Metallica Rock Australia’s Albums Chart With ‘S&M2’

Metallica come out swinging on Australia’s albums chart as S&M2 (Virgin/Universal) bows at No. 1, while Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” (Atlantic/Warner) enters a third straight week atop the national singles survey.

More than 20 years after Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony led the ARIA Albums Chart with S&M, the unlikely partnership yields another leader.

The live compilation, recorded last September at San Francisco’s Chase Center, gives Metallica their seventh No. 1 album Down Under following Metallica (August 1991), Load (June 1996), S&M (November 1999), St. Anger (June 2003), Death Magnetic (September 2008), Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (2016).

New mom Katy Perry returns to the top tier of the albums chart with Smile (Capitol/EMI), new at No. 2. It’s the followup to her 2017 album Witness, which also peaked at No. 2. The U.S. pop star has topped the ARIA Albums Chart twice, with Teenage Dream (2010) and Prism (2013), and hit No. 2 with four other titles.

Sydney singer and songwriter Josh Pyke earns a sixth Top Ten on the albums survey with Rome (Wonderlick/Sony), his first studio LP in five years. It’s new at No. 8.

Another veteran Australian artist Diesel impacts the Top 10 on debut as Sunset Suburbia (Bloodlines/Universal) starts at No. 10. It’s Diesel’s highest entry since Solid State Rhyme also peaked at No. 10 in November 1994.

This week’s chart is notable for the domination of Universal Music Australia, which bags eight of the Top 10 and ten of the Top 12 recordings, as The KillersImploding The Mirage (Island/Universal) dips 1-11 and British electronic music duo Disclosure start one place behind with Energy (Island/Universal), their third album.

One-time ARIA Female Artist or the Year winner Megan Washington returns to the national albums survey with Batflowers (Island/Universal), new at No. 23. It’s Washington’s third studio effort, and the follow-up to There There, which peaked at No. 5 in September 2014.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion make it three in a row with “WAP”.

Of the three female-led hip-hop songs to hit the summit, only Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” has logged more time at the top with four weeks.

The week’s highest new entry is a joint venture, Blackpink and Selena Gomez’s “Ice Cream” (Interscope/Universal) at No. 16, while Calvin Harris & The Weeknd are close behind with “Over Now” (Universal/Sony), new at No. 17.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ Becomes First-Ever No. 1 Female Rap Collab In U.K.

It took four weeks to get there, but Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” (Atlantic) is now the U.K.’s best-selling single.

The U.S. hip-hop artists’ hit lifts 2-1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, to become the first-ever female rap collaboration to go to the summit in that territory.

After two weeks at No. 2, the track snags 65,000 charts sales, including 8.5 million streams, to take the title, the Official Charts Company reports.

It’s a person best for both artists. Cardi’s previous peak on the U.K. chart was No. 5 for 2018’s “Finesse,” her collab with Bruno Mars. Megan’s previous high point was a No. 3 for “Savage” in May of this year.

“WAP” is just the second female-led single to hit the top this year, following Lady Gaga’s “Rain On Me” featuring Ariana Grande in May.

You’d have to go back to September 2014 for the last all-female collaboration to hit No. 1, Jessie J, Grande and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang”.

The highest new entry on the current frame belongs to Calvin Harris and The Weeknd, as their team-up “Over Now” (Columbia/Republic Records/XO) starts at No. 33. It’s Harris’ 35th Top 40 entry as a named artist and The Weeknd’s 23rd.

Also, Blackpink and Selena Gomez impact the Top 40 with their collab “Ice Cream” (Interscope). It’s new at No. 39. Prior to their latest treat, the K-pop quartet tallied four Top 40s, and Gomez had 17.

Over on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, London rapper and songwriter Nines earns his first No. 1 as Crabs in a Bucket (Warner Records) wins a tight battle with Metallica’s S&M2 (Vertigo).

Crabs pulls away in the last 24 hours to finish nearly 2,000 chart sales ahead of Metallica’s live set, according to the OCC.

Just 5,000 chart sales separate the all-new Top 5, as jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s sixth studio effort All Rise (Blue Note) opens at No. 3; electronic duo Disclosure bow at No. 4 with Energy (Island), their third effort; and Katy Perry starts at No. 5 with Smile (EMI), for her fourth consecutive Top 10 album. It’s Perry’s best chart position since 2013’s Prism hit No. 1.

Cardi B Speaks Out About Harassment From Trump Supporters, Including One Who Tried to ‘Dox My Home’

Cardi B went live on Instagram to explain why she’ll continue to speak out against Donald Trump and why she will keep encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming election.

“I’m not gonna show my face on this video. I look like shit, I feel like s—. I’m a little sick,” she began during the unplanned live session Sunday night (Sept. 6), prompted by a Twitter tussle with conservative activist and Trump supporter Candace Owens.

“It’s not a secret that I use my platform for people to vote. I love politics. I endorse the Democratic party. Everybody knows I don’t f— with Trump like that,” Cardi said on Instagram Live.

The rapper then opened up about dealing with harassment from Trump followers.

“They be degrading me,” she said. “They be making fun of me. I ignore them. I don’t give a f—. Let me tell you something. S— gets so intense that a Trump supporter posted my address and encouraged people to dox my home, to put my house on fire. I literally hired a private investigator, and serve them with a warrant and arrest this boy. This boy was a f—ing teenager. His parents were f—ing shook.”

She then responded to Owens’ comments about Cardi’s recent interview with Joe Biden. “Joe Biden used you. Bernie Sanders used you. Neither one of them like or know your music. They think you’re dumb,” Owens tweeted on Sunday. “When you stick to music, you can get left alone. When you dabble in politics, you will get called out for platforming ignorance,” Owens said in another tweet.

“Just like I can make people pop their pussy and have a good time, and make them feel like a bad b—-, I can also encourage millions of followers to go vote,” Cardi pointed out on her live video.

“You’re saying Joe Biden is pandering because he’s using a popular figure like me,” said Cardi. “But your president, the guy that you f—ing love so much, he panders as well too.”

“Let me tell you something, b—-,” she continued. “I pay so much money in taxes. I’m a good American.”

Cardi then brought up a video that her sister Hennessy sent her. In the clip, a white couple at a Hamptons beach is seen arguing with her “because they are a Afro/Hispanic gay couple.”

The rapper said, “No matter how much money I make, no matter how hard I work, I can’t be a f—ing free American. My sister can’t be a f—ing free American. You got this f—ing Trump supporting family harassing two lesbians. The f—?”

“I’m gonna keep telling my millions of followers to vote until we get your president out of here,” Cardi promised before going back to drinking some chicken noodle soup. “I’m tired of this.”

Listen to her full talk below, followed by Owens’ own Instagram Live response. “You continually keep saying you have a No. 1 song. It means s—,” Owens said back to her. “Nobody cares about a song about your ‘wet ass pussy.’ Excuse my language for my followers … That has nothing to do with Black America and whether or not you are helping or hurting.”

“You hate Trump because they told you to hate Trump … You just think you’re supposed to because you’re a puppet,” she said to Cardi.

Justin Bieber Covers K-Ci & JoJo’s ‘All My Life’: Watch

Justin Bieber threw it back to the ’90s with an impromptu, shirtless cover of K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life.”

The star of “Popstar” shared a video of himself playing the R&B ballad at the piano on Sunday (Sept. 6).

“Not sure I nailed the words but u get the vibe,” Bieber captioned the Instagram clip, which was filmed by Alfredo Flores.

In the video, he’s seen performing the chorus of the single off of 1997’s Love Always: “All my life I’ve prayed for someone like you/ And I thank God that I, that I finally found you/ All my life I’ve prayed for someone like you/ And I hope that you feel the same way too,” he croons.

Watch Bieber’s “All My Life” cover below.

Taylor Swift Ties Whitney Houston for Most Weeks at No. 1 Among Women in Billboard 200’s History

Taylor Swift’s Folklore collects its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the album with the most weeks atop the list in nearly four years. The set earned 90,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 3 (down 8 percent), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Folklore now has the most weeks at No. 1 since Drake’s Views ruled for 13 nonconsecutive weeks on the charts dated May 21-Oct. 8, 2016. Plus, Swift ties Whitney Houston for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 among women — more on that in just a moment.

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 Sept. 12-dated chart (where Folklore spends a sixth week at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Wednesday, Sept. 9 (a day later than usual, due to the Monday, Sept. 7 Labor Day holiday in the U.S.). For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Folklore’s units earned in the tracking week ending Sept. 3, album sales comprise 51,000 (down 2 percent), SEA units comprise 38,000 (down 15 percent) and TEA units total 1,000 (down 14 percent).

Swift Ties Whitney Houston: With Folklore’s sixth week at No. 1, Swift’s cumulative weeks at No. 1, across all of her seven chart-topping albums, now rises to 46. That ties Whitney Houston for the most weeks atop the chart by a woman in history. Houston landed four No. 1 albums: her self-titled debut (14 weeks at No. 1 in 1986), her sophomore effort Whitney (11 in 1987), The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 in 1992-93) and I Look to You (one week in 2009).

After Swift and Houston, Adele has the next-most weeks at No. 1 among women, with 34 weeks from her two No. 1s: 21 (24 in 2011-12) and 25 (10 in 2015-16).

The all-time leader with the most weeks at No. 1 is The Beatles, with 132 weeks at No. 1 across their 19 leaders.

Swift Leads 2020: With a sixth week at No. 1, Folklore surpasses Lil Baby’s My Turn for the most weeks at No. 1 in 2020. In addition, Folklore has the most weeks in a row atop the list since Views spent its first nine weeks at No. 1 in 2016.

Folklore also has the most weeks at No. 1 for any non-R&B/hip-hop album, or an album by a woman, since Adele’s 25 tallied 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 between Dec. 12, 2015, and March 12, 2016. Folklore also has the most weeks in a row for either a non-R&B/hip-hop set or an album by a woman since 25 notched its first seven weeks at No. 1 (Dec. 12, 2015 – Jan. 23, 2016).

Swift Meets The Beatles: Folklore is Swift’s fifth album to log at least six weeks at No. 1, making her one of just two acts to have at least five albums each with six weeks at No. 1. Only The Beatles also managed the feat.

Swift previously spent six weeks at No. 1 with, in descending order of weeks at No. 1, 1989 (11 in 2014-15), Fearless (11 in 2008-09), Red (seven in 2012-13) and Speak Now (six in 2010-11). The Beatles did it with 12 of their 19 No. 1s albums: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (15 weeks in 1967), the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack (14 weeks in 1964), Meet the Beatles! (11 weeks in 1964), Abbey Road (11 weeks in 1969-70), Beatles ’65 (nine weeks in 1965), the Help!  soundtrack (nine weeks in 1965), The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) (nine weeks in 1968-69), the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack (eight weeks in 1968), the 1 greatest hits compilation (eight weeks in 2000-01), Beatles VI (six weeks in 1965), Rubber Soul (six weeks in 1966) and Revolver (six weeks in 1966).

Following Folklore on the new Billboard 200 are a pair of former No. 1s, as Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon holds at No. 2 (77,000 equivalent album units earned, down 6 percent) and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die is a non-mover at No. 3 (64,000 units; down 9 percent).

Metallica debuts at No. 4 with the rock band’s new live effort S&M2, a co-billed project with the San Francisco Symphony. The set, which is a sequel to 1999’s No. 2-peaking S&M, bows with 56,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that figure, album sales total 53,000, SEA units equal 3,000 (translating to 3.6 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks in the tracking week) and TEA units represent a negligible figure.

S&M2 is Metallica’s 11th top 10 album, and also makes the act the first group (and third act overall) with at least one new top 10 album in each of the last five decades.Metallica logged one top 10 in the ‘80s (…And Justice for All, No. 6 in 1988), five in the ‘90s (the No. 1 self-titled set in 1991; Load, No. 1 in 1996; Reload, No. 1 in 1997; Garage Inc., No. 2 in 1998 and S&M, No. 2 in 1999), two in the ‘00s (St. Anger, No. 1 in 2003 and Death Magnetic, No. 1 in 2008), two in the ‘10s (Metallica: Through the Never, No. 9 in 2013 and Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, No. 1 in 2016) and now one in the ‘20s with S&M2.

The only other acts with at least one new top 10 album in each decade from the ‘80s through ‘20s are James Taylor and Ozzy Osbourne.

Katy Perry’s new album Smile launches at No. 5 with 50,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales total 35,000 (aided by merchandise/album bundles sold via Perry’s official webstore), SEA units equal 14,000 (translating to 19 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs in the tracking week) and TEA units total 2,000.

Smile is Perry’s fifth top 10 effort, following Witness (No. 1 in 2017), Prism (No. 1, 2013), Teenage Dream (No. 1, 2010) and One of the Boys (No. 9, 2008).

With Swift and Perry at Nos. 1 and 5, respectively, it’s the first time two albums by solo women (or acts led by or comprised entirely of women) have been in the top five together in seven months. It last occurred on the Feb. 8-dated chart, when Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was No. 3 while Halsey’s Manic was No. 4.

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical slips 4-6 with 48,000 equivalent album units (down 6 percent), while Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn descends 6-7 with 42,000 units (down 3 percent). Rod Wave’s Pray 4 Love dips 7-8 with 36,000 units (down 9 percent) and DaBaby’s previous No. 1 Blame it On Baby is steady at No. 9 with 32,000 units (down 5 percent).

The final debut in the top 10 is from the production collective Internet Money, whose B4 the Storm arrives at No. 10 with 31,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that starting sum, SEA units equal 30,000 (translating to 41.1 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks in the tracking week), album sales total a little under 1,000 and TEA units equal a negligible sum.

B4 the Storm is a feature-laden affair, boasting guests such as Future, Juice WRLD, Wiz Khalifa, The Kid Laroi, Lil Tecca, NAV, Swae Lee and Trippie Redd.

Amanda Kloots Remembers Nick Cordero Ahead of His Public Memorial: ‘There Isn’t a Day I Haven’t Missed You’

Amanda Kloots is remembering her late husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, on the two-month anniversary of his death.

The 38-year-old fitness instructor took to Instagram on Saturday (Sept. 5) to share a touching message about Cordero, who died on July 5 from COVID-19 complications at age 41.

“You’ve been gone two months today. There isn’t a day I haven’t missed you, cried for you and wished I could go back in time,” Kloots captioned a photo of herself with Cordero.

On Sunday, the Broadway community will celebrate Cordero’s life in an exclusive memorial tribute that fans can partake in. Theater-focused streaming platform Broadway On Demand will air the free ceremony at 7 p.m. ET.

Kloots encouraged her husband’s fans to participate in the public memorial.

“There has been so much love going into making this memorial as special as Nick was. Thank you to any and all who gave their time and talent so graciously,” she wrote.

Cordero’s former castmates in A Bronx Tale, Bullets Over Broadway, The Toxic Avenger, Rock of Ages and Waitress are slated to make special performances. The event will also feature photos, videos and commentary from those he grew up with and worked with.

See Kloots’ pull tribute to her late husband here.

Sech, ASH & More Set For Billboard Live At-Home Sessions: See Schedule

It may be a shorter work week due to Labor Day Monday, but Billboard is still giving you a full slate of performances for our Live At-Home concert series, which streams live on Billboard’s Facebook page.

The week kicks off with not one but two performances on Tuesday (Sept. 8). Rockers ASH — known for their 1996 hit “Goldfinger” — will start off the day. Sech — who recently released a remix of his track “Relacion” featuring Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Rosalia and Farruko — performs later in the day. On Wednesday, Rebelution takes the home stage, and singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker wraps up the week’s performances on Thursday.

See the full schedule below, and check back after the sets to revisit the performances.

Tuesday (Sept. 8)
ASH — 1 p.m. ET

Sech — 3 p.m. ET

Wednesday (Sept. 9)
Rebelution — 1 p.m. ET

Thursday (Sept. 10)
Jeremy Zucker — 1 p.m. ET

The Billboard Live At-Home concert series launched at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The series has been raising funds for non-profits chosen by the artists who have participated. So far, the At-Home concerts have benefited MusiCares, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels and many more.