Jesse & Joy Kick Off Pride Month With ‘Love’

Jesse & Joy initiated Pride Month by dropping a new song called “Love” on their official Instagram page.

“Our music will always be there to remind you that you are beautiful just as you are,” the Mexican duo expressed in the homemade video. “It’s called ‘Love’ and talks about love being the universal language, the language that all of us should speak.”

On the post’s caption, they elaborated that the song and video are in celebration of Pride Month and was a previous presentation for, LGBTI organization Yaaj Mexico.

“Do not let anyone tell you that it is wrong to love,” they stated of the uptempo acoustic song.

Watch the video below.

Travis Denning Rides Country Hit ‘After a Few’ to No. 1 on Emerging Artists Chart

Travis Denning rises 2-1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart (dated June 6) to become the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to his biggest hit single yet, “After a Few.”

The song reaches a new high on Country Airplay, at No. 2, and has spent a record 64 total weeks on the chart, dating to its March 2019 debut. It’s Denning’s second entry on the survey, after “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” hit No. 32 in September 2018.

“Few” also ascends to new bests of No. 7 on Hot Country Songs and No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100, with 33.2 million radio audience impressions, 7.4 million U.S. streams and 2,000 downloads sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song’s parent EP Beer’s Better Cold stands at No. 38 on the Top Country Albums chart, a week after debuting at No. 20.

Denning is the third country act to rule the Emerging Artists chart this year, following Gabby Barrett (six total weeks at No. 1) and Ingrid Andress (three). Blanco Brown was the only country act to reign in 2019.

The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists of the week, using the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Social 50. (The Artist 100 lists the most popular acts, overall, each week.) However, the Emerging Artists chart excludes acts that have notched a top 25 entry on either the Hot 100 or Billboard 200, as well as artists that have achieved two or more top 10s on Billboard’s “Hot” song genre charts and/or consumption-based “Top” album genre rankings.

Check out this week’s full Emerging Artists chart here.

Wheezy & Gunna Take Over Atop Hot 100 Producers & Songwriters Charts

Wheezy re-enters Billboard’s Hot 100 Producers chart (dated June 6) at No. 1, leading the list for the first time thanks to nine production credits on the latest Billboard Hot 100.

Seven of the nine songs appear on Gunna’s new LP Wunna, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 111,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, marking his first chart-topping set.

Here’s a look at all nine production credits for Wheezy (real name: Wesley Tyler Glass) on the Hot 100.

Rank, Artist, Title (Producers in addition to Wheezy)
No. 55, Gunna feat. Travis Scott “Top Floor” (Turbo)
No. 59, Gunna feat. Lil Baby, “Blindfold”
No. 67, Gunna, “Argentina”
No. 70, Gunna, “Met Gala”
No. 78, Gunna, “Nasty Girl / On Camera” (Taurus, Fizzle)
No. 83, Future feat. Travis Scott, “Solitaires” (Mike Dean)
No. 84, Gunna, “MOTW”
No. 86, Gunna, “Gimmick” (Aviator Keyyz)
No. 90, NAV, Gunna & Travis Scott, “Turks”

Wheezy dethrones OZ (real name: Ozan Yildirim), who ruled Hot 100 Producers for six weeks and dips to No. 2. OZ’s rank is powered by his credits on Drake’s “Toosie Slide” (No. 6 on the Hot 100) and Future’s “Life Is Good,” featuring Drake (No. 10).

Wheezy has been one of the most in-demand hip-hop producers over the past several years. He has notched 38 total production credits on the Hot 100, dating to his first, on Meek Mill’s “We Ball,” featuring Young Thug, in August 2017. Two of Wheezy’s entries have reached the top 10, both peaking at No. 6: Lil Baby and Drake’s “Yes Indeed” and Meek Mill’s “Going Bad,” featuring Drake. Wheezy has also produced Hot 100-charting songs by Juice WRLD, Migos and 21 Savage, among others.

As Wheezy also co-wrote all nine of the songs above, he debuts at No. 3 on the Hot 100 Songwriters chart.

Gunna concurrently debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100 Songwriters, thanks to 13 songs on the latest Hot 100, all of which he co-wrote.

Here’s a rundown of all 13 of his entries on the latest Hot 100:

Rank, Title (Songwriters in addition to Gunna)
No. 38, “Dollaz on My Head,” feat. Young Thug (Mike WiLL Made-It, Young Thug)
No. 41, “Cooler Than a Bitch,” feat. Roddy Ricch (Tre Pounds, Roddy Ricch)
No. 55, “Top Floor,” feat. Travis Scott (Travis Scott, Wheezy, Turbo)
No. 57, “Wunna” (Turbo)
No. 59, “Blindfold,” feat. Lil Baby (Lil Baby, Wheezy)
No. 65, “Skybox” (Taurus)
No. 67, “Argentina” (Wheezy)
No. 70, “Met Gala” (Wheezy)
No. 78, “Nasty Girl / On Camera” (Wheezy, Taurus, Fizzle)
No. 84, “MOTW” (Wheezy)
No. 86, “Gimmick” (Wheezy, Aviator Keyyz)
No. 90, “Turks,” with NAV & Travis Scott (Travis Scott, Wheezy, NAV, Cash)
No. 98, “Feigning” (Tay Keith)

Gunna unseats Future, who led Hot 100 Songwriters a week ago thanks to 13 entries on last week’s Hot 100 from his new LP High Off Life.

The weekly Hot 100 Songwriters and Hot 100 Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot 100; plus, genre-based songwriter and producer charts follow the same methodology based on corresponding “Hot”-named genre charts. As with Billboard’s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

The full Hot 100 Songwriters and Hot 100 Producers charts, in addition to the full genre rankings, can be found on Billboard.com.

Online Dance Festival Digital Mirage Rescheduled Due to Current Events

Originally scheduled to happen this weekend (June 5-7), the second iteration of the online dance music festival Digital Mirage has been rescheduled for June 12-14.

“We do not want our festival,” organizers say in a statement, “to divert any attention from the Black Lives Matter movement and the current state of the country.” Read the complete statement below.

Digital Mirage producers Proximity and Brownies & Lemonade also announced that proceeds from the rescheduled event will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative and Color of Change, via a partnership with Plus1.

The lineup for Digital Mirage features Baauer, Audien, Zhu, Big Gigantic, a DJ set from Hot Chip, Elohim, Boys Noize, Griz, GG Magree, Oliver Heldens and many others. The event will stream live via the Digital Mirage website, with set times forthcoming.

The first installment of Digital Mirage drew over a million viewers and raised roughly $300,000 for Sweet Musicians Relief Fund.

 

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A message from Digital Mirage.

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Organizers Detail Black Out Tuesday Impact as Initiative Prepares for Next Phase

On Tuesday, the music industry shut down in a show of solidarity with protesters calling for justice in the case of George Floyd, the black man who died after being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer for over eight minutes. That shutdown was led by the #TheShowMustBePaused initiative launched by executives Jamila Thomas of Atlantic Records and Brianna Agyemang of Platoon, who billed it as “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” and “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

Now, Agyemang and Thomas are sharing the results of that challenge. On Wednesday (June 3), the two women are reporting that the #TheShowMustBePaused hashtag was shared more than 700,000 times, while the initiative’s official social accounts racked up over 70,000 followers Tuesday. Additionally, more than 1,500 black members and allies of the music community — a group that included executives, artists, digital streaming partners and more — took part in a series of video summits in which participants “engaged in an organized dialogue and generated ideas on how to effectively make change within the music industry.” They would not name those who were involved in the summits, but said thoughts and ideas brought forth during those meetings will be incorporated into what is now being referred to as Phase 2 of the initiative.

“Yesterday was a strong start to the change we want to make in the industry,” said Agyemang in a statement. “We are taking all thoughts and ideas that were gathered and we will be implementing them into Phase 2 of this movement. Next steps are about clarifying needs and mobilizing the people to be the change we wish to see. The goal is to tap into the community at large to create change that is impactful and long lasting.”

Added Thomas, “George Floyd was killed on a Monday and the following Tuesday we all went back to work. This should not have been the case and this is why we called for the industry to pause on Tuesday June 2nd. The music industry is an industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. To that end, it is the obligation of these entities to protect and empower the Black communities that have made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent. The point was never to mute ourselves. This was a day to completely disconnect from work and make a difference in our community because we should not normalize what is happening.”

Agyemang and Thomas note that although #TheShowMustBePaused is specific to the music industry, “these injustices we are facing in America are not limited to just our community. This is a global initiative and our efforts will include members worldwide.”

For more information on #TheShowMustBePaused, visit the movement’s official website. To get involved, follow #TheShowMustBePaused on Twitter and Instagram.

Michelle Williams, Ice-T, The-Dream & More React to All Four Police Officers Charged in George Floyd’s Murder

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon (June 3), Keith Ellison, the attorney general of Minnesota, announced that the remaining three police offers involved in George Floyd’s unlawful death would be charged with aiding and abetting murder. Meanwhile, the previously arrested officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes before he died of asphyxiation, received an upgraded charge of second-degree murder.

Artists took to social media to not only rejoice for the justice served in Floyd’s case but took it a step further and encouraged their fans to vote in local and national elections, as well as fight for the same justice to be served for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot eight times by police officers back in March when they forced themselves into her home with a “no-knock warrant.” None of the officers involved in her unlawful death have been arrested and charged.

Solange, Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande and The-Dream pushed their Instagram and Twitter followers to act beyond their relieved reactions, while Moses Sumney teased upset onlookers who continually zero-in on the looting and rioting narratives detracting from the Black Lives Matter movement. “so you’re telling me… burning sh–… works? interesting…,” Sumney tweeted.

Check out the musicians’ reactions below.

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YOASOBI Holds at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100 as Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande Top Radio Airplay

YOASOBI’s “Yoru ni kakeru” logs its second week atop the Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated May 25 to 31, marking the rising group’s first consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Figures for the track hold steady for the most part, with streaming at 8,818,302 streams (8,335,490 last week), video views at 13,819,547 plays (13,890,300), and downloads at 15,059 units (14,003).

Eito’s “Kousui” rises a notch to No. 2, with streaming at 7,358,629 streams (7,128,383) and downloads at 12,629 units (9,870), consistently adding points to its total each week.

Lady Gaga’s new single with Ariana Grande, “Rain on Me,” blasts into the top 10 from No. 68, fueled by radio airplay (No. 1) and streaming (debuting in the top 100 at No. 16). While Western pop songs rarely make it into the upper ranks of the Japan Hot 100, the talked-about collaboration by the two superstars follows Billie Eilish’s “bad guy” that last charted in the top 10 in March.

A song that hit No. 3 on TikTok’s weekly ranking last week called “Haru wo tsugeru” by yama has also entered the top 10 this week at No. 7. yama is a singer-songwriter who got started uploading cover videos online about two years ago, and the rising artist’s first original number has steadily accumulated points in video views and streaming since its release in mid-April.

Although yama’s style that places emphasis on the intimate collaboration between visuals and music is reminiscent of YOASOBI, the former has gradually been expanding its reach from video to streaming and from streaming to downloads. Like “Yoru ni kakeru” at No. 1 this week, “Haru wo tsugeru” has the potential to continue climbing, depending on how the figures play out in the coming weeks.

The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups, audio streams from Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, RecMusic provided by Gfk Japan, dHits, Uta Pass and Spotify, plus karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING (excluded until further notice).

Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated May 25 to 31)

1. [1] Yoru ni kakeru / YOASOBI (none / 15,059 downloads / 8,818,302 streams)
2. [3] Kousui / Eito (none / 12,629 downloads / 7,358,629 streams)
3. [2] Gurenge / LiSA (2,916 copies / 19,832 downloads / 4,318,006 streams)
4. [4] I LOVE… / Official HIGE DANdism (1,138 copies / 6,864 downloads / 4,874,988
5. [5] Pretender / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 6,658 downloads / 4,517,962 streams)
6. [7] Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 10,981 downloads / 4,282,574 streams)
7. [11] Haru wo tsugeru / yama (none / 4,994 downloads / 3,479,499 streams)
8. [68] Rain on Me / Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande (none / 5,775 downloads / 2,181,004 streams)
9. [9] Marigold / Aimyon (none / 5,377 downloads / 2,600,205 streams)
10. [-] Mirai wa onna no tame ni aru / Walküre (22,206 copies / 9,567 downloads / none)

[ ]: Position last week
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)