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OWOW’s Wiggle Kit is a remote control for singers that turns gestures into vocal expression

The gesture-controlled device for vocalists is on Kickstarter now. The past few years have seen a boom in innovative MIDI controllers for making music, from modular, customisable systems to expressive “five-dimensional” keyboards that can register different directions pressure. For the most part these devices have been developed for the control stware synthesisers, but OWOW’s new Wiggle

How Jai Paul and AK Paul enlisted Fabiana Palladino and Ruthven for their new label

The Paul Institute, a new label and creative house from Ivor Novello-winning producer AK Paul and his AWOL pop genius brother Jai, launched last week with the release two surprise singles. Accessible text message code on an encrypted website, it was far from your average single launch for two unknown artists. Fabiana Palladino and Ruthven

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Rules Australia's Albums Chart

It’s the best-selling album the year in the United States, and the week’s No. 1 in the U.K., and now Taylor Swift’s Reputation (Big Machine/Universal) is crowned champion Australia’s chart.  Reputation, the U.S. pop singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album, becomes Swift’s fourth No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, following 1989 (November 2014), Red (October 2012) and

Reba McEntire Prepares for Return to Grand Ole Opry Stage, Recalls Nearly Getting Bumped for Dolly Parton 40 Years Earlier

Country Music Hall Fame member Reba McEntire can pretty much gain entrance anywhere she wants to nowadays, but in 1977, things were a lot different. She recalls to Billboard her first time on the Grand Ole Opry, where she was greeted like a newcomer. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” says McEntire. “I had just come to

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Rules Australia's Albums Chart

It’s the best-selling album the year in the United States, and the week’s No. 1 in the U.K., and now Taylor Swift’s Reputation (Big Machine/Universal) is crowned champion Australia’s chart.  Reputation, the U.S. pop singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album, becomes Swift’s fourth No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, following 1989 (November 2014), Red (October 2012) and

Watch Chance the Rapper Deliver Opening Monologue on 'Saturday Night Live'

Chance the Rapper is no stranger to Saturday Night Live — he's performed on the show more than once. But on Saturday (Nov. 18), Chano returned to studio 8H for his debut gig as the show's host.  “I've been here before as a musical guest,” he said, “but this is the first time I've had to… talk

What to buy bedroom producers for Christmas 2017: Gift ideas from $6 to $749

Whether you just need a fun stocking filler or a feature-packed drum machine, picking out the right present for a musician or producer can be difficult. In this list, FACT gives all the gift advice you’ll need to score a hit this holiday season. Coming up with gift ideas is never easy, but it can

Chance the Rapper & Jeremih Will Reunite for Joint Christmas Album

Last Christmas, Chance the Rapper and Jeremih gifted fans Merry Christmas Lil' Mama, their collaborative 9-track Christmas project dedicated to their native Chicago, IL. In a new interview with Rap-Up, producer Bongo ByTheWay revealed that the duo will reunite to re-release the mixtape as a full-length album.  According to Bongo, who produced for the mixtape, Chance and Jeremih

When Kids Crash the Stage: 6 Stories About Meeting Music Stars at Their Concert

Admit it: there are two feelings you get when you’re at a concert and you see a musician pull a kid up on stage. First, warmth floods your heart — “What an incredible opportunity for this kid!” But the second feeling has biting your nails — “Kids say the darnest things, and, oh boy —

Fantasia Celebrates 'Christmas After Midnight': First Holiday Album and Tour

As the holiday season fast approaches, Fantasia has already unwrapped a few gifts. The singer not only released her first yuletide album, Christmas After Midnight. The set doubles as the first project under her Rock Soul Entertainment banner Concord Records. In support Christmas After Midnight, the Grammy Award winner will kick f a national tour

'Christmas Queens 3' Holiday Album From 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Stars Out Today

There may be a month left till Christmas but you can already celebrate the holidays early with the RuPaul’s Drag Race Christmas album Christmas Queens 3, out now. This third compilation album features some the most iconic Drag Race queens, including Alaska Thunderfuck, Bob The Drag Queen, Katya, Peppermint, Phi Phi O’ Hara, Sharon Needles,

Kaskade Announces Christmas Album, Shares Sultry 'Deck The Halls': Listen

It's been a while since someone was able to properly reboot the Christmas carol go-tos. Mariah Carey is kind the last to absolutely smash the holiday game and earn a new staple, though many a pop star has tried his or her hand. Surprisingly, the holiday season has remained relatively untouched by dance musicians, but

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Josh Groban's 'Noel' & Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Albums Return

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 25), Sam Smith secured his first No. 1 album as The Thrill It All debuted at No. 1. The set earned 237,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 185,000 were in traditional album sales — Smith’s biggest

Gay Agenda, Nov. 17: BibleGirl Stars in Allie X Lyric Video, Plus Trey Pearson, Sia, & More

Gay Agenda is a weekly column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things before the weekend. Between new tracks, music videos and pop culture moments, we want our readers to be prepared for boozy brunch conversation. 1. Justin Tranter & RuPaul Team Up for GLAAD PSA Pop songwriter Justin Tranter — along with other queer artists like

Remy Ma & Papoose Announce <i>A Merry Mackie Holiday</i> TV Special

Remy Ma and Papoose are sharing their Black Love experience for Christmas. The couple have just announced an upcoming VH1 holiday special. Building from their very well-received casting on Love & Hip Hop: New York, our favorite Rap husband and wife are letting fans see how they will spend their family time pending Santa’s arrival. Remy