When 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' debuts Sept. 8 on CBS, it will usher in not only the post-David Letterman era but also the post-Paul Shaffer era. Jon Batiste, a Juilliard-trained keyboardist known for his New Orleans jazz sound, will serve as the show's musical director, heading up a band comprising his longtime drummer Joe Saylor, saxophonist Eddie Barbash and a rotating all-star guest list. The 28-year-old dishes on joining Colbert's late-night party.
The television airwaves are filled this fall with with the sound of music, ranging from superstar documentaries to artists flexing their acting muscles. Read on for few highlights of autumn’s offerings.
With the MTV Video Music Awards just two days away, social media platforms are weighing in on their predictions. Facebook, Twitter and Spotify have each anticipated which music moguls they believe will take home their own Moonmen.
Keyboardist Joe Lester and drummer Chris Guanlao stopped by Billboard’s New York office to discuss their new album "Better Nature," due Sept. 25 and offered some valuable advice to other self-releasing artists.
News of Ian Rogers’ departure from Beats 1 for an unspecified job in Europe came as a surprise to the entire music industry, including his coworkers, sources tell Billboard. Rogers’ role at the helm of the station seemed to be his dream job.
Nashville and country have been synonymous for decades. But in recent years, Music City recording studios like Blackbird and RCA Studio A have become unlikely homes to a different sound: contemporary soul.
EDM has already taken over clubs and festival grounds. Now the dance genre is exploring a new frontier: movie screens. On Aug. 28, We Are Your Friends, the first feature film distributed by a major movie studio (Warner Bros. Pictures) that is focused on the EDM world, opens nationwide on 2,300 screens.
For her first-ever TV performance in July, on 'The Tonight Show' no less, Alessia Cara opted not to wear a designer -- or even slightly showy -- look. The stage lights rose to reveal the singer, 19, in the casual, woke-up-like-this uniform favored by teens everywhere: ripped jeans, Chuck Taylors and an ironic T-shirt (it read "Life of the Party").
Phil McIntyre sits at the head of a growing mini-empire in West Hollywood. This past spring, he joined Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas to launch SafeHouse Records, which aims to develop artists with "360-degree franchises of pop relevance."
The unintentional gap between the February release of Rastafarian sing-jay Kabaka Pyramid’s hit single “Well Done” (Ghetto Youths/Bebble Rock Music) and the mid-August completion of the song’s video is largely due to the Jamaican artist’s steadily ascending career.
Felix Jaehn's metallic gold shirt reads "Everything Under Control," but inside, the 20-year-old Hamburg native is bursting with excitement. It has been scarcely a month since the dimpled German learned, in a Billboard tweet, that his remix of Jamaican singer OMI's "Cheerleader" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "I was home with my manager; it was 2 a.m.," he says, sitting in Billboard's New York offices on a steamy August day. "I couldn't believe it. We were cheering and toasting."
Nicki Minaj's debut foray into headlining large venues in North America on the Pinkprint tour was a complete success on every level, the next phase of an ongoing strategy to position the artist as an elite headliner for years to come.