Solange Puts Her Artistic Stamp on Puma & More Insider Scoop

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Solange Knowles on November 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  

Solange Purrs Over Puma

​Solange isn't hazarding any guesses about when her next album will be out -- "We're now at the end zone" is the most she told Billboard the week of May 11 -- but fans can look forward to the imminent release of another project that bears her creative input. Athletic apparel designer Puma hired Beyoncé's 28-year-old little sister to art-direct two lines of athletic shoes in 2014, and now, a third "is coming out in a couple of months. It is my favorite of the bunch," says Solange, who won't be in the ad campaign, but says she handpicked a diverse group of women "from all walks of life" for the marketing push.

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David Lee Roth: Van Halen Is Dance Music Even If The Van Halens 'Can't Dance'

David Lee Roth knows how to make an entrance. "Let me take some stuff out of my pocket or it will look like I'm happy to see you, which I am," the Van Halen frontman told Overheard at the Billboard Music Awards before discussing the band's connection to dance music. "There are some nuances to Van Halen music that are lost on a classic-rock crowd," said Roth, a Beatport subscriber who said he listens to the genre "constantly." He then noted that VH's most popular tunes are 126 to 128 beats per minute. "That's not an accident," Roth said. "That's why 'Jump' is so remixed. 'Panama' [too]. Those are dance grooves!" And yet, he claims bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen "are extraordinary musos, but they can't dance."

David Lee Roth: Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards 2015

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Nick Jonas' "Good Thing"

​Nick Jonas looked all grown up at the exclusive Billboard Music Awards afterparty that Island Records threw at the Mansion at MGM Grand to celebrate Jonas' upcoming tour. Guests -- who included Jennifer Lopez, Meghan Trainor, Prince Royce and Tori Kelly -- were required to know a password, "Good Thing," the title of Jonas' next single, to get into the soiree where the singer passed out Cuban cigars and smoked one himself. The party got an extra shot of adrenaline when Tiesto took over the turntables.

This story originally appeared in the May 30 issue of Billboard.


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