Goodbye, Beast. Hello, Highlight!
The Korean quintet formerly known as Beast has officially announced they will now be known as Highlight after leaving Cube Entertainment at the end of 2016.
The band’s new agency, Around US Entertainment, told Korean media that the name signifies their potential to be exceptional and stand out. The name is based on the title of Beast’s latest album, Highlight, which was the first and only album the band released with five members –Yoon Doojoon, Yong Junhyung, Yang Yoseob, Lee Kikwang and Son Dongwoon — under Cube Entertainment. Former member Jang Hyunseung withdrew from the band in April and remains signed to Cube.
In a statement, Highlight thanked fans for their support and revealed that they are in the midst of preparations to release new music.
Beast debuted in 2009 as an underdog act whose members had already embarked on separate careers (Lee had pursued a solo career) or were passed over by other bands (Jang didn’t make the final cut to be in BIGBANG). Over the years, Beast grew to became one of K-pop’s most recognized acts, rarely failing to impress with their sleek, energetic approach to dance music and sentimental pop ballads.
The 21-date North American trek kicks off June 9 in Chicago and also features support from Three Trapped Tigers and Frank Iero and the Patience.
When this summer’s Deftones, Rise Against and Thrice tour came up in a recent interview with Pierce The Veil, the band’s frontman Vic Fuentes half-joked, “Maybe they need another guitar tech.” That’s high praise from a band who has their own headlining tour on the horizon and whose last album, Misadventures,debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
But in the rock world, that’s the kind of excitement this triple-bill inspires — maybe because it’s the sort of escape we need right now. Deftones bring their fantastical side, which lets fans drift off to another world. Rise Against is always politically outspoken about the present moment. And Thrice lives somewhere in between, a cerebral post-hardcore island that’s very much its own.
Rise Against and Thrice are approaching 20 years together, while Deftones closing in on three decades. They’ve all put in time, and over their careers, they’ve grown their respective fanbases into dedicated units that will come together this summer. Needless to say, the bands are up for the challenge.
“I think it would be one of the lowest rated shows.”
John Mayer does not want to be The Bachelor, but Ellen DeGeneres sure wants him to be.
The musician joined Ellen on Friday (Feb. 24) to discuss his new EP, The Search for Everything – Wave Two, but almost all the two could talk about was the ABC reality dating competition.
“I don’t think that I would find love there unless they would change this sort of vetting process for who would be the contestants,” Mayer told DeGeneres, who suggested he should star in an upcoming season. “I think it would be one of the lowest rated shows.”
Mayer has in the past divulged that he likes watching The Bachelor but admitted he hasn’t kept up with this season.
“I love the show, but it’s too much time to ask of me. Two hours is a lot of buy-in time,” he said, stating he’d happily buy a condensed version of the season. “Just get me the helicopters, get me the girls crying, girls crying on helicopters… If you get tears in flight on
In honor of the anniversary of his birthday (Feb. 25), Billboard takes a look at George Harrison’s successful track record on the Billboard Hot 100, among other charts.
The guitarist and singer-songwriter would have turned 74 today; he died of complications from lung cancer at age 58 on Nov. 29, 2001. While he became iconic as a member of The Beatles, alongside John Lennon, Paul McCartney andRingo Starr, Harrison enjoyed a lengthy and successful solo career beginning in the late 1960s, while the Fab Four were still together. In the late ’80s, he scored success in another band, supergroup Traveling Wilburys, with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.
Over the length of his solo career, Harrison placed 15 songs on the Hot 100, with five hitting the top 10 and three reaching No. 1. His first chart entry, the double-sided “My Sweet Lord”/”Isn’t It a Pity,” ruled for four weeks in 1970-71 (with “Lord” later the focus of a famed copyright infringement case). While all four Beatles would top the Hot 100 on their own, that single made Harrison the first to earn the honor.
Harrison topped the Hot 100 again with “Give Me Love —
The New Faces Show brought this year’s Country Radio Seminar to a close Friday night (Feb. 24) at the Nashville Omni. And while the evening served as a deserved coronation of Columbia’sMaren Morris for the incredible year she continues to enjoy, the format might very well have given rise to the next soul-toned singer in the format, as well as one of the most traditionally-minded male artists since Alan Jackson came along.
First up for the evening was Dot’s Drake White. The Alabama native wasted no time showcasing his blue-eyed soul stylings to the industry crowd, with a set that included “Heartbeat,” “It Feels Good,” and his breakthrough record “Livin’ the Dream.” Perhaps he got his best reaction of the night on his current single “Makin’ Me Look Good Again.” White was definitely on his game from the opening line of the song, which gave him a showcase for his incredible vocal approach. Radio programmers might be very receptive to the new single, which could very well be the romantic ballad performance of the year. White has been around the block before, and his experience showed with a performance that seemingly made himself hard to follow.
This year, Justin Timberlake’s Trollssoundtrack smash “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is in contention for best original song at the Academy Awards,becoming the 41st No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 to be Oscar-nominated. It’s easily the biggest chart hit of the songs nominated this year, with the only other song to even hit the Hot 100 so far being “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana, which has peaked thusfar at No. 41 for Auli’i Cravalho (and No. 56 for Alessia Cara’s version).
But how often is chart success a predictive measure of Oscar gold? To figure that out, we looked back at every group of Oscar nominees since 1959 — the first ceremonies after the introduction of the Hot 100 — and found the chart history for each nominated song, to determine how often the highest-charting hit won, and how often the winning song was a Hot 100 hit at all.
As it turns out, of the 57 Oscars that have taken place since the ’59 ceremonies, 20 of them have seen the highest-charting Hot 100 hit among nominees win the award, while 28 of them have been won by a lower-charting hit. (We only
Kmart’s partnership with Nicki Minaj has come to a close, a representative for the retailer confirms, after news that the rapper’s apparel line was discontinued in stores circulated on social media Saturday (Feb. 25).
“Kmart is thrilled that we were the first retail partner to create a custom apparel line for Nicki Minaj,” a rep for Kmart tells Billboard. “From the development of the line, to showcasing it in stores, to designing exclusive capsule collections, we have enjoyed a positive relationship with Nicki Minaj and her team over the last three years. As our partnership came to a close in 2016, we would like to thank Nicki Minaj for being a great partner and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”
The topic came to light when Twitter handle @KmartFashions tweeted the following: “Due to a dramatic decrease in sales, Nicki Minaj’s clothing line will soon be discontinued.”
While the @KmartFashions account does not appear to be affiliated with the company — the Minaj update is its only public tweet — another user shared the tweet with Kmart’s official Twitter account (along with the message “tell me you guys aren’t serious right now”), and the company tweeted back.
“We’re sad to see Nicki leaves