Welcome to the This Week in Billboard News podcast, where Jordyn Rolling, Billboard News host and producer, and Gary Trust, Billboard senior director of charts, dive into the week’s biggest music news stories.
This week, Jordyn and Gary recap the passing of John Prine, who died April 7 from complications of COVID-19, and the numerous tributes to the legendary singer-songwriter.
Bruce Springsteen wrote, “John was never anything but the loveliest guy in the world; a true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages.” Meanwhile, Miranda Lambert posted, simply: “Thank you for everything.”
Jordyn and Gary also cover P!nk and her son’s recovery from the coronavirus; Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s justice-reform alliance effort’s to help prison inmates, correctional officers and health care workers amid the pandemic; and Lady Gaga’s whirlwind Monday, when she appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC’s late-night shows to preview the April 18 Global Citizen/World Health Organization “One World: Together at Home” concert.
In lighter news, Jordyn and Gary also recap *NSYNC‘s virtual happy hours (and potential reunion), as well as Ariana Grande’s Adam Sandler impression, of which the comic legend heartily approved.
Plus, get up- to-date on Billboard‘s charts, including The Weeknd’s continued success, Bob Dylan’s career first and Drake’s (very good) chances at debuting atop the Billboard Hot 100 next week with “Toosie Slide.”
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