Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into the 1980s Sunset Strip on Monday when Van Halen shut down the street in front of the El Capitan Theatre for a performance on JImmy Kimmel Live. It marked the first live television appearance since frontman David Lee Roth rejoined the band in 2007.
The Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber did not fail to live up to the sky-high expectations, with comedians, celebrities, Bieber friends and even Ron Burgundy tearing the singer a new one before the 21-year-old took the mic himself.
To close out Miami's Ultra Music Festival, Skrillex brought out a slew of special guests. While it was undoubtedly a huge stage for all the artists involved, a remarkable musical moment happened during CL's six-minute appearance that no one would have likely imagined happening.
The star-studded announcement of Jay Z's Tidal streaming service not only had music's biggest names sharing a stage Monday, but also digitally on the newly renovated app itself. Exploring Tidal's offerings, here are eight notable things to check out.
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen have been friends for about 15 years, and the Texas performers have shared many a stage in the Lone Star State. Recent changes in their label status led them to start conversations about recording a duets album. Rogers told Billboard that they were able to do it their way. "Both of us were recently dropped by our record labels, so were allowed to make this record the way we wanted. It was perfect timing."
Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Jay Z, Kanye West) is dating Swedish singer Lykke Li, sources tell Billboard. Meanwhile, Ryan Adams sent the rumor mill into overdrive when he favorited a tweet from a Billboard staffer at South by Southwest that read, “The entire front row of Natalie Prass’ show is dudes falling in love.”
It's been a bumpy month for Iggy Azalea, but the artist is now looking forward to her upcoming Great Escape arena tour under the creative guidance of her new production designer -- Baz Halpin -- who's seasoning the show with a post-apocalyptic vibe.
Tidal and WiMP, the two services under Swedish umbrella Aspiro, which Jay Z acquired earlier this month, will be the streaming home for artists like Shawn Carter himself, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Drake, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Jason Aldean, J. Cole and Madonna. The names were announced at an event in New York on March 30.
Jay Z brought along some (very) famous and influential friends for this week's re-launch of Tidal, his high-fidelity music streaming service. The rapper's strategy to reach the most prospective subscribers began with a mysterious viral campaign, which saw artists with a combined 156 Twitter million followers change their avatars blue and declare #TIDALforALL in similar tweets.
Jay Z's Tidal may have just gotten off the ground with exclusive arrangements with more than 16 major artists - including Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Madonna, Daft Punk and Jack White. But what about all the upper-tier acts who aren't involved (Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith among them)? Don't be surprised if they're a part of Jimmy Iovine's planned relaunch of Apple's Beats Music, expected to arrive in June as a subscription-only service for either $7.99 or $9.99 per month.