The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (January 29)

Aidan Cullen


This week, Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" and Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album respectively spent a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. Plus, the next groups of rising country, Latin and hip-hop stars have been on our radars.

Meanwhile, BTS teased "surprise gifts" for the ARMY along with their Be (Essential Edition) album and Blackpink told Billboard about what to expect during their upcoming livestream concert, The Show.

The Weeknd and his XO brain trust also suited up for the latest cover of Billboard, and much more.

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

Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album spent a second week at No. 1

Dangerous: The Double Album spent a second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 159,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 21 (down 40%), according to MRC Data. Plus, Why Don’t We logged a career-high rank with the debut of their The Good Times and the Bad Ones album. See the full Billboard 200 rundown for the week ending Jan. 21 here.

CMT has picked the next 10 rising artists for Next Women of Country

The CMT Next Women of Country class of 2021 includes Ashland Craft, Brittney Spencer, Chapel Hart, Hannah Dasher, Harper Grae, MacKenzie Porter, Priscilla Block, Reyna Roberts, Sacha and Tenille Arts. Congrats, ladies! Learn more here.

BTS announced their next release

After releasing their album Be (Deluxe Edition) ahead of the holidays on Nov. 20, the K-pop supergroup are already dropping another project! Be (Essential Edition) will be arriving in February, and there are additional “surprise gifts” in store, too. Here’s what we know.

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week

The hit spent a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, after soaring in atop the tally one week ago. Plus, Ariana Grande's "34+35" leapt from No. 11 to No. 2, surpassing its prior No. 8 peak, following the release of its remix featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion (both of whom receive chart credit on the song for the first time). Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Performers for Premio Lo Nuestro 2021 were announced

Get ready to dance, because Camilo, Natti Natasha, CNCO, Grupo Firme, Ozuna and Anuel AA will all be performing at the 33rd edition of Premio Lo Nuestro on Feb. 18. Also confirmed to take the stage are Los Ángeles Azules and Gloria Trevi, who will each receive special awards that night. Learn more about the event here.

Halsey revealed she’s pregnant

Congrats are in order for Halsey, who announced she’s expecting! The singer revealed her burgeoning baby bump in a mini photo gallery on Instagram Wednesday (Jan. 27) with the simple caption, "surprise!" followed by three emojis: a baby bottle, rainbow and infant angel. See the announcement and pics here.

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Billboard previewed the rising Latin and hip-hop artists to keep an eye on in 2021

Get ready to discover some epic new music this year! Billboard has rounded up artists that have a good chance of blowing up this year, including Latin acts like Alaina Castillo, Elena Rose and Khea, and hip-hop artists like Pooh Shiesty and Morray. View our lists of 21 Latin Artists to Watch in 2021 here, and 15 Hip-Hop & R&B Artists to Watch in 2021 here.

The Weeknd and his team graced the latest cover of Billboard

“How did pop’s leading man dominate the charts (and screens) in 2020?” Billboard’s Katie Bain muses, “The same way he always has: with a tight-knit group of day ones unafraid to trust their scrappy instincts -- or fight alongside him when needed.” Ahead of his Super Bowl halftime show, read the wide-ranging interview with The Weeknd and his XO brain trust here, and see photos from the cover shoot here.

Taylor Swift dropped another Evermore chapter

The pop star is turning over a new leaf in 2021 and turning a new chapter this week, which features six songs from her Folklore and Evermore albums of 2020. Swift added Forever Is The Sweetest Con as the sixth chapter in her collection. Listen to it here.

Blackpink previewed The Show livestream concert in a new interview 

The K-pop girl group told Billboard over email about what to expect during their livestream show, a one-of-a-kind partnership with YouTube Music that will premiere Sunday morning (Jan. 31). Blackpink talked about how they prioritized the Blinks and how the concert's postponement allowed them to add a special stage they couldn't have earlier. "It was definitely fun preparing our setlist from the first full album because we’ve never performed those songs before within the concert setting," they said about performing songs from The Album. Read the interview with Blackpink here.

Miley Cyrus performed an NPR Tiny Desk

Cyrus transported (and crammed) herself into a replica of her childhood bedroom from Nashville for her extra cozy NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. She performed a moving cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" ballad and two of her own songs from her No. 1 rock album Plastic Hearts. Watch her full Tiny Desk set here.

Billboard released its first-ever Change Agents list

Billboard honored individuals who stepped up to the plate during the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests in our first Change Agents issue. These executives led by example by doing the important work behind the scenes. See who made our inaugural list here.

Rihanna celebrated the fifth anniversary of Anti 

RiRi thanked the Navy for rocking with her last No. 1 album Anti half a decade after she released it in a new series of throwback photos and a montage video from that era. See her #ANTIversary celebratory shots here, and see which songs have been streamed and sold the most here.