Mariah Carey, Sam Smith & More Honor Healthcare Heroes for World Health Day

Tuesday (April 7) is World Health Day, and music stars from Mariah Carey to Meek Mill gave healthcare workers a virtual round of applause for working to combat coronavirus.

Twitter tagged the two artists in a list of celebrities to tweet clapping emojis to celebrate healthcare workers on the global health awareness day, sponsored by the World Health Organization. The virtual practice mimics people’s evening ovations across the globe, as they stand on their balconies or front porches to clap and/or holler in gratitude and support for healthcare workers.

That echo now resonates in digital form. Mill, Carey, Shakira, Sam Smith, Liam Gallagher and more celebrities asked fans to nominate their personal healthcare heroes or recognize themselves as frontline workers.

See how the stars are celebrating World Health Day below.

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ACM Awards Sticking to Eligibility Period for 2020 Show Despite Move

When the Academy of Country Music Awards air Sept. 16 on CBS, the winners will be exactly the same as if the show had beamed live from Las Vegas on April 5, as originally planned.

Damon Whiteside, the Academy’s CEO, tells Billboard that the board of directors did discuss whether voting should be altered or extended from the normal Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019, eligibility period after the show was postponed because of coronavirus concerns, but the decision was made not to.

“The short answer is we’re keeping everything intact,” Whiteside says. “[Accounting firm] Deloitte has the final results, which they are keeping securely within their possession. They won’t be shared with anybody, nobody gets prior information.”

While it means that some of the winners will be almost two years old, it did not seem fair to make any changes. “The artists earned it and should be given the trophy,” Whiteside says. “If we changed anything, it would be undermining the integrity of our awards.”

Additionally, adjusting the schedule to make the winners more current with the September show date would throw future years into disarray to break from the annual cycle.

Keeping the awards slate as planned is one small piece of normalcy in an otherwise chaotic time. “We don’t know what the climate will be in the country in September and what the artists will be feeling,” Whiteside says. “It’s anyone’s guess how the show will morph in September other than the awards will be the same.”

As is tradition, the best new artist winners will be announced slightly before the broadcast. Additionally, the Academy is looking at digital initiatives to help support some of the nominees during the summer. “Since it is a long nominations window, our goal is to create some opportunities that we could get [nominees] to engage in with fans leading up to Sept. 16,” Whiteside says.

Instead of airing the ACM Awards on Sunday, CBS broadcast ACM Presents: Our Country, a collection of at-home performances taped by top country artists, including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and more over the past week after social distancing began. The show, which drew more than 8 million viewers, according to Nielsen/MRC Data, will be rebroadcast April 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

dick clark productions, producer of ACM Presents: Our Country, is owned by Valence Media, which also owns Billboard.

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Former Insomniac Exec Steve Levy Named CMO of Virgin’s Festival Division

Virgin has hired Steve Levy to join the company’s festival division as chief marketing officer, it was announced Monday. In his new role, he will oversee all sales and marketing.

Levy, a multi-faceted media executive with extensive international experience, will be based out of Virgin’s Los Angeles office. He joins the company from Insomniac Events, where he served as head of marketing and digital since 2017. During his time there, he oversaw significant year-over-year growth of all of the company’s major festivals, including a first-time, full sellout on-sale for EDC Las Vegas 2020.

Levy joins Virgin at an unusual time, with the festival business having been shut down by a temporary ban on public events in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The company’s inaugural Virgin Fest had been scheduled for June 6-7 at Banc of California Stadium + Exposition Park with headliners Lizzo, A$AP Rocky and Ellie Goulding. It will now be moved to a new, yet-to-be-announced date.

In addition to his work at Insomniac, Levy is the founder of record label Moonshine Music, which is credited as an early pioneer of electronic dance music in the U.S. More recently, he founded and served as president of the BPM Network, a music-focused digital advertising network.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to the Virgin family. His experience lends itself to perfectly complement our existing senior management team.” says Jason Felts, chief executive and founder of Virgin Fest, the festival arm of the Virgin brand. “We look forward to his leadership across all sales and marketing efforts, for our growing portfolio of live events.”

Aside from sales and marketing, Levy will also oversee all digital media and content development, production and distribution, as well as brand management and compliance.

“I’m honored and grateful to have the opportunity to join the Virgin brand as it returns to its roots in music through live events.” adds Levy. “Richard Branson’s Virgin Records was a huge inspiration for my early career with Moonshine Music, and I have great memories of the legendary V Festivals.”


What’s Been Your Favorite Dance-Related Activity During Quarantine? Vote!

Well, it’s day 2,398 of quarantine — or at least it feels that way. Passing time at home during the pandemic has become a daily endeavor, and the dance world has stepped up to provide loads of entertainment options through myriad livestreams (like Calvin Harris’ delightful Love Regenerator livestream from last month, pictured above), new album releases and just good, old-fashioned dancing.

We want to know what dance-related activity is helping you get through quarantine. Let us know by voting below.


Here Are the Lyrics to Dua Lipa’s ‘Break My Heart’

Dua Lipa breaks through the Billboard Hot 100 with her 10th career entry “Break My Heart” landing at No. 21 (chart dated April 11).

The cautionary love tale serves as the third single from her sophomore album Future Nostalgia, which recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. It also marked the first time the megawatt pop star collaborated with producer Andrew Watt.

Check out the lyrics and music video below.

I’ve always been the one to say the first goodbye
Had to love and lose a hundred million times
Had to get it wrong to know just what I like
Now I’m fallin’

You say my name like I have never heard before
I’m indecisive but this time I know for sure
I hope I’m not the only one that feels it all
Are you fallin’?

Center of attention
You know you can get whatever you want from me
Whenever you want it, baby
It’s you in my reflection
Now I’m afraid of all the things you could do to me
If I would’ve known it, baby

I would’ve stayed at home, ’cause I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”, I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home, ’cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”, I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home, ’cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

I wonder when you go, if I stay on your mind
Two could play that game, but you win me every time
Everyone before you was a waste of time
Yeah, you got me

Center of attention
You know you can get whatever you want from me
Whenever you want it, baby
It’s you in my reflection
Now I’m afraid of all the things you could do to me
If I would’ve known it, baby

I would’ve stayed at home, ’cause I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”, I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home, ’cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”, I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home, ’cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

Ooh, break my heart
Ooh, break my heart
Ooh
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

I would’ve stayed at home, ’cause I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”, I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home, ’cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”, I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home, ’cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

Lyrics licensed & provided by LyricFind

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Written by: Ali Tamposi, Andrew Farriss, Andrew Wotman, Dua Lipa, Jordan Kendall Johnson, Michael Hutchence, Stefan Johnson

Post Malone & Songwriter File Dueling Lawsuits Over ‘Circles’ Credit

Post Malone is asking a New York Federal judge to declare that a California songwriter has no claim to his hit single “Circles.”

The crossover hip-hop star filed a lawsuit Tuesday (April 7) asking a judge to declare that that songwriter Tyler Armes is not a co-author on the song, did not participate in writing it and has no claim to its copyright. Armes claims he participated in an early “Circles” songwriting session and deserves credit for his contribution to the track, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart dated Nov. 29, 2019.

“It is an age-old story in the music business that when a song earns the type of runaway success that ‘Circles’ has garnered, and individuals will come out of the woodwork falsely claim to take credit for the song, and demand unwarranted and unearned windfall profits from the song,” reads the complaint.

Post Malone, real name Austin Richard Post, filed his lawsuit in New York after Armes filed his own federal lawsuit in California — also on Tuesday. Armes’ filing lists Post, Post’s producer Frank Dukes and Universal Music Group as defendants; he is seeking co-writer and co-producer credits, and prospective and retroactive royalties and other money owed with respect to his interest.

Armes’ complaint states that on Aug. 8, 2018, after being “repeatedly encouraged by Post’s manager Dre London to collaborate, he joined Post and Dukes’ Toronto studio. He says Post was excited and told him, “Let’s write a tune!” Working from 2-9 a.m. that night, Armes says he played bass while Post played drums and Dukes played guitar and keyboards, and “the collaboration resulted in the song Circles.” He says that “although Post has freely admitted that Armes co-wrote ‘Circles’ with him and Dukes during the August 2018 session at Dukes’ studio, Post and Dukes have refused to credit [him] and as a co-writer and have refused to pay [him] a fair share of the monies derived from the exploitation of ‘Circles.'” Armes says he has tried to resolve this dispute amicably to no avail.

Post’s complaint tells a much different story. He says he is one of the joint authors of the “Circles” composition along with Adam K. Feeney, known professionally as Frank Dukes, Billy Walsh, Kaan Gunesberk and Louis Bell. Post says that on Aug. 8, 2018, that he and Dukes composed and recorded music at a session at a recording studio and that music later became the “Circles” song. Armes, he says, was present for the session but “he did not write any music or lyrics that were used in the ‘Circles’ composition during the session or anytime after,” according to the complaint.

Post’s filing states that he continued to work on the song with three other songwriters — Walsh, Gunesberk and Bell — in subsequent sessions. Armes, Post lawsuits states, did not participate in any of the follow up sessions.

“Because Armes did not author any music or lyrics used in the Circles composition at the August 8, 2018 session, and because Armes was not even present for any of the subsequent sessions for the Circles Composition, it is incontrovertible that Armes made no such contribution to the Circles Composition,” states Post’s lawsuit.

Despite all that, Post says Armes has demanded that the record company cease all distribution and sales of “Circles” and put a freeze on all royalties payable to the authors until this matter is resolved. Post is asking a judge to step in and to resolve the matter and to declare that Armes has no rights to the song.

“It is very disappointing that Post Malone and his team did not provide Tyler Armes with co-writing credit,” said Armes’ attorney Allison Hart in a statement. “A number of witnesses will corroborate that Tyler co-wrote Circles. We expect to be fully vindicated when this matter is decided by the Court.”

UMG declined to comment on the lawsuit.


Your ‘Introduction to K-Pop’ Playlist, From A to Z

You’ve got plenty of free time at home while social distancing amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, so there’s no better time to take a deep dive into the world of K-pop. With something for everyone (and then some) the South Korean popular music industry is full of diverse, genre-defying artists, with new music exploring the realms of popdom each and every day.

There’s so much to choose from that it may be hard to get started on your journey into the land of K-pop. But take a leap down the rabbit hole with this brief A-Z playlist that features some of K-pop’s biggest acts, full of both iconic hits from years ago and new releases from just weeks ago to help give a wide sampling to choose from as you test your K-pop taste buds.

A is for “All In” by Monsta X

Though they may have veered into classic boy band popdom on their recent all-English album All About Luv, the must-listen Monsta X “A” is their 2016 single “All In,” which is a prime example of the act’s aggressively addictive style.

B is for “BOOMBAYAH” by BLACKPINK

This fierce, debut hit from the female quartet is one of the act’s biggest songs to date and a must on any K-pop playlist, sure to bring any new fan into BLACKPINK’s area.

C is for “Cherry Bomb” by NCT 127

“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” to NCT 127’s brash whirlwind of a listen, “Cherry Bomb.”

D is for “Don’t Stop the Music” by 2NE1

Press play and “Don’t Stop the Music” when it comes to 2NE1’s iconic discography.

E is for “Eung Eung (%%)” by APink

The smooth addiction of APink’s “Eung Eung” made it one of the best K-pop, and pop, songs of 2019.

F is for “Feel Special” by TWICE

During hard times, there’s nothing more important than thinking positively about how to “Feel Special” about being who you are, wherever you are, and TWICE’s 2019 hit is the exuberant tune to make you feel just that.

G is for “Gee” by Girls’ Generation

When it comes to A-Z, it’s necessary to “gee, gee, gee, gee, baby” along with this K-pop legends, and learn the “g”-shaped choreography.

H is for “HIT” by Seventeen

This 13-member team got their start with infectiously upbeat tracks, then veered into some dramatic EDM, before finding a middle ground with this “HIT” that is sure to get everyone motivated to get moving.

I is for “I Feel You” by Wonder Girls
The first-ever K-pop act to land on the Hot 100 back in 2009, Wonder Girls revamped briefly with a retro-vibing band concept a few years back, and “I Feel You” is still making us feel things.

J is for “Just Right” by GOT7

This early GOT7 song is a little cheesy, but its peppy, comforting reassurances are the perfect thing to listen to whenever you need to feel “Just Right.”

K is for “Ko Ko Bop” by EXO

Shimmy shimmy “Ko Ko Bop” and get down to this reggae-infused bop from one of South Korea’s most prominent boy bands of this generation.

L is for “Lo Siento” by Super Junior and Leslie Grace

Super Junior have a sizable following in Latin America and have collaborated multiple times with Latin pop acts, including the glory of this Leslie Grace-featuring track.

M is for “Me Gustas Tu” by GFriend

There’s something intensely refreshing about the elated, almost theatrical, synth-rock styling of “Me Gustas Tu,” a prime example of this girl group’s unique style.

N is for “Not Today” by BTS

Much of BTS’ music is filled with anthemic calls to rise together to create a better world, and “Not Today” is the act at their most passionate as they encourage “all the underdogs of the world” to fight in the face of injustice and oppression.

O is for “Oh My Mistake” by APRIL

‘80s nostalgia is alive and well with APRIL’s “Oh My Mistake,” and the biggest mistake you’ll ever make is not listening to this addictively coy synth-pop song.

P is for “Psycho” by Red Velvet

Slinking and creeping, with plucky digital squelches and bombastic brass pushing it forward, Red Velvet’s “Psycho” was released in the last weeks of 2019 and brought the decade out on a high.

Q is for “Question” by Stray Kids

Though they may be “Kids,” SKZ’s “Question” reflects the boy band’s bold and ruminative take on hip-hop-laden K-pop.

R is for “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)” by TOMORROW X TOGETHER

Fantastical in its Harry Potter-inspired rockish dance-pop styling, TXT’s “Run Away” is infectious and exhilarating, and a K-pop must.

S is for “Shine” by Pentagon

From its start with snappy piano notes until its end with a tail-end beat, this playful confessional is like a breath of fresh air put to music, refreshing and cool.

T is for ATEEZ’s “Treasure”

The anthem of their entire career so far, ATEEZ’s Treasure album series kicked off with this debut-era tune that twists this way and that, languishing and thrusting forward in its pacing on its own terms, setting the stage for the boy band’s forthcoming releases.

U is for “Untitled, 2014” by G-Dragon
This introspective power ballad diverges from the rapper’s typical comfort zone and is an example of the more emotive music coming out of some of K-pop’s biggest names in recent years, as young pop stars age and mature along with their craft.

V is for “View” by SHINee
Always ones to push the envelope when it comes to trying out new musical styles, SHINee’s “View” is a summery deep-house track that delves into techno in its yesteryear-recalling refrain, creating an all at once timeless and very modern dance song.

W is for “Wannabe” by ITZY

Who do you want to be? For ITZY, the only answer is “me” in this bold single.

X is for “XX” by BOL4
Representing the folkier style popular among many South Korean pop acts is BOL4, with their loving “XX” evoking the spirit of springtime with its sweet melodies.

Y is for “You&I” by IU

Though pop groups are the majority of K-pop’s presence in the U.S., soloist IU has been atop the pop game in South Korea for over a decade now, and her iconic “You&I” still stands the test of time with the young diva’s vocals expressively, passionately relaying the song’s romantic message.

Z is for Mamamoo’s “ZzZz”
A true self-distancing anthem, Mamamoo’s “ZzZz” is the perfect track to end this playlist with in the time of the coronavirus: The song is all about being bored at home alone looking for something fun to do.