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Justin Bieber Delivers Moving Performances of 'Holy' & 'Lonely' on 'Saturday Night Live' - Billboard
Justin Bieber gave viewers two emotional performances of his songs "Holy" and "Lonely" during his appearance on SNL Saturday, Oct. 17. Watch them here.
Halfway through the song, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated Oct. 3, collaborator Chance the Rapper took the stage to deliver his part of the song. At the end of the performance, an apparently emotional Bieber remained bent over, his arms on his knees. For his second song and latest single, "Lonely," Bieber began by sitting alone in his green room, hunched over in front of the makeup station as a piano played in the background. As the song continued, he got up and walked through the empty halls of NBC's Studio 8H, belting out the aching lyrics about the pain a child star faces. The singer eventually made his way onto the darkened stage, which now featured only the empty shell of the church from his first performance, and Benny Blanco on piano. At the end of the song, he kept his head down for a bit, then walked over to hug Blanco. Watch his performances below:
Matt Berninger Talks His Solo Album & New Label, And Why His Old Bedroom Is Now Full of Semiautomatic Rifles - Billboard
Berninger discusses with Billboard his album's connection to an argument with his father, and why The National probably won't record a new album anytime soon.
As might be expected from the smoky-voiced lyricist for The National, Serpentine Prison features a cast of burnout cases, nomads and spurned lovers set to music that, while not a significant departure from that produced by Berningers bandmates (the Dessner and Devendorf brothers), is more sedate and nuanced under Jones' direction. Its not the warmest hug, but its supposed to be a comforting record," says Berninger. "Even though its got a lot of spikes in it." Anyone whos been to one of The Nationals concerts will understand. They are cathartic gatherings of people drawn to Berningers talent for evoking their pain -- sometimes face to face, as he roves through the crowd and climbs over seats -- while his bandmates drown out those demons with hocketing guitar lines and Bryan Dessners precise, amphetamine-rush drumming. Serpentine Prison hits those marks in its own way, although the pandemic has delayed Berningers plans to present the album in concert. By phone from his home in Venice, Calif. (where he and his family have lived for the last seven years), he discusses with Billboard what he misses about touring, the record label he has started with Jones, his album's connection to a Christmas 2018 argument with his father, and why The National probably won't record a new album anytime soon. Can you elaborate on the argument you had with your father? My whole family was in Seattle where my parents now live really close to my sister and her family. They had just sold their house in Cincinnati. They wanted to move to the West coast to be by their kids, and I wanted them out here, too. But the house in Cincinnati was really special to me and to the whole family. It was even more special to my dad, but my parents sold it in a way I wish they hadnt. I wish they had taken more time. So, at Christmas that year, my dad and I were locking horns. My dads birthday is Christmas, too, and we were fighting all through Christmas. I gave him gardening tools for a present. I was talking to my dad about it recently, and he didnt remember us fighting. I was like, "You dont remember? I was in the backyard drinking vodka all the time and wouldnt talk to anybody." What was so special about the house? My dads grandmother had a farm, and then his older brother, my Uncle Jack, bought a farm in Indiana. I grew up on that farm. When my Uncle Jack sold that farm, my parents bought this property on the west side of Cincinnati, which was the closest thing to a farm. It had a creek and a bridge and woods and trails. My dad was constantly protecting his garden from varmints and raccoons with a shotgun. That explains your gift of garden tools. My dad actually moved the big creek that ran through the property like 20 yards to the South to save a tree my mom really liked. It took him five years, with wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of rocks. There was an old car that had washed down the creek -- thats how big this creek was -- and he used the car to reinforce the bank, then poured concrete over the car to build a peninsula that diverted the creek and saved the tree. He built fairy towns inside of logs for my daughter. This place was just a wonderland. It was a retreat. It became the homestead for not just my family but for my extended cousins -- the same cousins that I grew up with on Uncle Jacks Indiana farm. When my parents sold the house, it was like theres no more Berninger farm left. I think thats what the fight was really about. The person who bought the house turned your old bedroom into a gun room? They sold it to a Republican who turned my old bedroom into a gun room. There are literally a dozen semiautomatic military grade assault rifles on the wall where my mom had used ferns from the yard to do fern pattern wallpaper, so that it looked like you were in a forest. I think they painted that over and hung a dozen killing machines. And this is a dear family friend. Thats whats also so messed up about it. I had all these feelings about that. Im much harder on my dads friends sometimes than my dad is. My dad and my Uncle Jack were the only Democrats I think in their whole social network. It was hard for them to be the only ones who were cool with gay marriage. So, God, my dad is totally my hero, but we still go at it sometimes. You end your notes with the line, This record isnt about my dad, but it is for him. What does that mean? The record is all my stuff -- s--t Im dealing with or that people I know are dealing with. And yeah, there is stuff about my dad, and there is stuff about my childhood. But its not a dark record about my dad at all. My dad and I talk all the time. Ive felt unconditionally loved by my mom and my dad from the second I was conscious of that. Its a show of appreciation for him if anything. I made it for myself. I made it for my dad, I made it for Willie Nelson, I made it for my daughter. But mostly for myself. This fight with your dad reminds me of the scene in Mistaken for Strangers where you upend a coat rack backstage because you are unhappy with a show. Do you find that anger can be a creative tool? Well, sure. Anger, sadness, depression, anxiety, fear, lust, self-loathing -- art is the only place for that stuff, and its the best place for all that stuff. Or a therapist. If you cant afford a therapist and you need to go more than once every two weeks then I suggest art. I suggest going to rock clubs. I suggest starting a band. I suggest making a record because making art has saved my life. It saved my soul. It saved my heart. Is that your history with therapists -- once every other week? I only started seeing a therapist a couple of years ago. I actually was a big believer in therapy before I ever started going to therapy -- just from hearing about its benefits from friends. Its funny. I found out about five years ago that my Dad had been meditating for 20 years. I was like, "Of all the bad advice youve given me, that would have been useful!" The worst advice my dad ever gave me was when I was about 13 or 14 and I think he discovered some dirty magazines, and he said, Son, I want you to know theres nothing wrong with masturbation. Just try not to make a habit of it. [Laughs.] By that time, it was already a habit. So, I was like, "Why didnt he tell me about meditation?" My dads the best. Serpentine Prison has a track, Silver Springs on which you sing, Dont suck, dont die. That was Kristin Hersh and Vic Chestnuts vow to each other. Thats where I got it from. I stole that line from Kristins book. Its a reference to the pact that these two musicians had with each other, and one of them could not keep it. When I was writing Silver Springs, I was channeling this Badlands mindset: Youve got to get your girl and get out of town. Silver Springs, Florida was a place where my family would go. The song is about the exodus of young, artsy people from the Midwest and the South to places like New York, L.A., Chicago or Austin. I feel that distinctly. I was also listening to [Bruce Springsteens] Nebraska, and a lot of that album is about hitting the road and getting out of Dodge. I wrote that song for my daughter. At some point you have to strike out and do your own thing. What was freeing about doing this solo album compared to doing one by The National? Well, I dont really write differently. The musicians Im working with color my writing a little bit, but if you took the lyrics from The National, the lyrics from EL VY and then the lyrics from this -- theyre all about the same three or four things. When Im writing melodies and lyrics, Im the same person. I dont have any other mindsets. Its just one bowl of Ramen up there. What album a song goes on; with what group; the album cover art; is there a tour; is there a movie; is there a video -- thats the craft. But when it comes to writing melodies and the lyrics, its always coming from the same vein of oil that is going through my soul or my brain. I was just about to point out that despite your success with The National, you are still able to write and sing authentically about people who are despairing or losing something big in their lives. You mentioned Springsteen earlier. After the success of Born in the U.S.A., he seemed to grapple with how to stay authentic. How do you stay in touch with that vein of oil, as you put it? I dont know. Ive had incredible artistic satisfaction and fulfillment beyond my wildest dreams. Ive talked to astronauts in space. Ive met presidents. Its f--ked up, and its amazing -- and I cant believe it. Ive also done well. I dont have any other job, and I can pay tuitions and rents and stuff just on making art. Thats really rare, and I dont take that for granted. Im so grateful, but I still struggle with all kinds of s--t. Sometimes these songs arent necessarily autobiographical. People keep asking me about the song Oh Dearie, which looks deep into the well of depression. Ive been halfway down the ladder, but Ive never been at the bottom with no ladder. But I know people that have been there for the entire time Ive known them. Or theyve only gotten halfway up the ladder. Theyve never been out of the well. That song is about those people and my empathy for them, but its not about me. Ive never been suicidal. I do write and think about suicide a lot. Ive never been afraid of thinking about slipping off this mortal coil into whatever you think of as the afterlife. I look at my daughter, and my dad looks at his children and his grandchildren -- and, probably before long, great grandchildren -- and were always thinking about their future. When my dad was building fairy villages inside hollowed-out logs for his granddaughters, he wasnt doing that for himself. He was doing that for their spirits for eternity. Theyll never forget that s--t. In addition to recording Serpentine Prison with Booker T. Jones, you started a label with him. Why? Family is family, but then there are other versions of family. A band becomes a family. A label becomes a family. Sometimes youve got to do something outside of that family. Im so grateful for the 4AD family, and I still feel a big part of it. But I wanted to start my own family. I talked to Booker about it, and he was like, "We should do that." We talked to a lot of labels, and landed with Concord, which owns Stax Records, where Booker has a really long history. We even talked about rebooting Stax for a new generation. But Booker had a mixed relationship with Stax, so he was like, Lets do our own thing. Concord also said, "Lets start fresh." So, I named it Book Records, and then I had to change it to Books Records because Scott McCaughey [from The Young Fresh Fellows] and R.E.M.s Peter Buck have a label called Book Records, which I didnt know about. Scott Devendorf found it out right before we were about to put this record out. So, this record says Book Records on it, but officially its Books Records. Will you still tour behind this album once concerts resume? Yeah. I cannot wait. Ill probably do other types of shows -- however artists are figuring out how to perform. I really miss it. What do you miss most? This the only thing I miss: The hour before the show starts and the show itself. An hour before the show is when everybody starts to get in the zone. Whatever else is going on in your life, you have to tune it all out. I like that. I like getting into that place -- putting on my suit, tying my shoes, putting on the [mic] pack, getting my ears in and getting taped up. I love that f--king five minutes before the show when you have to barf, you have to s--t -- you want to just run to the airport, but you cant. You also really want to get out there on stage, and when you walk out and see the people, I cant tell you what that feels like. Thats euphoria, mixed with terror, mixed with exhaustion, mixed with adrenaline, mixed with alcohol, mixed with weed, mixed with teardrops, mixed with sweat, mixed with a mosh pit -- and people. I get to climb all over s--t. People get to scream in my face. I get to scream in theirs. Its primal therapy. It's indescribable. Thats a pretty vivid description. But then it takes me three hours to chill out and be able to fall asleep. Then youre up at 5:00 a.m. to go to the airport. Thats the part I dont miss. But the shows, and the fans in the front rows and the people and the eye contact. You see a kid on somebodys shoulders, or you see a bunch of young women or an old guy by himself, and you connect with them. Its always f--king intense. Sometimes I get in fights with people. I get grabbed all the time. I mean, I climb over peoples seats -- I guess Im crossing borders, getting in their space -- but you dont get to assault me. I have been known to assault back, especially in the U.K. Dudes in the U.K. always want to have a funny story to tell. That s--t I dont like, but everybody else thats just crushing and singing. I like to be hugged a little bit. I like to hug people. I like getting spit in my mouth. Are the covers you recorded going to see the light of day? Yes. Two of them are out sort of. I did a cover of The Cures In Between Days, which came out on BandCamp for voter registration a couple of weeks ago. And then a Mercury Rev cover I did with Booker, Holes, came out on Seven Inches for Planned Parenthood. Theres about four or five more that are coming out on the deluxe edition of the album. A lot of your bandmates in the National have been doing side projects. Do you guys have any timetable as to when youre going to get back together to record a new album? No. Weve made so many records -- from Sleep Well Beast and I Am Easy to Find, to all the LNZNDRF stuff, the Big Red Machine stuff, the Big People Machine stuff, Royal Green and Aarons record with Taylor, Folklore -- the coffers are a little empty. Which is good. Thats always when were in a good place. I think we have finished a phase of The National, which is a good feeling. Its kind of like till the soil, plant new seeds and start watering. Were not in the phase where we can go in and write a song or do any recording yet and probably wont be for a while.
Who Should Win Top Streaming Songs Artist at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards? Vote! - Billboard
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will honor music's biggest hitmakers in just a couple of weeks, but only one can claim the title of Top Streaming Songs Artist. Post Malone, who leads this year's nominations with 16, also has the most top 10 hits on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart with 19. Travis Scott follows closely behind with 14 top 10 bangers (but earns more No. 1s with four to his name), DaBaby carries 10, Billie Eilish secures five and Lil Nas X has 2. Three of the nominees are also up for Top Streaming Song: Eilish ("bad guy"), Lil Nas X ("Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) and Malone ("Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" with Swae Lee). The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will air Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET, live from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on NBC, with Kelly Clarkson returning for her third year as the evening's host. The 2020 Billboard Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC Entertainment, the parent company of Billboard. So which Top Streaming Songs Artist nominee should take home the title at this year's BBMAs? Vote below!
BTS Make History With 10th Week at No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart - Billboard
The act is the first group to reach double-digit weeks on top.
BTS rebounds 2-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 3) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a 10th total week. The milestone marks a first among groups, as BTS is the first non-solo act to reach double-digit weeks on top, dating to the chart's 2014 inception. Here's an updated look at the acts with the most time atop the Artist 100. Among all acts, BTS is the 10th to have tallied at least 10 weeks at No. 1. Most Weeks at No. 1 on Artist 10041, Taylor Swift31, Drake20, The Weeknd14, Post Malone13, Ariana Grande12, Justin Bieber12, Ed Sheeran10, Adele10, BTS10, Billie Eilish The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity. BTS again rules the Artist 100 thanks to its first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Dynamite," which returns for a third week at the summit. The song drew 20.8 million airplay audience impressions (up 8%) and 14 million U.S. streams (up 11%) and sold 153,000 downloads (up 96%) in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. BTS became the first all-South Korean act to top the Hot 100 upon the song's debut at No. 1. The track continues to scale the top 40-based Pop Songs airplay chart, rising 16-15 for a new career-best rank for BTS. It's also the group's first entry on Adult Pop Songs, where it holds at its No. 21 high, and Adult Contemporary, where it pushes 23-22. "Dynamite" additionally becomes the first song to simultaneously top both of Billboard's new global charts.
YouTube Launches TikTok Competitor in India - Billboard
YouTube Shorts allows users to record and upload 15-second videos straight from their mobile phones.
YouTube is entering the race to usurp TikTok's dominance in the short-form video space with YouTube Shorts, a new tool that will allow users to record and upload 15-second videos straight from their mobile phones. This week, YouTube will launch an early beta of Shorts in India, which in late June banned TikTok and dozens of other Chinese-owned apps, citing security concerns. Since the ban, the popularity of TikTok competitor Triller exploded in India, surging to No. 1 on Apple's App Store in the country. In its early beta launch in India, Shorts will boast a number of creation tools similar to those on TikTok and its competitors, including a multi-segment camera allowing users to string multiple videos together; the ability to incorporate music from a library of songs; speed controls; and a timer and countdown to allow for hands-free recording. Additional creation tools will be rolled out in the coming months," the company notes. A blog post by YouTube vp product management Chris Jaffe announcing the tool emphasizes YouTubes 2 billion monthly viewers and its long-running history of minting digital stars. Creators have built entire businesses on YouTube, the post reads, and we want to enable the next generation of mobile creators to also grow a community on YouTube with Shorts. We encourage any mobile creator or artist to start uploading their existing short videos on YouTube today to start getting discovered. At launch, YouTube Shorts will be available to Android users in India only, rolling out to iOS users and additional territories at some unspecified point in the future. While YouTube users outside India dont have access to the Shorts beta, they already have the option of uploading existing vertical videos of 60 seconds or less to YouTube using the hashtag #Shorts in the title or description. Those videos are then featured in a recently-added short video section on the homepage of the YouTube app. Starting Monday (Sept. 14), users can also swipe vertically through those short videos, utilizing a navigation style first popularized by TikTok. YouTube's Shorts launch comes during a critical time for TikTok. In addition to the popular app's ban in the lucrative Indian market, its U.S. operations have been threatened by President Donald Trump, who on Aug. 6 issued an executive order forbidding any transaction by any person in the U.S. with the companys Beijing-based owner Bytedance if Bytedance failed to divest itself of TikToks U.S. operations within 45 days. On Sunday, multiple outlets reported that Bytedance had struck a deal with Oracle to keep TikTok in the U.S., shortly after rejecting Microsofts high-profile bid. India-based users interested in learning more about Shorts can navigate to YouTubes new Google forum post about the tool, which includes a sign-up link for virtual workshops.
BTS' 'Dynamite' No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for Second Week - Billboard
Plus, 24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring iann dior, hits the top 10.
BTS' "Dynamite" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. A week earlier, "Dynamite" debuted at the Hot 100's summit, marking the group's first No. 1 and the first leader on the list ever for an all-South Korean act. Additionally this week, 24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring iann dior, jumps from No. 12 to No. 8 on the Hot 100, becoming the first top 10 on the chart for each artist. The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Sept. 12) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 9, a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. yesterday). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. "Dynamite," released on BigHit Entertainment/Columbia Records, continues atop the Hot 100 on the strength of 17.5 million U.S. streams (down 49%) and 182,000 downloads sold (down 31%) in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 16 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 38%) in the week ending Sept. 6. "Dynamite" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart and drops 3-9 on Streaming Songs. (Of the 43 songs that have entered the Hot 100 at No. 1 all-time, "Dynamite" is the 20th to have remained on top in its second week.) Helping "Dynamite" in its second week of availability, "Poolside" and "Tropical" remixes of the song were released Aug. 28 and sale-priced to 69 cents during the tracking week. They joined the original version, EDM and acoustic remixes and an instrumental version (also each sale-priced to 69 cents during the week), released Aug. 21. With 182,000 downloads sold in its second week after opening with 265,000 downloads sold in its first frame, "Dynamite" is the first song to have sold over 180,000 downloads in consecutive weeks in nearly four years, since The Chainsmokers' "Closer," featuring Halsey (208,000, Sept. 17, 2016; 199,000, Sept. 24, 2016). "Dynamite" is additionally the first song to have sold over 180,000 downloads in its first two weeks of release (unlike "Closer") since Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" (379,000, May 28, 2016; 204,000, June 4, 2016). Plus, on the mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart, BTS hits a new career-best rank, as "Dynamite" rises 20-18. The track also becomes the group's first entry on the adult top 40-based Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, where it debuts at No. 29. Cardi B's "WAP," featuring Megan Thee Stallion, posts a second week at No. 2 on the Hot 100 after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1. It adds a third week atop Streaming Songs (58.5 million, down 10%); slips 2-3 on Digital Song Sales (20,000, down 20%); and jumps 46-32 on Radio Songs (24.5 million, up 31%). "WAP" logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which employ the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100. Drake's "Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring Lil Durk, holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after debuting at No. 2 two weeks earlier, and DaBaby's seven-week leader "Rockstar," featuring Roddy Ricch, is likewise steady at No. 4. The Weeknd's former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Blinding Lights" keeps at No. 5, as it spends a record-extending 22nd week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (79.6 million, down 1%). It rules the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a record-furthering 25th week. After The Weeknd performed "Lights" to kick off the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 30, the song wins the Hot 100's top Sales Gainer award, up 54% to 13,000 sold in the week ending Sept. 3. As for its Hot 100 longevity, "Lights" spends a 26th week in the top five, moving to within a week of tying for the most time logged in the region over the chart's 62-year history. Most Weeks in Hot 100's Top Five27, "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran, No. 1 peak (12 weeks), 201727, "Closer," The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, No. 1 (12), 2016-1726, "Blinding Lights," The Weeknd, No. 1 (four), 202026, "Circles," Post Malone, No. 1 (three), 2019-2025, "Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, No. 1 (14), 2014-1525, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, 1997-9824, "Girls Like You," Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, No. 1 (seven), 201824, "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars, No. 1 (one), 201723, "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, No. 1 (19), 201923, "Without Me," Halsey, No. 1 (two), 2018-1923, "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, No. 1 (16), 201723, "The Twist," Chubby Checker, No. 1 (three), 1960-61-62 Harry Styles' former one-week Hot 100 leader "Watermelon Sugar" rises 7-6, swapping spots with Jack Harlow's "Whats Poppin," featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, after it peaked at No. 2. 24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring iann dior, jumps from No. 12 to No. 8 on the Hot 100, claiming top Streaming and Airplay Gainer honors. The collab climbs 6-3 on Streaming Songs (23.6 million, up 13%) and surges by 105% to 16 million in airplay audience. It retreats 9-12 on Digital Song Sales but with a 7% gain to 8,000 sold. For 24kGoldn (real name: Golden Landis Von Jones), "Mood" is his first Hot 100 top 10 and second total entry, after "Valentino" spent a week at No. 92 last November. Dior (real name: Michael Ian Olmo) reaches the top 10 in his first visit to the chart. "Mood" concurrently crowns the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for a second week each and holds at No. 5 on Hot Rap Songs. Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's "Savage Love (Laxed Siren Beat)" keeps at No. 9, after reaching No. 7, and Lewis Capaldi's "Before You Go" holds at its No. 10 high. Again, for all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated Sept. 12), including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 9).
Selena Gomez & Blackpink Bring Fans Behind the Scenes of 'Ice Cream': Watch - Billboard
Selena Gomez kicked off her weekend with an inside look at the making of her sweet new "Ice Cream" video with Blackpink. "Blackpink, they're very known for their videos and they're known for their personalities, so I felt like I got to step into their world a little bit," she said from the set in Los Angeles, where she was fanning herself off on a very hot day. "Ironically," Gomez joked, "hot enough to have ice cream." The singer got to speak over video chat to the girls of Blackpink, who were in Korea, and offered a glimpse of their adorable virtual meeting to fans. "I wish that I was there with them... I guarantee you there's this energy that we could have if we could be in the same place, but we're being safe," she said in the clip. On Friday, Blackpink also shared a short video showing what was like to film "Ice Cream" -- including a look at their choreography. Check out both of those behind-the-scenes clips below.
Selena Gomez's 'Ice Cream' Collab With Blackpink Is a 'Dream' Come True - Billboard
Everyone likes "Ice Cream," right? The forthcoming team-up with Selena Gomez and Blackpink sounds irresistible. Gomez knows all about it. The U.S. singer caught up with the K-pop stars for a chat about their upcoming song titled "Ice Cream," which debuts this Friday (Aug. 28). And it was so, so sweet. "I'm so stoked. I've been a fan of you guys," Selena says via an IG Story. "This is a big, big dream for me." No doubt the girl group are feeling dreamy too. Their self-titled debut studio set, Blackpink: The Album, is set for release Oct. 2 via YG Entertainment and Interscope Records. The four-piece are coming off their highest entries on the Hot 100 with "How You Like That" and Lady Gaga collab "Sour Candy," both of which peaked at No. 33 on the chart. Watch Gomez chat with Blackpink here.
Taylor Swift Debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100 With 'Cardigan,' Is 1st Artist to Open Atop Hot 100 & Billboard 200 in - Billboard
Plus, the set's "The 1" & "Exile" open in the Hot 100's top 10.
Taylor Swift's "Cardigan" blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song is from Swift's new LP Folklore, which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as Swift becomes the first artist ever to debut at No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in the same week. Folklore was released July 24 on Republic Records, after being first teased by Swift only the day before. "Cardigan" is joined by two other songs from the set that debut in the Hot 100's top 10: "The 1," at No. 4, and "Exile," featuring Bon Iver, at No. 6. Plus, Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's "Savage Love (Laxed Siren Beat)" enters the Hot 100's top 10, rising 12-10. Let's run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Aug. 8) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 4). "Cardigan," the 1,106th No. 1 in the Hot 100's 62-year history, enters with 34 million U.S. streams and 71,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It concurrently debuts atop both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts. The song also drew 12.7 million in all-format radio airplay audience in the week ending Aug. 2. Here are 13 (famously Swift's favorite number) notable achievements surrounding the chart arrival of Folklore and its songs. First artist ever to debut atop Hot 100 & Billboard 200 simultaneously: With "Cardigan" and Folklore, Swift is the first artist to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in the same week. The Billboard 200 began on March 24, 1956, and the Hot 100 originated on Aug. 4, 1958. 41st song to debut at No. 1 on Hot 100: "Cardigan" is the 41st song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It's Swift's second, after "Shake It Off" on the chart dated Sept. 6, 2014. Swift is the seventh artist with multiple No. 1 Hot 100 entrances, joining Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Drake, Ariana Grande (the leaders with three each), Travis Scott and Britney Spears (two each). Meanwhile, "Cardigan" is the sixth song to debut atop the Hot 100 in 2020, extending the record for the most in a single year. Four songs each started at No. 1 in both 2018 and 1995. Swift's sixth No. 1: Swift scores her sixth Hot 100 leader. Here's a recap: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," three weeks, beginning Sept. 1, 2012"Shake It Off," four weeks, beginning Sept. 6, 2014"Blank Space," seven weeks, beginning Nov. 29, 2014"Bad Blood," feat. Kendrick Lamar, one week, June 6, 2015"Look What You Made Me Do," three weeks, beginning Sept. 16, 2017"Cardigan," one week to-date, Aug. 8, 2020 Swift is the 26th artist in the Hot 100's history with at least six No. 1s, and the ninth solo woman. The Beatles lead all acts with 20 No. 1s, followed by Carey with 19. First woman to debut two songs in top five simultaneously: With "Cardigan" at No. 1 and "The 1" at No. 4, Swift is the first woman, and third act overall, to debut two songs in the Hot 100's top five simultaneously. Lil Wayne first earned the honor with "Mona Lisa," featuring Kendrick Lamar (No. 2), and "Don't Cry," featuring XXXTentacion (No. 5), on Oct. 13, 2018. Just two weeks ago, on the July 25 chart, the late Juice WRLD entered at Nos. 2 and 5, respectively, with "Come & Go," with Marshmello, and "Wishing Well." Swift is, thus, the first artist to debut two songs in the Hot 100's top four spots simultaneously. Three debuts in top 10: As "Cardigan," "The 1" and "Exile" arrive at Nos. 1, 4 and 6, respectively, Swift debuts three songs in the Hot 100's top 10 simultaneously for the first time. She's the sixth artist to accomplish the feat, following Drake (July 14, 2018), Lil Wayne (Oct. 13, 2018) and Juice WRLD (July 25), who share the record with four debuts each in the top 10 simultaneously, and J. Cole (May 5, 2018) and Lil Uzi Vert (March 21, 2020), each with three. Further, Swift is the first artist to debut three songs in the Hot 100's top six spots in a single week. Swift up to 28 career top 10s, tied for sixth-most: Swift swells her count of career Hot 100 top 10s from 25 to 28, tying Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder for the sixth-best sum. Here is a recap of the acts with the most Hot 100 top 10s, dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, inception (two years after Elvis Presley's commercial breakthrough): Most Hot 100 Top 10s40, Drake38, Madonna34, The Beatles31, Rihanna30, Michael Jackson28, Mariah Carey28, Taylor Swift28, Stevie Wonder27, Elton John27, Janet Jackson25, Lil Wayne25, Elvis Presley 18 career top 10 debuts: Swift extends her record among women for the most debuts in the Hot 100's top 10, as her three new arrivals lift her total to 18. Among all acts, only Drake has more: 25. 16 songs from Folklore hit Hot 100: Swift sends the entirety of the standard edition of Folklore onto the Hot 100, as its 16 songs enter the chart, from "Cardigan" at No. 1 to album closer "Hoax" at No. 71. Folklore is Swift's second consecutive album whose standard version has fully infused the Hot 100: 18 songs from Lover, which soared in atop the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 7, 2019, charted on the Hot 100 the same week. Swift passes Nicki Minaj for most Hot 100 entries among women: Swift surges from 97 career Hot 100 entries to 113, passing Nicki Minaj (110) for the most among women. Swift also becomes the 10th act with at least 100 Hot 100 entries, as she ascends to the fourth-best total. Here's an updated leaderboard: Most Hot 100 Entries224, Drake207, Glee Cast169, Lil Wayne113, Taylor Swift111, Future110, Nicki Minaj109, Elvis Presley108, Kanye West101, Chris Brown100, Jay-Z First solo woman at No. 1 since January: "Cardigan" is the first Hot 100 No. 1 billed solely to one woman since Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" logged three weeks on top from Dec. 21, 2019, through Jan. 4. Before that, Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" led the Nov. 9 list. 'Cardigan' No. 1 in streams & sales: With 34 million U.S. streams and 71,000 sold in the week ending July 30, "Cardigan" starts as the most-streamed and top-selling song of the week. Swift scores her third Streaming Songs No. 1 and her record-extending 20th Digital Song Sales No. 1, furthering her lead on the latter list over runner-up Rihanna (14). "Cardigan" was on sale in Swift's webstore via multiple physical/digital combination offerings during the tracking week, ending July 30, including an alternate "Cabin in Candlelight" version released July 29. Consumers could purchase CD and vinyl singles, each with a digital download; the download would be sent to consumers upon purchase, with physical versions due to arrive at a later date. Radio tries on 'Cardigan': "Cardigan" drew 12.7 million in radio airplay audience in its first full week, ending Aug. 2. It rises 26-17 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart and debuts at No. 19 on Adult Contemporary and No. 27 on Pop Songs. Bon Iver's first Hot 100 top 10: With "Exile" debuting at No. 6 on the Hot 100, Bon Iver earns its first top 10 on the chart. The act, fronted by Justin Vernon, previously charted two titles, both in 2010 as featured on songs on Kanye West's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, led by the No. 18-peaking "Monster," also featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Minaj. "Cardigan" dethrones DaBaby's seven-week Hot 100 leader "Rockstar," featuring Roddy Ricch. The track holds at No. 2 on the Radio Songs chart (67.9 million, up 10%) and dips to No. 3 on Streaming Songs, after nine weeks at No. 1 (32.9 million, down 9%), and 5-7 on Digital Song Sales (10,000, down 6%). "Rockstar" concurrently rules the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for an eighth week each. Jack Harlow's "Whats Poppin," featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, drops to No. 3 on the Hot 100 from its No. 2 high. The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" descends 4-5 on the Hot 100, following its four-week rule. It tops Radio Songs for a 17th frame (76.2 million in audience, up 2%), moving to within a week of potentially tying for the longest command since the chart started in December 1990. Most Weeks at No. 1 on Radio Songs18, "Iris," Goo Goo Dolls, beginning Aug. 1, 199817, "Blinding Lights," The Weeknd, April 18, 202016, "Girls Like You," Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, Aug. 4, 201816, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, May 28, 200516, "Don't Speak," No Doubt, Dec. 7, 1996 "Blinding Lights" tops the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a record-tying 20th week. It joins three other songs for a share of the mark, including another by The Weeknd, dating to the list's October 2012 start: Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla (2016); The Weeknd's "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk (2016-17); and Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" (2017). Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" holds at its No. 7 Hot 100 high; SAINt JHN's "Roses" slides 5-8, after reaching No. 4; and Megan Thee Stallion's former one-week leader "Savage," featuring Beyoncé, falls 6-9. Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's "Savage Love (Laxed Siren Beat)" enters the tier, rising 12-10. The track retreats 3-4 on Digital Song Sales, although with a 14% advance to 13,000 sold, and 10-17 on Streaming Songs, but with a 1% gain to 17.9 million U.S. streams, while climbing 40-33 on Radio Songs (23.5 million, up 23%). New Zealand producer Jawsh 685 (real name: Joshua Nanai) hits the Hot 100's top 10 in his first visit to the chart, while Derulo adds his seventh top 10 and first since the No. 5-peaking "Want to Want Me" in 2015. (A "savage" garden: Three songs with "savage" in their titles have hit the Hot 100 all-time, and two of them rank back-to-back at Nos. 9 and 10 this week. The other? Rod Hart's "C.b. Savage," which reached No. 67 in 1977.) For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 8), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.
The Best Fan Reactions to Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' Hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 - Billboard
Before Taylor Swift's Folklore officially topped the Billboard 200, fans were waiting with bated breath for the numbers to come in. Swifties did their research and predicted that Swift's seventh studio album might break some records. "Turn notifications on now!" one fan account alerted. Indeed, Folklore stood on its tallest tiptoes, spinning straight to No. 1. It debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 846,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The surprise album also hit a lot of other marks. Some highlights: It's Swift's seventh No. 1 album, and all seven of those No. 1 albums have debuted in the top spot (a record among female artists). It's also the biggest release of 2020 so far -- and the largest week registered for any album since her own Lover last summer. Fans were swift to make it known they're delighted over Folklore's accomplishments, many of them proudly proclaiming, "Taylor Swift IS the music industry." See some of the best reactions below.