Justin Bieber Is Here To ‘Stay’ As He Sets A New Chart Record

    Justin Bieber made history on Tuesday (July 20) as the youngest solo artist to ever hit 100 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the age of 27. The track that cinched the milestone was “Stay,” the synthy song on which he guested as a feature with The Kid Laroi and debuted at No. 3.

    Prior to Bieber’s achievement, Drake previously held the career title at 28 years old in 2015 and is now in second place. Lil Wayne is next down in third place with his 100th Hot 100 scored at 29 years old in 2012. Taylor Swift, Future, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West are among the artists who have also crossed this threshold.

    “Stay,” a lamenting, heartbreaking song pleading for a partner not to leave, was released on July 9. It marked the second collaboration between Bieber and Laroi since the track “Unstable” off Bieber’s recent album Justice, which was released in March early this year. The track was released with a music video that captured Laroi and Bieber as time appeared to be frozen around them. Bieber appeared on the rooftop of a building, where he delivered the second verse.

    Bieber gained his first Hot 100 in July 2009 with his debut single “One Time” and at the time, he was only 15 years old. Bieber has had seven songs hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in total, with the most recent one being “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon. It peaked on April 3, 2021. Other No. 1 songs include “Stuck With U” with Ariana Grande and “Despacito” with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

    As of this week, Justin Bieber is currently ranked No. 5. on the Artist 100 chart and has been for 334 weeks. And if the song’s title is any indication, he is here to stay.

    Brockhampton Will Say Goodbye This Year With Final Album

    By the end of 2021, it may be time to say goodbye to Brockhampton.

    On Monday (July 19), band leader Kevin Abstract announced his experimental music collective will have a new seventh and potentially final album “before the end of the year.”

    Back in March, Abstract tweeted there would be two new Brockhampton albums this year and that they would be the group’s last. In April, the hip-hop boy band dropped the first of these two final albums, Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine. The album featured numerous guest artists like A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, JPEGMafia, and Charlie Wilson. It received critical acclaim and peaked at No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

    Band member Romil Hemnani told GQ that it was expected that they would depart and focus on their own respective niches after growing together for over a decade. “Everybody’s given their life for the last 10 years,” he said. “And at a certain point, people deserve to give their lives to themselves. So it feels like it’s time to let everyone just spread their wings and do the things that they want to do.”

    Abstract especially has been focusing more on solo music as of late. Back in May, he announced a new solo album is currently in the works, which will follow his 2019 album Arizona Baby. On July 16, he dropped a brand new single “Slugger,” which featured rappers $not and Slowthai.

    Brockhampton is scheduling a tour, Here Right Now, starting on August 1 in Chicago. The band was originally set to tour behind their 2019 album Ginger in summer 2020, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rescheduled dates for May 2021 were also pushed back due to restrictions on large gatherings. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to hear any live performances of new tracks for their potential final album until next year.

    For the full list of tour dates, see their website.

    ‘Industry Baby’ Lil Nas X Found Guilty Of Being A Troll

    Over the last few days, Lil Nas X has made several joke tweets and TikToks about him going to jail for his controversial Nike Satan shoes, but on Monday (July 19), he revealed that he’s definitely heading to court for it — in a new music video, anyway — as shown in the new teaser for his upcoming single “Industry Baby.”

    The trailer, titled “Nike v. Lil Nas X – Satan Shoes Trial,” depicts a fictional yet hilarious trial where Lil Nas X plays himself and several other roles: a judge, a defense attorney, a juror, and a prosecutor. Although the trial is meant to focus on the Satan shoes, it suddenly centers on his sexuality. There is tension among everyone in the courtroom after the lawyer asks, “Let me rephrase the question: Do your momma know you gay?” Lil Nas X simply responds, “Yes.” The audience starts whispering among each other and the juror says, “Yeah, lock him and throw away the key.” The judge then sentences Lil Nas X for five years in Montero State Prison.

    The video rolls into credits, which also announces that “Industry Baby” features Jack Harlow and is produced by Take a Day Trip and Kanye West. Lil Nas X later tweeted that the music video will actually be set months after the fictional trial.

    It’s clear that the trailer is intended to poke fun at the backlash he received for his infamous customized line of sneakers and his sexually charged song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” along with the lawsuit between Nike and art collective MSCHF, who collaborated with the “Old Town Road” singer in designing the shoes. The line was released alongside the music video of “Montero” back in March and was based on its most talked-about scene: Lil Nas X performing a lap dance on Satan before killing and becoming him. The shoes had designs of pentagrams, inverted crosses, and a text referencing Luke 10:18 in the Bible. There were plans for only 666 pairs to be made and sold, and the soles allegedly contained a drop of human blood. Naturally, the Satan shoes sold out in less than a minute.

    However, Nike reps expressed that they never were involved in the release of the shoes and sued MSCHF, though they eventually settled. All the sold shoes were recalled in April and buyers were offered full refunds.

    While Nike cracked down on the unauthorized shoes, Lil Nas X was accused of promoting sexual immorality and Satanism, despite the fact that “Montero” and its music video are allegories for his personal struggles and pride in his sexuality. But as the “Industry Baby” trailer shows, Lil Nas X gives no fucks about who he pisses off for being gay, or for anything else he does.

    Fans are, of course, loving his comedic genius in social-media marketing his new single. The reactions have spawned into memes and a trending campaign hashtag #FreeLilNasX.

    “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” debuted at No. 1 at the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his second No. 1 hit single after “Old Town Road.” With the major excitement from fans, we will see if “Industry Baby” will also chart at the top. The song and its music video are set to be released on July 23.

    Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett To Celebrate Their Decade-Long Friendship ‘One Last Time’

    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are hitting the Big Apple for one last time with a duo performance. The pop icon and jazz legend announced today (July 19) that they will perform two shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in celebration of Bennett’s 95th birthday, their 10-year friendship, and Bennett’s farewell to fellow New Yorkers.

    “I am so honored and excited to celebrate Tony’s 95th birthday with him at these special shows,” Gaga tweeted.

    The shows, billed “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,” will also mark Benett’s final onstage performances in New York City. His family announced to AARP magazine earlier this year that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. In that story, it was reported that he had so far not experienced the disease’s typical symptoms of disorientation, and his diagnosing doctor said he had some “cognitive issues, but multiple other areas of his brain are still resilient and functioning well.”

    The upcoming shows will take place on August 3 and 5, the former being Bennett’s birthday. Pre-sale tickets go on sale July 21 at 10 a.m. local time via Citi Entertainment while general tickets go on July 22 at 10 a.m. local time through Live Nation.

    Attendees are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of entry of receiving the final vaccine dose no later than 14 days before the show date. An exception is given for children under 16 who must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test while accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

    A new collaborative album between Gaga and Benett is also expected to drop later this year, following their 2014 jazz-pop album Cheek to Cheek, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. The album debuted No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Cheek to Cheek became Bennett’s second No. 1  album and Gaga’s third consecutive No. 1 in the U.S. Prior to the album’s release, Gaga and Bennett first met and performed together at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in 2011. Two months later, their first collaboration, “The Lady Is a Tramp,” was released on Bennett’s Duets II album.

    Biz Markie, ‘Just A Friend’ Rapper And Hip-Hop Icon, Dead At 57

    Biz Markie, the rapper behind the iconic 1989 single “Just a Friend” who later found success as a DJ and producer, has died at age 57. His manager, Jenni Izumi, confirmed Markie’s death to multiple outlets.

    “Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years,” Izumi said in a statement, per CNN. No cause of death was given, but Markie had a history of diabetes, and TMZ notes his death comes after “a series of complications.”

    Markie, born Marcel Theo Hall in New York City, found Top 10 chart success in his mid-twenties through “Just a Friend”‘s memorably wailing chorus and a notable video that saw him dressed as Mozart pounding at a piano. He wrote and co-produced the song, which hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum in 1990.

    Before that, Markie had been a successful beatboxer and rapper in New York’s emerging powerhouse hip-hop scene. “I started out as a human beatbox, and then I progressed into a rapper,” he told MTV News in 1990. He shined as part of the rap collective Juice Crew alongside Big Daddy Kane and influential producer Marley Marl. “Just a Friend” made him a pop star — and by 1996, he appeared on DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat” remix with Doug E. Fresh, cementing his place in another iconic pop-culture moment; the song lives on in sports arenas and party soundtracks.

    In the early 1990s, hip-hop was still an emerging, mutating genre, and one of its biggest battles came via producers’ and rappers’ use of samples. A series of landmark lawsuits brought this to the fore, including one by Irish songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan that targeted Markie for his 1991 song “Alone Again,” which sampled O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” form 1972.

    The ruling from the case, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc., stated that unauthorized samples are a form of copyright infringement, forever changing the music industry and, most directly, hip-hop. Markie, known as much for his sense of humor as his musical prowess, named his 1993 album All Samples Cleared!.

    In total, he released five albums throughout his career, the last of which, 2003’s Weekend Warrior, featured collaborations with Diddy and DJ Jazzy Jeff. He was a frequent guest on Beastie Boys albums, appeared on Will Smith’s 1999 album Willennium, and took center stage on The Avalanches’s 2016 psychedelic song “The Noisy Eater.”

    Markie found plenty of success as a DJ and even made a few film and television appearances, including a notable scene in 2002’s Men in Black II where he beatboxes to Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as an alien postal worker. More recently, he appeared on Empire and Black-ish, and plenty of SpongeBob fans have pointed out on social media that he voiced Kenny the Cat. His “Look Around” song from a 2010 Yo Gabba Gabba! episode is an absolute smasher.

    Throughout his career, Markie always knew who he was. “My style of music is funky and unpredictable,” he told MTV News, “but you always can see that it will be a hit.”

    Friends, fans, and collaborators — including Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, Mark Ronson, and more — have paid tribute to the late rapper on social media.

    Normani Unleashes Her ‘Wild Side’ In Sexy Comeback Video With Cardi B

    Normani and Cardi B really did that on “Wild Side.” After drumming up excitement in the week leading up to Normani’s collaborative comeback, her new single dropped Friday (July 16) with a cinematic music video with stunning visuals and sizzling choreography.

    The video introduces Normani in a black bodysuit, posing seductively in a red room. As she pours wine over the camera, the screen pans to the singer in a purple jumper, sliding body-roll moves with several backup dancers. Then the visual returns to the red room, where Normani busts some moves on a table in a matching red outfit, black heels, and dangling cross earrings.

    As she implores her lover to show her his “wild side,” Normani channels Aailyah’s iconic style in white kicks and leather with baggy pants and a jacket. She brings more 2000s vibes with leopard print, as she lies in a helicopter. In another scene, surrounded by a mirror-filled room, Normani wears nothing but glittering shells as she contorts into various shapes on the floor with her doppelgänger. And then Cardi B comes in.

    The rapper makes her appearance fully nude, rapping hard verses and tugging onto a hanging rail. “Look, dímelo, turn me ’round / Treat me like a watch, bust me down / On the kitchen floor, right on that towel / It’s my dick and I want it now, ow,” she raps. “Tell me how you want it / Put me on my back or my stomach / Baby, let me blow it like a trumpet / I can do it all, I can prolly suck a watermelon through a straw.” We eventually see Cardi and Normani in an embrace with their hair draping over each other, and the verse ends with water raining from above.

    This isn’t the first time the two all-star artists have teamed up. Normani previously made a cameo in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” music video; she and Cardi even collaborated last year in “Diamonds,” the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Birds of Prey. “Wild Side” follows the release of Normani’s 2019 single, “Motivation,” and has yet to release her debut solo album.

    “Wild Side” has been topping No. 1 on the iTunes U.S chart and still counting. We have yet to see where it will hit on the Billboard charts, but in Cardi’s words: the world is ready for Normani supremacy.

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    Willow ft. Travis Barker: “Gaslight”

    With her new album Lately I Feel Everything, Willow Smith is torching the expectations of those who still think of her as the little girl in the “Fireball” video. She drops a flurry of F-bombs in “Fuck You,” and on “Gaslight,” she rages over a flawed, queer love. The latter spotlights Travis Barker’s fearsome drumming, which slingshots the song from verse to refrain as Willow pleads with a partner to “stop messing with my head / And love me instead.” It’s the pop-punk revival in its purest distillation, and at under two minutes, the song burns up as quickly as an ethanol flame. Catch Willow’s Watch Together performance of her album today on Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook. —Coco Romack

    BTS Will Make You Sweat Like That Performing ‘Butter’ On A Massive Bridge

    BTS lit up Seoul’s night sky during their new, never-before-seen performance of “Butter” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (July 14) as part of their two-night takeover.

    Donned in black and white button-up shirts, the boy band showed off their moves across the brightly lit yet unopened World Cup Bridge in their hometown’s Mapo District. The bridge was originally planned to open back in August 2015 but has seen delays; it is scheduled to finally be unveiled  next month.

    Also on Wednesday night’s episode of Fallon, BTS delivered their debut performance of their new single “Permission to Dance.”

    The two-night takeover marked their third appearance on The Tonight Show. BTS previously rocked on the show for a whole week straight from September 28 to October 2 in 2020, performing hits like “Dynamite” and “Black Swan.” In February that year, they performed “On” in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Their first-ever appearance on the show occurred in September 2018, where the group performed “Idol” and did the Fortnite dance challenge with Fallon.

    As BTS has been dominating the charts with their hot summer single “Butter,” Alan Bjerga, the chief of communications for the American Butter Institute, even praised the song with excitement.

    “My main reaction was, ‘Great!’ It obviously doesn’t hurt to have your product associated with the top band’s song of the summer,” Bjerga recently told Billboard. “Like BTS says, ‘it’s smooth…’ The future of U.S. butter sales is in exports, and to have arguably the biggest band on the globe giving a thumbs-up in song can’t be anything but good.”

    “Butter” has been currently topping No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the past seven weeks and still counting.

    Normani and Cardi B Are Heading To The ‘Wild Side’ In New Collab

    Fans are wild with anticipation for Normani and Cardi B’s new single “Wild Side,” which will drop this Friday (July 16).

    Both iconic artists posted on social media the gorgeous cover for the single, depicting them each reclining nude on a giant pearly shell with their long flowing hair draping over their bodies. Some mermaid vibes right there.

    Fans have long speculated that new music, possibly even a long-awaited solo album, from Normani would be dropping this year. Earlier this week, the former Fifth Harmony member archived all her Instagram posts except a short video from February of her sunbathing in a gold bikini, captioned “know it’s been awhile.” There was suspicion that the song playing in the background is a snippet of “Wild Side.”

    As a result of the major announcement of the upcoming single, Cardi B and Normani were trending on Twitter worldwide. Cardi tweeted in response to a fan account, “The world is ready for Normani supremacy!!!”

    Normani excitedly responded, “Okay, sooooo I just watched the video again. Sis, what the fuck.”

    Both artists previously collaborated last year in “Diamonds,” the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Birds of Prey. Normani has released five singles, most of which are collabs: “Love Lies” with Khalid, “Waves” with 6lack, and “Dancing with a Stranger” with Sam Smith. “Motivation,” which was released in 2019, remains her only solo single.

    With so much excitement from fans and hints from Normani, perhaps we will get to see a solo album dropping soon. In the meantime, “Wild Side” is out tonight at midnight.

    Madonna’s Madame X Tour Documentary Will Hit Paramount+ In October

    A documentary following Madonna‘s Madame X tour will be available to stream on Paramount+ on Friday, October 8, the streaming service announced on Thursday (July 15).

    The film was shot at a concert in Lisbon, Portugal, as Madonna embodied her Madame X persona, a globetrotting secret agent complete with an eyepatch. The Queen of Pop posted a video of her smoking a cigarette and holding a wine glass, lip-syncing to “Killers Who Are Partying,” a track from her 2019 Madame X album, on Instagram four days ahead of the announcement.

    “Sharing my vision with global audiences has been profoundly meaningful to me. The opportunity to bring its message and the incandescent artistry of all involved to an even wider audience comes at a time when music is so deeply needed to remind us of the sacred bond of our shared humanity,” Madonna said in a statement.

    The Madame X doc will feature behind-the-scenes clips of Madonna in action during the album’s tour in 2019 and 2020. In addition, there will be an intimate look at the battles she had with her hip and knee injuries, which forced her to cancel several shows in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Portugal, eventually concluding the entire tour three days before its final date, while also coinciding with the ban of gatherings due to the spread of COVID-19. She has fortunately made a full recovery and recently returned this past June for a surprise performance during New York’s Pride festivities at the Boom Boom Room.

    Madonna has lately been working on film production and re-shootings. A 22-minute documentary called The World of Madame X was released in July 2019 on Amazon Prime, detailing the production and behind the scenes of the album. Back in February, Madonna announced she was re-shooting scenes for the tour documentary, wearing costumes from her Madame X tour. “Happy to be able to step into my costumes after 10 months on crutches-surgery and a host of other physical challenges I can fit into my costumes!” she wrote on Instagram.

    Upon its release on June 14, 2019, Madame X debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 95,000 album-equivalent units, and Madonna also topped the Artist 100 chart for the first time since the chart’s launch in 2014. Madame X then became Madonna’s ninth No. 1 album in the U.S.

    If you missed the tour, you only have to wait until October 8 to stream it. Find a teaser for the action above.