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Madonna Celebrates 30 Years Since Her ‘Like a Prayer’ Video: ‘Happy Birthday to Me & Controversy!’


Madonna’s highly controversial «Like a Prayer» music video turned 30 on Monday (Mar. 4), and the icon took to Instagram to celebrate her risky clip. «30 years ago today I released Like a Prayer and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses,» she wrote alongside a snippet from the video. «I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video was seen as inappropriate. Happy Birthday to Me and Controversy!»

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Steve Carell to star in Netflix comedy based on Trump’s Space Force

Steve Carell is reuniting with The Office creator Greg Daniels for a new Netflix comedy series based on President Trump’s proposed Space Force.

The series is described as a workplace comedy centered around the individuals tasked with turning Trump’s dream into a reality. There’s only one problem; as an accompanying teaser trailer notes, their mission is rather unclear. “The goal of the new branch is to ‘defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks’…or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out.” Carell himself will star in Space Force, marking his first role as a series regular since wrapping The Office in 2011. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s set to earn a record-setting $1 million per episode.

Plans for the show first went into motion shortly after Trump rolled out the asinine idea in June 2018. After getting word of the project, Netflix quickly scooped up the rights and gave it a straight-to-series order. An episode count has not been determined as scripts are still being written, but if it’s anything like Carell’s space-themed sketch for SNL, we’re in for a real treat.

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El 2018 ha sido un año de altibajos para Ariana Grande, donde terminó su ruptura con el que sería su prometido Pete Davidson y vivió una de las más fuertes pérdidas en su vida, el fallecimiento de su ex novio Mac Miller. Sin embargo, y a pesar de todo, su carrera musical va mejor que nunca, es por eso que la revista Billboard la reconoció como la mujer del año. Ariana Grande, reconocida por ser una gran cantante, compositora, actriz y activista logró con su más reciente álbum Sweetener lo que miles de estrellas luchan por alcanzar; permanecer por más semanas en el puesto número uno en la lista Billboard, y Ari lo logró no sólo con un éxito, si no con dos, God is a Woman y No Tears Left to Cry. 

De esta forma, Ariana Grande se une a la lista de mujeres destacadas en la industria musical que han logrado tan prestigiado reconocimiento, entre las que se encuentran Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift y Madonna. Y será el próximo 6 de diciembre que se lleve a cabo una ceremonia y premiación Women in Music en Nueva York, donde Ariana recibirá su bien merecido premio, con alfombra roja, invitados de lujo y todo tipo de presentaciones.

Ross Scarano, vicepresidente de Billboard, al haber dado la noticia sobre Ariana Grande, también reconoció el trabajo de la cantante y su influencia como persona hacia todos sus seguidores:

«Ariana Grande es una estrella en sus propios términos, nunca se inclina ante ninguna tendencia musical, en particular en la industria. «

Más allá de la música, Ariana Grande utiliza su influencia y redes sociales para incentivar distintas campañas que ayudan a la sociedad, como el March of Our Lives, que pretende regular el uso de armas a nivel mundial, esto después del atentado que se sufrió en Manchester durante un concierto de la cantante. También siempre muestra su apoyo a la comunidad LGBTQ,y todo lo anterior sumado fue lo que la llevó a ser la nueva imagen de Women in Music de Billboard. 

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Calvin Harris y Eminem alcanzan sus décimos números 1 en UK, en singles y álbumes respectivamente


Como se había previsto durante toda la semana, Calvin Harris alcanza un nuevo número 1 en las islas británicas en la tercera semana de vida de su nuevo single ‘Promises’, en este caso junto a Sam Smith. El tema ha vendido lo equivalente a 61.813 unidades durante la última semana, proviniendo la mayoría de los puntos de su streaming, pues es top 1 en Spotify en este país.

Se trata del 10º top 1 en las islas para Calvin Harris, siendo solo superado en el siglo XXI por Westlife. Las otras canciones que han sido número 1 de Calvin Harris en el que es su país son ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ’I’m Not Alone’, ‘We Found Love’, ’Sweet Nothing’, ‘Under Control’, ‘Summer’, ‘Blame’, ‘Feels’ y ‘One Kiss’. Además, hay que mencionar los numerosísimos hits que se le han quedado en el top 2: ‘Feel So Close’, ‘Let’s Go’, ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ y ‘This Is What You Came For’.

Curiosamente, yéndonos a la lista de álbumes, también es el 10º top 1 para el artista que lo ocupa, Eminem. ‘Kamikaze’, disco lanzado el pasado viernes por sorpresa, ha vendido lo equivalente a 55.115 unidades en siete días. De los 10 discos de estudio de Eminem, los 8 últimos han sido top 1 en Reino Unido, y también lo han logrado la banda sonora de ‘8 Mile’ y ‘Curtain Call: The Hits’ (también un álbum de D12 que hay debate sobre si cuenta o no).

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Why Ben Affleck Relapsed Again—and What’s Next

Not even Batman is exempt from the struggles of addiction.Just a few days after news broke that Ben Affleck was entering rehab, E! News is learning more details into what led the A-list actor to seek professional help. While there were many factors that impacted his decision, one struggle was his recent split from Lindsay Shookus.»Ben had been content in his relationship with Lindsay, but the travel became a lot to deal with,» a source shared with E! News. «They talked about Lindsay moving to LA but it wasn’t going to happen.» Our insider added, «They tried hard to make it work but with their families on both coasts it was tough to have a consistent relationship.  This put a strain on Ben and he started drinking again.»

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Another source shared with E! News that Ben was doing well for the last few months and very committed to his sobriety. But recently, he started to slip up and began drinking again.

On Wednesday evening, Jennifer Garner was spotted driving her soon-to-be ex-husband to an undisclosed rehab facility. We’re told Ben was not resistant to getting help and reached out for assistance. As for Jennifer, she wanted to be there for him and show support.The Hollywood actor has long struggled with alcohol addiction and previously completed a rehab stint in March 2017. At the time, Ben spoke out about his struggles in a Facebook post to his fans and followers.

«I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be,» he shared. «I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.» Ben continued, «I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.»

According to a source, Ben will be in a different program this time around for at least 30 days. «He wants to try something different and knows he needs more help,» an insider shared.And with no immediate projects on the horizon, the Oscar winner can focus entirely on his health while receiving support at home.  «[Jen] will continue to be there for him and not turn her back,» a source previously shared. «She feels like she can’t do that to her kids and that she wants him to be in their lives.»


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Sony Music Has Not Conceded That Vocals on Michael Jackson Album Are Fake


UPDATED: Articles published on Thursday claimed that Sony Music had “admitted” in a court hearing earlier this week that three tracks on “Michael,” the 2010 Michael Jacksonalbum released posthumously by Sony’s Epic Records, contained lead vocals that were not actually by Michael Jackson — an assertion that the company denied in a statement released late Friday morning.“No one has conceded that Michael Jackson did not sing on the songs,” said Zia Modabber of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, who is representing both Sony Music and the Jackson estate in this matter. “The hearing Tuesday was about whether the First Amendment protects Sony Music and the Estate and there has been no ruling on the issue of whose voice is on the recordings.”

The songs in question are “Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up,” which were released on “Michael,” the first album from a splashy ten-album 2010 deal between Jackson’s estate and Epic Records to complete and issue dozens of previously unreleased recordings by the singer. While the deal — which estimates at the time claimed could bring $250 million to the estate — called for the 10 albums to be released over the next seven years, just two have emerged, “Michael” and 2014’s “Xscape.”

Sony and the Jackson estate sought to throw the lawsuit based on California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which protects speech on matters of public interest. The trial court judge denied the motion, prompting Sony and the estate to appeal. The argument was heard Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Whether or not the vocals are indeed Jackson’s was not the purpose of Tuesday’s hearing, but rather whether the album’s liner notes are protected by the First Amendment.

“When you review the motion on appeal, you assume that everything in the complaint is true,” said Bryan Freedman, who represents other defendants in the case. “Any admission that was made was for purposes of that argument only.” A ruling on the anti-SLAPP motion is due within the next 90 days.

Among other issues, the 2014 lawsuit raises the question of whether people who purchased the album or songs “are entitled to a refund, in whole or in part, of the purchase price of the album ‘Michael’ and/or the songs. According to sources close to the situation, individuals who attended Tuesday’s court hearing seized upon a statement by an attorney for Jackson’s estate in which he said something to the effect of “even if the vocals weren’t Jackson’s” as proof that they were indeed faked. The sources insist that the attorney was speaking speculatively.

The notes read in part, “This album contains 9 previously unreleased vocal tracks performed by Michael Jackson. These tracks were recently completed using music from the original vocal tracks and music created by the credited producers.”

The wording of that statement is striking in light of Modabber’s comment, which says Jackson sang “on” the songs, which could be interpreted to mean that his vocals were enhanced or even completed by another singer. Fans have long claimed that an American singer named Jason Malachi actually sang the three songs in question, and he purportedly admitted as much in a 2011 Facebook post, according to TMZ, although his manager later denied it, claiming the post was faked.

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U2 Earns First Dance Club Songs Leader Since 2001: ‘To Be at No. 1 Is Huge’


U2’s The Edge tells Billboard, «One of my favorite things is to hear how our songs get reinterpreted by our club remix collaborators. It’s an even bigger thrill to find out that so many people like the ‘Love Is Bigger’ remixes.

«To be at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart is huge.»

U2 had last led Dance Club Songs on Feb. 3, 2001, with «Beautiful Day.» The track became U2’s third total and consecutive No. 1,  following «Discotheque» (March 22 and 29, 1997) and «Lemon» (Dec. 11, 1993).

In June, «Love» became the Irish act’s sixth Dance Club Songs top 10. U2 had last appeared on the chart in 2009, when «Magnificent» hit No. 2 that July. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have totaled 12 Dance Club Songs entries, a run which began 37 years ago on the then-named Disco Top 100 with «I Will Follow» (No. 34, May 1981).

The Edge and Bono of U2 perform during The Joshua Tree Tour on July 10, 1987.


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ABBA Music Sales Up 57% as ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Soundtrack Makes Chart Debut


Thanks to the excitement generated by the ABBA-inspired film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, all things ABBA are on the rise on Billboard’s charts.

The soundtrack to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which features the cast of the movie covering ABBA hits like “Waterloo” and “Fernando,” debuts at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated July 28. The album earned 19,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 19, in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 17,000 were in traditional album sales. Notably, as the movie opened on July 20 — the day after the tracking week ended — we could see further gains for the album next week. (All sales and streaming sums in this story are rounded to the nearest thousand.)

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 are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, the first Mamma Mia! movie soundtrack re-enters the list at No. 89 with 8,000 units (up 79 percent), of which 5,000 were in album sales (up 123 percent). The album spent one week at No. 1 on the Aug. 23, 2008-dated chart, and has sold 2.1 million copies.

Meanwhile, ABBA’s best-of collection, Gold — Greatest Hits, zooms from No. 141 to No. 86 with 8,000 units (up 41 percent), and 5,000 in album sales (up 50 percent).

In total, ABBA’s catalog of albums earned 12,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 19 — up 37 percent. The pop quartet’s music sales (albums and digital song downloads) combined rose 57 percent to 19,000 — up from 12,000 the week previous. (Album sales climbed 41 percent to 8,000; while digital song download sales vaulted 71 percent to 12,000.)

Further, the act’s on-demand streams (audio and video combined) climbed 20 percent to 7.6 million.

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Drake Ties The Game For Most No. 1s on Top Rap Albums Chart


As Scorpion debuts at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart (dated July 14), Drake scores his eighth leader, matching The Game for the most No. 1s on the list since the chart began in 2004.

Scorpion arrives with 732,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music, and concurrently opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The set is, likewise, the superstar’s eighth No. 1 set on each chart.

The album also smashes the record for the biggest single-week streaming total by any title, thanks to 745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in the week ending July 5.

Drake has topped all three charts with all eight of his full-length albums; his only set to miss the top slot was his debut EP, So Far Gone, which halted at No. 2 on Top Rap Albums, No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200.

Here’s Drake’s No. 1 collection on the Top Rap Albums chart:

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
Scorpion, one week (to date), July 14, 2018
More Life, four weeks, April 8, 2017
Views, nine weeks, May 21, 2016
What a Time to Be Alive (with Future), two weeks, Oct. 10, 2015
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, six weeks, Feb. 28, 2015
Nothing Was the Same, six weeks, Oct. 12, 2013
Take Care, 16 weeks, Dec. 3, 2011
Thank Me Later, one week, July 3, 2010

Lucky SevenScorpion’s arrival also prompts seven Drake tunes to occupy space in the top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, surpassing Post Malone’s previous record of six simultaneous top 10s set on May 12.

“Nice For What” leads the pack as it rebounds 5-1 for an eighth total week in charge. Former 11-week champ “God’s Plan” ascends 7-4, while “I’m Upset” jolts 16-6. Four debuts round out the cluster: “Nonstop” (No. 2), “In My Feelings” (No. 5), “Emotionless” (No. 7) and “Don’t Matter to Me,” featuring Michael Jackson (No. 8).

The new entrances up Drake’s career total to 68 top 10s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, padding his record among all artists since the ranking began in 1958. James Brown is second, with 57.

Further, with all 25 Scorpion tunes and a collaboration with Lil Baby – “Yes Indeed,” present on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake rewrites his own record for the most concurrent hits on the chart. His current mark of 26 eclipses his previous best of 24, achieved on April 8, 2017.

Even More Records: Drake’s record-setting week also extends to the Hot Rap Songs chart, where he also lands seven simultaneous tracks in the top 10. The collection outdoes the six at once first earned by Post Malone on May 12, which Drake later matched on June 9.

Likewise, Drake places a record 17 tracks on the 25-position Hot Rap Songs chart at once, passing his prior all-time best mark of 15 from May 21, 2016.

Not Just RapScorpion, with its mix of rap and R&B offerings, also helps Drake make history on the Hot R&B Songs chart. The album prompts seven debuts in the chart’s top 10, tying for the most simultaneous hits in the region since the chart began in 2012. The Weeknd also landed seven top 10s at the same time, on the chart dated Dec. 17, 2016.

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Ariana Grande Releases ‘God Is A Woman’: Fans React


Ariana Grande’s new release “God Is A Woman” is generating a kind of religious experience for her fans, many of whom took to social media to share their first thoughts.

It seems Arianators’ prayers came true. The single, lifted from the forthcoming album Sweetener, came out a full week ahead of schedule. And its everything right now for her followers.

«God Is A Woman» immediately began trending on Twitter as fans dived in. Some freaked out about its final epic moments. Check out some of the best memes and reactions below.

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