Justin & Hailey Bieber Discuss Channeling ‘Unique Strengths’ While in Quarantine

Justin Bieber and wife Hailey’s third installment of their Biebers on Watch Facebook series was a bit different. On Friday (May 8), instead of a pre-recorded clip, the couple went live on Facebook and answered questions from fans about how they are coping during quarantine, their overall thoughts on Justin’s Lyme disease diagnosis and more.

“Some tips on how to stay busy – I’d say, all of us have our unique strengths and our unique things we’re good at and using our gifts in this time and also being creative is a good way to keep busy and also feel like you are getting something done,” the singer said about his time in quarantine.

Hailey mirrored the sentiment by adding, “I just think that quarantine is a good time if you feel like there’s stuff you want to jumpstart, whether it’s a dream you’ve had or an idea you’ve had, I think this is the perfect time to start doing your research on how to get those ideas out of your head and actually on paper and turn them more into a reality.”

On the topic of Justin’s Lyme disease, he noted that the struggle “was really difficult before I knew what I really was dealing with because I didn’t know what was happening. I just felt crappy and tired all the time and I felt brain fog.”

“I think just knowing and having answers is really good,” he continued. “If you feel that something’s wrong, go to a professional, go to the doctor, go to a mental health specialist. Figure out what’s wrong because when you’re sitting around and you’re trying to guess, play the guessing game, it can send you into an anxiety spiral and feel like there’s no hope. Shen you have answers it makes you feel like you know what’s going on which is good.”

The Biebers on Watch airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.PST/12 p.m. EST on Facebook Watch. Episodes can be found on facebook.com/Watch and Justin Bieber’s Facebook page.

See the third episode below.

A Timeline of Grimes & Elon Musk’s Relationship

Art pop singer Grimes and Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk welcomed their first baby boy named X Æ A-12 (pronounced “X Ash A-12″ according to dad and “X A.I. A-12″ according to mom) earlier this week.

But before they brought life into this world, the two had an on-and-off relationship that felt as eccentric as them from the moment they stepped foot together at the 2018 Met Gala to the moment X Æ A-12 came to Earth.

Billboard compiled a timeline of Grimes and Elon Musk’s roller-coaster romance below.

May 2018: Musk and Grimes share their first spotlight as a couple at the 2018 Met Gala.

The most unpredictable couple has arrived: Elon Musk and Grimes (real name Claire Boucher). The two wore complementary black-and-white get-ups for the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination” Costume Institute Gala after exchanging flirty tweets and poking fun at artificial intelligence with an obscure “Rococo Basilisk” joke only the two of them understood. Ah, modern love.

July 2018: Grimes accompanies Musk and his five sons to SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition.

Grimes hung out with her new beau and his twins and triplets from Musk’s ex-wife Justine Wilson.

August 2018: Azealia Banks describes her awkward third-wheeling encounter at Musk’s house.

In Banks’ typical fashion, she set social media ablaze by writing on her Instagram story that she visited Musk at home for a weekend to collaborate with his girlfriend on new music. “I waited around all weekend while grimes coddled her boyfriend.” In another slide, she compared “staying in Elon musks house” to “a real like episode of Get Out.

In an Instagram direct message exchange with Business Insider, Banks wrote that Musk was too preoccupied scrounging for investors after announcing he planned to make SpaceX go private and had already secured funding. “They bring me out there on the premise that we would hang and make music,” she said. “But his dumba– kept tweeting and tucked his di– in between his a– cheeks once sh– hit the fan.”

August 2018: Grimes and Musk unfollow each other on social media following feud with Banks.

Uh oh, looks like there was trouble in paradise after fans noticed the lovebirds had unfollowed each other on Instagram and Musk unfollowed her on Twitter.

October 2018: By fall, they happily reunited for a pumpkin patch with Musk’s kids.

Seasons change and relationship statuses do, too. Once October came around, things between Grimes and Musk cooled off for the two and his five sons to visit a pumpkin patch together in Los Angeles, California. Musk later re-followed the Canadian singer on Twitter. What a treat!

December 2019: Musk praises Grimes’ performance at The Game Awards with a standing ovation.

At one of the biggest gaming events of the year, Musk took a night off from his busy schedule to support his girlfriend. Grimes put on a futuristic, CGI-perfected performance inspired by the “Cyberpunk 2077″ role-playing video game that will feature her music and a character she voices named Lizzy Wizzy. Head to 2:56 in the video to see Musk honor her incredibly visual show.

December 2019: A few more celebrity couples join their Christmas card: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as well as Quavo and Saweetie.

When Kim Kardashian doesn’t just invite you to her family’s legendary Christmas Eve bash but also posts a picture with you for her 169 million followers, your couple status is rock solid.

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January 2020: Grimes announces she’s pregnant by posing nude on Instagram.

The 32-year-old visual effects queen pulled one of her best stunts yet by posting a naked picture of herself on Instagram that showed behind her orange-and-black pigtail braids and inside her stomach was indeed an embryo. She previously announced her pregnant with the same picture exposing her nipples (which is against Instagram’s photo policy). In that since-deleted image, she observed that “being knocked up is a very feral & war-like state of being. Might as well be what it is.” But what felt more wild to fans was not knowing who the father was.

March 2020: Grimes confirms Musk is the father of her child in Rolling Stone cover story. 

Grimes graced the cover of Rolling Stone with her baby bump, the perfect platform for the bona fide pop star to finally tell the world she would give birth to Musk’s sixth child and her first child.

May 2020: Their baby X Æ A-12 arrives! 

On Monday (May 4), the tech billionaire updated a curious fan that their baby was only “a few hours away” before confirming “Mom & baby all good.” The 48-year-old businessman, who wore an “Occupy Mars” T-shirt in the delivery room, adorned his new son’s first picture with a filtered bundle of face tattoos à la Post Malone before “[breaking] the internet” with a sweet photo of him holding his baby boy.

Grimes took to Twitter shortly after his birth to explain his unusual government name, which a family law attorney explained would not be deemed valid in the state of California where X Æ A-12 was born. “In California, you can only use the ’26 characters’ of the English language in your baby name. Thus, you can’t have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts or other symbols or emojis. Although an apostrophe, for a name like ‘O’Connor,’ is acceptable.”

El Fantasma Talks New Music, Love For Classic Cars & More in Billboard Live Q&A

In a new Billboard Live Q&A that took place on Cinco de Mayo, special guest El Fantasma talked all about his new music, quarantine life, and other passions.

The Regional Mexican artist, who was also celebrating his wedding anniversary on May 5th, told Billboard that his quarantine routine consisted of waking up, cooking breakfast, helping his kids with their school work, playing outside, watching a movie, and then taking a late-night walk with his wife.

He then talked about his current single “Palabra de Hombre,” which is at No. 2 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated May 9, 2020, stating that it’s been a hit amongst his fans because many people can relate to it. “This song is romantic, it’s not my style, I like corridos but we tried it out and people are really connecting with it,” he said.

Returning to his distinct corrido sound, El Fantasma will release “Borracho de Cochera” on May 15. “It’s an aggressive song about doing things my way,” he said.

During the live interview, the Mexican artist also opened up about quarantine life, his passion for classic cars, and his newfound skill: cooking. “Thank God we have a lot of time to stay connected with the fans on social media and work on new projects,” he said.

Watch the entire video above.

Noah Cyrus, Hanson & More Set For Billboard Live At-Home Concerts: See the Schedule

Billboard’s Live At-Home series is continuing into May.

The performances for the week of May 11 will feature at-home sets from Hanson, Noah Cyrus and more via Billboard’s Facebook page. Loud Luxury will kick things off on Monday (May 11) with a set at 1 p.m. EST. Other acts slated to perform during the week include: Natanael Cano & Junior H and Camilo.

The Billboard Live series launched on March 19 with the help of JoJoJosh Groban and Russell Dickerson, who selected nonprofits to support during their livestream to benfit those most affected by COVID-19. Billboard Live At-Home series thus far has helped charities such as Meals on Wheels AmericaDowntown Women’s CenterMy Friend’s Place and more.

Tune in to Loud Luxury’s set Monday, and check out the week’s full schedule below.

Monday (May 11)
1 p.m. ET — Loud Luxury

Tuesday (May 12)
1 p.m. ET — Natanael Cano & Junior H

Wednesday (May 13)
1 p.m. ET — Hanson

Thursday (May 14)
1 p.m. ET — Camilo

Friday (May 15)
1 p.m. ET —  Noah Cyrus

Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’ & Doja Cat’s ‘Say So’ Battling for No. 1 on Hot 100 Next Week

Will a stallion gallop to No. 1 on next week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart? Or, will a cat pounce to the highest perch?

According to projections based on building Nielsen Music/MRC Data figures, Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and Doja Cat’s “Say So” should both challenge for the summit of the May 16-dated Hot 100, thanks to notable gains. On the most recently published chart, dated May 9, the former ranks at No. 4, a new high, and the latter places at No. 6, after reaching No. 5.

The tracks are aiming to dethrone “The Scotts,” by The Scotts, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi, as the collaboration is likely to depart the top spot after it launched at No. 1 on the May 9-dated chart.

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. The top 10 of the May 16-dated chart is scheduled to be revealed Monday (May 11), with all surveys updating on Billboard.com Tuesday (May 12). The May 16-dated Hot 100 will reflect the streaming and sales tracking week ending May 7 and the airplay week ending May 10.

Per preliminary data, “Savage” and “Say So” appear set for a tight battle for No. 1. “Savage” (released on 1501 Certified/300) could draw over 40 million U.S. streams and 40 million in radio airplay audience and sell over 50,000 downloads in the tracking week. “Say So” (on Kemosabe/RCA) could sport over 90 million in radio reach, 25 million streams and 80,000 sold in the same span.

Both tracks have benefited from high-profile remixes. A version of “Savage” adding Beyoncé arrived April 29, in time for its first two days of activity to meet the April 30 streaming and sales cutoff for the May 9-dated Hot 100, and to fuel its jump from No. 14 to No. 4. Thus, the May 16-dated Hot 100 will encompass the first full tracking frame for the Beyoncé remix. Plus, a second “Savage” remix, with Major Lazer, was released yesterday (May 7).

Similarly, Nicki Minaj joined on a remix of “Say So,” released at midnight ET May 1, and its first full week of availability will be tracked on the May 16-dated Hot 100. Additionally, an official dance video for the song and a live clip premiered May 2 and 4, respectively.

Both songs were also on sale in physical/digital combination offerings during the tracking week. Consumers could purchase any of three vinyl singles of “Savage” and one of “Say So,” each with a digital download; the download would be sent to consumers upon purchase, with vinyl versions due to arrive at a later date.

Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat have been further stoking fan interest in the songs via social media blitzes.

Notably, Beyoncé is not credited on the May 9-dated Hot 100 as a featured artist on “Savage,” as the total chart points for its remix did not outweigh those of the original in the tracking week. Artist credit for both “Savage” and “Say So” will be reevaluated next week, following, as noted above, the first full tracking week for the songs’ respective Beyoncé, Major Lazer and Minaj remixes.

If Megan Thee Stallion or Doja Cat crown the Hot 100 next week, each would earn a first No. 1. “Savage” and “Say So” mark each artist’s first Hot 100 top 10.

Watch Rising J-Pop Artist Mega Shinnosuke’s Making-of Video for ‘Sports’

Japanese rapper Mega Shinnosuke shared some behind-the-scenes footage from his music video for “Sports,” his latest single released in April.

Mega Shinnosuke is a self-produced 19-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-talented artist who handles everything from arranging his own music to creating his artwork and videos.

The making-of video was edited remotely with his friends who are all self-isolating at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the video below:

He’s Back: 5 Best Moments From 6ix9ine’s Return to Instagram Live

He’s back! Nearly 18 months since his 2018 arrest, Tekashi 6ix9ine finally returned to the public eye on Friday (May 8) with a highly-anticipated Instagram Live session, which shattered the IG Live record by topping more than two-million viewers at its peak.

The usually-rowdy Brooklyn native has been radio silent, laying low for the most part since his April 2 release from prison, which came four months prior to the original date he’d be set free. Tekashi’s legal team secured him the right to serve the rest of his sentence on house arrest since he suffers from asthma and the coronavirus outbreak continues to run rampant through the prison system.

Tekashi is wasting no time in resuming his rap career, as he debuted his pugnacious “GOOBA” single on Friday (May 8), which also happens to be his 24th birthday. 6ix9ine’s on the hook for two albums (one in English and one in Spanish) to 10K Projects after re-upping with the label for a reported $10 million back in October while still behind bars.

Nobody understands the art of promotion quite like 6ix9ine, as the Tekashi experience is already back at full tilt. Between his new beef with Meek Mill, defending his snitching ways, and still being the self-proclaimed king of New York, here are the best moments from the rainbow hair-colored rhymer’s boisterous 15-minute IG Live.

5. Where’s the loyalty?

6ix9ine attempts to clear his name and explain what happened before being arrested that led to him snitching on his manager, Shotti, and flipping on fellow members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. “But where was the loyalty when you were sleeping with my baby mother,” he says while hinting at rumors involving Shotti and his baby mother, Sara Molina. “Where was the loyalty when you were caught on the wiretap trying to kill me? Where was the loyalty when you tried to kidnap my mother? Where was the loyalty when you stole millions of dollars, so who broke it first?”

He continues to detail how he wasn’t “about the gang s–t,” but simply saw hip-hop as a way to get out of poverty and feed his family. “When I met son, he was sleeping on the rug! ‘Listen, I’m a Mexican, rainbow-haired kid and I rap. I’m not about that gang s–t, but I know how to get us out,'” 6ix9ine says. “If you can’t hold me down out here in the free world, what makes you think if I would’ve held it down, you wouldn’t violate me in prison?”

4. He still believes he’s the “king of New York”

While he was locked up, other NY artists attempted their claim at the throne, as we most recently heard The Bronx native Lil Tjay make his claim to be the true king of New York. 6ix9ine still doesn’t see anyone at his level, and he’s using numbers like having two-million people in a single IG Live to prove it.

“Why I keep hearing king of New York? Y’all are not the king of New York, look at the numbers,” he says. “For the king of New York s–t, let’s cut that out. Little boy, sit down. If you don’t got this watch, I’m not beefing with anyone from New York. If you don’t got this watch, you’re a little boy to me. I’ll kiss you on the forehead. King’s home, it’s over.”

3. He’s embracing his snitching ways

Tekashi isn’t hiding from the fact he cooperated with the government to earn a favorable plea deal. “Y’all really didn’t have a reason to dislike me. But now, y’all got a reason, so the go-to is, ‘He snitched,'” the 24-year-old explains. “My fans, my family don’t deserve that and I’m sorry. Listen, I snitched [and] I ratted, but who was I supposed to be loyal to?”

2. He believes he didn’t do anything wrong 

If you expected 6ix9ine to be humbled by his near-18 months behind bars, you were mistaken. Following his typical series of boastful comments, Tekashi shows a bit of humility when apologizing to his fans. “I’m sorry to my fans because, you know what, it wasn’t worth it.”

He then thanks his lawyer and the judge for allowing him to be back with his family, but ends up claiming he didn’t do anything wrong in the eyes of the law, even though he struck a plea deal with the U.S. Government in Jan. 2019 for his involvement with Nine Trey, which included using a weapon in the attempted murder of an individual on March 20, 2018. “I want to shout-out my lawyer, Lance Lazzaro. I want to say thank you to the judge for allowing me to come home to my family. I appreciate that. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

1. He seemingly addresses his newly-ignited feud with Meek Mill

After welcoming a newborn earlier this week, Meek Mill had a few things to get off his chest regarding 6ix9ine’s return to the music game. Tekashi welcomes his latest feud with open arms, as he goes on to subliminally troll Meek about how his belief that he’s still a bigger artist than the Philly native.

“You lived your whole life trying to be a real n—a, and try to s–t on a kid like me,” The “Gummo” rapper responds. “For a rat to come home and do more numbers than you, I would be mad too. If a rat came home the way I came home and did more numbers than me, I would be mad. You have every reason to be mad.”