With just days to go until the release of The Album, Blackpink has served fans a new teaser of what’s to come.
Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa tweeted a poster previewing “Lovesick Girls” as a “title” (or main) track from their upcoming debut full-length studio album Sunday night (Sept. 27).
The teaser poster shows the song name and the girls leaning on one another in nighttime lighting, with a reminder of The Album’s almost here Oct. 2 release date.
Blackpink has already treated fans to two tracks ahead of the album drop, “How You Like That” and the Selena Gomez collaboration “Ice Cream.”
See the “Lovesick Girls” teaser poster below.
— BLACKPINKOFFICIAL (@BLACKPINK) September 28, 2020
Blackpink Announces New Single From ‘The Album’
Mariah Carey was recording Daydream by day and a very different album by night in the mid-’90s. In her new memoir, the pop star reveals that she worked on a rock album with the band Chick around the time period of the Daydream sessions.
“Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream,” Carey wrote on Twitter, where she shared an excerpt from her upcoming book, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, Sunday afternoon (Sept. 27). “Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days.”
“Here’s a little of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey,” she said.
Carey added in her tweet, “S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ me as a hidden layer.”
In the excerpt, she admitted, “I actually started to love the songs.”
“I would fully commit to my character,” she wrote. “I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time. You know the ones who seemed to be so carefree with their feelings and their image. They could be angry, angsty, and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips, and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and manicured. I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery — but I also wanted to laugh. I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night.”
Read it, and hear a music clip with her background vocals circa 1995, in the post below.
Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days. Here's a little of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ me as a hidden layer #Chick #TMOMC pic.twitter.com/Re23t5whcd
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 27, 2020
Mariah Carey Says She Worked On an Alternative Album While Recording ‘Daydream’
“More life to the man that gave me everything I have!!!” Drake wrote on Instagram, where he shared a series of photos of the pair on Sunday (Sept. 27).
“My GOAT,” he added, “and not just on some emoji s—.”
“Sometimes I wanna drop a tear but no emotions from a king…shall be…so I be…who I be…that’s me…that’s Weezy F Baby and please say the mothaf—in,” Drake said, referencing a Wayne track.
The pictures included throwback performance shots, memories from their “HYFR” video and Drake’s hilarious SNL skit where he played Lil Wayne as Steve Urkel.
Chance the Rapper also gave Wayne a shout-out on Sunday.
“You were the first mixtape I heard. You got me my first grammy. You got me my first number 1. From childhood through fatherhood, always been there for me. Happy Bday to the greatest,” Chance wrote before posting some of his all-time favorite Lil Wayne bars.
Drake, Chance the Rapper Honor ‘GOAT’ Lil Wayne on His Birthday
Taylor Swift’s Folklore album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, collecting a seventh nonconsecutive week atop the tally. In doing so, Swift surpasses Whitney Houston’s longstanding record, among women, for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1, across all of her chart-topping albums. Swift’s total weeks at No. 1 now stands at 47, one more than Houston’s tally of 46. Folklore earned 87,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 24 (up 97 percent), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Oct. 3-dated chart (where Folklore returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Sept. 29. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Folklore’s 87,000 units earned in the tracking week ending Sept. 24, album sales comprise 56,000 (up 339 percent), SEA units comprise 30,000 (down 4 percent) equaling 39.8 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs) and TEA units total 1,000 (up 38 percent).
Folklore’s fortunes perked up in the newest tracking week, as Swift sold more signed CD copies of the album through her official webstore and via independent record stores (as she’s done in previous weeks) and also issued more merchandise/album bundles in her webstore. She additionally profits from the release of a new live version of the album’s single “Betty,” as performed on the Academy of Country Music Awards (held on Sept. 16). The live rendition was released to YouTube shortly after the awards, while it reached digital retail and other streaming services on Sept. 18. For tracking purposes, the new version of “Betty” is combined with its original version.
Swift also promoted Folklore on streaming services with another release (on Sept. 21) of a thematic “chapter” of songs from the album (as she’s done in previous weeks). Such collections of songs get prominent placement on streaming services, appearing as the latest release from Swift.
As noted above, Folklore returns to No. 1 for a seventh nonconsecutive week on top. In doing so, Swift’s total weeks at No. 1 — across all seven of her chart-topping albums — now stands at 47, a new record among female artists. She surpasses Whitney Houston’s sum of 46 weeks at No. 1. (Houston held the record for the most weeks at No. 1 among women since 1987.)
Houston notched four No. 1 albums: her self-titled debut (14 weeks at No. 1 in 1986), her sophomore release Whitney (11 in 1987), The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 in 1992-93) and I Look to You (one week in 2009).
Following Swift and Houston, Adele has the third-most weeks at No. 1 among women, with 34 weeks from her two No. 1s: 21 (24 in 2011-12) and 25 (10 in 2015-16).
The all-time leaders with the most weeks at No. 1 are The Beatles, with 132 weeks at No. 1 across their record 19 chart-topping albums. The male act (and solo artist) with the most weeks atop the list is Elvis Presley, with 67.
Here’s a roundup of every act with at least 30 weeks at No. 1, since the Billboard 200 chart began publishing on a regular weekly basis on March 24, 1956: The Beatles (132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67), Garth Brooks (52), Michael Jackson (51), Taylor Swift (47), Whitney Houston (46), The Kingston Trio (46), Elton John (39), Fleetwood Mac (38), The Rolling Stones (38), Harry Belafonte (37), The Monkees (37), Prince (35), Adele (34), Eminem (34), Eagles (30) and Mariah Carey (30).
Folklore additionally continues to have the most weeks at No. 1 for any album since Drake’s Views ruled for 13 nonconsecutive weeks in 2016. Folklore also continues to have the most weeks at No. 1 among all non-R&B/hip-hop titles, and albums by women, since Adele’s 25 landed 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2015-16.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Pop Smoke’s former leader, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, is a non-mover with 75,000 equivalent album units earned (up 2 percent).
YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s Top falls from No. 1 to No. 3 in its second week on the list, earning 63,000 equivalent album units (down 50 percent).
Alicia Keys collects her eighth top 10 album, as her latest studio effort, Alicia, bows at No. 4 with 62,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 51,000 are from album sales, 10,000 from SEA units (equaling 13.6 million in on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and 1,000 from TEA units. Alicia’s album sales were bolstered by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with her upcoming U.S. tour, which was slated to begin on July 28, but has since been postponed to 2021.
Alicia was initially set for release on March 20, but was delayed due to concerns relating to COVID-19. Alicia is Keys’ first studio set since 2016’s Here debuted and peaked at No. 2.
All seven of Keys’ studio albums have reached the top four on the Billboard 200. She additionally logged a top 10 with the No. 1 live set Unplugged in 2005.
Juice WRLD’s former leader Legends Never Die slips from No. 3 to No. 5 with 51,000 equivalent album units (down 4 percent).
Rappers Moneybagg Yo and Blac Youngsta team up for the No. 6 arrival of their collaborative album Code Red (a little over 40,000 equivalent album units earned). Of that sum, nearly 37,000 are from SEA units (equaling 51.5 million in on-demand streams of the set’s tracks), 3,000 from album sales and 1,000 from TEA units. Code Red is Moneybagg Yo’s second top 10 of 2020 (following the No. 3 peak of Time Served in January) and fourth top 10 overall. It’s the first top 10 for Blac Youngsta, who had previously gone as high as No. 42 with 223 in 2018.
Keith Urban nabs his eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200, as The Speed of Now, Part 1 arrives at No. 7 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 27,000 are from album sales, 10,000 from SEA units (equaling 13.3 million in on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and 2,000 from TEA units.
Urban also marks his 20th anniversary on the Billboard 200, as his self-titled debut U.S. album arrived on the list dated Aug. 26, 2000 (at No. 188). It later peaked at No. 145. He followed it up with Golden Road, a No. 11-peaking set in 2002. He scored his first top 10 with his next release, Be Here, which reached No. 3 in 2004. (Urban made his overall Billboard chart debut — across all charts — on Aug. 28, 1999, when his single “It’s a Love Thing” debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart.)
The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical, falls from No. 5 to No. 8 with 39,000 equivalent album units earned (down 5 percent). Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn slides from No. 6 to No. 9 with 38,000 units (down 4 percent).
The fourth and final debut in the top 10 is Lil Tecca’s Virgo World at No. 10 with 34,000 equivalent album units earned. It’s the rapper’s second chart entry and second top 10, following We Love You Tecca (No. 4 in 2019). Of Virgo World’s starting sum, 30,000 are from SEA units (equaling 42.6 million in on-demand streams of the set’s tracks), 4,000 from album sales and a negligible sum from TEA units.
Taylor Swift Surpasses Whitney Houston for Most Weeks at No. 1 Among Women in Billboard 200’s History
The weather may be cooling off as autumn gets rolling, but livestreamed concerts and events are still going strong.
This week’s shows include the first of two sets by Machine Gun Kelly, BLACKPINK’S pre-album release event, a music festival to get out the vote, and much more.
Since the global coronavirus pandemic began, artists around the world have canceled tour dates. Instead, they’ve been playing sets from home, and more recently, streaming from empty venues to keep fans entertained as people stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Below is a list of some of the musical performances to enjoy from your couch this week. As more events are announced, we’ll add them to this list.
Sept. 29: Daughtry is playing a livestream acoustic set from Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom. The show begins at 9 p.m. ET; tickets start at $10.
Oct. 1: Machine Gun Kelly is livestreaming his first of two sets from L.A.’s Roxy this week. On Oct. 1, he’ll be playing his new album, Tickets to My Downfall; on the 8th, he’ll perform Hotel Diablo in full. Both shows begin at 9 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now.
BLACKPINK is doing a livestream event just hours before the group’s highly anticipated studio debut LP, The Album, drops. The event, titled “Comeback Live,” begins at 9 p.m. ET on South Korean streaming service VLive.
Oct. 2: Corey Taylor is hosting a record release livestream called “Forum or Against ‘Em” at The Forum in Los Angeles in celebration of his debut solo album, CMFT. He is set to perform songs from the album, plus Slipknot and Stone Sour tracks and some cover songs. Tickets for the show, which will be broadcast at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET, can be purchased here.
Oct. 3: One-day music festival Democracy Comes Alive will feature performances by Bruce Hornsby, G. Love, members of the String Cheese Incident and more. The event, in partnership with HeadCount, urges viewers to cast a ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. The event begins at 1 p.m. ET; visit DemocracyComesAlive.com for more information.
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Zayn’s latest song “Better” has topped this week’s new music poll.
Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Sept. 25) on Billboard, choosing the 27-year-old singer’s mellow R&B ballad as their favorite new music release of the past week.
“Better,” co-written by Zayn, is slated for his upcoming third album, which is described in a release as his “most personal project to date. With total creative reign on his third album, Zayn is making the music he has always wanted to.” The accompanying video, directed by Ryan Hope, finds him waking up alone in in an empty house while some unknown figures surveil him from afar.
Zayn recently welcomed his first child, a baby girl, with girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
Placing second on this week’s poll was the “other” category, which accounted for 3 percent of the vote.
Coming in third on the tally with nearly 2 percent of the vote was Scott’s new song “Franchise,” featuring Young Thug and M.I.A. The track’s accompanying visual, which debuted globally in IMAX theaters on Sept. 24, spotlights Scott parading around basketball icon Michael Jordan’s mansion.
See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below.
Fans Choose Zayn’s ‘Better’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music
“We have talked several times and we knew before anyone else did,” Bass revealed about the new baby’s arrival after Entertainment Tonight’s Katie Krause asked him on Friday (Sept. 25) about reports that the singer-actor and wife Jessica Biel are now a family of four. “It’s been a fun celebration and they’re very, very happy!”
“It’s all about baby! It’s all about the new one they just brought in,” Bass added about their discussions in the *NSYNC group chat. “It’s all been conversations about a newborn.”
While the singer-turned-podcaster revealed the little one’s arrival, he declined to share additional details about the newest Timberlake family member. “I’m not gonna tell the name!” laughed the singer, who started doing The Daily Popcast a few months ago. “That’s a good question, but there’s no way. He would kill me!”
But he did say that the infant is most definitely “cute.” “It’s Justin and Jess’s baby!” he exclaimed. “Of course it is!”
Billboard has reached out to reps for Timberlake and Biel.
Reports swirled in July that the couple — who married in 2012 and are parents to 5-year-old son Silas — had welcomed a second child. Timberlake and Biel have yet to publicly confirm the news themselves.
Lance Bass Says Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Have Welcomed Baby No. 2: ‘They’re Very, Very Happy!’
Jennifer Lopez shared a heartfelt message from her 12-year-old daughter, Emme Muñiz, in honor of National Daughter’s Day.
The 51-year-old superstar took to Instagram on Friday (Sept. 25) to share the sweet video in which Emme tells her how much she loves and misses her.
“Hi, Mom! I just want to let you know that you’re the best mom — actually, you’re over there — you’re the best mom in the whole entire world, and I couldn’t ask for a better one,” says Emme, Lopez’s daughter with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
“I really miss you, and I love you. Well, I want to make this before you come over because it’s supposed to be a surprise. I really love you and you’re the best mom in the whole entire world, and I don’t know what I would do without you — well, technically nothing. But I don’t know what I would do without you and I love you very much.”
Emme finished the video by telling her mom to rewatch the clip anytime she’s feeling “sad” or missing her.
“Happy #nationaldaughtersday to this lil coconut… you are my sunshine and my whole heart…,” Lopez captioned the video.
I just don’t overthink it,” she said of her big moment in February alongside Lopez and Shakira. “I get up there and do it.”
Jennifer Lopez Shares Sweet Message From Her Daughter Emme: ‘You’re the Best Mom’
Blackpink in your area! Well, almost. The K-pop sensations are just one week away from releasing their debut full-length studio album.
As the release date for the wildly-anticipated release draws steadily nearer, it’s worth highlighting that Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa have been busy these past few years. The group has collaborated with Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez, made history as the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella, and earned the highest-charting hits of their careers.
Meanwhile, Blinks around the globe have been gifted teaser posters galore, a pair of high-profile singles, exclusive collectible merch, and even a line of Blackpink dolls!
Below, Billboard breaks down everything we know thus far about the group’s long-awaited debut album.
While much about the LP remains shrouded in mystery, we do know its title: Blackpink: The Album. The cover art for the album depicts a shining pink crown against a stark black background, which was first unveiled in a teaser poster by YG Entertainment back in July along with the album’s official release date. Which, speaking of release dates…
#BLACKPINK THE ALBUM TEASER POSTER
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) July 28, 2020
It’s coming this fall
Blackpink’s debut album is set to be released Oct. 2. That’s just a little over four years after the girls first burst onto the K-pop scene with Square One, their debut single album, which featured the group’s first two tracks: “Whistle” and “Boombayah.” In the interim, they’ve released three live albums, a Japanese studio set and multiple EPs, including 2018’s Square Up and 2019’s Kill This Love.
The album will include “How You Like That” & “Ice Cream”
So far, the girl group has dropped two tracks in the lead-up to the album’s release — swaggering lead single “How You Like That” and Selena Gomez collaboration “Ice Cream” — giving fans a taste of what they can expect from the rest of the project.
The girls perfected the album in quarantine
While Blackpink had originally planned to be on a world tour this summer, the global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped them from using the extra time on their hands in isolation to polish the forthcoming record.
“I think it’s made us more focused into completing the album and making it the best thing we can give to our fans, and perfecting it and everything,” Rosé dished during a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, adding, “I feel like this album could get a lot of light and energy to everybody being stuck at home not knowing what to do hopefully this can cheer them up.”
The band dropped sets of new teaser posters
In the lead-up to The Album’s release, YG Entertainment unveiled two sets of teaser posters, with Rosé, Lisa, Jisoo and Jennie each stunning in a pair of moody, high-fashion looks. Meanwhile, the group teaser visual features all four members of the girl group with their backs to the camera, strutting off into an eerie greenish night.
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ ROSÉ TEASER POSTER #1
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 25, 2020
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ ROSÉ TEASER POSTER #2
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 25, 2020
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ LISA TEASER POSTER #1
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 24, 2020
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ LISA TEASER POSTER #2
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 24, 2020
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ JISOO TEASER POSTER #1
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 22, 2020
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ JISOO TEASER POSTER #2
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 22, 2020
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ JENNIE TEASER POSTER #1
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 23, 2020
#BLACKPINK ‘THE ALBUM’ JENNIE TEASER POSTER #2
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 23, 2020
#BLACKPINK COMING SOON POSTER
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) September 21, 2020
Blackpink ramped up the anticipation
The quartet continued build up the hype surrounding their upcoming studio debut LP by announcing a livestream event called “Comeback Live” on Sept. 26. Little else was shared about the live event, other than the date and time: Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET — a mere three hours before their record is set to drop. Later that day, and into the early morning hours of Sept. 27, the girls continued to tease The Album by releasing four concept teaser videos — one each per singer.
Everything We Know About Blackpink’s Debut Album (So Far)
BTS ARMY, rejoice! The K-pop giants have set a release date for their new album.
The seven-member group will release BE (Deluxe Edition), the follow-up to 2020’s Map of the Soul: 7, on Nov. 20, per a tweet from Big Hit Entertainment. Pre-orders begin at 10 p.m. ET Monday (Sept. 28).
“The new album imparts a message of healing to the world by declaring, ‘Even in the face of this new normality, our life goes on,'” BTS said in an announcement, according to Variety.
“For this album in particular, the septet took a step further and was involved not only in the music making process, but also in the overall production: concept, composition, design, etc.,” the announcement notes, adding that the set “reflects the thoughts, emotions and deepest ruminations of BTS while working on the album. This new project offers an even richer musical spectrum experience as well as the most ‘BTS-ish’ music yet.”
BTS are currently gearing up for a weeklong takeover of The Tonight Show that will have them performing, chatting and playing games during the week of Sept. 28. “BTS Week” will feature a unique performance every night, including a blitz through their chart-topping hit “Dynamite,” as well as skits with host Jimmy Fallon and a virtual interview.
BTS recently made history with “Dynamite,” its first-ever English-language track. Earlier this month, the song became their career-first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The track’s official music video also broke the YouTube record for the biggest first-day debut with 101.1 million views within 24 hours of its release.
See Big Hit Entertainment’s announcement of the EP below:
— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) September 27, 2020
BTS Sets Release Date for New Album ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’
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