Beastie Boys on What’s ‘Bittersweet’ About New Documentary Rollout

“It was kind of a weird, bittersweet thing,” says Beastie Boys’ Michael “Mike D” Diamond of seeing billboards promoting his new documentary Beastie Boys Story in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown and social distancing.

“A friend had texted both Adam (“Ad-Rock” Horovitz) and I pictures of these huge billboards that are right across from the Staples Center here in downtown L.A. It was supposed to be like, the Lakers are going to be in the playoffs, the Clippers are going to be in the playoffs. Like, you were going to come out of this arena, tens of thousands of people, and then see these billboards for Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV+! And now, maybe just once in a while” somebody will drive by.

Beastie Boys Story, directed by Spike Jonze, premiered via Apple TV+ on April 24. The documentary chronicles the story of the hip-hop trio (Diamond, Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died in 2012).

On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), we share some audio highlights of podcast co-host Jason Lipshutz’s chat with Diamond and Horovitz, including some moments that didn’t make our original printed Q&A.

In a more lighthearted bit in the chat, Diamond jokes about why the haircut-meets-vacuum invention the Flowbee is primed to make a comeback in the COVID-19 era.

“What’s going to be the… solution” to those who need a haircut while in social distancing mode? “The timing is right for the vacuum haircutter thing to come back. The Flowbee.”

For those unaware of the product, as Diamond helpfully explains, it’s an “attachment you put on your vacuum cleaner that would cut hair and at the same time, the vacuum would suck it up so not only would it cut hair, there would be no mess.” The Flowbee became a pop culture staple in the late 1980s thanks to its widely seen commercials. (Diamond clearly isn’t the only person thinking about the Flowbee during lockdown, as the Flowbee website notes that its completely sold out of the product at this time.)

Elsewhere in the new episode of the Pop Shop Podcast, Jason and Keith discuss big chart news from Travis Scott and Kid Cudi, who see their collaboration “The Scotts” debut straight in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, how Drake and Kenny Chesney are aiming to make waves atop the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, and a Chart Stat of the Week about how Live’s Throwing Copper took the long way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 25 years ago.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard’s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard’s senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and senior director, music, Jason Lipshutz every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)

Rosalind Elias, Mezzo-Soprano Who Made Broadway Debut at 81, Has Died

Rosalind Elias, an American mezzo-soprano who created roles in a pair of Samuel Barber world premieres and made her Broadway debut at 81, has died. She was 90.

Elias had been slowed by congestive heart failure for the past six months, according to her manager, Robert Lombardo, but still attended the dress rehearsals at the Metropolitan Opera as recently as Feb. 28.

She was admitted to Mount Sinai West Hospital on Thursday because of breathing problems. Coronavirus was ruled out, and she died Sunday, Lombardo said.

“I feel we were all put on earth for a purpose and mine was singing,” Elias told The New York Times in 1984. “If I don’t get sick, I will always be in some aspect of theater. The thing I want never to be, is to be bored with my life.″

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 13, 1930, Elias was among 13 brothers and sisters whose parents and come to the U.S. from Lebanon. She listened to the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts when she was young.

“Fantasizing that I was on that stage, singing,” she told Opera News in a story published last year. “I would just sing in the house. Finally my mother talked my father into letting me take voice lessons. He said, ‘So what, let her sign up for lessons — she’ll never go. She’ll go to the movies instead.’ But I didn’t go to the movie — I stuck with singing!”

She attended the New England Conservatory in Boston, Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and then at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Berkshire Music Center, now known Tanglewood. She studied under director, conductor and commentator Boris Goldovsky, a mentor to several generations of singers.

Elias appeared on “Metropolitan Opera of the Air,” a radio broadcast competition, when the Met signed her to replace an ill singer as Grimgerde, one of the Valkyrie sisters in Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” Elias said she learned the role in a week, and she made her Met debut on Feb. 23, 1954, with conductor Fritz Stiedry and a cast that included Astrid Varnay, Hans Hotter, Set Svanholm, Margaret Harshaw and Blanche Thebom.

She went on to sing 687 performances of 54 roles at the Met over 42 years, plus performances of Verdi’s Requiem that followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

She was slim and striking, and her noted performances included the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen,” Octavian in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” Dorabella in Mozart’s “Cosí fan tutte,” Laura in Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda” and Preziosilla in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.”

Elias created Erika in Barber’s “Vanessa,” which premiered at the Met on Jan. 15, 1958 — Barber added the aria “Must the Winter Come So Soon” at her request. She was Charmian in Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra.,” which opened the Met’s new house at Lincoln Center, on Sept. 16, 1966.

Outside of New York, she sang a single performance of Carmen at the Vienna State Opera on Nov. 12, 1972, and was Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” for runs at Britain’s Glyndebourne Festival in 1975 and ’77.

At the height of the Cold War, Elias was said to have spent $5 in 1961 and to get a tattoo on her lower abdomen of her name and Social Security number.

“In this day of possible large-scale disaster, all of us should wear identification,” she told Time magazine.

She took out a half-page advertisement in The New York Times for $2,880 that Oct. 11 with a message “I Am Not Afraid” signed by her to signal her opposition to sheltering as a response to talk of nuclear war.

“If I could afford it, I’d have put the same message in every newspaper in the country,” she told the paper.

She sang Mrs. Lovett in the New York City Opera premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” in 1984 and in the off-Broadway musical “Pearls” at the Jewish Repertory Theater in 1985. She returned to Sondheim as Madame Armfeldt in “A Little Night Music” at the Hawaii Opera Theatre in Honolulu in 2008, then in 2011 took on the role of Heidi Schiller in Sondheim’s “Follies,” first at the Kennedy Center in Washington and then on Broadway at the Marquis Theater.

“I feel that I can identify with Heidi because I am of the age of ‘Never look back,’” she told Playbill. “It’s not an easy thing to do, because I keep looking back, but I try not to. When I do look back, I’m not bitter. I’m happy because I’ve had a blessed path.”

In 2013, she sang the cameo role of Madelon in Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” with Roberto Alagna and the Opera Orchestra of New York at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

She married Zuhayr Moghrabi, a lawyer with Union Carbide Corp. and a law school professor, in 1969. He died in 2015. She was predeceased by all 12 of her siblings and has no survivors, according to Lombardo.

Drake & Kenny Chesney Set to Light Up Top of Billboard 200 Albums Chart Next Week

After a slow week on the Billboard 200 albums chart chart, where YoungBoy Never Broke Again claimed his second No. 1 album with the lowest unit total for a No. 1 set in nearly a year, next week’s tally will have some major action atop the list.

Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes and Kenny Chesney’s Here and Now are both set to start with over 200,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 7, according to industry forecasters. The albums were released on May 1, via OVO/Republic Records and Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville, respectively.

If both albums launch as expected, it will mark just the second time in the last two years that two albums have earned at least 200,000 units each in a single week. The only other time it’s happened in the past two years was on the chart dated Feb. 1, 2020, when Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By and Halsey’s Manic debuted at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, with 279,000 and 239,000 units earned, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

As for who will end up on top on the upcoming Billboard 200, Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes seems primed for a No. 1 debut, as it will likely earn 235,000 or more units. Meanwhile, Chesney’s Here and Now might hit 225,000 units and land at No. 2. The former is overwhelmingly driven by streaming activity, while the latter is largely powered by album sales associated with a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with Chesney’s upcoming stadium tour.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the May 16-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Dark Lane Demo Tapes and Here and Now will likely arrive in the top two) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s website on Sunday, May 10. At the present, no other albums appear to be headed for a top 10 debut on next week’s list.

A common thread between the Drake/Chesney and Eminem/Halsey weeks is that the albums from Drake and Eminem were surprise releases, while Chesney and Halsey had announced their release dates weeks in advance. Drake’s album was announced a couple hours before it premiered at 12 a.m. ET on May 1. Eminem dropped his set with zero warning before it arrived on streaming services and digital retailers on Jan. 17.

All The Signs Blackpink Is Ready for the Ultimate Comeback

We’re ready for more Blackpink!

The K-pop superstars had a massively successful 2019, including their performance at Coachella and their Kill This Love EP. Their stomping single, “Kill This Love,” peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest song on the chart by a K-pop girl group.

And while the girls went noticeably absent after touring, there have been some signs that their return is going to be bigger and better than ever.

First off, Blackpink will be featured on “Sour Candy” off Lady Gaga’s highly-anticipated Chromatica, which doesn’t yet have a release date after it was postponed due to COVID-19.

“Blackpink is scheduled to come back in June. We plan to officially make an announcement to fans first as soon as we have an exact release date,” a YG Entertainment spokesperson said to South Korea’s XSport News.

To add to the excitement, Blackpink members were seen in the studio with prominent producer Teddy Park and his frequent collaborator, BIGBANG’s G-Dragon.

Sounds like summer 2020 will be the summer of Blackpink. Watch below.

Katy Perry Dishes Out Relationship Advice for Cyn During Instagram Live Chat

Katy Perry celebrated Cyn-co De Mayo on Tuesday (May 5) with her label signee, Cyn. They poured some drinks (non-alcoholic for pregnant KP) and discussed Cyn’s fittingly titled single, “Drinks.”

Throughout the hour-long Instagram Live chat, questions about Perry’s quarantine relationship with fiancé Orlando Bloom naturally came up. “If you love me during quarantine, you will love me any other time,” Perry admitted of these trying times.

“You can’t hide your foot fungus,” she joked. “This is me! You can’t hide anything!”

Cyn went on to note that she found out that Perry was pregnant during their December 2019 trip to Dubai, and also shared that she had a feeling Perry and Bloom were meant for each other long before their engagement. “I texted you that I had a dream you and Orlando were engaged, and I saw you at a Years & Years show, and you were like, ‘Cyn, tell Orlando about your dream.'”

“It was inevitable,” Perry admitted of her engagement.

Throughout the broadcast, it was clear that 27-year-old “Cyn-derella” looks at the 35-year-old pop star as her “Perry Godmother,” so the single singer couldn’t help but ask a few more relationship-related questions.

When Cyn asked if Perry is worried about finding inspiration when she is married and has a family, the “Roar” singer replied, “You think you find your partner and it’s happily ever after and you won’t have problems or anything? You’re crazy.”

“You’re always going to be working on yourself and your relationship,” she continued, before referring to Justin Timberlake’s 2013 tune, “Mirrors.”

“Your partner is your mirror. I don’t know about you, but sometimes if you get me in front of one of those magnifying mirrors at a hotel, and I see my pores and whiskers, I won’t leave the room for 30 minutes,” she continued. “I’m like. I can’t believe I see all the things that I never saw and I need to work on. That’s what your partner is.”

And, of course, the IG Live wasn’t complete without a bump shot from Perry. See it below.

Here Are the Lyrics to Lil Baby’s ‘All In’

Lil Baby goes “All In” with the dapper rapper lifestyle, as the first single from his My Turn deluxe album debuts at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 9).

On top of the finer things in life, he namechecks fellow rappers Migos and Diddy and athletes James Harden and LeBron James while interpolating Blueface’s No. 8 Hot 100 hit “Thotiana”: “Sippin’ wockiana, come here thotiana/ Let me buss you down, ah, yeah, yeah.”

Check out the lyrics below.

(Cook that sh– up, Quay)

My mama been told me don’t give no poor performance
And whatever you gon’ do, just do it
Never thought ’bout doin’ music
I was tryna build my phone up
Contact full of drug abusers
Ridin’ around with that Mexican tryna figure out what my cousin doin’
Prison with the Migos, found out they was sellin’ bricks
Wish I woulda knew that sh–, I woulda been lit
Swear to God, since I was seventeen, I been hood rich
I be at James Harden house, I’m all in Houston, in the mix
I’m talkin’ ’bout spare time in New York, I buy floor seats to watch the Knicks
And I don’t even know no players
I just wanna show off my new drip and put my chains in layers
I might just stand up and go crazy, someone make the lay-up
And we ain’t squashin’ sh– for free, you n—as gotta pay us
You n—as better pay up, yeah
Know he might not beat it, I told the lawyer, “Go for a lighter sentence”
I’on’t want know no problems with y’all n—as, y’all got women tendencies
I’on’t gotta sell drugs no more, I’m bossed up, I got plenty business
Ridin’ ’round in that Lamb’ truck, I wreck this bi—, it ain’t rented
Givin’ out my respect, get respect in every city
N—as know I came up, but I came back through the slums with Diddy
F—ed around and got plugged in, I’m buyin’ that red Richard Mille
Stay out my lil’ brother bidness
Just know that they gettin’ millions

Press the button right there to let the doors in
Go hard all year, I’on’t care, I’m goin’ all in
This house vibes everywhere, she callin’ more friends
My word or none, ain’t lyin’, I cannot bargain

Sippin’ wockiana, come here thotiana
Let me buss you down, ah, yeah, yeah
What kinda watch you wanted?
Man, that’s nothin’ mami
I’m not bein’ funny, ah, yeah, yeah
I shoulda knew you was gon’ rat the day you told me
A hunnid racks in all dubs, it ain’t no foldin’ me
I ain’t no puppet, ain’t with nobody controllin’ me
I go LeBron when it’s crunch time, it ain’t no holdin’ me
Got the Maybach, Benz truck, I’m tryna buy one
I told lil shawty, “Just let bygones be bygones”
Tell the Feds, “Get off my di–, I don’t gotta buy guns”
They got the right one, yeah

Press the button right there to let the doors in
Go hard all year, I’on’t care, I’m goin’ all in
This house vibes everywhere, she callin’ more friends
My word or none, ain’t lyin’, I cannot bargain

To let the doors in
I’m goin’ all in
She callin’ more friends
I cannot bargain (I cannot bargain)

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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Written by: Chris Rosser, Dominique Jones

Here Are the Lyrics to Juice WRLD’s ‘Righteous’

The late Juice WRLD ascends to No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 9) with his first posthumous single “Righteous” that unpacks his battle with anxiety.

The official music video rewinds through his short-lived, but wide-reaching career that illustrates the ups and downs of the recording and touring artist’s life.

Check out the lyrics and real life-turned-animated music video below.

I will.
I will
I will
Oh, uh

All white Gucci suit, I’m feeling righteous (yeah)
I know that the truth is hard to digest (yeah)
Five or six pills in my right hand (yeah, yeah)
Codeine runneth over on my nightstand
Taking medicine to fix all of the damage
My anxiety the size of a planet (oh)
Holes in my skull, over time
My heart’s over ice (whoa)

Over ice, I’m freezing
Beautiful eyes, deceiving
We may die this evening
Coughing, wheezing, bleeding
High, I’m an anxious soul
Blood moons are my eyes, stay low
Red and black, they glow
Under attack, in my soul
When it’s my time, I’ll know
Never seen a hell so cold
Yeah, we’ll make it out, I know
We’ll run right through the flames, let’s go

All white Gucci suit, I’m feeling righteous (yeah)
I know that the truth is hard to digest (yeah)
Five or six pills in my right hand (yeah)
Codeine runneth over on my nightstand
Taking medicine to fix all of the damage
My anxiety the size of a planet (oh)
Holes in my skull, over time
My heart’s over ice (whoa)

I’m in too deep
Can’t swim like me
We’re drowning, so I will see
My demons ten feet, under me
Inhale, exhale, but I can’t breathe
Too busy drinking Codeine doing high speeds
Crash, pour a four, sip it slow, make the time pass
Take a pill for the thrill, have a relapse
Devil in my head tryna run gym laps
I ain’t tryna race, he don’t even know me like that

All white Gucci suit, I’m feeling righteous
I know that the truth is hard to digest
Five or six pills in my right hand
Codeine runneth over on my nightstand
Taking medicine to fix all of the damage
My anxiety the size of a planet (oh)
Holes in my skull, over time
My heart’s over ice (whoa)

I will see

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Lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Written by: Jarad Higgins