After Harry Styles nabbed his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week (dated Aug. 15), he became the second former One Direction member to have a No. 1 hit after Zayn. So who’s next from the bunch?
Louis Tomlinson recently parted ways with Simon Cowell’s Syco label after signing a solo recording contract with them back in 2017. “I’m really excited for the future and to be back in the studio writing the next album,” Tomlinson wrote on Twitter while announcing the news. After his Walls debut LP debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, which gave Arista Records its first top 10 album in nine years, he might be making some more serious chart moves in the next chapter of his career.
So who’s going to get that Hot 100 No. 1 song next? Vote below!
Jasmine Thompson, Niki DeMartino and Mali Music are partnering with Billboard for this week’s Billboard’s Live At-Home sessions, providing fans with quarantine entertainment while benefiting some worthy causes.
English singer-songwriter Jasmine Thompson kicks off the week of performances on Tuesday (Aug. 11) at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT, with her mini-concert benefitting The Trevor Project. YouTube star/rising pop singer Niki DeMartino performs Wednesday (Aug. 12) at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT, also benefitting The Trevor Project, and Mali Music brings his blend of gospel and hip-hop to you on Thursday (Aug. 13) at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT (his benefit charity will be announced soon).
Each week of quarantine, artists performing Billboard Live At-Home mini-concerts select a nonprofit to donate proceeds of the livestream to in an effort to help those most affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In past weeks, money from the Billboard Live At-Home series has been raised for charities like Meals on Wheels America, Downtown Women’s Center, My Friend’s Place and Feeding America.
Check out this week’s schedule below and watch the performances on Billboard’s Facebook page.
Tuesday (August 11)
1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT – Jasmine Thompson
Wednesday (August 12)
1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT – Niki DeMartino
Thursday (August 13)
1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT – Mali Music
Nick Cannon made his first appearance on a Jewish program Monday afternoon (Aug. 10) to unpack his personal atonement following his anti-Semitic comments. He also discussed better understanding of where the Jewish and Black communities can come together, especially regarding his personal intersection.
ViacomCBS severed ties with Cannon following a June 30-dated episode of the Cannon’s Class podcast where he made anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories during his interview with Richard Griffin, aka Professor Griff, who was pushed out of the prominent rap group Public Enemy in the late 1980s after making anti-Semitic comments in interviews. The podcast and TV show host later issued a public apology on Twitter on July 15 regarding “the hurtful and divisive words” he said during the segment with Griffin.
Cannon joined Rabbi Noam Marans, the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, for an hour-long Zoom call this afternoon to discuss how he’s continuing to do the work to address anti-Semitism.
Cannon explained how he’s been expanding his initial apology into atonement by his education and actions, which include reading books like Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History; attending a Shabbat dinner; and potentially building Black and Jewish community centers in disenfranchised communities with American-Israeli pro basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire. “Apology is a step, but atonement is a process,” Cannon told Rabbi Marans.
“If my goal truly is to break down the walls and barriers amongst communities and bring us closer together, it truly is time to get rid of all of the things that divide us and utilize this moment. I’ll be that sacrificial lamb if I have to be that person that stands firm….” the 39-year-old star said. “A lot of people may have been upset that I apologized, but I feel like that’s what someone of true character is actually supposed to do when they hurt someone. And now, let’s get through this process of truth and reconciliation.”
Rabbi Marans mentioned the commonality in hate crime statistics between the Jewish community and the Black community. He said that Jewish people are “the most attacked people on the basis of faith,” while Black people are “the most attacked people on the basis of race.” Cannon built on the Rabbi’s comment on their communities’ similar oppression by saying they can’t be simplified into hashtags and how social media can reduce the weight of these issues as opposed to amplify them. But he did tap on his fellow members of Hollywood to meaningfully tap their mics regarding this issue, after someone asked how pop culture titans can be enlisted in the building bridges exercise.
“I’ll be the, for the lack of a better term, the sacrificial lamb in this process as a member of the entertainment community,” Cannon said, while revealing he tried stopping celebrities who came to his defense following his podcast episode controversy. “But what I did tell them… I was like, ‘Let’s clear the air and let’s atone first. And then, let’s, through our influence with the right words, the correct terminology, let’s talk about truly bringing light to how we can operate as one.'”
He continued: “We have to control the narrative. The narrative has been controlled with supremacy for far too long. So now we have to take it back and put it into our music, we have to put it into our movies, we have to put it into our documentaries, we have to put it into our social media…. I actually don’t even consider myself a leader, I consider myself a member of the community. And I don’t consider myself a celebrity either, because a celebrity is one who is celebrated, and right now I don’t need to be celebrated. Right now, it’s time for me to be a student….”
Cannon said he’s currently studying at his alma mater Howard University’s School of Divinity to get his Ph.D. in efforts to become a theologian. But he learned something new from his own family when coming to terms with his own anti-Semitic comments.
“My mother has been calling me every single day since this has happened with so much family history…. My great-grandfather was a Spanish Rabbi. He’s a Sephardic Jewish man,” he revealed. “So as much heat as I’ve been catching from the public and the outside, this hit home for my family in a real way because I come from a Black and Jewish family on my mother’s side.”
When someone asked about publicly calling out Louis Farrakhan, the current leader of the Nation of Islam who has also been condemned for his public anti-Semitic comments, Cannon only went as far to condemn his comments and not the Black religious leader himself because “God has never given me the power to throw away or condemn anyone.”
“Some of our great [Black] leaders have been called anti-Semitic: Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King[, Jr.], Malcolm X, James Baldwin, the list goes on,” he said. “When you see someone like Minister Farrakhan, who to our community has been a leader,… but the words and the demagoguery and the hate speech that… the Jewish community has experienced, I can never stand for anything hateful…. I can’t ever throw away a leader to the Black community.”
But Rabbi Marans expressed dissatisfaction with Cannon’s response because he roots the podcast host’s troublesome anti-Semitic comments in “the narratives that you had heard from others as your leaders,” he said. “And therefore, because you have gone down this road, you have a responsibility I think to call it out.”
Watch Cannon’s hour-long conversation with Rabbi Marans on AJC’s Facebook Live below.
Carson Glenn Pace sent out a simple tweet over the weekend that read, “Hey there Delilah heard you got that wet a– p—y,” referring to what “WAP” actually stands for.
The tweet quickly went viral, with more than 63,000 retweets and comments at the time of publication, sharing approval for the racy twist on the otherwise pure 2006 hit. “You’re a thousand miles away, but I know it’s still so gushy yes I do,” another tweeter added to the new verse, with another replying, “Nobody throws it back like yooouuuu, I swear it’s true.”
Cardi B herself saw the tweet, and was equally as amused as her fans. “Thur [sic] is sooo fuvkin [sic] funny,” she wrote.
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” posts an unprecedented 21st week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart as the hit single retains the top slot on the list dated Aug. 15. “Lights” overtakes a trio of tracks that shared the previous record of 20 weeks – Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, The Weeknd’s own “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” – since the ranking began in 2012.
As “Lights” shines, here’s a look at the tracks with the longest runs at No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs:
Weeks at No. 1, Song Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
21, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, March 7, 2020
20, “One Dance,” Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, May 7, 2016
20, “Starboy,” The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, Oct. 15, 2016
20, “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, March 4, 2017
19, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, June 1, 2013
18, “Talk,” Khalid, May 4, 2019
17, “Diamonds,” Rihanna, Oct. 20, 2012
15, “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, Feb. 2, 2013
15, “Wild Thoughts,” DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, July 15, 2017
15, “Better,” Khalid, Jan. 19, 2012
The Weeknd’s superstar status, unsurprisingly, has translated into “Lights” enjoying strong success with each of the three tracking metrics that factor into the Hot R&B Songs chart’s calculation: radio airplay, song sales and streaming.
In the airplay realm, “Lights” has another landmark week, as it ties the record for most weeks leading the all-genre Radio Songs chart (all airplay, regardless of format, factors into Hot R&B Songs). The airplay strength has come from multiple genre formats, as “Lights” ruled the Pop Songs airplay chart for six weeks between April and July and climbed to No. 2 on Rhythmic Songs in April.
“Lights” has racked up 19 weeks and counting at No. 1 on the R&B Streaming Songs chart, the fourth-longest run since the list began in 2013. The Weeknd owns three of those four spots, including current champ “The Hills,” which clocked 27 weeks in 2015-16.
Digital sales, too, have been consistently reliable, with “Lights” leading the R&B Digital Song Sales ranking for 21 nonconsecutive weeks since its first visit to the summit in late February. This week, it scores its latest frame at No. 1 with 9,000 sales – more than double its nearest competition, Chris Brown and Young Thug’s “Go Crazy” and its 4,000 downloads.