Saturday Night Live was full of musical moments
From an amusing "Weird Little Flute" music video to Marcus Mumford crashing wife Carey Mulligan's monologue and Kid Cudi’s performance, there was plenty for music fans to enjoy during the April 10 episode of Saturday Night Live. Plus, the show paid tribute to late rapper DMX (but not without some jokes, too).
BTS announced that Bang Bang Con is returning this year
Bang Bang Con is back! BTS shared on Saturday (April 10) that Bang Bang Con 21 will virtually take place on April 17 at 3:00 p.m. KST via the septet's official YouTube channel BANGTANTV. Get ready for a "BTS concert in your room,” as the group promised on social media. Learn more here.
Justin Bieber’s new album returned to No. 1
Justice returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 17), giving Bieber his second nonconsecutive week atop the list. Justice also became his first multi-week No. 1 album since 2010. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato notched her highest-charting album since 2015 with Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over, and Lil Tjay debuted in the top five. Check out the full rundown for this week’s Billboard 200 here.
Soul won big at the BAFTAs
Congrats are in order once again for Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won a BAFTA Award for best original score for Soul during the two-day ceremony held on Saturday and Sunday (April 10-11) by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Check out the full winners’ list here.
Silk Sonic's "Leave the Door Open" topped the Hot 100
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, aka Silk Sonic, have a new Hot 100 leader; "Leave the Door Open" rose from No. 3 to No. 1 for its first week atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo's "Deja Vu" debuted at No. 8 and Masked Wolf's "Astronaut in the Ocean" reached the top 10. Everything you need to know about this week’s Hot 100 chart is here.
BTS’ “Dynamite” joined the YouTube 1 Billion Views Club
BTS’ explosive video for "Dynamite" has hit one billion YouTube views! The global smash also spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2020, and recently broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Digital Song Sales Chart. Watch the colorful, dance-heavy video and learn more about the septet’s latest feat here.
Global Citizen announced Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World
Selena Gomez will host Vax Live, a livestream meant to inspire people globally to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The May 8 event will feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R. Vax Live will also encourage philanthropists and corporations to donate "dollars-for-doses" in efforts to vaccinate more than 27 million healthcare heroes serving on the frontlines of the pandemic. See how to tune in here.
Lady Gaga loved the love for Artpop
After fans rallied to get Lady Gaga’s 2013 album Artpop to the top of the iTunes chart (and tried to convince the singer to release a sequel), the superstar took to Twitter to respond. "The petition to #buyARTPOPoniTunes for a volume II has inspired such a tremendous warmth in my heart," she wrote. "Making this album was like heart surgery, I was desperate, in pain, and poured my heart into electronic music that slammed harder than any drug I could find.” See what went down here.
Taylor Swift appeared on Colbert
While the singer-songwriter didn’t perform during her appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Tuesday night (April 13), she did drop numerous Easter eggs that had fans flipping. As Swift and host Colbert chatted about her Fearless song “Hey Stephen,” she seemingly teased that another re-recorded album, 1989, is on the way. See all of the hints spotted by eagle-eye Swifties here.
J Balvin and girlfriend Valentina Ferrer are expecting their first baby
Baby on board! Ferrer revealed the news via the cover of Vogue Mexico, showing off her bump. On her Instagram account, the Argentine model captioned the photo of the cover, "The family is growing,” and Balvin commented on her post with a heart emoji. See the pregnancy announcement here.
Bad Bunny, Karol G, Nicki Minaj and more won big at the Latin AMAs
Bad Bunny took home five awards -- including artist of the year, album of the year and favorite male artist -- at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards, which took place at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on Thursday (April 15). Plus, there were performances from Camilo, Karol G and many more. Check out the full winners' list here.
Louis Tomlinson trolled Liam Payne
This friendship! Liam Tomlinson took to Twitter on Thursday (April 15) to yell at Liam Payne for not answering his calls, and Directioners quickly mobilized to help Tomlinson out. Fortunately, Payne eventually called him back. See the hilarious moment here.
ACMs co-hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton told us what to expect from the show
Billboard’s Melinda Newman caught up with the two country stars, who will be co-hosting the 56th ACM Awards on Sunday (April 18). “We’ve been in lockdown for over a year and that’s so hard for all of us and all I want to do is give people light and love and hope during this award show,” Guyton promised. Read the full interview here.