Katy Perry Proves She’s the Ultimate ‘Pop’ Star With Playful KP5 Album Cover Reveal

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Katy Perry performs onstage with Zedd at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, Calif.

Katy Perry decided to clown around a bit with the cover reveal of her fifth album on Wednesday (July 8). The singer challenged fans to help her «find my smile» by playing a game in which they had to tweet to pop virtual balloons in order to uncover the title of the record due out on Aug. 14. Industrious and thirsty for the image, KatyCats quickly revealed the instantly iconic picture of KP as a glum clown with a red nose and a blue and white checkered suit above the title, Smile.

So far, Perry has released a handful of songs that could appear on the album, including «Never Worn White,» «Daisies» and has mentioned the tracks «Teary Eyes» and «What Makes a Woman» in interviews.

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.

Everything We Know About Katy Perry’s Fifth Album

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Katy Perry might deliver her first baby with fiancé Orlando Bloom before or after her fifth studio album, but either way, the pop star has been preparing her KatyCats for both this summer.

The «KP5» singles keep sprouting on streaming services and her baby bump keeps growing since she debuted it in the «Never Worn White» music videofrom early March. So let’s retrace her steps before the pop star pops out both a baby and an album.

See below for everything we know about Perry’s fifth studio album so far.

The release date

KP5 comes out on August 14 via Capitol Records.

The singles

Although not the lead single, «Never Worn White» came out first out of this bunch of KP5 singles, a wedding-themed ballad about securing a lifelong love with Bloom.

Perry then dropped «Daisies» in mid-May, but the ray of sunshine beaming from it originated from her darkest times. «I wrote this song just like it’s another anthem for myself. I came out of a pretty dark time on [2017’s] Witness and I’ve been writing a record for two years,» she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on the release date. «I wrote some of it while I was clinically depressed and trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. And when I’m writing songs like ‘Firework’ or ‘Roar,’ it’s not because I’m feeling hunky-dory. It’s literally because I am having really dark thoughts and trying to come out of it.»

During a remote interview with Connecticut radio station KC1010 in late June, Perry teased another single titled «Teary Eyes» and how it ties back to her goal of releasing a project during the coronavirus pandemic. «There was conversation about not putting it out this year. I was like, ‘We need some songs to dance through our tears through,» she said. «I mean, there is one song on the record called ‘Teary Eyes,’ and it’s really about just dancing through your tears. And I’m like, ‘Wow that really resonates. That slaps, that hits hard for me right now.’ So I’m excited for it. I’m excited for all of it.»

During her Amazon Live mini-concert and Q&A session, the singer-songwriter said every song on her upcoming project exemplified «resilience, redemption, joy and empowerment» and served as a supplemental kind of therapy with her actual therapy to deal with clinical depression.

The videos (and pregnancy announcement!) 

Her «Never Worn White» music video from early March gave the KatyCats the first glimpse of her baby bump, clarifying what she meant by a «jam packed summer.» But Perry told SiriusXM Hits 1 the real kicker about her pregnancy announcement coming in this specific clip. «Honestly, I was getting way too fat to hide it, so I was like, ‘Well, I think this song would be a great reveal! Let’s start there,» she joked with host Mike Piff. «And that’s how I communicate things — I communicate through music.»

When the 35-year-old pop star gave the powerful «Daisies» tune the music video treatment in mid-May, she exposed her gentle side while frolicking in a field of daisies and even caressing her then-smaller baby bump in a nude shot by a waterfall.

She later transformed into a faceless animated woman for the «Daisies» lyric videoshe released in late May that Vallee Duhamel studios created. Perry turned the sticks and stones thrown at her from her haters into a pink house on a grassy knoll before she defied gravity.

The merch

Perry joined the wave of artists selling name-brand face masks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by customizing her personal protective equipment (PPE) with the «Daisies» signature print and song title. Proceeds from the face mask benefited DirectRelief.

Just in time for Mother’s Day this year, the «Daisies» singer opened up a digital flower shop called Katy’s Daisies that offers 12 free multicolored bouquet options.

The features

Perry’s kept her lips sealed about which artists might be featured on KP5, but she shut down the rumors that Taylor Swift‘s name would appear on the tracklist. «No, it’s not correct. But the fans are definitely excited for something like that to happen in the future and I’m always open,» she said in an interview with Hits Radio Breakfast.

The 20 Songs of the Summer of the 21st Century, Ranked: Critic’s Picks

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Jay Z and Beyonce perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 28, 2003 in New York City.

Every year, one song crowns Billboard’s Song of the Summer chart… but over the past 20 years, which Song of the Summer has been the most season-defining?

The Song of the Summer is a concept that still captures the public’s imagination — the idea of one ubiquitous single that is intrinsically tied to the days of beach parties, cookouts and warm nights outside. Every year, Billboard launches the Song of the Summer chart to track the most dominant songs on the Hot 100 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and every year, different sounds, voices and ideas rule pop radio (and, now, streaming services) to vie for the crown.

There’s no formula to becoming Song of the Summer — looking back at the history of the chart, there have been dance hits and slow jams, rock singles and rap anthems, all making their way to the top of the chart. Now that we’ve had 20 different Songs of the Summer in the 21st century, however, we wondered: which is the greatest Song of the Summer, the most impactful in terms of its association of that much-loved season? Out of the past Songs of the Summer, which one could we simply not do without during any given summer?

Check out our critic’s ranking of the 20 Songs of the Summer of the 2000s thus far — think of this list as less of the “best” songs, but more about that season-defining quality we all know and love. And be sure to turn your volume up to listen along with every one of them.

20. Matchbox Twenty, «Bent»
Year: 2000
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: *N SYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me”; Aaliyah, “Try Again”

One year after Rob Thomas first stepped out as a solo artist and scored the biggest hit of his career with the enormous Santana collaboration “Smooth,” he returned to Matchbox Twenty and to the top of the Hot 100 with the pensive guitar-pop single “Bent.” The song only spent one week at the summit but eked out the Song of the Summer crown from *N SYNC’s more party-friendly “It’s Gonna Be Me.”

19. Usher, «Confessions Part II»
Year: 2004
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim, “Slow Motion”; Usher, “Burn”

As far as the top of the Hot 100 was concerned, 2004 was the year of Usher’s Confessions: the pop-R&B superstar’s fourth album launched four No. 1 singles, which combined for a then-record 28 weeks atop the chart that calendar year. The simmering slow jam “Confessions Part II” had the right SOTS timing, but it spent the fewest weeks at No. 1 of the four singles, and smashes like “Yeah!” and “Burn” have endured more since their chart reigns as well.

18. OMI, «Cheerleader»
Year: 2015
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”; Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

Sandwiched in between No. 1s by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd (who dominated with his late-summer smash “Can’t Feel My Face”) was the six-week run of the delightful reggae-pop track “Cheerleader” from Jamaica’s OMI, who scored an international hit thanks to a remixed version of the track by DJ Felix Jaehn. In the half-decade since, OMI still has yet to return to the Hot 100.

17. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, «Fancy»
Year: 2014
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: MAGIC!, “Rude”; Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2014 and “Fancy,” her team-up with Charli XCX, became her signature anthem, complete with instantly quotable lyrics (a lot of people were walking around declaring “First thing’s first, I’m the realest” in 2014) and a Clueless-inspired music video. MAGIC!’s “Rude” also usurped the weekly Song of the Summer crown that year with a late push, but I-G-G-Y emerged victorious for the whole season.

16. Katy Perry, «I Kissed a Girl»
Year: 2008
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Rihanna, “Take a Bow”; Lil Wayne feat. Static Major, “Lollipop”

Katy Perry scored one of the most successful debut singles of all time when “I Kissed a Girl” spent seven weeks atop the Hot 100 and set up a dominant pop run. Questionable lyrics aside — Perry has recently said that she would have edited out some of the song’s more stereotypical riffs on bisexuality — the singer would personally one-up this Song of the Summer two years later with “California Gurls.”

15. Usher, «U Remind Me»
Year: 2001
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Eve feat. Gwen Stefani, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”; Lifehouse, “Hanging By a Moment”

Although Usher would soar even higher a few years after releasing this charming ode to turning down a potential relationship because of a passing physical resemblance to an ex, the hook to “U Remind Me” remains one of his most indelible, and a perfect addition to any barbecue playlist.

14. Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla, «One Dance»
Year: 2016
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”; The Chainsmokers feat. Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”

Remember in 2016, when Drake still hadn’t earned a Hot 100 chart-topper as a lead artist? After getting oh so close to the summit with “Hotline Bling” in late 2015, Drake owned summer ’16 with the dancehall-influenced “One Dance,” featuring Afrobeats star Wizkid and British artist Kyla. Although a 10-week leader, “One Dance” was followed by even bigger hits from Drake, and four more No. 1s (so far) as a lead.

13. LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, «Party Rock Anthem»
Year: 2011
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, “Give Me Everything”; Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”

“Everyday I’m shufflin’,” goes the beat-drop catchphrase in LMFAO’s 2011 smash “Party Rock Anthem” — and for a few months there, shufflin’ was indeed an everyday occurrence in the United States, thanks to the turbo-pop duo of Redfoo and Sky Blu. After soundtracking clubs with “I’m in Miami B–ch” and “Shots,” the son and grandson of Motown legend Berry Gordy went mainstream and unleashed a ubiquitous party song from a bygone era.

12. Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland, «Promiscuous»
Year: 2006
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Shakira, “Hips Don’t Lie”; Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”

While Timbaland’s 2006 may be most clearly defined by his work on Justin Timberlake’s blockbuster sophomore album, before there was FutureSex/LoveSounds there was Loose, Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado’s pivot away from folk-pop and toward the club. “Promiscuous,” her back-and-forth flirtation with the producer, became her biggest hit and a six-week Hot 100 leader to help define that summer.

11. Drake, «In My Feelings»
Year: 2018
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”; Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, “Girls Like You”

“In My Feelings” was not unveiled to the world as another surefire hit from Drake; after ruling the Hot 100 earlier in 2018 with “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” his album Scorpion was released in late June, “In My Feelings” proceeded to blow up organically, and became an official single days later. Credit a dance challenge tied to the song, popularized by the comedian Shiggy, for helping “In My Feelings” rule the second half of summer 2018.

10. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. + Pharrell, «Blurred Lines»
Year: 2013
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”; Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”

In retrospect, the topless-model music video and come-hither lyrics to Robin Thicke’s massive 2013 single weren’t called out forcefully enough for being problematic — but also in retrospect, “Blurred Lines” was absolutely everywhere in the summer of 2013, logging 12 weeks at the top of the Hot 100. Also everywhere that summer was Pharrell Williams, who assisted on “Blurred Lines” and took lead vocals on Daft Punk’s concurrent smash “Get Lucky.”

9. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, «California Gurls»
Year: 2010
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Eminem feat. Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”; B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams, “Airplanes”

“Undeniable” is how Katy Perry describes the titular women in her 2010 summer anthem, and indeed, “California Gurls” proved to be just that, a sumptuous highlight of the electro-pop era with flirtatious lyrics and a Snoop Dogg guest verse beamed in from the West Coast. Although Perry’s Teenage Dream album spawned a whopping five No. 1s, the first one to reach the top proved to be summer-defining.

8. Mariah Carey, «We Belong Together»
Year: 2005
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl”; The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes, “Don’t Cha”

Fifteen years after earning the Song of the Summer crown with 1990’s “Vision of Love,” Mariah Carey orchestrated an incredible comeback in 2005 and pulled off one of the biggest hits of her career. “We Belong Together” has a lower BPM than the typical summer song, but Carey’s charisma and the song’s undying hook helped lead to 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 and a smooth-as-silk song of the summer.

7. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, «Despacito»
Year: 2017
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”; DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m the One”

Sure, having Justin Bieber hop on a remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” helped catapult the rising hit to the top of the Hot 100, where it remained for a then-record-tying 16 weeks at No. 1 — but that’s also selling short the importance of one of the biggest hits of the decade being sung primarily in Spanish, and the only Song of the Summer of the past 20 years to have that quality. “Despacito” blew away the competition in 2017 and will pack dance floors for years to come.

6. The Black Eyed Peas, «I Gotta Feeling»
Year: 2009
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: The Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”; Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo, “Knock You Down”

The only artist over the past 20 years to score the No. 1 and No. 2 track on the Summer Songs chart for a given year, the Black Eyed Peas spent 26 weeks (!) in a row at the top of the Hot 100 in 2009 — first with “Boom Boom Pow,” then with “I Gotta Feeling,” which would go on to become a wedding-reception staple over the next decade. As celebratory summer jams go, it’s hard to beat a robo-voiced Will.i.am declaring, “Tonight’s gonna be a good, good night.”

5. Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, «Old Town Road»
Year: 2019
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”; Khalid, “Talk”

A country-trap concoction that started bubbling up on TikTok months before the summer of 2019, “Old Town Road” galloped into the record books when Lil Nas X tapped Billy Ray Cyrus for a remix, proceeding to shatter the all-time Hot 100 record with 19 weeks at No. 1, as well as eclipse every other major song released in the dog days of that year. “Old Town Road” works during any season, but there’s simply more giddy-up when it’s blaring in the summertime.

4. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z, «Umbrella»
Year: 2007
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Fergie, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”; Shop Boyz, “Party Like a Rockstar”

Amazingly, Rihanna has only scored one Song of the Summer crown in a decade and a half of chart domination — but she certainly made that one count. “Umbrella” simmered throughout the summer of 2007, preceding her Good Girl Gone Badalbum, which helped solidify the “SOS” hitmaker as an A-lister. Years later, it’s difficult to imagine any summer playlist not being made sturdier with the addition of “Umbrella.”

3. Carly Rae Jepsen, «Call Me Maybe»
Year: 2012
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”; Gotye feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

In the first half of 2012, artists like Fun. and Gotye escaped stateside anonymity to score out-of-nowhere No. 1 hits; Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen outpaced all of them, spending nine weeks atop the Hot 100 thanks to the ultimate summer earworm. Jepsen has since become a beloved indie-pop voice, but “Call Me Maybe” remains an indelible snapshot of the summer of 2012, where every celebrity was singing along to the chorus as part of a pre-TikTok meme — simpler times indeed.

2. Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z, «Crazy in Love»
Year: 2003
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Lil Kim feat. 50 Cent, “Magic Stick”; Chingy, “Right Thurr”

“Crazy in Love” radiates heat — from the interplay between real-life couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, from the face-melting Chi-Lites sample, from the presence of Beyonce, the Destiny’s Child standout who smashed her debut solo single out of several parks. “Crazy In Love” is one of the most sweltering summer songs ever assembled, and even though Queen Bey would actually spend a longer time atop the Hot 100 later that year with the Sean Paul collaboration “Baby Boy,” her first cut will forever define summer euphoria.

1. Nelly, «Hot in Herre»
Year: 2002
Song of the Summer Runner-Ups: Avril Lavigne, “Complicated”; Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland, “Dilemma”

In 2002, Nelly was tasked with following up his stellar 2000 debut Country Grammar, featuring the hit title track, “E.I.” and “Ride Wit Me”; what the St. Louis rapper decided to do was return with the Song of the Summer to rule all Songs of the Summer. “Hot In Herre” is sweaty by design, an ode to unbearable hotness marked by literal grunts (“Give a little bit of ah, ah / With a little bit of ah, ah!”) when words just won’t do. Although “Hot in Herre” only spent 7 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, it has reigned much longer as this century’s defining Song of the Summer thus far.

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.

Billie Eilish Opens Up About Body Image: ‘Sometimes I Dress Like a Boy, Sometimes I Dress Like a Swaggy Girl’

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Billie Eilish on the July/August cover of British GQ

Billie Eilish is going down a rabbit hole like the rest of us during quarantine. In a wide-ranging interview with British GQ Eilish says being locked down due to COVID-19 is «pretty bad, but with good reason.»

She lamented that we «should be living in a ghost town,» when the magazine caught up with her in mid-March as she was stuck at home and angry that when she went to visit her brother and musical collaborator, Finneas, there were «still people all over the place.»

What’s weirder, though, is after three years of hard grinding and being incredibly overbooked, «now, suddenly, nothing for the foreseeable future,» after her world tour was postponed and all other public appearances fell by the wayside.

The magazine initially caught up with Eilish after her Grammy triumph in January — before the coronavirus shutdown — so the previous night’s wins, and icon Tyler, the Creator’s comments about the ridiculousness of genre categories, were fresh in Eilish’s mind.

«Look, if I wasn’t white I would probably be in ‘rap.’ Why? They just judge from what you look like and what they know. I think that is weird,» she said. «The world wants to put you into a box; I’ve had it my whole career. Just because I am a white teenage female I am pop. Where am I pop? What part of my music sounds like pop?»

If she’s being honest, the five Grammy wins brought her validation, for her and brother/producer Finneas’ vision and their decision to stick to the style they believe in.

Eilish, 18, also opened up about her «huge» body issues, some of which she thinks were a result of how her exes have treated her. «I have never felt desired. My past boyfriends never made me feel desired. None of them,» said Eilish, who has long made a point of wearing baggy, billowy clothes that obscure her figure. «And it’s a big thing in my life that I have never been physically desired by somebody.»

That’s why, she said, she dresses the way she does. «I dress as I don’t like to think of you guys — I mean anyone, everyone, judging it, or the size of it,» she said. «But that doesn’t mean that I won’t wake up one day and decide to wear a tank top, which I have done before.» She’s not above getting excited when she switches it up and, suddenly, «my boobs are trending on Twitter. Which is fine — that s–t looks good.»

Eilish released a provocative video earlier this year about body image that was scrolled during the shows she played before the pandemic shut things down and she says that it’s still something she thinks about, but it’s complicated.

«Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl,» she said. «And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman. That tour video was about all that. It is me saying: ‘look, there is a body underneath these clothes and you don’t get to see it. Isn’t that a shame?'»

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Billie Eilish on the July/August cover of British GQ

Asked if she sees herself finding a mate, Eilish wasn’t sure if there’s room for someone else. Maybe eventually, she says, but for now she can’t see it. «All I ever wanted was a boyfriend,» she said. «Any time when it was rainy or cloudy, all I would wish is I was with some boy. That was my thing. Whenever we were somewhere nice, a beach or a balcony with a sunset, I would never be able to enjoy the experience as I just used to wish I was with some boy. And I couldn’t be further away from that. I’ve had my heart broken, sure. People have done some terrible s–t to me. The crazy s–t I have gone through. I have never felt powerful in a relationship.”

The bottom line, she said, is she’s just «not attracted to people anymore.»

Asked about the potentially negative impacts of social media, Eilish called it «unbelievable,» revealing that «I almost killed myself because of Twitter a couple of years ago… Like, for real.» The singer, who has been open in past interviews about her struggles with mental health, described trying to disengage from social media, but knowing deep down that it’s the place where her most die-hard fans live.

“Even if I try to avoid it, which I do now, I end up seeing it, because those fans, who are actually defending me, repost and respond to the original criticism in their feed. I can’t win. I tried turning comments off on Instagram, but, you know, I feel equally as bad doing that,» she said. «I can’t shut myself off completely. Instagram puts comments by those you follow, my friends, at the top of your post, but if you go one comment too far, my whole world is destroyed. I try so hard not to read the hate…”

As she has in previous profiles, Eilish described her family’s quirky, incredibly close home life, a moment when she considered suicide in a German hotel room during a tour several years ago and how an injury in dance class at 13 was incredibly traumatic, but also a gift, because it pushed her toward music. She also, once again, grappled with the idea of being one of the most famous teenagers on the planet.

“The thing I realized recently is this: when you get to a certain level of fame or notoriety, it doesn’t matter what you say or do, you are a certain level of known,» she said. «You will be super hated. And super loved. There are a million people who don’t like Beyoncé – and I don’t know how the hell you can’t love Beyoncé. Same with Rihanna. Same with Trump – people actually like that fool! How can you like this man? But everyone is hated and everyone is loved.”

When it comes down to it, though, paradoxically, the bigger Eilish has gotten, the safer she feels. She said success has made it earlier to figure out what she actually wants to do. That has come at a steep price, though, as she again describes the friends she’s lost along the way due to «touring, jealousy, misunderstanding… One day I had, like, 50 friends, and the next I had two.»

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Billie Eilish on the July/August cover of British GQ
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Camila Cabello Is About to Show You What She’s Been Up to During the Coronavirus Lockdown

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While the rest of us have been baking bread, dancing like actually nobody is looking and cleaning the kitchen as if our lives depend on it, Camila Cabellohas been in the lab. The singer revealed on Tuesday (May 19) that she’s spent the past couple weeks working on a «jam session» for her fans.

Working in collaboration with Mastercard, Camila said she’s getting ready to bring «u a mini concert series, inspired to invoke a sense of nostalgia for you guys & me.» The two specials will kick off on next Wednesday (May 27), with part two slated for June 3.

According to a release from Mastercard, the intimate, acoustic Cabello shows featuring new versions of her biggest tracks are part of the company’s ongoing global Digital Priceless Experiences series, which create unique at-home experiences during a time when we are unable to enjoy them in person. Among the other experiences available are a visit to Spain’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza to learn the stories behind its masterpieces, lessons on how to throw the ultimate online party from sommelier Belinda Chang and golf tips from Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Annika Sorenstam, among others.

In the promo video she sings a medley of «Should’ve Said it» and «Havana.» See Cabello’s tweet below.

Lady Gaga Unwraps Super Sweet ‘Sour Candy’ Collab with Blackpink: Listen

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Lady Gaga performs onstage during SiriusXM + Pandora Present Lady Gaga At The Apollo on June 24, 2019 in New York City.

Lady Gaga sprinkled some Willy Wonka-style dust on her Little Monsters on Thursday (May 28) with the surprise release of her Blackpink collab, «Sour Candy.» The mouth-puckeringly sweet dance pop confection co-produced by BURNS and frequent collaborator BloodPop is a 2:38 bi-lingual bop that finds Gaga trading off verses with the South Korean girl group’s members as they spin a tale of enticing love that requires some genuine, hard-to-crack effort.

«I might be messed up, but I know that’s love/ You want a real taste, at least I’m not fake/ Come, come unwrap me,» Gaga deadpans over a bouncy house beat following the teasing chorus from Blackpink’s Jennie and Lisa, «I’m sour candy, so sweet then I get a little angry, yeah/ Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah/ I’m super psycho, make you crazy when I turn the light’s low.»

«Sour Candy» is the third track from Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album, Chromatica (May 29), following on the heels of the Ariana Grande collab «Rain on Me» and first single, «Stupid Love.» The album will also feature a duet with one of Gaga’s longtime heroes and friend, Elton John on «Sine From Above.» The singer is so excited about the release that she tweeted out a picture on Wednesday in which she trundled into a Chromatica-themed truck to personally deliver copies of the album to retailers all around the world.

Listen to «Sour Candy» below.

Ellie Goulding Sets New Album ‘Brightest Blue,’ Featuring Juice WRLD, Swae Lee, Lauv & More

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Ellie Goulding poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on Feb. 18, 2020.

Ellie Goulding’s forthcoming studio set now has a title, a release date and a confirmed lineup of a-list pop and hip-hop guests, including a collaboration with the late Juice WRLD.

Goulding’s fourth album Brightest Bluewill drop July 17 and will be split in two parts, Brightest Blue and EG.0.

The first part, notes the British pop singer, reflects her “vulnerability” and our complex world “where relationships still dictate our happiness and heartbreak and can still be the most painful thing in the world.”

The Brightest Blue spreads across 13 tracks which “symbolize growing up and becoming a woman,” she adds in a statement, and includes the previously released “Power”

The second part spans five tracks and “encapsulates my confident, brave and fearless side and features all my recent collaborations,” she continues. EG.0’stracklist features “Hate Me” with Juice WRLD, “Close To Me” with Diplo featuring Swae Lee, her “Slow Grenade” collab with Lauv, and «Worry About Me,” her blackbear team-up she debuted earlier this month on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

The “Lights” singer has kept active during the lockdown. She was a featured performer in Global Citizen’s charity livestream One World: Together At Home and participated in the BBC’s Big Night In fundraising cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These,” which raised $45 million for Children in Need and hit No. 1 in the U.K.

Brightest Blue is the followup to 2015’s Delirum, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Goulding’s first two albums, Lights(from 2010) and Halcyon (from 2012), both went to No. 1 in her homeland.

Over the past decade, the singer has won a pair of Brit Awards, including British female solo artist in 2014, and bagged three U.K. No. 1 singles, including the final leader of 2019 with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River” (Polydor/Universal).

Brightest Blue Tracklist

Part 1 – Brightest Blue

1. Start (ft. serpentwithfeet)
2. Power
3. How Deep Is Too Deep
4. Cyan
5. Love I’m Given
6. New Heights
7. Ode To Myself
8. Woman
9. Tides
10. Wine Drunk
11. Bleach
12. Flux
13. Brightest Blue

Part 2 – EG.0

1. Overture
2. Worry About Me (Feat. blackbear)
3. Slow Grenade (Feat.Lauv)
4. Close To Me (With Diplo) (Feat.Swae Lee)
5. Hate Me (With Juice WRLD)

First Stream: New Music From Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, The 1975, The Weeknd & Doja Cat

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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande attend Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star GRAMMY Salute at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Feb. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond.

This week, Lady Gaga makes it rain with Ariana Grande, The 1975 delivers another opus and The Weeknd recruits Doja Cat for another pop radio offering. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:

The Song That Can Be Described As An International Bop:
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande, «Rain On Me»

If anyone thought Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love” was a dance-pop red herring leading up to the release of her new album Chromatica, “Rain On Me,” her new collaboration with Ariana Grande, quickly dispels such notions. The new team-up shimmers to an even more spectacular degree, gobbling up house and disco touchstones to become a gigantic dance record about embracing pain as a marker of humanity (“I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive,” goes the post-tears refrain). Lucky for us that Gaga selected the perfect collaborator for the track: Grande sounds reinvigorated here, her melismas filling gaps in the song and her verse becoming a full-on diva showcase. If the rest of Chromatica is this propulsive, we’ll be grooving to it well into 2021.

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The Album That’s Worth The 80-Minute Run Time:
The 1975, Notes on a Conditional Form

For those of you desperate to hear The 1975 deliver a concise (read: shorter) body of work after their first three albums contained at least 15 songs each: album number four, the 22-track Notes on a Conditional Form, will not grant your wish. Yet the self-indulgence and air-gulping ambition of Matty Healy and co. have also produced wide-screen brilliance on a consistent basis, and Notes on a Conditional Form demands your attention because it has several of them. The amount of rock-adjacent sounds covered here is staggering, from the scream-punk urgency of “People” to the coffee-shop acoustic intimacy of “The Birthday Party” to the hilarious gospel/rap/piano-pop mash-up  “Nothing Revealed / Everything Denied,” but Healy’s songwriting can handle the sprawl and jump over the potential missteps. Sure, The 1975 could have turned Notes on a Conditional Form into a tighter 12 songs — but then, the most interesting rock band in the world wouldn’t be themselves.

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The Remix That Could Lead To Another No. 1 Smash:
The Weeknd feat. Doja Cat, «In Your Eyes» remix

The Weeknd and Doja Cat are two of the most recent artists to top the Hot 100 chart, with “Blinding Lights” and “Say So,” respectively; one is a established hitmaker approaching a decade as a major name in music, while the other is the mainstream’s most in-demand rising star. It makes sense, then, that the pair balance each other out so effectively on the new remix to the Weeknd’s “In Your Eyes,” with Abel providing the steady hand on the track and Doja delivering the breath of fresh air. “Hate the way I feel love, only hurts with real love,” she sings, her voice unexpectedly fragile, her sentiment taking a page from the Weeknd’s pleasure-is-pain brand of pop. “In Your Eyes” just received an injection of feeling from the exact right choice for a remix, and could become another major hit for both artists in the coming weeks.

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The Video That Makes Eating Fruit Look Super-Cool:
Harry Styles, «Watermelon Sugar» video

“This Video Is Dedicated To Touching,” reads an intro slide ahead of Harry Styles’ new video, which takes a Fine Line standout, adds some heavy petting (on the beach, no less), and lets us all wistfully reflect on the days before social distancing. The “Watermelon Sugar” clip is celebratory and slightly ridiculous — no one man should have all that citrus, and at one point, Styles casually tosses a full watermelon high behind his head with little concern. Yet Styles’ charm levels remain unending, and watching him pal around on the beach and pose for photos will make you want to do so the same (even if, you know, the snack menu is slightly diversified).

The Album That Could Be The Arrival of a Reliable Hip-Hop Star:
Gunna, Wunna

In addition to scoring solo hits like “Skybox” and “Speed It Up,” Gunna has become one of rap’s most in-demand collaborators, hopping on recent tracks by Young Thug, NAV and his Drip Harder partner Lil Baby. Wunna, a new 18-song project, boasts its own share of high-profile collaborations, but kicks off with four solo cuts that showcase the Georgia native’s effortless flow, melodic understanding and flashy-lifestyle lyrics. Come to Wunna for the Travis Scott teaming “Top Floor” and the latest Lil Baby link-up, “Blindfold,” but stay for Gunna running laps around his foes on the crackling “Feigning” and crooning all over the late highlight “Don’t Play Around.”

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The Song That You’ll Want To Add To Your Instant-Inspiration Playlist:
Sia, «Together»

“Together” is a song that Sia wrote for her upcoming directorial debut, Music, and the veteran pop mastermind has said in recent interviews that the track was designed as a closing-credits anthem. If that’s the case, rarely will leaving a movie theater feel so empowering: “Together” aims to enthrall its listener with images of rainbows, angels, sharing love and setting the past ablaze, with Sia selling the approach with full vocal enormity. From “Alive” to “The Greatest” to “Elastic Heart,” Sia has fashioned a solo career out of providing hard-fought inspiration; “Together” is a kid-friendly, candy-colored edition of that vision, and an effective way to reach a new generation of listeners.

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The EP That Sounds Like An Overdue Hang With Old Friends:
Florida Georgia Line, 6 Pack EP

“It’s beer. Thirty. And I’m. Thirsty.” So goes the opening line on Florida Georgia Line’s new EP, the appropriately titled 6 Pack, and the best-selling country duo is making it clear that, even if these songs don’t represent the proper follow-up to their ambitious 2019 album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, at the very least they’re going to check in with you and provide a party. “Thank the Lord it’s Friday night and it’s time to chill,” Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard remark on the standout “Ain’t Worried Bout It,” which joins the previously released “I Love My Country” and the impressive Songland product “Second Guessing” on the track list. That sense of relief and welcome distraction pervades the project, with FGL saddling up during a fraught period in the country and doing what they can to entertain over the course of 17 minutes.

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The Song That Should Immediately Be Added To Your BBQ Mix:
Deadmau5 feat. the Neptunes, «Pomegranate»

For a too-brief moment in the 2010s, Pharrell Williams revived his career in front of the boards and became one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, thanks to “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk, then his own “Happy,” and his GIRL full-length, which snagged a Grammy nom for album of the year. Williams has seemingly placed his singing career on the back burner in recent years, but no reason that he can’t occasionally slip into the spotlight and deliver another heater, as he does on the deadmau5-Neptunes collaboration “Pomegranate.” With the robe-funk production taken care of by the experts, Williams is given room to glide around his sea of intimate euphemisms (“You’re making faces, probably so am I / We’re in the ocean / Waves are rolling in your eyes”). Even as “Pomegranate” serves as delectable summertime fodder, let’s hope it’s not the last we hear from Williams for a while.

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The Album That Pop Twitter Will Be Raving About All Weekend:
Carly Rae Jepsen, Dedicated: Side B

Although Carly Rae Jepsen’s songwriting has evolved thematically with each new release — the young-love meet-cutes of her “Call Me Maybe” days have given way to adult passion and attentiveness — there’s still a mixture of an airiness and inclusivity that has served as her bedrock and turned her into a cult hero. Dedicated: Side B, a collection of cuts from the sessions of last year’s masterful Dedicated, is stronger than most pop stars’ actual albums, and part of that consistency has to do with a lack of pomp or circumstance. Songs like “Summer Love,” “Let’s Sort The Whole Thing Out” and the Bleachers team-up “Comeback” are dreamy, ‘80s-indebted pop tracks that don’t need high stakes or superficial drama to soar. Jepsen remains such a talented song creator that even her castoffs sound blissful.

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