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The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (January 15)

Olivia Rodrigo "drivers license"
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Olivia Rodrigo "drivers license"

Two words were on everyone’s lips this week: Olivia. Rodrigo. The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star unleashed her debut single “Drivers License,” and what happened next is something no one saw coming.

Plus, inauguration week is almost upon us, and you can expect musical performances up the wazoo, as Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy and tons more will be joining the celebrations!

Take a look at all of the week’s can’t-miss music moments below.


David Bowie's legacy was celebrated around what would've been his 74th birthday

While the livestream special A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day! was delayed 24 hours "due to technical difficulties and COVID-19 restrictions," the show eventually went on on Saturday (Jan. 9). The three-hour special featured covers from dozens of artists, including Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Duran Duran, Adam Lambert, Yungblud, Perry Farrell, Corey Taylor, Peter Frampton and Boy George. Check out the recap here.

Taylor Swift’s Evermore returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart

Evermore skipped back to the top for a third nonconsecutive week, up from No. 2 a week ago, as Billboard’s Keith Caulfield reports. The album earned 56,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 7 (down 22%), according to MRC Data. Plus, Lil Durk’s The Voice climbed 3-2. See the full Billboard 200 rundown for the week ending Jan. 7 here.

24kGoldn's "Mood" held at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for an eighth week

24kGoldn's "Mood" featuring Iann Dior added an eighth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as Billboard’s Gary Trust writes. Plus, Justin Bieber's "Anyone" debuted at No. 6, marking his 22nd career top 10, and AJR achieved their first Hot 100 top 10, as "Bang!" climbed from No. 11 to No. 9. Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

The 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro nominees were announced

Univision revealed the 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro nominees on Tuesday (Jan. 12), with J Balvin leading the pack at 14 noms. Maluma followed with 12, Camilo with 10, and Ozuna with eight. Anuel, Bad Bunny, Karol G, Natti Natasha, Sebastián Yatra, and Sech continued with seven nominations each. See the full list of nominations and learn how to tune into the ceremony here.

Taylor Swift extended her record for the most time tallied at No. 1 on the Artist 100

Swift became the first artist to spend 45 weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100 chart, as her album Evermore added its third week atop the Billboard 200. Dating to the Artist 100’s 2014 launch, Swift now outpaces Drake, who ranks second with 31 weeks at the summit, followed by The Weeknd (20) and BTS and Ariana Grande (15 each). Congrats, Tay!

Ashanti and Keyshia Cole's Verzuz has a new date (again)

Third time’s the charm! After two previous Verzuz dates were forced to postpone due to COVID-19, the battle series has announced a new date for the Ashanti and Keyshia Cole face-off: Thursday, Jan. 21. Here’s what we know.

Morgan Wallen is Billboard’s latest cover star

Could the "7 Summers" singer be country music's next global star? That's what Billboard's Melinda Newman explores in the new profile, writing, “He's scored billions of streams, got a second chance from SNL -- and became Nashville's big bet to take his genre to new heights.” Read the full story here, and see photos from the cover shoot here.

Performers for the Biden-Harris inauguration were announced

Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem at next Wednesday's (Jan. 20) inauguration of Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris! Plus, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons will perform during the primetime Celebrating America special, which will be hosted by Tom Hanks. Oh, and don’t miss the "We The People" concert on Jan. 17, which will feature performances and appearances from Fall Out Boy, AJR, Ben Harper, Carole King, James Taylor, Will.I.Am, Michael Bivins, Connie Britton, Sophia Bush, Jaime Camil and Kal Penn. Here’s where and when to tune in to all of the events.

Cardi B shared music video budget secrets

Cardi B took to Twitter on Tuesday (Jan. 12) to share fun facts about her music videos, including how much it cost to pull off the Dubai-set "Bodak Yellow" video, as well as the luxurious strip club in the "Money" clip and the star-studded "WAP" mansion. Here’s how much Cardi B’s music videos cost.

Billboard dreamt up 25 Things We Hope Happen in 2021

In lieu of a straightforward 2021 album preview, Billboard staffers opened it up and shared everything they want to see happen this year! From our Super Bowl guest wishlist to the music videos that haven't happened yet, here are 25 things we'd like to see happen in music in 2021.

Selena Gomez released a Spanish-language single

Sel dropped her highly anticipated Spanish-language song "De Una Vez," along with an official music video! "I am incredibly proud of my Latin background," Gomez said in a statement. "It felt empowering to sing in Spanish again and ‘De Una Vez’ is such a beautiful love anthem." Watch the new video here.

Ariana Grande recruited two fellow superstars for a new remix

Grande's "34+35" remix featuring Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat officially arrived on Friday (Jan. 15), and the song will definitely have you up all night, playing it on repeat. Listen to the updated version of the hit here.

Olivia Rodrigo took the internet by storm

Olivia Rodrigo's inaugural single "Drivers License" (below) was an instant hit upon its Jan. 7 debut, and the singer/actress made headlines all week long. In case you missed out, here’s a recap of events: Taylor Swift’s reaction | 5 things to know about Olivia | Why “Drivers License” is a hit | The best TikToks | What the song is about | Spotify’s thoughts on the smash … and certainly more to come!