Mom Monster placed on her superhero go well with for the quilt of Billboard this weekand her Okay-pop protégés remembered how they studied her decades-long profession like a pop star textbook.
Plus, Billboard launched two new world charts that put the “WAP” rappers on prime, the Biebs proclaims his religion with a well-recognized collaborator for a religious pop anthem, the 2020 ACM Awards crowns a couple of entertainer of the 12 months, and far more.
Check out the entire week’s greatest music happenings beneath.
Gaga gave Billboard an unique invitation to Chromatica whereas starring on our newest cowl. However earlier than she reignited the dance-pop style that first propelled her into fame with one other No. 1 Billboard 200 album, the pop star needed to pull herself by the bootstraps and are available out of 1 of the darkest locations she has ever been.
“After I see individuals struggling like they’re proper now,” she says, “my mind goes, ‘Put in your superhero go well with. Let’s go.'” Learn the whole Billboard cowl story right here.
BLACKPINK shares which Gaga songs they studied when turning into pop stars themselves
When their candy “Bitter Sweet” collab got here out, it was a dream come true for the Okay-pop lady group. In an interview for Gaga’s cowl story, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa recalled the famous person’s hits that impacted them and their profession as fellow world sensations. Rosé remembers protecting “You and I,” whereas Lisa, an esteemed Little Monster who known as Gaga her “favourite artist,” mentioned she has an affinity for “Poker Face” as a result of she carried out throughout her very first analysis. In the meantime, Jennie “can’t overlook the sensation” of watching Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Phone” music video for the very first time.
“I bear in mind we used to say to one another, ‘Let’s make this type of nice music sometime,'” Jisoo remembers. “There are such a lot of issues to be taught from Girl Gaga. She shouldn’t be afraid to strive new issues and she or he enjoys each [performance] sincerely.” Learn the remainder of the interview right here.
With the introduction of the Billboard World 200 and Billboard World Excl. U.S. tallies, there’s extra areas for artists to gather No. 1 songs. However the three artists who took the brand new prime spots are frequent guests to the Billboard penthouse suite. Cardi and Megan’s “WAP” turns into the first-ever No. 1 single on the Billboard World 200, whereas Maluma‘s “Hawái” guidelines the first-ever Billboard World Excl. U.S. chart.
Following their “Assured” collaboration from Bieber’s 2013 album Journals, the 2 stars bless their followers by coming collectively for a “Holy” file that croons about their relationship with God and Bieber’s relationship together with his spouse Hailey. Additionally they linked up for a cinematic music video, additionally starring Ryan Future and Wilder Valderrama and directed by Colin Tilley (“WAP”), that reveals the trials and tribulations individuals are going through in a world ravaged by an ongoing world disaster (sound acquainted?) and the way God paves the fitting path for them.
The 55th annual ACM Awards was not solely held in Nashville for the primary time ever, however the awards present named a tie for the coveted entertainer of the 12 months title between Underwood and Rhett. Swift additionally stepped again onto the stage for the primary time in seven years to carry out her country-tinged Folklore spotlight “betty” and Mickey Guyton made historical past as the primary Black feminine artist to carry out on the present. Take a look at the 9 cannot miss moments from the night right here.
Keith City talks about his genre-less 10th album The Velocity of Now, Half 1
City, who hosted the 2020 ACM Awards and made the TV debut of his “One Too Many” duet with P!nk that night time, advised Billboard in a brand new interview about his The Velocity of Now, Half 1 album, out in the present day. His 10th undertaking blends his signature nation with digital and funk, due to his “Out the Cage” monitor, that includes Breland and Nile Rodgers, and pop with “Superman.”
“I can hear [the song] earlier than it exists. I can hear a number of my data after which I simply set about making an attempt to manifest them the way in which I hear them. They not often come out the way in which,” he mentioned with fun. “That is the continuing frustration to be sincere, however I am getting nearer and nearer on a regular basis.” Learn the whole interview right here.
Rae of HBO’s Insecure provides the present’s greatest fan SZA the last word take a look at. However the R&B singer jokes she’s a “narcissist” for remembering episodes that contain her, just like the one in season three when the women head to SZA’s set at Coachella.
“I am so narcissist that each one I bear in mind is that y’all went to see me on the present,” SZA responded to Rae’s true-or-false inquiry about Molly getting tased making an attempt to get again into Coachella after being kicked out. “I am like, ‘Did she get tased, ‘trigger…’ That will be so dramatic and I really feel I’d do not forget that. False!”
Run the Jewels talks about how they’re taking off in 2020 a lot in another way than anticipated
El-P and Killer Mike inform Billboard in a brand new interview about how their latest album RTJ4 comes throughout a 12 months when the hip-hop supergroup signed a brand new file take care of BMG and booked a tour opening for Rage Towards the Machine whereas concurrently falling in step with the coronavirus pandemic that canceled dwell reveals and the resurgent Black Lives Matter motion amid police killings that Mike spoke out about.
“Run the Jewels is my escape from being a superhero. Fulfilling no matter work I’ve to do socially is lots simpler as a result of I’ve a bada– job, a bada– associate, and we have now a kick-a– time. That is what permits me the liberty to do the fitting factor when I’m known as upon to do the fitting factor,” Mike mentioned. Learn the remainder of the interview right here.
Amazon Music launches its first main Latin music model
The web retail big launched “Amazon Music LAT!N,” a Latin music model encompassing greater than 100 new and revamped playlists, an rising artist program, merchandise, video, and a number of catalog packages amongst many different initiatives. Utilizing the tagline “La Musica que nos conecta” (The music that connects us), LAT!N kicks off with an unique, acoustic model of Maluma’s “Hawái,” which will likely be adopted by unique weekly releases of recent renditions by Karol G, Christian Nodal and Romeo Santos throughout Latin Heritage Month.
Alicia Keys drops her eponymous seventh album ALICIA
Keys recruited Jill Scott, Tierra Whack, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra and extra for her seventh studio album ALICIA, out in the present day. The R&B veteran’s journey of self-discovery over the course of her decades-spanning profession strikes full pace forward with this undertaking, minding every twist and switch with warning, poise and beauty in a fancy navigation she’s been mimicking, very like the remainder of us, all through all of 2020.
Whereas letting listeners weep on the dance flooring to their newest single “Diamonds,” Smith assured their third studio album Loves Goes will come on Oct. 13.
Yungblud gushes about rom-coms, the songs he jams out to within the automotive and extra of his favorites
For Billboard‘s IGTV collection “My Prime 10,” the British pop-rocker reveals how a lot he is “obsessed” with rom-coms together with his all-time favourite being Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. “I am a weeper…. Cross me the tissues!”
The Norwegian DJ-producer put his distinctive spin on the Queen of Disco’s 1979 No. 1 Scorching 100 hit “Scorching Stuff.” It completes a trio of diva anthems he is breathed new life into between 2019 and 2020, alongside together with his remixes of Tina Turner‘s 1985 heartbreak anthem “What’s Love Received To Do With It” and of Whitney Houston’s 1990 cowl of “Increased Love.”