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The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (February 19)

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


Nathaniel Rateliff was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live

Nathaniel Rateliff and his band the Night Sweats made their Saturday Night Live debut on Feb. 13, delivering passionate performances of songs both new and old. Watch the performances of “Redemption” and “A Little Honey” here.

Meghan Trainor gave birth to her first child

The singer announced on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) that her first child has arrived! “This sweet baby boy’s due date was today on Valentine’s Day. We got to meet him on Monday, Feb 8th! We are SO IN LOVE,” Trainor wrote on Instagram along with a mini gallery of her baby boy, tagging husband Daryl Sabara. “Thank you @darylsabara for the best Valentine’s gift ever! Welcome to the world Riley!” See the sweet announcement here.

Artists celebrated Valentine’s Day

While many couples laid low this year due to the ongoing pandemic, that didn’t stop artists like Dua Lipa and Christina Aguilera from sharing their love on social media. “THE ONE 4 MY [heart emoji],” Lipa captioned photos of her and boyfriend Anwar Hadid kissing. “Happy V-Day Lovers xx.” Plus, longtime friends-turned-couple Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker made their relationship Instagram official two days after the holiday! Check out the roundup of romantic V-Day messages here, and see Kardashian and Barker’s PDA pic here.

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

“Drivers License” isn’t slowing down! The song dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a fifth week, after soaring in at the summit four weeks ago. Plus, The Weeknd scored two songs in the top five, and Pop Smoke’s “What You Know Bout Love” ascended to the top 10. Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Justin Bieber will perform at the 2021 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

The Biebs will headline the 2021 KCAs, which will be hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson. Bieber is expected to perform his hit “Intentions” with The Migos’ Quavo, as well as his latest single “Anyone.” Here’s when and where you can watch the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

The founder of Hipgnosis was the latest Billboard cover star

For Billboard‘s newest cover story, Ed Christman profiled Merck Mercuriadis, who “has spent $2 billion to transform the business of songs, making some creators rich and infuriating rivals by forcing them to spend more. Now he wants to rally songwriters to raise royalties — a plan that might even boost the fortunes of those who call him Publishing Enemy No. 1.” Read the full interview here.

Billboard celebrated 25 years of the Adult Alternative Airplay chart

Alt is not dead! Upon the chart’s 25th anniversary, check out Billboard‘s exclusive Greatest of All Time Adult Alternative Artists and Adult Alternative Songs recaps here, and read an extensive recap of the artists and songs here, led by Dave Matthews Band as the top artist and The Wallflowers’ “One Headlight” as the No. 1 song.

Billboard got a first look at BTS’ performance of “Life Goes On” for MTV Unplugged

MTV shared a first clip with Billboard of the K-pop boy band’s sweet and sparkly performance of “Life Goes On” from their upcoming MTV Unplugged session. Their set, which was filmed in Seoul, South Korea, will feature songs from their latest album, BE (Deluxe Edition). Watch an exclusive sneak peek of BTS’ performance of “Life Goes On” here before it premieres on Tuesday (Feb. 23).

Ed Sheeran hinted he has an album on the way this year

Sheeran might’ve snuck in a hint about his present to fans while celebrating his 30th birthday on Wednesday (Feb. 17). He captioned a throwback picture from his pirate-themed 3rd birthday, “I’ll be back online with the 4th instalment in the series later this year, until then.” And it’s safe to say that the 4th installment of his album series — + (Plus), x (Multiply) and ÷ (Divide) — could be , or Minus. Check out the clue here.

Ariana Grande dropped the deluxe edition of Positions

Adding more positions for you! The pop superstar finally unveiled the deluxe edition of her Billboard 200 No. 1 album Positions. The expanded version features all 14 original tracks, plus the recently released “34+35” remix featuring Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat. Grande also added four previously unreleased songs, “Someone Like U (Interlude),” “Test Drive,” “Worst Behavior” and “Main Thing.” Stream it here.

Bad Bunny won big at 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro

Bad Bunny led the pack with seven wins at the 33rd annual Premio Lo Nuestro Thursday night (Feb. 18) at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. Selena Gomez and Rauw Alejandro heated up the stage with their “Baila Conmigo” performance, Daddy Yankee and Marc Anthony fired things up with “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta,” and Ozuna and Anuel closed out the show while paying homage to the late Armando Manzanero and Johnny Pacheco. Plus, Gloria Trevi and Wisin received special merit awards. Check out the full list of winners here, watch Vice President Kamala Harris’ surprise remarks at the awards show here, and catch all the performances here.

Natti Natasha announced her pregnancy

Congratulations are in order for Natti Natasha and her fiancé Raphy Pina, who are expecting their first child together! She showed off her baby bump while performing her new song with Prince Royce, “Antes Que Salga El Sol,” at Premio Lo Nuestro. The Dominican singer later confirmed her pregnancy by retweeting a People En Español cover story announcing her pregnancy. See her announcement here.

Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame announced first three inductees 

Quincy Jones, James Brown and Otis Redding were chosen as the “foundational inductees” for the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame, which will be unveiled in Atlanta at a formal induction ceremony during June for Black Music Month. The Walk of Fame is designed “to honor iconic individuals and organizations that have impacted Black culture and community alongside those who continue to lead us into the future,” according to a statement. See who’s been nominated in the hip-hop, mainstream, legacy artist, gospel, and music & entertainment mogul categories here.

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