Blue Ivy Carter Dances to Her Mom Beyonce’s ‘Mood 4 Eva’: Watch

Blue Ivy Carter clearly takes after her mom. The eight-year-old daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z has songwriter awards, her vocals appear on hit records, and a new video proves she can dance.

On Tuesday, the younger’s personal stylist Manuel Mendez shared a cute clip of Carter busting some moves to her mom’s music.

Mendez’ Instagram show’s Bey’s eldest child grooving along to “Mood 4 Eva” from the 2019 soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift. The clip originally appeared in Beyoncé’s 2019 Making the Gift documentary.

Mendez, who previously worked as Beyoncé’s personal assistant, also shared the caption: “Mood 4 Eva. #love.”

Despite her tender years, Blue Ivy Carter already snagged the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award at the Soul Train Awards for co-writing her mother’s song “Brown Skin Girl,” Carter’s first Billboard Hot 100 charting hit (aged 7). She also took home an NAACP Image Award for the track, on which she delivered some lyrics.

Carter started her recording career many years before. She contributed some lines to Beyonce’s 2014 song “Blue”at the age of just two.

Watch the dance video below.

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Five Finalists Revealed In Unprecedented Elimination Night on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

(Warning, spoilers follow)

And then there were five.

There was plenty of action and drama Tuesday night (May 12) as four contestants were eliminated on NBC’s The Voice.

The Top 9 finalists became the Top 5 as The Voice broke from tradition and guaranteed progress for one artist from each team, along with the Instant Save.

The top vote-getter from each team was Micah Iverson (Team Kelly), Thunderstorm Artis (Team Nick), CammWess (Team Legend) and Todd Tilghman (Team Blake) all of whom advance to the finale next Tuesday.

At night’s end, Team Blake’s Toneisha Harris got the save from viewers after her performance of “Loving You” and she becomes the inaugural fifth finalist of the talent show, now in its 18th season.

The unlucky four sent home were Joanna Serenko, Allegra Miles, Megan Danielle and Zan Fiskum.

Watch the “Instant Save” drama unfold below.

Bad Bunny Aiming to Replace Himself at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Chart

Bad Bunny is aiming to replace himself at No. 1, again, on the Top Latin Albums chart. His surprise release Las Que No Iban a Salir, could earn over 40,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 14, according to industry forecasters. If it starts as projected, then it will bump his own YHLQMDLG from atop the tally next week, where it’s held for 10 straight weeks since its debut at No. 1 (chart dated March 14).

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which comprises traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The May 23-dated Top Latin Albums chart (where Bad Bunny’s new album may debut at No. 1), is scheduled to be posted in full to Billboard’s website on Tuesday, May 19.

Las Que No Iban a Salir dropped without warning in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 10, so it will only have about four-and-a-half days of activity before the tracking week’s end on May 14. (Most new releases tend to drop on Friday each week, the first day of the tracking week. Bad Bunny has bucked this trend repeatedly with his earlier albums, opting to release them at varying times of the week.)

Assuming Las Que No Iban a Salir starts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums, it will replace Bad Bunny’s own YHLQMDLG at the top. It would not the first time Bad Bunny has replaced himself at No. 1. When YHLQMDLG debuted at No. 1, it bumped X 100PRE from the top. And, when J Balvin and Bad Bunny teamed up for the Oasis collaborative album, it opened at No. 1 on July 13, 2019, replacing X 100PRE.

Bad Bunny’s new 10-track album is effectively a compilation of previously unfinished songs. The album title translates to: “the ones that weren’t going to be released.” The set includes, amusingly, simple-named songs like “Canción Con Yandel” (translation: “Song With Yandel”) with Yandel, and “Bad Con Nicky” (“Bad With Nicky”) with Nicky Jam.

Most of the first-week activity for Bad Bunny’s album will come via streaming services. (There are no merchandise/album bundles in play as of May 12.) The album has proven to be so popular out of the gate with streamers, that, according to Apple Music, it became the first Latin album to reach the top of Apple Music’s Top Albums tally. Apple Music’s Top Albums ranking ranks the most streamed albums within the service at any given point in time.

PR Veteran Stacey Piggott Launches New Agency Daydream Nation

Veteran Australian music industry PR and crisis communications professional Stacey Piggott today unveils her new company, Daydream Nation.

Based in Melbourne, the new boutique publicity and marketing agency will hone-in on music, entertainment, digital strategy, crisis management, commercial brands, events and more.

Joining Piggott at Daydream Nation is a triumvirate of former Secret Sounds/Secret Sounds employees in head Of marketing Alycia Emmerson (former marketing & communications manager at Secret Sounds); senior account director Shari Hindmarsh (former senior publicist at Secret Service Public Relations); and publicist Parisse Toledo (former publicist at Secret Service Public Relations).

Piggott, director of Daydream Nation, has 21 years’ experience in PR, including 15 years heading up her own agency, Two Fish Out Of Water. In 2014, Two Fish Out Of Water merged with Paul Piticco’s Secret Service PR, creating the powerhouse publicity agency SSPR.

Daydream Nation emerges from the embers of SSPR, a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

Piggott and her team have worked on a staggering lineup of festivals, tours and campaigns over the years, including The Falls Music & Arts Festival, Yours & Owls Festival, Download Festival, and tours for the likes of Live Nation, Billions, Select Music, Village Sounds, WME and others.

Clients have included Pandora, Billabong, Jack Daniels, Telstra and Ben Sherman, and recording artists Lewis Capaldi, The 1975, Henry Rollins, Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey and Blur, to name a handful.

“We are really excited to bring Daydream Nation and our collective creative services to the entertainment industry,” says Piggott in a statement. “We are thrilled to be able to offer a team that can roll out comprehensive and cohesive PR and Marketing campaigns under the one roof for our clients. Alycia, Shari and I have been working closely together on campaigns for years now, so close we sometimes finish each other’s sentences, we know what the other is thinking before they speak. And Parisse fits perfectly into this well-oiled machine.”

Over the years, the team has lent time and resources to manage pro bono PR and marketing strategy for such social justice campaigns and charity events as Wave Aid, SLAM Day, Your Choice, Don’t Kill Live Music and Make It Rain.

“We all take joy in giving back to our community too,” reads a statement unveiling the new business.

Visit Daydreamnation.co for more.

Garth Brooks Drops Two New Songs From His Long-Awaited ‘Fun’ Album

For more than a year, Garth Brooks has been promising a new album, Fun. Fans didn’t get the album yet, but late last night he dropped two more tracks from the project via Amazon Music.

Like the title implies, “Party Gras” is a good-timing zydeco stomp that instantly takes the listener to the Mardi Gras. “That’s What Cowboy’s Do” is a traditional country track that would sound right at home on a record by Brooks’ hero, George Strait.

They join previously available songs from Fun, “All Day Long,” “Stronger Than Me” and “Dive Bar,” a duet with Blake Shelton.

On Monday night’s (May 11) episode of his weekly Facebook show, Inside Studio G, Brooks said he didn’t feel right releasing the album in the middle of the pandemic. “I don’t want to be the guy that tries to do something in the midst where everybody is hurting,” Brooks said. “The album’s ready to go. It’s just how do you get out and promote and be happy and jolly while everybody’s out there fighting for their lives not only physically, but fighting for their lives financially.”

Fans could pre-order Fun almost two years ago via Amazon, Brooks’ exclusive digital home. However, unlike the previous Fun songs, the new songs were not immediately loaded onto the Fun album package for those that have pre-purchased the set. Instead, the tunes are only available to paid subscribers to Amazon Music.

An Amazon spokesperson says they are headed to the Fun pack shortly: “The new tracks are currently streaming on Amazon Music. Customers who pre-ordered the album to download, will soon see the new tracks added to ‘My Music’ when they visit the Amazon Music app.”

Tomorrow X Together Reflect on 1 Year Together & Preview Messages Inside ‘The Dream Chapter: Eternity’

Just over a year ago, Tomorrow X Together was introduced to the world to begin a new K-pop legacy that will take a new, unexpected twist with the release of their upcoming album The Dream Chapter: Eternity.

From their “tense” demeanor at their debut showcase in Seoul to the “noticeable uptick in confidence” for their sophomore album release, Billboard has been on hand to witness the growth of the young boy band representing the pursuit of dreams and teamwork. While TXT’s core vision remains the same, the guys are now exploring the inevitable bumps that come along the road with their forthcoming release.

The new single “Can’t You See Me?” touches on the lonely and isolating feelings one can have even among friends — a topic particularly apt for today’s social-distancing climate — delivered in a satisfyingly quirky production mixing grungy guitar riffs and hooky whistles over a driving bassline. Elsewhere, Eternity  standout “Puma” touches similar themes as the single while “Maze in the Mirror” marks their largest creative expression to date in a song with all five members contributing to the track co-produced by Beomgyu that travels back to their worries before becoming artists.

Billboard got to exclusively chat with Tomorrow X Together to look back not only at their first year together, but what lessons and messages they’re now trying to show as they take their next step. Read on for Beomgyu, Soobin, Yeonjun, Taehyun and Hueningkai’s journey so far.

Let’s take it back to when Tomorrow X Together was first announced. Yeonjun was the first member revealed, he became the top trend on Twitter in 10 minutes, and his introduction video got a million views in 24 hours. There was so much attention and you hadn’t even introduced yourselves, what was going through your minds?

Yeonjun: I was especially nervous because I was the first member to be revealed, but a lot of people showed me so much love and support — it was an amazing feeling.

Soobin: I was initially really nervous to see how people would react, so I remember searching to see what everyone thought. But I was also thankful to have so many people from all over the world be willing to check us out and cheer us on.

Beomgyu: It was finally time to show the world what we had been working on for so long. We were really thankful for the fans who had been waiting.

What kind of worries did you have when it came to debuting and what were you most excited about when it came to your debut?

Soobin: It felt like my trainee days would last forever so, when the time came, I was thrilled and couldn’t wait.

Taehyun: I still remember our first debut showcase as clear as day. We had rehearsed over and over again, so many times but my heart was still beating really fast. I was really happy about it.

Beomgyu: I felt almost like we had an important exam coming up. My heart rate was rising and I was just really hoping that people would like our performances.

After The Dream Chapter: Star was released, you came to America quite quickly for concerts and promotions. Reflecting on that time, how do you think it went? 

Beomgyu: It didn’t feel real. We couldn’t believe that we had so many fans in the U.S. cheering for us. We tried our best then but we’re sure we could do an even better job now.

Hueningkai: Yeah, we really couldn’t believe it at first. Of course, it’s a huge honor to be able to hold a showcase overseas so soon, and we had been out as a group for less than a year. We were really excited about being able to perform in the States. We’re always excited to visit other countries to perform and meet our fans, and we definitely can’t wait to do more
of that in the future.

You had some delays before the release of The Dream Chapter: Magic. Can you open up a little about that time? Did you find out anything new about your team during this time?

Beomgyu: The delay actually made us even more eager to put on the best performance that we possibly could. We were very motivated to work even harder getting ready for that album. We think that was the key to creating something that all of us and our fans were very happy about. As a group, we’ve really become a team that respects and thinks of each other.

Soobin: Beomgyu is right. It actually gave us time to focus on preparing great performances and content. I think we were able to make our concept trailers and photos really unique. So, looking back, I didn’t think it was frustrating or difficult.

When it came to a second album, did you feel more or less pressured than at debut? I can imagine the pressure to live up to a successful debut but you probably felt more comfortable with your routines?

Taehyun: I would say it’s similar. Whenever we work on an album, we’d feel it’s our duty and responsibility to show our fans something that is even better than the last.

Hueningkai: We try to make sure that for every comeback, we can deliver. We want to put on a great show. It’s really exciting each and every time, and, in that sense, the nervousness or sense of responsibility doesn’t become less.

Tomorrow X Together also put out many music videos and special versions of album tracks. Was showing off many different tracks important to you as a group?

Yeonjun: I think that our priority as a group is to find our unique color as Tomorrow X Together. What we want to do is to show our audiences as many different sides to ourselves as possible, and a variety in genre is part of that.

Taehyun: This album [Eternity] also combines a lot of genres including funk-pop, dream-pop, trap hip-hop and alternative R&B, and I think this variety that we have is demonstrative of our colorful music style.

You are now coming with the The Dream Chapter: Eternity. In your own words as a group, how does this album complete the first chapter in TXT’s story and why was “Can’t You See Me?” the lead single?

Group: The Dream Chapter: Star, our debut album, was about the “happiness and excitement of meeting that special someone.” The Dream Chapter: Magic was about our magical adventures that we set on as a group of friends. Our newest, The Dream Chapter: Eternity carries on that story — our group of friends hits a wall as we confront reality. We think that “Can’t You See Me?” really carries the whole penetrative theme of the entire album. It’s our title track [lead single] because it’s about the confusion and loneliness that the boys in our story feel as they collide with reality and discover conflicts in their friendship. The song delivers both a sense of resentment towards friends and a desire to be saved by them. It’s a very unique song with unique sounds that follow turbulent emotions.

I’ve noticed you get asked a lot about contributing songwriting or producing in your albums. Can you talk about creative input you’ve had in this album? 

Yeonjun: The fourth track of our newest album is “Maze in the Mirror.” It’s our first official release that has been co-written by all five members. We’ve all contributed to song and lyric writing, and Beomgyu even co-produced the track. And this song is about our own experiences as trainees. It’s very honest and sincere. I’ve also contributed to the rap making
of “Fairy of Shampoo,” which is a remake [of the song by Light & Salt]. I’d like to say that this album speaks to our musical scope and growth as a group.

Beomgyu: We also chose the title ourselves. I’m sure all the members agree but, personally, I had been under a lot of pressure to do well because I joined the company later than the other members did. What I felt then was, as I was practicing singing and dancing, I started to see somebody else from my own reflection in the mirror. It didn’t seem like the “me” I used to know. I felt like I was trapped in a maze. That’s how “Maze in the Mirror” came to be.

Soobin: When we were trainees, we were all anxious and worried about our debut and we put these complex emotions into a song. The song was first written by Beomgyu, and we all added our thoughts to the lyrics and melody parts and combined the best of everything. We really enjoyed working on it and we hope our fans will as well.

Your first three albums have focused on the idea of dreams. Has Tomorrow X Together achieved their dream as a team?

Soobin: I think we have! Our first goal was the Rookie of the Year award, and Tomorrow X Together won it. My goal now is to always have the absolute best time we can when performing on stage.

Yeonjun: I’ve managed to achieve everything I’ve wished for last year. I have new goals now and I hope to achieve them step by step.

Taehyun: I would definitely say that my first dream came true because Tomorrow X Together won the Rookie of the Year award.

Beomgyu: My dream was to debut as a singer and perform in front of our fans, so in that sense, I’ve already achieved my dream. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

Hueningkai: We’ve been aiming for the Rookie of the Year award since even before our debut. And now, thanks to [our fandom] MOA, we won it! Amazingly, with all thanks to our fans and everyone who has supported us, we won ten rookie awards. We’re all very thankful and feel honored that more and more people support us each day, and we want to express our thanks with better music and better performances. It was a special moment for everyone, for us and for our fans.

What goals do you have in your second year as Tomorrow X Together? Have BTS shared any advice about how your second year will go?

Beomgyu: We hope that people will be able to think of Tomorrow X Together when they hear about a perfect performance or a well made, high-quality album. Also, we want all members to stay healthy and we wish for as many opportunities to meet our fans as possible!

Soobin: Moving on from “new artists” we want to show the world what we’ve got as sophomores. Last year, our priority was to make our name known as a team, but from now on, we hope to really show ourselves and everything about us.

Yeonjun: BTS told us that we need to give it our all; that we must show the audience everything we have on stage. They said that, above all, the most important thing is our attitude about music and performance.

Taehyun: On the same note, they said we need to think about why we are on this stage. We need to perform with confidence to show everyone exactly who we are.

Since we are looking back on your first year together. How have you seen yourselves grow and change in this first year?

Beomgyu: Honestly at first, I think I had my hands full just singing and dancing on stage. I constantly felt that I had to make the absolute most of every opportunity. But now, I feel I know how to enjoy myself more on stage and in front of the camera. I guess now, as a team and as an individual, I feel more responsible and think I’ve become more professional.

Taehyun: I think all the members have become more emotional and capable of expressing a diverse range of feelings. In our previous albums, we didn’t really have to express various emotions such as sorrow or melancholy. But for this album, I got to express different types of emotions. While filming the music video and concept trailer, I think I got better at acting compared to last year. We’ve all evolved and will continue to — I hope you can look forward to Tomorrow X Together’s new look.