The Strokes were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live
The New York group returned to SNL for their fourth time as the musical guest, bringing the rock vibes to the Halloween show. Julian Casablancas & Co. performed “Adults Are Talking” and “Bad Decisions” from their latest album The New Abnormal, looking (and sounding) as cool as always. Watch their performance here.
Artists celebrated Halloween
Celebs got in the spooky spirit by dressing up in elaborate Halloween costumes! From Hailey Bieber as Nurse Ratched and Ciara as Cardi B on her Invasion of Privacy album cover to Lizzo as 2020’s most famous fly and Lil Nas X as Nicki Minaj, check out all of the best costumes here.
Luke Combs’ What You See Is What You Get returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200
The country superstar’s album was back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a second total week, following its deluxe reissue on Oct. 23. (It initially debuted atop the list dated Nov. 23, 2019.) The album was reissued with a handful of additional songs, much to fans’ delight. See the full Billboard 200 rundown for the week ending Oct. 29 here.
Ariana Grande’s “Positions” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100
Grande landed her fifth Hot 100 chart leader as “Positions” moved in at No. 1! The title track of the singer’s latest album drew 35.3 million U.S. streams and sold 34,000 in the week ending Oct. 29, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Meanwhile, Luke Combs’ “Forever After All” entered at No. 2. Read all about this week’s Hot 100 top 10 here.
BTS earned their first top 10 hit on a Billboard radio airplay chart
“Dynamite” rose from No. 11 to No. 9 in its 11th week on the Pop Songs chart (dated Nov. 7), besting PSY’s “Gangnam Style” for the highest Pop Songs peak by an all-South Korean act! (BTS previously hit a No. 22 best on the chart with “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey in May 2019.) Get the details on the new chart feat here.
A mother-daughter trio lit up The Voice
New favorite family band! Mother-daughter country trio Worth the Wait got an instant four-chair turn with their performance of Linda Ronstadt’s “When Will I Be Loved” on Monday night’s (Nov. 2) episode of The Voice. “I’m sitting back there and I hear one voice, and I turned around and I don’t know if you saw my face, literally in shock. Then all of a sudden, you guys came in and it was like magic, and I love that it’s mom and daughters. That’s so crazy cool,” Gwen Stefani gushed.
Watch the performance here.
Performers for the 2020 CMA Awards were announced
It’s going to be a country music night to remember! At the 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 11, Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber will perform their crossover smash “10,000 Hours,” Keith Urban will put an “intimate” spin on his song “God Whispered Your Name,” and more. Check out the latest on the CMAs performers here.
Lana Del Rey announced a holiday covers album
While she’s unfortunately delaying her new album Chemtrails Over the Country Club until 2021 due to record plant delays, Del Rey did promise she’ll be dropping “a digital record of American standards and classics for Christmas.” Here’s everything we know about the new album.
Billboard‘s latest cover star was choreographer JaQuel Knight
Knight has created iconic moves for artists such as Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion, and now he’s looking to copyright his work. Billboard‘s Rebecca Milzoff spoke to the choreographer about Beychella, Meg’s Saturday Night Live debut, and much more.
Read the full cover story here.
Sam Smith threw a streaming party to celebrate their new album Love Goes
Smith’s new album Love Goes has been out for a week, and the singer decided it’s a great time to throw a streaming dance party. “Can’t wait to listen with you all and have a little celebration xx,” Smith wrote. The singer held a live chat with fans, providing a much-needed break during a chaotic week.
The music world got ready to celebrate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Ahead of the virtual ceremony on Saturday (Nov. 7), Billboard looked back at the biggest chart hits for new inductees Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and The Doobie Brothers. Plus, artists like St. Vincent, Real Estate and The Kills partnered with Amazon Music to honor inductees with covers of their songs. Finally, here’s how you can tune in and watch the big night on Saturday!
Billboard announced their 2020 21 Under 21 list
From TikTok stars-turned-charting artists to streaming sensations, Billboard‘s 21 Under 21 list highlights the industry’s youngest movers and shakers. Gabby Barrett, Chloe X Halle, Lil Tecca and more are on this year’s ranking — check out the full list and see if your fave made it here!
There were tons of new music goodies
Little Mix Confetti and Kylie Minogue’s Disco were the big album releases of the week. There were also fresh cuts from Miley Cyrus and Stevie Nicks, Maluma and The Weeknd, NLE Choppa and much more! If it all seems overwhelming, we’ve rounded up all of the new music you need to know about in one place here.
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