Drake Drops ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Release Date and Teaser

Drake has posted a teaser for Certified Lover Boy, which is making its debut in the new year.

In a clip shared on social media Saturday night (Oct. 24), Drake gave fans a preview of what’s to come from his upcoming new studio album. The dramatic short video, set to an instrumental soundtrack, shows a young boy gazing up to the sky in wonder and an adult Drake staring pensively.

The Certified Lover Boy teaser, uploaded on Drake’s own account and by OVO Sound, ends with a general release date of “January 2021″ shown on the screen.

A new album, which would be his sixth studio full-length and the follow-up to 2018’s chart-topping Scorpion, was announced by Drake over the summer, and on Aug. 14, he revealed its title with the release of “Laugh Now Cry Later” feat. Lil Durk.

Watch the Certified Lover Boy sneak peek below.

Billie Eilish Blows Minds With ‘Where Do We Go?’ Livestream: Recap

Billie Eilish kicked off 2020 by sweeping the Grammys’ Big Four categories, and had plans to celebrate on her first-ever arena tour. But just a few dates in, Eilish, like so many others, had to postpone the remainder of the trek due to the ongoing pandemic.

Now, Saturday night (Oct. 24), the 18-year-old superstar returned to stage for her global pay-per-view concert, Where Do We Go? The Livestream. It was teased as a “one-of-a-kind” experience complete with interactive production by Los Angeles-based Lili Studios and powered by the platform Maestro.

Since March 25, Bandsintown has tracked more than 50,000 livestreams; between July 1 to Sept. 30, while interactions with free livestreams have declined by 26%, according to Bandsintown, engagement with paid livestreams has risen by 577%. With interest at an all-time high, Eilish sure delivered.

As fans entered the site, they were greeted with a message in the rapid-fire chatroom from Eilish herself: “Welcome to the show. Please be kind to each other. I love you.” During the pre-show, everyone from Alicia Keys to Lizzo, Jameela Jamil and “Billie Eilish’s surrogate dad” Steve Carell delivered virtual calls-to-action to vote. And following a quick preview of Eilish’s upcoming Apple Originals Film documentary, out February 2021, her voice boomed through viewers’ home speakers: “Everybody from home, what’s good! We’re liiiiive!”

As the lights drenched the stage in an over-saturated shade of red, Eilish appeared wearing a glitzy two-piece Gucci set (and sporting ankle brace supports) to open her set with “Bury a Friend.” It was the most basic stage setup throughout the hour-long gig — during which the livestream only cut out once, about five minutes in, and quickly returned.

While the show physically took place on a stage in L.A., the creative direction and XR (which fuses reality with virtual environments) allowed Eilish to sing among the stars, as she did with Finneas for the stripped-down “I Love You,” and while sitting on the ocean floor, which she did during “Ilomilo” before being eaten by an animated shark.

“I have never done anything like this before,” Eilish revealed. “I have been missing you guys so much.” But perhaps an even bigger, and less obvious, announcement came when she also shared that she and her brother/collaborator Finneas are in fact working on her second album. “Oops!” she said with a teasing glint in her eyes.

In addition to debut album tracks “Xanny,” “When the Party’s Over” and “My Strange Addiction,” Eilish also added newer releases into her set list, from the soaring Bond theme “No Time to Die” to her latest one-off, “My Future,” for which the stage transformed into the animated music video — only this time, it featured the real Eilish herself dancing among cartoon-like trees as raindrops appeared to cover viewers’ screens.

During the show’s quieter moments, soft chatter could be heard, likely from the same crew and family members who did their part to applaud after each song, reminding viewers that the inventive livestream wasn’t made in a vacuum. Still, the crowd was hardly big enough for Eilish, who was selling out venues the size of Madison Square Garden earlier this year; so, she had fans’ faces appear by the dozens on the massive monitors surrounding her so that she could perform directly to them during “Everything I Wanted.” And as she sang, “As long as I’m here/ No one can hurt you,” it felt like she flipped the script, making a promise to fans — many who already view her as a savior — that she will proudly continue to be their voice of a generation.

“I realized in quarantine that onstage is the only place I’ve ever felt like myself and like I belonged,” shared Eilish. “If we get the orange man out, maybe we’ll get to see each other again.”

Though that sentiment was ever-present throughout Where Do We Go? The Livestream, it was most explicit on “All the Good Girls Go to Hell,” during which Eilish was surrounded by videos of the causes (pollution) and effects (wildfires, protests) of global warming. Once the song ended, Eilish screamed, “Vote,” adding that it’s so important for herself and her peers in particular “because we’re the ones with futures.”

Ariana Grande Unveils ‘Positions’ Track List

Ariana Grande revealed just a little bit more about her new album Positions Saturday night (Oct. 24).

The singer posted the official album track list on social media, which confirmed all the new song titles and special guests making an appearance on her sixth studio effort.

Doja Cat (on “Motive”), The Weeknd (“Off the Table”) and Ty Dolla $ign (“Safety Net”) lend their voices to Positions, which also brings tracks like opener “Shut Up” and the cheekily titled “34+35,” plus “My Hair,” “Nasty,” “POV” and more. Positions has a total of 14 songs.

The album is dropping this Friday, Oct. 30, following the recent release of its lead single and title track, “Positions.”

See the full Positions track list and Grande’s tweet below:

1. “Shut Up”
2. “34+35″
3. “Motive” feat. Doja Cat
4. “Just Like Magic”
5. “Off the Table” feat. The Weeknd
6. “Six Thirty”
7. “Safety Net” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
8. “My Hair”
9. “Nasty”
10. “West Side”
11. “Love Language”
12. “Positions”
13. “Obvious”
14. “POV”

‘Verzuz’ to Return With T.I. vs. Jeezy Battle

It’s been a minute since music fans have settled in for a new Verzuz battle, but it’s time to get ready for the next showdown: T.I. vs. Jeezy.

#VERZUZ is back with Season 2,” the series’ Instagram account announced Saturday (Oct. 24). “T.I. vs Jeezy. Let the celebrations begin.”

The Atlanta rappers will face off on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Instagram and Apple Music.

“YKWTFGO,” T.I. said, sharing the news on his own Instagram page. The pair had apparently hinted at the possibility earlier in the week, after Tip politely declined a challenge from Busta Rhymes, citing a generational gap.

See the official Verzuz announcement via Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CGvbIqiDb2-/

Kanye West’s Epic Interview With Joe Rogan Has Arrived: Watch it Here

Joe Rogan’s epic three-hour interview with Kanye West has arrived.

On Friday (Oct. 23), the podcaster, comedian and UFC commentator teased the highly anticipated interview with West on Instagram, noting that it would arrive the following morning.

“Beyond my expectations, and I think people are going to have a much better understanding and appreciation of how this man thinks. I really enjoyed talking to him, and we had a lot of fun,” Rogan captioned a photo of himself alongside West.

As promised, the in-depth conversation with West — where the two discussed everything from the rapper’s interest in running for president to his ongoing battle over music industry contracts — premiered on Rogan’s YouTube page Saturday at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. ET.

In mid-October, West took to Twitter to share his interest in appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience.

“Would love to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast LIVE this week I have my team trying to get your number Joe I’m in Calabassas Let’s do this my friend,” West tweeted on Oct. 12, hoping to get Rogan’s attention.

Watch West’s three-hour interview with Rogan in the video below, and stay tuned for Billboard’s recap of the conversation.

Hilary Duff Is Pregnant With Her Third Child: ‘We are growing! Mostly Me’

Hilary Duff is pregnant with baby number three.

The 33-year-old singer and actress announced the exciting news through Instagram on Saturday (Oct. 24) by sharing a sweet boomerang video with her husband Matthew Koma affectionately rubbing her belly.

“We are growing!!! Mostly me…,” Duff captioned the clip.

Koma shared the same video on Instagram, writing, “lol quarantine was fun. Baby #3 – 2021.”

Duff and Koma were married last December in Los Angeles. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Violet Bair, in October 2018. She is also the mother to her 8-year-old son, Luca, whom she shares with ex-husband Mike Comrie.

Some of Duff’s celebrity friends took notice of her Instagram post, including singer and actress Lea Michele. “Yes!!!! Congratulations!!” the Glee star wrote.

Check out Duff’s sweet post here.

Busta Rhymes Shows Off Dramatic Weight Loss, Impressive New Physique: ‘Don’t Ever Give Up on Yourself’

Busta Rhymes has been hitting the gym hard ahead of his new album.

The 48-year-old hip-hop star took to Instagram on Friday (Oct. 23) to share before-and-after photos of his dramatic weight loss and impressive new muscular physique.

Rhymes, who is gearing up for the Oct. 30 release of his upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, says he’s “in the best shape” of his life. The forthcoming set marks his first album in eight years.

“DON’T EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF,” the rapper captioned the photos. “LIFE BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!! MY DEDICATION IS DIFFERENT!! I WOULD NEVER PUT OUT AN ALBUM AND NOT BE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!! I RESPECT MYSELF TOO MUCH AND I RESPECT Y’ALL TOO MUCH!!! I’M ONLY HERE TO INSPIRE!!”

Rhymes also thanked several individuals who helped him achieve his fitness goals, including celebrity trainer Victor Munoz and bodybuilders Dexter “The Blade” Jackson, Victor Martinez and Kai Greene.

Producer Swizz Beatz congratulated Rhymes on his transformation, commenting on the photo, “I’m so proud of you King!!!!! It’s your time King !! The Deans Love you!!!”

Earlier in the week, Rhymes joined Fat Joe on Instagram Live where the two rap icons chatted about music and the upcoming elections. During the conversation, Rhymes also challenged his good friend T.I. to a Verzuz battle.

T.I. has declined the challenge, saying that the generational gap is too big between them for a proper face-off on Verzuz.