Take a look at all of the week’s can’t-miss music moments below.
St. Vincent performed on Saturday Night Live for the second time
St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, returned to SNL in style, debuting two Daddy’s Home tracks while donning a series of glam outfits. Following her performances of “Pay Your Way in Pain” and “The Melting of the Sun,” the rocker took to Twitter to share her gratitude. “It was truly an honor to play in Studio 8H, again. Thank you for having me @nbcsnl,” Clark wrote. Watch the live performances here. Plus, Lil Nas X got his own sketch — see the show’s cast take on impressions of the rapper and Britney Spears here.
Rod Wave landed his first No. 1 album
The rapper earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with SoulFly, as Billboard’s Keith Caulfield reports. Wave’s third studio album opened with 130,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 1, according to MRC Data, and notched the biggest week for an R&B/hip-hop album in 2021 in terms of units earned. Plus, NF, Carrie Underwood, Young Dolph & Key Glock and AJR debuted in the top 10. Check out the full rundown for this week’s Billboard 200 here.
Two soul-funk outfits shared the Verzuz stage
It was The Isley Brothers vs. Earth, Wind & Fire on the latest Verzuz (April 4), and to hear Billboard‘s Andrew Unterberger tell it, the battle “was almost like a tour through funk, soul, pop and rock history, with countless trends both reflected and forecasted by the hits played.” Check out a recap and scorecard of the event here.
Lil Nas X’s latest topped the Hot 100
In case you don’t religiously follow LNX’s busy Twitter account, let us be the first to share the news: his new single “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s his second topper, after “Old Town Road” reigned for a record 19 weeks in 2019, and he was very excited about the feat. Everything you need to know about this week’s Hot 100 chart is here, and you can read five burning questions about Lil Nas X’s debut here.
Nominees for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards were revealed
The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch topped the list of nominees for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which were announced Wednesday (April 7). Fans won’t have to wait long to see who wins, as the ceremony will air live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on May 27. See the full list of nominations here.
Billboard celebrated 2001 Week
Rewinding to 2001, Billboard reminisced on the biggest hits to come out of the year with the stars that spawned them, including Christina Aguilera and Mya giving an oral history of how their makeshift pop supergroup with Lil’ Kim and P!nk churned out a massive No. 1 hit with “Lady Marmalade,” Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger looking back at his band’s breakthrough smash “How You Remind Me,” The Shins’ James Mercer reflecting on how “New Slang” took him from a struggling Southwestern musician with an uncertain future to frontman for one of the biggest indie bands of the 21st century, and Shaggy reflecting on the legacy of dancehall music established by his Hot 100-topping hits “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” Plus, check out our lists of the 100 greatest songs of 2001 here and the 50 best deep cuts of 2001 here.
Kane Brown announced a 2021-22 tour
Kane Brown unveiled a U.S. tour, which includes concerts at all 29 NBA arenas, on Thursday (April 8). Restless Road, Jordan Davis and Chase Rice are also confirmed to support Brown on the 35-date tour. See the full list of tour dates here.
The 2021 GLAAD Media Awards featured performances and more
The 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night (April 8) was filled with love, acceptance and lots of trophies getting handed out to queer folks working in the entertainment industry. Sam Smith won outstanding music artist while throwing a tea party, Chika thanked herself for winning her first GLAAD Award, and Demi Lovato and the Glee cast honored Naya Rivera and her character’s legacy in a special tribute. Check out the five best moments here.
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas announced it’s officially happening
Insomniac Events Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella announced on Thursday that EDC Las Vegas will take place as scheduled May 21-23 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, becoming the first major festival to occur since the pandemic shut down the touring industry last spring. “You can expect the full EDC experience with no details spared, from the festival grounds to the music, stages, art, performers, artists & fireworks!” Rotella wrote in a statement published to Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about the festival here.
Bad Bunny’s friends (and foes) told Billboard about his Wrestlemania match
The Latin music superstar will live out his childhood dream on Saturday (April 10) as he faces off against two-time WWE champion, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, at Wrestlemania 37. WWE trainer and on-screen authority figure Adam Pearce mused to Billboard about how proud he feels his most famous student “is going to surprise the WWE Universe” and says fans “haven’t seen anything yet,” while The Miz threatens, “You step into my ring, you are going to get hurt.” Read their interview here and see details on how to watch Bad Bunny in Wrestlemania 37 here.
Prince Estate announced unreleased Prince album is coming
The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings confirmed that Welcome 2 America — a previously-unheard Prince album from 2010 — will see the light of day on July 30. The 12-track album is described as a “powerful creative statement that documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.” Listen to the title track and read how to get the album here.
Coi Leray named as Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Month
The “No More Parties” breakout rapper is April’s R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Month. She told Billboard about her breakthrough hit with Lil Durk, which has spent eight weeks on the Hot 100, her dream collaborators and her culinary ambitions. Read the whole interview here.
Taylor Swift unveiled Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
Today was a fairytale the Swifties relived, because the pop superstar delivered her highly-anticipated re-recorded breakthrough album Fearless. The new cut, dubbed Fearless (Taylor’s Version), features six never-before-released songs “From the Vault.” “It was the night things changed,” Swift wrote while announcing the album’s release. Stream Fearless (Taylor’s Version) here, check out our critic’s picks here, the fans’ reactions here and other artists’ reactions here.
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