News

The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (February 12)

Taylor Swift
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Taylor Swift performs during the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City.

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift have you covered. Both pop superstars are dusting off the romantic section of their catalog just in time for the holiday: Bieber will perform his 2013 LP Journals for the first time ever on TikTok, and Swift has re-recorded and released her 2008 song "Love Story."

Plus, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its most gender-inclusive ballot in history, and Phoebe Bridgers made her (literally) smashing debut on Saturday Night Live. Warning: One show monitor was harmed in the making of her performance.

Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" also spent a fourth consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and much more.

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


Phoebe Bridgers was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live

Bridgers made headlines when she destroyed a guitar during her SNL debut, performing songs "Kyoto" and "I Know the End." Elsewhere in the episode, host Dan Levy performed a Super Bowl show tune!

The 2021 Super Bowl was full of epic musical moments

Super Bowl LV had plenty for music fans, from Miley Cyrus’ “TikTok Tailgate” pre-show and H.E.R.’s rendition of "America the Beautiful" to Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church’s take on the National Anthem, and of course The Weeknd’s electrifying halftime show (more on that later). Finally, the evening was capped off with Verizon’s star-studded virtual concert.

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

The track ruled the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a fourth week, after launching at the top spot three weeks ago. Plus, two songs hit the Hot 100's top 10 for the first time -- The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears" jumped from No. 14 to No. 8, becoming his 12th top 10, and CJ's debut hit "Whoopty" climbed 16-10. Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Nominations for the 2021 Critics Choice Awards were announced

The Critics Choice Association unveiled their 2021 nominations on Monday (Feb. 8). Netflix film Mank earned the most nods with 12, including best score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The dream team are also nominated in the same category alongside Jon Batiste for the trio's work on Disney's Soul. See the full list of nominations here, and check out an analysis of the music-adjacent nominations here.

BTS will be the subject of an upcoming MTV Unplugged special

MTV announced on Tuesday (Feb. 9) that the global K-pop superstars will take the stage from Seoul, South Korea, for a special that will air on Feb. 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The show will offer fans a "front-row seat to never-before-seen versions of the group’s most career-defining hits and songs from their latest album Be (Essential Edition), in intimate settings,” according to a release. Here’s everything we know about MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS so far.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2021 nominees

Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick are all on the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot, per the Feb. 10 announcement from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out the nominations here, and read an analysis of this year’s eligible artists here.

The Prodigy announced a documentary

A forthcoming documentary will track the story of the iconic English electronic outfit The Prodigy, from their U.K. origins to their boundary-pushing influence on the '90s electronic boom in America. Here’s everything we know about the doc so far.

Justin Bieber will make Valentine’s Day extra sweet

Your cozy Valentine's Day plans are set, as Justin Bieber will put on a special first-ever performance of his 2013 fan-favorite album Journals via TikTok on Sunday (Feb. 14). "I’m excited to bring this show to life," Bieber said in a statement. "Journals is one of my favorite projects and I’ve never performed it live. I’m grateful to TikTok for helping me to bring this show to everyone on Valentine’s Day." Here’s how to tune in.

Post Malone will perform a virtual concert for Pokemon Day

And if you're more interested in Pokémon Day than Valentine's Day, you're in luck: Pokémon and Post Malone are teaming up to celebrate Pokémon Day  with a virtual concert on Saturday, Feb. 27! Fans will be able to view the show for free on Pokémon's YouTube channel, Twitch channel, and 25th anniversary website. Learn more here.

Taylor Swift announced re-recorded Fearless album and dropped "Love Story (Taylor's Version)"

Baby, just say yes! The country-pop crossover star announced that she finished re-recording her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album Fearless and will be releasing it on April 9, Billboard has confirmed with her rep. But we didn't get tired of waiting since she released "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" on Friday (Feb. 12). See what Swift had to say about the Fearless re-recording process here, and check out an in-depth comparison of the original and revamped versions of "Love Story" here.

Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack included a Nipsey Hussle and Jay-Z collab

The East Coast hip-hop heavyweight and late West Coast legend's first-ever collaboration, "What It Feels Like," dropped Friday (Feb. 12) as part of the Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album in tandem with the film's premiere on HBO Max. The soundtrack's executive producers Aaron "Dash" Sherrod and Hit-Boy told Billboard about how one of the most special contributions of the album came to life and the connection between Hussle and the biopic's central character Fred Hampton. Read more here.

Pandora tapped Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters and Florida Georgia Line for Artist Takeovers series

The A-list artists are guest DJing Pandora's most popular stations on Feb. 12. The Artist Takeover series kicks off with The Pop-Up with Dua Lipa on Today’s Hits, The Listening Room with Florida Georgia Line on Today’s Country, and Backstage with Foo Fighters on Today's Alternative and Today's Hard Rock. Check out all three acts' exclusive commentary during their Artist Takeovers here.

The Weeknd's Super Bowl halftime show will get its own documentary

Showtime will pull back the curtains on how one of the biggest musical productions occurred during the pandemic in an upcoming doc. The Show, directed by Emmy nominee Nadia Hallgren, will shed light on the timeline behind The Weeknd's dazzling performance. Read the announcement here.