Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s ‘Savage Love’ Rules ARIA Singles Chart

Jawsh 685 claims a slice of history as “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (Columbia/Sony), his collaboration with Jason Derulo, climbs to the summit of Australia’s singles chart.

The Auckland producer (real name Joshua Stylah) becomes just the third New Zealander to lead the ARIA Singles Chart in its 37-year history. And at 17 years of age, he’s the youngest.

It’s been nearly a quarter century since a Kiwi act led Australia’s singles chart. OMC last did it with “How Bizarre,” back in April 1996. The first New Zealander to lead the chart was Dave Dobbyn with Herbs’ “Slice Of Heaven” in May 1987.

“Savage Love,” which also rules the Official U.K. Singles Chart this week, becomes the fourth No. 1 single in Australia for U.S. R&B singer Derulo after “In My Head” (February 2010), “Talk Dirty” (August 2013) and “Trumpets” (December 2013).

Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” (Columbia/Sony) rises 6-5, a new peak. The LP it’s lifted from, Fine Line, improves 6-3 in its 29th week on the ARIA Albums Chart.

K-pop stars Blackpink hit the ARIA Chart for the second time in 2020 with “How You Like That” (Interscope/Universal). It’s new at No. 12, the highest debut on the current frame.

The four-piece impacted the Australian survey earlier in 2020 with “Sour Candy,” their collaboration with Lady Gaga which has a chart peak of No. 8. Blackpink first appeared on the tally with 2019’s “Kill This Love,” which topped out at No. 18.

Finally, Guy Sebastian returns to the survey with “Standing With You” (Sony), his first single release for 2020 and the fourth lifted from his forthcoming ninth studio set. It’s his 24th title to appear in the ARIA Top 50. Sebastian is the reigning ARIA song of the year champion with “Choir.”

Over on the ARIA Albums Chart, the charity fundraising set Music From The Home Front (Bloodlines/Universal) enters a second week at No. 1.

The brainchild of Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski, Music From The Home Front is the companion to the multi-artist virtual concert of the same name, which featured performances from Tones And I, Kevin Parker, Jimmy Barnes and more. The vinyl edition of the multi-disc compilation will drop July 31.

American psychedelic rock outfit Khruangbin make their chart debut with Mordechai (Dead Oceans/Inertia), new at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart (Mordechai leads the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart), while Haim lands a third successive top ten with Women In Music Pt. III (Polydor/Universal). It’s new at No. 7.

Stacey Abrams Talks Taking Over Selena Gomez’s Instagram: ‘We Had a Thoughtful Conversation’

Lawyer, author, politician and activist Stacey Abrams is used to speaking out, but she may have addressed her biggest audience ever when she took over Selena Gomez’s Instagram account June 16.

Gomez, 27, one of the top five stars on IG with 181 million followers, joined such celebrities as Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow in handing over the keys to their accounts to prominent women of color to ensure that their voices are widely heard as part of a campaign dubbed #ShareTheMicNow.

Abrams, a U.S. Census advocate and founder of Fair Count, tells The Hollywood Reporter that she was proud to have the platform and a conversation with the 27-year-old star. “I was privileged to be in communication with Selena. We had a really thoughtful conversation about the work that I’ve been doing, not only around voter suppression and the census, but why. This is how we create economic and social progress and these are tools, not ends of themselves but tools, for how we make the change. That’s what Selena is so committed to,” explains Abrams, who posted a video sharing her story about a protest the night of the Rodney King verdict.

“We had extraordinary response from just a cross section of folks because that’s what Selena draws. She draws this amazing cross section of people to her because they trust her voice, because they respect who she is, and because of the willingness to talk about tough challenges. We share a family conversation about mental health and mental illness. Her willingness to not only share her story but to encourage others to participate in solving these problems by making sure that we fill out the census so the resources necessary for mental health investment can happen — that’s something that was extraordinary.”

It’s been an extraordinary time for Abrams, who is prepping for the release of her documentary after having just released her latest book, and promoting the importance of the U.S. Census with Harness as part of its #BeCounted campaign. She’s also still shepherding a series with CBS, which acquired her book Never Tell. So, what’s the latest?

“It’s still in development, and I am learning lots about what development means in Hollywood, but it’s a good process. I’ve been in politics for a very long time, so I know things take a little bit of time, and certainly with the challenges of COVID, time tables shifted, but we’re still hard at work. I look forward to seeing Never Tell come to the screen.”

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

11 Officers Injured Breaking up Unlicensed London Music Event

Eleven police officers were injured while trying to break up an unlicensed music event in west London, the latest in a series of illegal gatherings in the British capital over the past couple of weeks that have descended into violence.

Police said everyone in attendance at the event in White City had been dispersed by 1:15 a.m. Saturday morning, a few hours after complaints were first received of a mass gathering at a housing project.

The Metropolitan Police, London’s overarching police force, said bricks and other objects were thrown at officers on their arrival. Specially trained public order officers clad in protective gear then arrived to get control of the situation.

The police force said two officers suffered broken bones, while nine others sustained non-serious injuries. No arrests have been made.

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Wyllie said police are in the process of identifying those involved in the “violence and disorder.”

“We will not allow those intent on causing harm get away with this behavior,” he said.

Last week, 22 police officers were slightly injured after a street party in the south London district of Brixton descended into violence. Another gathering in Notting Hill in west London also led to clashes.

Following the Brixton clashes on June 24, the Met’s highest-ranked police offer, Cressida Dick, said the number of police injuries is “heading up to 140-odd officers” over the three weeks prior, including those hurt during protests in the wake of the brutal killing of George Floyd in the U.S.

Under coronavirus restrictions in England, gatherings are limited to six people, even after Saturday when pubs and restaurants can reopen in the latest easing of the lockdown.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the latest attack on police as “disgraceful” and that extra police will be out on Saturday.

“Violence against the police will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted,” he said.


Nick Cordero, Standout Actor in Broadway Musicals, Dies of COVID-19 Complications at 41

Nick Cordero, the charming Tony-nominated actor known for his work in Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress and A Bronx Tale the Musical, died Sunday (July 5) after a grueling battle with the coronavirus, his wife announced. He was 41.

Since being diagnosed with what was thought to be pneumonia in late March, the Canadian actor spent weeks in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, had his right leg amputated, lost more than 60 pounds and was hoping to receive a double-lung transplant.

Cordero had come to L.A. to star as Bourbon Room owner Dennis Dupree in an immersive adaptation of the long-running Broadway hit Rock of Ages in a new space on Hollywood Boulevard. He had played the role years ago in a national tour and on Broadway, and the new version of the musical opened in January.

Survivors include his wife, fitness instructor and former Broadway dancer Amanda Kloots, who chronicled his health struggles on social media, and their son, Elvis, born in June 2019. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

In 2014, Cordero received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World award for his tap-dancing turn as the ghostwriting crook Cheech in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway. (Chazz Palminteri had earned an Oscar nom for his performance as Cheech in the 1994 movie.)

In his review, THR’s David Rooney gave Cordero high marks, noting “an easygoing confidence in the Bobby Cannavale vein that’s refreshing amid so much strenuous mugging, and he leads his gangster cronies in a fun tap number to ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do.’ It also helps that Cheech is the most distinctive character — an unrepentant assassin who turns out to be the most natural artist of them all.”

In 2016, Cordero played Earl Hunterson, the deadbeat husband of Jessie Mueller’s Jenna, in the hit Waitress, then left after a few months to star as Sonny — another gangster character made famous by Palminteri — in A Bronx Tale the Musical, co-directed by Robert De Niro. Rooney wrote that Cordero “steals the show” and “perfectly balances charm and menace in his compelling performance.”

Born on Sept. 17, 1978, in Hamilton, Ontario, Cordero attended Ryerson University in Toronto for two years before quitting to sing in a rock band called Lovemethod. “My parents were trying to put two other kids through college, so they were like, ‘Great!'” he quipped in a 2014 interview.

He played Tony in a Toronto production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding and in 2009 attracted attention when he starred in the title role of the rock musical The Toxic Avenger, an off-Broadway take on the 1984 film.

Cordero landed the part of Dennis in a national tour of Rock of Ages, then bowed on Broadway in the ’80s-set musical when he joined the cast at the Helen Hayes Theatre in 2012.

In 2018, he starred as sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

On television, Cordero played Victor Lugo, who led a gang of car thieves, on three episodes of the CBS drama Blue Bloods, and his film résumé included Going in Style (2017), directed by Bullets Over Broadway co-star Zach Braff.

Cordero, his wife and son had been staying at Braff’s guest house in L.A. while they were house-shopping when he became ill. “He’s a very beloved man, one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet,” Braff told THR in April.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Bassnectar Is ‘Stepping Back’ From Music Career After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Bassnectar announced on Friday (July 3) that he’s taking a step back from his career. The DJ and artist, whose real name is Lorin Ashton, shared the news after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in a Your EDM story as well as on Instagram, where an account has been collecting allegations. Some of the allegations appear to go back years.

“I am stepping back from my career and I am stepping down from my position of power and privilege in this community because I want to take responsibility and accountability,” Ashton began in his statement, which he shared on social media. “I feel intense compassion for anyone I may have hurt. I truly hope you allow me a chance to work together toward hearing.”

The artist went on to claim that the “rumors” are “untrue,” but noted, “I realize some of my past actions have caused pain, and I am deeply sorry.”

Ashton also announced that he’ll no longer be involved with the non-profit organization Be Interactive: “I am handing off our nonprofit Be Interactive to a diverse team to continue without my involvement moving forward.”

Also stepping back from Be Interactive after allegations against Bassnectar surfaced is Lia Holland, the executive director. “As a survivor of childhood abuse, I stand with female survivors and will resign as the executive director of Be Interactive,” she tweeted on Independence Day.

Musician Mimi Page, who has collaborated with Bassnectar, also shared her support for one of the women after the allegations against Ashton came to light. “As a female collaborator of @bassnectar I am devastated,” Page tweeted on July 4. “For now, I send love, healing and support to the woman who came forward tonight. I send love and healing to fans in this community who’s hearts are also breaking.”

The Killers Honor George Floyd With ‘Land of the Free’ on ‘Macy’s 4th of July’ Special

The Killers paid tribute to George Floyd with a stripped-down performance of “Land of the Free” during the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday (July 4).

Appearing live from their Prairie Sun Recording Studio in Sonoma, Calif., the Brandon Flowers-led group delivered an emotional performance of the 2019 one-off single. Seated at a piano in a dimly lit room, Flowers once changed up the lyrics to the song’s poignant second verse.

“When I go out in my car/ I don’t think twice/ But if you’re the wrong color skin/ You grow up lookin’ over both your shoulders/ In the land of the free/ And how many killings must one man watch in his home/ Till he sees the price on the tab/ Eight measured minutes and 46 seconds/ Another boy in the bag/ Another stain on the flag,” he sang in reference to Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

Hosted by Today anchor Craig Melvin and meteorologist Dylan Dreyer, the special featured socially-distanced performances by other artists including Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Lady A and Brad Paisley at different venues across the country.

Watch the Killers’ performance of “Land of the Free” at the 27-minute mark in the video below.

Black Eyed Peas & Shakira Win Best ‘Translation’ Collaboration in Fan Poll

As the Black Eyed Peas continue making the rounds with their star-studded collaborative Translation, fans officially picked the best joint on the album.

With over 56 percent of the votes, “Girl Like Me” with Shakira takes the crown after a two-week Billboard poll circulated. The fourth track on the set is full of infectious flavors from tropical to dance to soca. She’s followed by the J Balvin-assisted “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)” and the “Feel the Beat” with Maluma.

“I was so inspired,” will.i.am previously told Billboard of working with Shak. “[She was like,] ‘Did you get my notes?’ ‘I got your notes.’ ‘OK. Let’s begin. Note No. 1: When you say that word, can you swing that back a little bit? When I say, ‘Girl like me,’ the tail end of the reverb, can you make it just a little bit louder?’ This girl is the definition of music. I’ve worked with everybody — Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson. I’ve never experienced that detail. And she conducts the session like she’s teaching!”

Of their first-ever collaborative effort, the Colombian singer expressed the same. “Will, it was also a pleasure to work with you guys!! The story behind this song, your vision, your talent, and passion make this experience an absolute highlight in my career!!” she wrote on social media.

Full of global rhythms and Spanglish bops, Translation, out June 19 via Epic Records, is home to 15 fresh tracks—10 of which are collaborations. See the poll results and listen to “Girl Like Me” below.