T-Pain Doesn't Miss a Beat on 'Oblivion,' His First Album In Six Years

T-Pain is as versatile as any artist in hip-hop, and for a very long time, people refused to see that — which sent the 32-year-old into a depression that temporarily prohibited him from making any more music. T-Pain stands for Tallahassee Pain, a nod to all the pain the artist born Faheem Rasheed Najm experienced while growing up there. But […]

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Billboard's Industry Nights Kicked Off With Performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan & Cape Francis

Billboard kicked f our Industry Nights concert series at the Ludlow House in New York City on Thursday (Nov. 16) with performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan and Cape Francis. The exclusive members-only club on the Lower East Side — an fshoot the London-based Soho House — fered a swanky setup on the third floor complete with a small stage. […]

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Karen Gwyer and more turned Braga into an audio-visual utopia for Semibreve

The seventh edition Portugal’s Semibreve festival saw performances from Gas, Karen Gwyer, Rabih Beaini, Lawrence English and more. April Clare Welsh headed down to Braga for a relaxed experimental music festival with a radical streak; a festival that asks its audience for complete focus. “What is ambient music?” David Toop asks at the beginning Ocean Sound, his 1995 book that […]

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Sound artist Sugai Ken wants to submerge you in his explorations of water and darkness

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Lewis Gordon speaks to Japanese sound artist Sugai Ken, whose music takes the folk traditions his home Kanagawa and turns them into vivid electro-acoustic soundscapes. Sugai Ken’s music has a strong affinity for place. Born and raised in the […]

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Circuit Des Yeux's new album Reaching For Indigo is discreetly personal and universally relatable

Reaching for Indigo, Haley Fohr’s fifth album as Circuit Des Yeux, explores an undisclosed autobiographical experience, but invites its audience to project themselves into the picture. April Clare Welsh cracks exactly how Fohr used language to be both discreetly personal and universally relatable. Reaching for Indigo, the new album from Haley Fohr’s Circuit Des Yeux project, explores what was referred to […]

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Blade Runner 2049: How Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch followed up the most influential sci-fi score of all time

Following up Vangelis’s iconic Blade Runner score was never going to be easy, and that task eventually fell to Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and It’s Benjamin Wallfisch. Claire Lobenfeld sat down with the duo at Zimmer’s Santa Monica recording studio to explore the influences and processes behind the year’s most eagerly-anticipated soundtrack. Hans Zimmer was about to embark on his […]

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Vincent Vocoder Voice is here to give you beautiful nightmares

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Al Horner hears how Vincent Vocoder Voice spent five years becoming – then letting go – the ghostly, Greek myth-inspired slenderman that haunts his new album I, Too, Was Wrought With Love. I, Too, Was Wrought With Love by Vincent […]

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