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Ellie Goulding Recruits Diplo, Blackbear to Guest in Livestreamed Show

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Rock in Rio 2019, first day - British singer Ellie Goulding during a performance on the World of Rock in Rio 2019 stage, on the first day of the music festival held in the City of Rock, held at Olimpico Park in Barra da Tijuca, west of the city .

Ellie Goulding recruited recent collaborators Diplo and Blackbear to appear in her upcoming livestreamed show. Bruno Baketa / AGIF via AP

Ellie Goulding recruited recent collaborators Diplo and Blackbear to appear in her upcoming livestreamed show.

“The Brightest Blue Experience,” a pay-per-view event presented by LIVEnow, will be broadcast Wednesday, August 26th at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Tickets are available now.

The two guests contributed to the singer-songwriter’s recently issued fourth LP, Brightest Blue: Diplo co-wrote and co-produced her single “Close to Me,” and Blackbear co-wrote and appears on the single “Worry About Me.” The album, which follows 2015’s Delirium, also features Swae Lee, Lauv, serpentwithfeet and Juice Wrld.

The livestream will feature both new and old tracks, with Goulding accompanied by a live ensemble. “How incredible to hear this album come to life with some of London’s most talented players,” she said in a statement. “It sounds exactly how I imagined — like a new world.”

Goulding also noted how the one-off event helps promote the 18-track LP with touring currently sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a truly incredible opportunity to push my creative boundaries and perform inside one of London’s most iconic museums,” she said. “I can’t wait for you all to see the spectacle we have put together for this extraordinarily special experience.”

The singer will also broadcast the show via additional streams for East Coast North and South America; West Coast North and Central America; and Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

This article is originally from Rolling Stone

Well, We Need This Calvin Harris/The Weeknd Track Immediately

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Calvin Harris

Superstars collided on social media yesterday (Aug. 20) with both Calvin Harris and The Weeknd teasing a forthcoming collaboration.

On Instagram, The Weeknd posted a presumably pre-quarantine image of him and the Scottish producer (Harris is clutching three full red Solo cups and wearing a Coachella wristband in the shot), with the cryptic caption, «Don’t get too confused…»

Over on Harris’ Instagram Story, footage of vintage mixing equipment was soundtracked by a funky and smooth AF R&B jam that would certainly lend itself to The Weeknd’s falsetto.

There’s no word yet whether this collab will be released by The Weeknd or by Harris, who this year has exclusively dropped music under his acid house influenced alias, Love Regenerator.

The news follows The Weeknd’s Aug. 7 performance on TikTok, during which he performed his current hits “Blinding Lights» and «Pray For Me» and teased 30 seconds of a new song.

Check out the teasers below.

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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.

Dua Lipa Drops Colorful Visual for ‘Levitating’ Remix With Missy Elliott, Madonna & The Blessed Madonna

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Dua Lipa

Just days after Dua Lipa‘s unveiled her scorching new «Levitating» remix by The Blessed Madonna featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott, the star dropped the dreamy accompanying video on Friday morning (Aug. 14).

The clip features the star trio amid nature scenes, drenched in vivid blues and reds.

«I decided to take the party up a notch with the incomparable The Blessed Madonna, who secretly helped me to craft the mixtape that would become Club Future Nostalgia and the absolute queens Missy Elliott and Madonna joined me for an epic remix of ‘Levitating,'» Lipa said of the song in a statement.

She first announced the remix with «my idols» on July 27, which will be featured on the Club Future Nostalgia remix album, out Aug. 28. Watch the «Levitating» remix video below.

She’s Here: Miley Cyrus Drops ‘Midnight Sky’ Single & Video

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Miley Cyrus attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

After building up buzz online for the past few weeks, Miley Cyrus finally unveiled the first taste of her upcoming album, She Is Miley Cyrus, with the first single, «Midnight Sky» and its accompanying video.

«It’s been a long night and the mirror is tellin’ me to go home/ But it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this good on my own/ Nine years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes/ Forever and ever, no more,» she sings in the empowering new track, which dropped after midnight on Friday (Aug. 14).

Miley also stuns in the self-directed music video, laying luxuriously among colorful gumballs or crooning seductively in a neon disco decked in a black Chanel bodysuit complete with Swarovski crystal-covered long black gloves. The vignette draws inspiration from strong female musical icons, including Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry, as Cyrus takes control of her own narrative from the media and becomes fully confident in herself.

The star has yet to announce a release date for She Is Miley Cyrus, but the new LP will follow her 2019 EP She Is Coming, which featured lead single «Mother’s Daughter.»

Watch the «Midnight Sky» video below.

Freak Out: Lady Gaga Set Has Been Added as a VMAs Performer

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Lady Gaga

Gaga is coming back to the VMAs on a career high.

Lady Gaga has been added to the lineup of performers for the VMAs on Aug. 30. The superstar announced the news on social media Thursday (Aug. 13).

MTV didn’t reveal what song(s) Gaga will perform, other than to say that she “will bring her chart-topping album, Chromatica, to life” and that it will be “the world premiere televised performance of her latest release.”

It will be Gaga’s fourth VMAs performance; her first since she opened the 2013 telecast with “Applause.» Gaga also performed on the VMAs in 2011 (teaming with Brian May for «Yoü and I») and 2009 (performing “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi”).

Previously-announced performers are BTS, Doja Cat, J Balvin, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma and CNCO. Keke Palmer is set to host the show.

Gaga is tied with Ariana Grande for the most nominations this year — nine each.

Gaga has won 13 VMAs — a total topped by just two artists in VMAs history: Beyoncé with 24 and Madonna with 20. Gaga’s video for “Bad Romance” won seven awards at the 2010 show, including video of the year. Only one other video has won seven or more awards. Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” won nine awards at the 1987 show.

Gaga is coming back to the VMAs on a career high. She won an Oscar for best original song for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born in early 2019. She was also nominated for best actress. Her current album, Chromatica, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, her sixth album to top that chart. “Rain on Me,” her collab with Grande, entered the Hot 100 at No. 1, allowing Gaga to set a new record for the longest span of No. 1-debuting singles. It was nine years, three months and one week since she opened in the top spot with “Born This Way.”

Seven of Gaga’s VMA nods this year are for “Rain on Me.” She is also nominated for artist of the year and in the new best quarantine performance category for her cover of the pop standard “Smile” from One World: Together at Home, which aired in syndication on April 18.

Gaga’s VMAs performance could boost Chromatica’s chances of landing a Grammy nomination for album of the year. Gaga was nominated for the top Grammy for The Fame (2009), The Fame Monster (2010) and Born This Way (2011).

Fans can vote for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories, including video of the year and artist of the year through Aug. 23 at vma.mtv.com. Voting for PUSH best new artist presented by Chime Banking will remain open until the show is on the air.

The Lineup For Dua Lipa’s ‘Club Future Nostalgia’ Remix Album is the Party You Need Right Now

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Dua Lipa performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 24, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Dua Lipa is bringing the heat on her upcoming Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album, which she revealed is coming out on Aug. 21. The singer dropped the news on Tuesday night (Aug. 4), also confirming that a remix of «Levitating» remixed by The Blessed Madonna and featuring Missy Elliott and Madonna will come out on Aug. 14.

Additionally, she reported that Gwen Stefani and Mark Ronson will appear on a remix of the single «Physical» and that «all Future Nostalgia tracks n then sum remixed by ur faves,» without dishing up any more names for now. «On the real tho sooo psyched to be on this DUA project,» tweeted Ronson. «I can’t wait for you all to hear this ‘Physical’ remix I spent half of lockdown working on. @gwenstefanisounds so good. PLUS I’M IN A TWEET WITH @MissyElliott!!!»

See the tweets from Dua Lipa and her collaborators below.

Miley Cyrus Teases 7th Album With Throwback Clip, Hear Snippet of New Song ‘Midnight Sky’

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Miley Cyrus attends the Tom Ford AW20 show at Milk Studios on Feb. 7, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

Miley Cyrus is (finally) coming, y’all! On Tuesday (Aug. 4), the superstar took to social media to tease the forthcoming release of her long-awaited album She Is Miley Cyrus. Plus, a teaser of a new song called «Midnight Sky» is available to hear via the Instagram Music feature.

«Meet Miley Cyrus….. again. #SheIsComing #ButForRealThisTime,» Cyrus tweeted, using a clip from the music video for her 2008 single «Start All Over,» which was featured on her debut solo album Breakout.

«I’m gonna start all over/ Out of the fire and into the fire again/ You make me want to forget and/ Start all over/ Here it comes straight out of my mind or worse/ Another chance to get burned and/ Start all over/ I’m gonna start all over,» a teen Miley belts out on the punchy pop-rock track, sending the perfect message for her musical comeback.

In a separate post — coyly captioned «TEASE» — Cyrus gave fans a taste of what they can expect from the new music straight from the studio. Wearing a white tank and showing off her newly platinum shag, the singer took a selfie video while listening to a track off She Is Miley Cyrus.

«It’s been a long night and the mirror is tellin’ me to go home/ But it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this good on my own/ Nine years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes/ Forever and ever, no more,» she croons on the new song, possibly referencing her relationship with ex-husband Liam Hemsworth.

Hours later, the track title was revealed to be titled «Midnight Sky» on Instagram, when the snippet and its accompanying cover art was uploaded to the social platform’s Instagram Stories feature.

While Cyrus has yet to announce a formal release date for She Is Miley Cyrus, the new LP will follow her 2019 EP She Is Coming, which featured lead single «Mother’s Daughter» as well as collaborations with Ghostface Killah («D.R.E.A.M.»), Rupaul(«Cattitude») and Swae Lee and Mike Will Made It («Party Up the Street»).

Check out Cyrus’ pair of teasers featuring music new and old — and hear the snippet of «Midnight Sky» — below.

Taylor Swift Achieves Seventh No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart & Biggest Week of 2020 With ‘Folklore’

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s Folklore flies in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, capturing the biggest week for any album since Swift’s last release, 2019’s Lover.

Folkore was released with little advance notice on July 24 and earns Swift her seventh No. 1 album.

Folklore starts with 846,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That marks the largest week registered for any album since Swift’s own Lover, which debuted at No. 1 on the Sept. 7, 2019-dated chart with 867,000 units.

Further, in the last four years, the three biggest weeks for any album have been racked up by Swift. Dating back to July of 2016, the three largest frames for any album are: Swift’s Reputation (1.24 million units, Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart), Lover(867,000) and Folklore (846,000).

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). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Aug. 8-dated chart (where Folklore bows at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Aug. 4.

Folklore’s debut of 846,000 equivalent album units is led by 615,000 in album sales, 218,000 in SEA units (equating to 289.85 million on-demand streams of the tracks on the album), and 13,000 in TEA units.

Seventh No. 1 Album: Folklore marks Swift’s seventh No.  1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, tying her with Janet Jackson for the third-most leaders among women in the history of the chart. Ahead of them on the leading ladies list are Barbra Streisand, with 11 No. 1s, and Madonna, with nine. Among all acts, The Beatles have the most No. 1 albums, with 19.

Before Folklore, Swift topped the chart with Lover (No. 1 for one week, Sept. 7, 2019-dated chart), Reputation (No. 1 for four weeks, 2017-18), 1989 (No. 1 for 11 weeks, 2014-15), Red (No. 1 for seven weeks, 2012-13), Speak Now (No. 1 for six weeks, 2010-11) and Fearless (No. 1 for 11 weeks, 2008-09).

Most No. 1 Debuts Among Women: All seven of Swift’s No. 1 albums have debuted at No. 1 — a record among female artists. Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Britney Spears are tied with the second-most debuts at No. 1 among women, with six each. (Beyoncé, Gaga and Spears each have a total of six No. 1 albums — and all of them also debuted at No. 1. Meanwhile, six of Madonna’s nine total No. 1s debuted atop the list.)

Among all acts, Jay-Z has the most debuts at No. 1, with 14. All 14 of his No. 1 albums have debuted at No. 1.

2020’s Biggest Week for an Album, and Biggest for Any Album Since Swift’s Last Release, Lover: Folklore’s start of 846,000 equivalent album units marks the largest week for 2020 for any album. It blows past the previous high, which was registered just last month by the opening stanza of Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die(497,000 units in the tracking week ending July 16; as reflected on the chart dated July 25).

In addition, Folklore nabs the biggest week for any album since Swift’s last release, Lover, less than a year ago. It launched atop the list dated Sept. 7, 2019, with 867,000 units earned in the week ending Aug. 29, 2019.

Lover was released on Aug. 23, 2019. Unlike the surprise-released Folklore, Lover was preceded by months of traditional promotion, which began with the release of the set’s first single, “Me!,” featuring Brendon Urie, on April 26, 2019.

Also, while Lover was available widely to purchase at all retailers in its first week, including Target, which carried four deluxe CD editions of the set, Folklore had a limited availability at retail in its first week. Folklore was only sold via Swift’s official webstore or via digital retailers. Folklore will be released on CD widely to all retailers on Aug. 7.

Swift Has the Three Biggest Weeks for Any Album in the Last Four Years: In the last four years, the three biggest weeks for any album have been racked up by Swift. Dating back to July of 2016, the three largest frames for any album were tallied by the debut weeks of Swift’s Reputation (1.24 million units, Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart), Lover (867,000) and Folklore (846,000).

The last time anyone not named Taylor Swift had a bigger week than Folklore was Drake, who saw his Views album launch with 1.04 million units at No. 1 on the May 21, 2016-dated chart.

Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since Lover: Folklore sold 615,000 copies in its first week, marking the largest sales frame for any album since Swift’s Lover sold 679,000 copies in its debut week (Sept. 7, 2019-dated chart).

As noted above, in Folklore’s first week of release, the album was only available to purchase through Swift’s website and digital retailers.

During the album’s first week, Swift’s webstore sold over a dozen physical/digital album bundles (with a CD, vinyl LP or cassette, plus the digital album). All of the physical/digital bundles delivered the digital version of the album upon purchase to the customer, while the physical version will ship to the customer later. Sales of such bundles — where two formats of the same album are bundled together — are counted as one sale, with the album configuration sold determined by the first version of the album that is fulfilled to the customer.

Swift’s store additionally sold an array of merchandise/digital album bundles.

‘Folklore’ Is Already 2020’s Top Selling Album: With 615,000 copies sold of Folklore in its first week, the album has already become 2020’s top selling album. It surpasses the previous top-seller, BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7, which has sold 574,000 since its release on Feb. 21.

First Act to Have Seven Different Albums Sell at Least 500,000 in a Single Week: As Folklore sold 615,000 copies in its first week, Swift becomes the first act to have seven different albums each sell at least 500,000 copies in a single week, since Nielsen Music/MRC Data began electronically tracking music sales in 1991. Swift previously achieved half-million sales frames with the debut weeks of her last six full-length studio albums: Lover (679,000, in 2019), Reputation (1.216 million, in 2017), 1989 (1.287 million, 2014), Red (1.208 million, 2012), Speak Now (1.047 million, 2010) and Fearless (592,000; 2008).

Swift was previously tied with Eminem, who has seen six of his albums each sell at least 500,000 copies in a week.

Largest Streaming Week of 2020 for an Album by a Woman: Folklore garnered 218,000 SEA units in its first week, which equals 289.85 million on-demand streams of its songs in its first week. That’s the biggest streaming week of 2020 for any album by a woman, and the biggest by a non-rap album this year. The only albums to generate bigger streaming frames in 2020 are two rap titles: Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die, with 422.63 million in its opening week, and Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake, with 400.42 million and 348.72 million in its first and second weeks, respectively.

Folklore’s 289.85 million streams also mark the second-biggest streaming week everfor an album by a woman, behind only the debut frame of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (307.07 million; chart dated Feb. 23, 2019). 

At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Logic’s No Pressure launches with 221,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 172,000 are in album sales (supported by an array of merchandise/album bundles), 48,000 are in SEA units (equaling 65.16 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs) and 1,000 are in TEA units.

No Pressure — which Logic describes as his «farewell» effort as he announced his «retirement» — racks up his biggest week for an album since Everybody opened at No. 1 on the May 27, 2017-dated chart with 248,000 units.

No Pressure is Logic’s seventh top 10 effort, stretching back to his first chart entry, Under Pressure, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the Nov. 8, 2014-dated chart.

Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die falls from No. 1 to No. 3 in its third week, after two frames on top, with 107,000 equivalent album units (down 34 percent), while Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon dips 2-4 with nearly 107,000 units (down 23 percent).

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical slips 4-5 with 71,000 equivalent album units (down 9 percent). The album peaked at No. 2 on the July 18 chart after Disney+ premiered the filmed version of the Broadway show on July 3. Hamilton has now spent 27 nonconsecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 — the most of any cast recording since Hair hung on for 28 weeks in 1969.

Gunna’s Wunna runs 21-6 on the new Billboard 200 with a 205 percent gain in equivalent album units earned (rising to 67,000) after the former No. 1 album was reissued on July 24 with eight additional tracks. Lil Baby’s previous chart-topper, My Turn, falls 5-7 with 53,000 equivalent album units earned (down 6 percent).

The Kid LAROI makes his Billboard 200 debut with F*ck Love at No. 8, which launches with 40,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 33,000 are in SEA units (equaling 49.39 million on-demand streams of the albums songs), 7,000 are in album sales (aided by dozens of merchandise/album bundles) and a negligible sum from TEA units.

F*ck Love is the 16-year-old rapper’s (real name: Charlton Howard) first full-length mixtape. The set includes a guest turn from LAROI’s mentor, the late Juice WRLD.

Rounding out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 are a pair of former No. 1s, as Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding shifts 7-9 with 33,000 equivalent album units (down 1 percent) and Harry StylesFine Line dips 9-10 with 31,000 units (up 7 percent).

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.

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