Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Outraces Fontaines D.C.’ ‘A Hero’s Death’ For U.K. Chart Title

The U.K. chart week was a game of two halves as Taylor Swift’s Folklore started slow but pulled away to snag a second successive week at No. 1.

Folklore fell to No. 3 in the first half of the week, with Irish rockers Fontaines D.C. looking well set for their first No. 1 with A Hero’s Death (Partisan).

However, Swift and her U.K. record company EMI changed the course of the race by bringing forward the release of Folklore on CD, and the LP dashed to the finish line in first position.

When all streams and sales were tallied up, Folklore finished 3,500 chart sales ahead of Fontaines D.C.’s second set, which starts at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart and is the market-leader in vinyl sales.

Folklore is now Taylor’s longest-reigning No. 1 album in the U.K., according to the OCC, as her previous chart-topping albums, Red (2012), 1989 (2014), Reputation (2017) and Lover (2019) all held the chart crown for just one week.

Also bowing inside the Top 5 is Creeper’s Sex, Death & The Infinite Void (Roadrunner) at No. 5. It’s a new career high for the Southampton horror punk band, easily eclipsing the No. 17 best for their 2017 debut album Eternity In Your Arms.

Alanis Morissette bags her fifth Top 10 entry with her comeback album Such Pretty Forks In The Road (RCA), new at No. 8. Pretty Forks is the Canadian artist’s first appearance in the Top 10 since So-Called Chaos went to No. 8 in 2004.

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Joel Corry and MNEK’s “Head & Heart” (Asylum/Perfect Havoc) rules for a third week, clocking up 79,000 chart sales, including 9.5 million streams, according to the OCC.

That’s 24,000 sales ahead of the No. 2-ranked single, “Savage Love” (RCA) by Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo.

Billie Eilish has the highest new entry of the current cycle with “My Future” (Interscope) starting at No. 7. It’s the Grammy-winning U.S. artist’s seventh U.K. Top 10.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Enters Second Week at No. 1 In Australia

Taylor Swift’s Folklore (Republic/Universal) rules Australia’s albums chart for a second successive week in Australia as Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (Columbia/Sony) bounces back to the summit in its eighth week on the singles survey.

Folklore is one of six Swift albums to hit No. 1 in Australia with her 2014 set 1989 logging the most time at the top, at nine weeks.

Wollongong surf rock duo Hockey Dad land a career best with their third album Brain Candy (BMG/Warner), new at No. 2. It’s the followup from 2018’s Blend Inn, which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Brain Candy is this week’s best-seller on vinyl.

Dropping in at No. 3 is the new album from veteran singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and pianist/composer Paul Grabowsky, Please Leave Your Light On (GAWD/EMI). The new LP features reimagined songs from Kelly’s catalog, alongside the previously unreleased “True to You” and a cover of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.”

Aussie country artist Travis Collins cracks the ARIA Top Ten for the first time as Wreck Me (ABC/Universal) bows at No. 8. It’s Collins’ seventh album, and the followup to 2018’s Brave And The Broken, which peaked at a career-best No. 15.

Iconic Canadian artist Alanis Morissette marks her return to the Top 10 with Such Pretty Forks In The Road (Thirty Tigers/Orchard), new at No. 10. It’s Morissette’s first appearance in the top tier since Under Rug Swept ruled the chart in March 2002, according to ARIA. Her most recent album Havoc And Bright Lights went as high as No. 22 following its release in 2012.

Australian indie pop act E^ST (real name Melissa Bester) makes her first appearance in the Top 50, as I’m Doing It (Warner) enters at No. 12. It’s the first full-length album from Bester following the release of four EPs between 2014 and 2018.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” tumbles from the top (1-4) as New Zealand producer Jawsh 685 (aka Joshua Stylah) and U.S. R&B singer Jason Derulo see their “Savage Love” mount a comeback, rising 2-1. Its five non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 now equals OMC’s “How Bizarre” from April 1996 for the longest run at the top of the chart by a Kiwi artist.

DaBaby’s “Rockstar” (Interscope) featuring Roddy Ricch improves 5-2 while Billie Eilish earns her stop Top Ten single for 2020 with “My Future” (Interscope).  It’s new at No. 3. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has ten career Top Ten singles in Australia, her most recent with the James Bond theme “No Time To Die,” which blasted to No. 4 in February 2020.

Finally, U.K. chart-leader Joel Corry and MNEK’s “Head & Heart” (Neon/Universal) makes its first appearance on the Australian list. It’s new at No. 20.

‘WAP’ Is All Too Real for Cardi B: ‘You Saw What Happened to Me’

Cardi B’s been holding nothing back in this weekend’s “WAP” chatter.

The rapper retweeted and offered entertaining commentary about her new track with Megan Thee Stallion throughout Saturday and Sunday, as famous peers like Christina Aguilera, Normani, HalseyHalle BerryViola Davis and more joined in on the #WAP talk.

Things turned a little personal for Cardi when she responded to one fan quoting a certain lyric from “WAP.”

“‘WAP, make that pullout game weak!’ Is a cute flex and all until …” Twitter user @awkward_duck, posing for a selfie with a pregnant belly, wrote.

“you saw what happened to me,” Cardi, who welcomed baby Kulture with Offset in 2018, admitted with some crying emojis.

“Lol! This really put icing on the announcement, thanks @iamcardib – gonna go stream WAP 20 more times.” she wrote back.

See the “WAP”-inspired pregnancy reveal and Cardi’s tweet below.

Heather Morris, Grieving the Death of Naya Rivera, Reflects On Brittany & Santana’s ‘Glee’ Relationship

Glee star Heather Morris — who portrayed Brittany S. Pierce, the love interest of Naya Rivera’s Santana Lopez character on the Fox musical comedy series — held back tears as she looked back at the couple’s relationship, a month after Rivera’s tragic death.

“I have been feeling very heavy lately,” Morris said in a video posted on Instagram Sunday (Aug. 9). “I’ve been feeling this like aching in my heart to connect with my fans, to connect with everybody who’s been feeling a little lost, a little confused during this time.”

“I don’t need to explain what the importance of Santana and Brittany’s relationship was to all of you who are watching because most of you felt like it was your gateway into your current life. Most of you felt like it was an inspiration to become your best self. I want you to know that that was never lost on me. It was never lost on Naya,” said the actress of her late friend and co-star, who died at the age of 33 in a drowning at the Lake Piru, Calif., lake where she went missing while boating with her 4-year-old son.

Of the “Brittana” story arc, Morris said, “We both knew how special that was. I think she knew a little bit more than I did.”

She continued: “I really felt it a lot later with all the messages and all the people reaching out, and I knew the writers also knew that as well. They were basically writing for the fans.”

“I felt a really deep need to connect to all of you right now,” Morris said, her eyes watering, “because I just know how important our relationship was to you all. And I know a lot of you feel very lost and very far away from what happened, maybe a little bit confused. And that’s completely normal. But I felt like it owed it to you guys because I think the fans were such a huge impact on our storyline, and I want to thank you all for being such advocates and so supportive of Santana and Brittany’s relationship because without you guys it never would have existed. You guys helped create something for the writers. and for Naya and I, that made an impact that will last for a lifetime and beyond then.”

“So I want to thank everyone here watching,” she said, “and I want to thank all the fans for your love and support. I want you to know that we are all here with you, that grief looks different on everybody and I want you to be gentle and kind to yourself during this time. I think maybe a lot of you feel very far away. I’m hoping that this message might help you feel a little closer.”

Morris shared a coping method that has been helpful to her while in mourning.

“Something that’s helped me is to write a letter, talk to her,” she said of maintaining a connection with Rivera.

Watch her video message below.

Christina Aguilera Is ‘Feelin’ Some Type of Way’ About Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’

“WAP” is bringing out “Dirrty”-era Christina Aguilera.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s hot new song got Xtina cooling off in the pool in a sexy pose this weekend.

“#WAP got me feelin some type of way,” she captioned a photo on Twitter Saturday (Aug. 8).

The sizzling snapshot caught Cardi’s eye. “I want to be that pool tho,” the rapper commented.

The “WAP” appreciation thread didn’t end there, though. By Sunday, Aguilera found a fan edit of the music video that ended with her own arrival on the scene.

“Whoever made this… got me crackin up,” she posted with fire emojis.

Check out her “WAP”-inspired picture on Twitter, and see her surprise appearance in the visual below.

Beyonce’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200 After ‘Black Is King’ Premiere

Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 10, following the July 31 premiere of Black Is King on Disney+.

The set earned 27,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 6 (up 1,462%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The album originally debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Aug. 3, 2019-dated chart.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Aug. 15-dated chart (where The Lion King: The Gift re-enters at No. 10) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Aug. 11.

Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and was written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé. The Lion King: The Gift album also benefits from its reissue on July 31 with three additional tracks.

The Lion King: The Gift album was first released on July 19, 2019, as a companion project to last year’s film remake of The Lion King (in which Beyoncé voices the character Nala).

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Rules at No. 1 for Second Week on Billboard 200 Chart

Taylor Swift’s Folklore holds atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, earning 135,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 6, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The set is down 84% from its opening of 846,000 units – the biggest week for any album in 2020.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Aug. 15-dated chart (where Folklore remains at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Aug. 11.

Of Folklore’s second-week units, SEA units comprise 102,000 (down 53%), album sales total 30,000 (down 95%) and TEA units equal 3,000 (down 81%).

A pair of former No. 1s are next on the Billboard 200, as Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon climbs 4-2 with 97,000 equivalent album units (though down 9%) and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die is steady at No. 3 with 88,000 units (down 18%). The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical rises one spot to No. 4 with 66,000 units (down 7%). Lil Baby’s former leader My Turn ascends 7-5 with 50,000 units (down 5%).

DaBaby’s Blame It on Baby returns to the top 10, skipping 11-6 with 43,000 equivalent album units (up 47%), after the album was reissued on Aug. 4 with 10 additional tracks. The LP debuted at No. 1 on the May 2-dated tally.

Blame It on Baby is one of at least 10 R&B and hip-hop albums released in 2020 that have been reissued in a deluxe format with additional tracks. It most recently follows reissues of Lil Durk’s Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 (released May 8; reissued June 26 with seven additional tracks), Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (released July 3; reissued July 20 with 15 additional tracks), Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo (released March 6; reissued July 17 with nine additional tracks) and Gunna’s Wunna (released on May 22; reissued on July 24 with eight additional tracks).

Back on the new Billboard 200, Harry Styles’ former No. 1 Fine Line captures its third straight weekly unit gain, as it climbs 10-7 with 39,000 equivalent album units earned (up 26%). The rise is concurrent with focused promotion around the album’s current hit single “Watermelon Sugar.”

Gunna’s previous leader Wunna slips 6-8 with just under 39,000 equivalent album units (down 42%) and Post Malone’s former No. 1 Hollywood’s Bleeding is a non-mover at No. 9 with 33,000 units (down 1%).

Beyoncé closes out the top 10, as her album The Lion King: The Gift re-enters the chart at No. 10 with 27,000 equivalent album units earned (up 1,462%). The album originally debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Aug. 3, 2019-dated chart.

The Lion King: The Gift surges back onto the chart following the July 31 premiere of Black Is King on Disney+.

Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and was written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé.

The Lion King: The Gift album also benefits from its reissue on July 31 with three additional tracks. The Lion King: The Gift album was first released on July 19, 2019, as a companion project to last year’s film remake of The Lion King (in which Beyoncé voices the character Nala).