Here’s Who Kamala Harris Thinks Is the ‘Best Rapper Alive’

For Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Tupac “lives on.”

That’s why she deemed him the “best rapper alive” during the NAACP’s virtual convention Friday (Sept. 25).  CNN’s Angela Rye, who moderated the event, then reminded the California senator that has been dead since 1996.

“I keep doing that,” Harris laughed in response.

“Listen, West Coast girls think Tupac lives on. I’m with you,” Rye agreed, before asking the VP nominee to pick another rapper. While Harris admitted there are “so many” rappers she likes, she also expressed that there are others “I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane.”

While Harris didn’t mention any names specifically, viewers believed she was throwing subtle shade at Kanye West, who announced a presidential bid this summer.

This TikTok Has Everyone Listening to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ Again

Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” cruised to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. Forty-three years later, TikTok user @420doggface208 is jamming to the hit while cruising on his skateboard, and it’s gaining rotation again.

In the short clip that’s already received 2.7 million views on the social platform, he’s seen boarding on the road, lip-syncing to “Dreams” and drinking from an entire bottle of cranberry juice.

As if the multitasking wasn’t impressive enough, the possibility for the song’s return to the Billboard charts is incredibly high after a meme using the same Rumors hit caused the British-American rockers to re-enter the Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 14 in 2018.

Enjoy the latest meme soundtracked by Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” here.

Vin Diesel Debuts First Single ‘Feel Like I Do’ on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show,’ Thanks to Kygo

As Vin Diesel navigates 2020 away from the Fast and Furious set, he video chatted Kelly Clarkson on her show Thursday (Sept. 24) from a recording studio to premiere his debut single “Feel Like I Do” in collaboration with Kygo.

“Feel Like I Do” is the first solo single by the action movie star and according to Diesel, the first song on Kygo’s record label Palm Tree Records. And the tropical house track is perfect to listen to with palm trees swaying in the breeze, but that wasn’t quite the setting for its worldwide debut.

Spaced out video panels on the set of Clarkson’s NBC daytime talk show displayed the usual dancing audience members from their homes, a venue where Diesel felt “honored” to host the first listen of his song. “Kelly, I am so honored to be able to debut my music on your show,” the 53-year-old actor said in a special video message,” because you, since you first won Idol, and till today have somehow maintained your authenticity, I am blessed that on a year that I would normally be on a movie set,… I have another creative outlet.”

He also applauded the Norwegian DJ-producer for being “one of the people that first believed in me.” The bromance between these two has been brewing for quite some time, especially after the Fast and Furious star hopped on a remix of Kygo and Selena Gomez’s “It Ain’t Me” hit.

Diesel hinted at swerving out of his lane and into a recording booth more often while appearing on The Late Late Show With James Corden in March, when he dropped the bombshell that he’s planning to drop a full-length album.

“I gotta be honest with you, James, my kids love when I sing and they love it so much…. It’s kinda like J.R.R. Tolkien, you know?” Diesel beamed with excitement. “He started telling his kids little stories about hobbits and then next thing you know, here we are on The Lord of the Rings. I have a little bit of that in me.”

Watch Diesel’s premiere of his debut single “Feel Like I Do” on The Kelly Clarkson Show and listen to it below.

Let’s Go! See Which Rapper Will Take Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ to New Heights With a New Remix

Dua Lipa already brought The Blessed Madonna, Madonna and Missy Elliott up with her on the remix of “Levitating.” So who’s hoping aboard next?

DaBaby will next for the song’s second remix on Friday, Oct. 2, according to the Future Nostalgia star’s social media today (Sept. 25). He reshared her Instagram on his Story Friday, writing “BOOM” with a rocket emoji. Maybe Billboard Baby will help give her hit the lift-off it needs to go No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The first remix of the song came off her and The Blessed Madonna’s Club Future Nostalgia album, which blasted atop Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

Check out Lipa’s “Levitating” remix announcement below.

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BTS, JoBros & More: Who Should Win Top Duo/Group at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards? Vote!

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards are right around the corner, and there are five duos/groups vying for top honors. But who do you think deserves it the most?

If BTS wins, the K-pop septet will become the first group to do so two years in a row since the former British boy band One Direction from 2015-2016. Following their epic reunion last year, the Jonas Brothers tie fellow top duo/group nominees Dan + Shay for the most nods with four — top artist, top duo/group, top radio songs artist and top radio song for “Sucker.” The country-pop duo is also up for top country artist, top country duo/group and top country song for “10,000 Hours” with fellow BBMAs nominee Justin Bieber.

And hey look Ma, Panic! At the Disco also made it into the category as well as Maroon 5.

So which duo/group should win top honors at the 2020 BBMAs? Vote below!

Metallica Rules Top Facebook Live Videos Chart With Final #MetallicaMondays Video

Metallica’s final installment of Metallica Mondays on Facebook Live finds the band going out on top, as the rockers rule Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart for August 2020.

The chart, the latest of which recaps August 2020 activity, is a monthly look at the widest-reaching and most-reacted-to videos posted by musicians on Facebook Live, as tracked by media analytics company Shareablee. Rankings are determined by a formula that blends reactions, comments, shares and first-seven-days views.

Posted Aug. 25, Metallica’s final (at least for now) Metallica Mondays video featured the band’s March 3, 2017, concert from Mexico City.

Metallica’s upload paced the field for August 2020 in first-seven-days views (1.5 million), comments (23,000) and shares (20,000), according to Shareablee. It was also reacted to 52,000 times.

The week’s victor in reactions, meanwhile, was Larry Hernandez, whose Aug. 26 post racked up 78,000 reactions. Hernandez’s video prominently featured his new daughter, Dalett, who was born earlier this year.

See the full top 10, also featuring videos from Garth Brooks, Prince Royce and more, below.

10. Garth Brooks

9. Grupo5

8. Larry Hernandez

7. Garth Brooks

6. Garth Brooks

5. Luke Bryan

4. La Sonora Dinamita

3. Prince Royce

2. Larry Hernandez

1. Metallica

Strictly Discs in Wisconsin, in a Pandemic: ‘People Are Cautiously Optimistic and Pleasantly Surprised’

In October 1988, Angie Roloff and her husband Ron opened Strictly Discs in Madison, Wisconsin, after Ron left a career in the biomedical research field to pursue his love of music full time. Nearly 31 years later, the couple made the difficult decision to shutter in-store operations due to COVID-19, roughly a week before Governor Tony Evers forced a mandatory shutdown of all non-essential businesses. Now that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned Evers’ stay-at-home order — ruling it “unlawful” and “unenforceable” — the Roloffs and their employees have reopened the store.

As part of Billboard’s efforts to best cover the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on the music industry, we will be speaking with Roloff regularly to chronicle her experience throughout the crisis. (Read the previous installment here and see the full series here.)

I was reading that Wisconsin set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases the other day. Does that worry you?

It definitely does. I have tried to take a little bit of a different approach as far as trying not to go down the rabbit hole of reading too much and getting too worried, because I know I can’t necessarily impact that change, and I just try to focus as much as I can on what’s positive. Otherwise I do kind of tend to get myself worked up and stressed and depressed in a way that isn’t necessarily productive. But certainly nothing seems to be going in the direction we all want.

I do feel like part of it is just kids being back at school, right?

It sure seems like it. And I know the university has even messaged students in the last couple days, threatening that they might have to take more severe actions if things don’t start to move in the right direction. So we’ll see when and if some of those decisions come down. But then they’re gonna play football, so the whole thing is confusing. Something like 42 of our football players have tested positive [for the coronavirus], so it makes you scratch your head a little bit on how this is gonna work. I worry about the long term effect [of the virus] on some of these kids, but I know a lot of them want to play because they’re scholarship kids and they want to prove themselves and I totally understand that too.

Last time we spoke, you said that you’d noticed a little bit of an improvement in delivery times for the post office. I’m wondering if anything’s changed since then.

No, I think in general things have been largely good. Occasionally someone will message saying, “I haven’t gotten this. Should I be concerned?” And you can tell that certain hubs or certain regions get slowed down or sorting facilities get closed temporarily and so that can create a little bit of a slowdown. And international parcels are still really slow. But otherwise I think we’re seeing improvements with domestic packages.

I was reading that vinyl sales actually outpaced CD sales in the first half of this year for the first time since the ’80s. Is that a trend you’ve noticed at your store as well?

That’s really been a trend for us for the last five years, where vinyl outsells CDs. Obviously there are some marketplaces, if you think of some of the big box stores, that only sell CDs or primarily sell CDs. Sometimes that can really drive those CD numbers for big releases like a Taylor Swift, where a lot of folks might buy it on an endcap from a big box store. I think most indies have been leaning towards or leaning vinyl-heavy for probably about the same amount of years as we have. They’re definitely the driver in the indie retail sector.

Before I hopped on the phone with you, I was thinking how you have seemed to have really weathered this pandemic remarkably well, all things considered. I know it was a huge worry when this first started that the it was going to really impact your business in a severe way. What are you hearing from other people who own record stores?

I’ve mentioned in the past that we’re part of a broader coalition, and so I often hear from those folks and we have some forums that we can communicate through. I think by and large, at least in that group of stores, people are cautiously optimistic and pleasantly surprised, because I think everybody fears the worst. The other thing I think that has benefitted music, and also book retailers, is that people, as they turn inward and have time, potentially can justify the expenditure for those items that aren’t very expensive. I think we’ve seen both of those sectors of the entertainment industry grow wildly. Some folks have even talked about the success of Record Store Day, the first one, was [because] people still want to celebrate, or at least be part of, the music community. And for the foreseeable future, concerts and festivals aren’t on the horizon. So this is a way to connect with like-minded people.

Is there anything else that you wanted to mention?

We’ve got the second [Record Store Day] drop a week from this Saturday so the the 26th of September, and we’re planning to do that mostly the same way we did the August date. So again, having people check out outside. We’re trying to add in some of the fun things that we [normally] do on Record Store Day, like really exciting used records that we’ll put out that day. We normally have a brewery in town that brews a special beer for us that we can pour while people are in line. And that brewery is going to give us cans to give away so people can hopefully take that party home. We’re trying to build some of the fun part of it back in, since we felt like the first one went smoothly and we can can manage a little bit more.

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