its debut here.

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Ariana Grande Cancels Sunday’s Concert Due To Illness

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has been forced to call off Sunday night’s (November 17th) concert in Lexington, Ky., after warning fans earlier in the weekend that she’s been feeling very under the weather.

“Okay, so I woke up kind of 10 times worse and it hurts so bad to swallow,” Grande said directly to fans in an Instagram video Sunday afternoon just hours before the event. “I’m not really sure what’s going on, but I unfortunately don’t think I will be able to push through tonight and I’m so upset and sorry.”

Confirming what all her fans were dreading, the 26-year-old songstress added “Ugh. I’m so upset, but of course, obviously you’ll be refunded, etc. I’m just devastated. Thank you for understanding and sending love, etc., whatever. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I know what’s going with my body, but thank you for understanding, and I am so sorry.” Watch her unfortunate clip below.

Grande was originally scheduled to perform at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. The venue’s Twitter page advises that ticketholders can receive a refund at point of purchase. Refunds will be processed automatically for tickets purchased through Ticketmaster, and those who bought tickets through Lex Center Tickets can obtain refunds by calling (859) 233-3535.

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Tensions Rise Between Taylor Swift + Former Management Over Netflix + Catalog

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift and her former label, Big Machine Label Group, are currently disputing over her Netflix video and her old catalog of songs.

On Thursday, Swift posted on social media that the new owners of her music Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun had told her she’s “not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.” She further elaborated that the businessmen were preventing her from performing both a career-spanning medley on the American Music Awards, and from using her old material in a Netflix documentary about her life.

In response to the original and scathing post, Big Machine Label Group – owned by Braun and Borchetta – responded, “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.”

Big Machine fired back and went on to accuse Swift of “contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company,” not specifying the nature of the alleged debt. The team also claimed that they were close to resolving the issue as recently as Thursday, until “Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families” by calling on her fans to “let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this.”

Stay tuned for more regarding this issue and how it gets resolved (if ever).

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John Legend Named PEOPLE Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2019

John Legend

John Legend — the man who is so talented that he became one of only 15 stars to achieve EGOT status last year — is making history once again: the 40-year-old singer/artist has now been crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2019.

After taking home his first Grammy award in 2006, he made his ascent to stardom along with his outspoken wife Chrissy Teigen. While taking part in many different large-scale and intense projects throughout the years, the Ohio native has stayed down to earth, speaking on social issues that affect many oppressed communities throughout the United States as well as abroad.

“I was excited, but I was a little scared at the same time because it’s a lot of pressure,” the entertainer told PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. He also mentioned the big shoes he has to fill: “Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me!”

Check out some of the pictures serving to show off this year’s sexiest man alive, John Legend, below.

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Diplo Remixes Niall Horan’s ‘Nice To Meet Ya’: Listen

Diplo

Diplo is at the point where he just does whatever he thinks will make him happy, and this week, he released his remix of Niall Horan‘s “Nice To Meet Ya.”

The original, coming courtesy of Universal Music, is already a beat-heavy groove-fest packed with funky soul and finds the Ireland native singing “I like the way you talk, I like the things you wear/ I want your number tattooed on my arm in ink, I swear/ ‘Cause when the morning comes, I know you won’t be there/ Every time I turn around, you disappear.”

Taking it to another level, the Mad Decent head honcho turned the emotional initial track into a house heater, complete with classic ’90s synths and a boomier bass line. Diplo definitely pulled out all the stops for this one as the overall offering is hard to not dance to. Give his remix of “Nice To Meet Ya” a listen below.

The song comes soon after Horan announced that he would be embarking on a North American tour to take place throughout 2020.

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Meghan Trainor Announces When Third Album Will Finally Arrive

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor took to social media on Wednesday (November 6th) to confirm that her long-awaited and highly-anticipated third album, Treat Myself, will officially be released early next year.

“I got to announce the OFFICIAL release date of my album Treat Myself exclusively on @theellenshow today!!!” the 25-year-old pop star shared on Instagram along with the collection’s January 31st release date. “We’ve worked so hard to bring this album to life and I cannot wait to finally share it with the world…for realz this time.”

First announced back in 2018, the effort has battled through multiple setbacks. Originally slated to drop in the summer of 2018, Treat Myself was preceded by lead single “No Excuses” as well as promo tracks “Let You Be Right,” “Can’t Dance,” “All The Ways” and the title track before being pushed to 2019. As delays mounted, Trainor changed tactics to tide over fans, releasing the 6-track EP The Love Train (which included the previously released “All the Ways”) last February. Now the project will be unveiled in 2020.

Check out Meghan Trainor’s album announcement and the presumed artwork below.

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Billboard Dance Chart Update [11.16.19]

Thanks to the Billboard DJ reporting community, our PRO MOTION represented projects secure all three Top 50 dance chart awards with Lizzo (#4* Greatest Gainer), Judy Garland x Eric Kupper (#30* Power Pick) and Riton x Oliver Heldens (#34* Hot Shot Debut) along with Valerie Broussard ft Galantis (#6*), Lovari + Adam Barta (#23), Saint Jhn (#26*), and Normani (#4 Breakout) with Benny Mardones released last week and Ed Sheeran ft Camila Cabello to follow!

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LIZZO
‘GOOD AS HELL’ (Atlantic)

Launched via LIAM KEEGAN mixes followed by the official LIZZO / ARIANA GRANDE mashup, PRO MOTION pulls the trigger on the DJ KUE version of this week’s #9* to #4* GREATEST GAINER 


VALERIE BROUSSARD & GALANTIS
‘ROOTS’ (Palm Tree / RCA)

As the initial MARC STOUT & TONY ARZADON and subsequent JAMES ANTHONY versions vault into the Billboard Top 10, the new DIRTY WERK mixes support the latest #13* to #6* chart jump


LOVARI + ADAM BARTA FT ELECTROPOINT
‘NO DAY LIKE TODAY’ (34 Whale Entertainment U.K.)

Celebrating his very first, ever, Top 25 single, this new artist’s debut collab alongside the masterful DIRTY WERK remixes slip into the #23 Billboard dance chart slot


SAINT JHN
‘ROSES’ (HitCo)

From #1 Breakout to #41* Hot Shot Debut to #26* this super-successful Eastern European import enjoys significant American dance club DJ support


JUDY GARLAND X ERIC KUPPER
‘THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY’ (Universal Music)

Remixed by ERIC KUPPER this 1954 Grammy Award winning single featured in A Star Is Born careens up the Billboard chart from #1 Breakout to #41* Hot Shot Debut to #30* POWER PICK


RITON OLIVER HELDENS FT VULA 
TURN ME ON’ (RCA)

Following his #1* dance charter Fire In my Soul ft Shungudzo, Heldens features the classic Situation and Dr Love samples on this week’s #1 Breakout to #34* HOT SHOT DEBUT 


NORMANI
‘MOTIVATION’ (RCA)

Like his work on recent #1* Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, and P!nk Billboard dance charters, the ERIC KUPPER mixes glide from #4 BREAKOUT onto this week’s TOP50 DEBUT


Robyn Crawford Opens Up About Her Relationship With Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Robyn Crawford is opening up about her relationship with Whitney Houston in her new memoir A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston.

In the tell-all publication, Crawford writes that she and Houston fell in love the first summer they met in 1980. Crawford was 19 and the singer was about to turn 17, and they were both counselors at a summer camp in East Orange, New Jersey. “We wanted to be together and it was just us…. The physical part of our friendship happened along the way and it was just as beautiful,” she says. “We were on a journey together and and we were connected.”

After a few years and many milestone moments, Houston made it known that she had to distance herself from the situation as the relationship would make the icon’s career path much more difficult in a time when the partnership was not as accepted. They still stood by each other throughout the years, although they did not continue publicly.

Of writing the memoir, Crawford said, “I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship.” Find A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston here.

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EDC Orlando Reveals Schedule + Grounds Map

EDC Orlando

EDC Orlando has expanded into a full three-day festival this year, running this weekend from November 8-10. Stacked with a giant lineup, more stages and new experiences, the gathering is finally getting its much needed breakout showcase.

Promoter and organizer Insomniac has revealed the full schedule and map for the experience. As usual, the biggest artists such as deadmau5, Eric Prydz, DJ Snake and Above & Beyond play prime time slots. This year is stacked to the brim from the opening, with artists such as Arty and ARTBAT playing early sets. The grounds now include five stages as well, notably adding the stereoBLOOM area. Set times themselves are pretty lengthy, with most artists playing at least an hour. Some of the bigger acts, including nearly everyone at neonGARDEN, will play for 90 minutes.

In terms of the larger layout of the show, the official grounds map notes how much the festival has grown in sheer size. The venue now includes new art pieces and activations, not to mention the five flagship stages and the smaller bonus stages. Check out the full schedule for the biggest EDC Orlando yet as well as the map below.

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