Billboard & Triller Partner on Weekly Top Triller U.S. & Global Charts - Billboard
Armaan Malik's "Next 2 Me" leads both inaugural lists.
Armaan Maliks Next 2 Me leads both of Billboards inaugural charts featured data from social video app Triller, announced today, July 13. The pair of charts, named Top Triller U.S. and Top Triller Global, highlight the biggest songs on the app based on a formula blending the amount of views of videos containing a respective songs, the level of engagement with those videos and the raw total of videos uploaded featuring each song, according to Triller. Data for the charts is represented on a Friday-Thursday tracking week, with the latest period running July 3-9. The Top Triller charts signify the start of a partnership between Billboard and Triller, a social media video app featuring user-generated videos set to music and much more, to further highlight how music is being utilized on leading social media platforms. The charts are planned as weekly installments and will concurrently highlight some of the top-performing individual videos for the highest-ranking songs. Released in mid-June, Indian singer Maliks Next 2 Me, which discusses isolation during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, leads both the Top Triller U.S. and Top Triller Global charts. Malik himself had the largest video on Triller for the song in the tracking week, a July 2-uploaded clip that has 11.7 million global plays as of press time (July 13), according to Triller. U.S. chart watchers are likely familiar with the No. 2 song on the U.S. list dated July 18: Saweeties Tap In. Also released in mid-June, the track debuted on multiple Billboard charts dated July 11 and continues its climb in streams in the latest tracking frame, earning 3.8 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 32%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Its top Triller clip for the week was also artist-uploaded; Saweeties July 4 video featuring the song has garnered 1.2 million views at press time. Shes featured twice on the inaugural U.S. chart; My Type bows at No. 16. Saweetie shouted out Billboard and Triller upon learning about the new chart. See both of the 20-position charts, via Triller, below. Top Triller U.S.1. "Next 2 Me," Armaan Malik2. "Tap In," Saweetie3. "Address It," LPB Poody4. "Rover (feat. DTG)," S1mba5. "Girls in the Hood," Megan Thee Stallion6. "Reality Check," Swae Lee7. "Wonderful," Burna Boy8. "Savage (feat. Beyonce)," Megan Thee Stallion9. "Act Up," City Girls10. "Woah," Lil Baby11. "Gooba," 6ix9ine12. "Thotiana," Blueface13. "All Dat," Moneybagg Yo14. "Bitch from Da Souf," Mulatto15. "Firework," Katy Perry16. "My Type," Saweetie17. "Twerk (feat. Cardi B)," City Girls18. "The Box," Roddy Ricch19. "Trollz," 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj20. "Ride or Die," Megan Thee Stallion Top Triller Global1. "Next 2 Me," Armaan Malik2. "Betty Butter (feat. Davido)," Mayorkun3. "High Heels (feat. Yo Yo Honey Singh)," Jaz Dhami4. "Tap In," Saweetie5. "Wonderful," Burna Boy6. "Reality Check," Swae Lee7. "Address It," LPB Poody8. "Rover (feat. DTG," S1mba9. "Woman," Rema10. "Firework, "Katy Perry11. "New York City Girl," Fireboy DML12. "Godzilla (feat. Juice WRLD," Eminem13. "Girls in the Hood," Megan Thee Stallion14. "Say So (feat. Nicki Minaj)," Doja Cat15. "As E Dey Go," Naira Marley16. "Duniyaa," Akhil17. "Biba," Marshmello & Pritam18. "Savage (feat. Beyonce," Megan Thee Stallion19. "Thotiana," Blueface20. "Meri Aashiqui," Jubin Nautiyal & Rochak Kohli
Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion & Other Record Setters at the BET Awards - Billboard
There were first-time winners in several key categories at the 20th annual BET Awards. Lizzo was named best female R&B/pop artist. She beat Beyoncé, who had won 10 times in this category, including the last six years in a row. Megan Thee Stallion won best female hip-hop artist, beating two former winners in the category Cardi B, who had won the last two years, and seven-time winner Nicki Minaj. DaBaby won best male hip-hop artist, beating four-time winner Drake, among others. Gymnast Simone Biles won sportswoman of the year for the first time. She beat tennis legend Serena Williams (who had won 12 times in the category, including the last six years in a row). Here are other artists who made history at the BET Awards. Blue Ivy Carter, the eight-year old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, shared in the BET HER award for Brown Skin Girl, along with her mother, Wizkid and SAINt JHN. This made Blue Ivy the youngest winner in BET history. The old record was held by Willow Smith, the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who was 10 in 2011 when she shared the YoungStars award with her brother Jaden Smith, then 12. Roddy Ricchs debut album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, won album of the year. Its the second year in a row that a debut album has won this award. Last years winner was Cardi Bs Invasion of Privacy. Ricch also won best new artist, despite stiff competition from Lil Nas X and Summer Walker. Chris Brown won best male R&B/pop artist for the record-extending fifth time. He beat The Weeknd, who has yet to win in this category. Brown also won best collaboration for his hit No Guidance (featuring Drake). Migos won best group for the fourth time, a record in the category. They had been tied with OutKast, which it won three times. Kirk Franklin won the Dr. Bobby Jones beset gospel/inspirational award for Just For Me, beating Kanye West, among others. This is Franklins fourth win in the category, which puts him in a tie with Yolanda Adams for the most wins in the categorys history. DJ Khaleds Higher (featuring the late Nipsey Hussle and John Legend) won video of the year. Its the first collab to win in this category since Jay-Z and Wests Otis (which credited the late Otis Redding as a featured artist) eight years ago. Michael B. Jordan won best actor for the third time, tying Denzel Washington for the most wins in the categorys history. The ascendant Jordan has won all three of these awards in the last five years. Washingtons most recently win was in 2008. Basketball great LeBron James won sportsman of the year for the seventh time, which extends his lead as the top winner in that category. Queen & Slim won best movie. Its only the second film directed by a woman to win in this category (which was introduced in 2010). Melina Matsoukas oversaw Queen & Slim Ava DuVernay directed Selma, the 2015 winner. Marsai Martin, the 15-year old co-star of ABCs black-ish, won the YoungStars award for the second year in a row. Shes the third performer to win twice in this category, following Yara Shahidi and Keke Palmer. Burna Boy won best international act for the second year in a row. The artist is from Nigeria, as was the 2018 winner, Davido.
Alicia Keys Sings Haunting 'Perfect Way to Die' at 2020 BET Awards - Billboard
Playing a grand piano in the middle of an empty city street, Alicia Keys performed her new song "Perfect Way to Die" at the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday (June 28). The song is written from the perspective of a mother who's watched her child become yet another fatality of systemic racism and police brutality in America. After singing the gently heartbreaking ballad, Keys stepped back from the piano and took a knee in protest. The camera pulled back to reveal the names of many lost Black lives written in chalk on the street. Keys' performance was followed by a montage of celebrities, from Kendrick Lamar to Laverne Cox to Spike Lee to Whoopi Goldberg, reading the names of Black Americans who have lost their lives to systemic racism, from Emmett Till to Malcolm X to Michael Brown to George Floyd. Watch below.
Travis Scott Sued for Copyright Infringement Over 'Highest In the Room' - Billboard
Three songwriters are suing Travis Scott and the other credited authors and producers on his hit song Highest In the Room, alleging that the song ripped off their distinctive guitar melody. The complaint accuses Scott and the other authors and producers of pretending to be interested in a collaboration," only to intentionally [break] the rules by exploiting plaintiffs work without consent or a license, masquerading as if plaintiffs music is their own. "Highest In the Room" debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 last October, becoming Scott's second No. 1 single and first to debut atop the chart, after earning 59 million U.S. streams and 51,000 digital song sales in the week ending Oct. 10. The song ultimately spent 22 weeks on the Hot 100. Olivier Bassil, Benjamin Lasnier and Lukas Benjamin Leth filed the lawsuit Tuesday (June 9) in federal court in California against Scott, real name Jacques Webster, along with the other credited writers and producers on the song including Oz (Ozan Yildirim), Nik D (Nik Dejan Frascona), Mike Dean, Cash Passion (Jamie Lepr) and Sean Solymar. The suit also names Cactus Jack Records, Grand Hustle LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Papa George Music and These Are Songs of Pulse, a California company. According to the 37-page complaint, the songwriters alleged that they created a song titled Cartier with a distinct guitar melody in 2019. Four days after they created the song, Lasier posted a link to the song containing the original guitar melody in a public online discussion group for music producers. He later sent their original work to hip-hop artist Desiigner and at least 100 producers and artists, including Lepr, hoping they would be interested in licensing the work or in future collaborations. After also posting the song to Instagram, Lasnier says he began corresponding with Lepr, sending him beats hoping he would license them. Lasnier also sent the work to Yildirim and Frascona. When Highest in the Room was released, Bassil, Lasnier and Leth found the guitar melody of the song substantially similar to Cartier. There is no doubt that Defendants Highest in the Room was modeled after and copied original, prominent and qualitatively and quantitatively important parts of Plaintiffs Cartier, the complaint states. Richard Busch, the attorney for the three songwriters, tells Billboard, Everything we basically have to say is set forth in the Complaint. I will just add that our clients are very successful songwriters/producers who, as set forth in the Complaint, and is common practice, corresponded with the defendant writers with an eye toward licensing their work through a collaboration. They never expected that this would end up in a lawsuit but felt they had no choice but to take this action under these circumstances. The three songwriters are asking a judge to declare that Scott and the others willfully infringed on their work. In addition, the three are asking for damages and their share of the royalties for Highest in the Room, which they predict has already earned upwards of $20 million. A rep for Scott did not return a request for comment.