Take a look at 13 music moments from the week, which can hopefully help brighten up these troubling times.
Lady Gaga made her best chart debut in years
Little Monsters were thrilled to hear Lady Gaga return to her dance-pop beginnings with “Stupid Love,” the first single from her forthcoming album Chormatica (due April 6). As the song made it’s chart debuts the week following its Feb. 28 release, fans have even more reason to rejoice: “Stupid Love” shot straight to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and launched at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, Gaga’s highest debut on the chart since 2013’s “Applause.” (In other news, Roddy Ricch still remains unstoppable, as “The Box” holds at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a ninth week.)
Elizabeth Warren and Kate McKinnon nailed Drake’s “Flip the Switch” challenge
In the latest internet dance craze, Drake’s Scorpion track “Nonstop” prompted several hilarious TikToks of fans swapping roles at the flip of a light switch in the aptly titled #FlipTheSwitch challenge. After Senator Elizabeth Warren made a hilarious cameo on Saturday Night Live on Saturday (March 7), she delivered an even funnier bit on social media — her own #FlipTheSwitch vid with Kate McKinnon. It's so good, even Drake couldn't help reacting to the video. See why:
Rihanna opened a Fenty TikTok house
While Rihanna fans still patiently wait for the singer to unveil new music, she made yet another Fenty Beauty announcement — this time involving TikTok. Over the weekend, five lucky TikTok creators were granted a spot in Fenty Beauty’s TikTok house in Los Angeles, complete with video-ready lighting and a fully stocked makeup pantry. ”I just wanted to create a platform for the next wave of content creators,” Rihanna said at the house opening. “I think our generation is the sickest, the illest, the most creative. I can't do it alone, so to join in with the people who are influencing the world and my community and my generation, this is a hub.”
Taylor Swift put together an International Women’s Day playlist
It’s no secret that Taylor Swift loves her playlists, and on International Women’s Day, she made one entirely dedicated to female artists and bands. The 27-song playlist includes songs by superstars like Halsey, Selena Gomez (Swift’s BFF) and Kesha; Swift also highlights rising female stars, including Léon, Clairo and Låpsley. "Let’s all celebrate together by honoring the women in our lives and the women out there pushing things forward,” Swift tweeted along with the playlist link.
Jay-Z got LeBron James to sign a basketball for Blue Ivy
Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter had the coolest daddy-daughter date night ever on Sunday (March 8), sitting courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers game. But to make the night even more special, Blue Ivy got to meet LeBron James after the game, and he promised her a signed basketball, which he promised to have to her by the time she gets home from school on Monday. Their adorable encounter was captured on camera:
Eminem unveiled the “Godzilla” music video
Now that the #GodzillaChallenge has come and gone, Eminem kept the “Godzilla” hype up with a star-studded video for his Juice WRLD collaboration. The clip stars Em himself, who brings the song’s first lyric, “I can swallow a bottle of alcohol and I'll feel like Godzilla,” to life as the video begins. He quickly realizes that’s not the case, getting knocked out by Mike Tyson before being treated in a hospital by Dr. Dre and Dr. Eminem. The trippy visual ends in a touching way, with the late Juice WRLD delivering an uplifting message, as a tribute scrolls that reads: “You will be remembered forever. You will be loved forever. Thank you for changing the wrld. 999 Forever.”
Billie Eilish kicked off her tour (with Jennifer Lopez, of course)
Billie Eilish’s sold-out headlining arena tour began on Monday night, with the first stop at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. As the first stop on Eilish’s international trek, fans discovered that this tour involves an important message about body image (“Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?,” she says in the two-minute clip) as well as a 22-song set. Jennifer Lopez revealed on Instagram that she was in attendance, posting sweet photos from meeting Eilish backstage with her daughter Emme, who was seemingly a bit overwhelmed upon meeting the “Everything I Wanted” singer. (In the wake of Coronavirus cancellations, Eilish postponed her remaining March dates on Thursday.)
Christina Aguilera performed Mulan song for the first time
‘90s babies were pumped to find out that Christina Aguilera is part of the Mulan live-action remake (she sang the iconic ballad “Reflection for the 1998 animated film), singing a dynamic anthem titled “Loyal Brave True.” She delivered the first live performance of the song on the Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, and of course she crushed it:
Katy Perry opened up about her pregnancy
Less than a week after Katy Perry revealed that she’s pregnant with her ethereal “Never Worn White” video, Katy Perry began an Australian publicity tour, performing around the country and talking with media. While performing at the Women's Cricket World Cup Final in Melbourne on Sunday, she revealed that she hopes her #BabyCat is a girl. Then a couple days later, she stopped by Australian radio show Fifi, Fev & Byron and declared “it’s the right time” to have a baby: “Everything’s changing. I wasn’t ready a couple years ago, and I did the work to get ready and now I’m really ready.”
Diplo detailed how he keeps up with his multi-faceted career
Billboard’s 2020 Dance Issue arrived on Thursday (March 12), with the genre’s man-of-many-hats Diplo serving as the cover star. Diplo talks to Billboard’s dance/electronic director Katie Bain about how he balances his variety of ventures, also admitting that M.I.A. was the “game-changer” for him (the two collaborated early in his career, including on her hit “Paper Planes”), and discussing how he’s managed to break into the Nashville scene. Read the full cover story here.
Lil Uzi Vert unveiled a deluxe version of Eternal Atake
Just one week after releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album Eternal Atake, Lil Uzi Vert surprised fans with the news that there’s more where that came from. But the deluxe edition doesn’t just include two or three new tracks — it’s an entire second album, with 14 new songs for fans to dive into. And the best part? The deluxe edition arrived at midnight on Friday (March 13).
Niall Horan got his own Carpool Karaoke
More than four years after Niall Horan took part in a group Carpool Karaoke with One Direction, the “Nice to Meet Ya” singer had the chance to ride around with James Corden once again during his Late Late Show takeover. But this time, he got to sing his own tunes — well, with the exception of 1D’s anthemic hit “Steal My Girl” — both from his first album, Flicker, and his sophomore set, Heartbreak Weather, which just arrived today (March 13). He also did a lie detector test that revealed if he really thinks One Direction is going to reunite, so needless to say, watch if you’re a Niall or 1D fan:
The Trolls World Tour soundtrack & more new music arrived
Friday the 13th can be seen as unlucky, but for several fan bases, it felt like Christmas. Along with Horan and Lil Uzi Vert, Jay Electronica, Grouplove and Joywave released new albums, and the Justin Timberlake-executive produced Trolls World Tour soundtrack also dropped. Plus, Lil Yachty teamed up with Drake and DaBaby for a new song called “Oprah’s Bank Account”; Tones and I followed up her massive hit “Dance Monkey” with “Bad Child”; and The Killers and Rita Ora each unveiled new bops. Check out Billboard’s interviews with Grouplove and Joywave, as well as our hot takes on other new tunes in this week’s First Stream!