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The Weeknd, Travis Barker, Justin Timberlake & More of the Week’s Biggest Winners (Aug. 20)

Take a look at Billboard‘s weekly roundup and the “awards” it gave to this week’s headlines.


Funniest Music News: Justin Timberlake works in Target in viral TikTok video

Spotted: JT at … Target? The singer ditched a suit and tie when a viral TikTok video from Thursday (Aug. 19) showed the Man of the Woods artist working the checkout counter at what appeared to be a Colorado store. And his former *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass had a few words to say about it when he commented underneath the clip, “This guy looks oddly familiar. I can’t place it.” See the video here.

Sweetest Music News: Travis Barker takes first flight since 2008 with Kourtney Kardashian

On Saturday (Aug. 14), the Blink-182 drummer flew for the first time since surviving a deadly plane crash that killed four passengers in 2008. And he commemorated the milestone with a touching photo of himself picking up and kissing girlfriend Kardashian in front of the jet with a sweet message: “With you anything is possible.” Read more about their trip here and see the photo here.

Savviest Music News: Billboard launches new Song Breaker chart with Logitech

Billboard announced its newest Song Breaker chart on Tuesday (Aug. 17) with Logitech For Creators, which is the first-ever creator-centered music chart. The monthly chart will rank digital creators who are driving music consumption through their content creation, with Lizzo and Jason Derulo among the 20 who are highlighted for the month of August. Learn more here and check out the chart here.

Most Record-Breaking Music News: The Weeknd breaks record for longest charting song on Billboard Hot 100

Ooh we’ve been blinded by the lights for the last 88 weeks, as The Weeknd’s Hot 100 topper “Blinding Lights” breaks the chart’s longevity record. The song beats out “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, which spent 87 weeks on the all-genre tally from 2012 to 2014. “Big day for blinding lights,” he wrote on Instagram on Monday (Aug. 16). “For the last decade every song has been a journey and to be able to continue this journey has been nothing short of a blessing. It’s the only gift I could ever ask for. ” Learn more about The Weeknd’s latest chart achievement herehere and here.

Most Inspiring Music News: Billboard hosts virtual R&B/Hip-Hop Summit

On Tuesday (Aug. 17), Billboard hosted the R&B/Hip-Hop Summit, presented by Amazon Music’s Rotation. Gucci Mane and Pooh Shiesty performed, Blxst accepted the first-ever Rising Star award, while various panels gathered R&B and hip-hop’s brightest stars and executives for thought-provoking roundtable conversations. Watch the entire summit here.

Most Impressive Music News: Foo Fighters will receive the first global icon award at 2021 VMAs

The Foo Fighters will be presented with the first-ever global icon award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, when the rock band will also perform for the first time in 15 years. The Foos will also join first-time VMA performers Olivia Rodrigo and Machine Gun Kelly on stage, and their VMAs award presentation comes just six weeks before their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Learn more here.

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