Drake On Track For U.K. Chart Double

It’s shaping up to be Drake’s week on the U.K. charts.

Drizzy’s new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes (OVO/Republic) is the best-seller on the midweek albums chart, and three tunes from it are set to impact the top 10, including the top spot.

The Canadian hip-hop star’s latest set was the most downloaded and streamed title since its surprise release last Friday, and it’s currently 6,500 chart sales ahead of nearest competitor The Strokes’ The New Abnormal (Cult), according to the Official Charts Company.

If it stays put, it’ll be the rapper’s third U.K. No. 1 album following 2016’s Views and 2018’s Scorpion.

The Strokes’ latest album The New Abnormal debuted at No. 3 last month and could go one better, thanks to its release on vinyl, while Scottish indie band Tide Lines start at No. 3 with Eye of the Storm (Tide Lines Music), which leads all albums in CD sales at this early stage.

Elsewhere on the Official Chart Update, London rapper Yxng Bane could bag his first top 10 with Quarantime: The Lost Files (Disturbing London/Parlophone), new at No. 7, while former One Direction singer Niall Horan is on track for a return to the top 20 with Heartbreak Weather (Virgin), following its release on vinyl. It’s at No. 19 on the midweek chart, after bowing at No. 1 back in March.

Over on the singles tally, Drake’s “Toosie Slide” is overpowering last week’s No. 1, BBC Radio 1’s allstar cover of Foo Fighters “Times Like These” (Atlparwar/Columbia/Islpolvirg).

“Toosie Slide” is the leader on the Official Singles Chart Update, as Drake also snags positions 7 and 8 with “Chicago Freestyle” (featuring Giveon) and “Pain 1993” (featuring Playboi Carti), respectively.

A new remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So” (Ministry of Sound) featuring Nicki Minaj could vault the track to a new peak. Its at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart Update, just one place ahead of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” (300 Entertainment), which is flying up the chart after Beyoncé added her vocals to the track.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.

SAINt JHN, Birds Of Tokyo Rule Australia’s Charts

Birds Of Tokyo are nesting atop Australia’s albums chart with Human Design (EMI), while SAINt JHN logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the national singles survey with “Roses” (Sony) and Travis Scott & Kid Cudi’s collaboration “The Scotts” (Universal/Sony) enjoys a strong start.

Human Design bows at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart to give Birds Of Tokyo their second leader, following March Fires, which went to the top in March 2013.

It’s the Perth band’s sixth studio album, and the followup to Brace, which peaked at No. 3 in November 2016.

Human Design went to the top on the same day Birds of Tokyo on the inaugural The State of Music streaming series, and its release coincided with the April 25 Music From The Home Front prime-time televised virtual concert, during which the group performed “Unbreakable” with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

“Even in isolation the band are still pushing boundaries, and their stirring anthems are just what the country needs in these challenging times,” comments ARIA CEO Dan Rosen.

Human Design is the sixth homegrown album to lead the chart this year. “It is so great to see another Australian act top the ARIA Chart,” adds Rosen, “and it proves that in this time of crisis Australian music fans are looking to our local artists for comfort and entertainment more than ever.”

The Anzac Day special Music From The Home Front ignited chart spikes for a string of performers including Dean Lewis (A Place We Knew up 30-13 via Island/Universal), Tame Impala (The Slow Rush up 23-19 via Island/Universal), Tones And I (The Kids Are Coming up 34-27 via Bad Batch/Sony), Cold Chisel (The Best Of…reenters at No. 38 via Cold Chisel/Universal), G Flip (About Us reenters at No. 42 via Future Classic) and Paul Kelly (Greatest Hits reenters at No. 48 via GAWD/EMI).

Also new to the survey this week is Trivium’s What The Dead Men Say, starting at No. 5. It’s the U.S. metal band’s sixth top ten and ninth studio album overall.

It’s game time for Travis Scott, whose Astroworld leaps 41-10 off the back of his popular concert in Fortnite. Astroworld debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in August 2018. Scott also has his name on the week’s top debuting single.

Meanwhile, SAINt JHN’s “Roses” chalks-up a full month atop the ARIA Singles Chart, claiming the chart crown ahead of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (Republic/Universal) and Drake’s “Toosie Slide” (Republic/Universal), respectively.

The highest new entry, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s “The Scotts,” starts at No. 4 after snippets of the single were teased during Scott’s Fortnite missions. It’s the rapper’s first top ten entry since “Highest In The Room” went to No. 3 in October 2019, and Kid Cudi’s first appearance in the top 50 since “Just What I Am” peaked at No. 32 in Oct 2012.

And finally, Juice WRLD’s posthumous release “Righteous” (Interscope/Universal) starts at No. 15. The rapper, who passed away in December 2019, charted earlier in January as the featured artist on Eminem’s “Godzilla” (No. 3) and as a solo artist last December with “Bandit” (No. 45).

German Court Ends Long-Running Trial Over Love Parade Tragedy

A German court on Monday closed a trial over the mass panic at the 2010 Love Parade techno music festival in which 21 people died, ending the proceedings without a verdict after two and a half years.

The Duisburg state court ended the trial after 184 court sessions, news agency dpa reported. Judges had proposed the move a month ago, citing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that the statute of limitations on the charges expires in July.

Three of the original 10 defendants faced charges that included involuntary manslaughter and bodily harm. They were accused of planning failures and not monitoring security properly at the event.

The July 24, 2010, crush took place in a packed tunnel that was the sole access point to the event in Duisburg, in western Germany. The victims included people from Spain, Australia, Italy, Bosnia, China and the Netherlands. More than 600 people were injured.

The trial opened in 2017. Prosecutors last year dropped their case against seven of the defendants; the three who were still on trial until Monday worked for event organizer Lopavent.

Those three defendants last year rejected a proposal to have charges against them dropped in exchange for a payment — a common event in Germany in cases where the gravity of a possible offense is deemed sufficiently small.

Prosecutors and the defendants agreed to the closure of proceedings. Relatives of victims — who joined the trial as co-plaintiffs as is allowed in German law — opposed it but their approval was not legally required.

‘The Voice’ Contestant Zan Fiskum Is One With Nature for Bob Dylan ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ Performance

The Voice kicked off its at-home live rounds on Monday night (May 4), in which the contestants perform from the comfort of their homes and the judges watch via video chat.

Team Legend’s Zan Fiskum was first up to bat, delivering a profound performance of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

“How many years can a mountain exist / Before it’s washed to the sea? / How many years must some people exist / Before they’re allowed to be free?” she sang, and looked the part too. Fiskum performed the tune from an airstream, surrounded by flora and fauna.

“Zan, it was so beautiful. You have such artistry, such a gift, such a journey you took us on with this song,” the contestant’s coach, John Legend, gushed. “Every part of your voice, you had such nuance and subtlety in all of the choices you made.”

“Everything felt so intentional and purposeful, and it was a gorgeous, gorgeous performance,” Legend concluded, before Kelly Clarkson chimed that the performance was the “best version” she’s ever heard.

The show sent production kits with camera and audio equipment to each artist and provided wardrobe and guidance on choreography and art direction to help enhance performances.

Watch Fiskum’s performance below.


Solar Is Final MAMAMOO Member to Make Solo Debut on World Digital Song Sales Chart

All four of the MAMAMOO members can call themselves Billboard-charting artists after the K-pop girl group’s leader Solar makes her first mark as a soloist.

The powerhouse diva sees her debut solo single “Spit It Out” enter Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart at No. 12 on the chart dated May 2, 2020. With the daring pop cut marking Solar’s first entry on the chart, she now becomes the final MAMAMOO member to land a solo track on World Digital Song Sales.

Hwa Sa was the first MAMAMOO member to break into World Digital Song Sales when “Twit” flew into the tally at No. 3 in February 2019, with Wheein following later that year with her ballad track “Good Bye” that bowed at No. 24 in September. The group’s resident rapper Moonbyul landed her first solo single in February of this year when “Eclipse” hit No. 14, followed by Solar’s entrance this week.

Solar isn’t the only MAMAMOO member on the charts this week either, as Hwa Sa sees her sultry new ballad “Orbit,” recorded for the soundtrack to Korean television drama The King : Eternal Monarch, also debut at No. 16 this week. This is Hwa Sa’s second solo entry this year (after featuring on K-pop/rock band OneWe’s single “Q” that hit No. 12 last month) and third overall.

With both the group and all of its members landing solo entries on World Digital Song Sales, MAMAMOO now pull off a chart feat only one other K-pop group has done before.

The legendary girl group 2NE1 — who were also the first K-pop group to ever hit No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales back in 2014 — has seen members Park Bom, Sandara Park, CL and Minzy all land entries on the chart just like Solar, Wheein, Moonbyul and Hwa Sa. Funnily enough, there has already been a 2NE1-MAMAMOO collaboration in the Park Bom’s track “4:44″ that features Wheein, although it didn’t manage to enter the charts. (And for those keeping track, BTS has also technically landed songs sung by all of the individual members on the charts but many of them have been credited to the group BTS instead of the individual members. To date, only RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope and V have been listed as the artists on charting songs.)

Notably, MAMAMOO has been able to achieve their solo chart successes while still being active as a group and, arguably, more successful than ever as their latest single “Hip,” released in November of last year, became the first No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales. 2NE1 had already officially disbanded by the time Bom, Dara and Minzy had earned their first solo entries. Still 2NE1 was one of the first groups to make significant inroads internationally with successful tours and activities abroad, could a similar path be in the works for the women of MAMAMOO?

Watch the music video to Solar’s “Spit It Out,” currently with more than 10 million combined views, below:

Mandy Moore Performs ‘Save a Little for Yourself’ on ‘Live With Kelly & Ryan’

Mandy Moore dialed in to Live With Kelly and Ryan on Monday morning (May 4) to discuss Silver Landings, her first album since 2007’s Wild Hope.

“It’s my first record in a little over a decade,” she said of the album, which dropped in March. “I wrote the whole record with my husband and my buddy Mike [Viola], who produced it. It’s something that I feel like has been missing from my life. I started on the music side of things when I was 15.”

“Music is such a huge part of me, so being able to revisit that at this juncture of my life and have a whole wealth of life experience to write about, I’m so proud of it, I’m so excited it’s out in the world,” she continued. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to hit the road with it at some point.

She went on to perform “Save a Little for Yourself,” with her husband Taylor Goldsmith on guitar. Watch it below.

Prince Guitar, McCartney Beatles Lyrics Come Up for Auction

A guitar from Prince’s prime and some legendary Beatles lyrics sketched out by Paul McCartney are among the items going up for auction at a major music artifacts sale.

Julien’s Auctions announced Monday that the auction taking place June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills and online will include a 1984 blue “cloud” guitar custom-made for Prince that he played in his prime period just after “Purple Rain.”

The auctioneer calls the instrument, with the artist’s “love” symbol on the neck and gold hardware, “one of the most important guitars from the early years of Prince’s career ever to come to auction.” It’s projected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000, the auction house said.

A purple suit, a pendant and a pair of boots from Prince will be for sale too.

A page of McCartney’s handwritten lyrics, featuring cross-outs, revisions and earlier drafts of lines for the song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” from the Beatles’ 1969 album “Abbey Road,” will also be up for auction.

The lyric sheet is expected to draw between $200,000 and $300,000.

The auction will also have memorabilia from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Queen, and David Bowie.