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Nick Jonas sets sights on solo success

Nov 7, 2014

Nick Jonas sets sights on solo success

by Nicole Evatt

A squeaky-clean member of the Jonas Brothers no more, Nick Jonas is embracing his solo career and beefed-up image makeover. “It’s a big transition,” Jonas said in a recent interview. “I am stepping into what is really like starting over and that’s exhilarating, but ...

Taylor Swift pulls music from streaming service Spotify

Nov 4, 2014

Taylor Swift pulls music from streaming service Spotify

by David Bauder

Spotify stopped streaming Taylor Swift’s music at her request Monday, setting up a business struggle between the industry’s most popular artist and the leading purveyor of a new music distribution system. The music streaming service sounded like a spurned boyfriend in a statement announcing ...

Oct 31, 2014

Review: Zapp at Billboard Live

by Thomas Hall

Shiny silver suits with glittering lapels, talkboxes on wheels, never-ending dance routines and multiple keytars (and keytar solos) — what a way to spend a Saturday night. Zapp came to Tokyo last weekend and showed us all why they’re still together after 35 years. ...

Pop stars climb stairway to heaven early: Australian study

Oct 29, 2014

Pop stars climb stairway to heaven early: Australian study

It has long been said that pop stars live fast and die young, but a new Australian study has added scholarly credibility to the adage, finding that U.S. musicians die up to 25 years earlier than the general population. “This is clear evidence that ...

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

Oct 28, 2014

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

by David Kracker

It’s a week until Necronomidol’s big show and, practicing at a dance studio in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, the four members make a decision to change one line from “We’ve come to bring about the Apocalypse” to “We’ve come to enact Armageddon.” Manager Ricky Wilson ...

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

Oct 28, 2014

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

by James Hadfield

When the people at the Berlin-based Samurai Horo label asked Yu Asaeda to contribute to a compilation they were putting out, they got more than they’d bargained for. “I must have sent them about 20 or 30 tracks in total,” says the Tokyo-based producer. ...