Funniest Music News: Girls5eva take on Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” on The Tonight Show
The Peacock series about a resurrected ’90s girl group Girls5eva — starring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell — brought back a real popular ’90s girls group anthem on The Tonight Show Wednesday (May 5): “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. Plus, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots joined in on the nostalgic Brady Bunch-style fun. Watch their performance here.
Sweetest Music News: Willow Smith surprises her mom Jada with performance from her old metal band
Willow Smith’s Mother’s Day surprise for Jada Pinkett Smith was a special reunion performance with her mother’s old metal band, Wicked Wisdom. “This is the music that I grew up around. My mother was Superwoman, she was a rock star, she was a warrior and a nurturer, all in one. So unapologetically badass. … I was my mom’s biggest fan,” Willow said during Wednesday’s (May 5) Red Table Talk episode. The 20-year-old artist sang one of her favorite Wicked Wisdom songs, “Bleed All Over Me,” with Jada’s original bandmates. Watch it here.
Savviest Music News: Billboard & Twitter launch the new Hot Trending chart
The first-of-its-kind Billboard Hot Trending chart, which was announced on Wednesday (May 5), will track music-related trends and conversations in real time across Twitter, including buzz around new releases, awards show and festival moments, music nostalgia threads and more. The chart will refresh every 24 hours to capture the latest music-focused conversations happening on the platform and the songs Twitter users are talking about, not necessarily listening to. Learn more about the Billboard Hot Trending chart here.
Most Record-Breaking Music News: The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” remix, featuring Ariana Grande, hits No. 1 on the Hot 100
The chart-topping remix of “Save Your Tears” not only earns The Weeknd and Ariana Grande each of their sixth No. 1s, but it makes After Hours the first album released in the 2020s to produce three No. 1 hits. An even rarer feat? After Hours‘ three Hot 100 leaders came in three different years, with “Heartless” in 2019, “Blinding Lights” in 2020 and “Save Your Tears” in 2021. Read more about what this No. 1 hit cements in both artists’ careers here, and Billboard‘s five burning questions about “Save Your Tears” here.
Most Inspiring Music News: Billie Eilish steps out in lingerie for British Vogue cover
Eilish stunned as a Hollywood bombshell when she wore lingerie for her pin-up style British Vogue cover released on Sunday (May 2), in which she discussed her transformation and upcoming sophomore album, Happier Than Ever. Many celebrities praised the 19-year-old, including Kelly Osbourne, who applauded Eilish’s cover as a “very brave move.” Read the cover story highlights here, see the photos here, and read Osbourne’s statement here.
Most Surprising Music News: Broadway announces it’s reopening this fall
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday (May 5) that Broadway will be back in business on Sept. 14, 2021, after it shut down on March 12, 2020, due to the pandemic. Theaters will reopen at 100% capacity. Tickets for Broadway shows are already on sale, with Wicked being the first to resume its U.S. tour. “Broadway is major part of our state’s identity and economy, and we are thrilled that the curtains will rise again,” Cuomo tweeted. Read what Broadway had to say about resumed production in the fall here.