Action Bronson Lost 80 Pounds in Quarantine, Shares His Workout Routine

Action Bronson is flaunting his new fitness routine.

The rapper took to Instagram on Friday (July 10) to reveal that he lost 80 pounds. “IM GETTIN ALL THE MONEY THATS OWED TO ME OVER ALL THESE YEARS,” he wrote alongside a video of his weights workout.

“I DESERVE TO HAVE A HOT BOD,” he continued. “IM 283 DOWN 80 POUNDS FROM A WHOPPING 363 AND STILL GOING STRONG. GIVE YOURSELF THE FLOWERS. TERMINATOR IN THE MAKING.”

The F— That’s Delicious host shouted out his trainer Dave Paladino before concluding, “TIME FOR BIGGER WEIGHTS.”

Bronson recently shared in a May Instagram Live interview with TMZ that he has been focusing a lot on fitness while in quarantine. “I’ve been working out crazy,” he explained.

See his new post below.

 

Dixie D’Amelio Goofs Off With Sister Charli in ‘Be Happy’ Behind-The-Scenes Video

Rising artist and social media star Dixie D’Amelio might’ve sung about her bad days in her debut single “Be Happy,” but the behind-the-scenes clip of the music video shows how her family puts her in high spirits.

The 10-minute exclusive BTS clip, which D’Amelio premiered on YouTube Wednesday (July 8), features the entire D’Amelio clan clowning around on set. The TikTok star confessed to using a pore vacuum the night before the shoot that ended up bruising her face. “Hopefully, my parents don’t see it,” she wished before the follow-up text slide read, “My mom saw the bruise” and documented her mother criticizing her decision.

Her 16-year-old sister and fellow TikTok topliner Charli D’Amelio makes a cameo in the clip, teasing her sister while she’s sitting in hair and makeup before they watch the pore vacuum video on Dixie’s phone. A makeup artist later teases the “Be Happy” singer about a tattoo she might’ve gotten, to her father’s surprise. But regardless of her smaller bodily choices, the D’Amelios are proud parents lifting their phones high to capture their daughter’s rise.

“Be Happy” catapulted D’Amelio onto the Billboard charts for the first time this week with a No. 41 spot on the Emerging Artists tally (dated July 11). The song’s official music video, which premiered on July 1, has since garnered 33 million views, but such social media-fueled superstardom feels embedded into what fans already know of the 18-year-old star, who has nearly 29 million followers on TikTok, where she and Charli (who has 70 million followers on the platform) reign.

Watch the “Be Happy (Exclusive Behind the Scenes)” video below.

First Country: New Music From Jimmie Allen, Tim McGraw, Brett Eldredge, Margo Price & More

First Country is a compilation of the best new country songs, videos and albums that dropped this week.

Jimmie Allen, Bettie James

Allen returns with a seven-song EP —its moniker taken from his father and grandmother’s first names—filled with collaborations. The tunes range from the wistful (and should be single) “Drunk & I Miss You” featuring Mickey Guyton, the inspirational “Made For These” featuring Tim McGraw, and the historic coupling of three generations of Black country hitmakers on “Why Things Happen” featuring Charley Pride and Darius Rucker. First single, “This is Us,” featuring Noah Cyrus, is a sweet love song about “you” and “me” coming together to form an “us.” The set could use a few more up-tempo tracks, but its a powerful statement from a developing voice.

Tim McGraw, “Here on Earth”

These times are making so many of us re-evaluate our lives and what our purpose here is. McGraw, in the title track to his first new album in five years, is no different. While the mid-tempo ballad, written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite, asks the hard questions but decides his role is to love McGraw decides “maybe loving you is why I’m here on earth.” But the love goes beyond romantic love, especially when it comes to the video. The clip elevates the song bringing in a diverse cross section of humanity with people expressing their purpose on earth, whether it is to be the best parent as possible or to heal the planet. The video is a call for unity in these divisive times. Here on Earth arrives Aug. 21.

Brett Eldredge, Sunday Drive

Eldredge makes a quantum musical leap with his fifth studio album. Collaborating with songwriters/producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, he’s created a wide-ranging album both musically and lyrically that hits the heart and the soul during these turbulent times. The title track- the only one he didn’t co-write— brings tears every listen  while yearning for a gentler time.

Rascal Flatts feat. Rachel Wammack, “Quick, Fast, In A Hurry”

The latest from the trio’s July 31 final EP is a fun, vocally challenging track that shows off newcomer Wammack’s strong vocals as Flatts’ Gary LeVox vows he will be by her side in a jiffy if she decides she’s ready to get back together. They sound made for each other in this song that covers familiar territory in a new ways.

Ray Wylie Hubbard, Co-Starring

As the title indicates, the Texas journeyman—author of the classic “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” fills his latest set with all star pairing ranging from Ringo Starr, Ashley McBryde,  Ronnie Dunn, Joe Walsh and Pam Tillis. He’s the glue that holds the diverse album together, but it’s hard to go wrong with an opening line like “I can see you’re a woman of taste from your Reba McEntire tattoo” on “Drink Till I See Double” featuring Paula Nelson and Elizabeth Cook.

Ross Ellis, “Love Blind”

Country music is full of songs from men asking for their women to help keep them on the straight and narrow. Ellis, a new singer songwriter on Sony Nashville, makes his request with a twist on his ballad. His plea goes straight to God, whom he hopes will unleash his angels to make him the man he wants to be for his woman.

Margo Price, That’s How Rumors Get Started

Produced by Sturgill Simpson and co-produced by Price and David Ferguson, Price’s latest further proves her versatility and talent. This set leans more rock than country (with a vocal nod to everyone from Dusty Springfield to Susanna Hoffs  and Steve Nicks), thanks to supporting players such as Benmont Tench from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and guitarist Matt Sweeney, but there are still plenty of country notes, starting with Price’s lovely, vulnerable vocals.

Tyler Childers, “Country Squire”

During the pandemic, artists have had to have to get creative when it comes to videos in this age of social distancing. For Childers, in this ode to a beloved but decrepit RV, it meant turning to comic book artist Tony Moore for this computer-animated clip that has the perfect Childers doppelgänger. The twangy song—the title track to Childers’ recent chart topping country album (also produced by Simpson and Ferguson), is good-natured salute to a long-lasting love, but the video takes it to a purely delightful level.

Rave Family Blockfest Announces Second Postponement: ‘It’s Not Fair to Deliver a Subpar Experience’

With a lineup featuring more than 950 artists, the livestream festival Rave Family Blockfest seemed too massive to be true, and as it’s turning out it just might be. At least for now.

Today (July 10), organizers of the event, which was set to take place July 9-12 inside the video game Minecraft announced that it will be postponing after a chaotic first two days.

The event went live yesterday, with attendees who paid between $10-$15 for entry finding major functionality issues. “Again, unless you’re a seasoned Minecraft player or gamer in general, movement in Minecraft, let alone from one massive area to another, is confusing at best and impossible at worst,” reported YourEDM. “Users are left stumbling around the virtual world or just succumbing to the location where they were spawned in-game.

An email sent by event organizers to participating artists and managers earlier today stated that the high number of attendees who were unfamiliar with the game was creating myriad issues and that they would be prioritizing additional how-to and walkthrough content. Nearly a thousands Acts from across the scene including Bob Moses, Maya Jane Coles, deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Skream, Blondish, Seth Troxler, Khruangbin and MK more were scheduled to perform.

Many users were also surprised to find that once they had the game open, they also had to open Mixcloud in order to stream the actual music, an issue that was compounded yesterday when Mixcloud server maintenance caused the platform to go down.

“I can’t ask [the team] the fans who supported us, or the artists who put time and energy into creating this amazing event to continue to work under the level of pressure we currently are,” reads a statement from Rave Family CEO Jackie McGuire sent out late this afternoon. “It’s not fair to anyone involved to deliver a subpar experience and knowing what we’ve actually built versus what we were able to deliver is heartbreaking.” Read McGuire’s complete statement below.

This is the event’s second postponement, with a June 22 announcement noting that, “There are so many unknowns with an update of this scale, especially for Bedrock/PE Fam. So we are pushing the festival back two weeks.” The event, originally called Electric Blockaloo, was first scheduled to happen June 25-28.

A new date for the event has not yet been announced.

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Rave Family,

I don’t know that there will ever be words to describe my feelings right now. I’ve never been more proud, hopeful, frustrated or defeated. My entire team has worked harder in the last three months than I ever knew was possible. What started out as a silly idea between friends morphed into something far larger than any of us. I have also asked more of my team than anyone should, and they have delivered above and beyond in every way.

With that said, I can’t ask them, the fans who supported us, or the artists who put time and energy into creating this amazing event to continue to work under the level of pressure we currently are. It’s not fair to anyone involved to deliver a subpar experience and knowing what we’ve actually built versus what we were able to deliver is heartbreaking. People who attended paid for an experience that they deserve.

We have decided to postpone the event, while still leaving our festival and camping open for the people who have been enjoying them for the last few days. Many artists have indicated that they still want to have their music in-game, and with more time – and hopefully sleep – We will be in a better place to fully deliver the festival everyone deserves. I want to be clear that this was never meant to be a one-time event, but rather the start of movement.

For those who choose to receive a refund, we’ll issue them within 48 hours. For the renegades who want to continue to camp, fest and dance with us, we will continue to support the servers and the amazing new world we’re building for our community.

I sincerely apologize to anyone who felt they were deceived. As we are able to let you into more of our worlds, we hope you’ll understand the level of time and energy by dozens of volunteer builders and other supporters that went into them. And to those volunteers, I am so very sorry that your hard work and time wasn’t showcased in the way it deserved to be.

While I feel like I’ve let a lot of people down, and to a certain extent, let the negativity and trolls win, watching people run around and have fun together in a place that my friends, family and I built last night was one of the highlights of my life. I still believe that creating a community that fosters tolerance, acceptance and connection through music is the most important thing I can do with my life.

We will still have music tonight, and hope to see you under the stars <3

With Love,

Rave Family

Vampire Weekend Drops ‘Live in Florida’ EP: Stream It Now

Vampire Weekend dropped a new live EP today (July 10) titled Live in Florida because the indie rock band misses the Sunshine State as much as fans miss concerts.

Live in Florida features six songs from their two tour stops last year at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Miami’s James L. Knight Center because Vampire Weekend wanted to “revisit some of our favorite shows from last year and put together a little something based around two beautiful nights in the Sunshine State,” according to the Instagram announcement yesterday (July 9).

The EP includes “A-Punk” from its eponymous 2008 debut album, “White Sky” from the 2010 album Contra, and “Sunflower,” “2021” and “How Long?” from the most recent LP Father of the Bride, which bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in May 2019. The last edition of the project highlights an introduction from the group’s famed collaborator Nick from Orlando, who’s also featured on “A-Punk.”

“Vampire Weekend has had a long and healthy relationship with the Florida music fan, and last summer’s Miami/St. Augustine run was no different,” drummer Chris Tomson said in a statement obtained by Spin. “These shows were a little sticky in the August humidity but I had so much fun playing and the really great crowd vibes always help (especially, but not limited to, Nick from Orlando’s inspired assistance on A-Punk). These shows stayed with me like the pepper sauce from O’Steen’s or a Cubano Doble from Enriqueta’s.”

Fans can stream, purchase and relive live shows as needed with Vampire Weekend’s latest project exclusively on Amazon Prime Music.

Listen to the Live in Florida EP below.

First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Tiga & Hudson Mohawke, Hayden James, DJDS & 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 the absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of jams.

Once again demonstrating the endless variety of the dance scene, this week we got an excellent new album from the always excellent French producer CloZee, the debut solo LP from psybient legend Simon Posford of Shpongle, an equine-centric new video from Diplo and Noah Cyrus, an incisive conversation about diversity and the creative process from Coco & Breezy, DJ Sliink and Aluna plus the launch of a new video series for children from Marshmello.

Also this week: the dance scene tested the waters for small-scale, COVID protected festivals via an experimental gathering in Pennsylvania, Steve Aoki launched the Latin arm of his Dim Mak label,  a bunch of big name producers announced a huge new voter registration initiative and Carl Cox had some things to say about the unnerving trend of illegal superspreader raves.

And yes, there’s more new music too. Seven Lions released a huge new track, and Krewella and Yellow Claw did the same. Reese Witherspoon’s 16-year-old son Deacon released his debut single, while 100 gecs gathered even more gecs for their debut albumJim-E Stack beautifully remixed Active Child, Jason Derulo linked with Alok and the producers below dropped some truly excellent new productions to head into the weekend with. Let’s dig in. 

Tiga x Hudson Mohawk, “Love Minus Zero”

Tiga and Hudson Mohawke are both inimitable in their own right, and together they’ve made something that sounds a bit like both of them and also like something entirely fresh. In a statement, Tiga acknowledges that the pairing, “seems kind of unlikely on paper, but took nanoseconds to click once we actually met” and the proof is in the output.

“Love Minus Zero” has an urgent effervescence, with shimmery synths laying the foundation for feathery vocals that altogether play like the soundtrack to the climax of your favorite ’80s fantasy film. The single is the first from their collaborative effort, with more music coming throughout 2020. “We’re building a particular kind of zone where it all fits together. A place lost in time,” HudMo says of the project. Toss your calendars out the window, ’cause we’re all going with.

 DJDS, “Simple Things”

DJDS return with a collab featuring Canadian rapper Tory Lanez and Nigerian Rema, and together the four guys delivering three and a half minutes of romantic and gorgeously produced balladry (there’s even a choir!) to transport you from the quotidian doldrums of this bleak time to the quotidian beauties that also exist when you look a little closer.

“To us ‘Simple Things’ sort of feels like the ultimate DJDS song because it sounds like what we’ve done and where we’re going all at once,” the LA-based production duo say in a statement. “You hear the sample chops and that’s old school DJDS, but the collaborations represent the future. The work we put in with Burna Boy directly lead us to linking with Rema, and Tory is somebody we’ve been waiting years to get in the studio with. These guys are upper echelon so we really had to draw upon all our experience to give them something that felt undeniable.”

Tunnelvisions, “Forever”

You’re doing something right when Pete Tong hits your track with his “best new tune” stamp. So it goes for Raynor de Groot and Emiel van den Dungen, the two Dutch producers who together form the rising project Tunnelvisions. Their track “Forever” is the opener on their just-released six-track Picture: Tunnelvisions mini-album –coming as part of Diynamic Music’s Picture series. The song takes a sizzling beat, adds a kinda funky, kinda dirty, kinda robotic riff and throws on a chorus of voices with an “Another Brick In the Wall Pt. 1″ meets Depeche Mode vibe. It’s a lot, and it works.

VenessaMichaels & Kaleena Zanders, “Creme Brulee”

Finger snaps and a bouncy bubblegum beat serve as the base layer of this sweet treat by LA-based producer/songwriter VenessaMichaels and vocalist Kaleena Zanders. On their collaborative single “Creme Bruelee,” Michaels keeps the vibe light as confectioner’s sugar while Zanders proclaims that much like the namesake desert, she is that “that good.” The song comes from the duo’s forthcoming Sunset Situations EP, which will drop this fall on their joint label/creative house Go Off Studios.

Hayden James, “Waves Of Gold”

We have now entered the “would willingly peel off a fingernail in order to go out dancing in a crowded club” stage of quarantine, and no song is currently us giving us more cabin fever than the dually hot “Waves of Gold.” A sophisticated and also deeply fun house single dripping in island vibes, the track is a collab between the Sydney-based producer Hayden James, the London house duo, Azteck and London singer Paije on vocals. The song is out via the venerable Aussie imprint Future Classic.

Past Palms, “When the Sun Reaches Its Highest Point in the Sky”

Look, you’re not going out right now. We’re not going out right now. No one is going out right now, unless it’s to Walgreens to buy a socially responsible amount of toilet paper. So what we need more than club bangers (which are still of course useful for exercise mixes and mental health dance breaks) is ambient music to tool around the house to.

New York-based producer Past Palms says his music is made specifically to water your houseplants to, and certainly you, your ficus and all the other living things in your apartment will enjoy his moody, spatial, serene and often deeply emotive ambient music. The latest is the poetically named “When the Sun Reaches Its Highest Point in the Sky,” which actually fuses two tracks — “Solar Noon” and “Midnight Sun” — for a gorgeous, transportive composition that works any time of day.

Yeasayer Drop Copyright Lawsuit Against The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar for ‘Black Panther’ Hit ‘Pray For Me’

Yeasayer voluntarily dismissed the copyright lawsuit against The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar over their Black Panther: The Album highlight “Pray For Me.”

In this dismissal obtained by Billboard today (July 10), the indie rock band and its record label We Are Free “confirmed to their satisfaction that no copyright infringement occurred” by the defendants The Weeknd (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye), Lamar (Kendrick Lamar Duckworth), Canadian producers Doc McKinney (Martin “Doc” McKinney) and Frank Dukes (Adam King Feeney), and labels Universal Music Group, Interscope, Aftermath and Top Dawg Entertainment.

In February 2018, “Pray For Me” propelled both The Weeknd and Lamar into another echelon of superstardom when it peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 before running into legal trouble for the song two years later. Yeasayer, comprised of Chris KeatingIra Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilderalleged in the suit from February 2020 that the artists “extracted” a “distinctive choral performance” from the group’s song “Sunrise” on its 2007 debut album All Hour Cymbals.

“This material was specifically created for use in ‘Sunrise’ and is unique, comprised of male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato, and developed via distinctive audio post-processing,” the complaint read.

In April, the After Hours artist denied all allegations of copyright infringement in court documents obtained by The Blast, claiming the hit was “created independently from and without knowledge of the allegedly infringed work.”