Ronald Isley & Beyoncé’s ‘Make Me Say It Again, Girl’ Is Here: Stream It Now

Renaissance is just two weeks old, but there’s more new Beyoncé music to be had. On Friday (Aug. 12), Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers and Beyoncé debuted their brand new duet, “Make Me Say It Again, Girl.”

The first collaboration between the “Alien Superstar” singer and the music legend, “Make Me Say It Again, Girl” also marks Ronald Isley’s first release of the year.

In an interview with Billboard, Isley revealed that he “met and talked to Beyoncé when she was just getting started with Destiny’s Child,” and that “working with Beyoncé was one of the first things [he] thought about” when he began crafting his new album. Isley’s wife, Kandy, added, “Tina Knowles-Lawson [Beyoncé’s mother] was very influential in getting this record started and getting it to the point where we are now. She has a love for the Isley Brothers and her daughter grew up listening to this type of music. All we can say is that God’s hands was on this whole project.”

“Make Me Say It Again, Girl” originally appeared on The Isley Brothers’ 1975 The Heat Is On album as “Make Me Say It Again Girl (Part 1 & 2).” That album became the group’s first No. 1 title on the Billboard 200. In a heartwarming full-circle moment, the opening track from self-titled Destiny’s Child’s debut studio album, “Second Nature,” sampled “Make Me Say It Again Girl (Part 1 & 2),” and nearly 25 years later, Beyoncé is duetting with Ronald Isley himself on a cover of the song.

The new collaboration comes on the heels of Beyoncé earning her seventh No. 1 album with Renaissance, as well as her first solo Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper in 14 years with “Break My Soul.”

Stream “Make Me Say It Again, Girl” below.

Nicki Minaj Unleashes the ‘Super Freaky Girl’ Inside With New Single: Listen

Nicki Minaj is showing off her freaky side in her latest single, “Super Freaky Girl,” released on Friday (Aug. 12).

The song, which fittingly features a sample from Rick James’ 1981 hit “Super Freak,” arrived amid its rising popularity on TikTok and accompanying dance challenge created by user @lorddroman.

“I can lick it, I can ride it while you slippin’ and slidin’ / I can do all ’em little tricks, and keep the d— up inside it / You can smack it, you can grip it, you can go down and kiss it / And every time he leave me ‘lone, he always tell me he miss it,” Minaj raps in the raunchy opening verse, over the instantly-recognizable riff from the throwback sample.

“Super Freaky Girl” marks the rapper’s first release since March’s “We Go Up” with Fivio Foreign. Before that came “Blick Blick” with Coi Leray, “Bussin” with Lil Baby and “Do We Have A Problem?” with Lil Baby again — all released this year.

Minaj is set to receive the the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and she’s also scheduled to perform on the show for the first time since 2018. Minaj is the fourth rapper to receive the honor, following LL Cool J (1997), Kanye West (2015) and Missy Elliott (2019). Beastie Boys, which started out as a rap trio before veering into alternative, were honored in 1998. Minaj is also a VMA nominee this year for best hip-hop for “Do We Have a Problem” featuring Lil Baby.

Listen to “Super Freaky Girl” below.

Megan Thee Stallion Unveils ‘Traumazine’: Stream It Now

After dominating Coachella and earning her bachelor’s degree in health administration, Megan Thee Stallion is back with a brand new album.

Traumazine, her second studio album, is the follow-up to Megan’s blockbuster debut album Good News. Peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Good News housed such Billboard Hot 100 hits as “Body” (No. 12), the Young Thug-featuring “Don’t Stop” (No. 30), “Shots Fired” (No. 82), and, of course, the Beyoncé-assisted “Savage (Remix)” (No. 1).

After teasing the new record on Instagram and Twitter for several weeks, Megan officially announced the project’s release date Thursday (Aug. 11). The road to Traumazine has been rocky. Concerning the hasty announcement, the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper explained on Twitter, “From my cover art, pieces of my track list and me even hearing a part of a song I haven’t dropped yet leaking (and we ALL know who the only ppl who had access to all these PRIVATE links are..) I might as well…lol.”

In a post written during a recent Twitter Q&A session with her fans, the “Big Ole Freak” rapper explained, “I wrote this album for myself… I wanted to start writing in a journal but I said fuck it I’ll put it in a song.” In an Instagram caption, she added, “It took a lot of self reflecting to get to the point in my life where I am right now… I’m excited for the hotties to get a better understanding of what’s happening in my head.”

Megan Thee Stallion’s new album features guest appearances by Future, Dua Lipa, LattoJhené AikoLucky DayeKey GlockPooh ShiestyRico Nasty, Sauce Walka, Big Pokey, and Lil Keke. Several of Megan’s 2022 singles appear on the tracklist, including three songs that entered the Hot 100: “Sweetest Pie” (No. 15), “Plan B” (No. 29), and “Pressurelicious” (No. 55). On the production side, Traumazine also features contributions from OG Parker, Hitkidd, and Hitmaka.

Stream Megan Thee Stallion’s Traumazine in full below.

Paul Kelly Now Has His Own Lane In Adelaide

Melbourne has AC/DC Lane, Brisbane has a bridge named after the Go-Betweens. Now Adelaide is celebrating the music community once again — specifically, Paul Kelly — with a special landmark.

The beloved songsmith is immortalized with Paul Kelly Lane, which runs from Flinders Street to Pirie Street, behind the Adelaide Town Hall.

The project features a commemorative plaque, several artworks that light up and spotlights lyrics from Kelly’s deep catalog, which includes songs referencing places in the South Australia capital.

“I’m honored to be a part of this musical laneway project and I’m glad the lane is so close to the Adelaide Town Hall where I’ve had an association for over 50 years, from playing trumpet at school speech nights, attending concerts and, later on, doing my own shows,” he told guests last week at the formal unveiling.

Kelly, who was born and raised in the Adelaide suburb of Norwood, is no stranger to praise for his works and his advocacy on Indigenous issues.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for “distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.”

The prolific singer, songwriter and author (his autobiography How to Make Gravy was published in 2010) was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside Graeme Bell and the Bee Gees, who have their very own lane in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane.

And during the 2011 APRA Awards, Kelly was honored with the Ted Albert Award for outstanding services to Australian music, one of the highest accolades in the Australian music business.

Adelaide is the first, and only, designated UNESCO City of Music in Australia.

Boasting a population of 1.3 million, Adelaide last week hosted the annual Indie-Con gathering of the domestic independent music industry, and the 2022 AIR Awards, and now has four “City of Music” laneways, the others recognizing Sia Furler, Cold Chisel and No Fixed Address.

“Paul Kelly is one of our city’s greatest musicians and it is incredible to celebrate his extraordinary contribution to Adelaide’s musical heritage with the naming of this laneway,” says Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor. “Paul’s songs and stories speak to the Australian identity and are loved across generations and so it is fitting for him to be recognized.”

Verschoor has said the late artists Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter will also be remembered with a permanent spot.

Here’s the Top-Grossing Film for Each Year From 1977 to 2022

Most Billboard readers have at least a rough idea of the top albums and songs of each year but may be less familiar with the top box-office hits from each year. Fortunately, boxofficemojo.com has that information for each year dating back to 1977.

So what do we learn scrolling through the list of top-grossing films for each year since Jimmy Carter became president and Elvis Presley died? One thing that comes across loud and clear is the degree to which sequels and franchises have come to dominate the marketplace. Just four of the year-end box-office champs were films that were not part of franchises (or did not spark a franchise or a reboot of some kind). Those four films that stand alone are E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Ghost and Titanic.

Star Wars is the top franchise on this recap, with six installments that have been the year’s top-grossing film. Batman is runner-up, with four installments that finished first for the year. Spider-Man is third, with three installments that yielded the year’s top box-office hit.

James Cameron and George Lucas are tied as the only directors who each directed three films that took the year-end crown. Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, Tony Scott, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Stanton and Robert Zemeckis are tied for second place, each having directed two year-end champs.

John Williams is far and away the top film scorer. The legendary composer scored 10 films that took the year-end box-office crown. Danny Elfman and Alan Silvestri have each scored films that finished first four times. (Hans Zimmer will join them if Top Gun: Maverick, on which he teamed with Harold Faltermeyer and Lady Gaga to provide the music, finishes first for the year.)

Lucas and Williams are the only director/composer team to collaborate on three year-end box-office champs. Six other such teams have collaborated on two year-end champs: Spielberg and Williams; Zemeckis and Silvestri; Scott and Faltermeyer; Cameron and James Horner; Burton and Elfman; and Stanton and Thomas Newman.

Top Gun: Maverick is far out front for 2022 to date, with a domestic (U.S. and Canada) gross of more than $664 million. But it’s too early to crown Maverick as the year’s top-grossing film. Sequels to two other films that were the year’s top box-office hit, Avatar and Black Panther, are due later this year. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for release on Nov. 11. Avatar: The Way of Water is due Dec. 16. If you think that’s too late for a film to have a realistic chance of taking the box-office crown by Dec. 31, just remember last year, when a film that was released on Dec. 17 (Spider Man: No Way Home) grossed enough in the last two weeks of the year to finish No. 1 for the year.

Let’s scroll back through the films that had the most success at the domestic box office (that’s the U.S. and Canada) in each calendar year since 1977, when Annie debuted on Broadway, Laverne & Shirley was the top TV show and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours dominated the Billboard 200.