Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ Debuts at No. 1 in Australia

Lady Gaga scores her fourth No. 1 in Australia as Chromatica (Interscope/Universal) debuts at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart.

Gaga’s sixth studio set eclipses the No. 2 best of Joanne, from Oct 2016, though it’ll need some real staying power to match her soundtrack to A Star Is Born, which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 in 2018/2019.

Previously, the U.S. pop superstar snagged top spot in Australia with The Fame Monster (April 2010) and Born This Way (May 2011).

Also making a splash this week is Kip Moore’s Wild World (MER/Universal), which bows at a career-high No. 4. It’s the followup to Slowheart, which peaked at No. 6 in September 2017, and the November 2018 EP Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions, which hit No. 18.

Rounding out the top five is Cold Chisel’s classic third album East (Cold Chisel/Universal), which reenters the chart at No. 5 following its 40th anniversary reissue. The album peaked at No. 2 for eight weeks on its release back in June 1980.

Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo earns a top 10 debut with his third artist album Golden Hour (Sony). Featuring assists from OneRepublic, Oh Wonder, Tyga, Zac Brown and others, Golden Hour starts at No. 9.

Following their virtual reunion performance, homegrown rock favorites Powderfinger return to the chart with Internationalist (Universal), at No. 40. The band’s third studio album went to No. 1 in September 1998, took out album of the year at ARIA Awards, and is five-times platinum certified having spent 103 cumulative weeks in the Top 50.

On May 23, the Brisbane five piece assembled for the first time in a decade for the One Night Lonely performance, which has raised more than $500,000 for charities Support Act and Beyond Blue.

Over on the ARIA Singles ChartDaBaby snags a third week at No. 1 with “Rockstar” (Interscope/Universal) featuring Roddy Ricch.

The week’s highest new entry belongs to Lady Gaga, whose Chromatica track “Sour Candy” starts at No. 8. The collaboration with South Korean girl group Blackpink is the third track from the album to impact the top ten after “Stupid Love” (No. 7) and “Rain On Me” with Ariana Grande, currently at No. 2.

Finally, Tones and I cracks the top 50 with her new release “Ur So F**king Cool” (Bad Batch/Sony), new at No. 49.

The track is co-produced by Tones (real name Toni Watson) and Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran, Pink, The Chainsmokers) and mixed by Serban Ghenea, and is the followup to the dual single release of “Bad Child” and “Can’t Be Happy All the Time” in March 2020. Tones’ monster hit from 2019 “Dance Monkey” has blown past seven billion global streams across all platforms.

Ennio Morricone and John Williams Honored For Film Scores

A Spanish foundation on Friday (May 5) awarded one of the country’s most prestigious awards to composers Ennio Morricone and John Williams for their film work.

The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards said the Italian and American composers “have enriched hundreds of films with their talent.”

The pair “demonstrate complete mastery of composition as well as narrative, building emotion, tension and lyricism at the service of cinematographic images.”

Williams, 88, has scored movies such as “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” the “Indiana Jones” series and the first three “Harry Potter” films.

Morricone, 91, has over the past seven decades created more than 400 scores for cinema and television.

The €50,000 award ($56,700) is the first of eight prizes, including in the arts, social sciences and sports, handed out annually by a foundation named for Spanish Crown Princess Leonor.

BTS ARMY Matches the Band’s $1 Million Black Lives Matter Donation

BTS and Big Hit Entertainment’s $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter inspired fans to band together and match giving that amount to BLM and other organizations committed to racial equality.

The loyal BTS ARMY set the #MatchAMillion goal on Saturday (June 6), and by Sunday night, they made it happen. By about 8:45 p.m. ET, donations surpassed $1 million, according to fan collective and charity project One in an ARMY’s donation tracker.

One in an ARMY compiled a card listing places to donate to, using ActBlue to allow supporters to split their funds among Black Lives Matter, Reclaim the Block, National Bail Out, Black Visions Collective, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and more organizations.

“Just like BTS, we were able to donate 1M dollars to help fund: bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality, black-led advocacy orgs fighting against systemic injustice, support for the physical and mental health of the black community,” they tweeted upon reaching the impressive sum. (Learn more about One in an ARMY, and see past campaigns they have coordinated, here.)

Earlier in the week, BTS released a statement on social media in support of the Black Lives Matter movement: “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.”

CNCO Brings ‘Honey Boo,’ ‘Reggaeton Lento’ & More to ‘Dear Class of 2020′ Party

CNCO got graduates dancing at home with their party-ready mix Sunday night (June 7).

The Latin pop boy band — Christopher, Erick, Zabiel, Richard and Joel — synchronized their own moves, in separate video frames, as they performed “Honey Boo,” “Hey DJ” and “Reggaetón Lento” remotely during the after party following the “Dear Class of 2020″ YouTube Originals graduation ceremony.

Earlier in the evening, in the midst of the actual ceremony, they also popped in to teach this year’s grads how to say “Congratulations to the class of 2020″ in Spanish.

The virtual graduation, which started with Lizzo’s powerhouse flute performance and was chock-full of all-star commencement speeches from the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama, BeyoncéBTSLady Gaga and more, was capped off with a class of 2020 after party with CNCO, Megan Thee Stallion and BTS at 7 p.m.

Check out CNCO’s party performance below.

Megan Thee Stallion Kicks Off Summer for ‘Dear Class of 2020′ With Sizzling Medley

The class of 2020’s graduation after party officially got its start with Megan Thee Stallion Sunday night (June 7).

The rapper performed an at-home, virtual medley oozing of summer house party vibes right after this year’s all-star YouTube ceremony came to an end. Her nearly 10-minute set included “Big Ole Freak,” “Hot Girl Summer,” “Captain Hook,” “Cash Shit” and “Savage.”

As Katy Perry said during her “Dear Class of 2020″ appearance before the fete began, “a global graduation deserves a party for the ages.”

“Congratulations to the class of 2020! Have a hot girl summer!” Megan said to the camera as her music wrapped.

Sunday’s virtual graduation opened at 3 p.m. ET on YouTube with a rousing flute performance from Lizzo and featured commencement speeches from Barack and Michelle Obama, BeyoncéBTSLady Gaga and more. Megan Thee Stallion kicked off the after party, which continued on with CNCO and BTS.

Watch her full performance below.

 

6ix9ine Teases Updated Take on Akon’s 2004 Song ‘Locked Up’: Watch

6ix9ine is hard at work on his next album, and he’s recruited Akon to assist in the process.

The 24-year-old rainbow-haired rapper, who was recently granted an early prison release amid the coronavirus pandemic, took to social media Sunday (June 7) to share a clip of himself rapping new lyrics over the beat of Akon’s 2004 song “Locked Up.”

“LOCKED UP PART 2 IM ON ALBUM MODE,” 6ix9ine captioned the clip, which shows Akon dancing by his side. “THIS ALBUM GOING CRAZYYYYYYY.”

Akon shared the same video on his Instagram page, writing, “Being Locked up can really change your prospective in life. Ask @6ix9ine #lockedup Coming Soon!”

“Locked Up” appeared on Akon’s 2004 debut album, Trouble. The song, which features Styles P, peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Last week, 6ix9ine announced that he has started recording a new album while on house arrest. “Literally can’t stop making hits,” the rapper captioned a video himself in a makeshift studio. “I ain’t like these other rappers who sounds the same in every song.”

6ix9ine returned with his comeback single “Gooba” in early May, and has been promising even more new music ever since. Check out his posts below.

Mary Lambert, Tegan and Sara Slam J.K. Rowling for ‘Disgraceful’ Anti-Trans Tweets

J.K. Rowling is facing renewed criticism after making several anti-transgender tweets on Saturday (June 6), and some artists aren’t being shy about calling her out.

The firestorm kicked off when the author, known for her wildly popular Harry Potter novels, shared an opinion piece on Twitter that featured the headline “Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate” along with her own message: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

As noted by some of the responses to her tweet, which was made during Pride Month and in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests, transgender people as well as gender non-conforming and non-binary people can also menstruate.

Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert was quick criticize the author. “Whaat the actual f–k??? This is so disgraceful, @jk_rowling,” she responded to the tweet. “Of all the hills to die on, and for what reason? Trans women are women and they are fighting for their lives. When you push this trans exclusionary agenda, you make their lives infinitely more difficult. Shame on you.”

“You have power and influence. Why would you do this? What does it achieve? Do you feel like more of a woman when you punch down? Are you threatened?” Lambert continued. “Some trans men menstruate. Why does that affect you? Why do you want to police that?”

Tegan and Sara also chimed in. “If you are a TERF and following us, please f–k off and unfollow us,” the duo tweeted before asking everyone else to donate to help support black trans people.

“TERF” is an acronym that stands for “trans exclusionary radical feminist.”

Despite the criticism, the author — who previously publicly supported a researcher who made anti-transgender comments — dug in with subsequent tweets. “I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” she wrote. “I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

In response to Rowling’s tweets, GLAAD suggested several organizations that people can donate to support groups that help black trans women. “If you want to direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive, support orgs that help Black trans people like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell and @ukblackpride,” the group tweeted. “We stand with trans youth, especially those Harry Potter fans hurt by her innacruate and cruel tweets.”

GLAAD ended its message with a dig at Rowling: “By the way, looking for some summer reading? “Percy Jackson” author Rick Riordan isn’t transphobic #AllKidsDeserveRepresentation”

Besides Lambert and Tegan and Sara, several other celebrities have called out the Harry Potter author, including Jameela Jamil, Sarah Paulson, Mara Wilson, Anthony Rapp and more.