From the editors: Like the rest of the country and the world, Billboard editors were horrified by the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and by the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered. And so faced with another gun-related tragedy, the staff organized this special “Open Letter to Congress” cover of Billboard.
With the help of leading gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety, editors reached out to those we cover in the music industry, and asked for their support and their signatures to help seek a sane and safe end to gun violence. Within minutes, Joan Jett was the first to sign on. Lady Gaga shortly followed. Within hours, and then in a matter of just a few days, nearly 200 top artists and executives—pop stars (including Grimmie’s friend Selena Gomez), rappers, rock gods, legends, Broadway heroes, even two Beatles and Yoko Ono—lent their voices to the chorus of Americans looking to our political leaders for change. Billboard, artists and music-industry executives join so many members of the House and Senate this week proudly advocating for common-sense gun safety.
From the editors: Like the rest of the country and the world, Billboard editors were horrified by the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and by the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered. And so faced with another gun-related tragedy, the […]Continue reading →
“Ashes to ashes, dust to sidechicks,” Beyonce utters in the intro for her new visual release, “Sorry,” off her top-notch visual LP “Lemonade,” released earlier this year. The black and white clip features a cameo from Serena Williams.
The black-and-white clip, directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, finds a braided Bey throwing her middle fingers up and bopping on a bus with a tribe of dancers rocking Yoruba-inspired face and body paint. Tennis icon Serena Williams also twerks in the clip as Beyonce sings away her relationship woes upon her throne. “Sorry,” of course, also features the viral remark, “You better call Becky with the good hair.”
“She told me that she just wants me to dance, like just be really free and just dance like nobody’s looking and go all out,” Williams said in a May interview about her cameo. “So that wasn’t easy in the beginning, but then it got easier. … I thought that particular song on the visual album was really a strong song, and it was also really fun at the same time.”
Earlier this year, all 12 tracks of Bey’s Lemonade album — which made its debuts as a one-hour HBO special — hit the Hot 100. Lemonade also marked the singer’s sixth No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
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Katy Perry announced a new perfume named Mad Love recently. And despite the fact that it’s a follow-up to her 2015 fragrance Mad Potion, just about everyone is opining that it could be a reference to the “mad love” lyric in Taylor Swift‘s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Bad Blood.”
The words “mad love” appeared in Taylor’s squad-supported “Bad Blood,” which many assumed was about Katy, though Taylor rejected those rumors and explained the song was simply about “the loss of friendship” to GQ.
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Adam Lambert is going down under.
The American Idol season eight runner-up — on tour this summer with Queen — is set to be the third judge for season eight of The X Factor in Australia, he announced Tuesday (June 21) on Twitter.
“Big News!!! I am going to be a judge on @thexfactor_au !!!” he wrote.
“I am very excited to join X Factor in Australia and am looking forward to helping people shine their brightest,” Lambert told the Telegraph. “Australia has always been one of my favorite places to tour. The Aussies I’ve met are so kind and good humored — so the thought of getting to live in Sydney is exciting.”
Lambert already has experience behind the judges’ table, having successfully stepped in for Keith Urban at the New York auditions for the fourteenth season of American Idol. From that batch of auditions, Lambert put through two contestants that finished in the top three-including Jax and winner Nick Fradiani. Lambert also put through Season 14 top 10 alum Qaasim Middleton and current America’s Got Talent contestant Sal Valentinetti, predicting that there were many viewers who would “love this guy.” Lambert must be psychic, since Valentinetti just earned the coveted Golden Buzzer onAGT after a successful audition singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
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