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Mario Chalmers making Heat comeback with 10-day contract

Mario Chalmers, a two-time NBA champion point guard with the Miami Heat who has been out of the league since 2018, is set to sign a 10-day contract with the Heat, The Athletic and the Miami Herald reported Thursday. The move is in response to the NBA’s COVID-19 surge in cases over the past few […]

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Draymond Green vents frustration over Warriors’ game postponement

SAN FRANCISCO—Golden State forward Draymond Green expressed his frustration with the league’s decision to postpone the Warriors road game against Denver on Thursday after the Nuggets were unable to field the necessary eight players due to COVID-19 protocols. The Warriors, who are currently tied for first place in the Western Conference, fell 89-86 to the […]

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Jay Park steps down as CEO of AOMG and H1GHR MUSIC

Korean-American singer-rapper Jay Park has announced his decision to step down as the CEO of South Korean labels AOMG and H1GHR MUSIC.

READ MORE: The 10 best Korean dramas of 2021

Earlier today (December 31), the musician revealed his choice to step down as CEO of both labels in an Instagram post. Notably, Park has served as CEO of both AOMG and H1GHR MUSIC since he established them in 2013 and 2017 (with Cha Cha Malone), respectively.

Park said that he made the decision after “a lot of thought and taking time to organise my emotions”, but did not reveal a specific reason as to why he is stepping down as CEO of the labels. The musician also noted that he will “remain as an advisor for both labels and we will continue to be a family and a crew”.

“As for all the artists and employees at AOMG and H1GHR MUSIC, I want to sincerely thank you guys for entrusting your futures at these two labels that I’ve founded and it’s really an honour to build this together and to continue to make history side by side,” he added.

“I don’t take it for granted for one second and it will always be near and dear to my heart,” Park continued. “I’m not perfect but I’ve always tried my best and I will continue to try my best. I love you all.”

AOMG is home to popular artists such as Lee Hi, Simon Dominic and GOT7 member Yugyeom. Meanwhile, the roster of H1GHR MUSIC features popular rappers pH-1 and Sik-K, as well as JAY B of GOT7.

Both JAY B and Yugyeom had signed with the Jay Park-founded labels earlier this year, after the two singers, as well as the rest of their fellow GOT7 members, left their long-time company JYP Entertainment. The rest of the GOT7 members also signed new record deals with agencies such as Abyss Company, Sublime Artist Agency and more.

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Embiid powers 76ers past Durant’s Nets; Warriors-Nuggets postponed

LOS ANGELES – Joel Embiid scored 34 points and Tyrese Maxey added 25 as the Philadelphia 76ers spoiled Kevin Durant’s return from the NBA’s Covid list with a 110-102 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday. Durant, who hadn’t played since December 16 as the Nets grappled with a Covid spike that eventually saw […]

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Jack Harlow calls for officer alleged to have assaulted a woman outside his show to be fired

Jack Harlow has called for a police officer to be fired, after newly released footage showed the officer placing his hand around a woman’s neck outside one of his shows. 

Harlow shared the footage to his Instagram profile on Wednesday (December 29), tagging the location as Atlanta (where he performed at the Coca-Cola Roxy a day prior). In the short clip, a young woman appears to be arguing with two police officers, telling them: “All I wanted to do was go to the Jack Harlow concert.” 

She’s interrupted by one of the officers, who appears to put his hand around the woman’s neck and grab her by the arm. She yells at him to “stop”, before regaining composure and continuing her sentence. “Y’all are acting like I’m doing something bad,” the woman says, after the officer commands her to “stop yelling in my face”.

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In a caption, Harlow noted that he was made aware of the incident just hours before he’d posted it, long after the concert had ended. He said he was “disgusted by that cop” and wanted to “make something good happen for this girl immediately”.

“I told the world to help me identify her so I could find a way to give her a hug and give her as many tickets to as many shows as she wants,” Harlow continued in his post. “But that’s not enough and its [sic] not a solution to a systemic issue that people who don’t look like me have to face.

“The next step is identifying this police officer and getting him unemployed as fast as we can. Assaulting a young woman and putting his hands on her neck is sickening. I look out in the crowd every night and see black women in my front row…screaming my lyrics, traveling to see me, supporting me, riding for me. 

“I want this woman, and every black woman that supports me to know – I am so sorry. I want you to be protected and I want this guy to lose his job so fucking fast. I love you. Let’s find this officer.”

Though his identity remains unknown, the officer in question was later confirmed to be working with the Cobb County Police Department. In a statement offered to Billboard, a spokesperson for the department said it “takes any and all allegations of officer misconduct very seriously”. 

“We are aware of the video snippet posted to Instagram involving our officer and a young woman outside the Coca-Cola Roxy,” their statement continued. “The incident is going through an internal review to get a full understanding of the entire incident before any potential action is taken.

Harlow has long stood against racism, saying back in July that he has a responsibility to set an example for white fans and rappers in Black culture. At the time, he reflected on his participation in a protest against the murder of Breonna Taylor, saying: “The things I was doing last summer, any fans who didn’t feel like criticising the police or were on the other side of things, I was going to weed them out.

“That could have been a moment for them to no longer be fans. But what is important is that I lead by example for all the white kids looking at me. This is what you do. You don’t just enjoy Black culture. You stand up next to Black people in a time of need.”

Harlow is currently on tour across the US in support of his debut album, ‘That’s What They All Say’. He’ll continue the run tonight (December 31) with a gig in Miami, performing as part of Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party. The event, hosted by Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson, will be streamed live on NBC and Peacock.

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Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT “Corduroy” Emerges In Plum Fog And Pink Oxford

Another Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT elbows its way into the scene as official images of a “Pink Oxford” colorway appears on the heels of the “Celestine Blue” colorway. Similarly, these ave that textured fabric as the Swoosh underlay, mimicking a classic corduroy material to give this issue a heavy lifestyle flair. The hemp-like fabric on the ankle lends to an Easter-ready look as the pastel palette befitting of the holiday suggests a Spring 2022 release. The iconic Wings logo at the ankle, an immortal trademark of the silhouette, is actually a stitched-on patch, reminding of the elegant take on Aleali May’s “Califia” from earlier this year.

Likely a women’s release, this Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT will be available on in the early months of the new year with the expected $140 pricetag. For more on 2022 sneakers, check out the 22 most exciting sneakers that are set to drop next year.

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Brandi Carlile Is the First Female Songwriter With 2 Grammy Nods for Song of the Year in the Same Year

Brandi Carlile is the first female songwriter to land two Grammy nods for song of the year in the same year. She is nominated for her own track “Right on Time” and for “A Beautiful Noise,” which she recorded with Alicia Keys. Carlile and Keys co-wrote the latter song with six other female writers.

Carlile is one of two songwriters with two song of the year nods this year. Dernst Emile II, better known as D’Mile, also has double nods for H.E.R.’s “Fight for You” and Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open.”

The double nods for Carlile were made possible by the Recording Academy’s expansion of the number of nominees in each of the Big Four categories from eight to 10 this year. The Academy has confirmed that “Right on Time” is one of two songs that received a nomination as a result of that eleventh-hour decision. (The other was the Doja Cat/SZA gem “Kiss Me More.”)

This is the first time that any songwriter or songwriting team has had two song of the year nominations in the same year since 1994. It’s the first time that two separate songwriters have accomplished the feat in the same year since 1979, when, owing to ties, eight songs were nominated in the category.

Final round voting for the 64th annual Grammy Awards is underway. Voting members of the Recording Academy have until Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. PT to cast their ballots. The winners will be announced on the Grammy telecast on Jan. 31.

Here are all of the songwriters that have received two song of the year nominations in the same year. They are listed in reverse chronological order.

2021—Brandi Carlile: The singer/songwriter is nominated for her own track “Right on Time,” which she co-wrote with Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, and for “A Beautiful Noise,” which she recorded with Alicia Keys and co-wrote with Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Brandy Clark, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters.

2021—D’Mile: The songwriter has double nods for H.E.R.’s “Fight for You,” the Oscar-winning song which he co-wrote with H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, and Silk Sonic’s spot-on ’70s soul flashback “Leave the Door Open,” which he co-wrote with Christopher Brody Brown and the members of Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak.

1994—Elton John & Tim Rice: The pair were nominated for both “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” They wrote both songs for the box-office smash The Lion King. Bruce Springsteen won the song of the year Grammy for “Streets of Philadelphia.” Both “Streets” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” won Oscars for best original song, but due to different eligibility periods at the Oscars and the Grammys, they went head-to-head here. (John, a long-time AIDS activist, probably didn’t mind losing the Grammy to a song that expressed empathy and compassion for people with AIDS.)

1983—Michael Jackson: MJ was nominated for both “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” Both classic singles from Thriller reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The double nods may have split his vote, allowing Sting to win for “Every Breath You Take.”

1979—Michael McDonald: The blue-eyed-soul master won for co-writing “What a Fool Believes” and was nominated for co-writing “Minute by Minute.” The Doobie Brothers, of which he was a member, popularized both songs. McDonald co-wrote the former with Kenny Loggins; the latter, the title song of the group’s then-current album, with Lester Abrams.

1979—Dino Fekaris & Freddie Perren: The pair was nominated for co-writing “I Will Survive,” the disco smash and instant anthem popularized by Gloria Gaynor, and “Reunited,” the tender ballad popularized by Peaches & Herb. Both singles reached No. 1 on the Hot 100. As noted above, “What a Fool Believes” won. Perren was the first Black songwriter to receive two song of the year nods in the same year. (Jackson and D’Mile were second and third, respectively.)

1971—Kris Kristofferson: The songwriter and future film star was nominated for the exquisite “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” popularized by Sammi Smith, and “Me and Bobby McGee,” popularized by Janis Joplin. Kristofferson teamed with Fred Foster to write the latter song. Carole King won for “You’ve Got a Friend.”

1969—Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The peerless pair were nominated for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” popularized by B.J. Thomas, and “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” popularized by Dionne Warwick. They wrote the former song for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; the latter for the Broadway show Promises, Promises. Joe South won for “Games People Play.” It probably won because it was seen as “relevant,” a buzzword of the era.

1968—Bobby Russell: Russell won that year for the philosophical “Little Green Apples,” popularized by both O.C. Smith and Roger Miller. Russell was also nominated for the tearjerker “Honey,” popularized by Bobby Goldsboro.

1967—Jimmy Webb: The prodigy, then just 21, won for the effervescent “Up, Up and Away,” popularized by the Fifth Dimension. He was also nominated for the sublime “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” popularized by Glen Campbell.

1963—Johnny Mercer: Mercer won that year for the melancholy “Days of Wine and Roses,” which he co-wrote with Henry Mancini. Mercer had a second nomination with “I Wanna Be Around,” which he co-wrote with Sadie Vimmerstedt. Andy Williams helped popularize the former; Tony Bennett popularized the latter.

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‘American Idol’ Judges Imagine Alternate Careers In Season 20 Promo: Watch

American Idol returns on Feb. 27, marking its 20th season overall and fifth season on ABC. Ahead of the milestone year, a promo for Idol‘s new season will air during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 on ABC, and Billboard has an exclusive preview of the clip.

The 90-second video finds Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, imagining what life would be like had they never been discovered. Richie’s alternate career in sculpting is suspiciously reminiscent of the video for his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Hello,” while Perry’s mirror universe job involves her selling the explosive namesake of one of her Hot 100 toppers. Bryan’s non-musical gig involves tending bar while serving up some of the lyrics to his 2020 single and Country Airplay No. 1 “One Margarita,” and as for Seacrest, well, if Idol hadn’t come along, he would apparently be bringing his signature energy to a bar mitzvah near you.

“We were all given our shot — now let’s give it to someone else,” Seacrest concludes at the end of the clip. “Yeah, let’s go discover the next American Idol,” Perry agrees.

The promo, which you can check out below, will air during New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which begins on ABC at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31.

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Hit-Boy says he’s done half an album’s worth of music with Snoop Dogg

Hit-Boy has revealed that he has half an album’s worth of music with Snoop Dogg, and that he’s sitting on a gold mine of material he’s cooked up with a couple of other artists.

READ MORE: Nas – ‘King’s Disease II’ review: rapper embraces his status as a genre great

The in-demand producer (real name Chauncey Hollis Jr.) is coming off the back of arguably his best couple of years. Some of his accomplishments include releasing a joint EP with Big Sean (‘What You Expect’) as well as working on the rapper’s ‘Detroit 2’ album, and producing three complete projects for Nas: ‘King’s Disease’, ‘King’s Disease II’ and ‘Magic’.

Taking to Instagram this evening (December 30) to thank everyone for acknowledging him as one of the year’s best producers, it looks like Hit-Boy doesn’t intend on slowing down anytime soon teasing a number of other big projects he has in the can.

“Idk what’s gonna happen but I have half an album with snoop Dogg done, a album worth of music with Roddy Ricch and an album worth of music with Don Toliver sitting on my computer,” he captioned a photograph of himself. “I Thank everyone for all the producer of the year awards 2021. See y’all 2022.”

He also asked: “Who else should I work with? Lmk”

Nas recently confirmed that he and Hit-Boy will be dropping a ‘King’s Disease 3’ album in the near future, revealing the news on the track ‘Ugly’, taken from their new album ‘Magic’.

I’m on offence every day until I see the love,” Nas raps on the song’s first verse. “‘KD3’ on the way, this just to feed the buzz.

In October, the duo teamed up once again for the single ‘Big Nas’, which was released as a preview for Nas’ MasterClass series on hip-hop storytelling.

The pair previously received a nomination for Best Rap Album for ‘King’s Disease II’ and Best Rap Song for ‘Bath Salts’ at the 2022 Grammys when the shortlists were revealed last month. Earlier this year, ‘King’s Disease’ won the trophy for Best Rap Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dre has shared a series of new songs from GTA Online’s new expansion The Contract featuring collaborations with Eminem, Anderson .Paak and Snoop Dogg.

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Normani says her debut solo album is “almost done”

Normani has shared another update on her forthcoming debut album as a solo artist, telling her childhood hero Ciara that it’s “almost done”.

READ MORE: All of the ’00s pop nods in Normani’s incredible ‘Motivation’ video

The news came during Ciara’s stint guest-hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday (December 30), when Normani opened up about the challenges she’s faced in making a name for herself outside of Fifth Harmony. “Coming out of a girl group,” she explained, “there was a lot that I had to figure out about myself and fears that I had to deal with head-on.

“I was always so safe being in a girl group. I remember my mom when I was little, she was like, ‘Why do you want to be in a girl group so bad? Is it so you can hide?’ And I think that that was pretty much the answer. But God had other plans for me, and by his faithfulness and his grace… Oh, he’s really, really kept me. Because what we do is not easy, guys, I’m telling you.”

The singer noted that she’s found working on her solo album much harder than it was to mint a Fifth Harmony record, telling Ciara: “I think people really underestimate how hard it is and how much effort we put into one project, one body of work.”

She also touched on the way confidence plays a big role in any release. “When you give your baby out to the world – which is, y’know, our music – that’s the deepest part of me,” she said, “[and] you give people the opportunity to kind of pick it apart and have an opinion on it; but I believe in what I’m doing now, for sure.”

Normani also gushed about how Ciara shaped her own artistry, calling the ‘Goodies’ singer-songwriter “somebody that [she’s] looked up to forever”. 

Noting that she “always felt like representation was so key”, she recalled learning the dance to ‘1, 2 Step’ in her grandmother’s living room as a child, musing: “From literally the earliest memories that I have, you were a part of that and you really helped shape the artist and the woman that I felt like could be. You opened my mind to those possibilities. Black girl magic!”

Take a look at Normani’s interview with Ciara below:

Though Normani is yet to lock in a release date for her debut solo album, she teased earlier this month that it’s slated for the summer of 2022. “I wanna tell you that summer is gonna be lit,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the 2021 Soul Train Awards. “Yes, the summer’s gonna be lit.” 

When asked about what stage of the creative process she was at, Normani replied: “We’re doing everything, we’re doing it all. I’m ready to perform, I miss performing.” 

Last year, Normani worked on ‘Diamonds’, a collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion released to coincide with the DC film Birds Of Prey. In a review of the single, NME‘s Kyann Sian-Williams called ‘Diamonds’ an “exuberant female power anthem that perfectly balances sass and intimidating cuteness”.

More recently, Normani teased a new song sampling Aaliyah’s 1996 track ‘One In A Million’, linked up with Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar for their collaborative single ‘Family Ties’, and joined Cardi B for the track ‘Wild Side’.

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Watch Chance the Rapper Turn Nelly’s ‘Hot in Herre’ Into a Country-Rock Sensation

Chance The Rapper lends a hand to Nelly‘s hip-hop-country crossover narrative with the rapper’s country-rock cover performance of “Hot in Herre.”

During a sneak peek of Jimmy Fallon’s new music and comedy variety game show series That’s My Jam on Thursday (Dec. 30), Chance pulled the lever and landed on the musical genre challenge, where the participant gets a song and completely different genre that they have to sing it in. When the screen selected “Hot in Herre” and “country-rock,” the Chicago MC took the mic and remixed the song with an extra twang (and fake Southern accent) that the Country Grammar star would certainly approve of.

Alessia Cara, who was partnered with Josh Groban in the competition series, bopped her head and clapped her hands to Chance’s performance while perched at the piano, while Chance’s partner Joseph Gordon-Levitt was left stunned at his seat.

“Never in my life did I think that was gonna work!” Fallon, who got up mid-performance to dance on stage, exclaimed after it was over.

“Hot in Herre” was released as the first single of Nelly’s sophomore album Nellyville in 2002. Written by Nelly and producers The Neptunes, the classic hip-hop track interpolates “Bustin’ Loose” by the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown, which in and of itself proves how adaptable the song is to various genres. “Hot in Herre” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the 2003 Grammy Award for best male rap solo performance.

“Country?” Groban questioned, puzzled. “It works!” Nelly’s country sensibilities have certainly worked for him in the past as well as the present. In August, he talked to Billboard about his eighth studio album Heartland, which he calls a “country-inspired” project and features a reunion with Florida Georgia Line as well as collaborations with Blanco Brown, Breland, Kane Brown and Darius Rucker. Heartland broke in the top 10 of Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart in September.

Watch Chance’s performance of “Hot in Herre” below before the full That’s My Jam episode airs on Monday, Jan. 3 on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

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Sam Hunt, Zac Brown Band & Elle King Bow Out of Nashville’s NYE Celebration

Zac Brown Band, Sam Hunt and Elle King are no longer set to perform at Friday evening’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash in downtown Nashville, according to an announcement from the city.

Zac Brown Band’s frontman issued a statement on the band’s Twitter account Thursday (Dec. 30) saying that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “To Our Fans, We are deeply disappointed to share that Zac Brown Band will no longer be performing at Nashville’s Big Bash tomorrow night on CBS. Despite taking precautions, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19,” the letter read. “While we were very excited to join the incredible line up of artists and millions of amazing fans tuning in to watch, our #1 priority is the safety and well-being of our fans, band, crew and venue staff. We’re looking forward to great things ahead and seeing you all on our tour next year. We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2022! [Love] Zac.”

— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) December 30, 2021

Country trio Lady A will now be joining previously announced performer Dierks Bentley on the Bicentennial Capitol Mall main stage, with other performers in the previously announced lineup — including Ingrid Andress and Breland — stepping in to provide additional music. The show will be hosted by radio and television personality Bobby Bones and co-hosted by Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith.

A second stage, located at the rooftop bar and entertainment venue Skydeck on Broadway at Assembly Food Hall, features a ticketed event for Dec. 31, with performances from Riley Green, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi and Carly Pearce. The concert is free and open to the public.

Gates for the show at Bicentennial Capitol Mall will open at 4:30 p.m. CT, with a performance from The Fisk Jubilee Singers beginning at 6 p.m. CT. COVID-19 protocols for the event in downtown Nashville were also recently updated, with attendees being required to show either proof of a negative COVID-19 test (dated either Dec. 30 or Dec. 31), or proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will run until 12:30 a.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 31 and will air on CBS Television Network. The live show will also be available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+.  The five-hour television celebration will feature nearly 50 performances from locations throughout downtown Nashville, including acts from Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks, bars and clubs. The five-hour broadcast will cross multiple time zones, with a countdown at midnight Eastern Time, concluding with the Nashville music note drop and a fireworks display at midnight CT.

The five-hour CBS show will also include performances from artists including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and more, though several were pre-taped and some performances are not open to the public.

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