Fred Bronson

Perfume

Perfume's 20 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

The writer/producer behind Perfume's long run of hits is Yasutaka Nakata, a Japanese DJ and recording artist who has guided a-cChan, NOCCHi and KASHIYUKA to the top of the charts. While compiling a critics' pick list of the top 20 Perfume songs, Billboard spoke to Nakata and the three women who have sold out stadiums and sold millions of records in Asia.
James Durbin

'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Exits Quiet Riot

James Durbin, who won praise from the American Idol judges during season 10 for his rock vocals, has exited Quiet Riot after singing lead with the band for just over two years.
Grandmaster Flash and Anne-Sophie Mutter

Grandmaster Flash, Anne-Sophie Mutter & Playing for Change Founders Receive Polar Music Prize in Sweden

Grandmaster Flash, one of the architects of hip-hop; Anne-Sophie Mutter, the virtuoso violinist; and Whitney Kroenke and Mark Johnson, co-founders of the Playing for Change Foundation music and arts charity, all accepted the prestigious Polar Music Prize from the hands of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on Tuesday (June 11), immediately followed by a royal banquet for more than 300 guests.

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