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Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik Join Forces on ‘Fifty Shades’ Song ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’: Listen

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Taylor Swift arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Best take a seat for this news: Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have teamed up on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” a song from the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

Swift shared the artwork and a snippet of the track from her social media accounts just before midnight.

The pop superstars take turns in delivering their lines. “”Baby, baby, I feel crazy/Up all night, all night and every day/Give me something, oh, but you say nothing/What is happening tonight?” Then her collaborator and former One Direction star takes over: “I don’t wanna live forever/’Cause I know I’ll be living in pain.”

Listen below.

This is the collab no-one saw coming. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” is Swift’s first new release as a vocalist in 2016 and the first taste of her music post-1989

It’s the first single from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, which is due to drop Feb. 10 through Republic Records. The song was written specifically for the feature film by Swift, Jack Antonoff & Sam Dew and produced by Antonoff.

The latest movie in the Fifty Shades franchise will arrive in theaters on February 10, 2017 via Universal Pictures.

Tycho, tUnE-yArDs, Dan Deacon Lead Oakland United Benefit Concert

Tycho, tUnE-yArDs, Dan Deacon and Primus are just some of the acts lined-up for a benefit concert in support of the Oakland Fire Relief Fund. 

“Oakland United” will take place Dec. 14 at Oakland’s Fox Theater featuring a bill comprised mostly of Bay Area-acts, from Boots Riley (The Coup), Christopher Willits, Gabe Meline (KQED), Geographer, Hieroglyphics, Jay Som, Rogue Wave, Sam Lefebvre (East Bay Express), Sidecar Tommy (Beats Antique) and Thao Nguyen and more.

The benefit gig, described as an “evening of remembrance and community,” is spearheaded by local promoters Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, along with Paradigm Agency’s Oakland office. The night is hosted by Josette Melchor of the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, which started a fund in the wake of the devastating fire at a dance party in an Oakland warehouse which took the lives of 36 people. Gray Area has collected more than $500,000 since the tragedy.

“It is unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to shed light on a broader situation around the need for safe venues for artists, musicians, and creatives in the Bay Area,” comments Melchor, executive director and founder of Gray Area. “We will continue to increase this goal as support comes in. We want this funding to stay in the community that was impacted.”

All proceeds raised from the night will go directly to the relief fund, say reps for the Fox Theater. Tickets are priced at $49.50 (GA) or $35 (reserved balcony) and go on sale from noon Friday (Dec. 9) at Ticketmaster.

Click here for more information.

The Year in Charts 2016: Republic Rules as Top Label for Second Straight Year

For the second straight year, Republic Records is the top label on Billboard’s year-end charts.

The top labels of 2016 are determined by blending cumulative performance on the Billboard 200 albums chart and Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, through the eligibility year (charts dated Dec. 5, 2015 through Nov. 26, 2016). Data registered before or after a title’s chart run are not considered in these standings.

Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman says in a statement to Billboard, “This achievement acknowledges an extraordinary roster of artists, executive talent, and strategic partners. The continued pursuit of excellence on behalf of the music, has always been the foundation of our success.”

Republic’s No. 1 rank was supported by the success of such albums as Drake’s Views (released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic), which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the continuing strong performance of The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (XO/Republic), Drake and Future’s No. 1 What a Time to Be Alive (A-1/Freebandz/Young Money/Cash Money/Epic/Republic), Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman (Republic) and James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm (Republic).

Over on the Hot 100, songs such as Drake’s “One Dance” (which spent 10 weeks at No. 1), DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean,” Ariana Grande’s “Into You,” along with Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” (both released on Island Records, but promoted to radio through Republic) supported Republic’s overall top label triumph.

Republic also finishes 2016 atop a bevy of other year-end charts, including: Top Hot 100 Label, Top Radio Songs Label, Top Streaming Songs Label, Top Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs Label, Top Adult Top 40/Adult Pop Songs Label, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Label, Top Rhythmic Songs Label and Top Hot Rap Songs Label.

Billboard Year in Music 2016

NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’: The Best Social Media Reactions to the Show

NBC’s 2016 production of Hairspray Live! is in the books! We know you’re still processing all that went down, so we assembled some of night’s best memes and Twitter takes to help you take it in. 

Who gave the best performance? How did Ariana Grande hold up amongst all the Broadway stars? How much life did Jennifer Hudson give you? How much did you wish that Darren Criss was actually starring in this one? And what about all the cameos and sneaky references? 

Here are some of our favorite social media reactions from the show. 

Hairspray Live! began today (Dec. 7) by wishing itself a happy birthday on Twitter.

What was it they said about that beat?

JoJo Siwa from Dance Moms gave us a behind-the-scenes look:

Broadway shows got some extra televised shine!

Ariana’s look produced some solid memes:

Anna Kendrick felt for Ariana, right along with the #Arianators:

Of course, Team Zac Efron showed itself.

Mark Ballas had one of the biggest Instagram posts of the evening, shouting out his pal Derek Hough, playing Corny Collins.

Fans caught a Hamilton reference!

Andy Cohen cheered on a cameo from original Tracy, Ricki Lake:

And the finale gave us everything we wanted from Ariana and J-Hud:

 

Which ‘Hairspray’ Is Your Favorite? Who’s the Best Edna Turnblad? Vote!

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Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray Live! 

NBC’s Hairspray Live! aired Wednesday night (Dec. 7) and it was undoubtedly one of the best live TV musicals we’ve seen so far. But was it the greatest Hairspray we’ve seen so far?

Hairspray has a lengthy history. The John Waters original, starring Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad and Divine as Edna Turnblad, hit theaters in 1988 (it prominently featured music but was not a musical). In 2002, the stage musical adaptation Hairspray debuted on Broadway featuring Harvey Fierstein in the Divine role. Its success lead to the 2007 musical film featuring John Travolta taking over Fierstein’s spot as Edna. 

And now with Hairspray Live!, the 2016 TV musical on NBC, we got to see Fierstein return to the role Divine originated.

So we gotta ask: Which Hairspray is your favorite, and which Edna Turnblad is your favorite?

Vote below!

Which ‘Hairspray’ Is the Best?

Who is the best Edna Turnblad in Hairspray?

Watch the ‘Hairspray Live!’ Cast Sing ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’

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Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray Live!

After more than two hours of a star-studded live television broadcast of Hairspray, the musical came to a close on the signature number “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” And with the way the cast — featuring Ariana Grande, Derek Hough and Jennifer Hudson — performed the closing song, there really was no stopping the beat.

The tune began with Tracy (Maddie Baillio) and Link (Garrett Clayton) dueting, with Penny (Grande) and Seaweed (Ephraim Sykes) joining in soon after and making for a spot-on lovebirds jam session.

Once Tracy booted out Amber (Dove Cameron) as the newly crowned Miss Teenage Hairspray, the whole gang (sans the bitter Amber and her mom Velma [Kristin Chenoweth]) joined in, making for the perfect ending of an overall applause-worthy show.

Watch “You Can’t Stop The Beat” below.

Stevie Nicks Adds 2017 Dates for ’24 Karat Gold Tour’

Stevie Nicks will hit the road with the Pretenders in 2017 for a run of newly-announced shows. 

The legendary Fleetwood Mac singer has added 20 dates to her 24 Karat Gold Tour, beginning Feb. 23 in Reno, Nevada and wrapping up April 6 in Uniondale, New York.

Live Nation will produce the shows in support of Nicks’ eighth and latest solo studio album 24 Karat Gold, which features new versions of works primarily written and demoed by the Rock And Roll Hall of Famer between 1969 and 1987 but never officially released.

Nicks and Chrissie Hynde’s Hall of Fame-inducted Pretenders are winding down a long stretch of 2016 concerts, which have been met with “huge ticket demands and stellar reviews,” reps say. 

“It’s been thrilling to get on stage each night and sing some of my early gems from early in my career along with getting the chance to sing the material from my last two albums,” comments Nicks in a statement.

The general ticket onsale begins Dec. 12, with an exclusive pre-sale for American Express cardholders starting Thursday (Dec. 7). Nicks and the Pretenders’ touring commitments for 2016 come to a conclusion Dec. 18 at the Forum in Inglewood. The new dates for 2017 are listed below.

Feb. 23 – Reno Events Center, Reno, NV 
Feb. 25 – Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT 
Feb. 28 – Moda Center, Portland, OR 
March 2 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, Calif 
March 6 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK 
March 8 – FedExField, Landover, MD
March 10 – CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA 
March 12 – Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX 
March 15 – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
March 17 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH 
March 19 – PNC. Arena, Raleigh, NC 
March 21 – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
March 23 –Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena, Jacksonville, FL
March 25 –John Paul Jones Arena (JPJ Arena), Charlottesville, VA
March 26 – Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD 
March 29 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN 
March 31 – PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
April 2 – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
April 5 – SNHU Arena, Manchester, NH 
April 6 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Features in a Minnesota Family’s Annual Christmas Display: Watch

Fans in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minn. took their dedication to the next level for the holiday season.

The Staudt family told the Minneapolis Star Tribune were hit hard by the legendary musician’s passing, so they decided to include the late superstar in their annual Christmas display as a tribute.

The “Purple Rain” intermission, which lasts about two minutes, includes thousands of purple Christmas lights, a spinning Prince symbol and pictures of the singer that illuminate the house between each show.

“Prince’s passing meant so much to our community that we decided to do a short dedication during the intermission of our Christmas light show to honor him,” said Mike Staudt. “We’ve received compliments on this part of our show and a few people have even mention it made them teary-eyed.”

View the show below.

Pop Shop Podcast: Martin Garrix on Music Taking Him Around the World, Plus Grammy Nominations & More

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).

This week on the show, we sit down with superstar DJ/producer Martin Garrix! We caught up with the 20-year-old Dutch DJ/producer a few weeks ago just as his latest single, “In the Name of Love,” with Bebe Rexha, was taking off at mainstream top 40 radio. The song currently sits in the top 20 of the Pop Songs airplay chart and recently became Garrix’s second top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

“I’m so happy,” Garrix says about the success of the track. “For me, it was something new. A lot of people knew [me] for hard-hitting house stuff — 128 bpm stuff. And I felt like I wanted to do something different.”

Garrix broke through big time in early 2014 with the smash track “Animals” — his first top 40 hit on the Hot 100. It was also his first of so far 15 hits on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

In our chat, we talk about the success of the new single, what it’s like to play a 21-and-over club in Las Vegas when you’re not even 21 yet, and how he says he’s got “so much music” ready to release (and he could even drop an album right now if he wanted to). We also discuss how it feels to know that his music transcends language barriers and how he’s been able to perform internationally in front of enormous crowds. “There’s nothing more inspiring,” Garrix says of playing shows around the globe and seeing fans react to his music. “I get to travel the world doing what I love to do — making other people happy. … They might not even understand my words, but the one thing everybody understands is music.”

In addition to our talk with Garrix, the Pop Shop team dives into all things Grammy Awards as the nominations for the 59th annual Grammys were announced on Tuesday (Dec. 6). Plus, we’re previewing Billboard‘s Women in Music gala, which will take place in New York on Dec. 9 where we’ll be honoring Madonna as our Woman of the Year. But wait, there’s more! We’ve also got chart chat about a new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 from The Weeknd, how The Hamilton Mixtape is heading for No. 1 next week, and news on the return of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to the Hot 100.

Listen above and click here to subscribe/rate the Pop Shop Podcast on iTunes.

Rolling Stones’ ‘Blue & Lonesome’ Bolting to U.K. No. 1

The Rolling Stones are hurtling towards the top spot on the U.K. albums chart with the rock veterans’ comeback album Blue & Lonesome (Polydor). 

The all-blues covers set is almost 66,000 combined sales ahead of Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s second-placed Together (Decca) at the halfway stage of the chart week, according to the Official Charts company. 

Blue & Lonesome was recorded in just three days and is the Stones’ first studio album since A Bigger Bang, which came agonizingly close to No. 1 on its release in 2005, missing out on the summit by precisely 11 units to James Blunt’s Back To Bedlam (Atlantic). The Stones’ last album to reach No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart was Voodoo Lounge in 1994, though a re-release of the classic 1972 LP Exile On Main St reached the top spot in 2010. 

If Blue & Lonesome can hang on until the charts are published this Friday (Dec. 9), it’lll be the band’s 12th No. 1 in the U.K.

Elvis Presley’s The Wonder Of You (Legacy/RCA) is at No. 3 on the Chart Update, Little Mix’ Glory Days (Syco) is at No. 4, and Olly Murs 24 (RCA) is at No. 5, just ahead of Michael Buble’s fast-rising holiday-themed Christmas album (at No. 6 via Reprise).

New entries impacting the midweek chart include rapper Childish Gambino’s Awaken My Love (No. 26 via Glassnote), French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene 3 (No. 29 via Sony Music CG), soul singer John Legend’s Darkness And Light (No. 32 via Columbia), alternative rock act The Last Shadow Puppets The Dream Synopsis (No. 34 via Domino) and choir master Gareth Malone’s A Great British Choir (No. 35 via Decca).

Meanwhile, Clean Bandit should run away with a fifth singles chart title for “Rockabye” (Atlantic). The British trio’s hit is leading the way on sales and streams on the Chart Update, the Official Charts Company reports, with Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” (Interscope) holding at No. 2 for a possible third successive week. 

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” (Republic/XO), James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Columbia) and Neiked’s “Sexual” (Neiked Collective) complete the top 5. 

It’s that time of year and the singles chart is predictably loading up with Christmas spirit. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Columbia) rises 46-9, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s “Fairytale of New York” (Warner Bros) soars 86-18, Wham’s “Last Christmas” (RCA) races 94-19, Shakin’ Stevens “Merry Christmas Everyone” (RCA) reenters the chart at No. 29, and Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Christmas Everyday” (EMI) returns to the survey at No. 39.

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