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Mariah Carey announces new compilation album ‘The Rarities’

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Mariah Carey has announced the forthcoming release of a new compilation album, ‘The Rarities’.

The pop star took to Twitter to reveal the record, due out October 2, which features a black and white portrait of Carey on the cover.

“This one is for you, my fans,” she captioned the post. “It’s to celebrate us, and to thank you for years of pure love and support. I am so grateful to you.”

The first single from the forthcoming album will be dropping this Friday (August 21). The song is called ‘Save the Day’, which Carey recorded with Lauryn Hill. Other material on ‘The Rarities’ will include unreleased tracks, demos and B-sides across the singer’s established career.

The album announcement follows on from Carey’s recent sharing of rare archival material to celebrate her 30 years in music, under the hashtag #MC30.

She kicked things off late last month with footage from her debut performance in 1990, followed by a slew of remix EP’s including ‘There’s Got To Be A Way’, ‘Underneath The Stars’ and ‘Always Be My Baby’. Carey has also shared snippets from old music videos, as well as photos and personal notes reflecting on her career.

In July the singer announced she was penning a memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which is due out on September 29, just days before ‘The Rarities’ is set to drop.

Beyoncé lanza el álbum ‘Black is King’ con una espectacular estética africana

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La cantante Beyoncé ha lanzado este viernes en Disney+ el esperado álbum visual Black is King, que ya se puede ver en streaming, cuatro años después de Lemonade y cuya idea partió de su colaboración en la banda sonora de la versión en acción real de El rey León y en el disco The Lion King: The Gift.

El disco, que se ha grabado en Nueva York, Los Ángeles, Suráfrica, África occidental, Londres y Bélgica, habla de «los viajes de las familias negras a lo largo del tiempo» y se publica, precisamente, el día en el que la cantante recibirá el premio honorífico en los BET Awards.

Horas antes del lanzamiento, Beyoncé lanzaba un último teaser del álbum, de algo más de un minuto, con una estética africana impactante y un cameo de su hija Ivy Blue. Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland o Pharrell Williams también han aparecido en alguno de los trailers.

Asimismo, la cantante ha publicado un videoclip para la canción ‘Already’, en el que participan Major Lazer y el cantante Shatta Wale.

Taylor Swift Was Bummed About Her Summer Plans Not Panning Out, So She’s Releasing A New Album… Tonight

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Taylor Swift accepts the Woman of the Decade award onstage during Billboard Women In Music 2019, presented by YouTube Music, on Dec. 12, 2019 in Los Angeles.

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Taylor Swift was so bummed that all her big summer plans didn’t pan out that she went into the studio to work out her emotions. And, as it turns out, she recorded a whole new album, Folklore, which will drop at midnight tonight (July 23).

«Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen,» she wrote on Instagram, announcing the surprise release with a series of images of a fog-enshrouded forest. «And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine.»

Among the people Taylor worked with are producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner of The National, who co-wrote or produced 11 of the 16 songs on the album, as well as Bon Iver, who co-wrote and sings on one of the tracks, William Bowery, who co-wrote two songs and, of course, Swift’s frequent collaborator producer/songwriter/singer Jack Antonoff, who she said «is basically musical family at this point.»

«Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed,» Swift said. «My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much.»

Folklore is the follow-up to last year’s Lover; at press time no additional information was available on the track list.

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Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing @bethgarrabrant. Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much ♥️

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This article is originally from Billboard 

Lady Gaga Wants You to Create Your Own ‘Chromatica’ With Adobe Challenge

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Lady Gaga attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City.

Lady Gaga scored a Billboard 200 No. 1 album after creating her own world of Chromatica, so what do the Little Monsters win if they create their own Chromatica?

Well, Mother Monster partnered up with Adobe and Live Nation today (June 24) to challenge her fans to illustrate their inner world based on Gaga’s made-up planet rooted in equality.

«My fans have consistently shown their love and creativity through their art over the years, and always make me feel so happy and understood. I can’t wait to see what Chromatica means to them,» the Grammy award-winning singer said in a press release.

Creatives from all over the world can tap into their imagination with Photoshop, Illustrator, Spark and more Adobe applications to bring their abstract world to life while using exclusive assets curated by Gaga, such as her Chromatica-era photos, illustrations, logos, icons and typography. Once participants fully capture their visions, they can share them on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #LadyGagaxAdobe from today until the contest closes on July 21.

«Adobe’s mission has always been to empower people to express themselves creatively. Now more than ever, creativity is being used to speak out against inequality, cope in the midst of a pandemic, and, hopefully, build bridges with one another,» said Ann Lewnes, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Adobe, in the release. «Who better to join forces with than one of the most creative and compassionate people in the universe, Lady Gaga, to empower our community to build worlds that unite us all.»

One grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a high-quality print of their artwork autographed by the Chromatica artist herself, and a 12-month Adobe All-Apps Creative Cloud Subscription. Meanwhile, nine second-place winners will score a $400 cash prize, an autographed Gaga poster and a 3-month Adobe All-Apps Creative Cloud Subscription.

Lady Gaga Scores Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Chromatica’

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Lady Gaga notches her sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping debut of Chromatica. The set starts with 274,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 4, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2020.

Chromatica was released on May 29 via Interscope Records. The set was led by the singles “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande. The former debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, while the latter opened at No. 1 on the June 6 chart.

Chromatica was originally slated for an April 10 release, but was delayed due to COVID-19 concerns.Lady Gaga previously hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the A Star Is Born soundtrack (with Bradley Cooper, in 2018 and 2019), Joanne (2016), Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett, 2014), Artpop (2013) and Born This Way (2011).

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). The new June 13-dated chart (where Chromatica starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on June 9.

Of Chromatica’s starting sum of 274,000 equivalent album units, album sales comprise 205,000, SEA units total 65,000 (equating to 87.16 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks in the week ending June 4) and TEA units equal a little more than 4,000.

Here’s a look at some notable achievements earned by the debut of Chromatica at No. 1:

Fifth Biggest Week of 2020, Largest for an Album By a Woman: Chromatica’s start of 274,000 equivalent album units earned marks the fifth-largest week for any album in 2020 and the biggest for an album by a woman. The only larger weeks posted in 2020 were from the debut frames of The Weeknd’s After Hours (444,000), BTSMap of the Soul: 7 (422,000), Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake (288,000) and Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By (279,000).

The last larger week for an album by a woman was racked up by Taylor Swift’s Lover, which blasted in at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2019, with 867,000 units.

Album sales comprise 75 percent of Chromatica’s overall debut frame (205,000 of 274,000). The set’s sales were bolstered by dozens of merchandise/album bundles sold via her official webstore, and a concert ticket/album sale offer with her three upcoming U.S. stadium shows scheduled for August. In addition, the album sold well via traditional retail, including the iTunes Store, Amazon and Target. The latter carried an exclusive deluxe CD edition of the album with bonus tracks.

Strong Streams: Chromatica’s bow with 65,000 SEA units equates to 87.16 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks in the week ending June 4. That’s the biggest streaming week for any non-R&B/hip-hop or Latin album in 2020.

The largest streaming week of 2020 for any album is owned by Lil Uzi Vert’s hip-hop set Eternal Atake, which bowed at No. 1 on March 21 with 400.4 million clicks.

For comparison among non-R&B/hip-hop or Latin albums, here are the next-biggest streaming weeks of 2020 after Chromatica’s start with 87.16 million: Selena Gomez’s Rare (debut, 79.3 million; Jan. 25), Halsey’s Manic (debut, 75.6 million; Feb. 1) and BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7 (debut, 74.8 million; March 7).

The last album outside of the R&B/hip-hop or Latin genres to manage a bigger streaming week than Chromatica was Harry StylesFine Line, which started at No. 1 with 108.7 million clicks (Dec. 28, 2019-dated chart).

The last non-R&B/hip-hop or Latin album by a woman to collect a bigger streaming week than Chromatica was Taylor Swift’s Lover, with 117.4 million in its second week on the list (Sept. 14, 2019).

Six No. 1 Albums in Only Nine Years: Lady Gaga has tallied six No. 1s on the Billboard 200 chart in just nine years and two days — the fastest a woman has claimed six No. 1 albums. Lady Gaga logged her first No. 1 with Born This Way, when it debuted atop the list dated Jun 11, 2011.

Previously, Taylor Swift achieved six No. 1s the fastest, among women, when Loveropened at No. 1 on Sept. 7, 2019 — just 10 years and nine months after her first No. 1, Fearless, topped the list (Nov. 29, 2008).

Among men or groups, there are acts that have scores their first six No. 1s in quicker time than Gaga — The Beatles, Justin Bieber, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Drake, Future, Jay-Z, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley and Kanye West.

One of Just Eight Women With at Least Six No. 1 Albums: Lady Gaga joins an elite club of just eight women who have landed six No. 1 albums. She’s now tied with Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift, all with six each. Ahead of them: Barbra Streisand, with the most of any woman, 11; Madonna, with nine; and Janet Jackson, with seven.

Among all artists, The Beatles continue to hold the record for the most No. 1s, with 19 leaders.

Only Two Women Have Had a No. 1 Album in 2020: So far this year, just two women have led the Billboard 200 — Lady Gaga with Chromatica and Selena Gomez with Rare. The latter opened atop the list on Jan. 25.

In total, of the 18 No. 1 albums in 2020 — which include two carryover No. 1s from 2019 — 14 are by solo men, two are by male groups (BTS and Jackboys) and two are by women.

At this point a year ago, there were 17 No. 1s — with one carryover from 2018. Of those 17, four were either by a solo woman, or co-credited to a woman and a man (Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack). The other 13 leaders at this point a year ago consisted of three No. 1s by male groups (Backstreet Boys, BTS and Vampire Weekend) and 10 by solo men.

At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Jimmy Buffett lands his highest-charting album in over 15 years, as Life on the Flip Side starts with 75,000 equivalent album units earned (with 74,000 of that sum in album sales). The last time the veteran singer-songwriter (and Margaritaville brand boss) was higher on the list was in 2004, when License to Chill became his first No. 1 when it opened atop the chart dated July 31, 2004.

Life on the Flip Side is Buffett’s 40th charting album on the Billboard 200. He first visited the list in 1974 with Living and Dying in 3/4 Time, which arrived on the March 2 chart, on its way to a No. 176 peak on March 30. In total, Life On the Flip Side is Buffett’s 22nd top 40 album, and 12th top 10.

Life on the Flip Side is Buffett’s first non-holiday studio album since Songs From St. Somewhere, which hit No. 4 in 2013.

The new album’s sales were helped by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with a slate of upcoming Buffett shows. The bundle offer was originally attached to a string of dates that were meant to run from May 16 through Oct. 15, 2020. Some of those shows were ultimately canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, while the remaining shows were postponed and rescheduled to July 10 through Sept. 2, 2021. Only the postponed and rescheduled shows are part of the ticket bundle offer which contributes to the chart total.

With Gaga and Buffett at Nos. 1 and 2, it’s the first time since the Jan. 4-date chart that the top two titles are both non-R&B/hip-hop titles. On the Jan. 4-dated chart, Harry Styles’ Fine Line was No. 1, while Michael Bublé’s Christmas was No. 2.

A trio of former No. 1s come in at Nos. 3-5 on the new Billboard 200, as Lil Baby’s My Turn falls from No. 2 to No. 3 (62,000 equivalent album units; down 4 percent), Gunna’s Wunna drops from No. 1 to No. 4 in its second week (49,000; down 56 percent) and Future’s High Off Life dips from No. 3 to No. 5 (44,000; down 27 percent).

Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes is steady at No. 6 (41,000; down 14 percent) and Polo G’s The Goat falls 5-7 (40,000; down 22 percent).

Anuel AA claims his first top 10 album on the all-genre Billboard 200, as Emmanueldebuts at No. 8 with 39,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 36,000 are in SEA units, equating to 55.8 million on-demand streams for the album’s songs.

The set is the Latin album to reach the Billboard 200’s top 10 in 2020, following a pair of Bad Bunny efforts (YHLQMDLG, No. 2 and Las Que No Iban a Salir, No. 7).

Emmanuel is Anuel AA’s second studio album. His first, Real Hasta La Muerte, peaked at No. 44 in 2018. It also spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, and finished as one of the top 10 biggest Latin albums of 2018 and 2019 on Billboard’s year-end charts.

DaBaby’s former No. 1 Blame It on Baby falls from No. 7 to No. 9 on the new Billboard 200 with just under 39,000 equivalent album units (down 8 percent).

Closing out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 is Run the JewelsRTJ4, bowing at No. 10 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned (with 30,000 of that in album sales). It’s the first top 10 for the rap duo, which previously notched two charting sets, Run the Jewels 3 (No. 13 in 2017) and Run the Jewels 2 (No. 50 in 2014).

RTJ4 was released early via digital retailers and streamers on Wednesday, June 3 — instead of on June 5 (a Friday, traditionally the day in which albums are released each week). The album’s sales also benefit from an array of merchandise/album bundles sold via the act’s official webstore.

In addition, the album was available as a free download via the act’s website, alongside an appeal for donations to the Mass Defense Program. None of those free downloads were reported to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Stream the ‘One World: Together at Home’ Album

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Music fans can relive the all-star One World: Together at Home benefit any time now, as the concert has been released as a streaming album.

The album is available on Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify.

It features all of Saturday night’s televised songs — from Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and more — plus several hours of performances from earlier in the day, when Adam Lambert, Kesha, Maren Morris with Hozier, Ellie Goulding, Niall Horan and others played live on the Internet. The album includes 79 tracks, which adds up to a total running time of over four hours.

Proceeds from the album’s streams will support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation.

The full eight-hour event, including the two-hour primetime lineup, can also be watched again on YouTube.

 

Source: Billboard

Lady Gaga Flexes Her ‘Chromatica’ Claws in New Album Cover Art: See the Pics

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Lady Gaga has revealed the cover art for her upcoming sixth album, Chromatica, and it could pass as the still from a fierce, fabulous sci-fi action flick.

In a series of photos she shared on Sunday (April 5), Gaga rolls with the aesthetic she introduced in the music video for «Stupid Love,» Chromatica’s first single. The cotton candy-pink hair is back, but Chromatica‘s cover is a bit darker and sharper than the vibrant desert dance party of «Stupid Love» and the bold magenta graphicwith the album’s logo she previously introduced.

Think Mad Max: Fury Road meets Alien, but with a Haus of Gaga twist: wearing galactic armor (and a pair of platform boots with a tusk and a knife for its heels), the pop star is lying across the grate of a metal structure and beneath the steely wave of Chromatica‘s insignia. One hand is covered in talons, the other a shoulder-to-fingertip sleeve covered in spikes.

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The vinyl record and cassette cover feature Gaga in a different pose, this time with even longer claws and shimmering fuchsia shoulder pads.

The graphics arrive days after she announced that Chromatica‘s release — which was originally scheduled for May — would be postponed in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. She assured her fans then that she’d have «surprises» to keep them excited about Chromatica in the coming weeks, and these visuals definitely give Little Monsters something to savor as they await news of her new album release date.

Which Forthcoming Dance Music Album Are You Most Excited About? Vote!

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Steve Aoki photographed on April 25, 2018 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Projects from Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, Kaskade & more are on the horizon.

Dance music festival season may be on pause, but the scene’s album release schedule is still packed, with new projects en route from big names like Major Lazer and Kaskade and some excellent projects from a few new names too. All of this comes in addition to recent album releases from Four Tet, Nicolas Jaar, Caribou and more.

We want to know: Which soon-to-drop dance music album are you most excited about? Vote below!

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Source: Billboard

Katy Perry Shares ‘Cozy Little Christmas’ Music Video Teaser: Watch

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Katy Perry’s «Cozy Little Christmas» is coming back just in time for the holidays. The singer posted a teaser of the tune’s upcoming music video, which is scheduled to premiere Monday (Dec. 2) at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET.

«‘Tis the season to get cozy with a few of my furry friends!» Perry wrote on social media Sunday evening (Dec. 1).

The clip features a hairdo adorned with Christmas ornaments, plenty of holiday characters and singing out of what appears to be a giant candy cane-themed drink.

«Cozy Little Christmas» was first released in November 2018.

Watch the preview for the holiday tune’s video below.

This article was originaly published by: Billboard

Watch Cardi B Talk About Her ‘Spicy’ & ‘Controversial’ 2020 Album While Baby Kulture Naps in Her Arms

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Cardi B is the latest guest to appear on the rapid 73 Questions segment for Vogue, which was released Tuesday (Nov. 19). The interview takes place at Cardi’s grandmother’s modest home in Washington Heights, while she holds a napping baby Kulture. Cardi hits on motherhood, the music industry and her album and even Facetimes Offset for a quick chat.

As far as her heavily anticipated sophomore LP, Cardi says the 2020 effort will be «spicy» and «controversial.» She previously told Billboard that the album is on her mind «24/7» and she won’t be following the current trends in rap. «I still gotta go with what I want to do,» Cardi said earlier this month.

Cardi B has evolved into a style icon in music, as she stays draped in designer at all times. When it comes to her early fashion inspirations, the 27-year-old pointed to Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Rihanna as those she would give credit for paving the way.

She also opened up about how her dream of being a mom kept her motivated to keep pushing and on a straight path in life. «In order for me to spoil my child for the rest of my life, I have to have money and make money for the rest of my life,» Cardi shared.

It’s no secret Cardi B vehemently opposes President Trump, as she’s aligned herself with 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders. If she had one question for Trump, she would ask, «If you don’t love every American citizen, why become president?»

Watch the entire clip below.

This article was originally published: Billboard
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