It’s A Good Time To Be Bad Bunny

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Bad BunnyThe name Ocasio derives from the Spanish “ocasión,” which means what you think it means: an occasion, a time. According to Ancestry.com, most people named Ocasio are Puerto Rican, in heritage if not in residence, and the word’s “meaning as a surname” is unclear. More »

Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

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Twenty One PilotsIn 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you’ve never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band, period. More »

Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, and more slated for ‘Im Listening’ broadcast for mental health awareness and suicide prevention

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Entercom recently announced their lineup for this year’s “I’m Listening” campaign — a live, commercial-free broadcast to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.

Set to air September 9 at 7:00am local time on live streams via the Radio.com app as part of National Suicide Prevention Week, the broadcast will feature a variety of music, film, and sports role models. The special will have call-in opportunities and an interactive website for listeners to share stories and discuss resources for help.

Influencers featured on the show this year are Alessia CaraBebe RexhaCharlie Puth, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Academy Award-winning actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto, Stone Temple Pilots, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and more.

After Chester Bennington died in 2017 from suicide, his bandmate, Mike Shinoda, released his first solo album, Post Traumatic, about his journey out of grief and darkness. He told Billboard, “In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health.”

Last year, the broadcast featured HalseyLogic, and Metallica. The iconic rock band said, “Talking about it is the most important thing.” Bassist Robert Trujillo reminded fans, “It’s not a sign of weakness to see a doctor when you are depressed.”

The special will be hosted by Seattle KISW-FM personality BJ Shea and, feature clinical psychologist and NowMattersNow.org CEO Dr. Ursula Whiteside as well as co-founder and executive director of Concussion Legacy Foundation, Dr. Chris Nowinksi. For more information about the I’m Listening campaign, visit their website here. If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

H/T: Billboard

Big Reputation: A Trip To Taylor Swift’s Hyper-Maximalist Stadium Tour

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Taylor SwiftI am sitting on a folding chair in the middle of a football field. A few dozen yards in front of me stand two video screens several stories high, each angled slightly toward its respective side of the stadium, converging at the center of the stage like two sides of a triangle. A gargantuan rig … More »

Livestream Amazon’s Prime Day Concert With Ariana Grande, Alessia Cara, & Julia Michaels

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Ariana Grande will headline the Amazon Music Unboxing Event in New York City tonight — joined by Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, and Kelsea Ballerini — to promote the upcoming Amazon Prime Day, a day and a half of Amazon deals that begins 7/16. Grande will perform her classic hits and tracks from her forthcoming album … More »

Let’s Pause To Appreciate This Moment In Ty Dolla $ign History

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Ty Dolla $ignTy Dolla $ign gets around. The R&B lothario releases quite a bit of his own music — 11 full-lengths and two EPs since 2011, plus a joint project with Jeremih called MihTy dropping later this month — but the collaborative section of his discography sprawls as endlessly as his native LA. At the end of … More »

Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is Pretty Good. Does Anyone Care?

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Christina Aguilera - LiberationAlong with her fellow ex-Mousketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera proved to be one of the most durable hit-makers of the Y2K-era teen-pop explosion. Long after most of their peers found alternate careers in show business or disappeared from pop culture entirely, these artists kept sending singles to the top 10. Spears survived … More »

The complete iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Winners List

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Hosted on March 11, iHeartRadio‘s annual music awards show saw dance floor dominators The Chainsmokers and Zedd leave more decorated than they’d arrived.

Up for awards in three respective categories, The Chainsmokers secured their first victory for “Best Collaboration” for their Coldplay single, “Something Just Like This,” and their second for “Dance Artist of the Year.” The superpower duo would go head to head with Zedd for “Dance Song of the Year,” a category that landed Zedd the award for his Alessia Cara feature, “Stay.” The full list of award winners across the musical spectrum appears below.

Song of the Year:

“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran (WINNER)
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Female Artist of the Year: 
Alessia Cara
Halsey
P!nk
Rihanna
Taylor Swift — WINNER

Male Artist of the Year:
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran — WINNER
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5 — WINNER
Migos
Portugal. The Man
The Chainsmokers

Best New Artist:
Cardi B — WINNER
Niall Horan
Luke Combs
Christian Nodal
Judah & the Lion
Ozuna
Khalid

Best Collaboration:
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay — WINNER
“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Best New Pop Artist:
Camila Cabello
Julia Michaels
Liam Payne — WINNER
Logic
Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“Believer”  – Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man — WINNER
“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
“Walk On Water” – Thirty Seconds To Mars
“Wish I Knew You” – The Revivalists

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Cage The Elephant
Imagine Dragons — WINNER
Judah & The Lion
Kings Of Leon
Portugal. The Man

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
Greta Van Fleet
Judah & The Lion — WINNER
K.Flay
Rag’n’Bone Man
The Revivalists

Rock Song of the Year:
“Go To War” – Nothing More
“Help” – Papa Roach
“Run” – Foo Fighters — WINNER
“Rx (Medicate)”” – Theory of a Deadman
“Song #3” – Stone Sour

Rock Artist of the Year:
Foo Fighters
Highly Suspect
Metallica — WINNER
Papa Roach
Royal Blood

Country Song of the Year:
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt — WINNER
“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi
“Hurricane” – Luke Combs
“Small Town Boy” – Dustin Lynch
“Unforgettable” – Thomas Rhett

Country Artist of the Year:
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett — WINNER

Best New Country Artist:
Brett Young
Jon Pardi
Kane Brown
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs — WINNER

Dance Song of the Year:
“It Ain’t Me” – Kygo and Selena Gomez
“No Promises” – Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato
“Rockabye” – Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie featuring Sean Paul
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara — WINNER

Dance Artist of the Year: 
Calvin Harris
Cheat Codes
Kygo
The Chainsmokers — WINNER
Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 
“Bad and Boujee” – Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Rockstar” – Post Malone
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller — WINNER

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
DJ Khaled
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar — WINNER
Migos

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
21 Savage
Cardi B — WINNER
GoldLink
Lil Uzi Vert
Playboi Carti

R&B Song of the Year:
“B.E.D.” – Jacquees
“Location” – Khalid
“Love Galore” – SZA featuring Travis Scott
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars — WINNER

R&B Artist of the Year: 
Bruno Mars — WINNER
Childish Gambino
Khalid
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist:
6LACK
Kehlani
Kevin Ross
Khalid — WINNER
SZA

Latin Song of the Year: 
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee — WINNER
“El Amante” – Nicky Jam
“Hey DJ” – CNCO
“Mi Gente” – J Balvin featuring Willy William
“Súbeme La Radio” –  Enrique Iglesias

Latin Artist of the Year: 
CNCO
J Balvin
Luis Fonsi — WINNER
Nicky Jam
Shakira

Best New Latin Artist:
Abraham Mateo — WINNER
Bad Bunny
Danny Ocean
Karol G
Ozuna

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
“Adios Amor” – Christian Nodal
“Ella Es Mi Mujer” – Banda Carnaval
“Las Ultras” – Calibre 50 — WINNER
“Regresa Hermosa” – Gerardo Ortiz
“Siempre Te Voy A Querer” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 
Banda Carnaval
Banda Los Recoditos
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
Calibre 50 — WINNER
Gerardo Ortiz

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:
Christian Nodal
Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey
El Fantasma
Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Producer of the Year:
Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder
Andrew Watt
Benny Blanco
Justin Tranter
Steve Mac

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” – Shawn Mendes
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
“Slow Hands” – Niall Horan — WINNER

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

“All We Got” – Shawn Mendes

“Bad Liar” – HAIM

“Issues” – Niall Horan

“Lost” – Khalid

“Say You Won’t Let Go” – Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly

“The Chain” – Harry Styles (WINNER)

“Touch” – Ed Sheeran

“The Tribute Song” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Fan Army Presented by Taco Bell *Socially Voted Category

Arianators – Ariana Grande

Beliebers – Justin Bieber

BTS – BTS (WINNER)

Camilizers – Camila Cabello

EXO-L – EXO

Harmonizers – Fifth Harmony

Lovatics – Demi Lovato

Mendes Army – Shawn Mendes

Mixers – Little Mix

Selenators – Selena Gomez

Smilers – Miley Cyrus

Swifties – Taylor Swift

Best Music Video *Socially Voted Category“Bad Liar” – Selena Gomez
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“I’m The One” – DJ Khaled
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
“Malibu” – Miley Cyrus
“New Rules” – Dua Lipa
“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran
“Sign Of The Times” – Harry Styles (WINNER)
“Sorry Not Sorry” – Demi Lovato
“Swish Swish” – Katy Perry
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” – Shawn MendesSocial Star Award: *Socially Voted CategoryAndrew Huang
Anitta (WINNER)
Christian Collins
Conor Maynard
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Gabbie Hanna
JoJo Siwa
Mariah Belgrod
Max & Harvey
RoomieOfficial

Cutest Musician’s Pet: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

Batman – Demi Lovato
Bear Rexha – Bebe Rexha
Nugget – Katy Perry
Olivia Benson – Taylor Swift
Pig Pig – Miley Cyrus
Toulouse – Ariana Grande (WINNER)

Best Boy Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

AJR
BTS (WINNER)
CNCO
In Real Life
PRETTYMUCH
The Vamps
Why Don’t We

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category

Camila Cabello
Harry Styles
Liam Payne
Louis Tomlinson (WINNER)
Niall Horan

Best Remix: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

“Bon Appétit” – Katy Perry, Migos and 3LAU
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“do re mi” ” – blackbear featuring Gucci Mane
“Friends” – Justin Bieber and BloodPop with Julia Michaels
“Havana” – Camila Cabello and Daddy Yankee
“Homemade Dynamite” – Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone and SZA
“May I Have This Dance” – Francis & The Lights featuring Chance The Rapper
“Mi Gente” – J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé
“Reggaetón Lento” – CNCO and Little Mix

H/T: Billboard

What are the larger implications of The Grammys steep ratings drop? [OP-ED]

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By most accounts, the Grammy Awards in 2018 was a big swing, and a big miss. The ceremony’s ratings plummeted by nearly 25% according to Nielsen Media, dropping from last year’s 32.9 million viewers down to 19.8 million for its most recent iteration. While the evening’s results have come under under considerable scrutiny following the event, Bruno Mars’ sweep of all the major categories isn’t the sole reason that The Grammys effectively tanked in what should have been a memorable year for the Recording Academy. We can examine the ceremony’s numerous blunders, but it is also worth noting that the ways we consume media, and the ways we relate to and access our artists in 2018 have changed drastically — and The Grammys need to figure out how to keep from regressing.

First, let’s start at the tip of the iceberg, examining an advertisement-bloated three and a half hour industry circle-jerk. In an age where on-demand content is at our fingertips 24 hours a day, slimming this thing down is going to be necessary for it’s survival. HQ Trivia posted record numbers of nearly 1.6 million players 90 minutes into the award ceremony. If that’s not a testament to how our attention spans are directed in 2018, perhaps nothing is.

A noticeable lack of the usual headline makers this year — including Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber — also likely contributed to viewers’ even further numbed attention spans. But stuffy award shows across the board are suffering, and The Grammys aren’t immune. The Oscars, Golden Globes, and MTV Video Music Awards are all struggling with fluctuating viewership drop offs each year too, but the Recording Academy was uniquely poised this year to give some of the most important cultural figureheads of the moment the proper platforms and recognition they deserve in the divisive, tumultuous socio-political climate we’re currently a part of… and they fell flat on their face. 

Setting Jay Z and Kendrick‘s snubs aside (we’ll get back to those), how is it conceivably possible that “Despacito” did not win one of the three major awards it was nominated for? Simply put, the track is, for better or worse, one of the most consumed pieces of content in human history. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s record-shattering collaboration head and shoulders outsold and out-streamed any remote competitors last year in 50 countries, amassing a whopping 4 billion YouTube views, an RIAA diamond certification, and snagged a record 16 weeks atop the Billboard charts. So, beyond the incontrovertible numbers, an objective look at “Despacito” begs the question, why didn’t it win any Grammys? Perhaps the Recording Academy isn’t ready to recognize Latin pop in the ceremony’s top three major award categories like the rest of us clearly did?

Carlos Santana’s “Smooth,” released in 1999 followed by Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” in 2000 were the last two comparable comparisons, and both are of course in English. Nearly two decades later, the average American music and television consumer has switched things up significantly; and while The Grammys is clearly slow to catch up to the times, we’ve long been ready for something different.

Back to Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z. It has been 20 years since there were no white males nominated for Album of the Year. In a year when the American people were gifted with two thoughtfully created concepts of black excellence and deeply personal storytelling, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic wins Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. It’s also worth noting that Mars’ album, for what it was, was terrific. That’s not in dispute. But was 24K Magic‘s quasi-Motown, mass appeal wedding reception fare worthy of drowning out two of the most impactful hip-hop albums in recent memory? No, definitely not. That simply doesn’t seem like the progress everyone wants to see.

Look at the Best New Artist category. Alessia Cara has been signed to Def Jam Records since 2014, SZA has been releasing music since 2012. Perhaps a designation like “breakthrough artists” would be more accurate. That fact that both of these immensely talented young women are just now being recognized comes off as painfully tone deaf. Is the Recording Academy voting innocuously — most likely. But the 2018 awards ceremony highlighted the fact that the Grammy Awards are unfortunately stuck way behind the times, and the effects undoubtedly showed.

Last year, Chance The Rapper challenged the status quo earning a grip of Gramophones for an album that technically didn’t sell a single unit. Now that’s progress. He changed the game — and viewership reflected it with the ceremony raking in it’s highest numbers in half a decade. We’re going to need more than Hillary Clinton reading a snippet of Fire and Fury next year; the audiences, consumers, and fans deserve it. If The Grammys want to continue to claim to be music’s real cultural barometer, make it for the people, not additional vanity for the music industry. Consider and recognize the music that truly deserves it most, represent social progress where possible, and try stepping out of the comfort zone — at the end of the day, that’s what really moves people.

Alessia Cara Addresses Backlash Over Her Grammy Win

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Alessia Cara won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist last night against a field that included Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA. A lot of people on the internet were not happy that she won, and that displeasure seems to have had an effect on the young musician because she posted More »