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Miley Cyrus teases appearances from Dua Lipa and Billy Idol on her new album

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Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa and Billy Idol. Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images, Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic and Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Miley Cyrus has revealed today (September 14) that she worked with Dua Lipa and Billy Idol on her new album.

Cyrus told New Zealand’s The Edge radio that both artists would appear on the album, after saying she had a song that sounds like if “Britney and Trent [Reznor] had a song together”.

“You guys think I’m joking, like Britney and Nine Inch Nails, but I’m not, I’ve got Billy Idol and Dua Lipa on the same record,” she said.

Hear the snippet of the interview archived on Twitter below. Go here to listen to the full interview with Cyrus at around the 1 hour 4 minute mark.

When quizzed about a possible release date for the album, Cyrus gave away no solid timeframe, but shared that she felt it’s “meant to be played at a festival”.

“I’ve been working on this body of work for such a long time, I just want it to get to live its fullest potential,” she said.

Program hosts Dominic Harvey, Megan Mansell and Clinton Randell also asked Cyrus about ‘High’, her collaboration with Mark Ronson, that is set to appear on the new album.

Ronson dropped hints about the track on Twitter last month, writing “this song will make you call every ex you ever had”.

“When I called Mark that day to get in the studio, I had said to him ‘I was gonna call you, or someone that I shouldn’t’,” Cyrus explained in the interview.

“This was also at the time when I was working on getting sober and kind of figuring out sobriety and was like, if I can’t get high, I’m just going to write about it.”

“It’s one of my favourite songs off the record.”

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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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.

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

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Dua Lipa, American Music Awards
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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.

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

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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.

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.

Surprise!

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 

Ellie Goulding lanza «Brightest Blue», su cuarto disco de estudio

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Madrid, 17 jul (EFE).- La cantante británica Ellie Goulding ha lanzado este viernes su esperado cuarto disco de estudio, ‘Brightest Blue’, dividido en dos partes diferentes y del que ya se conocían los temas ‘Worry About Me’, ‘Close To Me’, ‘Hate Me’, ‘Power’ y ‘Slow Grenade’.

‘Con frecuencia compongo sobre mis emociones y pensamientos de manera pegadiza y fácil de recordar, buscando usar mi voz del modo más sorprendente y buscando colaborar con los nombres menos evidentes’, ha explicado Goulding en una nota de prensa difundida por Universal Music Spain, sobre un disco en el que se une a artistas como Juice WRLD o blackbear.

De ‘Brightest Blue’, la primera parte del disco de nombre homónimo, la artista explica que refleja su ‘vulnerabilidad’ y ‘un mundo complejo donde las relaciones siguen dictando nuestra felicidad o pena y siguen siendo la mayor fuente de sufrimiento en el mundo’, y apunta que las canciones ‘son un símbolo del crecimiento hasta convertirse en mujer’.

‘EG. 0’ es la parte B del álbum, que incluye sus colaboraciones más recientes, y asegura de ella que contiene su ‘parte más resuelta, segura y valiente’.

La propia Goulding y Joe Kearns son los productores ejecutivos de la primera parte del disco, en el que ha colaborado con otros escritores y productores, entre los que se encuentran Tobias Jesso Jr., Starsmith, ILYA, serpentwithfeet, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift) y Jim Eliot. EFE

Stream the album below:

Meghan Trainor Announces «Treat Myself» Deluxe Out July 17

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GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Meghan Trainor unveils Treat Myself Deluxe [Epic Records] to be released on July 17, 2020. She expands her acclaimed third full-length offering, Treat Myself, with three brand new songs and unreleased alternate recordings of two fan favorites, presenting the definitive edition of the record. More information coming next week with the release.

Among the new tunes, she shares the new track «Make You Dance» today, listen HERE.  The track begins with a sparse harmony before strutting along on a funk-y, disco-fied bass line. As the bass thumps, she assures, «I dropped this shit to make you, make you…dance.» That’s the immediate outcome too. Ultimately, she serves up another sassy, spirited, and soaring anthem. Additionally, Meghan uncovers the accompanying lyric video for «Make You Dance.» Watch it HERE.

This article is originally from LAftusa

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.

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