P!nk on 3-Year-Old Son’s Coronavirus Symptoms: ‘I’ve Never Prayed More in My Life’

In the midst of quarantine parenting, things got scary for P!nk, who tested positive for COVID-19 alongside her 3-year-old son, Jameson.

The singer, who revealed her diagnosis earlier this week, had a long discussion about her family’s experience with the coronavirus with friend and author Jen Pastiloff on Instagram on Sunday (April 5). The live chat was part of a “Chat and Feed” series to raise money to feed people in need.

“I haven’t dressed up in three weeks. I really needed it. Thank you for the opportunity,” P!nk said as she began to talk about this “crazy time.”

“We have been really, really sick,” she noted, though they are doing better now. “My 3-year-old, Jameson, has had the worst of it. I’ve had many nights where I’ve cried and I’ve never prayed more in my life.”

“At one point I heard myself saying, ‘I thought they promised us our kids would be OK.’ And it’s not guaranteed. There’s no one that is safe from this,” said P!nk, who later described her 3-year-old as “perfectly fine” before contracting COVID-19. Although she and Jameson fell ill, her husband Carey and daughter Willow did not.

“Jameson’s been really, really sick,” she explained. “I’ve kept a journal of his symptoms for the past three weeks, and mine as well. He still, three weeks later, has a 100 temperature … It’s been a roller coaster. It’s been a different roller coaster for both of us.”

Jameson’s symptoms have included “a fever for three weeks and diarrhea and then constipation and then throwing up and pale and listless and lethargic and all the things that scare the bejeezus out of you as a mama.”

“He says the worst part was the prune juice,” the pop star joked.

She went on to detail how COVID-19 affected her own health, explaining that while she has asthma, she is fit and the virus had her “on nebulizers for the first time in 30 years” — and “it got really, really scary, I’m not gonna lie.”

“Just when you think you’re better, something else happens. It’s been three weeks for me, four weeks for him,” said the singer, who has donated  $1 million to support healthcare workers on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the entire Instagram chat — which ended on a light note, with her daughter singing — below.

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Lady Gaga Flexes Her ‘Chromatica’ Claws in New Album Cover Art: See the Pics

Lady Gaga has revealed the cover art for her upcoming sixth album, Chromatica, and it could pass as the still from a fierce, fabulous sci-fi action flick.

In a series of photos she shared on Sunday (April 5), Gaga rolls with the aesthetic she introduced in the music video for “Stupid Love,” Chromatica’s first single. The cotton candy-pink hair is back, but Chromatica’s cover is a bit darker and sharper than the vibrant desert dance party of “Stupid Love” and the bold magenta graphic with the album’s logo she previously introduced.

Think Mad Max: Fury Road meets Alien, but with a Haus of Gaga twist: wearing galactic armor (and a pair of platform boots with a tusk and a knife for its heels), the pop star is lying across the grate of a metal structure and beneath the steely wave of Chromatica’s insignia. One hand is covered in talons, the other a shoulder-to-fingertip sleeve covered in spikes.

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The vinyl record and cassette cover feature Gaga in a different pose, this time with even longer claws and shimmering fuchsia shoulder pads.

The graphics arrive days after she announced that Chromatica’s release — which was originally scheduled for May — would be postponed in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. She assured her fans then that she’d have “surprises” to keep them excited about Chromatica in the coming weeks, and these visuals definitely give Little Monsters something to savor as they await news of her new album release date.


Neil Lasher, Longtime Music Publishing Executive, Dead Following COVID-19 Complications

Longtime industry veteran Neil Lasher has died from complications related to coronavirus on Sunday morning (April 5).

His passing was confirmed by several of his colleagues. Lasher was 73 and had been in the hospital in Connecticut battling COVID-19 for the last several days.

Lasher worked both as a label and music publishing executive for more than four decades. He was best known for his tenure at EMI Music Publishing, where, according to his LinkedIn page, he worked for 21 years, from 1986 to 2007, rising to VP promotion, marketing and artist relations.

In the ‘90s, Lasher also worked on the label side, doing rock promotion for labels, including SBK Records, the label co-founded by Martin Bandier, who ran EMI Music Publishing at the time.

For the last several years, he had served as a consultant, including for Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Sony/ATV bought a portion of EMI Music Publishing in 2012 and finished the acquisition in 2018).

In an internal memo to Sony/ATV staffers obtained by Billboard, chairman/CEO Jon Plat wrote, “Today, we learned the sad news of the passing of our friend and former colleague, Neil Lasher. I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends, which include so many of us at Sony/ATV. Neil spent more than twenty years as an executive at EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV. Beyond his passion for music, Neil found his purpose in helping others. As a specialist in addiction recovery, Neil changed and saved the lives of countless people in the music business and discovered his life’s work. I feel lucky to have known him and call him a friend. My thoughts are with Neil’s family and all of you as we mourn this devastating loss. I will be sure to share information about special tributes for Neil, as it becomes available. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.”

As Platt notes, Lasher also was a consultant and certified interventionist with the Caron Institute and devoted much of his time to helping addiction recovery efforts in the music industry. Lasher, who had been in recovery for more than 30 years, played a leading role in establishing the MusiCares Safe Harbor Room (a sober backstage area at the Grammy Awards that is set up every year) since 1997.

“Neil was one of the most kind and compassionate human beings I have ever met,” Evan Lamberg, North American president of Universal Music Publishing Group, told Billboard. “I loved him dearly and we worked so closely together at EMI Music Publishing where he added to much value promoting our songwriters and artists to radio. Through his tireless and selfless work with addiction counseling, he was responsible for saving the lives of so many. Neil was a real-life hero.”

“Neil and I were friends for 30 years, and he had three stellar paths over his lifetime,” says Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management.  “As a very warm, caring and present friend and human; as an amazing promotion executive over decades, and as a recovery counselor, interventionist and a man always available to others for fun and for free. Neil changed a lot of lives during his time here, and the world is a different place as a direct result of his living in it.”

He is survived by his longtime partner, Jill Jordan.


Ariana Grande Sends ‘Virtual Love’ to Fans With ‘My Everything’ Performance

Ariana Grande served a Sunday surprise on social media: a lovely live rendition of “My Everything” coordinated with co-writer/producer Tommy Brown.

“tommy n i sending u some virtual love,” she captioned the video, which featured her vocal clip paired next to a separate one of Brown on piano — social-distancing style.

“hope you’re all staying safe, sane, healthy and as creative as possible,” Grande wrote to her followers, referring to the coronavirus pandemic that has most people staying at home.

Brown re-posted the “My Everything” clip on his Instagram, where Grande left a comment hinting that there may be more virtual collaborations to come from the pair: “love u ! let’s do needy next.”

Watch their performance of the title track from Grande’s 2014 My Everything album below.


Justin Bieber Invited Kehlani, Kendall Jenner & More to Chat On ‘Live With Biebs’: Watch

Justin Bieber has been regularly broadcasting from his living room as he and his wife, Hailey Bieber, embrace isolation and social distancing during the global coronavirus pandemic. This Sunday (April 5), he opted to host an extremely casual talk show of sorts on Instagram, where he livestreamed his chats with Kehlani, Lil Pump, Kendall Jenner and other pals for over an hour on Live With Biebs.

“A lot of us get held back by our fear and just get in our heads, so I’m going to be talking to some successful people who I respect and love from all avenues,” he said when the livestream kicked off at 12 p.m. PT. “We’re going to talk to people about what they enjoy and what’s getting them through quarantine.”

He faced a few technical difficulties and no-shows (including Chance The Rapper, who was apparently scheduled to appear), but the activity made for some low-key entertainment both for Bieber and his fans. Using their respective phones and calling in via video, Bieber and his guests talked about everything from their childhood projects to opinions on the Biebers’ marriage.

Kehlani was the first up, and her daughter Adeya joined her as she and Bieber dug into her early passions: she was a dancer before she was a singer, and she told her collaborator that had she not sustained a knee injury when she was younger, she may be professionally dancing right now instead of singing. “I didn’t start really singing until I couldn’t dance, because I’ve always been focusing on one thing majorly at a time,” she said. “I don’t think I would’ve focused heavily on music if I was still dancing.” Kehlani also shared that she’s been spending isolation transforming her garage into her at-home studio.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews called in next. The friends dished about their favorite Netflix series: Bieber is suspicious of Carole Baskin in The Tiger King (“All the family thinks Carole [Baskin] did it, which to me says something”), he’s a fan of Love Is Blind (“The concept of not seeing somebody, that would be difficult for me — I’m a very physical person”) and Ozark as well. Jenner was next to connect, and she spent her video call with Hailey and Justin reminiscing about Coachella memories as the supermodel and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star flipped through her personal photos of them all at the festival and elsewhere.

But before that, Bieber asked her what she thought of his and Hailey’s love story: “Did you see this coming?” “Honestly, no!” she replied. “I think I hoped — obviously Hails is my lady, my best friend, and I wanted it so bad for both of you. It just makes me really happy.”

Lil Pump later appeared on the split screen with no eyebrows — they’ve been freshly shorn off — and Bieber called attention to them immediately: “You know my wife would destroy me if I cut my eyebrows off!” (Lil Pump encouraged him to consider it: “Just do one!”) Lil Pump has also been The Tiger King, and has perfected his Joe Exotic impression. Bieber asked him about what he’s currently working on, and the “Gucci Gang” rapper revealed that he’s working on his upcoming album and will be “dropping something soon.”

Watch selections from Bieber’s IG Live below.


The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

The Weeknd’s After Hours leads a very busy top 10 on the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set spends a second week atop the tally. The album earned 138,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending April 2 according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That’s down 69% as compared to the set’s first week, when it entered with 2020’s biggest week for an album: 444,000 units.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 11-dated chart, where After Hours enters at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on April 7.

Of After Hours’ second-week units, 86,000 are in SEA units, 47,000 are in album sales and 4,000 are in TEA units.

After Hours’ second week was goosed by the addition of three new songs to the set on Monday (March 30), which helped drive streaming activity for the album. Further, the album continued to benefit from more than 90 merchandise/album bundles available on The Weeknd’s official website, as well as sales generated by a concert/ticket album sale redemption offer with his upcoming tour.

After Hours is also basking the glow of a second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as “Blinding Lights” reached the top of the most recently published chart (dated April 4). It became the second No. 1 from the album, following “Heartless” back in December.

On the all-format Radio Songs chart, which monitors the most heard songs across all formats of radio, “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless” ranked at Nos. 3 and 10 concurrently on the April 4-dated list.

5 Seconds of Summer scores its fifth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Calm surges from No. 62 to No. 2 with 133,000 equivalent album units earned (up 1,159%) in the week ending April 2. Of that sum, 113,000 are in album sales (up 970%), 19,000 are SEA units and 1,000 are TEA units. The set is also the best-selling album of the week, and is No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.

All five of 5 Seconds of Summer’s top 10 albums have also reached the top two. Calm is the quartet’s fourth full-length studio album.

Calm made an early arrival on the Billboard 200 chart dated April 4 at No. 62 with 11,000 in CD sales (in the tracking week ending March 26) from the band’s concert ticket/album bundle with its upcoming U.S. tour. The CDs were inadvertently fulfilled to customers prior to the album’s actual release date of March 27 due to a clerical error. Customers received the album as early as March 23. Longstanding Billboard policy is to reflect album sale activity in the tracking week that the paying customer receives the album.

Calm is the latest album to debut early on the Billboard 200 and then surge to the top 10 after its first proper tracking week of activity. A memorable recent example came when Rihanna’s Anti debuted at No. 27 in 2016 after two days of streaming activity at Tidal, and one day of sales at Tidal. It then vaulted to No. 1 the following week after its wide release to all digital retailers. Previous to Anti, such high-charting albums as Radiohead’s In Rainbows, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death and Destiny’s Child’s Destiny Fulfilled all debuted early due to street date violation sales at record stores (back when the Billboard 200 chart was based only on album sales) and then rushed to the top 10 in their second chart week.

Calm’s album sales in the tracking week ending April 2 were bolstered by dozens of merchandise/album bundles sold via the group’s official website, as well as its concert ticket/album sale redemption offer. (While 11,000 CDs from that offer were delivered in the tracking week ending March 26, the rest of the redemptions — and there was a sizable number — were fulfilled in the tracking week ending April 2.)

Calm was led by two charting singles on the Pop Songs airplay chart: “Easier” and “Teeth.” The former peaked at No. 12 last August, while the latter peaked at No. 21 in January. The album’s latest radio single, “Old Me,” is continuing to build momentum at top 40-formatted radio stations and could debut on the Pop Songs chart soon. “Easier” also reached No. 32 on the all-format Radio Songs chart.

All told, Calm is 5 Seconds of Summer’s sixth charting effort on the Billboard 200. The group visited the list with its three earlier full-length studio albums Youngblood (No. 1, 2018), Sounds Good Feels Good (No. 1, 2015) and its self-titled effort (No. 1, 2014). The act also hit the chart with a live project, LiveSOS (No. 13, 2015) and its introductory EP She Looks So Perfect (No. 2, 2014).

Continuing on the new Billboard 200, Lil Uzi Vert’s former No. 1 Eternal Atake falls one spot to No. 3, earning 84,000 equivalent album units (down 27%).

Dua Lipa lands her first top 10 album, as her second effort, Future Nostalgia, debuts at No. 4 with 66,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 44,000 are in SEA units, 18,000 are in album sales and 3,000 are in TEA units.

Future Nostalgia, released via Warner Records, easily beats the peak of the pop singer-songwriter’s self-titled debut effort, which topped out at No. 27 on the Feb. 17, 2018-dated chart.

The new album was led by the smash single “Don’t Start Now.” The track reached career-high peaks for the entertainer on both the Hot 100 (No. 2) and Radio Songs (No. 1 for three weeks, so far — it was No. 1 on the latest chart, dated April 4). The song also logged a sixth week at No. 1 on Pop Songs (as of the April 4 tally).

Dua Lipa’s first album yielded the high-charting single “New Rules,” which reached No. 6 on the Hot 100, No. 3 on Radio Songs, and No. 1 (for three weeks) on Pop Songs.

Notably, Future Nostalgia is the highest charting new pop album from Warner Records since December of 2018, when Michael Bublé’s Love (released via Reprise/Warner) debuted and peaked at No. 3. The last higher charting pop album from a woman on Warner was Cher’s Dancing Queen. The all-ABBA covers effort debuted and peaked at No. 3 on Oct. 13, 2018.

Since then, Warner has logged top four-charting efforts from rock acts Green Day (Father of All, No. 4; 2020, via Reprise/Warner) and The Black Keys (Let’s Rock, No. 4; 2019, Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch/Warner), as well as Bublé’s vintage Christmas album (which was released in 2011 via 143/Reprise/Warner, but returned to the top four over both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Christmas seasons). (Pop albums are those that did not chart on a genre-specific tally such as Alternative Albums or Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, etc.)

Pearl Jam returns to the Billboard 200 with its first studio album since 2013, as Gigaton jumps in at No. 5 with 63,000 equivalent album units earned. It’s the band’s 12th top 10 effort. Of the new album’s starting unit sum, 57,000 are in album sales, while 6,000 are in SEA units and less than 1,000 are in TEA units. The album performed particularly well on vinyl, selling 14,000 copies (the second-largest week on vinyl for a 2020 release).

Gigaton is Pearl Jam’s 11th studio album, and all 11 of those have reached the top five on the chart. Rounding out Pearl Jam’s 12 top 10 albums, the live compilation soundtrack album Pearl Jam Twenty debuted and peaked at No. 10 in 2011.

Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn slips from No. 3 to No. 6 with 53,000 equivalent album units earned (down 12%) while Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG falls from No. 4 to No. 7 with 51,000 units (down less than 1%).

PartyNextDoor’s PartyMobile drives in at No. 8 with 50,000 equivalent album units earned. It’s the second top 10 effort for the act, who previously visited the region with PartyNextDoor 3 in 2016 (debuting and peaking at No. 3). The new album, released via OVO Sound/Warner, features a collaboration with Rihanna (“Believe It”), a track featuring OVO chief Drake (“Loyal”) and a remix of the latter tune boasting both Drake and Bad Bunny.

With both PartyMobile and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia released via Warner Records, the label celebrates two concurrent albums in the top 10 for the first time in over a year, since the March 9, 2019-dated list, when Gary Clark Jr.’s This Land (Hotwire/Warner) and Lil Pump’s Harverd Dropout (Tha Lights Global/Warner) debuted at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively.

Back on the new Billboard 200, Roddy Ricch’s former No. 1 Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial descends 6-9 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (down 6%).

Closing out the new top 10 is Joyner Lucas, who makes his chart debut with his first studio album, ADHD. The set starts with 39,000 equivalent album units earned, with 28,000 of that sum in SEA units, 10,000 in album sales and a little over 1,000 in TEA units. The album includes collaborations with Logic, Young Thug, Chris Brown, Timbaland, King OSF and Fabolous.


Tanya Tucker Remembers ‘Delta Dawn’ Songwriter Alex Harvey: ‘I Thank God For Him’

Tanya Tucker is remembering the songwriter who co-wrote her breakthrough single “Delta Dawn.”

The country star shared an emotional statement following the passing of songwriter Alex Harvey, who died Saturday (April 4), according to a Facebook post from his wife, CMT.com reports. A cause of death was not revealed. He was 73.

“[‘Delta Dawn’] started everything off for me and has kept me going ever since,” Tucker said in her heartfelt statement. “I thank God for him, his song, my life, my career and my fans — as I find myself grateful and thankful knowing my life would have been so different without the iconic ‘Delta Dawn’ and her creator Alex Harvey.”

An actor and singer, Harvey also wrote music for Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Ray Cyrus and others.

Tucker was just 13 years old when “Delta Dawn” was released in 1972. The song peaked at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs, giving the young singer her first top 10 single. The track also brought Tucker her first Grammy nomination the following year.

“Even though my record was released in March of 1972, the song is still just as great 48 years later!” Tucker said. “I know Alex was a man of God, and today he got his wings, to that mansion in the sky! Thank you, Alex. I’ll meet you there someday, when it’s my time to fly!”

Tucker teamed up with Brandi Carlile to perform “Delta Dawn” at the CMT Awards in 2019. Watch the performance below.