Lady Gaga is set for her sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Prognosticators suggest the music superstar’s latest effort, Chromatica, could launch atop next week’s tally with over 250,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 4.
Chromatica was released on May 29 via Interscope Records and led by the singles “Stupid Love” and “Rain On Me,” with Ariana Grande. The former debuted and peaked
- Steve Priest, bassist, vocalist and founding member of glam rockers The Sweet, sometimes called Sweet, has died aged 72, the band have confirmed.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce at 8:25am PT today, Steve Priest, founding member of The Sweet, passed away,” reads a post on the band’s Facebook. “He is survived by his wife, Maureen, three daughters, Lisa, Danielle & Maggie and 3 grandchildren, Jordan, Jade & Hazel.”
Dear Friends and Fans,We have very
- The creative team and producers behind Broadway’s Slave Play voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in a statement yesterday (June 3) and donated $10,000 to the National Bailout Fund.
“For too long we have witnessed Black bodies be made objects to consume and destroy by agents of white supremacy, as Black people have been forced to fight for their right to be. This week across out nation Black voices have yelled out as one to say ‘Enough is enough,'” th
- BTS have told their fans they "stand against racial discrimination".
- As BTS continues to be a force on Billboard’s charts, its individual members are beginning to pad their solo chart résumés.
Agust D, who also goes by SUGA, becomes the second member of BTS to score a solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100, as his single “Daechwita” opens at No. 76 on the chart dated June 6.
“Daechwita” debuts with 4 million U.S. streams and 17,000 sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.Agust D joins fellow BTS member
- Code found in the latest beta version of iOS hints that an Apple subscriptions ‘mega’ bundle is coming. The services bundle is suspected to include Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple News+ as one subscription. Last year Apple introduced several subscription services – leading many to complain of subscription fatigue. Bundling all Apple subscriptions into […]The post Apple’s Mega-Bundle (Apple Music, TV+, News+) Is Getting Closer to Reality appeared first on Digital
- Amid national outrage over the recent death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, thousands of people have taken the streets to protest demanding justice for Floyd and other black citizens who have died in the hands of police.
Dominican-American Amara La Negra (real name: Diana de los Santos) was among the protestors who marched in solidarity with Black Lives Matter in Miami over the weekend. “I have spoken on every sing
- Following a dispute and fruitless negotiation with its partner college, the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) has announced that it is permanently shutting down. Detroit Institute of Music Education officials broke the unfortunate news to students in an email on Monday. The high-profile music school too […]The post Detroit Institute of Music Education Is Shutting Down After 6 Years appeared first on Digital Music News.
- Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says that he no longer feels motivated to play music, following the death of the band’s drummer Neil Peart earlier this year.
Read more: Neil Peart obituary, 1952-2020: The Professor of drums who weaved fantasy into rock
Speaking on the sports radio program Talkin’ Golf (via Rolling Stone) Lifeson was asked whether Rush would continue without their influential percussionist.
“After Neil passed in January, I’ve played very little guita
- Belgian dance mega-fest Tomorrowland has announced an upcoming online festival, Tomorrowland Around the World. The two-day event will happen June 25-27, dates that were originally supposed to host the second weekend of the two-weekend festival before it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, the interactive online festival will feature performances from many dance world stars. (A lineup for the event has not yet been announced.) Tomorrowland Around the World will feature ei
- Just two months after launch, Quibi is slashing executive pay by 10%. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the economy hard, but some sectors are seeing massive boosts. Streaming video is up more than 25% in the last few months, but launching a new product is hard. Quibi’s initial launch seemed strong, though its three-month trial […]The post Quibi Is Cutting Senior Executive Pay by 10% – But Insists No Layoffs appeared first on Digital Music News.
- Creeper are auctioning off a selection of special items on eBay in aid of the Black Lives Matter movement.Read More: “It’s a cry out for justice”: on the scene at London’s Black Lives Matter protestA number of BLM protests have been held in the US, UK and other locations across the globe over the last week following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Southhampton band, who are set to return with a new album in July, have now offered their suppor
- When Will Child got in trouble at school as a kid in Leeds, England, his art usually got him out of it. “I used to love doing caricatures,” he says on the phone from Bristol, where he’s lived since February after spending three years in London. “I used it as a tool to get around teachers ’cause they weren’t always that fond of me. When I had a run-in with one, I’d give them a drawing of themself.”
Little did he know that one day his art hobby, and
- Just a week after her former “Telephone” co-star Beyoncé became the second artist to notch a No. 1 single on the Hot 100 in the ’00s, ’10s and ’20s, Lady Gaga this week became the third.
She debuted atop the chart with “Rain on Me,” her collab with fellow megastar Ariana Grande, and the second single released from Chromatica, her much-anticipated new album that debuted last Friday (May 29). It’s Gaga’s fifth No. 1 overall, followi
- On Thursday (June 4), Forbes announced the 2020 edition of its annual Celebrity 100 list and revealed Kanye West as the world’s highest-paid musician.
Clocking in with 2020 earnings of $170 million, the rapper ranks at number two, just behind sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, whose billionaire status was called into question last week by the magazine due to discrepancies in the financial statements of her ultra-successful Kylie Cosmetics brand.
According to the magazine, West is now officially w
- Kip Moore raised a glass to his online fans during his Billboard Live At-Home performance Thursday (June 4) that raised money for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which has been fighting for justice for Black Americans since 1909.
He sipped on his whiskey on the rocks intermittently throughout the daytime set, as his dark liquor collection remained on full display behind him. He called for a celebratory occasion because of all the love the 40-year
- Talib Kweli had a lot on his mind when he Zoomed into The Tonight Show on Wednesday night (June 3) from the studio to chat with his old pal Jimmy Fallon. When the host jumped right in and asked the activist/rapper why the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and the subsequent nationwide protests are different from other mass mobilizations after previous police-involved killings of black and brown men and women, Kweli took it all the way back to the Civil War.
- Glastonbury Festival‘s medial team have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour available to a voluntary organisation.Read More: A love letter to Glastonbury – and why next year’s festival will be sweeter than everThe Festival Medical Services were founded at Glastonbury Festival’s 1979 edition and have gone on to expand to serve other large-scale festivals such as Reading.
Among other things, they provide doctors, nurses, param
- Travis Barker hits No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Producers chart (dated June 6), leading for the first time thanks to a trio of production credits on the latest Hot Rock Songs chart.
Machine Gun Kelly’s “Bloody Valentine,” which Barker solely produced and co-wrote with MGK, Derek Smith and Nick Long, ranks at No. 3 on Hot Rock Songs, with 5.2 million U.S. streams (up 137%) and 4,000 downloads sold (up 29%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Here’s a look at all three
- Protestors in Chicago jammed police scanner with the Tay Zonday internet hit, ‘Chocolate Rain.’ According to a report from CBS Chicago, police officers struggled to respond to protestors last Saturday. That’s because hackers managed to jam police scanners with the now meme-status internet song. While it’s unclear who managed to jam the signal, some outlets […]The post Hackers Jammed Chicago Police Scanners with Tay Zonday’s ‘Chocolate Rain’ appear
- System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has hailed Donald Trump as the “greatest friend to minorities”, amid the controversy surrounding the US president’s response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.Read More: “It’s a cry out for justice”: on the scene at London’s Black Lives Matter protestOn Monday (June 1) Trump declared himself a “law and order president” in a press conference, and said that he would mobilise the US military t
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson issued a blistering denouncement of Donald Trump’s leadership amid nationwide protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday (June 3).
“Where are you? Where is our leader?” the star — who is black and Samoan — asked in his emotional video as he stared down the camera. “Where is our leader at this time … when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in
- SiriusXM expects to grow its self-pay subscriber base in the current second quarter despite headwinds from the novel coronavirus pandemic, CEO Jim Meyer said on Thursday during the audio entertainment giant’s virtual annual shareholder meeting.
He said he expects self-pay subscriber additions for the quarter to be “positive,” while analysts have recently estimated self-pay subscriber losses of around 200,000 for the period. B. Riley FBR analyst Zack Silver in a Thursday report,
- Warner Music Group, the third largest recording company in the world, have announced the launch of a new $100m fund for charitable causes “related to the music industry, social justice and campaigns against violence and racism”.
The announcement follows the music industry campaign #TheShowMustBePaused, which saw a number of companies, artists and organisations ceasing operation for 24 hours in the wake of worldwide protests against racial inequality.
The fund, set up in collaboration
- Sech claims his second top 10 on the Top Latin Albums chart as 1 of 1 pushes 15-4 on the June 6-dated survey following its first full tracking week.
The album launched at No. 15 a week ago after only one day of activity in the previous tracking week ending May 21, following its release that same day via Rich Music.
The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sa
- Following public criticism from an activist employee, leading music streaming service Spotify has reportedly agreed to match $10 million in team member donations to combat racism. A Spotify employee published the mentioned message on Twitter yesterday, indicating: “i work at @Spotify which has not committed any large amount of $$ to support racial justice funds/organizations. […]The post Spotify Agrees to Match $10 Million In Employee Donations to Combat Racism appeared first on Dig
- Run the Jewels member El-P had a big update for fans on Wednesday night (June 3): They helped raise a huge amount of money in the first day of the surprise early release of the hip-hop duo’s new album, RTJ4.
The free 11-track album, which was originally slated to drop on Friday (June 5), came two days early and with one simple request from the group: If you can, donate to the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Fund, which provides legal support for political activists, protesters and move
- Andy Bell and Vince Clarke announce their new album, The Neon, due in August
- Widow of John Prine, the songwriting icon who died after contracting COVID-19, testified before lawmakers this week
- The Who frontman became a global star in the 1960s with the rock band's success but he admits it distanced him from his old pals.
- Tina Knowles, Beyonce's mother, has revealed via Instagram that the 38-year-old star and her sister Solange would feed homeless people in Houston, Texas, after church each week.
- via mtv.comOn Thursday (June 4) BTS issued a statement in support of Black Lives Matter.
- Iggy Pop has signed a petition calling for the protection of big cats in Florida.Read More: The Big Read – Iggy Pop: “Punk has to have a sense of hopelessness about it”The Animal Legal Defense Fund petition, which has also been signed by the likes of Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, urges Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to co-sponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
This legislation would prohibit private ownership, direct public contact, and dangerous interactions wi
- Reduced capacity concerts set for June 12th and 13th at Gruene Hall
- Warner Music Group’s IPO, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and overshadowed by nationwide protests, made a big splash on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Wednesday, rising over 20% from the IPO price and giving music a brief spotlight on Wall Street.
Warner’s owner, Access Industries, floated 70 million of 510 million shares outstanding at $25 per share. After being delayed by a market crash caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Warner had an excellent debut: Its shares opened at $27 an
- BTS cranked up the Festa 2020 party on Thursday (June 4) with Jungkook’s first solo release, the ethereal, jazzy ballad “Still With You.” Eagle-eyed fans had already anticipated there was something major coming today, which marks one year to the day that the K-pop group’s Jin dropped his solo ballad, “Tonight.”
Over tinkling synths and gently strummed guitars and brushed drums, Jungkook croons, “When will it be?/ If I face you again/ I will look into you
- Since returning to Wall Street yesterday after nearly a decade of private ownership, Warner Music Group has seen its per-share stock value climb steadily. The Big Three record label initially offered its 77 million shares (up from a previously planned 70 million shares) for $25 apiece, as part of what was accordingly 2020’s single largest […]The post Warner Music Group Stock Continues to Gain During Second Day on Wall Street appeared first on Digital Music News.
Charlamagne Tha God Breaks Down Reparations & Dismantling Systemic Racism: ‘We Need Economic Justice’Charlamagne Tha God stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (June 3) to share his thoughts about racial inequity and the need to dismantle systemic racism in the U.S.
“None of it surprises me,” the radio host said of the protests happening in a reported 380 cities and towns across America in recent days. “I always say that right now, America’s being exposed for the illusion it’s always been. America advertises itself as an all-inclusive resort, bu
Watch FEVER 333’s powerful ‘Long Live The Innocent’ livestream in aid of Minnesota Freedom Fund and Black Lives MatterFEVER 333 held a livestreamed performance to raise money for the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Black Lives Matter yesterday (June 3), following the death of George Floyd. You can watch it in full below.
‘Long Live The Innocent’ was described as being “conceived in solidarity with the communities across the USA protesting for justice,” directing viewers to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Black Lives Matter.
Beginning the stream with a direct address to the
- Bandcamp have announced a list of special releases for their latest “100% royalties for artists” day – find more details below.Read More: Here’s how coronavirus is impacting music streaming in the UKIn April, the streaming platform revealed that they would be waiving their revenue share on the first Friday of the following three months to support artists and labels affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.The first 24-hour window began at midnight (PT) on May 1, with mo
- On Monday (June 1), a black transgender woman named Iyanna Dior was viciously attacked by a group of men at a gas station in Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to viral footage that has been posted and shared online.
According to the clip (which Billboard will not post here due to its graphic violence), a group of about 20 cisgender men began beating Dior inside of the gas station while using derogatory slurs against her.
Eventually, Dior was able to flee behind the store’s counter as
- This week dozens of music companies participated in “Black Out Tuesday,” an initiative created by two black music executives to spark productive conversations about how to support the black community. All this was in response to racial inequality and police brutality protests that erupted following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25, and the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all too many other innocent black lives.
But the event also rei
- Slipknot‘s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has invited fans to design their own masks as part of a new global contest.
The contest, which was announced on the official Knotfest Twitter account, comes after coronavirus forced the band to shelve the majority of their touring commitments for 2020.
“Take off your face. Create your own unique mask and send it to me,” wrote Crahan. “It can be executed from scratch, or by turning an already existing mask into your own piece of
- Dozens of celebs are encouraging their fans to remember Louisville native Breonna Taylor ahead of what would have been her 27th birthday on Friday (June 5).
Taylor’s name has been chanted and evoked by the thousands of protesters who’ve taken to the streets over the past nine days in all 50 states to march in honor of George Floyd, the black Minneapolis man who was killed in police custody when a white officer leaned on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Audra McDonald posted a simple
Gerard Way posts message of solidarity for Black Lives Matter: “I am so deeply sorry things have not changed”Gerard Way has posted a lengthy statement in solidarity with those attending the Black Lives Matter protests as a means to seek justice for George Floyd.Read More: It’s a cry out for justice”: on the scene at London’s Black Lives Matter protestFloyd, 46, died last week following an altercation with police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd, who was African American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arr
- Singer-songwriter and worship leader Cory Asbury — of Bethel Music, the Redding, California-based musical arm of Bethel Church — notches his second straight career-opening No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart, as “The Father’s House” ascends 3-1 on the list dated June 6.
The song collected 9.5 million audience impressions in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Asbury wrote “House” with Benjamin Hastings and Ethan Hu
Latin Pride: From Ricky Martin to Javiera Mena, 15 Latin LGBTQ Artists Who Have Defined the MovementOn March 29, 2010, Ricky Martin came out as gay on a post on his website. “I am very proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” he wrote.
As one of the first mainstream Latin music stars to come out, it was a watershed moment for Latin Pride. With Martin’s announcement, gay artists, who had long kept their sexual identities a secret, finally had a beacon of hope. If Martin could come out with his career unscathed, there was hope for other artists in Latin music to star
- Venues around the country are closed until further notice, but TempleLive, a theater in Fort Smith, Ark., has experimented with what live entertainment can look like amidst a global pandemic.
With mass gatherings still on hold, the venue held a socially distanced concert with on May 18 with Travis McCready, the lead singer of Mississippi-based country rock band Bishop Gunn.
At full capacity, TempleLive’s sellable capacity per show is 1,100. Operating at 20% capacity, the venue narrowed att
- BTS released a rare political statement on Wednesday (June 4), standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter,” the K-pop boy band tweeted to their more than 26 million followers. (The message was also available in the band’s native Korean.)
The septet’s tweet comes just days after K-pop fans banded togethe
- Michael Kiwanuka has shared his support for Black Lives Matter in an impassioned message on social media.
It comes after the death of George Floyd in police custody last week, which sparked demonstrations across the globe.
“The way so much of the world has been designed has often caused me and so many other black people psychological damage,” Kiwanuka wrote.
“We so often hear that we are lesser than because we are black. We are a label, a token, a statistic, and we can be dehum
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